ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON FOR
Dr. Dan Pereles
Dr. Dan Pereles’ exam room walls are
plastered with sports-medicine articles
he has written as a medical consultant
to Runner’s World, along with photos of
him participating in local triathlons and
marathons. Runners don’t need to read up
on the kensington orthopedist, though, to
know that Pereles is the one to see when
they have a problem. Patients are likely
to leave an appointment not only with a
treatment plan for their injury, but with an
amended training regimen to allow them to
stay on track for an upcoming race.
All of that, plus a quirky, high-energy
personality, has earned Pereles—a
Winston Churchill High School alum who
attended the university of Pennsylvania
for undergrad and med school—a cultlike
following among recreational athletes. They
know he’s as eager to see them get back to
their regular activities as they are.
Montgomery Orthopaedics, 10400
Connecticut Ave., Kensington, 301-949-
THEATER FOR A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE (TIE)
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
What could be better than sipping Chardonnay in a plush seat while enjoying an
intriguing Swedish murder mystery? Those of us who love watching movies on the silver
screen are fortunate to have two upscale options: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in
Silver Spring and the Avalon Theatre near Chevy Chase Circle in Washington, D.C. Both are
historic cinemas that have been restored to create a first-class experience.
At AFI, three comfortable theaters offer an eclectic movie selection, and the
concession stand sells wine and beer to provide filmgoers with a civilized night at the
movies (mostly minus texting teens). marquee films are shown in the huge, original space,
restored to its 1938 splendor, while independent films tend to screen in the smaller,
more intimate theaters. With film fests year-round that occasionally attract top stars and
directors walking the red carpet—and with plenty of public parking nearby for the hoi
polloi—the AFI is a top-rate scene-stealer.
Certainly the Avalon gives AFI a run for its money, however. The neighborhood theater,
which first opened in 1923, nearly became a symbol of a bygone era when its owners
declared bankruptcy and closed the doors in 2001. But neighbors, local foundations
and the D.C. government banded together, preserving a gem that has offered first-run
commercial movies and independent and foreign films in two theaters since 2003. No
time for dinner before a show? Stop by the Avalon Theatre Café to pick up a glass of wine
and a homemade pastry or specialty sandwich before heading in.
general admission tickets are $12 at AFI and $11.50 at the Avalon.
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, 301-495-6700,
www.afi.com/silver; Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-966-3464, www.
Rockville’s Friends of the Library
The friendly smell of musty paper greets you as you stroll into Rockville’s Friends of the
Library Bookstore. The wide, well-organized aisles are packed with gently used hardbacks
and softcovers spanning the Dewey Decimal System. From sci-fi and self-help to poetry
and politics and comic books and cookbooks, there’s something for everyone here. The
extensive children’s section brims with offerings for younger bibliophiles, whether they’re
learning their ABCs or wanting to devour the Hunger Games trilogy. Not in the mood for
a good read? There are plenty of movies, CDs, video games, vintage postcards, board
games and classic records to flip through. Best of all, proceeds from your purchases help
fund montgomery County public libraries.
4886 Boiling Brook Parkway, Rockville, 301-984-3300, www.folmc.org/bookstores
stay on track.
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