Posts Tagged ‘Fairfax’

20 new and almost opened restaurants, breweries and coffee shops in Northern Virginia

Posted by Editorial / Friday, May 22nd, 2015

New and Almost Open restaurants in Northern Virginia

Photo courtesy of 360b/Shutterstock.com

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

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Maryland man suspected in quadruple murder; Alexandria chooses location for Potomac Yard Metro

Maryland man suspected in quadruple homicide and arson in NW Washington
(The Washington Post)

Alexandria chooses location for Potomac Yard Metro
(The Washington Post)

Fairfax court publishes name of victim in Jesse Matthew rape case
(WTOP)

Morrissey confirms he’s former employee’s child
(WTOP)

New I-66 plan rolls over residents with eminent domain
(WAMU)



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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Brady suspended 4 games ‘deflategate’; Monday was a bad day for Metro

By Victoria Gaffney

Texas may ban local licensing of same-sex marriages
(Washington Post)

Public hearing on noise regulations in Fairfax
(WTOP)

Persian Gulf leaders ask U.S. for greater security
(Washington Post)

Monday was a bad day for Metro
(Washington Post)

Brady suspended four games for ‘deflategate’
(WTOP)



Metro suspends Orange, Blue and Silver lines; ACLU files suit over license plate readers in Fairfax

Metro suspends service on Orange, Blue and Silver lines due to smoke at Rosslyn
(The Washington Post)

ACLU files suit over license plate readers in Fairfax
(WAMU)

Former CIA officer could face long prison term in leaks case
(WTOP)

Russ Moulton may be unelected, but his power within the Va. GOP is undenied
(The Washington Post)



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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Temple of Transformance ready to burn on Mason Pond

 

Photo Courtesy of Elmo Thamm

Photo Courtesy of Elmo Thamm

By Sophia Rutti 

Michael Verdon, a senior at George Mason University, is finishing off his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture by publicly burning his final project. While many of us would like to burn our final projects out of spite, Verdon’s project is being burned to bring a sense of peace to everyone who contributed to it.

For the past few weeks, Verdon has placed his Temple of Transformance on the Mason Pond and asked people to come in and write a few words. He says: “My intention is that people have a space to share stories of remembrance, loss, fear, forgiveness, doubt, guilt and things that are no longer serving you that you are now ready to let go of and move through. Sometimes it is difficult to make the last step to let something go, and this project, ideally, offers people a communal avenue by which to do that.”

Members of the George Mason community and beyond have the opportunity to write on the walls of the temple, bring photos of loved ones and leave letters all in the hopes that when it is burned, your troubles will disappear and be replaced with a sense of catharsis. Verdon went on to say, “We hope that in giving up something beautiful and burning this temple we are giving people a chance to let go of things that are troubling them.”

The Temple, which now sits just on the edge of the Mason pond, is full of text from students and passersby who are waiting to see their troubles disappear in smoke.

 

Photo Courtesy of Michael Verdon

Photo Courtesy of Michael Verdon

This project is not the first of its kind, however. Verdon was inspired by David Best, an artist whose temple he watched burn at the popular Burning Man festival. Verdon himself has been working on similar projects since 2011 and has since collectively built seven temples and effigies. He explains the difference between a temple and an effigy by focusing on the dichotomy between them. The burning of an effigy, according to Verdon, is for celebration and excitement, whereas a temple is meant to be an experience of catharsis and reflection for everyone involved.

“This project actually has larger implications,” Verdon says. “The artist David Best was recently invited to build a similar object in Northern Ireland—an old conflict zone. This kind of project can bring people together. The shared experience of both reading other people’s stories and writing down your own personal experience bonds people. Also, getting to share the burn experience is communally bonding. The idea that it is temporary and disappears brings people together even if it is just for a moment.”

Photo Courtesy of Michael Verdon

Photo Courtesy of Michael Verdon

On May 8 at 8:30 p.m., Verdon’s Temple of Transformance will be pulled to the center of the pond and set on fire. The George Mason community and the public at large can sit together and experience the echoing of flames off the water and watch their troubles burn away.



Greater DC ReelAbilities Film Festival showcases diversity of ability

Wretches and Jabberers movie.

“Wretches and Jabberers” – Photo Courtesy of ReelAbilities Film Festival

By Victoria Gaffney

This week, D.C. spots are screening thought-provoking and inspiring works from around the globe. The ReelAbilities Film Festival, which began in New York in 2007, is the largest festival to celebrate and foster understanding about different types of abilities through film.

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Attempted abduction at Fairfax school; Is Metro really so bad?

Attempted abduction reported near Fairfax elementary school
(The Washington Post)

Is Metro really so bad?
(The Washington Post)

Thousands without power in Prince William County
(WTOP)

Green arrows fail on I-66 Monday morning
(WTOP)

Expand I-66? Not so fast, says coalition
(WAMU)



Bridge work will clog Arlington for years; Stun gun use stopped at Fairfax County jail

Slain American hostage, Warren Weinstein, remembered for helping the world’s poorest
(The Washington Post)

Virginians near I-66 wary of state’s plan for HOT lanes
(The Washington Post)

Bridge work will clog Arlington for years
(WTOP)

Stun gun use temporarily stopped at Fairfax County jail
(WTOP)

Union, Metro Management Disagree Over ‘Safety Culture’ At WMATA
(WAMU)



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