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June 26, 2016

I saw one of my novels at a yard sale last week and it appeared to have been used as a coaster. The interior was quite pristine but there were rings of rust on the cover where wet glasses had been set. It was on sale for 35 cents. Had I known I was only writing a coaster, maybe I wouldn't have…


'Rock 'n' roll with a conscience'

June 24, 2016

After 15 years together, members of The Speculations will make their first appearance at this weekend's Sunday in the Park, but don't expect them to quit their day jobs.

The five members of this band aren't looking for careers in music. They already have careers in medicine.

Bass player Paul…


'Free State of Jones' reveals a little-known chapter of Civil War history

June 24, 2016

Matthew McConaughey seethes with righteous fury in "Free State of Jones," a tale based on an intriguing, little-known chapter of Civil War history that, despite impeccable intentions, becomes mired within a poorly structured, dubiously focused movie by Gary Ross.

It's easy to see why McConaughey…


Hot Dish: City Fried Chicken

June 22, 2016

Ahmad Aboshie has been in the restaurant business for over a decade. Before coming to the U.S. in 2007, Aboshie ran restaurants in his native country, Palestine. He also used to own Bateeni, a Mediterranean café on Arlington Boulevard. Now he has started a new venture: City Fried Chicken.…