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Turn down the heat this Memorial Day with these 11 cool commemorations

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Memorial Day Events in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Olga_Phoenix/shutterstock.com

 

By Emily Cook

Spend your long weekend feasting on crawfish, unwinding to the sound of smooth jazz and honoring our armed forces at distinguished monuments. You won’t even have to cross the 14th Street bridge.

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Back to school: 5 fun summer classes for grown-ups

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Cookology in Sterling

Learn how to make risotto and mushrooms and other gourmet dishes at a five-week culinary boot camp at Cookology in Sterling. Photo courtesy of Kondor83/shutterstock.com.

By Robyn Smith

It’s hot outside. Too hot. The cool breeze of the air conditioning makes spending all of your free time curled up in bed seem that much cozier. Laying under the covers, you constantly drift in and out of consciousness, surrounding yourself with bad TV and empty food wrappers whose contents you don’t remember eating.

Well, if the most complex skill you’ve used is the ability to nap, it’s time to get out of bed. Don’t let your mind go to waste this summer—take these classes and you could learn something totally new. Better yet, you could show off your newfound talent to your friends.

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The Writers Room

Posted by Editorial / Monday, May 18th, 2015

Northern Virginia writers meet to hone their skills and provide feedback on works in progress, with the dream of one day becoming published authors.  –Laura Fox

Arlington Writers Group.

Photo courtesy of AWG.

On Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., in Room 2208 at Arlington’s Washington-Lee High School, adults of various ages, backgrounds and professions sit in a circle ready to take on critiques of their work.

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Tysons art trolley hits the streets; Queer Queens of Qomedy come to Vienna

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 15th, 2015

Greensboro Park for Tysons Tiles

Artist rendering of ground mural at Greensboro Park for Tysons Tiles, 2015. Photo courtesy of Julia Vogl.

Tysons art trolley hits the streets this month.

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The modest charm of Chincoteague Island

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Chincoteague Ponies

Photo Courtesy of Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

By Victoria Gaffney

A well-known image often comes to mind when one thinks of Chincoteague: wild ponies splashing through the waters of the Atlantic Ocean.

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The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery’s newest exhibit stays ‘In My Neighborhood’

Posted by Editorial / Monday, May 11th, 2015

Environment is a defining factor of a person. And the community we surround ourselves with dictates what we make of our lives. The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery artists are taking this impression of neighborhoods as the focal point of the latest exhibit from May 12 through June 14. Local artists will be presenting various fiber-based works of art inspired by the place they either grew up in, live in as adults or fell in love with somewhere in between. –Sophia Rutti

 

Mary Sue Joy

Photo courtesy of Mary Sue Joy.

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Spring Home and Garden Tours

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Love Quilt Project Home Tour in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

Photo courtesy of Ginnerty Architects, LLC.

There is nothing that spurs creativity more than walking through an artist’s work, being able to get a firsthand look and feel of structure, texture and colors.

This spring two area home and garden tours allow you to engage in home design.  –Lynn Norusis

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Artist Lilianne Milgrom talks about the art of scapegoating

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, May 7th, 2015

J'accuse

“J’accuse” – Photo Courtesy of Lilianne Milgrom.

By Victoria Gaffney

Scapegoating has been around for centuries. Pointing a finger at somebody else and attempting to transfer blame is something all too common in the world and our history.

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Leo Sushansky

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Leo Sushansky, the National Chamber Ensemble

Photo by Mollie Tobias.

Artistic Director of the National Chamber Ensemble

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Life OK Heritage India Festival brings a passage to the East

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Heritage 2

Photo courtesy of Rushhi Entertainment Inc.

By Matthew Tracy

At one point or another, most people get the urge to explore a little, to go out and see all the world has to offer. Yet the realities of everyday life make this hard to do. That’s where the Life OK Heritage India Festival comes in.

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