Archive for 'Arts'

Rules of engagement

Rules of engagement

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Michael DeBlois) Have you ever been curious about what goes on behind the scenes at battle reenactments? A type of living history that focuses on a singular moment in a particular battle, it [...]

Waiting for my train to pull in

Waiting for my train to pull in

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Matt Conner’s time-bending drama “Crossing” opens with eight people — each with stories of hope, disillusionment and missed opportunities — waiting at a weathered train station. Left unnamed, these weary travelers [...]

Pride goes before the fall

Pride goes before the fall

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Margot Schulman) “Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill”? I’m still trying to puzzle out what the play’s title is supposed to mean when I walk into the theater. It has nothing to [...]

Putting the spotlight on local filmmakers

Putting the spotlight on local filmmakers

By Anna Harris (Courtesy photo) Alexandria kicks off its annual celebration of the silver screen today, an event featuring filmmakers from around the world. The festival boasts shorts, documentaries and feature-length productions from as near as [...]

Thirty-nine steps in the right direction

Thirty-nine steps in the right direction

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Kevin Waters/KX Photography) Step right up for The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s rollicking tribute to Alfred Hitchcock: “The 39 Steps.” References to Hitchcock’s classics — “The Birds,” “Dial M for Murder,” “North by [...]

Ripped from the headlines

Ripped from the headlines

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) What sort of vacuum will the withdrawal of U.S. troops create in Afghanistan? And what will become of the Afghan men and women who aided the Americans and are left behind? [...]

Spice up travel plans with a trip to Culpeper

Spice up travel plans with a trip to Culpeper

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) Culpeper is renowned for its history and aeronautic acrobats, but don’t let that fool you: The town has more to offer than meets the eye. Historians have expounded on Culpeper’s role [...]

Wining and dining in Idaho

Wining and dining in Idaho

By Frederica Dunn (Courtesy photo) If potatoes are the first thing to come to mind when you think of Idaho, you don’t know how wrong you are. The Basque people from Spain settled the western state, [...]

‘Dorian Gray’ is picture-perfect

‘Dorian Gray’ is picture-perfect

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Koko Lanham) If I told you Synetic Theater was producing one of its much-lauded plays from the Silent Shakespeare series, you might have an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. You also [...]

Old Town Theater temporarily shuttered for overhaul

Old Town Theater temporarily shuttered for overhaul

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) Just nine months into the Old Town Theater’s much-anticipated second act, the curtains quietly have fallen again on the King Street landmark. Owner Rob Kaufman put the nearly 100-year-old entertainment venue [...]