Women in combat reflect on rebel roots

IMG 0742Olney resident Sylvia Henderson (left) moderated a panel discussion featuring documentary filmmaker Maria Agui Carter (right) and four other women discussing the history of women serving in combat. The panel discussion at the Black Rock Center for the Arts followed a screening of Carter's 2013 documentary, "Rebel." PHOTO BY DANICA ROEM

GERMANTOWN – The term “You’ve come a long way baby,” took on special significance to a small group of veterans as they assembled this week and celebrated their rebel roots.

On Sunday at the Black Rock Center for the Arts, documentary filmmaker Maria Agui Carter answered questions after a screening of her movie, “Rebel,” about Loreta Janeta Velazquez, who served as a trailblazer 153 years ago when she fought for the Confederacy posing as a man.


Shatner beams himself into the Warner


ShatnerL William Shatner. COURTESY PHOTO

“Tell us a tale, you’re the Rocket Man, tell us a tale tonight/We’re all in the mood for a homily, and you’ve got us feeling all right…”


WASHINGTON – At about 7:30 last Thursday, I made my way to my upper balcony seat at Warner Theatre. I was there to see William Shatner perform his one-man show, “Shatner’s World.” An usher walked around the section, asking if anyone was interested in paying $20 to upgrade to suite seating. Embracing the affirming motto of my generation –“#YOLO” (You only live once.) - I raised my hand and said I’d do it. In the end, I was very happy with this decision, not simply because of the increased legroom, but because the closer proximity to the stage made for a more intimate and moving experience.


Celebrating Black History in Montgomery County

Several organizations and institutions recognize the significant contributions of African-Americans during February, Black History Month. According to Lisa MacLeman of Montgomery County Parks, here is what Montgomery County has planned this month. More information can be found online at


Davis honors musicians

BETHESDA – Local musicians are set to perform at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club Friday in the first annual Thanks for the Memories concert to honor 67 world-famous musicians who died in 2015.

Gone but never forgotten is the theme of the tribute, as top musical artists in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area come together to pay homage to these artists.


Rockville native to be featured in Fox comedy series

riotcomedianROCKVILLE - At Meryl Hathaway’s fifth-grade graduation from Luxmanor Elementary School, she told the class she wanted to be in a movie. Years later, Hathaway is achieving part of her dream as a cast member on Fox’s “Riot”, a show that Hathaway describes as a mix of ABC’s “Wipe Out” and improvisational comedy.  The show is produced by actor/comedian Steve Carell and will feature a celebrity host every week.

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