by Ethan Rothstein — March 2, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

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

The first of 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.

BaconBeerPortCityFW2Bacon and Beer Dinner
Fire Works Pizza (2350 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

For $75, diners/drinkers will enjoy a five-course, bacon-themed meal, with beers from Alexandria’s Port City Brewing to pair with each item. Call 703-527-8700 for reservations.


150213_PikeFuture_1pbadgeColumbia Pike Future Forum*
The Salsa Room (2619 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Discuss the future of the Pike with Del. Alfonso Lopez, County Board member John Vihstadt and other community and business leaders. Free to attend.


COE-APPLE-ICONLogo2-12Live Theater: Children of Eden
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Blvd)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Chalice Theatre presents a musical written by the composer of “Wicked” and “Godspell.” Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and youth.


1K-Wine-Beer-Walk_V31K Wine and Beer Walk*
Crystal City Shops (1750 Crystal Drive)
Time: 2:00-6:00 p.m.

For $20, “racers” will mosey along the course with 25 “hydration” stations, choosing between beer and wine, ending with a “giant dance party.”

10891498_838325856231235_3069997240574000828_nNight Hike and Campfire
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Road)
Time: 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Go on a moonlight walk through the park, learning about the stars and the natural environment. Cost is $10, and includes headlamps and a campfire. Hiking boots required. Call 703-528-5406 to register.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 27, 2015 at 2:30 pm 741 0

Crowds of shoppers at Pentagon City mall (file photo)The Lunar New Year celebration in Asia is fully underway, and the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City is hosting a lineup of events tomorrow to celebrate.

From noon to 6:00 p.m. at the mall (1100 S. Hayes Street), there will be dancers from a range of Asian countries, an “Asian fashion show” and goodie bags from stores like Aveda and LUSH.

Starting at noon, the first 100 shoppers on the Metro level will get goodie bags. At 1:00 p.m., the Asian American Chamber of Commerce will make a presentation, after which the performances begin.

There will be Chinese and Indian musical performances and forms of traditional Lion Dance and Dragon Dance and dancers organized by Filipino-American group Mabuhay, Inc. All the while, visitors can meet with Miss Vietnam D.C., Loney Nguyen and make a traditional paper lantern and spin a wheel for prizes.

Stores throughout the mall will be offering specials in honor of the holiday, which started on Feb. 19 and will last until March 5.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm 502 0

Drew Community Center (photo via Arlington County)Arlington’s 23rd annual “Feel the Heritage Festival,” celebrating Black History Month, returns on Saturday to the Charles Drew Community Center in Nauck.

From 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. at 3500 23rd Street S., attendees can come to the free event to enjoy live music and dancing, a display of Arlington’s black history with photos and artifacts and food from Buck’s BBQ and Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Performing throughout the festival will be an assortment of musical acts: N2N Band, an eight-member R&B and Motown cover group; Anansegromma of Ghana, performing traditional West African drumming, storytelling and dance; and the Ebony Day Dance Company.

There will be children’s activities like face painting, balloon animals and hands-on craft-making for kids to make their own souvenirs. The community will host a bake sale and there will be dozens artisan and nonprofit vendor booths.

For history buffs, the highlight will be the “Hall of History,” with artifacts from nine different black churches and organization, including relics from the Civil War and segregation.

Photo via Arlington County

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

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Screen-Shot-2015-02-03-at-10.53.07-AMFirst-time Homebuyer Happy Hour*
Samuel Beckett’s (2800 S. Randolph Street)
Time: 7:00-7:45 p.m.

A free happy hour, hosted in Shirlington by Stansford Signature real estate agents. Register here.


Bobby ThompsonLive Music: Bobby Thompson
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

The Bobby Thompson Project is the brainchild of Blues singer-songwriter Bobby Thompson. Tickets are $10 and sold at the door.


cheryl-rtrResolve to Run Training Session*
Bluemont Park (601 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 9:00-10:00 a.m.

All running levels are welcome to train in a group to run a 5K race. Those who want to train, register with info@arlingtonthrive.org or call 703-558-0035.

Power-of-Spirituals-PhotoThe Power of Spirituals*
Resurrection Lutheran Church (6201 Washington Blvd)
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.

Music and readings in observance of Black History Month. Featuring Millicent Scarlett, soprano; Robert Baker, tenor; Eileen Guenther, producer and pianist.

DomFlemons_eventLive Music: Dom Flemons
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Grammy winning founder member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom Flemons plays seven instruments and sings his brand of “folk music and Americana.” Tickets are $18.


caribbeanbrunchCaribbean Brunch for Charity
Trinity Episcopal Church (2217 Columbia Pike)
Time: noon-2:00 p.m.

Island-inspired, authentically prepared treats, fresh fruits and other brunch favorites are on the menu. Tickets are $15 and proceeds go to a Haitian relief charity.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 17, 2015 at 11:45 am 383 0

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Logo-step2Millennial Women and the GOP Happy Hour*
Ri Ra Irish Pub (2915 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) leads a trio of speakers discussing “important women’s issues and ways to empower women in the workplace and politics.” Event is free but RSVP is recommended.


When Arlington’s Schools Weere Segregated
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

The debut screening of a video oral history with George M. Richardson, the last principal of Arlington’s “colored-only” Hoffman-Boston Junior and Senior High School. Discussion to follow with the filmmakers.

Love146Silent Auction to battle sex trafficking*
Ireland’s Four Courts (2051 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Free appetizers and a cash bar will be available to attendees of Love146‘s silent auction to raise money to help victims of sex trafficking. Admission is $10.


PROMO_PHOTO_CLive Music: C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

C.J. Chenier, the son of Clifton Chenier, the “King of Zydeco,” performs with the band his father founded. Zydeco dance lessons start at 7:30. Tickets are $20.


22Free Chamber Music Concert*
Clarendon United Methodist Church (606 N. Ivy Street)
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

IBIS Chamber Music presents “A Quartet for the End of Time,” written in a World War II prison camp. The group will also perform a piece from the opera “Gimpel the Fool.”

oscarsparty-2015-300Oscars Watch Party
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Watch the 87th annual Academy Awards on the big screen with the D.C. Film Society, with a night including prediction contests, a silent auction and trivia contests. Tickets are $20 at the door.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 13, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

George WashingtonArlington County government operations will take the day off on Monday, Feb. 16 for George Washington Day.

The holiday, also known as Presidents Day and Washington’s Birthday, means there will be no parking enforcement in the county on Monday.

Arlington Public Schools will be closed, as will the county’s General District, Circuit and Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts. Arlington’s libraries, DMV office, human services department and community centers will also not open their doors.

ART buses 41, 42, 51, 77 and 87 will run on Saturday schedules, while all other ART bus trips are cancelled. STAR transit will only run dialysis trips.

The only government function that will go on without a hitch on Monday is trash and recycling pickup. Those with Monday collection should leave their waste by the curb at the normal time.

by Ethan Rothstein — February 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm 999 0

Arlington Drafthouse's Valentine's Day event fllyerIf going to see “50 Shades of Grey” seems like an inconceivable way to spend Valentine’s Day, the Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse has a throwback movie alternative.

The theater, at 2903 Columbia Pike, is hosting three showings of the 1980s classic film, “The Princess Bride,” at 4:00, 7:00 and 10:00 p.m. Before the 7:00 p.m. show — currently listed as sold out on the Drafthouse’s website — there will be an optional wine tasting and standup comedy performance.

There will also be standup comedy performed before the final showing of the day, at 10:20 p.m.

Tickets for the two remaining shows are $10 each. Considering the 7:00 p.m. show sold out, you might have to fight to the pain to get tickets for the other two showings on Saturday.

Image via Arlington Drafthouse

by Ethan Rothstein — February 9, 2015 at 11:00 am 2,524 0

Disney-themed bar crawl (photo courtesy Dalfa Ahmed) (Updated at 11:20 a.m.) A pub crawl planned for Sunday, Feb. 15, the day before Presidents Day, is about more than getting sloshed at a host of bars in Clarendon and Courthouse.

The Bow Wow Crawl for Charity is the seventh annual crawl on the February holiday for a group of friends. The themed crawls — previously there have been Disney and video game characters – always donate proceeds to charity and this year, the money is going to Arlington-based Homeward Trails Animal Rescue. Participants are encouraged to dress up like animals in the spirit of the event.

According to the bar crawl’s fundraising page, the bar crawl started seven years ago with three people on the day before a federal holiday. It has since grown to more than 100, benefiting charities like Give Kids the World and Child’s Play.

“Now this isn’t your typical bar crawl,” Adam Ross, who co-founded the bar crawl, writes on the page. “It’s not put on by a big promotion company. We are grassroots. We don’t sell wristbands or drink tickets or do any publicizing. It is the same crew that comes each year, only expanded by word of mouth, friends bringing other friends, or whatever strangers we run into along our journey. We aren’t out to make money off this, nor will we ever. After the second year of this bar crawl it was apparent that it was getting popular and that we would have a large number of attendees. We decided two things at that point; we would have a new theme ever year and we would raise money for a charity that corresponded with that theme.”

The crawl’s website has raised $400 of a $900 goal, with two weeks left on its online fundraiser.

The crawl begins on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Arlington Rooftop Bar and Grill (2424 Wilson Blvd). The crawl will then swing into D.C. before finishing up back in Arlington.

It’s unclear if the crawl has applied for or received a bar crawl permit, a new regulation the Arlington County Board instituted last summer. The permits are intended to recoup county costs from the additional police presence the crawls — which have been attended by as many as 5,000 people in the past — necessitate.

Photo courtesy Dalfa Ahmed

by Ethan Rothstein — February 9, 2015 at 10:00 am 468 0

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Highline RXR in Crystal City, opening the first weekend in FebruaryPost-Startup Showcase Mixer
Highline RXR (2010 Crystal Drive)
Time: 6:30-11:30 p.m.

Connect with investors and the best of D.C. tech after The Startup Factory Showcase (held at Disruption Corporation HQ). Register online here. Drink specials offered.


Shenandoah-Book-JacketHistorical Society Book Reading
Marymount University (2807 N. Glebe Road, Rowley G127)
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.

The AHS hosts author Sue Eisenfeld, reading from her book “Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal,” a first-person hiking adventure through the history of the lost communities of Shenandoah National Park.


Sara SchaeferLive Comedy: Sara Schaefer
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Co-host of MTV’s late night show, Nikki and Sara Live, Sara Schaefer won two Emmy Awards as a writer on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Tickets to her shows are $22..

aurelio_eventLive Music: Aurelio
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Artist Aurelio Martinez — a singer, percussionist and guitarist — plays Central American folk music with roots in the 17th Century. Tickets are $18 and available online.


thrill_of_tchaikovskyValentine’s Day Tchaikovsky Concert*
Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The National Chamber Ensemble is performing a medley of romantic songs from one of classical music’s greatest composers, Peter Iliych Tchaikovsky. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for students.


Live Music: Dead Men’s Hollow
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Dead Men’s Hollow performs a combination of bluegrass, country, blues and gospel music with a fiddle, upright bass, mandolin, banjo and guitar. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm 571 0

Love the Run You're With posterThe annual Valentine’s Day-themed 5K in Pentagon City, “Love the Run You’re With,” will return Sunday, six days before the holiday.

The race will start and end on S. Joyce Street at Pentagon Row, and take runners down Army Navy Drive just past 28th Street S. The race also doubles as a matchmaking affair, with bib numbers corresponding to racers’ relationship status.

The course is the same as last year’s race, so the Arlington County Police Department will likely shut down the following roads form 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. for the race, which starts at 9:00 a.m.

  • South Joyce Street between South 15th Street and Army Navy Drive
  • Army Navy Drive between South Joyce Street and South 25th Street

Street parking in the area will be restricted, so motorists should be careful if they plan on parking on Saturday night.

Registration for the race is $40 and includes a commemorative blanket. After the race, runners are invited to Champps at 1201 S. Joyce Street for drinks, a free photo booth and karaoke. All runners — those registered as single (“Cupid Stupid”), it’s complicated (“Love ‘em or Leave ‘em”) or in a relationship (Co-dependent) — are invited to the bar after the race for mingling.

Image via Pacers Running

by Ethan Rothstein — February 3, 2015 at 2:30 pm 1,228 0

2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras paradeThe annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras parade is back this year after a snow-induced hiatus in 2014.

The parade is scheduled to start at 8:00 p.m. on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17, on N. Barton Street. About 40 floats and parade participants have already signed up to take part in the hourlong event, which will run up Wilson Blvd to N. Irving Street.

A snowstorm on Mardi Gras forced the Clarendon Alliance — which organizes the event — to push it back to St. Patrick’s Day. Yet another storm that March forced the 16th annual parade to be canceled altogether.

“Normally it’s a rain or shine type deal,” Clarendon Alliance Executive Director Matt Hussmann said. “But the snow banks were so big on the sidewalks, nobody could watch the parade.”

This year, if the weather cooperates, Hussmann said the “family-friendly” parade should continue to be the biggest and best-attended Mardi Gras parade in the D.C. area. The Ballou High School marching band is back, the Louisiana State University alumni group will again have a big presence, and beads and candy will again be flying around.

“The parade’s got a great feel to it,” Hussmann said. “It’s really a local event. The people in the parade are businesses people go to. Everybody’s yelling and waving and dressed up and they’ve got costumes. The floats are really creative. There’s a lot of music, they’re throwing beads and candy. It’s just home-grown fun.”

Before the parade, Courthouse’s Bayou Bakery will be hosting a “Bayou Gras Block Party.” The New Orleans-themed bakery, at 1515 N. Courthouse Road, is offering $30 tickets for three cajun dishes — like jambalaya and chicken and sausage gumbo — $20 tickets for Mardi Gras-themed cocktails and $15 tickets for three pours of Abita Amber Ale. Children under 12 years old will get a free mac and cheese.

The block party will run from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets can be bought online or at Bayou Bakery.

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by Ethan Rothstein — February 3, 2015 at 10:00 am 631 0

Crystal Couture 2014(Updated at 10:25 a.m.Crystal Couture, the annual fashion show and pop-up fashion boutique, returns this week, starting with a VIP preview Thursday evening.

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., 38 area designers will offer deals on their latest fashions, and models will stroll down the runway to show them off. The show will be in the Crystal City Shops at 1750 Crystal Drive and is free to attend.

The designers are offering up to 50 percent off their items, and attendees can drink wine, beer and cocktails from the bar while getting free five-minute makeovers.

DJ Neekola will be spinning tunes and fashion consultants will be on hand to discuss the offerings with guests in attendance.

Those interested in being first in line to see the designers’ 2015 collections can pay $50 to become VIPs. The VIP preview starts at 5:00 p.m. and features an hourlong open bar before the official opening of the show at 6:00 p.m.

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

by Ethan Rothstein — February 2, 2015 at 5:00 am 0

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IOTA Club & Cafe logoLive Music: DJ Sam Snow
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

DJ Sam Snow spins an “Arcology” show at IOTA. Vinyl records will be on tap all night, and the show is free to see.


Cosmo Couture 2013Crystal Couture Show and Sale*
Crystal City Shops (1750 Crystal Drive)
Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m. (also from 6:00-10:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday)

The annual fashion event is back for its fifth year. VIP tickets cost $50 and allow VIPs to shop on Thursday before sales begin on Friday, as well as enjoy bottomless drinks.

footballARLpostVa. Tech Football Recruiting Showcase*
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

VT football recruiting coordinator Bryan Stinespring breaks down the Hokies’ 2015 recruiting class. All Hokie alumni and fans are invited. Tickets are $15 at the door and proceeds go to the VT Athletic Fund.


Vivaldi-Project-standing-at-wall-2014-for-S-2Rediscovering the String Trio*
St. George’s Episcopal Church (925 N. Oakland Street)
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

A string trio plays baroque-era instruments and pieces by Vivaldi, J.C. Bach, Haydn and others. Tickets are $25, $10 for students, available at the door.

ManualCin_eventManual Cinema presents Lula del Rey
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Using overhead projectors, paper puppets, actors in silhouette and a live band, Chicago troupe Manual Cinema “transforms the experience of attending the cinema.” Tickets are $20.


Nicecream photo shoot on Jul 26 in Arlington, Va. (Photo/Damien Salas)Ice Cream for Breakfast
Nicecream Factory (2831 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 9:30-11:00 a.m.

The shop that specializes in making their own ice cream instantly is hosting an ice cream breakfast for nonprofit Let’s Help Kids. Selling maple bacon and french toast flavored ice cream, 75 percent of proceeds will go to the charity.

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by ARLnow.com — January 27, 2015 at 12:45 pm 447 0

ARLnow.com is holding its fifth anniversary bash in Crystal City tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

If you haven’t booked your tickets yet, you can still do so through 5:00 p.m. on Eventbrite. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The event, at the ever-expanding headquarters of the Crystal Tech Fund and Disruption Corporation, will feature two hours of all-you-can eat food from Ruth’s Chris and plenty of wine and beer, thanks to our friends at the Crystal City BID.

To help celebrate our fifth anniversary (which technically is on Thursday), we’re recounting some of the top stories of 2010.

Coming off of the depths of the Great Recession, the year that was 2010 was especially active for business openings in Crystal City. Here are some of the memorable openings in our first year:

See you tonight, Arlington!

by Ethan Rothstein — January 26, 2015 at 9:30 am 395 0

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ARLnow5thAnnARLnow.com fifth anniversary bash
Disruption Corporation (2231 Crystal Drive, 10th floor)
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Join ARLnow.com and the Crystal City BID for a celebration of ARLnow.com’s fifth anniversary. A ticket includes adult beverages and finger food.


HardywoodFW2Jan2015Some Like it Hot Beer Dinner*
Fire Works Pizza (2350 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Hardywood Park is hosting a beer dinner featuring the Richmond brewery’s brews paired with spicy foods. Emailcourthouse@fireworkspizza.com for reservations.


Jim BreuerLive Comedy: Jim Breuer
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10:00 p.m.

Saturday Night Live alumnus and one of Comedy Central’s 100 Greatest Comics of All Time Jim Breuer performs. Tickets are $35 and selling fast.


PrintThe Energy Journey Game
Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy hosts a life-sized, interactive board game designed to jumpstart creative thinking about energy solutions.


Pre-Super Bowl Party*
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church (400 Lorcom Lane)
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Arlington Neighborhood Villages hosts a “BYO party” for residents of Cherrydale, Donaldson Run, Old Dominion and Waverly Hills. ANV hopes to start its third local village in the county.

Mister Days (photo via Google Maps)Super Bowl Party
Mister Days Sports Rock Cafe (3100 Clarendon Blvd)
Time: 3:00 p.m.

An all-you-can-eat tailgate menu until kickoff, door prizes and Seattle- and New England-themed menu highlight Mister Days’ party. Tickets are $25.

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