Archive for 'Arts'

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 [...]

‘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 [...]