Posts Tagged ‘McLean’

Catch the next indie classic at these 5 Northern Virginia movie theaters

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 21st, 2015

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By Robyn Smith

It’s easy to find the blockbusters. We just can’t avoid them, and frankly couldn’t we all do without the seventh movie in a franchise? Nowadays, independent films are all the rage. No longer an acquired taste for film buffs and reviewers, everyone loves a good “Amélie” or “(500) Days of Summer.” You could watch them online, but Zooey Deschanel’s eyes deserve to be seen on the big screen. Alas, the problem with the indies: They don’t have the budget for a nationwide release, so the fans have to scramble or even occasionally trek out to see them. Well, trek no further. At these five local movie theaters, you can watch all the latest underground hits. You’re welcome.

Rave Cinemas Fairfax Corner 14 + Xtreme
Fairfax Corner South: 11900 Palace Way, Fairfax
Perfect for: Foreign films. This movie house has the most out of any on this list.

Cinema Arts Theatre
Fair City Mall: 9650 Main St., Fairfax
Perfect for: Indie buffs. It’s most likely to play something that no other theater in the area is.

AMC Loews Shirlington 7
The Village at Shirlington: 2772 S. Randolph St., Arlington
Perfect for: Crowd pleasers. It plays all the indies you keep seeing commercials for.

AMC Tysons Corner 16
7850 Tysons Corner Center, McLean
Perfect for: When the family is divided on what movie to see. While it’s known for its mainstream flicks, the theater also plays a few limited release films as well.

Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic
2911 District Ave., Fairfax
Perfect for: Those who like to snack on fancy pastries while watching documentaries or foreign films—this theater also sells treats.



7 of Virginia’s best waterfalls you can explore this weekend

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Crabtree Falls

Crabtree Falls. Photo courtesy of Michael Juskelis

By Robyn Smith

From Niagara Falls in Canada to Great Falls in McLean, there are some pretty well-known waterfalls in this country. But what about the approachable ones—the ones you have to hike to get to, but once you get there, you can actually reach under them? We put together a list of some of Virginia’s best waterfalls to help you find a new adventure.

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5 ways to eat up and drink in NoVA history

Posted by Editorial / Monday, July 20th, 2015

By Raquel DeSouza

Northern Virginia is rich with historic sites ranging from colonial farms to homes of former presidents. If you live in the area, you can take all of this nearby history for granted because sometimes taking the usual guided tour just gets old. Instead of listening to lists of facts, excite your taste buds at these five unique museum experiences.

 

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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/shutterstock.com.

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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Dens of Design, Cabins of Coziness Make for Better Bedrooms

The Suite Shoppe Interiors

A traditional ivory panel bed is flanked by a set of industrial zinc bachelor’s chests. The gray pin-tucked comforter provides texture without competing with the transitional pattern of the area rug. The soft, feminine lines of the aqua table lamps silhouette against the pale gray-blue walls. Photo courtesy of The Suite Shoppe Interiors.

By Jennifer Shapira

Calm, relaxed, tranquil, serene. Those bedroom buzzwords should encourage us to unplug from busy daily lives and allow us to retreat to a beautiful, restful atmosphere that welcomes deep sleep. Thoughtful, enveloping surroundings should provide the backdrop for night after night of good rest.

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Putting Your Home on the Market? Here’s How to Exit: Stage Right

Tips for staging homes for sale

Photo courtesy of Pat Baldwin.

By Jennifer Shapira

Stephanie Kelley must have five white sofas in her extensive inventory. “It’s funny,” says the home stager and owner of Refined Design in Fairfax. “We call them our workhorses because they go everywhere.”

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Spring Home and Garden Tours

Posted by Lynn Norusis / Friday, May 8th, 2015

The Love Quilt Project Home Tour in Arlington, McLean and Falls Church.

Photo courtesy of Ginnerty Architects, LLC.

There is nothing that spurs creativity more than walking through an artist’s work, being able to get a firsthand look and feel of structure, texture and colors.

This spring two area home and garden tours allow you to engage in home design.  –Lynn Norusis

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From Brunswick Stew to Elsie’s Magic Skillet, Chefs and Writers Agree: Eat in Virginia

Posted by Stefanie Gans, Dining Editor / Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Where Chefs Eat book

Photo courtesy of Phaidon Press.

Two new books—“1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die” by Mimi Sheraton and “Where Chefs Eat” edited by Joe Warwick—map out the world according to meals.

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Mobile bakery becomes brick-and-mortar: Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery expected this month

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Photo Courtesy of Laura Davidson Photography

Photo courtesy of Laura Davidson Photography

By Susannah Black 

Environmental policy analyst-turned-dessert caterer-turned-food truck operator Sandra Panetta expands once more to open Sweetbites Cafe and Bakery in McLean, expected to open at the end of this month. 

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For the Love of Tennis: The Glebe Ladies Tennis Club

the Glebe Ladies Tennis CLub

Photo by Aaron Spicer.

For 38 years friendships and hospitable competition have moved through the members of the Glebe Ladies Tennis Club.

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