Archive for 'Arts'

‘Shake Loose’ at MetroStage is a wonderful trip through pop history

‘Shake Loose’ at MetroStage is a wonderful trip through pop history

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) If you’ve been seeing clouds of steam heat billowing over the rooftop of MetroStage lately, blame it on the four-member cast and six-piece band of “Shake Loose.” Fire and ice and [...]

Torpedo Factory Art Center board split on overhaul

Torpedo Factory Art Center board split on overhaul

By Chris Teale (Photo/Chris Teale) Dissent has flared up among Torpedo Factory Art Center board members after a consultant’s report recommended an organizational overhaul. The controversial plan calls for creating a new, independent board of directors [...]

Q&A with country singer Phil Vassar

Q&A with country singer Phil Vassar

By Jennifer Powell (Courtesy photo) Born in Lynchburg, Va., singer Phil Vassar got his start performing in clubs around James Madison University, paying his dues as a live performer while earning an undergraduate degree in business. [...]

‘Grey Gardens’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a witty, tragic production

‘Grey Gardens’ at the Little Theatre of Alexandria is a witty, tragic production

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matt Liptak) For those of you who saw the 1976 Maysles brothers’ documentary of the two Bouvier family women — mother Edith Bouvier Beale and daughter Little Edie, who lived in squalor in [...]

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a mischievous jaunt

‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ is a mischievous jaunt

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Having enjoyed the four-time Tony Award-winning musical “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on Broadway last month, I can firmly attest it has found a national touring company cast to [...]

Q&A with ‘Mercy Street’ costume designers Amy Andrews Harrell and Ignatius Creegan

Q&A with ‘Mercy Street’ costume designers Amy Andrews Harrell and Ignatius Creegan

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Anthony Platt, PBS) In the Times’ October interview with “Mercy Street” co-producer Lisa Wolfinger, we examined the story behind the new PBS Civil War-era miniseries. Set in Alexandria, the plot is based on [...]

‘Bright Star’ brightens the Old South

‘Bright Star’ brightens the Old South

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Like a series of Kodak snapshots or tinted travel postcards, “Bright Star” gives us a carefully crafted version of the Old South, specifically Asheville, N.C., where the musical is set. The [...]

Retracing Jefferson’s footsteps at the Anthenaeum

Retracing Jefferson’s footsteps at the Anthenaeum

By Jennifer Powell (Photo/Jennifer Powell) The beautiful starkness of the Anthenaeum may be the perfect place to view Suzanne Stryk’s two-years-in-the-making artistic and historical exhibit, “Notes on the State of Virginia.” Stryk’s personal take on Thomas [...]

Former space policy strategist spreads photography wings

Former space policy strategist spreads photography wings

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) Cynthia McKinley is a photographer and a juried member at The Art League, the Del Ray Artisans and the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild, and exhibits her photographs across Northern Virginia and [...]

A wealth of possibilities for holiday theatergoers

A wealth of possibilities for holiday theatergoers

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Doug Olmsted) Every December, Alexandria and D.C.-area theaters try to outdo themselves with their limited-run holiday-themed productions. And this year is no different. Avant Bard’s Theatre on the Edge brings us “Holiday Memories,” [...]