Archive for 'Arts'

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 [...]

‘Cloak and Dagger’ is a ribald send-up of film noir

‘Cloak and Dagger’ is a ribald send-up of film noir

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) If you want to be cast in a major part, nail half a dozen roles in the same production and oversee the musical score, well, maybe you should just write your [...]

Torpedo Factory celebrates 40 years of creativity

Torpedo Factory celebrates 40 years of creativity

By Katie Callahan (Photo/Katie Callahan) Four decades after local artists converted a run-down munitions plant into a creative hub, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is still going strong. Built near the end of World War I, [...]

Little Theatre looks at the pitfalls and pratfalls of love in ‘Plaza Suite’

Little Theatre looks at the pitfalls and pratfalls of love in ‘Plaza Suite’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Matthew Randall) Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” which plays out over three vignettes and is set in room 719 of New York’s famed Plaza Hotel, is a comedy that delights in the foibles and [...]

A glimpse at ‘Private Lives’

A glimpse at ‘Private Lives’

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Scott Suchman) Noël Coward’s deliciously wicked “Private Lives” has got us in a tizzy. Is it scrumptiously witty or delightfully snarky? No matter. This heady romp of delicious vitriol is considered Coward’s best. [...]