By Anjelica Michael
Inova Loudoun begins its $250 million expansion. Plans include additions on the birthing center and cancer treatment units.
Va. lawmakers scrutinize past gifts as they prepare ethics legislation
Robin Zander, lead singer of Cheap Trick, comes to an Alexandria theater.
An Arlington organization is out on the streets in a 10-year plan to end homelessness.
Amanda Knox is found guilty for a second time for the murder of Meredith Kercher in Italy.
Posted by Anjelica Michael / Thursday, January 30th, 2014
By Anjelica Michael
In honor of Black History Month, the University of Mary Washington will hold a special event to honor the Civil Rights Movement by screening a new documentary entitled, “An Ordinary Hero,” on Monday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. This is the story of Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, who came from a privileged Southern family and joined the Freedom Riders at the age of 19.
The film tells the story of her career of activism and how she played a role in the Civil Rights Movement. Mullholland visited the university in 2011 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom rides, and now she will be back to speak about her experiences after the documentary viewing.
“It is greatly important for the University to feature the documentary. Her visit brings the issue of the Freedom Rides and in a larger context, the Civil Rights Movement full circle,” said Greta Franklin, associate director of the university’s James Farmer Multicultural Center.
The center’s namesake, James Farmer, was a co-founder of Congress of Racial Equality, or CORE, the organization that coordinated the Freedom Rides during the Civil Rights Movement. Later, Farmer became a Distinguised professor at the university from the late 1980′s until 1998.
“The Freedom Rides and the Freedom Riders have a special connection to UMW due to James Farmer’s role at UMW,” said Franklin.
When asked what she hoped students would take away from the documentary, Franklin said, “Most of the Freedom Riders were college-aged students. We would like for the students to know that they have a lot of influence and power and can use those things to bring about positive changes in their lives and in their communities.”
The university, located in Fredericksburg, will also have other events throughout the month sponsored by the James Farmer Multicultural Center and the Black History Month Planning committee. Find a quick list of events below, and for more details, check out the calendar of events.
“An Ordinary Hero”
Monday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.
Lee Hall, room 411
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
By Janee Williams
Metro blames mechanical problems on the cold weather
Man dies after not receiving quick aid outside a D.C. fire station
South struggles back to normal as officials point fingers after snowstorm
Interpol will help sniff out crime during the Olympics
By Robby Osborne
Simple Clam Chowder
Prep time: 20 minutes | Cooking time: 35 minutes
This recipe for simple clam chowder is great alternative to the higher fat versions that you may find in restaurants. By swapping out whole milk and heavy cream for fat free evaporated milk, you are able to enjoy a warm winter comfort without any of the guilt. This recipe also does not contain any added salt, but definitely does not skimp on flavor.
The inclusion of onion, celery, garlic, and thyme provide a plethora of flavor, while helping you maintain a lower daily intake of sodium. So settle down by the fire during these cold months and enjoy this clam chowder recipe and description provided by dietitian Rachel Griffin, a Registered Dietitian at Suburban Hospital Healthcare System in Bethesda, which she modified from a Cooking Light magazine recipe.
Yields 12, 1 cup servings
• 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• 2 cups chopped onion
• 1 1/4 cups chopped celery
• 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 6 (6 1/2-ounce) cans chopped clams, undrained
• 5 cups diced peeled baking potato (about 1 pound)
• 4 (8-ounce) bottles clam juice
• 1 bay leaf
• 2 (12-ounce) cans fat-free evaporated milk
• 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1. Heat olive oil over medium heat in the bottom of a dutch oven or large soup pot. Add onion, celery, thyme, and garlic to the oiled pan; cook 4 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
2. Drain clams, reserving liquid. Set clams aside in a bowl to be added to the soup later. Add clam liquid, potatoes, clam juice, and bay leaf to pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until potato is tender. Discard bay leaf.
3. Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 12 minutes over medium heat or until thick, stirring constantly (milk/flour mixture burns and sticks to the pan very easily). Add clams; cook 2 more minutes. Serve warm in soup mugs and enjoy! This soup can be paired with whole grain bread and a tossed salad or fresh fruit for a hearty and healthful meal.
Nutritional Information per 1 cup serving
• Calories: 257
• Calories from fat: 10 percent
• Fat: 2.9g
• Saturated fat: 0.6g
• Monounsaturated fat: 0.6g
• Polyunsaturated fat: 0.7g
• Protein: 28.5g
• Carbohydrate: 27.9g
• Fiber: 2g
• Cholesterol: 67mg
• Iron: 26.6mg
• Sodium: 475mg
• Calcium: 242mg
Posted by Shelby Robinson / Tuesday, January 28th, 2014
By Shelby Robinson
It’s hard to categorize an artist like Natalie York.
The Vienna native’s 2010 album “Threads” is a collection of bluesy, Motown-esque modern jazz ballads and smooth vocals. But York says her new album is full of grit and guitar solos made to express her other musical side.
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Posted by Editorial / Monday, January 27th, 2014
By: Natalie Manitius
The opening of Kettles and Grains, where customers can brew on premises, proves that “new legislation and proposed zoning amendments make it seem like the pro-business side of Virginia is convincing the teetotaler side of the commonwealth that beer can be good for business.” [Loudoun Times]
Calling all cat ladies and feline fans: San Francisco is looking forward to the opening of KitTea, its first-ever cat cafe, intended as an oasis for furry friends and humans alike. [Eater]
Subway pledged $41 million for the next three years to join Michelle Obama‘s crusade against childhood obesity. [WTOP]
Gluten intolerance will no longer be a sufficient excuse for your neighborhood Girl Scout. With cookie season upon us, a new gluten-free Chocolate Chip Shortbread makes its debut next month. [Foodbeast]
Virginia’s former cash crop is finding a new niche, and not in cigarettes. Tobacco has recently trickled its way into vodka, ice cream, cupcakes, and even perfume. Find it in items like Honey-Tobacco home spray, scotch and cigar cupcakes with molasses, and tobacco-leaf and coffee custard. [Newsweek]
By Shelby Robinson
Police ID assailant in Columbia mall shooting; motive remains unknown
Cannabis Legal, Localities Begin to Just Say No
(New York Times)
Former Virginia Lt. Gov. Don Beyer announced his run for Moran’s seat inCongress
Bob McDonnell and his wife plead not guilty to federal corruption charges.
Posted by JWilliams / Friday, January 24th, 2014
By Janeé Williams
“We play a combination of folk inspired bluegrass and Americana jazzgrass,” McBee said. “How’s that for vague? Essentially we use old time instruments and pull from those traditions, but make it our own.”
McBee will be singing traditional tunes, cover songs and a mix of original pieces including one of her favorite songs ’Gone A-rye‘ and other songs from “The Whiskey Album.”
“The Whiskey Album” was released on Dec. 15, after the group started a Kickstarter page to raise funds to help finish the album back in August. Her fans answered, pushing the project past its funding goal.
On the band’s Kickstarter page, McBee explained “The Whiskey Album’s” inception arose from “an underlying whiskey theme” coursing through the group’s material.
“We love rye whiskey. We love making music. Put those two things together and we got a collection of songs that we are really proud of and I’m excited to be able to present it to you,” McBee said on the page.
When asked about their upcoming performance McBee said, “We are excited for this show. The stage will be set up in the same room as the big vats of brewing and distilling spirits. The full Random Assortment will be there which includes banjo, mandolin, upright bass and family style harmonies.”
The venue will provide only 40 seats, creating a personal setting for the audience to connect with the band.
“It might also make them crave whiskey for some curious reason,” McBee said. “We don’t often get to perform for such an intimate crowd and it lends itself to a memorable evening.”
Chelsea McBee and The Random Assortment
Catoctin Creek Distillery
Jan. 25, 7 – 10 p.m.
120 W Main St, Purcellville
Tickets are available online
By Anjelica Michael
Attorney General Mark Herring wants to fight the same sex marriage ban in Virginia
Virginia Beach-based development group announces entertainment and apartment complex to be built in Purcellville
Virginia’s annual tax on hybrid cars is on the road to repeal in the near future
The United States question if danger awaits travelers in Sochi at the Olympics
A Fairfax jury will decide whether a customer’s allegations made on Yelp and Angie’s List count as defamation
By Anjelica Michael
Sea Pearl restaurant in Falls Church recently added a new artistic addition thanks to Alison Sigethy. The local artist, whose studio is in Alexandria, installed 10 of her “Sea Core Tubes” in the restaurant. These installations are bubbling glass tubes with elements inspired by the ocean, lending to the atmosphere within the restaurant. These unique pieces have earned Sigethy a nomination for the NICHE award in the home furnishings category. We caught up with Sigethy about the new installation and her art:
NVM: How did you feel when the owner of the restaurant contacted you with interest in your Sea Core Tubes for her restaurant?
AS: A mutual friend who use to work in the interior design trade suggested my work to the owners and made the introductions. When we met, it was obvious the Sea Cores would be perfect there. I love the decor of the restaurant and knew the Sea Cores would make it even better, so it was quite a thrill. It is also exciting to have so many in one location.
Is the ocean a main source of your inspiration? What else inspires you?
I do love the water, but as an artist, I am really excited by motion. I love kinetic art and was looking for ways to get more life and motion into my work when I thought to use bubbles.
I know you use recycled glass whenever you can, is there any other ways you try to be eco-friendly?
I am particularly fond of using structural glass — windows, storm doors, shower doors, things like that — because, unlike bottle glass, structural glass does not get recycled.
How long does the process take to create one of the tubes?
There are as many as 100 individual components in a large Sea Core, so typical turnaround is about three months.
Since there are 10 different Sea Core Tubes throughout the restaurant, how did you decide where each would be installed?
In some cases, restaurant owner, Ly Lai, knew where she wanted them. One example is the sink at the end of the hall where the bathrooms are. The bathroom area is unusual and dramatic. When planning the restaurant, she had originally wanted a water-wall there. For a lot of reasons, that never happened, but Ly still liked the idea. So, when we started talking about it, that was the first place she mentioned.
In the lounge, the placement was pretty obvious. There is a rhythm and repetition to the seating areas, so we just went with that and separated each seating nook with a Sea Core. They divide the space beautifully and make each area feel more private.
Have you had any interest by restaurant patrons to have installations in their homes or businesses?
Yes, I sold one to a patron the day I installed, and am talking to another. I’ve also had several restaurant patrons visit my studio, so the work is getting noticed! My secret hope is that people connected with Fairfax Hospital will spot them. The sculptures are so calming and relaxing to be around, I would love to put one next to every chemotherapy or dialysis chair. I’m certain they would help patients feel better and make their treatment time pass more quickly.
Congrats on becoming a NICHE award finalist! What does this recognition mean to you considering there are 2,000 entries on average?
Of course it’s a thrill. Niche is such an established entity in the fine craft world, it’s an honor to be selected.
See Alison Sigethy’s pieces at Sea Pearl in Merrifield Town Center, or visit her website www.alisonsigethy.com