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Arlington Agenda (Aug. 25-31)

by Ethan Rothstein | August 25, 2014 at 5:00 am | 392 views | No Comments

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

Warrior Boot CampWarrior Boot Camp*
Pentagon Mixed Martial Arts (1041 S. Edgewood Street)
Time: 6:00-7:00 a.m.

This, along with the same event on Friday, is a free trial workout before a four-week, boot camp training session with the gym. Participants can register online.

Thursday

Handsome Family (courtesy photo)Live Music: The Handsome Family
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

The Handsome Family, a husband-and-wife duo, plays “Americana” music and their song, “Far From Any Road,” is the theme song for HBO’s True Detective. Tickets are $15 at the door.

Friday

Pete BakerLive Music: Pete Baker
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3201 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

Solo guitarist Pete Baker, a frequent guest at O’Sullivan’s and Ireland’s Four Courts, returns to Clarendon’s Irish Pub. There is no cover charge.

Talent Show
Busboys & Poets (4251 Campbell Ave.)
Time: 10:00 p.m.-midnight

Busboys & Poets’ monthly talent show takes all comers, not just writers. It’s $5 to perform, and acts can sign up in the restaurant or online here.

Saturday

Entry Circle Sign at Potomac Overlook Regional ParkExplore the “Energerium”
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Road)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Potomac Overlook Park is giving visitors a chance to explore its “Energerium,” a new interactive exhibit. Call 703-528-5406 to reserve a spot.

Sunday

Jay ChandrasekharLive Comedy: Jay Chandrasekhar
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m. (Also Saturday at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.)

Jay Chandrasekhar, who starred in and co-wrote “Super Troopers” and “Beerfest,” and wrote several Arrested Development episodes, performs stand-up. Tickets are $25.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

Historical Society to Offer Antique Appraisals

by Ethan Rothstein | August 22, 2014 at 1:30 pm | 997 views | No Comments

Ball-Sellers House (photo courtesy Arlington Historical Society)Anyone with an old family heirloom, antique piece of furniture or other item of potential value can have it appraised for value and authenticity next month.

The Arlington Historical Society is hosting its first-ever antique appraisal at Carlin Hall (5711 4th Street S.) on Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Interested visitors can pay $10 to have Todd Peenstra, of Annapolis, Md.-based Peenstra Antiques Appraisals, and Steve Gouterman, a jewelry appraiser from NovaGold in Fairfax.

The first hour of appraisals will be conducted in a public, Antiques Roadshow-style setting, and the second hour is reserved for private appraisals. Each appraisal costs $10, while those without antiques can see the show for $5.

All proceeds will go to fund the Arlington Historical Society’s maintenance of Arlington’s oldest building, the Ball-Sellers house at 5620 3rd Street S. Built by John Ball — after whom Ballston is named — around 1750, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It will be open for free tours from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the 13th, so those attending the appraisal can see what their admission is funding.

To reserve a spot to have an item appraised, send the Historical Society an email describing the item. The $10 fee is to be paid in advance, according to the organization.

Photo courtesy Arlington Historical Society

Crystal City Wine Festival Returns Sept. 14

by Ethan Rothstein | August 22, 2014 at 11:15 am | 777 views | No Comments

Salsa dancing at Crystal City's Sip and Salsa event on SundayCrystal City’s annual wine, food and music festival is back for 2014.

Sip and Salsa, as the event is called, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 14 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. The event will fill the parking lot and courtyard of 220 20th Street S. with booths pouring Spanish, Argentinian and Portuguese wines, plus unlimited food pairings.

The event, hosted jointly by the Washington Wine Academy and the Crystal City Business Improvement District, will have live jazz and salsa dancing. Wine experts will also be giving talks and educating attendees about the varieties of wine they will be tasting.

Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door, and designated drivers can pay $10 to partake in all the food tastings.

Sip and Salsa is the marquee fall event in Crystal City’s “Vintage Crystal” series of wine-related events. Starting Friday, Aug. 29 and running every Friday through Sept. 26, Crystal City will also be hosting Wine in the Water Park. That event, which takes place from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the park near 1750 Crystal Drive, features live music and various types of wine and beer for purchase.

File photo. Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

Buckingham Festival Set for Sunday

by Ethan Rothstein | August 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm | 643 views | No Comments

The site of the Buckingham Community Festival (photo via Google Maps)The annual Buckingham Community Festival returns this Sunday, closing N. Pershing Drive to make room for daylong activities.

The festival, hosted by the BU-GATA Tenants Association, will feature live performances of folk music and dance, among other activities. It will be held on N. Pershing Drive between N. Glebe Road and Thomas Street from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m.

In addition to the music and dance, there will be food vendors and children’s activities, like a bounce house and games for the family.

It’s the 14th year of the festival, which is held as an opportunity for the heavily Latino community to come together and celebrate each other’s cultures. Many of the performances will be traditional folk music and dance from a variety of Latin countries.

Pershing Drive will close at 10:00 a.m. to accommodate the festival, and should re-open around 7:00 p.m. Parking in the area will be restricted.

Photo via Google Maps

Shirlington’s Wags ‘n Whiskers Festival Returns Saturday

by Ethan Rothstein | August 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm | 1,387 views | No Comments

Wags and Whiskers 2011 (courtesy photo)The annual Shirlington pet festival, Wags ‘n Whiskers, returns for its seventh year this Saturday.

This year’s festival’s hours are extended: the fun begins at 10:00 a.m. and goes until 4:00 p.m. along Campbell Avenue. The festival’s organizer, the Federal Realty Investment Trust, said more than 60 pet-centric vendors have signed up to participate, making it the biggest Wags ‘n Whiskers festival to date.

In addition to the vendors selling treats, food, toys and other goods, there will also be on-site adoption booths, pet portraits for $5, demonstrations, face-painting and balloon art. A complete list of vendors is available on the festival’s website.

Live music will be going on throughout the festivities, starting with Dan Haas at 10:00 a.m., followed by the Taylor Carson Duo at noon and the Morrison Brothers Band at 2:00 p.m.

The Arlington County Police Department will be closing roads around Shirlington on Saturday for the event. Starting at 5:30 a.m., Campbell Avenue will be closed from S. Quincy Street to the parking garage entrance in front of the Harris Teeter (4250 Campbell Ave.). S. Randolph Street will also be closed from Arlington Mill Drive to the alley south of Campbell Avenue. Street parking in the area will be restricted. The roads are expected to re-open by 7:00 p.m.

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Sept. 11 Memorial 5Ks in Arlington Next Month

by Ethan Rothstein | August 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm | No Comments

Medal from the Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K raceThe 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks will again be marked in Arlington by, among other events, two 5K races raising money for charities.

First, on Saturday, Sept. 6, will be the Arlington Police, Fire and Sheriff Memorial 9/11 5K. The race will begin at 6:00 p.m. and start and end at the Double Tree hotel in Crystal City at 300 Army Navy Drive.

The race is $40 to register and participate, with the proceeds going to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Segs4Vets, Team Rubicon and T.A.P.S (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors). The race is limited to the first 4,500 registrants.

The course will take runners from the Double Tree up S. Joyce Street, by the Air Force Memorial and Pentagon 9/11 Memorial, around the Pentagon before returning back to the Double Tree.

A week later, the 9/11 Heroes Run with kick off just a few blocks away. Starting at 8:30 a.m. on 23rd Street S., between Fern and Eads Streets, the run raises money for the Travis Manion Foundation, a charity that supports “veterans, their families, and families of fallen service members.”

Registration for the Heroes Run is $35, plus a $2.74 service fee. The Arlington race is one of 47 nationwide that will be run this year, including events in New York City, Philadelphia and Richmond. Only those who register before Sept. 1 are guaranteed a race shirt and memorabilia.

Rosslyn Jazz Festival Returns Sept. 6

by Ethan Rothstein | August 18, 2014 at 3:20 pm | 832 views | No Comments

Rebirth Brass Band (photo via Rebirth Brass Band)The annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival returns next month, and will be headlined by New Orleans staple Rebirth Brass Band.

On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway), four jazz bands will take the stage while attendees can enjoy a picnic, food and fashion trucks and beer and wine.

This year, the Rosslyn Business Improvement District is hosting its 24th jazz festival, and once again it’s free to attend. Parking is available in the garage at 1911 N. Fort Myer Drive, and several streets around the park, including Lee Highway, will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rebirth Brass Band formed in 1983 and has released 12 original albums. Its latest album, “The Rebirth of New Orleans,” won the 2012 Grammy for Best Regional Roots Music album. The band plays traditional New Orleans brass music, but blends in aspects of jazz, funk and hip-hop. They take the stage to close the festival at 5:30 p.m.

Opening the festival at 1:00 p.m. will be The Corey Wallace DUBtet, led by trombonist Corey Wallace. At 2:15 p.m., the Ghost Train Orchestra, a 10-piece jazz band that plays modern revivals of 1920s and 1930s-era jazz hits, will take the stage. Following them, at 3:45 p.m., North Indian-jazz fusion band Red Baraat will bring their eclectic blend of music influence for the festival’s penultimate performance.

Beer and wine will be provided by the Washington Wine Academy. Several food trucks will be parked at the festival, along with fashion trucks Street Boutique and The Thread Truck.

Photo via Rebirth Brass Band. Disclosure: Rosslyn BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

Arlington Agenda (Aug. 18-24)

by Ethan Rothstein | August 18, 2014 at 5:00 am | No Comments

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

Arlington Central LibraryFantasy Football Seminar, League
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

The library hosts a seminar on how to play fantasy football. Those who attend can enter the library’s fantasy football league, which drafts Aug. 23 at 1:00 p.m., and win prizes.

Tuesday

The Curious Grape's selection of chocolate barsChocolate Seminar
The Curious Grape (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The Curious Grape offers a chocolate seminar, where customers can also taste up to five “rare heirloom chocolates” for $3-$5. Registration for the seminar is available online.

Wednesday

obama-beerPints on the Pike
P. Brennan’s Irish Pub (2910 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

The Arlington Young Democrats host a happy hour-style event aimed at bringing everyone together for a relaxing evening before fall campaign season starts up. Karaoke starts at 10:00 p.m.

Thursday

Fall Style PartyFall Style Party
Free People (1100 S. Hayes Street)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Free People hosts a Fall Style Party with local fashion bloggers The Fashionably Broke sisters. Natalie and Erika Pinto will give attendees free style sessions, and there will be a giveaway. RSVP here.

Friday

Anchorman posterOutdoor Movie: Anchorman
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway)
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

The Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival — with a “movies about work” theme — sees its penultimate showing with “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.” The movie is free.

Saturday

annual-1812U.S. Army Band Concert
Summerall Field (Sheridan Ave., Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall)
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The U.S. Army Band’s annual summer concert, with the traditional conclusion of Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with “four three-inch, 5,775-pound, World War II vintage anti-tank guns.” Admission is free.

‘True Detective’ Band to Play Iota Club

by ARLnow.com | August 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm | 906 views | No Comments

Handsome Family, the band behind the theme for the hit HBO show “True Detective,” will be playing Iota Club and Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd) in Clarendon later this month.

Handsome Family (courtesy photo)Playing a genre described as alternative country and “Gothic Americana,” Handsome Family is made up of husband-and-wife duo Brett Sparks and Rennie Sparks. The Sparks together play guitar, banjo, bass and ukulele in addition to providing vocals.

The New Mexico-based band is scheduled to headline a show at Iota on Thursday, Aug. 28, starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, available only at the door on the day of the show.

True Detective received 12 Emmy nominations last month, including outstanding music composition for a series. The awards show will air on Monday, Aug. 25, three days before the Iota concert.

Library Hosting Fantasy Football League

by ARLnow.com | August 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm | 660 views | No Comments

Arlington Central LibraryAre you ready for some football? The Arlington Public Library is and it’s inviting residents to join its first fantasy football league.

Residents can sign up to compete against neighbors in the library’s “Dewey Decimators League.” Participants must attend a Fantasy Football 101 class at Central Library on Monday, August 18. From 6:00-7:00 p.m. class attendees will learn how to use the free Yahoo! Fantasy Football program to create a team.

That Saturday (August 23) is the big draft day. From 1:00-2:00 p.m., registered participants will draft their players either in person at Central Library or online.

League participants can build a team on their own or co-own a team with others. Individual participants must be at least 13 years old.

Those who attend the August 18 introductory class will hear more about the smaller prizes to be awarded throughout the season, from places like Bayou Bakery, Corner Bakery, Dunkin Donuts, Sweet Leaf and Starbucks. The league runs through December 22 and the winner will get a grand prize that has not yet been announced.

Get Batty at the Arlington Bat Festival

by ARLnow.com | August 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm | 1,030 views | No Comments

Bat Fest logoBats are back. The whole family can enjoy learning about the winged mammals at the Arlington Bat Festival this Saturday (August 16).

From 6:00-9:00 p.m., attendees can take part in bat-centric habitat walks, games and crafts at Gulf Branch Nature Center (3608 Military Road). There also will be three live bat shows. The show schedule and which age group each is aimed at can be found online.

There is an $8 fee to attend the event and online registration is recommended to guarantee a spot.

Arlington’s Got Talent Accepting Audition Tapes

by Ethan Rothstein | August 12, 2014 at 11:15 am | 375 views | No Comments

Arlington's Got Talent flyerArlington’s Got Talent, the annual talent show hosted by Leadership Arlington, is now accepting applications to perform.

Applicants need to “like” the event’s Facebook page, fill out an online application and submit a video link along with it. Competitors have to be at least 13 years old, audition videos must be no more than three minutes long — performances during the competition can be up to five minutes — and be free of “nudity or obscene language/gestures.” The deadline for applying is Sept. 11.

The competition itself will be on Wednesday, Oct. 29 at Clarendon Ballroom (3185 Wilson Blvd), with a social starting at 6:30 p.m. before the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Last year’s show had more than 200 people in attendance, Leadership Arlington said in a press release. Tickets for the show are $30 online and $40 at the door. Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.

This is the third annual Arlington’s Got Talent, and competitors across the D.C. area are allowed to participate. The first ever winner, Margot McDonald, toured Europe and played at Artisphere and the Lubber Run Amphiteatre this summer.

Arlington Agenda (Aug. 11-17)

by Ethan Rothstein | August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am | 572 views | No Comments

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County.

If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form. Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Monday

John VihstadtRoundtable with John Vihstadt
Hard Times Cafe (3028 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Arlington Chamber of Commerce’s junior members group, the Jaycees, host their monthly forum with Arlington’s newest County Board member, John Vihstadt.

Wednesday

Job Fair for Veterans
Sheraton Pentagon City (900 S. Orme Street)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Job listings website CivilianJobs.com is hosting a job fair for veterans looking for work outside the military. More than 40 companies will be attending. Registration is available online.

Friday

Cherry Smash GirlBrewery Exhibit Opening
Arlington Historical Museum at the Hume School (1805 S. Arlington Ridge Road)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Arlington Historical Society presents a new exhibit, “Arlington’s Brewery and Cherry Smash,” detailing the history of Arlington Brewery, which became a soda factory in Rosslyn in the early 20th century.

jonlovitzLive Comedy: Jon Lovitz
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

SNL alumnus and ubiquitous comedy legend Jon Lovitz takes the stage for four shows this weekend at the Drafthouse. Shows at 7:30 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $30.

Saturday

Condo & Maserati 020Maserati Ride & Drive Event
Maserati of Arlington (2710 S. Glebe Road)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Commemorating its new showroom, Maserati of Arlington is hosting a test-drive event, in which those 25 years and older can come in and test drive one of three Maserati models. Walk-ins accepted.

Virginia Highlands Park by Team RankAGLA Summer Cookout
Virginia Highlands Park (1600 S. Hayes Street)
Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance hosts its annual summer cookout, open to members and nonmembers alike. Nonmembers are encouraged to donate, and everyone can bring whatever they want to grill.

Photos: Arlington County Fair 2014

by Ethan Rothstein | August 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm | 2,430 views | No Comments

The Arlington County Fair is going on now and continues through this weekend, giving residents plenty of chances to ride ponies, catch some racing piglets and check out hundreds of locally produced goods.

Friday afternoon, thousands of people piled into the fairgrounds next to the Thomas Jefferson Community Center (125 S. Old Glebe Road), taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Arlington’s annual reminder that the county wasn’t always an urban center.

The fairgrounds are covered in rides, arcade games and food vendors, with demonstrations happening all day and all night for the rest of the weekend. Activities include tomorrow’s 5k, performances by the Harlem Wizards and “Cows-N-Corn milking demos.”

The fair runs through Sunday at 10:00 p.m.

Library Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Nixon Resignation

by ARLnow.com | August 8, 2014 at 10:15 am | 509 views | No Comments

Nixon memorabilia at Central Library (photo courtesy of Arlington Public Library)Tomorrow (August 9) marks the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation from office in light of the Watergate scandal, and Central Library is marking the historic anniversary with a display of memorabilia and an author visit.

The library has a temporary display of Nixon-related items that visitors can check out through the end of the month. A private, local collector allowed the library to borrow the pieces of memorabilia covering the decades from Nixon’s 1950s vice-presidential campaign through his death in 1994. The display includes a couple dozen items including newspapers, masks and even a section of carpet from the Democratic National Committee offices at the Watergate — the target of the 1972 break-in that sparked a larger investigation.

The collector is particularly proud of a t-shirt from the late 1970s prompting readers to “Don’t Buy Books By Crooks.” It was part of a national campaign, started in Arlington, to encourage people not to buy Nixon’s memoirs. The headquarters for that campaign was located close to where the Ballston Metro station currently exists.

“We live in this incredibly fascinating capital area, and our national history often is also our local Arlington history in a lot of ways,” said library spokesman Peter Golkin.

On Tuesday (August 12), author Elizabeth Drew will visit the library to talk about covering the events surrounding the Watergate scandal, and about the reissue of her book “Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall.” She will reflect on Nixon’s ability to make a comeback and discuss what the scandal means in the 21st century. Copies of Drew’s book will be available for sale and signing during the event, which runs from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“It’s a rare opportunity to hear one of the major journalists to cover Watergate speak,” said Golkin. He notes that although many Americans were focused on newspaper coverage of the scandal, Drew’s reporting was a major contribution because “her coverage in The New Yorker gave it a context you can only get from that kind of long-form journalism.”

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