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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

Arlington Agenda (Feb. 24-March 2)

by Ethan Rothstein | February 24, 2014 at 5:00 am | 450 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.

Tuesday

Ghost Division logoLive Music: Ghost Division
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Hardcore punk band Ghost Division takes the stage for a show at IOTA Club & Cafe. Tickets are $8 at the door.

Wednesday

Informal Coffee Hour
Ballston Launchpad (4200 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Free coffee and discussion hosted by the Ballston/Virginia Square Village, an element of a County-wide initiative to assist Arlington residents in staying in their homes as they grow older.

Friday

Stay Arlington Sherlock flyerLive Theater: The Secret Life of Sherlock Holmes
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road)
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.

This show, $12 for adults and $10 for children, students and seniors, encourages the audience to “Join Detective Sherlock Holmes and his right-hand man Dr. Watson as they set out to solve their very first case in the 21st century! There they meet Marilyn Monroe, George Washington, Tarzan, Count Dracula, and other remarkable characters–or so they claim.”

Scarlet Letter flyerLive Theater: The Scarlet Letter
Artisphere Dome Theatre (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00 p.m.

For $15, patrons can watch an audio play — which will be broadcast on WAMU 88-5 — interpretation of the American literature classic by Nathaniel Hawthorne.

Finesse MitchellLive Comedy: SNL Alum Finesse Mitchell
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m.

Saturday Night Live alum Finesse Mitchell, most famous for the Starkeisha sketches performs Friday and Saturday at the Drafthouse. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

Nation BeatLive Music: Nation Beat
Artisphere Ballroom (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00 p.m.

American/Brazilian collective brings their mashup of Brazilian drumming, funk, country-blues, Appalachian music and New Orleans rhymes to Rosslyn. Tickets are $15.

Crystal City Wine/Beer 1K Returns

by Ethan Rothstein | February 19, 2014 at 4:30 pm | 1,074 views | No Comments

Crystal City Wine/Beer 1K flyer (courtesy Crystal City BID)The Crystal City 1K Wine/Beer Walk is back for another season on March 1.

This year, participants can pay $40 and sample up to 22 options of either beer or wine, sponsored by the Washington Wine Academy, which owns the Crystal City Wine Shop.

In previous years, the wine and beer walks were separate, but now participants can drink beer and walk with friends who choose wine, according to the Crystal City Business Improvement District, which is hosting the event.

Walkers will start in separate heats between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m. The different wine and beer stands will close at 6:30 p.m. The entire race takes place indoors at the Shops at Crystal City, with the starting point at The Landing (1750 Crystal Drive).

Below is the list of beers and wines available, but the Wine Academy has promised some surprise selections.

Wine:

Ponga Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
Wildewood Pinot Gris – Willamette Valley, Oregon
Chateau Valmer Vouvray – Loire Valley, France
Chamisal Chardonnay (California)
Whitehall Viognier – White Hall, Virginia
Selbach Oster Kabinett Riesling – Mosel, Germany
Degiorgis Moscato D’Asti – Piedmont, Italy
Atmosphere Rosé – Provence, France
Bellene Bourgogne (Pinot Noir) – Burgandy, France
Charles Smith Boom Boom Syrah Columbia Valley, Washington
Ventisquero Reserva Cermenere – Central Valley, Chile
Santa Julia Sustainable Malbec (Argentina)
Jefferson Vineyards Cabernet Franc – Charlottesville, Virginia
Bodegas Paso O Paso Tempranillo – Castilla-La Mancha, Spain
Mountain View Cabernet Sauvignon – Central Coast, California
Heinz Eiffel Dornfelder (Germany)

Beer:

Dogfish Head Namaste
Great Divide Colette
Lagunitas Lil’ Sumpin’ Sumpin’
Evolution Sprung
Victory Lager
Hardywood Cream Ale
21st Amendment Brew Free or Die
SweetWater 420 Extra Pale Ale
Stone Ruination IPA
Stoudt’s Double IPA
Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout
Wolaver’s Alta Gracia Coffee Porter
Scotch de Silly
Fort Collins Chocolate Stout
Crabbie’s Ginger Beer
Fox Barrel Blackberry Pear Cider

Photo courtesy Crystal City BID. Disclosure: Crystal City BID is an ARLnow.com advertiser.

Feel the Heritage Festival Returns Saturday

by Courtney Battle | February 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm | 588 views | No Comments

Step Afrika (photo via Facebook)This weekend, Arlington County residents can get a taste of their own local Black history at the 22nd annual Feel the Heritage Festival.

The free event will be held in the Arlington View neighborhood, on Saturday, Feb. 22, from noon to 4:00 p.m. at Carver Community Center (1415 S. Queen Street). Festival-goers will be able to experience African American history and culture through food, art, and entertainment.

The event will include a “Hall of History” with unique photos and artifacts from Arlington churches and organizations, live music from the Howard University Gospel Choir, a performance by Step Afrika!, and a soul food menu by Bar-B-Que At Its Best.

The event will also host several vendors and children’s activities which include face painting, and a community wreath project made up of hand prints. Parking is limited, but shuttles running from the Pentagon City Metro station and the Drew Community Center will be available starting at 11:45 a.m.

Arlington County has a rich African American history. According to the National Park Service, Arlington House, or the Robert E. Lee Memorial, was not only the home of Robert E. Lee, but was also built by, and home to over 60 slaves. Arlington was also home to two historic African American communities: Freedman’s Village, which was formed by freed slaves during the Civil War, and Queen City, which was formed by decedents of Freedman’s Village and which was eventually razed in order to build the Pentagon.

In addition, Arlington’s Stratford Junior High School was the first public school to integrate after the legendary Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision in 1954, according to the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington.

Photo via Facebook

Arlington Agenda (Feb. 18-23)

by Ethan Rothstein | February 18, 2014 at 5:00 am | 306 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.

Wednesday

NGN loves ARL flyerNextGenNow Happy Hour
Lyon Hall (3100 Washington Blvd)
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

NextGenNow, and Arlington group of young philanthropists, hosts “NGN loves ARL” happy hour, with a raffle for Capitals tickets. Proceeds go to Doorways for Women and Families.

Thursday

Broken Icon flyerLecture: How to Run a Kickstarter Campaign
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Writer/photographer Damian Wampler talks about the logistics and challenges of running a crowdfunding campaign. The event is free and will be held in the central auditorium.

Friday

Colin JostLive Comedy: SNL Head Writer Colin Jost
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

SNL head writer and new Weekend Update co-host Colin Jost performs standup comedy at the Drafthouse. Tickets are $24 online or at the door.

Derek EvryLive Music: Derek Evry and his Band of Misanthropes
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:30 p.m.

Arlington-based alt-rock band Derek Evry and his Band of Misanthropes takes the stage at IOTA. Cover is $12.

Saturday

Yorktown CrewYorktown Crew Row for Humanity
Ballston Common Mall (4238 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

In support of Habitat for Humanity, 100 Yorktown High School students row on indoor rowing machines in teams for eight hours. The event one of hundreds held nationally.

Sunday

IBIS QuintetFree Concert: IBIS Chamber Music*
Lyon Village Community House (1920 N. Highland Street)
Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The IBIS Chamber Music quintet performs a medley of pieces by immigrant composers for their show “I Hear America Singing.” The concert is free, but donations will be welcome.

*Denotes featured (sponsored) event.

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