By Katie Bowles
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Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
By Robby Osborne
Spring is a time for flowers to bloom, birds to chirp, and most importantly, our shows to come back. The ABC smash-hit, Scandal is coming back this Thursday at 10 p.m. for its mid-season premiere after a grueling winter. La Tagliatella in Arlington is welcoming back Gladiator fans and B613-philes for a Scandal Viewing Party.
More than a normal viewing party, La Tagliatella will be offering a free popcorn bar, Scandal specialty drinks and Olivia Red wine, a free make-up experience, and a trivia challenge. The night will starts at 9 p.m. and include a Scandal specific specialty drink menu, make-up and a battle of wills.
“Lots of the staff (especially myself) are obsessed with Olivia Pope, her fashion and love of red wine.” said Stacey Kane, La Tagliatella‘s director of Buzz. “We thought with all of the great red wine we have, why not invite our guests in to watch the show?”
The Olivia Popecorn Bar will be available throughout the night and features three very different types of popcorn. There will be a truffle oil and Parmesan cheese blend, a classic movie theater style, and an indulgent Nutella with dark chocolate and sea salt. Normal meals will be available throughout the night as well.
Along with three red wine options, La Tagliatella has mixed up four cocktails inspired by characters from the show:
House Red - $4
La Valentina Montepulciano d’Abruzzo 2010 - $9
Castelluci Miano Nero d’Avola Sicilia 2012 -$9
Gladiator Specialty Drinks
The Harrison - Buffalo Trace Bourbon, maple syrup,fresh lemon juice and egg white – $9
The Quinn Prosecco Cocktail - Prosecco, an organic sugar cube and citrus bitters – $9
The Irresistible Fitz - Plymouth Gin, St Germaine Elderflower Liqueur, citrus bitters and fresh lemon juice – $11
The Huck - Black Cherry Metropolitan -$9
Local Clarendon make-up shop, Bluemercury will be offering complementary make-up applications to anyone dressed up in order to match their character. La Tagliatella will pit gladiator against gladiator in the arena of a Scandal Trivia Contest. Prizes for the contest will be complimentary pizza or other meals, and gift cards of varying value.
La Tagliatella specializes in authentic Italian food, and features high quality ingredients. The restaurant hosts a center stage pizza kitchen, and a full compliment of wine and spirits, and has been a mainstay since first opening in Europe over 20 years ago.
La Tagliatella Clarendon; 2950 Clarendon Blvd, Arlington, 22201
Feb. 27, 9-11 p.m.
By Katie Bowles
VRE trains in Manassas canceled after person was struck and killed
Jury duty phone scam affecting Arlington residents
Winter weather advisory in effect until noon
Woman accused of murder in Sterling will undergo another mental evaluation
Verdict reached in Fairfax road rage killing
By Shelby Robinson
Midway through our interview, Dan “Pluto” Cohn’s cat, Miles Davis, violently throws himself onto me, biting my leg trying to inspire play. In a way, Miles’ relentless energy and passion for playing is reflective of his owner, the only difference being that the “playing” Cohn does involves a guitar.
Cohn is the founding member and main orchestrator of The Grand Candy, a local band that appeals to many different genres including rock, jazz, blues and at times, folk.
Having returned to playing in a group for the first formal time since his band Grits in 2000, Cohn and “The Candy” are about to release their debut album, “NSFW,” on Thursday.
In the suburbs of Falls Church, Cohn rocks out in his basement studio. In a way that keeps his jazz training in mind, Cohn violently throws himself into rock and roll with an ever-changing sound.
Cohn moved to Arlington in 2001, making music in the District and touring occasionally. Around this time, he decided to take up the profession of both of his parents and become a teacher.
In addition to using his basement venue-studio for band practice, Cohn also teaches a rock-and-roll music class for adults called Jam Class.
“It’s like ‘School of Rock’ except everybody’s 30 and has multiple graduate degrees,” he says.
Although Cohn teaches and plays rock and roll now, he actually studied jazz at the New England Conservatory, which is where he met The Grand Candy drummer Jon Babu.
In part because of his jazz roots, Cohn said he believes that every live performance should be a unique experience.
“For me the song exists outside of the recording. And it can be a little bit this way on a particular day and a little that way on another particular day, and that’s one of the things I like to capture at live shows.
“Jack White said ‘Great music is never safe or predictable,’ and I agree with that. In a live performance I want the audience to be on the edge of their seat wondering what’s going to happen.”
The Grand Candy’s upcoming show and NSFW release at The Iota Club in Arlington is sure to be about as surprising as a cat attack, though with a much better soundtrack.
By Janeé Williams
Wrong bus stop drop leaves 7-year boy lost for hours
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Gov. McAuliffe pushes for more offshore drilling
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By Anjelica Michael
The Ben Franklin store in Loudoun will close its doors after 40 years
Republicans target certain states to earn the majority of the Senate
Studies are taking place in Arlington for the sale of air rights over a part of I-66
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By Anthony Baracat
Back in January of 2013, CEO Tina Leone and the Ballston BID (Business Improvement District) set out to enhance life in the Quincy Street, Glebe Road, Fairfax Drive area of Arlington—about 25 blocks.
Through marketing, promotion, maintenance and general beautification, the team hoped to make their neighborhood greater than it was before in terms of business, culture and entertainment.
As home of the National Science Foundation, the Office of Naval Research and Marymount University and Virginia Tech campuses, the BID wanted to continue Ballston’s prominence as the place “Where Minds Meet.”
Their January venture, supported by Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis, was to find the next big idea and to challenge local entrepreneurs. LaunchPad received over 200 applicants from varying lines of work as a local “Shark Tank”-esque competition.
Besides finding that big idea and weaning the challengers down to one, they also hoped to “encourage and support entrepreneurship, strengthen the connections within our community and attract more great minds to start-up and grow their businesses here in Ballston,” says Leone.
In addition, BID found strong partners in the Ballston Mall—to occupy vacant space and spice up creativity on Wilson Boulevard—as well as in Bruce Mancinelli, executive director of Reston’s startup incubator Spire.
Ballston-based organizations can claim to have created or funded the internet, the barcode and the first satellite, so nurturing an inventive culture was crucial for all those at BID.
On Dec. 4, four finalists gave their last elevator pitch and two winners were chosen for the $15,000 cash prize, including office space and furniture in Ballston and legal assistance from Saul Ewing LLP: CarSquare and BuilDATAnalytics.
Posted by Editorial / Friday, February 14th, 2014
By: Natalie Manitius
Defy the frigid temperatures and visit your local farmers at these winter-friendly farmers markets.
Available produce: apples, arugula, Asian greens, beets, beet greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cucumber, collards, kale, leeks, mixed lettuce, mushrooms, onions, pears (Asian/bosc), pea shoots, potatoes (yukon/ sweet/white), radishes, spinach, squash (acorn/butternut/spaghetti), Swiss chard and turnips.
Other items to expect: baked goods, bread, cheese, chocolate, coffee, craft goods, eggs, fancy nuts, honey, jams, meat, milk, pasta, pickles, plants, salsas, seafood, soaps, wine and yogurt.
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
Courthouse Parking Lot
Corner of 14th St. & North Courthouse Road
Worth the visit: Turns out seafood is not just for the summertime. In the spirit of eating seasonally, try Lynnhaven River Seafood’s oysters, which are only available during months containing the letter “r.”
Columbia Pike Market
Sundays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Corner of Columbia Pike and S. Walter Reed Drive
Worth the visit: Columbia Pike’s community efforts stand out among others—the market is the only one in Arlington that accepts SNAP benefits and provides privately-funded subsidies. The Pike is also attentive to farmer practices, as they visit participating farms once a year to confirm the origin of the products and to ensure that the vendors are the farmers themselves.
City of Alexandria
Del Ray Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – noon
203 East Oxford Ave.
Worth the visit: Though Del Ray has just six to eight vendors this time of year, one can still satisfy a pickle craving with No. 1 Sons, a brother-sister team making barrel fermented foods. Activate sour taste buds with a variety of pickles, kimchi, or sauerkraut.
Old Town Market
Saturdays, 7 a.m. – noon
301 King St.
Worth the visit: Continually operating since 1753, the Alexandria market is one of the oldest markets in the U.S.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; occasional 1 p.m. closings
Unity of Fairfax Church
2854 Hunter Mill Road
Worth the visit: A Mennonite co-op, Heritage Farm & Kitchen, sets up an Amish style store and sells a wide variety of dried beans, which cook faster than the grocery variety.
Falls Church City
Falls Church Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon
City Hall Parking Lot
300 Park Ave.
Worth the visit: Last year, the Falls Church Market was voted 4th best medium-sized market in the U.S by American Farmland Trust.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
550 East Main St.
Worth the visit: Shake the winter blues with Herban Avenues’ teas and aromatherapy. Avenues’ Calm loose leaf tea contains chamomile, lavender and oat straw, calcium-rich herbs that help with sleep. Feeling indulgent? Snag the winery favorite Green Lemon aromatherapy, with anti-depressive ingredients bergamot and lemon verbena.
Prince William County
Sundays, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Piney Branch Elementary School
8301 Linton Hall Road
Worth the visit: Mike Burner’s Holly Brook Farm puts out meats beyond the typical fare: look for game hens, lamb, goat and even lamb merguez, a European lamb sausage with garlic.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Parking Lot B
Corner of Prince William St. and West St.
Worth the visit: Mother-daughter pair Jackie Utshudi and Maureen Kabamba present Les Mini Galettes, a bite-sized waffle operation. The galettes are sold in groups of three or six, with seasonal favorites such as the orange-zest, and year-round delights coconut and vanilla bean.
Look out for spring market hours and re-openings come April.