From Earth Fare opening in Fairfax to podcasts on stage: What we’re looking forward to this week

This week, the editors at Northern Virginia Magazine are looking forward to exploring a new grocery store, watching podcasts on stage at Warner Theatre, finding something to read, watching ‘The Post’ and sorting through old clothes.

Photo courtesy of Earth Fare

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By Briana EllisonEliza BerkonLynn NorusisRachael Keeney and Stefanie Gans

Earth Fare comes to Fairfax on Jan. 10
It’s no surprise that I’m a grocery store geek. (One of my favorite features to write every month is Provisions, where it’s basically an excuse to visit, and shop at, a local food store.) This week Earth Fare, an Asheville, North Carolina-based chain started in the 1970s, is opening in Fairfax. It has its own private-label line with an extensive “boot list,” keeping products off the shelves containing all those unpronounceable items like azodicarbonamide and caprocaprylobehenin, and an online coupon book for brand-name items such as Noosa and Earth Balance. Remember, grocery store shopping isn’t a chore, it’s a vacation from life where the reward is food. -SG

Podcasts Live
Podcasts are taking over my life, as I’m sure they are yours. I feel as though I can’t have a conversation without the word podcast popping up. But I don’t mind; I love them. This month, there are a couple podcasts coming to the stage at Warner Theatre. On Jan. 12, you can catch Sam Harris and the Waking Up Podcast and delve into discussions of science and how it will alter our world. Or on Jan. 18, NPR brings its politics podcast live with congressional reporter Scott Detrow and White House correspondent Tamara Keith along with other NPR team members for a live taping. LN

Becoming a bookworm
So I made a pretty sizable list of New Year’s resolutions, none of which I really started during the first week of 2018. But, I’m not completely giving up on my goals so soon—I’m allowing myself a weeklong buffer before really setting those resolutions into motion. In addition to what I discussed last week, I’m also hoping to do some more reading this year and want to visit Bards Alley and the new Barnes and Noble Kitchen in One Loudoun for inspiration. Setting a goal of one book per month should be pretty simple, right? If you have any suggestions, send them my way at –RK

Date night
Meryl Streep. Need I say more? –EB

Attempting to curb my shopping problem
I set this (effective) rule for myself about two years ago that every time I bought a new piece of clothing, I would give one away. Seeing as last weekend I bought seven sweaters and two pairs of leggings, I’m going to have to make some tough decisions this weekend. Luckily, there are two organizations that I regularly donate my clothes to: the Ashburn Good Shepherd Alliance and H&M (also where I got most of the sweaters), whose program H&M Conscious recycles clothing and shoes from any and all retailers and gives you a 15 percent-off coupon for every bag you donate. BE