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by ARLnow.com — March 30, 2015 at 10:00 am 544 0

Crystal City 5K Friday race t-shirtIt’s almost April which means it’s almost time for Crystal City’s 5K Fridays to start up again.

Starting this week, four 5K races will be held on consecutive Fridays — April 3, 10, 17 and 24. The races kick off from 2121 Crystal Drive at 6:30 p.m. each Friday, with a course that runs up and down Crystal Drive and Long Bridge Drive.

Registration for a single race is $20. Registration for all four races is $60. Runners can register online.

Drivers should expect road closures in the area during the race.

After each race there will be a post-race party at a local watering hole, with special deals for participants.

More information about the race is available on the Pacers website.

Disclosure: The Crystal City Business Improvement District is an ARLnow.com advertiser

by Ethan Rothstein — March 30, 2015 at 5:00 am 404 0

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.

Tuesday

1600 Wilson Blvd, the location of Skyline WellnessSkyline Wellness Happy Hour*
Skyline Wellness Center (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 320)
Time: 5:00-7:00 p.m.

The acupuncture, chiropractic care and massage center hosts a happy hour, include a giveaway of a year of free massage. Cocktails and “yummy bites” are free.

Wednesday

mrkrabbAll-you-can-eat Crab Legs*
Mad Rose Tavern (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.

For $22, patrons can eat all the snow crab legs they want, plus enjoy happy hour specials on domestic bottles, Fireball, sangria, mojitos and margaritas. Reservations are recommended.

Thursday

Networking Seminar
Arlington Chamber of Commerce (2009 14th Street N., Suite 100)
Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce hosts a free network seminar, designed to help business owners meet and engage with new clients. Led by the chamber’s director of membership.

Friday

CherryBlossomsArt Exhibit Opening
Gallery Underground (2100 Crystal Drive)
Time: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The opening of the “Spring Light” exhibit, which runs from March 30-April 25. The exhibit is a celebration of spring, and the light it brings to replace the cold dark of winter.

Saturday

20140419-East-Side-of-CabinBall-Sellers House Open House
Ball-Sellers House (5620 3rd Street S.)
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

On the 40th anniversary of the Arlington Historical Society’s acquisition of Arlington’s oldest building for $1. Free tours will be given all afternoon, with colonial snacks and beverages.

DomLaNena_EventLive Music: Dom La Nena
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Cellist and Vocalist Dom La Nena takes the Artisphere stage, bringing her blend of Brazilian, Argentine and French influences. Tickets are $12.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm 1,648 0

Dog up for adoption at Taste of Arlington 2012Market Common Clarendon (2700 Clarendon Blvd) will be holding a pet adoption day on Saturday in conjunction with two animal rescue groups.

The event is being held at the shopping center from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on March 28. It will be followed by a “Yappy Hour” at Zaika restaurant from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The pet adoption day is scheduled to be the only D.C. area stop this year for the North Shore Animal League “Tour of Life” bus. New York-based North Shore bills itself as the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Beyond that, it’s perhaps best known nationally as the animal shelter publicly supported by Beth Stern and her husband, Sirius XM host and America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern.

North Shore Animal League is partnering with Arlington-based Homeward Trails Animal Rescue for the event.

“The Tour of Life bus… will park on the Community Loop and house approximately 50 animals ready for adoption,” according to a Market Common spokeswoman. “The Loop will be transformed into an interactive dog park, where Arlington residents will have the opportunity to bring their pets to mingle with other animals, as well as have the opportunity to adopt from and donate to Homeward Trails.”

Ten percent of the proceeds from the Yappy Hour will be donated to Homeward Trails.

by ARLnow.com — March 25, 2015 at 1:30 pm 656 0

Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd) in Rosslyn is hosting a unique show this weekend.

“The Pigeoning” is a bunraku puppet show for adults, featuring “live original music and lo-fi special effects to describe the divide between man and nature and the illusion of safety and control in the context of the end of the world.”

"The Pigeoning" (photo courtesy Artisphere)The dark comedy follows a neurotic main character  named Frank who “becomes vexed by pigeons that live in a nearby park.”

“Convinced the pigeons are plotting against him, Frank sets out on an adventure to solve a problem that perhaps isn’t really there,” according to the Artisphere website. “New York-based creator and director Robin Frohardt worked closely with composer Freddi Price and an ensemble of five puppeteers to develop humorous, dialogue-free scenes that succinctly capture the absurdity of Frank’s journey.”

The show will take place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28. Tickets are available online for $20.

Photo courtesy Artisphere

by ARLnow.com — March 24, 2015 at 1:00 pm 1,777 0

Shirlington Spring Beer Festival Event FlyerCapitol City Brewing will host its second annual Mid-Atlantic Spring Beer Festival in Shirlington next month.

The event will take place outdoors, closing down a portion of Campbell Avenue. It will feature tastings from 35 area craft brewers, all of which will be from Virginia, Maryland or the District, including “several newly opened breweries.”

“New this year, all participating breweries will sport their own exhibition tents that showcase their company creations and colorful brand designs,” organizers said in a press release. “A variety of Shirlington Village restaurants and local eateries will feature their favorite springtime fare with music provided by a popular local DJ.”

The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 25. Much like Capital City’s Shirlington Oktoberfest event, the Spring Beer Festival will run from noon until 7:00 p.m., rain or shine, with taps closing at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets to the event will be available for purchase the day of the event, starting at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 and include a wristband, tasting glass and 10 drink tickets. Additional tasting tickets will be sold for $1 each, with a $5 minimum.

Non-drinkers and children can attend for free.

by Ethan Rothstein — March 23, 2015 at 5:00 am 362 0

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.

Tuesday

SignageShirlington_tapeStorytelling for Young Children
Busboys and Poets (4251 Campbell Ave.)
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

D.C.-based singer-songwriter — and mother of three — Marsha Goodman-Wood performs songs for children 5 and under. $5 admission is required. This is a weekly event.

10801772_10203445985141472_515625299417422453_nWeddingWire RecruitingHappy Hour
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Tech startup WeddingWire is looking for new salespeople, and is hosting a happy hour to try and find them. Any “work hard, play hard” candidates can find more info here.

Wednesday

healthy-happy-hour-logoHealthy Happy Hours
Heavy Seas Alehouse (1501 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 4:00 p.m.-midnight

Heavy Seas is partnering with the Arlington Free Clinic and the Shannon McGowan Breast Health Fund to offer an eight-hour long happy hour. Ten percent of all proceeds go toward the two nonprofits.

Thursday

Free Concert: The U.S. Navy Band
Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 7:00-8:15 p.m.

The U.S. Navy Band will be honoring veterans during a free concert featuring wind ensemble standards, soloists, marches, and patriotic favorites.

Friday

14302-UrbanArias_BlueViola-Title-472x394Live Music: Blues opera “Blue Viola”*
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

A blues opera about a blue viola, found on the street, and the upended lives of the people who discovered it. Tickets are $28. It is UrbanArias’ last show at the Artisphere.

Saturday

Baron VaughnLive Comedy: Baron Vaughn
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m. (also performing on Friday)

Baron Vaughn has performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, had a role in USA’s “Fairly Legal” and is doing two shows in Arlington this week. Tickets here.

by Ethan Rothstein — March 20, 2015 at 1:30 pm 1,160 0

Jeff Foxworthy (photo via JeffFoxworthy.com)Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, best known for his “You might be a redneck if…” bit, is coming to Arlington on April 12 for a reflux disease and esophageal cancer awareness fundraiser.

The fundraiser will include stand-up comedy from Foxworthy and an opening act, determined by a nationwide competition, and it’s called “No Laughing Matter.” The event will be at the Crystal Gateway Marriott (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway) at 7:00 p.m., and tickets are on sale for between $79 and $790.

The fundraiser aims to educate people on the link between acid reflux disease and esophageal cancer, and it’s sponsored by the Esophageal Cancer Action Network.

Along with the chance to hear Foxworthy’s routine, attendees will get access to an open bar of beer and wine, “light fare” at their table and the chance to win prizes like a walk-on role on HBO’s “Veep” and a tour of the White House’s west wing.

VIP tickets are available for the chance to take photos and mingle with Foxworthy — plus get an additional 90 minutes of open bar — for $200.

Photo via JeffFoxworthy.com

by ARLnow.com — March 19, 2015 at 10:05 am 652 0

Ice skating rink at Pentagon Row on 11/3/14Sunday is the last day of ice skating for the season at Pentagon Row, and the shopping center plans to end the season with a party.

On Saturday, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., the ice rink at 1201 S. Joyce Street will host a “Decades Night on Ice” party, in which participants are encouraged to dress according to their favorite decade.

“A DJ will be spinning the best tunes of each decade starting with the 60s at 6 pm, then the 70s at 7 pm, the 80s at 8 pm, and the 90s at 9 pm, through 10 pm,” according to a PR rep.

Admission for adults is $9, for children 12 and under and seniors 55 and up it’s $8. Skate rental, for those who don’t have their own, is $3.

Just don’t expect a throwback to this winter’s cold for the party. While snow is expected on Friday, the first day of spring, on Saturday the high temperature is expected to reach the upper 50s.

by Ethan Rothstein — March 17, 2015 at 10:00 am 1,606 0

The new plaza at N. Moore and 19th StreetsRosslyn workers can enjoy a beer outside this afternoon in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Rosslyn Business Improvement District is hosting its second ever pop-up beer garden, in the plaza at the corner of 19th Street and N. Moore Streets.

“In a busy urban area like Rosslyn with a large amount of pedestrians walking around, pop-up events like this do well since they maximize open space, grab attention and present something new and exciting,” Rosslyn BID President Mary-Claire Burick told ARLnow.com in an email. “With Plaza on 19th, an area that was previously just sidewalk, we now have a great space to regularly hold events like these.”

The beer will be a collection of Irish favorites like Guinness and Magners cider along with some craft beer selections, provided by the Washington Wine Academy. All of the beers will be $5.

The food will be served by the Urban Bumpkin BBQ truck, an Asian and barbecue fusion staple of the Rosslyn food truck lineup. Playing music during the whole event will be Rew Smith, a “pop/rock singer-songwriter” from Maryland.

Last year’s Oktoberfest beer garden — the first at the new plaza — drew more than 600 people, and event organizers are hoping the holiday and the warm weather will draw an even bigger crowd today. The BID will be passing out green koozies as a bonus for beer drinkers.

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by Ethan Rothstein — March 16, 2015 at 5:00 am 376 0

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

WOB_PourHandles_3.413Wx2.277H_300DPI_CMYKJourney Through Pilsners
World of Beer (901 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 11:00 a.m.-midnight

Drink Pilsner Urquell “in its purest form,” straight from the brewery in Czech Republic. Fans of the pilsner brewing style can go on a “tour” of pilsners from around Europe.

Tuesday

171528_10150096874573337_2203405_oLive Music: O’Tasty
IOTA Club & Café (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-11:30 p.m.

Celtic Punk band O’Tasty’s returns to IOTA for the seventh straight St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are $10 at the door. Check out our Irish bars guide for other St. Patrick’s Day specials.

Wednesday

19291_1016504655043780_8204450530811894989_nSkyline Wellness Open House*
Skyline Wellness Center (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 320)
Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Skyline Wellness Center is launching its Arlington location with giveaways, including a year of free massages, and the entire event is catered by Arlington’s own District Taco.

p1204356640-5Wednesday Night Spins*
Crystal City Parking Garage (2345 Crystal Drive, G4 Level)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

A weekly indoor bike race this March. A “fast and fun” course for cyclists of all abilities, participants can also win prizes. Spectators welcome. Sign up here.

DCCG_PaperShow201512th Annual D.C. Paper Show*
NRECA Building (4301 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Discover the latest paper products, services and techniques from paper and print vendors big and small. Learn about the latest techniques in printing from the area’s top print shops.

Friday

14302-UrbanArias_BlueViola-Title-472x394Live Music: Blues opera “Blue Viola”*
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

A blues opera about a blue viola, found on the street, and the upended lives of the people who discovered it. Tickets are $28. It is UrbanArias’ last show at the Artisphere.

Saturday

shamrocklogo_newThe Shamrock Crawl*
Clarendon bars
Time: 2:00-9:00 p.m.

Tickets to the latest Clarendon bar crawl are $20 online and $30 at Clarendon Ballroom and Clarendon Grill from 2:00-5:30 p.m.

Sunday

IMG_2360-3Rose Bush Pruning Demonstration*
Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden (850 N. Lexington Street)
Time: noon-2:00 p.m.

Learn how to sharpen your pruners and prune different varieties of rose bushes. Please bring your by-pass pruners and wear gloves. Free. Call 703-371-9351.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) content

by Ethan Rothstein — March 13, 2015 at 2:00 pm 2,160 0

Coffee with a Cop (photo via Sean Douglass)The Arlington County Police Department wants to grab a cup of joe with you.

Next Thursday, March 19, members of the ACPD’s Second District team will be serving as baristas at Java Shack from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The ACPD has pre-paid for $100 worth of drip coffee to give out to customers, and officers will be serving it as well as making themselves available to the community.

ACPD’s Second District covers from Ballston to Rosslyn, Crystal City and Pentagon City and the residential neighborhoods closeby. Capt. Kamran Afzal is the commander of the second unit, and he said the event is a way to talk to the community “with no agenda.”

“We’re just trying to engage the people that we serve over a cup of coffee,” Afzal told ARLnow.com over the phone today. “Anything goes, whatever people want to discuss, we’ll discuss, and maybe humanize each other.”

The First District unit of ACPD hosted a similar event at Metro 29 Diner in January, Afzal said. The Java Shack, under new management since January, will look to do more community-oriented events like ‘Coffee With a Cop’ in the future.

“‘Coffee With a Cop’ is a great example of the types of community events that have defined Java Shack’s growth over the years,” Java Shack manager Robert Peck said in a press release. “We are honored to host the Second District Team and look forward to giving our baristas a break while the police run the counter.”

Photo courtesy Sean Douglass

by Ethan Rothstein — March 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm 1,879 0

Authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Jesmyn Ward (images courtesy Arlington Public LIbrary(Updated at 5:10 p.m.) It was the rallying cry on social media for activism after nationwide protest surrounding several police shootings and now it’s Arlington Public Library’s theme for Arlington Reads 2015: the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

The community-wide reading initiative focuses on race, according to a library press release, in two books: “Men We Reaped,” a memoir surrounding the deaths of five young black men close to author Jesmyn Ward, and “Americanah,” a novel about African emigrants struggling with race in Western civilization by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Arlington Reads is the library’s annual attempt to bring the community together around a single topic, to encourage reading and educated discussion. This year’s theme was selected because the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag was chosen as the American Dialect Society’s Word of the Year in 2014 after police-related shooting deaths in Ferguson, Mo., Cleveland, Ohio and elsewhere in the country.

The two authors will discuss their books — both published in 2013 to broad critical acclaim — in separate events at Arlington Central Library.

Ward, a professor at Tulane University, will speak at Central Library on Wednesday, April 8, at 7:00 p.m. Adichie — known also for her TED Talk “We Should All Be Feminists” and her speaking part on Beyoncé’s song, Flawless — will speak at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7. Admission to the events are free.

Images via Arlington Public Library

by ARLnow.com — March 10, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1,850 0

2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras paradeThe Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade is still on tonight despite the rain and despite Mardi Gras having happened three weeks ago.

The parade is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. on N. Barton Street. About 30 floats and assorted groups are currently expected take part in the roughly half-hour-long event, which will run up Wilson Blvd to N. Irving Street.

Last year the parade was postponed due to a snowstorm, before being cancelled altogether due to another snowstorm. This year the parade was originally scheduled for Feb. 17, but was again postponed due to snow.

Matt Hussmann, executive director of the Clarendon Alliance, which organizes the parade, said that he’d rather march in some rain than chance another parade-less year.

“It’s not raining hard,” he said. “What are the odds that if we postpone it again that it’s going to be any better?”

Hussmann said the parade has received a handful of cancellations from scheduled participants, including the beloved Ballou High School Marching Band. Still, Hussmann was optimistic for a good turnout and said the cancellations wouldn’t rain on his parade.

“It’s going to be a good crowd and we’re hoping as many people come out as [possible],” he said. “It should be fun.”

Arlington County Police say they’re planning the following parade-related road closures tonight:

  • Wilson Boulevard from Veitch Street to Barton Street will be closed from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Adams Street and Wayne Street, between Clarendon Boulevard and Wilson Boulevard, will be closed from 6:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • Wilson Boulevard from Barton Street to Irving Street will be closed from 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

by Ethan Rothstein — March 9, 2015 at 11:45 am 6,419 0

The Bachelor contestants (photo via Facebook)Arlington’s very own contestant on the reality show “The Bachelor” will be at Clarendon’s very own “The Bachelorette” contestant-owned restaurant tonight for the 19th season finale.

Jillian Anderson was eliminated early on this season, and infamously slipped on a rug and nearly fell when she thought this season’s bachelor, Chris, called her name during the rose ceremony. Instead, he picked her competitor, Julia, and 25-year-old Anderson returned to her home in Arlington. Tonight, she will be at Bracket Room in Clarendon (1210 N. Garfield Street) to watch Chris hand out his final rose.

Bracket Room is owned by a former contestant of The Bachelorette, Chris Bukowski, and has hosted viewing parties for the reality show’s season finales since it opened in 2013. Happy hour begins at 4:00 p.m. and the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Bracket Room’s Facebook page says there will be specials on wine and dessert.

At the same time, at Guarapo Lounge in Courthouse, radio hosts Sarah Fraser — another Arlington resident — is hosting a watch party of her own. Starting at 7:00 p.m., Anderson is expected to stop by for another appearance. There will be $1 tacos plus wine and cocktail specials and the chance to win prizes.

It’s unclear at which restaurant Anderson will watch Chris give out the final rose to one of the two finalists, Whitney and Becca.

Photo via Facebook

by Ethan Rothstein — March 9, 2015 at 5:00 am 689 0

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.

Tuesday

Astropops-parade-float-300x225Clarendon-Courthouse St. Patrick’s Day Parade*
Wilson Blvd from N. Barton Street to Irving Street.
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

The re-scheduled Mardi Gras parade returns, in possibly rainy, but warmer conditions. Fifty bands, floats and organizations will stroll down Clarendon and Courthouse’s main drag.

654Guinness Dinner
Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Three courses of dinner prepared by guest chef Pedro Flores of The James Joyce in Baltimore prepares a three-course dinner with pairings of Guinness, Harp Lager and Smitchwick’s ale.

Wednesday

p1204356640-5Wednesday Night Spins*
Crystal City Parking Garage (2345 Crystal Drive, G4 Level)
Time: 6:00-9:00 p.m.

A weekly indoor bike race this March. A “fast and fun” course for cyclists of all abilities, participants can also win prizes. Spectators welcome. Sign up here.

Thursday

View-of-GW-ParkwayThe Origins of the George Washington Parkway
Marymount University (2807 N. Glebe Road, Rowley G127)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

A lecture about the history of the GW Parkway, built in the 1920s and one of Arlington’s national parks. An Arlington Public Library program, free to attend.

Saturday

Swanson Arts and Crafts fair
Swanson Middle School (5600 Washington Blvd)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Handmade jewelry, bags and purses, pottery, scarves, housewares and home accessories will be on sale by local artisans at this annual event, free to attend.

Dance5Live Music: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms*
Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30-9:45 p.m.

Three Baroque and Classic Era composers are celebrated by the National Chamber Ensemble. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

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