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Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 20th, 2014

Alternative Halloween Costume

Photo courtesy of Nando Machado/shutterstock.com.

For conservative and adventure-adverse personalities, Halloween is the best excuse to dress up or, in some cases, dress down. But with every party or pub crawl attended, the odds of a costumed-doppelganger increase, making your once-original look seem like required wear. In the name of Halloween costumes guaranteed not to be overplayed, here, we provide you with some alternative ideas for your look.

Standard costume: Slave Leia
Alternative costume: Tallulah Bankhead

Many an adult Halloween party has seen this scantily-clad Star Wars character make an appearance, giving its wearer a chance to be fun and flirty.

Instead, opt for the 1940’s style of movie star Tallulah Bankhead. Who, you ask? The original Hollywood party girl who once said, “It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time.” To pull this off, aim for a classic starlet look and imbue the bon vivant charm. It’s twice the sexiness of slave Leia for half the exploitation.

Standard costume: Spider-Man
Alternative costume: Uncle Ben

Spandex is flattering on a very select few, but every Halloween, Joe Average decides to take on a full bodysuit and makes Peter Parker look like he packed on the freshman 15.

Instead, opt for Spider-Man’s ill-fated father figure, Uncle Ben. Go for the sweater vest, which will especially work if you are the designated driver. While collecting everyone’s keys, remind them of their “great power and great responsibility.” Plus, if you decide to pass out, everyone will assume you are staying in character.

Standard costume: Superman
Alternative costume: Hunter S. Thompson

Ditch the comic book reporter for the doctor of journalism. Don a bucket hat, some aviators and a Hawaiian shirt and all of a sudden, your consumption of green Jell-O shots becomes Herculean rather than your kryptonite. –Carten Cordell

(October 2014)

Are remains those of Hannah Graham; Loudoun to host 2015 Police games

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 20th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

Do remains belong to missing Virginia student?
(WTOP)

3 Va. colleges’ support staff pay exceed average
(WTOP)

Virginia‘s Senate Race a battleground for U.S. Energy Policy
(WAMU)

Loudoun To Host World Police & Fire Games in 2015
(Leesburg Today)

Ebola Patient Arrives in Maryland; Springfield Town Center reopens

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 17th, 2014

By Michael Balderston

Nina Pham, Dallas nurse who contracted Ebola, arrives in Maryland for treatment
(WTOP)

Springfield Town Center reopens on Friday
(WJLA)

Design chosen for new 11th Street Bridge
(WJLA)

Kennedy Center adds new Comedy Series thanks to a $5 million gift from Capital One
(NBC Washington)

Hunter Biden, VP Joe Biden’s son, discharged from Navy after testing positive for cocaine
(CNN)

Cowboys Causing Traffic Problems in D.C.; Fairfax County Schools Screen for Ebola

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 16th, 2014

By Michael Balderston

Cowboys on horses, part of a Grass March Cowboy Express, causing traffic problems in D.C.
(Washington Post)

Fairfax County schools begin screening students for Ebola
(WJLA)

Kansas City Royals sweep Baltimore Orioles to advance to the World Series
(Washington Post)

Giant ends reusable bag program
(WTOP)

The red carpet was rolled out at the Newseum Wednesday for the world premiere of Brad Pitt’s latest movie, “Fury”
(WJLA)

2nd Health Care worker diagnosed with Ebola; DC Rabbi arrested for voyeurism

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

By Bailey Lucero-Carter

2nd Health Care worker in Texas diagnosed with Ebola
(WTOP)

DC Rabbi arrested on voyeurism charges
(WAMU)

Dropbox says it wasn’t hacked, but information was still leaked
(The Washington Post)

Heavy rain and flood threat in DC area today (live updates)
(The Washington Post)

Drunk-driving mom from Prince William County arrested
(WJLA)

Matt Bassett

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

 The Hub’s new associate artistic director

Matt Bassett

Photo courtesy of Paul Barrios Photography.

Matt Bassett is not one to shy away from playing multiple roles. His first foray into theater, at 11 years old, had the now 33-year-old doubling as a street urchin and a greedy merchant from whom he stole. Throughout his career he’s been on both sides of the stage, acting in productions at Ford’s Theatre, Arts on the Horizon, The Bay Theatre, Washington Stage Guild and The Kennedy Center’s Theatre for Young Audiences, as well as directing performances—some of which he’s written and directed with his wife, Tia Shearer. In 2011, Bassett joined Fairfax’s The Hub Theatre as a company member, and in 2014 directed the theatre’s production of “Failure: A Love Story.

Now, Bassett moves into the next chapter of his career as The Hub’s associate artistic director. There he will not only help Artistic Director Helen Paufumi mold scripts into productions that bring hopeful stories of the  human condition to audiences, but he will also direct his wife, as she has joined the company.

How did you get started in the theater industry?

I was never and athletic kid, so when it came to extracurricular activities it took me a little while to find what I wanted to do. I was dragged to my first audition by my best friend and I kind of have him to thank for it because I was hooked. I performed all through high school, all through college, and then I lucked out, because when I graduated from college I jumped right into professional work.

What was the first performance you auditioned for?

“Aladdin,” in the fall of 1992 when the movie came out. I wish I could say the performance I was in was as stylish and successful as that one. I was 11 years old. I played two completely opposite characters; I was Aladdin’s fellow urchin on the street, but then I also played one of the greedy merchants that they stole from. It was the first in a long line of bad guys I played.

How has working at Ford’s Theater, Kennedy Center and the National Shakespeare Festival, among others, differed from the work you are doing at The Hub, a suburban theater?

Market does play a lot into it, but it’s also comes down to the theaters individual mission statements. Ford’s Theater is very interested and focused on being America’s theater … plays [revolving] around America’s identity. Other theaters push for newer plays. [At The Hub] we look for material that addresses our common humanity … for plays that really engage the human capacity for hope. We do material that very often touches on themes of family, and tend to have a little magic and whimsy in them because we are interested in finding work that challenges the audience to look at life through a hundred different perspectives. … [W]hat initially attracted me about working at The Hub, and what has kept me there, and what I’m excited about to enter into this new phase, is that even with less resources than a larger theater in the heart of the district, The Hub challenges itself to bring the exact same level of artistry and craft to every single production. What Ford’s, Shakespeare or Woolly Mammoth brings to downtown D.C., that’s exactly what The Hub strives to bring to Fairfax or Reston, to the residents of Northern Virginia.

You are currently serving as a judge for the Helen Hayes Awards. How much of that position do you glean inspiration for the work that you are doing at The Hub?

It’s a bit like trying to second-guess what audiences want to see. Trying to create to award is where madness lies. Knowing what my own opinions and takes are, and how different they are from the judges sitting next to me, I don’t really look for that to see what we can do to win nominations or awards, but it is always helpful to see other artists at work. The category in which I judge is not a category that any of The Hub’s productions are what I’m eligible for. Even before I was offered this position, what I found inspiring is watching other actors and directors and designers at work, and really getting the opportunity to immerse myself in a live stroke of beautifully crafted work. I get to see shows at the best theaters in the region. I judge at Shakespeare Theater, Signature Theater and Imagination Stage, Studio Theater and at Ford’s. I get to see some of our nation’s greatest theater makers at work, and it’s always inspiring to see artists using their skills to take risks, and that is something we highly value at The Hub. Our shows are never safe. We always like to take chances–shows that are bold, thoughtful and inspired.  –Lynn Norusis

(October 2014)

D.C. ranks among top cities for rats; Poll calls for jail time for McDonnell

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

D.C. ranks among top cities for rats
(WTOP)

Firefighter hurt in Alexandria blaze
(WTOP)

Poll: Virginians Support Jail Time For Former Gov. Bob McDonnell
(WAMU)

Warner, Gillespie spar in Senate debate
(The Washington Post)

 

October’s #NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 13th, 2014

#NoVA by Libby Burns.

Illustration by Libby Burns.

“Let’s drive up to Skyline to look at all the leaves!”

 

(October 2014)

Graphic Life: Small-Screen Stereotypes

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 13th, 2014

As the fall television season begins, a look at how Northern Virginia is represented to the nation.

Small Scree Stereotypes

Photos courtesy of AdrianNunez/shutterstock.com (Gun); courtesy of Spartak/shutterstock.com (digital finger print); courtesy of Vera Petruk/shutterstock.com (vampire diary and cross); courtesy of oneword/shutterstock.com (prison cell bars); courtesy of donatas1205/shutterstock.com (Grid).

 

(October 2014)

Ashburn 12-year-old wins world chess title; Candidates seeking the Asian vote

Posted by Editorial / Monday, October 13th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

Ashburn’s Jennifer Yu wins world chess title at 12
(The Washington Post)

Privacy protections prevent Schools in stopping transfer of potential predators
(WTOP)

In Northern Virginia, Candidates court the Asian Vote
(WAMU)

Floyd County Residents Mobilize against Natural Gas Pipeline
(WAMU)

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