Back in the Fold

Once the mark of a European gentleman (or an American dandy emulating one), a pocket handkerchief was as de rigueur as a watch or hat. The 16-by-16-inch squares signified care and brought extra flair to standard suits. American guys haven’t paid much attention to this proper accessory since the JFK era. But recently, plaid or […]

Face Time: Blake Mycoskie

You can never have too many shoes, especially if you’re Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms. The footwear brand specializes in Argentine alpargata shoes (think flat espadrilles), but there’s a twist: For every pair sold (locally, at Nordstrom and South Moon Under), the company gives another pair to a needy child. Since Toms began in 2006, […]

Face Time: Jason Momoa

With his toned bod and handsome features, Jason Momoa seems all alpha male, but he warns us that it’s all acting. “I take out aggression on set. I’m not even king of my own house!” The “Game of Thrones” star plays the title role in the new film “Conan the Barbarian,” made popular by the […]

Science Is Rock and Roll: will.i.am Honors Whiz Kids

The stars come out for awards shows when they’re nominated. But now, they’re honoring science whiz kids. Black Eyed Peas front man will.i.am produced and hosts “i.am.FIRST: Science Is Rock and Roll,” a one-hour special that provides an inside look at the 20th Annual FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Robotics Championship. […]

Color Junkie: 'Design Star' Host Tanika Ray Dishes on Decor

Some reality TV junkies get their kicks watching Kardashians preen or chefs try to whip up multiple dishes from Rocky Mountain oysters. But decor fiends have likely been counting the minutes until the latest batch of paint-chip wielding, kitchen-finish-debating style savants start competing on “HGTV Design Star,” which returns for its sixth season Monday at […]

Mozart and BCBG: Caroline Goulding, 'Tcheers for Tchaikovsky,' at Wolf Trap

It’s hard to be anything but enamored with 18-year-old violin prodigy Caroline Goulding, who will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra for the first time in “Tcheers for Tchaikovsky” (Thu., 8:15 p.m., NSO at Wolf Trap, Wolftrap.org). The Grammy-nominated virtuoso, who claims she still gets nervous “in a good way” before performances, talked to Express […]

Lyrics Junkie: Mandy Patinkin, at Music Center at Strathmore

Mandy Patinkin is a conqueror. He’s won a Tony for his stage role in “Evita” and an Emmy for his part on TV’s “Chicago Hope.” But his passion is music, at which he’s a self-described plagiarizer. Rather than write tunes, he takes others’ works and strings them into shows. He’ll be covering songs by Stephen […]

For Whom the Bell Stolls: Corey Stoll, 'Midnight in Paris'

When Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month, the movie (out in D.C. theaters Friday) surprised critics with an unexpected plot twist, launching viewers into a whimsical world of Jazz Age artists, poets and Parisian icons. With an A-list cast, the role of Hemingway went to Corey Stoll, […]

A Musical Gem: Jewel, 'Platinum Hit'

Sixteen years ago, a guitar-toting singer-songwriter from Alaska catapulted into the musical pantheon with her multi-platinum debut album, “Pieces of You.” “I went from being homeless to, well, a millionaire,” recalls Jewel, now 37. Today, she’s helping wannabe musicians shine via Bravo’s “Platinum Hit,” on which she judges and coaches aspiring songwriters as they vie […]

Dream On: Barbara Eden, 'Jeannie Out of the Bottle'

She donned pink veils and pioneered the hairpiece, but Barbara Eden, 76, is more than the pretty blonde servant she brought to life in the 1960s sitcom “I Dream of Jeannie.” While she delighted generations with her wholesome astronaut-and-harem girl antics, her memoir, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle” ($25, Crown Archetype), tells the behind-the-scenes story […]