Archive for 'Arts'

‘The Fix’ is a rollicking D.C. comedy at Signature Theatre

‘The Fix’ is a rollicking D.C. comedy at Signature Theatre

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) Cal Chandler, son of successful politician Sen. Reed Chandler, is not exactly a model of statesmanship. He’s your typical privileged Yale grad: a pot smoking, ex-Vietnam vet raised in a political [...]

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Abigail Jurk (Photo/Abigail Jurk) The summer is drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean your social life should suffer. If you are looking for some fun new ideas for things to do around Alexandria, [...]

Alexandria resident Derrick Davenport secures Chef of the Year award

Alexandria resident Derrick Davenport secures Chef of the Year award

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) When Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosts his foreign counterparts at his official residence at Fort Myer, executive chef and household manager Derrick Davenport is responsible [...]

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is an uneven look at teen depression

‘Dear Evan Hansen’ is an uneven look at teen depression

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) A good indicator that Arena Stage’s production of “Dear Evan Hansen” is a production in flux is the playbill’s last minute insert — a list of the 16 musical numbers in [...]

Organizers hail Alexandria’s Live Music Week as early success

Organizers hail Alexandria’s Live Music Week as early success

By Chris Teale (Photo/Christine Halsey) For 10 days, Alexandria’s thriving music scene was brought to the forefront in the city’s first Live Music Week, presented by Visit Alexandria as a showcase of all that is on [...]

Word on the Street

Word on the Street

By Abigail Jurk (File Photo) WHAT’S NEW: A new option for offbeat party or event ideas is set to open this month in Alexandria. Escape Room Live will open in Old Town July 30. If you’ve never heard of escape room adventures, here [...]

‘Once’ is a beautiful Irish romance that pulls at the heartstrings with gusto

‘Once’ is a beautiful Irish romance that pulls at the heartstrings with gusto

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Calling all romantics: “Once,” the show that won eight Tony Awards in 2012, is a poignant love story set in Dublin where Girl (Dani de Waal) meets Guy (Stuart Ward) on [...]

American Accordionists Association’s annual festival touches down in Alexandria

American Accordionists Association’s annual festival touches down in Alexandria

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) North Old Town swelled to the sound of accordions last week as the American Accordionists Association’s annual festival hosted four days of workshops, concerts and seminars. It was the first time [...]

Take an immersive trip to Neverland in ‘Peter Pan’

Take an immersive trip to Neverland in ‘Peter Pan’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jeremy Daniel) “Do you believe in fairies?” In response, the audience, primed for a night of wonder and magic, seized on the age-old question with resounding approval. Author J. M. Barrie would have [...]

“The Book of Mormon” is bawdy, blasphemous and brilliant

“The Book of Mormon” is bawdy, blasphemous and brilliant

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Hellfire and damnation figure neatly in the wacky and wonderful “The Book of Mormon,” the latest production at the Kennedy Center. With book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez [...]