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by ARLnow.com — August 15, 2014 at 1:00 pm 906 0

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.

by ARLnow.com — August 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm 660 0

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.

by ARLnow.com — August 12, 2014 at 3:45 pm 1,030 0

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.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 12, 2014 at 11:15 am 375 0

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.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 11, 2014 at 9:15 am 572 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

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.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 8, 2014 at 3:45 pm 2,430 0

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.

by ARLnow.com — August 8, 2014 at 10:15 am 509 0

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.”

by ARLnow.com — August 6, 2014 at 3:30 pm 455 0

"Making Their Mark: Art Brut" at Gallery Underground (photo via ServiceSource)Artists with disabilities have their own show at the Gallery Underground in Crystal City.

The show is called “Making Their Mark: Art Brut,” and highlights pieces from artists with disabilities from ServiceSource day centers, a non-profit disability resource organization. It is put on in partnership with Purple Art, an art therapy program that works with individuals with disabilities and with military members and their families.

“Sometimes, I feel like Van Gogh,” artist Andrew Ross told ARLnow.com. “Music and art go together with me. I enjoy making both of them, they are big part of me”.

“Art Brut” translates to “raw art” and describes works created without classical art training. It’s an opportunity for the artists to overcome challenges and to express themselves in different ways. Some of the artists created pieces with little or no assistance for the first time.

“It’s good, I did a lot of work on the art,” artist Robert “Bobby” Hoffer told ARLnow.com

Volunteers donated many of the framing materials for the exhibition, in addition to volunteering to frame, mount and curate the show pieces.

“Making Their Mark: Art Brut” runs through August 23. More information can be found on the Gallery Underground website.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 6, 2014 at 11:30 am 706 0

A candlelight vigil was held in the Hall's Hill community for homicide victims Keefe Spriggs and Carl MotenTonight, the residents of the Hall’s Hill neighborhood will hold a “peace walk” in memory of two residents who were killed two years ago in a double homicide.

From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., starting at 1945 N. Dinwiddie Street, members of the community will gather to remember Carl Moten and Keefe Spriggs, who were found murdered in an apartment on the 1900 block of N. Culpeper Street on Aug. 7, 2012. The crime is still unsolved, but according to Arlington County Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck, it’s still an active investigation.

Moten, known as “Pooh Bear,” and Spriggs, known as “Kee Kee” to friends and family, were born and raised in Hall’s Hill. Moten worked as a cook in Falls Church and was 31 years old at the time of the incident. Spriggs, 59 when he was killed, worked at a body shop. This is the second annual walk to raise awareness of the crimes.

ACPD will have a presence during the walk, Sternbeck said, and continues to encourage anyone who has information about the crime to come forward.

“It’s important to get this back out there and visible to the public because the smallest piece of new information given to the detectives could be the big break in the case,” Sternbeck said. He added the department “has been working with both families throughout this whole thing in an attempt to find the killer.”

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by Ethan Rothstein — August 5, 2014 at 10:15 am 715 0

Outdoor movie in Crystal CityOutdoor movies in Crystal City in 2015 will be shaken, not stirred.

Crystal Screen, the Crystal City Business Improvement District’s annual outdoor movie festival, will be showing 14 James Bond movies under the theme Bond is Back. One movie will run every Monday next summer from June through August.

“Crystal City broke the outdoor movie festival mold by launching the very first Bond-themed series back in 2008 and we are excited for the triumphant return of everyone’s favorite super-spy,” Crystal City BID President and CEO Angela Fox said in a press release. “There are so many great Bond films that we wanted to give the fans a chance to see their favorite ones all summer.”

Anyone can vote online for their favorite Bond flicks to be shown, from the catalog of 23. They range from “Dr. No” in 1962 to “Skyfall” in 2012 — yes, even the two Timothy Dalton films. The 14 films that win the online vote will be announced on August 25 at the final movie of this summer’s “In Flight” program, “Snakes on Plane.”

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

by ARLnow.com — August 4, 2014 at 5:00 pm 1,105 0

2014 National Night Out logoArlington residents will join others across the country on Tuesday night (August 5) in coming together to take a stand against crime in their communities.

Residents and business owners are encouraged to spend the evening getting out of the house and meeting their neighbors for National Night Out. Police officers and community leaders also will make the rounds to chat with residents.

The nationwide event happens the first Tuesday of every August and is sponsored by the non-profit organization National Association of Town Watch. It raises safety awareness and gives residents the opportunity to get better acquainted with the officers who patrol their neighborhoods.

Everyone is welcome to attend the family friendly events at the following locations:

  • Arlington Forest Ice Cream Social – 200 block of N. Gavelston Street, 7:30 p.m. – TBD
  • Barcroft Ice Cream Social – Community House at 800 S. Buchanan Street, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Fairlington – 3001 S. Abingdon Street, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Douglas Park – S. 12th Street & S. Irving Street, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  • Park Glen Condominium – behind the community center on S. Arlington Mill Drive, 5:00 p.m. – TBD
  • Columbia Knoll Condominiums – 5111 S. 8th Road, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
  • 6207 N. 31st Street – 6:30 p.m. – TBD

by Ethan Rothstein — August 4, 2014 at 5:00 am 500 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

Outdoor movie in Crystal CityOutdoor Movie: Red Tails
1851 S. Bell Street
Time: Sundown

Crystal City hosts another in its summer movie lineup. This Monday night, for fee admission, visitors can picnic and watch the Spike Lee World War II movie, “Red Tails.”

Tuesday

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl perform as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerLGBT and Straight Friends Social
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7:00 p.m.

The first in a weekly special night designed to promote community among LGBT individuals and their straight associates. No cover charge and “Mikey’s ‘Bar A’ Video Wall” will be the entertainment.

Thursday

Mosaic-making Class
Barstons Child’s Play Stores (4510 Lee Highway)
Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Parents can pay $5 to let their children “peel and stick plastic squares to create a no-mess, fantastic, hang-it-in-your-window mosaic.” Walk-ins and registration accepted.

Presentations of the future of Ballston at the Ballston BID's annual meeting 06/23/14Public Art Unveiling
Welburn Square (901 N. Taylor Street)
Time: 6:00 p.m.

The Ballston BID will unveil two public art installations — one displaying Craigslist missed connections and one on rising sea levels — during its farmers market Thursday evening.

Friday

Moshe KasherLive Comedy: Moshe Kasher
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 10:00 p.m.

Moshe Kasher, a comic who has appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as has a special on Netflix, performs at the Drafthouse. Tickets are $20.

Saturday

Entry Circle Sign at Potomac Overlook Regional ParkSummer Safari
Potomac Overlook Regional Park (2845 N. Marcey Road)
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

This free program allows participants to go on a mini safari of the “vernal pools and frog pond” in Potomac Overlook park. Call 703-528-5406 to reserve a spot.

by Ethan Rothstein — August 1, 2014 at 10:30 am 1,514 0

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl perform as The Ghost of a Saber Tooth TigerIOTA Club & Cafe, a music venue and restaurant at 2832 Wilson Blvd in Clarendon, will begin hosting “LGBT and Straight Friends Social Night” every Tuesday.

Starting next week on Aug. 5, patrons 21 and over, gay or straight, are encouraged to come to the cafe for a night of unity. There’s no cover charge — IOTA frequently requires tickets purchased at the door for its Tuesday night shows — and IOTA says it will stay open until 1:00 a.m. or later.

“We’re making a commitment to the LGBT community by making our Tuesdays a weekly social for LGBTs and their straight friends at IOTA,” co-owner Stephen Negrey said in a press release. “Why not? This will be great fun and maybe even productive.”

Negrey and his sister Jane Negrey Inge have co-owned IOTA since they opened it in 1994 as a music venue. Since then, they’ve expanded to serve coffee and espresso during the day and “smasher” sandwiches. The club also announced there would be “Mikey’s ‘Bar A’ Video Wall” to entertain guests during the socials.

“In planning this new weekly event at IOTA,” Inge said, “I’m trying to lighten up and not imagine arty or intellectual rumination, cultural connection and the like.”

Inge said in the announcement that she hopes local LGBT advocacy groups will partner with them in the future.

“It seems the LGBT community and their straight friends might benefit from a reliable place and a routine time to cross-pollinate,” Inge said. “We hope people will come IOTA on Tuesdays to party and meet people working on LGBT events.”

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by Morgan Fecto — July 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm 1,791 0

Kennan GarveyThe inaugural “Kennan Garvey Memorial Ride,” a fundraiser for Phoenix Bikes, will be held this Saturday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the W&OD Trail.

Kennan Garvey was a cycling enthusiast, taught children about bikes when he was in the Peace Corps and wanted to volunteer for Phoenix Bikes after he retired, his widow, Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey said.

Since she created the fund, Garvey has aimed to raise $56,000 for Phoenix Bikes, a thousand dollars for each year her husband lived.

“When people first pass away, people want to give money, and people don’t forget,” Garvey said, “but they don’t remember so much [as time goes by]. I thought a ride would be a great way to keep the fund going and organized.”

When her husband died unexpectedly from a heart attack on Jan. 19, 2008, Garvey said she knew she wanted to set up a memorial for him to benefit Phoenix Bikes.

“Probably at about 2:00 a.m. that night it came to me that this would be the perfect memorial for him,” Garvey said.

The charity bicycle ride will start and end at Phoenix Bikes at 4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive, and will span the entire trail. There will be turn-around points at 15, 30 and 45 miles into the trail, allowing riders to bike 30, 60, or 90 miles. Riders can also do an extra 10 miles on the Custis Trail to complete a full 100-mile-ride, according to Phoenix Bikes Executive Director Henry Dunbar.

“It’s a great ride, really suitable for kids,” Garvey said. “You don’t have to cross roads much and there aren’t any huge hills.”

Garvey and Phoenix Bikes partnered to raise money in her husband’s name for the nonprofit in 2008, and have wanted to organize a ride to feed the fund for the past five years, Dunbar said.

“Kennan was an avid cyclist and obviously a very connected member of the community,” Dunbar said. “Having an annual event that would continue to memorialize him and build on this fund is part of our plan to grow.”

Phoenix Bikes plans to use the fund, which has a goal of $10,000 for Saturday’s ride, to help its effort to build a new education center that will have room for more of the young bicyclists it mentors, Dunbar said. The current location accommodates eight to 10 middle school-aged children, who are taught bike repair and business skills, but Phoenix Bikes wants to double that with the new building.

Registration is still open for the ride, and those interested in donating but not riding can sponsor a rider, like Garvey’s grandson, who learned about bicycling from his late grandfather. Garvey said that the goal is for every rider to pledge $500 via either donation or sponsorship. The fund has has raised $4,120 so far.

“We’re getting there,” Garvey said. “I’m not sure if we’ll make it to $10,000, but we’re getting there.”

Although Garvey broke her collarbone in May while training for the ride and will not participate this year, she said she will be there to cheer on her family members and the other riders.

“For whatever reason I wasn’t meant to ride this one,” Garvey said.

Garvey and Dunbar said they plan to hold the ride annually to keep the Kennan Garvey Memorial Fund growing, and to make sure that he is remembered.

“It’s hard, but it is what it is,” Garvey said of the loss of her late husband. “We had a great life together.”

Photo courtesy Libby Garvey

by Ethan Rothstein — July 28, 2014 at 5:00 am 378 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

Heavy Seas Alehouse logoHeavy Seas Beer Dinner
Heavy Seas Alehouse (1501 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6:00-10:00 p.m.

Heavy Seas hosts a four-course beer dinner with brewery founder Hugh Sisson. There will be a beer carefully paired with each course. Reservations must be made in advance. Tickets are $65.

Tuesday

Fairlington sign (photo courtesy Arlington County)Prepare Your Lawn for Fall
Fairlington Community Center (3308 S. Stafford Street)
Time: 7:00-8:30 p.m.

“Learn how to aerate and improve your lawn, when and how to seed and feed, and all the steps you should take this fall to ensure a beautiful, green, weed-free lawn.” Call 703-228-6414 to register.

Thursday

Arlington Central LibraryAdult Late Night Recess
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 9:00-11:00 p.m.

This free event encourages millennials to “bring their inner child” to a night of Nerf tag, capture the flag, Twister and homemade cookies and milk. The event is free. Registration is available online.

Friday

Noura Mint SeymaliLive Music: Noura Mint Seymali
Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 8:00 p.m.

“Desert Blues” singer Noura Mint Seymali, with her band composed of a harp, lute, bowl drum, guitar, drum set and bass, plays the Dome Theatre. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased online.

Saturday

Signature Theatre (photo via Signature Theatre website)Signature Theatre Open House
Signature Theatre (4200 Campbell Ave)
Time: Noon-10:00 p.m.

Performances will be going on all day on five different stages in this free-to-all event in Shirlington to kick off the 2014-2015 season at Signature. Food and margaritas will be served.

William DickeLive Music: Williem Dicke
O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3201 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.

D.C.-based singer-songwriter Williem Dicke and his band takes the small stage at O’Sullivan’s. The pub does not require a cover charge.

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