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Concert For Valor guide of events; McLean teens plead guilty for nude photo cache

By Carten Cordell

Concert For Valor guide of events

McLean teens plead guilty to creating cache of nude photos
(The Washington Post)

Virginia legislators nix plan to borrow from highway fund
(The Washington Post)

Marshall Pushes To Reinstate Transportation ‘Kill Switch’ In Virginia

Seven Boozy Milkshakes to Try This Weekend

Posted by Editorial / Friday, August 22nd, 2014

By Allison Michelli

Whether stepping out for a night on the town or enjoying with burgers and fries, adult milkshakes are the ideal way to turn up while also satisfying your sweet tooth.


  • 1. FANFARE eatery, Spiked Shakes Add a shot of Kahlua, Frangelico or Bailey's Irish Cream to any regular milkshake on their menu for $4.00 more. Coming soon to their menu will be “Specialty Adult Milkshakes” like Hot Fudge Bourbon and Salted Caramel. / Photo courtesy of FANFARE eatery.

  • 2. Joe's Amazing Burgers, Bourbon Caramel Adult Milkshake A strong blend of Jack Daniel's whiskey, caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. $10/ Photo by Jill Laroussi.

  • 3. Ray's to the Third, Shake and Bake Vanilla ice cream blended with caramel and chocolate sauce and a shot of Jim Beam bourbon. Don't forget the bacon on top! $10. / Photo by Cristian Cguilar.

  • 4. The Counter, Salted Caramel Adult Milkshake The best of both worlds: salty and sweet. Vanilla ice cream blended with Stoli Vanil, Baileys caramel and pretzels. $9. / Photo courtesy of The Counter.

Still feeling thirsty? Three more places for adult shakes.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 20575 E. Hampton Plaza, Ashburn.

Ted’s Bulletin, 11948 Market Street, Reston.

Vivefy Burger and Lounge, 314 William Street, Fredericksburg.



Locked Out of Heaven: Leaving Dogs in Hot Cars Starts the Countdown

By Elke Thoms

Dog in Car

Photo courtesy of Anton Hlushchenko/

“It’s 95 degrees outside right now, to me that feels like heaven,” Joey Zitzelberger says, sweat dripping down his face. As documented in their YouTube video, he and colleague Nick White have been locked in a truck for the past 25 minutes—willingly. The temperature Zitzelberger’s longing for is right outside the car door, but he does not open it. The temperature inside the car is 130 degrees. Zitzelberger and White do not free themselves from the vehicle for another 15 minutes. 

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Mount Defiance Cidery & Distillery to Open in Middleburg Next Month

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Nicole Nicastro, Mt. Defiance Cidery manager, at the sample bar / Photo Credit: Peter Ahlf

By Ariel Yong

For Marc Chretien, cider is not only his beverage of choice, it’s his business of choice. With craft beer booming in Northern Virginia, Chretien is instead turning to a less crowded industry. “Cider is more unique, yet it’s a classic craft beverage where we’re not competing with 2,800 other micro-breweries. And producing a good cider is every bit as difficult as producing a good beer.”

In August, Chretien will open his second cidery—his first in Northern Virginia—named Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery in Middleburg. It joins Winchester CiderworksBold Rock Hard Cider and about a dozen others in the state. He says he prefers cider due to its “lighter, crisper taste,” especially when hoppy micro-brews can be “a heavier drink.” 

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4 Ways to keep your Kids educated and occupied this summer

By Jessica Godart

Avoid the brain drain with some educational but fun activities to take part in with your kids this summer.

Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory

Photo courtesy of Louise Noakes.

From acting to crafting to dancing and singing, the Center for the Arts features dozens of programs specified for kids this summer. Acting classes include a litany of options such as technical and sound design, auditioning, Broadway, stage lighting and more. For those more vocal with their talents, there are individual coaches available and voice-training seminars.

Perhaps art is more your style? Learn to draw everything from flowers to critters. Or maybe you prefer the digital age? Digital imaging, cartooning and media mash-ups classes are all on the list. Beginner drawing classes, storybook art, pastels, jewelry, even photography and Photoshop courses are offered.

For a more mature crowd still looking to avoid the brain drain, learn a new dance such as West Coast Swing dancing or ballroom style – if you’re prepping for a wedding perhaps the ballroom dancing prep session made especially for wedding season is more your style.

Something for everyone can be found at the art center and you can find a list of classes and their prices here.

 Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory
9419 Battle St.
Manassas, 20110


Reston Zoo

Located off of Hunter Mill Road in Vienna, the zoo offers wagon rides, a petting area, a reptile house and so much more. As kids interact with the animals, they are taught about each one and learn interesting facts with hands-on experience. During the wagon ride, kids and parents have the opportunity to experience a safari-type escapade while mingling with antelope, zebra, ostrich and camels. Throughout the tour, a guide narrates what the kids are seeing and provides tidbits about each animal.

Ticket prices and zoo hours can be found here.

Reston Zoo
1228 Hunter Mill Road
Vienna, 22182



Claude Moore Colonial Farm

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Get the full 18th century experience with your kids as they travel back in time to 1771, when life was just a little bit simpler. The Claude Moore Colonial Farm features several educational programs specifically designed to teach kids farm skills, how to live like a colonial settler. For children ages 10-17, there is a volunteer program where they will take on the role of a child in the 18th century, complete with period outfit and chores to provide upkeep of the farm.

On July 19 and 20, parents and kids also have the opportunity to join the farm for their Summer Colonial Market Fair. During the fair, there will be merchants selling period toys and clothes, fencing lessons, hands-on crafting and even the chance to make a candle with just a wick and wax. Period food and music are also available as families relax in an 18th century atmosphere.

Check out the calendar of events for details and links for prices.

Claude Moore Colonial Farm
6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, 22101



Sully Plantation

The Sully Plantation Historic Site hosts living history events throughout the summer ranging from the Revolutionary War to World War II. With kid-friendly events such as a hand-sewing workshop and ice cream making, the plantation provides entertainment for the entire family.

On July 12 and 13, WWII camps will be set up throughout the site with portrayed soldiers and civilians performing different jobs during the war. With the price of admission, parents and kids will be able to experience life in the 1940s in a real WWII camp site and also take a tour of the Sully House at the plantation.

 Sully goes back even further in time on Aug. 16 and 17 with the Civil War Encampment Weekend. Watch federal and Confederate troops as they re-enact battles and meet them as they portray what camp life was like 150 years ago. Also including a house tour with price of admission, the site will host artifacts belonging actual residents of the plantation in the mid-19th century.

Click here for details and prices on workshops and living history days.

Sully Plantation
3650 Historic Sully Way
Chantilly, 20151


Six Summer Kids Events That Don’t Include the Pool

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 30th, 2014

By Emily Rust

School’s out, the pool’s already getting old and the kids’ summer boredom has set in.  To change up the routine, hit these local events in between Fourth of July parades and festivals.


National Geographic Kids Club
July 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Even indoors, insects rule this month’s kids club. For a shopping break, Bob the Bug Man will help children wrangle up bugs using a bug net and magnifying glass. Snacks, music, a bug themed story and games will help children learn more about creepy crawlies.  Insider tip: To hear about more kids events, register for free online. Show your membership card to the Concierge Desk to receive a free Tysons Corner Center Balloon. / Bloomingdale’s Court Level One, Tysons Corner Center; 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean; free


Taratibu Youth Association

Taratibu Youth Association. Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap.

Taratibu Youth Association
July 3, 10:30 a.m.

The Maryland-based youth dance company performs hip-hop, modern and traditional African dance, teaching children about African and African-American culture. Ranging in age from 11 to 18, dancers combine vocal performances with dance. Their Wolf Trap performance will include a new Taratibu piece that encourages audience participation. / Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Wolf Trap; 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; $8


Parent/Child Arts and Crafts Workshop
July 5, 10 a.m.-noon

If you’re already tired of the oppressive summer heat, remember the days of winter chill with “Winter in July” themed crafts.  Little ones will decorate paper plates with scenes of Santa’s summer vacation and artist Pat Mcintyre will help them turn their creations into snowglobes.  / Reston Art Gallery & Studios; 11400 Washington Plaza West, Reston; free


Patty Shukla

Patty Shukla. Photo courtesy of Jammin Java.

Patty Shukla Kids Music
July 5, 10:30 a.m.

With six music apps, 5 CDs and more than 77,000 YouTube subscribers, Patty Shukla is ready to keep children entertained. Her interactive performance and upbeat songs will keep your keeps awake on Saturday morning. / Jammin Java; 227 Maple Ave E, Vienna; $8


Kids Fishing Clinic
July 5, 11 a.m.

Bring a fishing pole and head out to the Occoquan Reservoir, to learn the basics of fishing. Children will learn about different types of fish and how to adjust their fishing rods accordingly. Later on, families can rent boats or hit the trail and bike beginner, intermediate and advance loops. / Fountainhead Regional Park; 10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station; free, reservations required


The Ice Queen
July 5, 1 p.m.

For fairytale lovers, this original play follows the story of the Ice Queen’s quest to find love including trouble with Jack Frost along the way. / Workhouse Arts Center; 9601 Ox Road, Lorton; $9-12

Q&A with härth’s New Chef Luc A. Dendievel

Posted by Editorial / Monday, June 30th, 2014

Courtesy of Chef Luc A. Dendievel

By Ariel Yong

Earlier this month, härth, the restaurant inside Hilton McLean Tysons Corner appointed new executive chef Luc A. Dendievel to continue the restaurant’s farm-to-table cuisine. The Belgium-born chef spent the last four years at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., previously opened restaurants in New York City and Sacramento and worked with famed chefs Michel Richard and Antoine Westermann.  

What will you change on härth’s menu?
We’re going to keep the concept farm-to-table, but I want to upgrade the menu and modernize it. I’m still working with fresh vegetables and whatever comes from the farm, but my cuisine is more about a very, very light sauce. I work a lot with vegetable juice, things like that.

What does “farm-to-table” mean to you?
As a chef, you always want to work with the season and whatever is available. This is how we should cook and not necessarily trying to get asparagus in the middle of July/August when the season is in March. Same with mushrooms. Same with seafood. We say ‘farm’, but it’s mostly what nature gives us and we work with that. It would be sad when it’s time for a season not to use [foods that are in season].

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Activism in the Arts

For some Northern Virginia’s artists, making art has become intertwined with spreading cultural awareness and expressing a passion for the betterment of society. –Shelby Robinson


Christopher K. Morgan & Artists

Photo courtesy of Christopher Morgan.

Richard Knox Robinson
“I didn’t go into making films to be an activist, I just researched my films too much and found information that I couldn’t reconcile with,” says Richard Knox Robinson. His interest in research and film took the Reston native from a photography job with National Geographic to George Mason University for a graduate degree in filmmaking, with his first film setting the scene for a turbulent career.

“I really didn’t expect beekeeping to be political,” he says about “The Beekeepers,” (2009) his entry into the filmmaking world. It began with his interest in beekeeping but became more about the fate of bees and life as we know it, if the pesticides causing Colony Collapse Disorder are not regulated.

Controversy has since followed. His second film, “Rothstein’s First Assignment,” (2011) brought Robinson full-on scrutiny. While retracing the work of Arthur Rothstein, one of America’s premier photojournalists, Robinson discovered, through interviews, photo archives and court documents, that the then Resettlement Administration’s relocation project of a community in the Appalachian Mountains was a falsehood. The people Rothstein was so diligently photographing and recording were in fact part of an experimental eugenics program. The film elicited criticism from a Farm Security Administration Scholar and was publicly critiqued by Rothstein’s daughter as well as the Journal of American History.

“[The Journal of American History critic] didn’t critique me on the technique, he tried to critique me on the facts, and he’s wrong. He says it’s untrue because I don’t say who was sterilized in the film, but I can’t and he knows I can’t,” says Robinson referring to the requested anonymity of the still-living Madison County residents who were involved in the program.

James Madison University will be hosting a screening “Rothstein’s First Assignment” this fall, and Robinson’s newest film “Song of the Cicadas,” relating the “prisoners of the underground” to political prisoner Timothy Blunk, and will be at the Mountainfilm festival in Telluride, Colorado.


Harbison, Rosenbaum and Kolm

Harbison, Rosenbaum and Kolm. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Kolm.

Jonathan Kolm
Composer Jonathan Kolm says he wishes people would remove the stigma around the word “activist” and just see that “being an environmentalist is just being a good citizen. Our long-term safety and health is connected to our immediate surroundings and the air around us, the climate and the world as a whole.”

When Kolm was working on his undergraduate degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, his goal was to graduate and compose beautiful music. However, during his doctoral program, he read Richard Heinburg’s “The Party’s Over,” which discusses issues surrounding the depletion of fossil fuels. This led to a shift in Kolm’s thinking. He’d never been exposed to environmental issues. “By the end of my studies these issues were becoming important to me in my compositions. I was really interested in using my work to deal with some of these issues.”

Kolm’s recent composition, “Terra Secundum” (meaning “earth after”), is a musical reflection on the possible fate of industrialized society. Another, “Renewables,” explores the possibility of renewable energy. Kolm says that his audiences have generally been very supportive and responsive, mentioning, “although activists and environmentalists can’t match the money that’s being put on the other side of the equation, we can use our creativity to reach people and build a larger coalition of citizens to affect change.”

Composing music starts conversations about the environment and brings attention to the issues, he says. “Activists and people who work in environmental fields often feel as though their work doesn’t get noticed or doesn’t get the attention that it deserves or would like. But having art that reflects on the same issues creates a broader dialogue and bigger space to have conversations about change on a bigger level.”

Kolm teaches music and composition at Northern Virginia Community College’s Alexandria Campus and is the faculty advisor of the NVCC Alexandria Green Team. Check Kolm’s website,, for upcoming shows and more information about his compositions.


Christopher Morgan
Christopher Morgan is a cultural diplomat. He has performed and worked with dancers and choreographers in Hong Kong, Lithuania, Ireland and Palestine, to name a few.

In 2002, Morgan was commissioned to choreograph a dance in Lithuania called “Ties that Bind,” which used visual metaphors to explore themes of restriction. A particularly moving experience for him because when he choreographed the piece and was working in Lithuania, “They were not so far out of their time as a communist country and being under the Soviet Union. So a lot of the dancers in the company had a perspective on restriction that I couldn’t have personally. … That kind of restriction was something that was new to me.”

From this point on Morgan went on to choreograph dances such as “Rice,” “The Measure of a Man” and “Dissolving,” about racial identity, gender identity and environmentalism, respectively. Morgan remembers “Rice,” which explored his feelings about growing up as an Asian in a predominantly white community through the systematic washing of rice, as being particularly moving to audiences, specifically when weeks after a performance a 12-year old asked him if he had really wished to have lighter skin as a kid. Morgan told the 12 year old that although he felt that way as a kid, he has since learned the value of cultural diversity, specifically in his own background.

Morgan uses his role as a cultural diplomat to open dialogue about pressing issues because he strongly believes that art with deeper motives has the power to move people in a positive direction and that “art informs diplomacy through culture.”

Morgan teaches choreography at American University and his dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists frequently performs at the Alden Theatre in McLean. Check for his upcoming shows on his website

(June 2014)

Ride Your Bike in Tysons … And Live

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Tour de Tysons

Photo courtesy of Sainthorant Daniel/

By Emily Rust

Forget the Tysons you thought you knew. The once perpetually in gridlock, business mecca, is now a safe place to drive or bike.

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To-Do List: What to be aware of when planning an outdoor space

Northern Virginia Outdoor Living.

Photo courtesy of NVblu.

As a homeowner, if you’re considering updates to your backyard, you may need to enlist the help of local professionals. Part of their work involves dealing with code concerns and obtaining all the building and construction permits to meet your needs, including plumbing, gas and electric. But to get started, check your county’s website to read up on any regulations, as well as before digging. Here are some tips to consider:

◊ Think about how you want your backyard to function.

◊ How do you want to live in your updated outdoor space?

◊ Do you want an open space like a patio, a partially open space like a pergola or a screened-in porch?

◊ Do you envision an outdoor kitchen? What appliances might you need?

◊ Will you need additional storage?

◊ Will you entertain frequently?

◊ What sort of safety precautions might exist? For example: Are there children? What are their ages?

◊ Will you need a fence?

◊ How much time and maintenance are you willing to put in?

◊ Contact your homeowner’s association regarding any rules and regulations.

◊ If you don’t already have one, obtain a copy of your home’s plat.

◊ Have an idea of what building materials might be used.

◊ Understand that there could be changes to a plan, based on a number of factors (such as being in an RPA).

◊ Be prepared to be flexible on budget costs and aware that sometimes there are surprises.

◊ Try to be creative and imaginative and open to ideas.

◊ Now relax and enjoy your new space.

(June 2014)

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