Posts Tagged ‘Fairfax’

Audiences take over live storytelling with Better Said Than Done

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

The Auld Shebeen

Photo courtesy of Jason Hornick.

By Rachel Sandler

In the vein of “The Moth Radio Hour,” Northern Virginia-based storytelling troupe Better Said Than Done has been hosting monthly storytelling shows since 2011. While storytelling shows are nothing new (The Moth, for example, was founded in 1997), Better Said Than Done is creating an entirely new live storytelling format: choose your own adventure.

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Heat advisory in NoVA today; former Fairfax superintendent dies

By Robyn Smith

 Heat advisory in NoVA today

Former FCPS superintendent Bud Spillane dies at 80

7 cars set on fire in Centreville

Firefighters rescue kitten from car engine

Global-ish: Squid and shrimp pancake at BBQ21

Posted by Editorial / Friday, July 10th, 2015


BBQ21 / Photo by Ann Hsu Kaufman

Finding worldly bites for $12 & under.

By Ann Hsu Kaufman 

Far from the crowd of Korean barbecue restaurants dotting the streets of Annandale, a solid contender for pork belly and bolgogi can now be found in Fairfax.

BBQ21, located in a strip mall along with two Middle Eastern restaurants, Chinese takeout, an Indian restaurant and Burlington Coat Factory, bucks the standard strip mall design and instead offers a sleek, clean interior with heartfelt service.

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It’s a long way to the top: Fairfax band to compete in Jammin’ Java’s ‘The Battle’

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Eric Matson.

Photo Courtesy of Eric Matson.

By Grace Ann Brew

Starting tonight, Jammin’ Java proves that rock ‘n’ roll is here to stay with their biannual Battle of the Bands. Throughout July and August local bands will compete in front of judges such as music producer Jim Ebert and Stephanie Williams, managing editor of DC Music Download. Prizes include $2,500 cash, the opportunity to record a single with Jim Ebert and a spot headlining Jammin’ Java.

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5 NoVA community theater shows to catch this summer

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

NoVA community theatre in July

Photo courtesy of aerogondo2/

By Robyn Smith

Community theater is like a book club for intellectual types who need that Socratic fix—no one is in the club to become a successful author; they’re just there because they love to read and want to share this love with others.

The amateur actor does what she or he does for love, not compensation. In fact, in many community theater performances, actors have to pay to play. This atmosphere is built by the cast, for the cast to connect with their community the best way they know how.

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Hungry for Linkage: Grocery store gets into the CSA game

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Kona Grill Arlington

Photo courtesy of Silver Spiral Arts/

By Mia Finley

Landlord tries to evict Gypsy Soul in Mosaic District. [Washington Post]

Peapod is partnering with FarmLogix for a CSA-like local farm-based delivery program starting this summer. [Peapod]

Yesterday DGS Delicatessen debuted a happy hour (and late night) menu at its Merrifield location. [DGS]  

Hawaiian-influenced sushi chain Kona Grill opened this week in Arlington. [ARLnow]

Duck Donuts opens in Fairfax with Arlington and Bristow locations yet to come. [Eater]

More than fireworks and burgers: Fourth of July food events and goody bags

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 29th, 2015

Salamander Resort Fourth of July

Photo courtesy of Salamander Resort

By Mia Finley

There’s more than fireworks and burgers at these Independence Day food events.

Salamander Resort
4-10 p.m. Fourth of July celebrations start with a full hog barbecue buffet and tasting tables from multiple Virginia wineries and cideries. A dessert showcase from Jason Reaves ends the night on a sweet note. / Salamander Resort; 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg

Long Bridge Park
5-10 p.m. Arlington’s annual celebration of live music, fireworks and games returns this year with a food truck rally—soft-serve ice cream, gyros, banh mi sandwiches and more. Vendors include Salou Kaba, The Big Cheese and Mac’s Donuts. Check the website for a full listing. / Arlington Parks and Recreation; 475 Long Bridge Drive, Arlington

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Children’s Science Center Lab opens at Fair Oaks Mall

Children's Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall

Photo courtesy of Jessica Wallach/Portrait Playtime.

By Micaela Williamson

After much anticipation, the Children’s Science Center Lab will open its doors at Fair Oaks Mall on Saturday, June 20. The 5,400-square-foot facility features hands-on, interactive STEM-based activities and exhibits for children.

“This facility offers children the opportunity to have fun and extend learning within a hands-on, interactive museum setting, unique in our region. After many years of being a museum without walls, we are thrilled to make such experiences possible every day and for many more children at our new lab at Fair Oaks Mall,” says Nene Spivy, executive director of the Children’s Science Center.

The Children’s Science Center Lab is set up with four different experience zones:

-An Experiment Bar allows children to order from a changing menu of experiments based on scientific fundamentals.
-The Inspiration Hub is packed with stimulating exhibits that relate science to the real world such as: Power the City, Catching the Wind, Chain Reaction, Gear Table and the Keva Plank Construction Zone.
-A Tinker Shop that is dedicated to open-ended creating and engineering projects. Kids can tackle challenges like building structures and crafts, engaging with circuits and robotics and dissecting machines and toys.
-The Discovery Zone is a hands-on place geared towards children under 5. Exhibits such as Light and Shadow Play, Imagination Playground and science Discovery Boxes allow little ones to learn through play.

Patricia Hall, author of Fairfax Family Fun, visited the lab with her 7-year old son during a preview night.

“It has a more sophisticated look than I expected,” Hall says. “The Experiment Bar where kids can pick an experiment to do (with the help of a staff member) is very elegant and capable of serving dozens of people at a time. We spent two hours engaged in all the activities at the lab and only left because the facility was closing.”

Exhibits and programs will be changed regularly so that children can return for new learning experiences. The Children’s Science Center Lab facility also contains a flexible space called the Garage, which will be used for camps, classes, workshops, birthday parties and occasional mini expos to showcase regional STEM talent in action within local industry and among area youth.

Admission to the lab is $12 for visitors ages 2 years and older. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets are $11 for seniors and members of the military, and the group rate (groups of 10 or more) is $10 per person. For more information, visit or call 703-648-3130.

The lab is part of a larger mission. The Children’s Science Center will be opening a world-class 30,000-square-foot accessible museum, with room for more expansion, in 2020 in Dulles. Progress and artist renderings of the future facility can be seen on the Children’s Science Center website.

Children’s Science Center Lab
11948 Fair Oaks Mall, lower level near Sears
Fairfax, VA 22033

Courtesy of Tiffany Brown, Mamaratzy Photography

Micaela Williamson is a coauthor 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.

Where to eat and drink this Father’s Day

Posted by Editorial / Friday, June 12th, 2015

Photos Courtesy of Carmello's

Photos Courtesy of Carmello’s

By Mia Finley

Wine Tastings 

Gray Ghost Vineyards
June 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bring Dad for free wine tastings, live music, winery tours and gourmet box lunches. Please call ahead for lunch reservations at 540-937-4869. / Gray Ghost Vineyards; 14706 Lee Hwy., Amissville.

DuCard Vineyards
June 21, noon -5 p.m. Singer-songwriter Paulo Franco will provide live music while Panacea Cigar Company helps pair fine cigars with wines. / DuCard Vineyards; 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan

Narmada Winery
June 21, 1p.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate Father’s Day with live music by Aubrey Driggers and free wine tasting for Dads all weekend. / Narmada; 43 Narmada Lane, Amissville

Fabbioli Cellars
June 20-21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. WoodFire Pizza food truck will be at Fabbioli’s to serve pizza while enjoying selections from the vineyard. Check the Facebook event page for more information. / Fabbioli Facebook; 15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg

Miracle Valley Vineyard
June 21, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Chilled wine and light fare will be served along with blues singer Martha Capone. / Miracle Valley Vineyard; 3661 Double J Lane, Delaplane

North Gate Vineyard
June 21, noon-5 p.m. Two different varieties of raw Chesapeake Bay oysters will be served along with live music. / North Gate Vineyard; 16031 Hillsboro Road, Purcellville



June 21, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. A barbecue-style Father’s Day Brunch, $30 per person, while kids 12 years old and younger eat free.  / Carmello’s. 9108 Center St., Manassas

American Tap Room
June 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. All-you-can-eat brunch buffet for $28 per person, including an omelet station and brisket bar. / American Tap Room; 3101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

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The Art of Movement in Mosaic

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Monday, June 8th, 2015

Transcendence, Art Whino Gallery

Photo courtesy of Art Whino Gallery.

New art installation brings with it talks of an ongoing art program.

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