Posted by Nelia Dashiell / Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Not in the mood to cook? No problem. Here is a list of restaurants in Northern Virginia that do all the hard work and labor of Thanksgiving dinner for you.
Nov. 26-27, 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Lansdowne Resort welcomes you and your guests to dine with them at their beautiful venue. Guests will enjoy a wonderfully displayed breakfast buffet that will give you a break from all the cooking this year./ Lansdowne Resort: 44050 Woodridge Parkway, Leesburg; For reservations call: 703-726-1449 or email: LDRfirstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
Give the gift of experience this holiday season and create memories at these local family theater opportunities.
NextStop Theatre, Herndon
Fridays through Sundays Dec. 4-20, times vary
Starring a youth cast of local third through 11th graders and three members of NextStop’s professional company, this musical extravaganza combines classic Dr. Seuss characters with a hilarious plot. Favorite characters include Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and Jojo, a little boy with a big imagination. The colorful characters transport the audience on an imaginative journey from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. With its message about the importance of friendship, loyalty and family, “Seussical” is the perfect show for the holiday season.
Posted by Winn Duvall / Wednesday, November 18th, 2015
By Winn Duvall
It’s only the beginning of the holiday season, but if you already feel yourself reaching the indulgence saturation point, consider spending some of your Thanksgiving days off lending a hand in your community. You can go beyond counting your blessings and instead use them to make a difference in the lives of those around you. Whether you prefer to give money, food or your time, there is an opportunity to pay it forward this Thanksgiving.
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Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
By Jae O’Connor
No one wants to stand in line for five hours to maybe get a seat for the newest show, especially when that line often leads to a fight for the best seats. Nowadays, moviegoers plan ahead by buying their tickets in advance—but did you know that you can also reserve your seat?
Here is our list of top theaters where you can make the most of your upcoming Hunger Games experience on Thursday, Nov. 19.
1. Cinemark Theatre in Centreville
Showtimes: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m.
Oversized reclining leather seats and recently-updated atmosphere make this a film-lover favorite.
6201 Multiplex Drive, Centreville; 703-802-1100; $11
2. AMC Tysons Corner 16 at Tysons Corner Mall
Showtimes: 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight
In addition to having reserved seating, this AMC theater also offers free refills on drinks (yes, including Icees).
7850-E Tysons Corner Center, McLean; 703-734-6212; $13
3. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Ashburn
Showtimes: 7 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m.
This theater offers more than just soda and popcorn; they have a full menu of cocktails, beers and award-winning multicourse meals.
20575 East Hampton Plaza, Ashburn; 571-293-6808; $12
4. Bow-Tie Cinemas: Reston Town Center 11 & BTX Theater in Reston
Showtimes: 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m., 10 p.m., 11 p.m., midnight
Recently refurbished with reserved, stadium seating in all theaters, this theater is ideal for your movie night out.
11940 Market St., Reston; 703-464-0816; $15
5. AMC Worldgate 9 in Herndon
Showtimes: 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9:15 p.m., 10 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 11:30 p.m., midnight
Another with reclining seats and extra leg room, this theater also offers built-in trays with cup holders for your convenience.
13025 Worldgate Drive, Herndon; 703-318-931; $12
Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 11th, 2015
By Nelia Dashiell & Jae O’Connor
Looking to keep active and burn calories during this festive and feast-filled Thanksgiving? Then maybe it’s time to sign up for a Turkey Trot.
Prices with an asterisk (*) have discounts for pre-registration.
Marine Corps Marathon Turkey Trot
10K run: $35 / 1-mile run: $7
8:30 a.m. Nov. 21 at Marine Corps Base Quantico LeJeune Hall, Quantico
13th Annual “Freeze Your Gizzard” Cross-Country Run
5K run: $30* + 2 cans of food / 1-mile run: $15* + 2 cans of food
9 a.m. Nov. 21 at Ida Lee Park Gazebo, Leesburg
Posted by Nelia Dashiell / Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Veterans Day is Wednesday, Nov. 11, and there are plenty of parades, concerts and memorials to attend. Spend your day giving thanks for our honorable soldiers at a few of these local events.
8 a.m. // The Arlington Cemetery celebrates its 62nd annual Veterans Day Observance. This year all events take place at the Amphitheater and early arrival is strongly suggested. The day begins with a prelude concert from the United States Army Band then followed the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This event will be a very honorable event for fellow veterans, family and friends. / Arlington Cemetery: Arlington Nation Cemetery, Arlington; 877-907-8585; Free
9 a.m.-4 p.m. // Mount Vernon honors Veterans Day by offering free admission for all active duty, former or retired military personnel. There will be a concert held by the Harmony Singers and the United States Air Force String Orchestra. Special guests will also get the chance to place a flower at Washington’s Tomb. / Mount Vernon: 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon; 703-780-2000; $9-$17 general admission
11 a.m. // The town of Herndon will be showing respect for its veterans with various displays and performances. Come watch the Herndon High School Junior Naval ROTC perform the color guard. Also the Avenue of Flags will be displayed at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery. / Herndon Town Green: 777 Lynn St., Herndon; 703-435-6800; Free
12 p.m. – 8 p.m.// The Annual Veterans’ Powwow is a central social event in indigenous culture, combining dance and music. A large selection of tradational arts and crafts will be available for purchase. / Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center at George Mason University: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax; 703-993-2921; Free 703-
1 p.m. // The Hylton Performing Arts Center presents an afternoon of celebrating our veterans. There will be plenty of activities to do for the entire family. Enjoy vocal and instrumental performances from local groups, art exhibitions and even a petting zoo. There will also be music lessons and an opportunity for you to bring your own instrument and join a freestyle ensemble. Of course, the day would not be complete without something small to eat; food will be provided by Giorgio’s Family Restaurant and Azalea Charities Inc. / Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10900 University Blvd., Manassas; 703-993-7550; Free
Posted by Jenny Cutler Lopez / Friday, November 6th, 2015
Some of us catch up with family and friends over Thanksgiving. Others would rather relax with the remote and catch up on bingeworthy Netflix series. Check out our guide to best (and most addictive) Netflix series to watch over your four-day Thanksgiving weekend.
1. If you like “Daredevil” … check out:
Mature; dark; riveting main character; Marvel crossover potential
Talented Krysten Ritter plays Marvel character Jessica Jones after she reboots her life as a superhero to become a private investigator. Top reviews across the board.
2. If you like “30 Rock” … check out:
‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’
Fresh; laugh out loud; unusual characters
Recently liberated from kidnapper and polygamist cult leader (Jon Hamm), Kimmy Schmidt adjusts to life in New York City working, dating and suffering from occasional PTSD.
3. If you like “Breaking Bad” … check out:
Fast paced; striking Colombian scenery; unnerving
A chronicled account of the Medellín drug cartel and the rise and fall of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar.
4. If you like “Downton Abbey” … check out:
‘Call the Midwife’
Colorful; compelling working-class world; underground cult following
A gripping drama about the vibrant world of family life and midwifery set in London’s east end in the 1950s and ’60s
5. If you like “The Fall” … check out:
Intense and dark; strong Florida keys atmosphere; black sheep family drama
A quiet yet can’t-stop-watching family drama with secrecy and intensity that draw you into the Rayburn family history from the first episode.
Posted by Jenny Cutler Lopez / Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Where to go this week: Threshold Closing Reception at Olly Olly
When: Thursday, Nov. 5, 6-9 p.m.
Think about the last time you waited on tenterhooks—a long-awaited rendezvous with a paramour, or the tense weeks leading up to your planned resignation; sitting by yourself in international departures wondering what tomorrow will bring, or the final weeks as your baby twists and turns in utero. Waiting on this threshold seems to slow time’s passage, and the tension, the longing, the fluttering nervousness builds.
This dreamlike state inspired Olly Olly owner and curator Jessica Kallista‘s latest exhibit, “Threshold,” at her alternative art space in Old Town Fairfax. Thursday marks the closing reception for “Threshold.”
Kallista says the 10 artists in this exhibit created sculpture, illustrations, paintings and prints to represent “the dreamlike state you find yourself [in] as you anxiously await to awaken into the next phase of your life.”
The exhibit’s artists are based in Northern Virginia, Maryland or D.C. One of Kallista’s passions is creating a welcoming space to introduce nascent art lovers, veteran art connoisseurs and local artists to take part in Olly Olly’s exhibits as spectators or participants. “Threshold” is Olly Olly’s fourth exhibit in 2015, and Nov. 28 marks the opening of the next show, entitled “Baby Canvases.” All “Threshold” pieces not yet sold are priced for all types of collectors.
If you attend, Kallista encourages you to bring healthy nonperishable food items for the Food Bridge Program at Our Daily Bread, which provides short-term emergency food assistance to Fairfax County residents in crisis.
Olly Olly is located at 10417 Main St., Second Floor, Fairfax, VA 22030
Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Edited by Nelia Dashiell
1. An Evening with George Winston
Nov. 8 // Head to Alexandria to enjoy the sounds of George Winston. Winston, one of the most recognized solo pianists in the world, is known for his rural folk piano style and has even been deemed one of the fathers of New Age music. Don’t miss out on this legendary performance. / birchmere.com
2. Big and Tall: Bruce Vilanch and Judy Gold
Nov. 7 // Emmy award-winning actress Judy Gold stands by Emmy award-winning writer Bruce Vilanch this month as they perform a stand-up comedy routine that will have you in tears at the end—tears of joy, of course. / mcleancenter.org
Posted by Editorial / Thursday, October 29th, 2015
1. Reston Town Center Holiday Parade
Nov. 27 // Join the town of Reston for the annual holiday parade Nov. 27 from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. The morning starts with the Gingerbread Man Mile for kids of all ages, a parade filled with Macy’s-style balloons, music and marching bands followed later with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. /restontowncenter.com
Through Nov. 20 // Mount Vernon has recently opened a new photography exhibit featuring a display of 3-D photographs that allows you to compare today’s Mount Vernon to the Mount Vernon of George Washington’s time. / mountvernon.org