From a ‘Mean Girls’ Broadway preview to Trunk Club: What we’re looking forward to this week

This week, Northern Virginia Magazine editors are looking forward to watching the Broadway preview of Mean Girls, Trunk Club, an olive oil tasting at Olio2go, Cox Farms’ Fall Festival and Pure Barre in Reston.

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Pictured: Kate Rockwell (playing Karen Smith), Taylor Louderman (playing Regina George), Ashley Park (playing Gretchen Wieners). © 2017 Mary Ellen Matthews

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By Eliza BerkonStefanie GansRachael KeeneyLynn Norusis and Briana Ellison

Mean Girls: Post-Hollywood, Pre-Broadway

Mean Girls—clearly one of a handful of iconic films from the 21st century. When else could you see peak Lindsay Lohan, pre-peak Rachel McAdams and the great Tim Meadows all in one film? In looking for a clip to share, I was actually disappointed that I couldn’t find my No. 1 favorite quote from the film, delivered by Meadows and totally applicable to every moment IRL when someone is just droning on: “You know, you’re not really required to make a speech.” Instead, I’ve included my No. 2 favorite quote. (Please excuse the grainy film quality.) This Saturday, I’m headed to The National Theatre for the Broadway preview and psyched to witness how Tina Fey, husband Jeff Richmond (music), Legally Blonde’s Nell Benjamin (lyrics) and The Book of Mormon’s Casey Nicholaw (director) transform this practically flawless film into a live musical. Fingers crossed. –EB // The National Theatre: 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC

Hitting the big screen, shopping and navigating unchartered waters

I’m starting off this week a little backwards. Tonight I’m catching a showing of Thor Ragnarok. Then Tuesday I’m headed into D.C. to get a glimpse of what Trunk Club will be rolling out for the holiday season (check our Style section later this week to get in on the goods). As I wrap up the week I hope to get a little ahead of Thanksgiving. My husband has big plans of testing out smoking a turkey but, as I am vegetarian, I’ve got to find my own sumptuous dishes to fill up on. I’ll be treading into waters one doesn’t find me in that often: the kitchen, cooking. Any fantastic, yet easy, recipe suggestions would be appreciated: Or if anyone wants to come cook for me … we always have room for more. –LN

Olio nuovo
Nov. 7

“You know olive oils have their own beaujolais nouveau?” is what Luanne Savino O’Loughlin said to me as I was just about to walk out of Olio2go. I did know, but haven’t bought a bottle of the season’s first pressing in a few years. The Merrifield store should receive their first shipment of olio nuovo on Tuesday. There will be free tastings and bottles of Frantoi Cutrera Frescolio 2017 Novello for sale. –SG // Olio2go: 8400 Hilltop Road, Suite H, Fairfax

Final chance for fall festivals and hay rides

As usual, I seem to be behind on one of the biggest happenings in the area … Cox Farms’ Fall Festival. Seeing as its final day is tomorrow, which is also Election Day, I might be pretty busy. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this gathering, which boasts (large) slides, rope swings, farm animals, a corn maze and an interactive hay ride. Oh, the farm is also selling homemade lemonade and apple cider doughnuts. Catch me on the farm, acting like a toddler again. -BE // Cox Farms: 15621 Braddock Road, Centreville

Going with the flow

Having spent close to nine hours in my car this past weekend, I am very much looking forward to not having any official plans this week. While I’m not opposed to one of my friends coming to visit, I do not foresee any sort of distant venturing in my near future. Perhaps I’ll treat myself to a class at Pure Barre in Reston, or maybe I’ll just veg out in my PJ’s and do some cooking. –RK