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Sheryl Crow Musical to Debut at Signature Theatre

by Ethan Rothstein | March 20, 2014 at 9:30 am | 982 views | No Comments

Signature Theatre (photo via Signature Theatre website)Famed singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow will bring a musical version of the 1982 movie “Diner” to debut at Shirlington’s Signature Theatre later this year.

Crow penned the music and lyrics while the movie’s writer and director, Barry Levinson, wrote the book (musicals’ version of a script), according to Variety. The entertainment publication reports that the musical will debut at Signature (4200 Campbell Ave.) from Dec. 9 to Jan. 25.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show was scheduled to open on Broadway twice before delays and may still end up there, depending on the show’s performance at Signature. The show will be directed and choreographed by three-time Tony Award-winner Kathleen Marshall (“Anything Goes,” “The Pajama Game,” “Wonderful Town”).

From THR:

Set in Baltimore in 1959, the musical is based on Levinson’s 1982 debut feature about burgeoning adulthood, which follows a group of former high school buddies who reunite in their twenties at their favorite hangout as one of them prepares to get married. The movie’s ensemble cast included Kevin Bacon,Ellen Barkin and Mickey Rourke.

Levinson adapted the book for the show from his Oscar-nominated screenplay, while Crow wrote the music and lyrics, marking the first foray into musical theater for both.

A pre-Broadway tryout for Diner originally was announced to play San Francisco’s Curran Theatre in fall 2012, and a Broadway opening was scheduled to follow in spring 2013. That target was later pushed back to last fall, with an out-of-town tryout being scrapped in favor of further workshops. However, that plan also failed to come together.

Photo via Signature Theatre

Civil War Re-Enactments Scheduled for Sunday

by Ethan Rothstein | March 17, 2014 at 4:20 pm | 1,180 views | No Comments

Fort Ethan Allen replica cannon (photo courtesy Arlington County)Fort Ethan Allen Park (3829 N. Stafford Street) will host Civil War re-enactments as part of a daylong showcase this Sunday for new interpretive features at the park.

Starting at 10:00 a.m., members of the Arlington County Board and the Old Glebe Civic Association will be on hand to unveil a replica cannon, three new viewing areas and nine new interpretive signs, all built as part of the Fort Ethan Allen Interpretive Project. In addition, a built-to-scale bronze replica of the original Fort Ethan Allen — which was built by the Union as part of the defense of Washington, D.C. — will be unveiled for the public.

The project was funded after Old Glebe requested it as part of the Neighborhood Conservation Program and the Board approved it in 2010. Construction began last fall.

The event will include speeches from county officials and community members, refreshments, a tour of the fort, and it will conclude with a hike from Fort Ethan Allen Park to one of the two other remaining Civil War forts in Arlington, Fort Marcy.

Photo courtesy Arlington County

Clarendon Parade Canceled Due to Snow

by ARLnow.com | March 17, 2014 at 9:45 am | 1,989 views | No Comments

Drummer at the 2011 Clarendon Mardi Gras paradeTonight’s planned Mardi Gras/St. Patrick’s Day parade in Clarendon, rescheduled due to snow on Fat Tuesday, is now canceled due to snow.

The Clarendon Alliance, which organizes the annual parade, made the announcement via Twitter. “What are the odds?” the organization asked rhetorically.

No word yet on whether the parade will be rescheduled again.

Arlington Agenda (March 17-23)

by Ethan Rothstein | March 17, 2014 at 5:00 am | 520 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

P. Brennan's logoSt. Patrick’s Day at P. Brennan’s
P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2910 Columbia Pike)
Time: 3:00 p.m.

The Pike’s Irish pub is hosting live Irish music and, at 3:00 and 6:00 p.m, performances by local youths from the Boyle School of Irish Dance.

Sine logoSt. Patrick’s Day at Sine Irish Pub
Sine Irish Pub (1301 S. Joyce Street)
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Sine Irish Pub in Pentagon City is offering $5 green beer all day, and, starting at 4:00 p.m., a buffet of Irish food for $14.

Thursday

Kids Read to Dogs
Aurora Hill Library (735 18th Street S.)
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The library’s monthly program continues this month, allowing kids in elementary school to read to therapy dogs for an hour. The event is free.

Anthony PirogLive Music: The Anthony Pirog Trio
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Guitarist Anthony Pirog brings his soft, smooth stylings, along with drummer Larry Ferguson and acoustic bassist Nathan Kawaller, to IOTA. Tickets are $10 at the door.

Friday

Rachel BloomLive Music/Comedy: Rachel Bloom
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m.

Comedian and Musician Rachel Bloom, who has developed a YouTube following for her comical songs, comes to the Drafthouse to perform new and old songs, as well as standup. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

Careers@APS LogoAPS Instructional Recruitment Fair*
Wakefield High School (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

APS is recruiting for teachers for the 2014-2015 school years. All candidates eligible for licensure will be granted an interview. Candidates should bring a resume and copy of license or transcript.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event.

Shirlington to Host Spring Beer Festival

by Ethan Rothstein | March 12, 2014 at 10:45 am | 2,111 views | No Comments

SpringFest 2014 PosterCapitol City Brewing Company plans to shut down the streets of Shirlington next month for an outdoor beer festival.

The event, the inaugural Springfest, is planned for Saturday, April 26 from noon to 7:00 p.m. Forty-five breweries, almost exclusively from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland, are expected to pour their brews at booths. According to Capitol City Director of Brewing Operations Kristi Griner, the format will be the same as Capitol City’s annual Octoberfest, but the event will be smaller.

Partygoers can pay $30, which will give them a wristband and 10 tasting tickets. Additional tickets are $1 apiece, but must be bought at least five at a time. The event will likely shut down Campbell Avenue in Shirlington Village, although specifics about road closures have not been determined.

In addition to the beer, Griner said she expects neighboring Shirlington restaurants, like Copperwood Tavern and Samuel Beckett’s to participate and offer food to the festival patrons. DJ Julius, who hosts Capitol City’s karaoke nights, will provide the music. The taps will be turned off at 6:00 p.m.

“We’re trying to do something to help stir up the first quarter,” Griner said. “But spring is here, and especially after this winter in particular, everybody is ready to get outside. It seemed like a good bookend to winter with our Oktoberfest.”

Capitol City’s annual Mid-Atlantic Oktoberfest was most recently held in Shirlington on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013.

‘Arlington’s Biggest Bar Crawl’ This Weekend

by ARLnow.com | March 11, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 2,743 views | No Comments

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The Shamrock Crawl, a St. Patrick’s Day-themed event that bills itself as “Arlington’s biggest bar crawl,” will take place on Saturday.

At least 15 Courthouse and Clarendon-area bars and restaurants are participating in the crawl, which is scheduled from 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door, and include a “signature shamrock mug,” party favors, green beads, food and drink specials and a $2 pizza slice deal at Bronx Pizza (3100 Clarendon Blvd).

“Join thousands of fellow Irish loving and beer drinkers as they flood Arlington and turn it green!” says the event’s website. Promoter Project D.C. Events also produced a video highlighting last year’s Shamrock Crawl (above, possibly NSFW due to song lyrics).

Fisette to Speak at Anti-Plastic Bag Event

by Ethan Rothstein | March 11, 2014 at 10:45 am | 1,210 views | No Comments

County Board Chair Jay FisetteArlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette will be a speaker this Thursday at the showing of a film that examines the impact that plastic bags and other plastic products have on the environment.

The film, called “Bag It: Is Your Life Too Plastic?” will be presented at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) this Thursday at 7:00 p.m. The event is hosted by Tap In Arlington, a grassroots organization campaigning against single-use plastic water bottles.

Fisette launched a “personal crusade” against plastic bottles last year, is a supporter of Tap In and debated a bottled water industry executive in January. Fisette will speak alongside the film’s director and star, Jeb Berrier.

In promotional material, the film is described as “touching and often flat-out-funny” and Berrier is said to be an “everyman… who is admittedly not a tree hugger.”

Tickets for the event are $10 at the door, or $5 for students and seniors.

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade Rescheduled for St. Patrick’s Day

by ARLnow.com | March 10, 2014 at 11:00 am | 2,256 views | No Comments

Mardi Gras parade poster(Updated at 11:35 a.m.) The annual Clarendon Mardi Gras parade, which was postponed this past Tuesday due to snow, will now be held on St. Patrick’s Day.

The parade has been rescheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Monday, March 17. It will still run along Wilson Blvd from N. Barton Street to N. Irving Street in Clarendon.

“Approximately 90% of the original Mardi Gras entries are able to participate on the rescheduled date,” according to the Clarendon Alliance, the parade’s organizer. “The Mardi Gras Parade registration period is being extended, to allow additional entrants to participate in the parade. New registrations will be accepted by the CA through 5pm on Wednesday March 12.”

In 2010, when snow forced the cancellation of the Mardi Gras parade, it was transformed into a St. Patrick’s Day parade, complete with Irish dancers, a leprechaun and green beads. For now, the 2014 version is still being called a “Mardi Gras parade.”

Arlington Agenda (March 10-16)

by Ethan Rothstein | March 10, 2014 at 5:00 am | 737 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

The Bracket Room in Clarendon‘The Bachelor’ Viewing Party
Bracket Room (1200 N. Garfield Street)
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Watch Juan Pablo hand out the final rose at the bar owned by former “The Bachelorette” contestant Chris Bukowski. The party is free but reservations are recommended.

Tuesday

Lecture: Turf Management for Urban Gardeners
Arlington Mill Community Center (909 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Virginia Tech professor of crop and soil environmental sciences Dr. Mike Goatley gives a free lecture on how to manage lawns and turfs for the upcoming spring season.

Thursday

Frank Hallam Day photoRosslyn Photo Exhibit Unveiling
Central Place (1201 Wilson Blvd)
Time: noon-12:30 p.m.

County Board Chair Jay Fisette will be among those on hand for the unveiling of Frank Hallam Day’s photo exhibit on the history of Central Place before JBG’s new skyscraper is built.

Friday

Back to ZeroLive Music: Back to Zero
Whitlow’s on Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 9:00 p.m.

Party/funk/hip hop band Back to Zero graces the stage at Whitlow’s. They follow Celtic band the Dirty Pints, who play from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Saturday

The Shamrock Crawl flyerThe Shamrock Bar Crawl*
Clarendon (Check-in at Velocity 5, Mad Rose Tavern or Clarendon Ballroom)
Time: 2:00-9:00 p.m.

More than 15 bars will be participating in the pre-St. Patrick’s Day crawl. For $20, revelers will get drink specials, $2 slices from Bronx Pizza and free beads.

Bottle selection at World of Beer in BallstonDrink for the Cure
World of Beer (901 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7:00 p.m.-midnight

A $10 cover gets you $4 craft beer and $5 cocktails Saturday night at World of Beer to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in support of Bishop O’Connell grad Danny Bessette.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event

Bayou Block Party Still On for Mardi Gras

by Ethan Rothstein | March 4, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 967 views | No Comments

2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras paradeToday is Mardi Gras, and although the ice and snow has forced the postponement of the annual Clarendon Mardi Gras parade, another street festival is going on as planned.

Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road), the Cajun-themed coffee shop and restaurant by New Orleans-native chef David Guas, is hosting its Bayou Gras Block Party this evening, starting at 5:00 p.m. in front of the store.

Northbound N. Courthouse Road is shut down to make room for a large heated tent between Clarendon Blvd and 15th Street N., and is expected to remain closed until the party ends at 10:00 p.m.

The block party will include a choice of three cajun dishes for a $30 ticket, three cocktails for a $25 ticket and/or three beers from Louisiana brewery Abita for $15. There will also be free oysters available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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Arlington Snowball Fight Planned

by ARLnow.com | March 3, 2014 at 10:00 am | 6,677 views | No Comments

Snowball fight 2/6/2010Some Arlington residents are trying to organize a snowball fight for a good cause.

The snowball fight will be held at Quincy Park (1021 N. Quincy Street), near the Virginia Square Metro station, at 4:00 p.m. today. Organizers are billing it as “the most epic snowball fight in the history of Arlington” and are pledging to collect donations for the Frye Foundation.

So far, 11 people have RSVPed “yes” on the snowball fight’s Facebook page. That would be about half the size of the crowd that showed up at the Clarendon Metro station for a snowball fight on Feb. 6, 2010 — the snow storm also known as “Snowmageddon.”

Organizers of today’s snowball fight, dubiously dubbed the “Battle @ Ballston,” say it’s being “sponsored” by Wilson Tavern in Courthouse, which will be hosting combatants for “post snowball fight eats and drinks.”

The Arlington snowball fight will have some competition and challenges. District residents are planning a snowball fight in Dupont Circle at 2:00 p.m. And ammunition might run low — the Capital Weather Gang says snow may be tapering off by noon.

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Arlington Agenda (March 3-9)

by Ethan Rothstein | March 3, 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.

Tuesday

Tools of the Trade flyerWorkshop: Advice for Nonprofits*
GMU Founder’s Hall (3301 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 8:30 a.m.-noon

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) hosts a workshop for 8th District nonprofits, advising them on how to maximize their community impact. Participants can register online.

Ballou Band at Mardi Gras ParadeClarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade*
Wilson Blvd from N. Barton to N. Irving Street
Time: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

The “family friendly” Mardi Gras parade returns to Clarendon and Courthouse Tuesday night. There will be marching bands, parade floats and gifts thrown into the crowd.

Wednesday

VetReady FlyerVeteran Career Fair
Holiday Inn (4610 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

This three-hour event is free to the public but aimed at military veterans. VetReady hosts veteran career and resource fairs all over the country. Job seekers can register here.

Friday

Washington Antiquarian Book FairAntiquarian Book Fair*
Key Bridge Holiday Inn (1900 N. Fort Myer Drive)
Time: 5:00-9:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The 39th annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair, going on Friday and Saturday, is a chance to purchase rare books, manuscripts and other collectibles. Two-day tickets are $14, Saturday tickets are $8.

Burnt SiennaLive Music: Burnt Sienna
Clarendon Grill (1101 N. Highland Street)
Time: 10:00 p.m.

The band voted the Chesapeake area’s best wedding band takes the stage again at Clarendon Grill. Cover charge is typically $5.

Saturday

The National Chamber Ensemble's "Night at the Palace" (courtesy photo)Live Music: National Chamber Ensemble
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The National Chamber Ensemble performs a tribute to Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, performing his most famous piece, “The Four Seasons.” Admission is $30 for adults and $15 for students.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event.

Home Show and Garden Expo Returns Next Week

by Ethan Rothstein | February 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm | 820 views | No Comments

Arlington Home Show and Expo logoThe Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo is back for 2014 on Saturday, March 8.

The annual event allows homeowners, builders, landscapers and others with interest to see the trends in home and yard improvement over the last year. The show is free to the public and runs from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 2nd Street S.).

There will be 80 specialists, as well as county staff, on hand to answer questions in addition to seminars and exhibits. According to the county’s press release, one of the most popular seminars, “The Landlord Seminar,” is back this year to help “explain issues related to landlord/tenant law.”

This will be the eighth annual Home Show and Garden Expo, sponsored by the county’s Department of Community Planning, Housing and Develeopment. This year, for the first time, there will be free antiques appraisal and a seminar called “Understanding Condominium Living,” led by a real estate attorney.

The first 100 attendees will receive door prizes and all in attendance will have a chance to win a Google Nexus 7 tablet.

Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade Returns Next Week

by ARLnow.com | February 25, 2014 at 10:15 am | 2,348 views | No Comments

2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras paradeUpdate on 3/3/14 — The parade has been postponed indefinitely due to snow.

The annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade will take place next Tuesday, March 4.

The free, family-friendly parade will start at 8:00 p.m. at N. Barton Street and will make its way up Wilson Blvd to N. Irving Street in Clarendon. The parade features decorated vehicles, marching bands, parade floats, groups with animals, historic fire trucks, school groups and more.

According to Matt Hussman, executive director of the Clarendon Alliance, the parade this year will be the biggest ever in terms of entries. Among the groups that are expected to march in the parade:

  • Ballou High School Marching Knights
  • Batala Washington Drummers group
  • Cherrydale VFD
  • US Park Police Horse Mounted Unit
  • DC LSU Alumni Chapter
  • Krewe of Xenia
  • Kensington Street Builders
  • “The Band” Marching Unit
  • Washington Nationals
  • Corozon de America
  • Sangre Boliviana
  • Morenada Transpeco USA
  • Tinkus Tiatacao USA

Before the parade, at 5:00 p.m., New Orleans native chef David Guas, of Bayou Bakery (1515 N. Courthouse Road), will hold his annual Bayou Gras Block Party in front of the restaurant in Courthouse.

The event will feature Abita on draft, bourbon cocktails, oysters, king cake, jambalaya, and gumbo under a large party tent. Tickets range from $15-30.

Disclosure: Clarendon Alliance is an ARLnow.com advertiser

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