Sunday, May 19, 2013
Film is rated PG-13.
Boy, this is going to be one short review. This movie has more spoilers than the 1967 Enterprise had Tribbles … and in the interest of full disclosure, this is written by the Cinema Siren who owns chairs from the Voyager show, can list the original episodes in order of appearance, has a T-shirt with a quote in Klingon, and a model of the Enterprise signed by all the original cast members. That is to say, fandom lives here. Any experience of watching the new release by director J. J. Abrams would naturally be filtered through a brain steeped in Star Trek knowledge and lore. That being said, there is, unlike some long-term fans, no automatic hate for anything new. To my mind, the cast, theme, and story lines of the reboot are very much in …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Take a splash in the Montgomery County Patch Flickr pool—the water's fine!
Picture a mustachioed general, decked out in Patch Green, pointing a long, accusatory finger at you. Yes, you! We want you to join the newly created Montgomery County Patch Flickr pool. For the uninitiated, a pool is just a group of like-minded folks congregating on Flickr, a photo storage website. Signing up is free and joining the pool is even cheaper—click here, or search "Show Us Your Patch of Montgomery County" on Flickr.com. The perks of membership are innumerable. Besides a landing page and cohort of photographers throughout the county—both iPhone and professional—your most awesome photos might even end up on your local Patch website. (With proper credit to you, of course.) There's a bit of fine print, which we'll make extra big…
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Author F. Scott Fitzgerald had deep ties in Maryland, some of which you can see for yourself.
Don't expect a glittering movie opening of the The Great Gatsby, and its mega stars Leonardio DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, anywhere near The Free State. F. Scott Fitzgerald, author of the novel that provided the inspiration for the 3D film, however, was deeply entrenched in the region during his lifetime, with landmarks to his family and his literary works sprinkled from Rockville to Towson. Even if you're not lining up for the premiere Friday, find a little of Gatbsy's Roaring '20s vibe nearby: 1. The Fitzgerald family, F. Scott, his wife Zelda and their daughter Scottie, spent more time in Baltimore than any other place, according to University of Maryland professor emeritus Jackson Bryer. The family lived in Towson and …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Photos from last weekend's art fest.
More than 175 artists converged at Rockville Town Square last weekend for the inaugural A-RTS @ Rockville Town Square. The free outdoor art festival highlighted local, regional and national artists hand-picked by a jury of fine art experts. There were also live musical acts. The event was organized by the Bethesda Row Arts Festival team, which submitted these photos to Patch.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Closing exhibits will not be replaced to save on security costs.
Exhibits that are scheduled to close at the Hirshhorn, National Museum of African Art and Smithsonian will not be replaced due to sequestration, according to a Smithsonian spokeswoman. Linda St. Thomas told the DCist website that “in terms of the security of our visitors, bigger crowds require more security,” but she added, “Every museum is still open every day.” The actual number of exhibits accessible to visitors at open museums are yet another casualty of sequestration. On April 16, Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough warned Congress of the potential effects of sequestration on the area’s museums - gallery closings, reduced educational program offerings and building maintenance issues. The Hirshhorn, National Museum of African Art and…
Friday, May 3, 2013
Looking for something exciting to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going around Montgomery County.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. The Tempest presented by Rockville Little Theatre Burtonsville Farmers Market 3rd Annual Silver Spring Fine Arts Festival 3rd Annual Naptown barBAYq Contest & Music Festival Big Nate the musical Six Flags Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Free Open House Silver Spring Historical B&O RR station Silver Spring Nursery School’s 10th Annual Truck Touch Cinderella Check back next week…
Sequels, reboots and aliens to dominate theaters.
Big, loud blockbusters tend to draw the summer crowds, it's been said, and 2013 may have the biggest and loudest yet. But will the summer be even bigger and louder? Patch has put together this guide to help you plan your summer movie watching schedule. Check out Moviefone to find the theaters and times in your area. May Movies While summer may not technically begin until Friday, June 21, 2013, Hollywood is getting a jump on things, with some big openings in May. Iron Man 3 - Friday, May 3 (PG-13) The third installment of the franchise that has already brought in more than a billion dollars finds Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) battling an enemy out to eliminate Stark’s friends and family. Star Trek: Into Darkness - Friday, May 17 (PG-13) …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Maryland State Poetry Out Loud Champion Blessed Sheriff, a sophomore at Richard Montgomery High School and resident of Gaithersburg, finished second.
A student from Richard Montgomery High School claimed a $10,000 prize for being runner-up in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Blessed Sheriff, a sophomore and a resident of Gaithersburg, was the Maryland State Poetry Out Loud Champion, according to an announcement. Sheriff was one of nine finalists, selected from a pool of 53 students representing every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands at the national finals. Hosted at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium on Tuesday, Sherriff fell just short of the $20,000 grand prize for the poetry recitation contest. The event matches matches skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry from Shakespeare to Brenda Cárdenas, according to the release. The …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Gaithersburg rapper, Logic, inks record deal with industry titan, according to reports.
GAITHERSBURG—A Gaithersburg rapper has inked a record deal with a longtime industry titan, according to a report by Complex Music. Logic—also known by his real name: Sir Robert Bryson Hall II—was signed by Def Jam Recordings, according to the report. The 23-year-old rapper's debut album will be produced by No ID, who has worked with Common and Nas on past projects, according to the report. "I'm excited to take this next step in my career. It's incredible for Def Jam [Records] and Visionary Music Group to work together and the opportunity to collaborate with a living legend like No I.D. is priceless. I'm very humbled to be apart of the most iconic hip hop label of all time," Logic said in a statement, according to the report. Def Jam …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Tag photos #Patchblossoms on Instagram to be added to this collage.
It's been beautiful out this week and the blossoms are finally blooming, the prize for folks heading out to the Tidal Basin get pictures. Tag your Instagram pictures with the hashtag #Patchblossoms and the pictures will appear in the collage. Also tag your town name so we know where you live and we might just feature your photo on our page. Have fun out there!