Posts Tagged ‘Arlington’

Hungry for Linkage: Cocktail Week + Mayo Wars + Soup for Thanksgiving

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 17th, 2014

Tim UR/

Tim UR/

DC Cocktail Week starts today with specials at over 55 restaurants, including Epic Smokehouse, Mazagan Restaurant & LoungeStone’s Cove KitBarTRIO and many more in NoVA. [RAMW]

Arlington‘s Eventide is now closed. [ARLnow]

The mayo wars. [Mother Jones]

Virginia beer survey: “More than 79 percent of respondents … said they had visited a brewery because they were going to a winery or were on a wine trail.” [Loudoun Times Mirror]

In praise of soup on Thanksgiving. [WaPo]

Ebola-stricken doc dies in Nebraska; Feds suprise NFL with inspection

By Carten Cordell

Martin Salia, Ebola-stricken surgeon, dies in Nebraska hospital
(The Washington Post)

Federal drug agents launch surprise inspections of NFL teams
(The Washington Post)

Arlington Neighborhood tries to Save 200-Year-Old Tree

Draft report: Ride-sharing to top taxis in Va.

Antares Rocket Explosion Hasn’t Stopped Its Manufacturer From Getting NASA Contracts

7 Nutcracker Ballets in Northern Virginia for 2014

Nucracker ballet in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of Teri Virbickis/

By Micaela Williamson

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and these local professional performances of The Nutcracker leave audiences enchanted without requiring a trip into the city.


Institute for Performing Arts, Nutcracker in a Shell All Jazzed Up

Nov. 22-23
Heritage High School

The Creative Dance Center introduces younger audiences to the tradition of The Nutcracker through a jazzy version performed by “children for children.”


Gainesville Ballet

Nov. 28
Hylton Performing Arts Center

The Gainesville Ballet brings together professional dancers with local student performers in two full-length ballet performances of The Nutcracker on Friday, Nov. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.   The perfect way to start the holiday season!


Northern Virginia Youth Ballet

Nov. 29
Hylton Performing Arts Center

This intricate, full-length production of The Nutcracker features stars from The American Ballet Theatre as well as talented dances from the Northern Virginia Youth Ballet.


Fairfax Ballet

Nov. 29-30
W.T. Woodson High School

Since 1991, The Fairfax Ballet has been dazzling local families with their beautiful production of The Nutcracker. This year’s performance features Company dancers, students from the Russell School of Ballet and professional guest artists.


Ballet NoVA Center Dance Company

Dec. 4-7
Thomas Jefferson Community Theater

This professional performance includes children and professional dancers, stunning customs, and gorgeous scenery. For the little ones, Ballet NoVA is offering a special “petite preschool performance” on Dec. 12 and 13. This performance at the Falls Church center includes 45 minutes of Nutcracker highlights.


Loudoun Ballet Company

Dec. 19-21
Freedom High School
South Riding

A Loudoun county family tradition, the Loudoun Ballet School is pleased to present its 25th anniversary of The Nutcracker. The performance combines the talents of local and professional dancers. This year on Saturday, Dec. 13, the ballet is offering a special Nutcracker Tea Party, complete with tea sandwiches, scones, beverages and Nutcracker characters, at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg. Prepaid reservations are required here.


Virginia Ballet

Dec. 27-29
Northern Virginia Community College
Annandale Campus

Enjoy the Northern Virginia region’s longest running classical production of The Nutcracker featuring over a hundred students in a colorful selection of costumes. The performance is scheduled after Christmas, allowing families to enjoy the show without the craziness of the holiday rush.

Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a co-author of local travel guide, Kid Trips Northern Virginia, an extraordinary resource that provides descriptions, useful information and insider tips for hundreds of local destinations. Micaela is also an award winning blogger who enjoys supporting area businesses and scouting out family-friendly venues with her two young sons.




Spacecraft Lands on Comet; U.S. and China Reach Climate Agreement

By Michael Balderston

European spacecraft lands on speeding comet.

U.S. and China make historical climate agreement.

Metro unveiling new faregates that will allow for riders to pay with smartphones.

Arlington property tax projected to rise in 2015.
(Washington Post)

Virginia Department of Transportation installing new technology to make I-66 more predictable.

White House works on back-up; Fund set up for fire victims

By Carten Cordell

Fund Established for Victims of Fatal House Fire in Arlington

Va. State Parks offers free Veterans Day admission

Obama officials work on contingency plans for as enrollment nears
(The Washington Post)

Was Vihstadts reelection in Arlington A Referendum On Streetcar?


32 New and Almost Open Restaurants, Breweries and Coffee Shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 7th, 2014

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/

Need a new spot to nosh? Here is a list of new restaurants now open and soon-to open.

&Pizza Arlington, Reagan National Airport, Pizza, $; Expected Nov.

The Beer Joint Brewing Leesburg, Burgers, Bourbon and Beer, $$; Opened Sept.
| MORE: Vintage 50 is now The Beer Joint

Belly Love Brewing Company Purcellville, Beer, $; Expected Nov. 

Bistro 360
Arlington, Mediterranean, $$; Opened Oct. 
| MORE: From Georgian cheese bread to the Central Asian plov, a global dining room.

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GOP takes control of Senate; D.C. voters say yes to legal pot

By Bailey Lucero-Carter

GOP dominates midterms, takes control of Senate
(The Washington Post)

D.C. voters overwhelmingly support legalizing marijuana
(The Washington Post)

Boy donates prehistoric projectile point to Smithsonian

Arlington will no longer ask job applicants about criminal record

Va. Tech bans travel to 3 countries due to Ebola

Too Much Halloween Candy?

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 3rd, 2014

An Arlington woman turns your chocolate problem into presents for deployed troops. —Susannah Black & Ariel Yong

Halloween Candy giveaway

Photo courtesy of Arina P Habich/

In 2007, George Mason University alum Yael Roggen founded Treats 4 Our Troops when she began sending care packages full of leftover Halloween candy to her friend deployed to Iraq.

Realizing the potential to, as Roggen explains, “pay it forward,” she organized—from her living room—a now countrywide movement to donate surplus Halloween candy to troops overseas. Because of the growing velocity of Treats 4 Our Troops, Roggen now encourages those interested in donating to mail their candy directly to troops. Through email, Roggen provides the necessary military addresses and guidelines for donating.

Since its inception, Roggen mailed upwards of 15,000 pounds of candy and sent sweets to over 1,000 troops.

Using “such a small thing” like Halloween candy, says Roggen, demonstrates my appreciation.

(October 2014)

Hungry for Linkage: Fuego’s Día de los Muertos + Clarendon’s Halloween Bar Crawl + Heritage Brewing’s Halloween Bash

Posted by Editorial / Friday, October 31st, 2014

Chocolate Abuelita / Photo Courtesy of Fuego

Chocolate Abuelita / Photo Courtesy of Fuego Cocina y Tequileria

By Susannah Black 

Adroit Theory Brewing Company hosts a Halloween Weekend Rare Beer Festival this Friday and Saturday. [Adroit Theory]

Salud The Healthy Pantry hosts its first First Annual Unique Gifts Open House this Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. [Salud]

Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastro Pub throws their Movember Sweeny Todd Shave-Off tomorrow night at 7 p.m., complete with an Alfred Hitchcock themed party, all-night jello shots for $2 and an extended happy hour until 9 p.m. [Samuel Beckett's]

Fuego Cocina y Tequileria hosts a Día de los Muertos party October 31st through November 2nd. Guests can expect specialty foods and drinks like Pan de los Muertos (translated dead bread) and Chocolate Abuelita. Specialty, scary, Halloween-themed cocktails will also be available. [Examiner]

Tomorrow’s winner of Heritage Brewing Company‘s costume party during Heritage Halloween Bash will win a case of beer of his/her choice. [Heritage]

The 2014 Clarendon Halloween Crawl is this Saturday from 2-9 p.m. Bars along the crawl include Mad Rose, Spider Kelly’s, American Tap Room and several others. [Clarendon]

Experience the best local brewers and food vendors at Rustico‘s Alexandria location this Saturday from 12-5 p.m. during Novemberfest 2014. [Rustico]


Comedy Man

Greg Garcia dips into his Northern Virginia upbringing for Season Two of ‘The Millers.’

The Millers' Will Arnett

Photo courtesy of Cliff Lipson/CBS ©2013 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

By Orrin Konheim

When TV producer and writer Greg Garcia cast Will Arnett as the protagonist for his latest show, “The Millers,” he didn’t anticipate how the Canadian actor would respond to Garcia’s preferences in sportswear.

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