Articles by Darlene Reyes

IMPACT/ Pyramid Atlantic

In the mid-1990s, Montgomery County leaders were tasked with revitalizing Silver Spring but early on realized that there was no input of opinions from the…



ENVIRONMENT: Toxic lawns initiative tangled up in vines

Catherine Cummings and Julie Taddeo started the Safe Growth Initiative as concerned citizens. They were surprised at how many Takoma Park residents apply cosmetic pesticides to their lawns, given Takoma Park’s commitment to sustainability. However, they could not receive full support from everyone they reached out to.


EDUCATION: The Dream is up for debate this summer

With Obama’s announcement that the federal government would no longer deport undocumented immigrants under the age of 30 who attend school or have graduated from high school or have served in the military, Maryland residents may be left wondering how it will affect the Maryland Dream Act.


ART: Where politics fails, art prevails

The Washington Printmakers Gallery (WPG) is currently holding Ex Libris, an Exhibition of Prints by Chinese Artists.

The exhibition features 180 prints, all by artists in and around Shanghai. Running alongside the Chinese prints exhibition, in the side gallery, is a membership exhibition, which features several local artists.



MUSIC: Gabrielle Louise returns to Takoma Park

The Institute of Musical Traditions, Takoma Park’s folk music sanctuary, will host singer-songwriter Gabriella Louise on June 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Takoma Park Community Center.

“My parents identities as vagabond musicians shaped my taste and musical career, and led me to choose a career in which ‘rinse, wash, repeat’ is a very distant and foreign phrase.”


ART: Trees spring up

The challenge was to create something “tree-like”. The Old Takoma Business Association (OTBA) is holding the reCYCLE The Art of Tree Project public art exhibition…


EVENTS: Damn right we’ve got the blues

The Silver Spring Town Center is holding its fourth annual Silver Spring Blues Festival on June 16 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. To help build anticipation, the festival kicks off with the first annual “Silver Spring Blues Week”, which runs from June 8 to June 16. It consists of performances by blues artists like Snakehead Run and Patty Reese.


EVENTS: Here comes the SunFest

Start the summer off right enjoying live performances, games and international food.

SunFest kicks off at 1 p.m. on June 10 with a parade of cultures and puppets and as the event progresses, attendees will be able to enjoy two stages of traditional music, dance and drama from around the world, international cuisine and a folk mart with artisan handicrafts.


ARTS: DanceAfrica celebrates 25 years

For a quarter of a century, Dance Place has hosted DanceAfrica at its performance space and studio in northeast D.C. In the mid 1980s, Dance Place founder Carla Perlo witnessed an African dance celebration in New York City and decided to bring a similar event to Washington D.C., which is home to many renowned African dance companies as well as celebrated dancer Chuck Davis, who partnered with Perlo.