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Jerry Yellin.  (Daily Express)

World War II veteran details his military experience in 'The Last Fighter Pilot'

On Aug. 15, 1945, Army Air Corps Capt. Jerry Yellin landed his P-51 Mustang fighter plane on U.S.-occupied Iwo Jima after having rained down bombs over Tokyo. After he emerged from his cockpit, he learned the horrible truth: The war had ended three hours before he dropped his bombs, but word had not reached his fighter group in time. Published August 8, 2017

A scene from "The Only Living Boy in New York."  (YouTube)

Modern Gotham fable told in outstanding film 'The Only Living Boy in New York'

From this oddball beginning comes the new film "The Only Living Boy in New York," a somewhat ungainly title for this excellent movie written by Allen Loeb ("Collateral Beauty") and directed by Marc Webb ("The Amazing Spider-Man") that has more up its sleeve than you will realize, but does not go about it in a sly or condescending way. Published August 8, 2017

Chef Edward Lee (left), Samantha Harris and Gordon Ramsey of "Culinary Genius."  (Fox)

'Culinary Genius' host Harris on the joys of cooking ... shows

Former "Entertainment Tonight" correspondent and "Dancing With the Stars" hostess Samantha Harris will step into the realm of professionals as the hostess of "Culinary Genius," which premieres Monday on Fox. Part competition and part cuisine showoff, the episodes begin with Chef Edward Lee -- who recently relocated to the District -- demonstrating his skills for five amateur home chefs, who then go on to compete in a 25-minute competition. Published August 3, 2017

This image released by Sony Pictures Classics shows Kyle Mooney in a scene from "Brigsby Bear." (Sony Pictures Classics via AP)

Audience of one: 'Brigsby Bear' filmmakers turn odd premise into genuine comedy

What if everything you knew about the world was a well-manufactured lie? Many films before have tackled this premise, be it "The Matrix" or "The Truman Show," but none surely with the darkly comic touch of "Brigsby Bear," in which a 25-year-old named James ("Saturday Night Live" cast member Kyle Mooney) discovers that his parents are not his parents, that the supposed outside world is not in fact infected with a poisonous atmosphere, as he was told -- and that his favorite TV program, "Brigsby Bear," was but a mollifying bit of fiction that his "parents" concocted for decades. Published August 3, 2017

In this April 21, 2017, file photo, former Vice President Al Gore participates in the "Unlocking Financing For Climate Action" session during the G20 at the 2017 World Bank Group Spring Meetings in Washington. Tangier Island mayor James "Ooker" Eskridge, an enthusiastic Trump supporter who is mayor of a Virginia island that's sinking into the Chesapeake Bay, will debate Gore on climate change during a CNN town hall that airs Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 9 p.m. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Gore's faith and drive to save the world showcased in 'An Inconvenient Sequel'

Former Vice President Al Gore knew his mission wasn't over, and a decade after the climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" brought the issue of environmental alterations to the greater public consciousness, Mr. Gore returns this week in the appropriately named "An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power." Published August 1, 2017

Aretha Franklin

Franklin still in command of her voice, even while losing a few lyrics in Wolf Trap show

Aretha Franklin performed for a rapturous audience at the Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia, Saturday, where the 75-year-old R&B legend ran through her greatest hits, some gospel tunes from her formative years and even an Adele cover. Backed by a fabulous 21-piece orchestra and chorus, Miss Franklin hasn't lost the edge in her vocals, even if, perhaps, the energy of her 90-minute show at times flagged. Published July 30, 2017

Bottles of Devils River Whiskey move through an assembly line at a bottling facility in Dallas on March 22, 2017.  Devils River is the latest to join North Texas' burgeoning small-batch distillery scene, which is gaining momentum like the craft brewery movement before it. Between 1995 and 2008, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued 10 licenses to spirits manufacturers.  (Rose Baca/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

Summertimes craft spirits to cool off with

It's been a helluva hot summer, and you need to make sure to stay hydrated. But in addition to life-giving water, here are some life-enriching craft spirits to keep an eye -- and a glass -- out for as you hit the firewater shops. Published July 27, 2017

The facade of the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

Museum of the American Revolution warehouses history in city where the country was born

The new Museum of the America Revolution in Philadelphia has done a beyond-admirable job of explicating how not just decades but in fact centuries of events were as crucial -- if not more so -- to America's fiery birth as the "Shot Heard Round the World" at the Battle of Lexington in Massachusetts April 19, 1775, marking the "official" outbreak of armed hostilities between the Colonists and King George III's forces. Published July 26, 2017

The Dallas skyline as seen from Dealey Plaza, the infamous site of President John F. Kennedy's assassination.  (Eric Althoff/The Washington Times)

At play in the Big D: Dallas offers history, cuisine, craft beer and more

Since everything is bigger in Texas, perhaps it's little wonder Dallas residents call their hometown "the Big D." The Lone Star State's third-largest city by population has seen history both glorious and ignominious since John Neely Bryan hammered down stakes on a small plot of land along the Trinity River in 1841 in the then-Republic of Texas-- a settlement he called Dallas. Published July 24, 2017

The Watergate Complex is seen in Washington, on Tuesday, July 21, 2009. The Watergate Hotel, part of a complex made famous by a presidential scandal, is heading to the auction block Tuesday. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Iconic District chef Palladin to be honored at Watergate dinner

The District's iconic Watergate Hotel will host an all-star chef dinner Tuesday to honor French culinary expert Jean-Louis Palladin, whose restaurant has been a staple of the hotel since 1979. Palladin ran the restaurant until his death in 2001 from lung cancer. Published July 20, 2017

Bassist Billy Sheehan (right) and Mr. Big have a new album called "Defying Gravity."  (B.B. King Blues Club)

Nope, not the one from 'Sex and the City': Mr. Big bassist Sheehan chats new album 'Defying Gravity'

The band Mr. Big was at one time so popular that they managed to knock both Michael Jackson and Prince out of the No. 1 spot on the Billboard chart thanks to power ballad "To Be With You." The song "1992" and 10 others comprise the tracks on Mr. Big's new album, "Defying Gravity," which will bow on Friday. It's the band's first disc since "Stories We Could Tell" from 2014 and their third since reforming in 2009 after a seven-year hiatus. Published July 20, 2017

This image released by Roadside Attractions shows Florence Pugh in "Lady Macbeth." (Roadside Attractions via AP)

'Out, damn spot': 'Lady Macbeth' presents a moral vacuum amid 19th century decorum

Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the new film "Lady Macbeth" is that it leaves the audience almost entirely unsure of whom to root for. If this sounds like a complaint, it is anything but, as William Oldroyd's film, based on a Russian play "Lady Macbeth of Mtsenskof" by Nikolai Leskov, translates the bloodletting of "the Scottish play" into an anti-tragedy of utter moral vacancy. Published July 18, 2017

(Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley)

A fresh pour: Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley wines offer complex taste profiles

California's Sonoma County certainly doesn't lack for wineries, and oenophiles are finding even more to love in the microclimate of Sonoma's Dry Creek Valley, where vintners are producing more and more complex vinos to add to the delicacy that is the Golden State's grape-based golden harvest. There are as many wines in Dry Creek Valley as there are ways to enjoy them, but here are a few to keep an eye out for. Published July 17, 2017

Idina Menzel.  (Warner Bros. Records)

Menzel's self-advice on giving the perfect performance: 'Let It Go'

Idina Menzel will be coming to the Modell Performing Arts Center in Baltimore Tuesday evening, where the Tony-winning star of "Rent," "If/Then" and "Wicked" will perform tunes from her Broadway career, covers of other artists' songs as well as her megahit "Let It Go" from the Disney film "Frozen." Published July 17, 2017