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The rind of this cheese has a coat of tomato and extra virgin olive oil, which gives it a tang. It is made of raw sheep’s milk produced in March, hence the name, and available in June. Don’t wait till 2021 see if you can find some now to take away the quarantine blues.

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Nocetto Di Capra is a soft-ripened goat cheese from Lombardy. The milk comes from Orobica goats. It is sweet without being overpowering. Well worth the velvety texture experience on your palate. Nocetto Di Capra is available at Dibruno Brothers

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Farmer Al started the farm in 1976. All the fruit in the ice cream sandwiches is  grown on the farm and one person makes the ice cream over 2 days in the kitchen supervised by Farmer Al's wife. With Suburban Maryland having a long period of over 90 degrees I have been enjoying them and you w…

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The gothic serial “Dark Shadows” has had various incarnations over the years. Starting as an original television soap opera of the 1960s and 1970s, it became a comic book series, a big-budget 1991 primetime series, and several movies. The most recent adaptation was a Tim Burton film, which is both an homage and a spoof […]

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GLEN ECHO – Officials at The Puppet Co. announced on Feb. 10 that its artistic and managerial staff would be retiring effective, ending a run that spanned over three decades. Its leadership and puppet masters, Allan Stevens, Christopher and MayField Piper, worked with the company since the early 1980s, entertaining children and adults at Glen […]

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“Spring Awakening” or in its original title “Frühlings Erwachen” is a somber play from the late 1800s by German playwright Frank Wedekind. Americans are becoming increasingly familiar with this drama in the form of the 2006 musical Spring Awakening. In the current production at the Round House Theatre in the heart of Bethesda, Wilhelmine Germany […]

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Go-go boots, miniskirts and bell-bottom trousers. A background of multi-colored square panels bordering on the psychedelic slapstick and one-liners. We describe not the return of “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In” from its TV Land hiatus, but the current production of the Folger Theatre’s “Merry Wives of Windsor,” 1970s style. This period update of the Shakespeare comedy, […]

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ROCKVILLE – After finding success in the Fairfax and Washington, D.C. areas, Eerkin’s Uyghur Cuisine, an Uyghur family-owned restaurant, has moved onto Rockville Pike to set up its first Maryland location, in the address of the former Japanese bistro café Rolls ‘n Rice. Three years in the business, the family is hoping to expand understanding […]

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Metropolitan theatergoers will get a rare treat when James Baldwin’s “The Amen Corner” opens Feb. 11 at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington with a new American version directed by Whitney White. Published by the literary giant in 1954, “The Amen Corner” was first produced in May 1955 on the campus of Howard University and, over […]

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Price and Son is a venerable shoe manufacturing business in Northampton, England, founded in 1890. In the 21st century, however, it is struggling as the owner passes away and leaves it to his son, Charlie Price. Fresh out of college, Charlie is conflicted about what to do, as he never particularly wanted to follow in […]

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In his book on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm called “The Owl, the Raven and the Dove,” Georgetown University scholar G. Ronald Murphy notes that these “fables and myths express a feeling that nature is aware of us. We, in turn, are afraid of the passing of time and aging.” These exact themes […]

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The 18th Annual Let Freedom Ring Celebration was held on, Jan. 20 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, drawing a capacity crowd that came to honor the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. Sponsored by the Kennedy Center and Georgetown University, the event featured 10-time Grammy Award winner […]

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Visitors of the Kentlands Mansion and Arts Barn in Gaithersburg currently have an opportunity to celebrate a famous phenomenal singer of the mid-twentieth century: the great Nat King Cole. Cole was not only a suave romantic balladeer but also a jazz pianist of renown. Both sides of Cole are on display in a enthralling performance […]

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has developed a new way to experience a film. On a fairly regular basis, it screens a movie with the BSO playing the orchestral soundtrack score live. These performances are done for several showings, divided between the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore and the Strathmore Music Center in Bethesda. […]

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A grand and lavish “My Fair Lady” is at the Kennedy Center through Jan. 19, and this touring production of Director Bartlett Sher’s recent Broadway musical will beguile you with its excellent singing and acting. Based on George Bernard Shaw’s “Pygmalion,” with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe, the […]

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The literary activism of one of America’s most renowned African–American poets will be examined at 8 p.m. on Jan. 24, at the Music Center at Strathmore with Manuel Cinema’s “No Blue Memories: The Life of  Gwendolyn Brooks.” A multi-media piece using shadow puppetry, silhouetted actors and live music, the work captures the complexities of Brooks’ […]

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The New Year’s Day Concert from Vienna is a New Year’s tradition known throughout the world. Attendees at Strathmore Music Center recently had the opportunity to enjoy an authentic recreation of a Vienna New Year’s Day concert, all without a passport or plane flight to the capital of Austria to experience one of Europe’s loveliest […]

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At Strathmore, “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” flipped the script on one of the holiday’s most beloved classics, presenting not your typical “The Nutcracker,” from Dec. 17-19. Directed and choreographed by Boston native Jennifer Weber, the high-energy, sizzling production stopped in Rockville as part of a 30-city tour. The show features a dozen super talented dancers […]

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George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is an annual tradition for many at this time of year, and the largest production in our area was held this past weekend in two stunning performances at Strathmore Music Center, with its excellent acoustics. Handel himself said relative to this work: “I did think I did see all heaven before […]

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I  recently had the pleasure of visiting Washington D.C. at the Blues Alley to hear the Eric Felten Jazz Orchestra’s annual tribute to jazz legend Duke Ellington’s take on the “Nutcracker Suite” of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Jazz renditions of popular Christmas tunes such as “Let It Snow,” “Happy Holidays” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (the […]

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J.M. Barrie’s children’s classic, “Peter Pan,” gets a feminist overhaul in the Shakespeare Theatre’s current production, “Peter Pan and Wendy,” onstage at the Sidney Harman Hall through Jan. 12. Reimagined by playwright Lauren Gunderson, this world premiere will charm both children and adults with its emphasis on females who are smart, no-nonsense, strong and fearless. […]

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“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is a musical currently being performed by the Fauquier Community Theatre in Warrenton, Virginia. As the show begins, angelic ladies sing beatifically of “Perfect Little Town,” but is it such a perfect little town? By outer appearances, yes. It is a close-knit community in early 1960s America in an era […]

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For those looking for holiday entertainment for children, which will also be of interest to adults, the Puppet Company’s “The Nutcracker” will be of special interest. Children will delight in the story of the girl who witnesses her Christmas present of a Nutcracker soldier come to life and do battle with the King of Mice. […]

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By Heather Dolce Special to The Sentinel The clock struck 4 p.m. on Nov. 23 and the kickoff cowbell rang. Young children of all ages hit the dance floor but not just to party. Their mission was to raise money to fund childhood cancer research in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan region. The District Dance Company […]

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By Elizabeth Scinta Special to The Sentinel ROCKVILLE – Rockville residents kicked off the holiday season with the lighting of the Rockville Town Square Christmas Tree on Nov. 22. The event consisted of music from King Teddy, pictures with Santa Claus, the lighting of the tree and a dance performance by Dawn Crafton Dance Connection. […]

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We live in an age when, because of increased life expectancy, it is not uncommon to see people working into their 70s and beyond and when multiple presidential candidates this election cycle, including the incumbent, are septuagenarians. Nonetheless, we can only look on in amazement as a classical pianist performs with nimble fingers at the […]

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We are accustomed to the notion of the tortured genius, but Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” has a very different take: it is a portrait of the artist as a “giggling, dirty-minded creature crawling on the floor,” in the words of his nemesis, Antonio Salieri, Kapellmeister at the Austrian Court. The portrayal of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart […]

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Signature Theatre has revived Michael Bennett’s groundbreaking musical, “A Chorus Line,” with a re-choreographed version, and the result is a show that still thrills 44 years after its Broadway run. The show, which is about the aspirations of Broadway dancers as they audition for dancing and singing spots in a new musical, garnered Bennett nine […]

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“Of all the high players this country ever sees, there is no doubt but that the guy they call The Sky is the highest. In fact, the reason he is called The Sky is because he goes so high when it comes to betting on any proposition whatever.” So begins “The Idyll of Miss Sarah […]

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The Puppet Co. at the former Glen Echo Amusement Park is currently performing a puppet version of “Pinocchio” which will please not just children but adults who might otherwise not give a puppet show a second glance. Following the original story of Carlo Collodi’s “Pinocchio” as well as Walt Disney’s famous animated adaptation, the show […]

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“Everybody,” currently playing the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., is an irreverent but witty comedy about death and its exploration about how a soul progresses through life, death and the afterlife. The performance, as a whole, is entertaining from beginning to end. Written by Obie Award winner and MacArthur “Genius” grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, the […]

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The Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC), which calls Montgomery County home, is a vibrant company keeping alive the tradition of operetta, for example, its recent “concert production” of “The Queen’s Lace Handkerchief,” a little-known operetta by Johann Strauss Jr. The company currently surprises audiences at the Gaithersburg Arts Barn (in a production running through Nov. […]

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When Laura Andruski, founder of A Taste for Murder Productions/Murder at the Mansion Dessert Theater, wanted to solicit an original script for a murder mystery, she turned to local writer Dean Fiala.  Since then, he has penned a few, including “The Wedding to Die For” and “A Room with a Clue.” When Fiala is looking […]

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Who says kids do not relate to opera? The Victorian Lyric Opera Company (VLOC) is sure they will when it pairs a popular fairy tale with music by popular opera composers. “Little Red’s Most Unusual Day,” a variation of the Little Red Riding Hood fairy tale with an extra dose of humor, has been set to music […]

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It is uncommon for a theater to present two works by the same author in one season, unless it is a festival. This year, however, Silver Spring Stage showed “Intimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage and is about to present “Sweat.” “Sweat,” which won a 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award, premiered at […]

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ROCKVILLE – Amy Tan, the author of “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Kitchen God’s Wife,” received the Fitzgerald Award Oct. 12 at the 23rd annual F. Scott Fitzgerald Literary Festival in Rockville. The festival began in 1996 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Fitzgerald, who spent some of his life in Rockville and who, […]

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Music is an articulate form of communication. Drawing on that idea is the Conversation Concert, a device that ChorSymphonica, a classical music ensemble consisting of a professional chorus and orchestra, uses to explain the music audiences will be hearing. “A Conversation Concert is an elaborate musical and educational event,” said Richard Allen Roe, the artistic […]

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What should have been a joyous occasion, the opening of another production at the Puppet Co., was tinged with sorrow. Len Piper, creator of the current production of “Pinocchio” and its first Gepetto, passed away at age 90 on Oct. 4. He was the father of Christopher Piper, the co-founder, president and artistic director of […]

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BETHESDA – The Bethesda community came together once again on Oct. 5 for the 30th annual Taste of Bethesda, a food and music festival organized by the Bethesda Urban Partnership. The festival welcomed between 30,000 to 40,000 attendees, bringing in more than 40 restaurants and 13 musical guests and dance troupes. [See more photos from […]

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What can be more challenging for an actor than playing God? But at least he is coming home, so to speak, to do it. That actor is Yonatan Gebeyehu, currently living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, but was born in Silver Spring and raised from the age of 10 in Potomac. He joins the Shakespeare Theatre […]

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Opera companies today often present a mix of different genres and themes. After presenting a program about women composers with a small scale of four singers, a trio of players and a handful of dancers and focusing on art songs, Bel Cantanti is presenting a fully staged opera. And it is one of the more […]