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Spectrum Theatre to Host Kristallnacht Anniversary Concert

by Ethan Rothstein | October 16, 2013 at 12:30 pm | 352 views | No Comments

Artisphere during the Silver Clouds exhibitThe National Chamber Ensemble will perform a medley of Jewish songs at Artisphere‘s Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street) next month to commemorate the anniversary of a massacre of Jews in Europe.

The NCE’s show, “Jewish Musical Treasures,” will be the first show of the orchestra’s season, and it falls on the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht. On Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m., they will perform an assortment of music by several Jewish composers.

The NCE is the Spectrum Theatre’s resident ensemble and the show opens its seventh season. It will perform premieres of new pieces, including one based on the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” as well as compositions by George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children.

A brief description of Kristallnacht, from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum:

On November 9–10, 1938, the Nazis staged violent pogroms—state sanctioned, anti-Jewish riots—against the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and the Sudetenland. These events came to be known as Kristallnacht (commonly translated as “Night of Broken Glass”), a reference to the broken windows of synagogues, Jewish-owned stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed that night. Instigated by the Nazi regime, rioters burned or destroyed 267 synagogues, vandalized or looted 7,500 Jewish businesses, and killed at least 91 Jewish people. They also damaged many Jewish cemeteries, hospitals, schools, and homes as police and fire brigades stood aside.

“The National Chamber Ensemble concert ‘Jewish Musical Treasures’ will note events that should never be forgotten through our concert celebrating the joy of life and creative survival,” the NCE said in a press release.

Photos courtesy of Nick Khazal

Band to Stage ‘Endurance Performance’ at Artisphere

by Ethan Rothstein | September 6, 2013 at 11:30 am | 394 views | No Comments

Bella RussiaA local band, with the help of collaborators, will perform for eight hours straight at Artisphere tomorrow to promote its new EP release.

Bella Russia, based in D.C., will perform Sept. 7 from noon to 8:00 p.m. in Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, at 1101 Wilson Blvd. The band is releasing its new EP, “Epaulet,” Saturday and — once the marathon concert is over — hosting a release party from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. with performances by other artists and a cash bar.

Visitors will be able to watch the performance from a viewing window above the theater and will only allowed to enter the theater during the afterparty. The Sea Life and Janel and Anthony will be performing during the release party.

“With a live show consisting of manic instrument changes, unexpected arrangements, and blistering instrumentation, D.C.-based Bella Russia falls somewhere between rhythmic avant-indie and progressive instrumental,” according to The Pink Line Project‘s announcement of the event. “On stage, the band layers and builds their driving and occasionally nerdy compositions into sounds that at times seem too impossibly complex to be coming from a trio.”

Photo by Yassine el Mansouri, via Artisphere

Ice Skating Starts at Pentagon Row

by ARLnow.com | November 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm | 2,615 views | 7 Comments

 

In a sure sign of the season, ice skating has started at Pentagon Row (1101 S. Joyce Street).

The outdoor shopping center’s ice rink opened on Friday and will remain open every day — including holidays — through March 18. The rink opens at noon on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. on weekends. It closes at 10:00 p.m., except on Fridays and Saturdays, when it closes at 11:00 p.m. Holiday hours vary.

Two hours of skating time is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and children 12 and under, Skate rentals are $3. Season passes are also available, as are skating lessons and birthday party/event rentals.

Pentagon Row will hold an ice skating “kick off celebration” this weekend. From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, the rink will host a free acoustic performance by 80s pop musician Tommy Tutone, of “867-5309 / Jenny” fame.

Weezer Concert Won’t Be Taking Place at Mall, After All

by ARLnow.com | August 3, 2012 at 3:55 pm | 4,432 views | 21 Comments

It turns out we were wrong to assume that a Weezer concert that was said to be taking place “near The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City Microsoft Store” next weekend, in honor of the store’s grand opening, will be taking place at the mall. Or in Virginia, for that matter.

A PR rep emailed us today to let us know the concert — scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 11 — is actually taking place at the Warner Theater in D.C. The original media advisory (which omitted the Warner Theater detail) said the concert will be taking place at 2:00 p.m., though the band’s website says it’s scheduled from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Weezer fans can get tickets to the event by visiting the Microsoft Store’s Pentagon City mall grand opening on Thursday, Aug. 9. Starting at 10:00 a.m., the store will distribute free wristbands for admission to the event, in pairs of two, according to the Microsoft Store website. The first 200 people in line will also reportedly get a wristband for a meet and greet with the band.

A few lucky people who get in line early on the 9th will also have the chance to play Microsoft Kinect with Washington Wizards star John Wall later that day.

ARLnow.com apologies for the error in our previous article.

Photo by “James” via Wikipedia

Weezer to Play Concert for Pentagon City Microsoft Store Opening

by ARLnow.com | July 23, 2012 at 3:52 pm | 21,761 views | 50 Comments

(Updated on 8/3/12) A Microsoft Store location is opening in Pentagon City mall next month and the company is bringing in some star power to help mark the occasion.

The store — which sells Microsoft products like software, gaming devices and phones — is officially opening at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 9. A grand opening ceremony that morning will be followed up with a Microsoft Kinect demonstration by Washington Wizards point guard John Wall at 6:00 p.m., and with an even grander event on Saturday, August 11, featuring a performance by the band Weezer.

The concert will take place at the mall Warner Theater at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, according to a company rep.

In addition to the rock concert and basketball star, Microsoft will be donating $1 million in software to “local organizations that help create opportunities for local youth” at the grand opening.

There are 20 Microsoft Stores across the country, with another 10 that are listed as “opening soon.” According to a press release, the Microsoft Store offers the following:

  • “A curated assortment of products, including Windows 7 PCs, Windows Phones, Kinect for Xbox 360, Office 2010 and more.”
  • “A range of tech trainings, business-ready PCs, phones and more.”
  • “Community organizations are regularly hosted in the theater space and the employees are out in the community supporting local causes.”
  • “Through a partnership with Skinit, customers can show off their personal style and design their own lids and skins for laptops, phones and Xbox.”

Lunchtime Concerts Start Today in Rosslyn

by Katie Pyzyk | June 5, 2012 at 9:45 am | 1,574 views | 9 Comments

Starting today, Rosslyn is beefing up its summer entertainment lineup with free lunchtime concerts.

The concerts all begin this week and will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Tuesday concerts, held at Freedom Park (17th Street over Lynn Street and Wilson Blvd), will run through July 31. Wednesday concerts are held at CentralSpace (Wilson Blvd and N. Moore Street), and will continue through August 29. There will be no concert on Wednesday, July 4. Thursday concerts take place at the Farmers Market (Wilson Blvd and N. Moore Street), and will have a longer season, running through October 25.

This week, Vaughn Nark & Panorama will play today, Harry Wilson will play tomorrow and Rick Franklin & Friends will play on Thursday. The full schedules of performers for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday lunchtime concerts can be found online.

With decent weather predicted for this week, it may be the perfect time to take in the music. Last year, extreme heat forced cancellations for some of the concerts.

Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com | February 6, 2012 at 7:00 am | 1,624 views | 20 Comments

Soccer Field to Close for Summer – The synthetic turf field at Virginia Highlands Park, used extensively for soccer games, is expected to be closed for much of the spring and summer so that the turf can be replaced. [Sun Gazette]

Church to Celebrate 50th Anniversary — St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (4250 N. Glebe Road) will be holding a concert next weekend to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 12. [Falls Church News-Press]

Arlington Man Killed by Dump Truck — Prince George’s County Police are investigating the death of an Arlington County man who was hit by a dump truck in Capitol Heights on Wednesday evening. [Gazette.net]

To Do Tonight: Live Music in Clarendon, Pentagon City

by ARLnow.com | August 26, 2010 at 9:13 am | 890 views | 1 Comment

What to do on a near-perfect summer evening? Head to Clarendon and enjoy an outdoor music performance at the Market Common shopping center (2800 Clarendon Blvd).

Guitarist Eric Waters will perform at the Market Center Gazebo from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Waters, who teaches guitar at George Washington University, will perform music ranging from Latin to Pop.

Market Common will be holding free concerts every Thursday night through October 14. Acts that will be performing in coming weeks include JG Jazz, Empire Swing, Key Bridge Three, Banjer Dan Bluegrass and the Justin Trawick Trio.

Another event you won’t want to miss tonight: The last concert of the year for Pentagon Row’s Rock the Row Summer Concert Series. Brother Shamus will bring it home with their brand of bluesy rock.

The concert will take place between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. at the shopping square at 1201 South Joyce Street in Pentagon City.

Music Abounds in Arlington Tonight

by ARLnow.com | July 8, 2010 at 2:08 pm | 851 views | 1 Comment

If you’re a music lover, chances are there’s a concert tonight that will pique your interest.

At 6:30, the Village at Shirlington holds its second outdoor concert of the summer. Local group the JazzKnights will perform in the plaza in front of the Shirlington library.

At 7:00, retro rock ‘n’ roll band King Cadillac performs at Pentagon Row’s Rock the Row outdoor concert series. Like the Shirlington performance, this concert is free.

Lovers of musicals are in for a treat at 8:00 tonight. The American Century Theater is presenting the first of five performances of Babes in Arms, featuring some of the most popular compositions from songwriting duo Rodgers and Hart. Among the songs to be performed are “I Wish I Were in Love Again,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “My Funny Valentine.” Tickets are $15. The concert will take place at Gunston Theatre Two (2700 South Lang Street).

Finally, at 8:30, Illinois duo Common Loon brings their dreamy psych-pop to Iota (2832 Wilson Blvd) in Clarendon. Mississippi-based “Cosmic R&B” act Junk Culture will open the show. Tickets are $12.

Pentagon Row Concert Series Starts Tomorrow

by ARLnow.com | June 2, 2010 at 11:26 am | 1,255 views | 1 Comment

Update at 6:15 p.m. on 6/3 — Tonight’s concert has been canceled due to weather.

Rosslyn isn’t the only Arlington locale with an outdoor summer concert series starting this week. Pentagon Row’s eighth annual “Rock at the Row” kicks off tomorrow.

Virginia party rock group the Shields Brothers Band will headline the first show. Check out their awesomely hokey music video for “Shark Attack,” featuring an unwitting guest appearance by Wendy Williams, below.

The concerts will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. every Thursday. The series wraps up on August 26.

After the jump: the full concert schedule, which includes local favorites like Gonzo’s Nose, King Cadillac and Brother Shamus.

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Jam Out, Stock Up and Party On in Rosslyn

by ARLnow.com | June 2, 2010 at 10:16 am | 411 views | No Comments

Two weekly events start today in Rosslyn — part of a very musical summer in the otherwise business-oriented neighborhood.

From 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., local R&B and jazz act Spur of the Moment will kick off the CentralPlace Wednesday lunchtime concert series. The concerts are being held at “CentralSpace,” the temporary park at the corner of North Moore Street and Wilson Boulevard (CentralSpace will eventually be the site of a new office tower).

Tonight from 5:30 to 8:00, there will be live music, dancing and after-work drinks at Rosslyn Plaza, in front of the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater. The Party at the Plaza will take place every Wednesday in June and July. Tonight and for the rest of the month the event will feature salsa dancing. In July it switches to swing dancing. Free dance lessons will be held from 5:30 to 6:00, with the rest of the time reserved for people to dance as they see fit.

Tomorrow food gets thrown into the musical mix. BG & The Mojo Hands will play from 11:45 to 1:30 at the Rosslyn Farmer’s Market. The Thursday lunchtime concert series — which actually started last month and will stretch through October — is held next to the market, across from the Cupid’s Garden Sculpture at Wilson Boulevard and North Oak Street. The Rosslyn Farmer’s Market itself takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and features fruits, veggies, herbs, pastries, breads, fruit preserves and more.

To Do This Weekend

by ARLnow.com | May 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm | No Comments

Another weekend, another long list of things to do in Arlington.

Friday

“The Shat Ball” with The Raspberry Brothers — NYC comedy duo The Raspberry Brothers is back at Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) to rip on another classic cheeseball movie. This time, they aim their barbs at William Shatner’s performance in Star Trek V. From 9:30 to midnight.

Edward Scissorhands Under the Stars – Speaking of cheeseball movies, the latest installment of Rosslyn’s I Love the ’90s outdoor film festival brings us Johnny Depp’s 1990 classic Edward Scissorhands. The flick starts around 7:30 at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway).

Saturday

Fifth Annual Arlington Youth Film Festival Premiere — Arlington Independent Media will screen the finalists for the 2010 Arlington Youth Film Festival. The festival was created to showcase the talents of our local middle and high school students. Doors open at 3:00 p.m. at The Comedy Spot in Ballston Common Mall (4238 Wilson Boulevard).

Classic Rock Concert At Potomac Overlook Regional Park — Local classic rock band Second Wind will headline the first outdoor concert of the season at Potomac Overlook Park amphitheater (2845 N. Marcey Road). The family and picnic-friendly concert will start around 7:00 p.m.

Sunday

Bike DC Community Bike Ride — See more info from our earlier post.

Virginia’s Fastest Bartender Contest Finals — Crystal City Sports Pub (529 23rd Street South) will host the final round of the Virginia’s Fastest Bartender Contest, starting at 8:30 p.m. The proceeds will go to the Tender Hearts Foundation, which helps children with congenital heart defects.

There’s a lot more on the agenda for Sunday — browse our events calendar for a full list.

To Do This Weekend

by ARLnow.com | May 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm | No Comments

It’s not going to be the warmest spring weekend, and there may be a passing storm tomorrow, but on balance this weekend is not looking too bad.

If you’re looking for something fun to do, here are a few ideas. As always, you can check out our event calendar for more.

Tonight

I Love the ’90s Film Fest — Rosslyn’s weekly outdoor film series will be showing “Wayne’s World” tonight at Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway). Party time starts at 7:30 p.m. Excellent!

Saturday

15th Annual Walk for the Animals – This dog-centric event raised more than $91,100 last year for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington. In addition to the three-mile walk, there will be demonstrations, entertainment, and sponsor booths. From 8:30 a.m. to noon at Bluemont Park (329 N. Manchester Street).

Semper Ride Motorcycle Show — If you’re in the armed forces, head to the Pentagon north parking lot for a motorcycle safety demonstration, group ride and freestyle stunt show. Featuring Red Bull freestyle motocross riders, Keith Code and the California Super Bike School, and an special celebrity guest. Registration begins at 0700, and the event will go until 1400.

P. Brennan’s Grand Opening — Columbia Pike residents have given a very warm welcome to the neighborhood’s new Irish pub. Now, P. Brennan’s (2910 Columbia Pike) is holding a grand opening celebration to officially mark their establishment as one of the Pike’s go-to watering holes. The party starts at 7:00 p.m. and will go to the wee hours.

Sunday

Benefit Concert for Haiti Children — Join the Opera Guild of Northern Virginia’s effort to send art and music supplies to school children in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. This benefit concert will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the NRECA building (4301 Wilson Blvd).

To Do Tonight: Local Music for a Good Cause

by ARLnow.com | February 11, 2010 at 1:48 pm | 1 Comment

IOTA Club and Cafe in Clarendon is hosting a benefit concert for Haiti tonight. Remember Haiti? It’s the place we were feeling sorry for before we had three feet of snow dumped on us.

The concert will feature local acts Will Rast and the Funk Arc, DC Traffic, Rico and The Lighthorse Band. Proceeds will benefit the Red Cross.

In case you’re in the mood for a more low-key activity, head over to Lost Dog Cafe and order something off their massive beer list. While you’re at it, check out this article on Lost Dog’s plan for local food domination — you might have missed it during all that commotion about the snow.

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