Archive for 'Arts'

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

Tourism officials bank on Alexandria’s allure

By Derrick Perkins The city’s “Extraordinary Alexandria” tourism campaign has been exactly that, concluded market research experts brought in to review the one-year-old initiative. For every dollar allocated toward advertising, the [...]

Old Town Theater closed, put up for sale

Old Town Theater closed, put up for sale

By Erich Wagner After closing the historic Old Town Theater — supposedly temporarily — over the summer, owner Rob Kaufman has put the century-old venue up for sale. A listing on online real estate [...]

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ barrels into Little Theatre of Alexandria

‘Streetcar Named Desire’ barrels into Little Theatre of Alexandria

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) The South of playwright Tennessee Williams was a passionate, yet unhurried, hotbed of emotion. His characters were real — too real for some when “A Streetcar Named Desire” premiered on Broadway [...]

Hollywood’s animals get a close-up in new book

Hollywood’s animals get a close-up in new book

By Terri Schlichenmeyer (Photo/New World Library) You love your pooch very much — but she’s no Lassie. If, in fact, you pulled a Timmy and fell into a well, you are sure your dog would probably [...]

Studio Theatre’s ‘Belleville’ is sure to surprise even the most jaded theatergoer

Studio Theatre’s ‘Belleville’ is sure to surprise even the most jaded theatergoer

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Igor Dmitry) In Amy Herzog’s “Belleville,” — now playing at Washington’s Studio Theatre — the viewer is afforded a plate glass window through which to view the seemingly idyllic Parisian life chosen by [...]

Soak up a bit of Chesapeake culture

Soak up a bit of Chesapeake culture

By Jordan Wright (File photo) In an area where watermen, their history and culture have customarily been the prime subject of literary interest, it was “Chesapeake” author James Michener who noted the architecture of Cambridge’s High [...]

Q&A with Justin Townes Earle

Q&A with Justin Townes Earle

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Justin Townes Earle) Few have lived as hard as Justin Townes Earle and survived to talk about it. Born the son of a famous musician (more on that later in the interview), Earle [...]

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 [...]