Archive for 'Arts'

‘Cavalia Odysseo’ brings horseplay back to the stage

‘Cavalia Odysseo’ brings horseplay back to the stage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Pascal Ratthé The equine extravaganza that galloped into town four years ago will return with an even more spectacular show Wednesday. Sixty-nine horses — including Arabians, Belgians and Appaloosas, as well as other [...]

‘The Velocity of Autumn’ soars at Arena Stage

‘The Velocity of Autumn’ soars at Arena Stage

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Teresa Wood) Given the title, one might imagine Arena Stage’s artistic director Molly Smith deliberately timed this piece to coincide with the beginning of fall. But “The Velocity of Autumn,” which Smith also [...]

City council resolves sculpture’s permitting problem

City council resolves sculpture’s permitting problem

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins) California-based artist Mario Chiodo’s twisting tribute to those interred at Contrabands and Freedmen Cemetery has gazed out across the George Washington Memorial Parkway for weeks now, but without official sanction until [...]

A soulful, southern tale

A soulful, southern tale

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Banks) “I had a vision. Like the story passed down by my grandfather,” says Sadie Pettway. Though she wasn’t a Pettway yet, at least not till she met the smooth-talking Macon, a [...]

Scene Around Town: A pretty, little liar

Scene Around Town: A pretty, little liar

By Jordan Wright (Photo, Michael deBlois) When Lillian Hellman wrote “The Children’s Hour” in 1934, it was a very different time — or was it? Hellman was an original, a maverick whose antifascist writings branded her a [...]

Scene Around Town: Nothing’s fair in war

Scene Around Town: Nothing’s fair in war

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Chris Mueller) With the turmoil of the Vietnam War as a dramatic backdrop, “Miss Saigon” presents a poignant tale of doomed love amid the horrors of warfare. And Signature Theatre deftly conveys the [...]

Battlefields by bicycle

Battlefields by bicycle

By Derrick Perkins (Photo/Derrick Perkins)  There’s no better way to tour the battlefield than on bicycle, says our guide while we look at a faded and wrinkled National Geographic map, depicting the meandering journey of the [...]

Get out of town: The lure of a small town

Get out of town: The lure of a small town

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Jordan Wright) Oxford may be a scant 87 miles from Old Town, but it’s a long and fascinating journey back in time to a postcard-pretty village that has vouchsafed its history as one [...]

Not your grandparents’ night at the theater

Not your grandparents’ night at the theater

By Jordan Wright (Photo/Keith Waters) The presentation of “Avenue Q” is another successful step in The Little Theatre of Alexandria’s march into the 21st century. It’s the latest in a series of productions that a few [...]

From Agua Viva to Flat Iron

From Agua Viva to Flat Iron

By Derrick Perkins Restaurateur Scott Parker is staking his reputation on Old Town’s demand for a traditional steakhouse. Parker has teamed up with Jon Rennich to launch chef Michael Cordero’s latest venture in Alexandria — Flat Iron [...]