Archive for 'Arts'

The Bookworm: Shane Koyczan takes a poetic stand against bullying

The Bookworm: Shane Koyczan takes a poetic stand against bullying

By Terri Schlichenmeyer For the rest of your life, you’ll always regret it. With two bigger boys standing over him, the expression on his face was one of sadness, like he never expected anything different, like [...]

Signature Theatre’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ whisks audiences to Victorian Paris

Signature Theatre’s ‘Sunday in the Park with George’ whisks audiences to Victorian Paris

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Christopher Mueller) It has been 16 years since Signature Theatre, under the direction of Eric Schaeffer, mounted Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical “Sunday in the Park with George.” [...]

C.J. Box’s shorter works make for an excellent way to pass the time

C.J. Box’s shorter works make for an excellent way to pass the time

By Terri Schlichenmeyer (Photo/Michael Smith)  You’re stuck — trapped in an elevator, an office or the front seat of a car — wishing you were someplace, anyplace, else. The people with you are getting on your [...]

Best Of Alexandria 2014 Winners!

Best Of Alexandria 2014 Winners!

              You voted and the results are clear-cut. Take a look and see whom your neighbors turn to around town for a variety of everyday needs.    Best Brunch Winner: [...]

Bartenders from Port City and Paris mix it up together

Bartenders from Port City and Paris mix it up together

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Behind an unremarkable door in an otherwise unexceptional part of Old Town, two men brought Alexandria and France a little bit closer together over drinks one evening last week. For more [...]

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

We are bringing a touch of Germany to Alexandria’s culinary scene

Catherine and 
Margaret Portner 
Co-founders, Portner 
Brewhouse (File Photo) To the editor: Thank you, Michael Ford, for sharing your thoughts regarding the lack of German cuisine and opportunities for “utepils” in Alexandria (“Bring a touch of [...]

Bringing ‘The Voice’ into the classroom

Bringing ‘The Voice’ into the classroom

By Katie Callahan (Courtesy photo) After getting turned down at an audition for a hit reality show like “The Voice,” most people would throw in the towel, but not James K. Polk Elementary School music teacher, [...]

An acrobatic ode to women in ‘Amaluna’

An acrobatic ode to women in ‘Amaluna’

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) In a few weeks, National Harbor will host Cirque du Soleil’s “Amaluna,” a production loosely based on William Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest.” Amaluna is a fusion of the words ama, which [...]

‘The Lion King’ is a crowning musical and visual achievement

‘The Lion King’ is a crowning musical and visual achievement

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) “Disney’s The Lion King” roars onto the stage with a procession of African wildlife in its opening number “Circle of Life.” Director Julie Taymor, who also serves as costume designer as [...]

‘Side Show’ breathes life into story of the Hilton Sisters

‘Side Show’ breathes life into story of the Hilton Sisters

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Joan Marcus) Until the late 19th century, well before the present age of political correctness, viewing human oddities was seen as an acceptable form of entertainment. Traveling freak shows, pop-up circuses and dime [...]