Posts Tagged ‘Northern Virginia Magazine’

Wind causes outages; Husband of daycare owner faces drug charges

 By Janeé Williams

Wind causes overnight outages

Husband of Va. daycare owner faces drug charges

Sickles drops out of race for Moran’s N.Va. congressional seat
(Washington Post)

Metro to Vote on Fare Hike (Video)

Say No to Green Beer: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at NoVA Breweries

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, March 13th, 2014

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Say no to dyed green beer and yes to local brews for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 

By Natalie Manitius

Capitol City Brewing Company | Shirlington
Starting Friday, Capitol City will begin tapping 15-barrel batch of both Irish Red and Irish Dry Stout. The Irish Red contains a “low hop aroma  [that] permits hints of caramel and roast from the malt to shine through,” says Brewmaster Kristi Griner, while the stout boasts a prominent roast barley aroma.  A limited batch of bourbon barrel aged imperial coffee stout, called the Bourbon Barrel Fuel, will be available Saturday morning until the one-keg batch runs out. Irish-themed food includes shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage and potato and leek soup. 

Mad Fox Brewing Company | Falls Church
Sunday’s tapping begins at 1 p.m. and includes Rock Star Irish Red Ale, a malt-driven low hop red ale, along with the St. James Irish Dry Stout, a roasty malt-driven beer. Music will start at 2 p.m., courtesy of the Justin Trawick Band. Irish food will also be available. 

Old Bust Head Brewing Company | Vint Hill
After a few weeks of test batches, Old Bust Head uses the number one drinking holiday in the United States (or so says an email blast) to officially open. Beers include an English pale ale, an IPA and a porter. Food is courtesy of Warrenton‘s Covert Cafe and there will also be goats. To play with, not to eat. 

Heritage Brewing Company | Manassas
Saturday’s all day celebration runs from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. The line-up includes the release of an experimental batch of Smoked Lager along with The Battle of White Marsh, a 9.5 percent Belgian spice ale.  New Loudoun-based food company Chef Beckles will be serving several types of burgers: shrimp, lamb, bison, brisket and portabello. 


Mazagan Brings A Taste of Morocco to Arlington

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Image Courtesy of Reda Bouizar

By Natalie Manitius

A Moroccan restaurant called Mazagan, named after the Atlantic port city, will open on the redeveloping Columbia Pike and plans for an April debut.

Chef Riyad Bouizar and his entrepreneur nephew Reda Bouizar hope to promote Moroccan cuisine and “be more open to different cultures,” Reda says, lamenting that existing local Moroccan restaurants cater only to the Moroccan clientele.

The kabob menu will offer 18 varieties, ranging from saffron chicken to veal heart and calf liver. Mazagan will also provide mezzas, small plates ideal for sampling and sharing. A mezza sample includes Moroccan-style calamari, fried squid dressed with tzaziki and charmoula sauce. Slow-cooking stews served in Morrocan clay pots, called tagines, will also be available. 

Although Morocco isn’t known for its booze culture, Mazagan will feature cocktails with the country’s flavors of saffron, rose water and hibiscus. Spice-rich Strega, an Italian herbal liqueur, will grace the cocktail list and showcase the country’s Mediterranean influence. Wines from the northern Moroccan city of Miknes will also be available, along with Moroccan beer.

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This Week’s Top Fashion and Beauty Events

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

photo courtesy of Whitney Stringer PR

This Friday March 14 all are welcome to visit the new Hollin Hall location of 529 Kids Consign for a ‘Shop and See’ event. From 4-6 p.m. guests can enjoy drinks and desserts, while shopping the new merchandise with discounts up to 25 percent off. Don’t miss out on this awesome shopping event for the whole family.


Get Fit NUMARI Medalase event
Photo courtesy of NUMARI.

Head over to Medalase in Fairfax Corner on Saturday, March 15 at noon for a day created especially for you. NUMARI‘s specialized women’s wear is always custom-made and now you can combine it with personalized skin and fitness care. Preview the local brand’s spring offerings, while enjoying complimentary mini-facials and a consultation with Dr. Shannon Ginnan. This VIP experience is RSVP only so make sure that you email to reserve your spot today.


Inmate fights to keep beard; High-speed chase ends in crash

By Janeé Williams

Virginia watches Supreme Court case of Inmate fighting to keep beard

High-speed chase involving young adults in ends in crash on I-95

Two men connected to the missing Malaysia flight have no links to terrorism
(Washington Post)

Pete of Pete’s Barbershop retires

It’s Time for Spring Cleaning at Current Boutique

Posted by Editorial / Monday, March 10th, 2014

By Taylor Ness

Start packing up your sweaters and cleaning out your closet now, because Current Boutique is loading up on recently consigned items that you need for this spring. Some items include a Hermes Birkin bag for $14,225, Chanel tote for $2,800, Juicy Couture silk dress for $65 and Cynthia Steffe Dress for $75. Because all of these items (and more) are must-haves for spring, take advantage of Current Boutique’s four consignment options to get cash for your winter apparel: In-store, Drop & Run, Mail-in or At Home Pick-up. If you bring your items in-store they will be evaluated on the spot as acceptable for consignment or not. The ‘Drop & Run’ option allows you to leave your items with a listing form at any Current Boutique store. If they are not sold they will be donated, which is the same as the mail-in option. If you have 50 or more high-end brand items to consign, you can contact Amanda DeSanto at

Hermes Birkin

Hermes Birkin Bag. Photo courtesy of Current Boutique.

Former FBI profiler: ‘Alexandria Killer’ Could Strike Again; Mental Health Advocates Question VA’s Reform bill

By Shelby Robinson

Former FBI profiler: Alexandria killer could strike again

Advocates for mental health fear recently-passed reform legislation will not address broader issues
(Washington Post)

Volunteers invited to help clean up historic Va. Civil War sites on Park Day, April 5

Forget The Snow, The Potholes In Virginia Are Proof Of A Tough Winter

Candidates Can Begin Submitting Petitions for Moran’s Seat

Pop Culture Madness

Posted by Editorial / Friday, March 7th, 2014

By Janeé Williams

Del Ray Artisans Pop Culture Exhibit

Photo courtesy of

Pop culture has been running our world for quite some time now. It has taken over our televisions, moving people away from world issues and re-focusing them on the celebrities in the tabloids. The bulk of almost every generation has leaned on Pop Culture for their entertainment and fashion trends.

People have been showcasing celebrities in their art since before Da Vinci to Warhol. What will today’s pop culture reveal? Find out at the Del Ray Artisans Pop Culture Exhibit. Curators Zade Ramsey and Gordon Frank will highlight the compelling cartoons, lampoons and caricatures of today’s celebrities.

“Watching morning news shows, I find that as time went on, I have gotten more and more frustrated with the pop celebrities that litter our airways. Like it or not these people distract us and somewhat shape our popular culture” says Ramsey, one of the curators of the exhibit.

The inspiration of the exhibit came from pop culture’s continued pervasive grab at our collective attention span.

“The creators of these pop-stars and people that are famous for just being famous are the tabloids and television executives,” Ramsey says. “They push these people upon us instead of centering us on subjects that would make us more politically and intellectually able to make informed decisions as citizens of this country.”

The exhibit will bring together several different artists, varying in age and walks of life to showcase their work, providing an eclectic environment with a variety of artwork.

The exhibit will also feature a fundraiser called ‘Heads Up,” showcasing Styrofoam heads creatively designed and adorned by the artists. The artwork will be sold at a silent auction Friday night at the opening with proceeds going towards Del Ray Artisans.

Join Del Ray Artisans tonight at their opening Reception, starting at 7 p.m. you will be given the opportunity to chat with fellow art appreciators throughout the show. The exhibit will run until March 30. 

 Del Ray Artisans Pop Culture Exhibit
at the Nicholas A. Colasanto Center

2704 Mount Vernon Avenue,
Alexandria, 22301
7 -10 p.m., Free.



Liner Notes: The Making of the Dessert Issue, on Newsstands Now

Posted by Editorial / Friday, March 7th, 2014

By Stefanie Gans

When I pitched the dessert issue to my editor and publisher I didn’t imagine a night where I would skip dinner and instead eat three different desserts at three different restaurants in two different towns. My publisher joked he wanted to weigh me before and after I finished working on this sugar-bomb cover story. I laughed at the time. But then I woke up after my dessert binge and still felt sick. The life of a food writer isn’t as glamorous as it sounds. 

What I ended up finding across Northern Virginia—a fried cupcake in Fairfax, a perfect chocolate mousse in Woodbridge, a pile of pretzels and popcorn with melted dark chocolate ganache (called The Junk) in Mosaic District‘s Angelika Film Center & Cafe—made up for my prolonged upset stomach. A pastry chef is an endangered species in the slim-profit restaurant world, but even in places where a chef pulls savory and sweet duty, there’s a lot to be grateful for on the chocolate side of the menu. Even at the movie theater.    

Theatre for the Whole Family in the Northern Virginia Area

By Shelby Robinson

Theater is a great way to inspire learning and get involved. With so many theaters to choose from in the Northern Virginia area, you can find exactly what your family wants.


Mount Vernon Community Children’s Theatre

Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre

Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre perfoming 'Much Ado About Nothing' in February 2014. Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon Community Children's Theatre.

MVCCT is performing Once Upon A Mattress throughout March. MVCCT specializes in theatrical performances that are by kids and for kids. They also offer camps and afterschool programs. 1900 Elkin St., Alexandria. (703) 360-0686/


Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage

Imagination Stage's Infant-age Show. Photo courtesy of Imagination Stage

Although Imagination Stage is all the way in Bethesda, they offer shows designed to encourage the development of infants and toddlers, which is unique to the other theaters in the area. They also offer 6-week spring classes beginning Mar. 15, and a wide variety of camps and shows. 4908 Auburn Avenue Bethesda, MD. (301) 961-6060 (info), (301) 280-1660 (box office)/


Encore Stage and Studio

Encore Stage Theatre and Studio

Encore Stage's Theatre Ninjas class teaches 4th and 5th grade actors on-stage combat. Photo courtesy of Encore Stage

Encore Stage will be showing The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes soon and will also be hosting a spring break camp Apr. 14-18. Encore also shows plays and musicals for kids with kid actors. They offer a wide variety of summer camps, classes, private voice and piano lessons, auditions for upcoming shows, and Musical Theatre Intensive, which is a more challenging class to build singing and dancing skills. Located in the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road Arlington, (703) 54 –1154/


Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron has an upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland, March 14 – April 6. They offer “Passport Performances,” a unique opportunity to see the music and dances of other countries and cultures. Creative Cauldron also hosts workshops and camps for kids and young adults who want to improve their acting skills. Because Creative Cauldron shares its location with Falls Church Arts, the FCA Gallery is also on site. 410 South Maple Ave, Falls Church, (703) 436–9948/

Other Children’s Theaters include:

- City of Fairfax Theatre Company

- Dodgeball Theatre

- Fauquier Community Theatre

- The Flying Muskrat Theatre Company

- The Sterling Playmakers

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