Archive for 'Visual Arts'

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, [...]

Christmas on the Potomac

Christmas on the Potomac

By Jordan Wright (Courtesy photo) Santa won’t get a moment’s rest this holiday season at the Gaylord National Resort. And neither, it seems certain, will his merry elves. If you haven’t gotten in the Christmas spirit [...]

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 [...]

Visiting artists take up shop at Torpedo Factory

Visiting artists take up shop at Torpedo Factory

By Julia Brouillette Alexandria’s premier waterfront attraction, the Torpedo Factory Art Center, has opened its doors to the creatively inclined from across the country as part of the Visiting Artists Program. Now in its fourth year, [...]

High-flying act bound for Northern Virginia

High-flying act bound for Northern Virginia

By Jordan Wright Cirque du Soleil is bringing the critically acclaimed “Quidam” to the area later this month. The captivating extravaganza, which has toured five continents and been seen by millions in its 17-year history, will [...]

A tale of troubled savants at Little Theatre

A tale of troubled savants at Little Theatre

By Jordan Wright “33 Variations,” playing at The Little Theatre of Alexandria, takes the audience on an intellectual exercise, meditating on Ludwig van Beethoven’s intent when he composed 33 variations on his music publisher’s mediocre waltz. [...]

‘Six Degrees’ deftly captures a changing society

‘Six Degrees’ deftly captures a changing society

By Jordan Wright When John Guare’s iconic play, “Six Degrees of Separation,” was first produced at Lincoln Center in New York City in 1993, it fit in with the zeitgeist perfectly. Society had been reconfigured over [...]

Port City Playhouse draws from real life struggles

Port City Playhouse draws from real life struggles

By Jordan Wright Michael Healey’s “The Drawer Boy” as performed by Port City Playhouse is — by turns — a darkly funny and deeply poignant piece of theater that examines the bonds of friendship and the [...]

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

MetroStage jazzes it up with ‘Ladies Swing the Blues’

By Jordan Wright The pioneering influence that Charlie “Yardbird” Parker had in the world of jazz, blues and bebop in the mid-20th century is the most inextricable part of his legacy. Blowing new sounds from his [...]

Little Theatre of Alexandria lets it all hang out with ‘Full Monty’

Little Theatre of Alexandria lets it all hang out with ‘Full Monty’

By Jordan wright One of the most astonishing things about The Little Theatre of Alexandria is its ability to mount a production as complex and energetic as “The Full Monty,” a strapping show by Terrence McNally [...]