Articles by Jamie Lee

COMMUNITY: Takoma Park declares independence

The air was filled with relaxed anticipation. Kids ran around while parents tried to find space in the shade. They unfolded their creaky beach chairs. Volunteers for Rep. Chris Van Hollen offered cardboard fans. Finally, at 10:20 a.m., a child ran down the parade route screaming, “Here they come, daddy!”

See the Arts, Hear the Music at CSPAC

For Alan Gilbert, conducting was more than gestures through the air—it seemed to be an art form in itself. His arms thrashed through the air and his toes edged to the front of his rostrum. His passion was palpable as it radiated through his trembling muscles with every instructive signal.

EVENTS: Silverdocs returns to the silver screen in Silver Spring

Celebrating its 10th year, the documentary film festival will present 114 films—with movie subjects are as diverse as the filmmakers.

“Chasing Ice,” takes a peek into the shifting climate, while “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” focuses on the Chinese artist and activist. “Call Me Kuchu” looks into David Kato’s story. Kato is openly gay and living in Uganda where homosexuality can result in imprisonment or death. But Kato has dared to come out, and is part of a group of homosexual, bisexual and transgender activists.

BIZ BUZZ: Cash mob coming quick!

Not many businesses would welcome a mob. But Now and Then is one of those places. On Friday, June 15, a cash mob will invade the store. Rules include spending or donating at least $20 and bringing or meeting at least three new people. Afterward there will be a meet up at another local business, The Olive Lounge, featuring happy hour specials.

HEALTH: It’s summer. Jump on your bike!

An old adage says that bikes run on fat and save you money, while cars run on money and make you fat. With the warm weather, don’t pass up the great chance to explore and expand your fitness regimen—dozens of trails wind around Takoma Park into D.C. and beyond.

Events: Jazz musicians take over Takoma

If you want to listen to something besides splashing at the pool or insects buzzing by the grill, the Takoma Park Jazz Festival is on Sunday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The festival will be on Carroll Avenue and features 12 acts on two stages. Children and adults are sure to find something that suits their fancy.

EVENTS: Alan Gilbert to conduct at Clarice Smith

Looking to inject some taste and sophistication into your summer? Want to spice up an otherwise monotonously hot and humid season?

The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland is hosting a free rehearsal of Brahms’ Fourth Symphony performed by the National Festival Orchestra. The current music director of the New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert, will be the conductor.