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Here’s where to catch Independence Day fireworks in your area

Michael Dranove Around Town

Check out this list of local, Northern Virginia Independence Day celebrations.  Note that all fireworks shows begin after dark, usually around 9:30 pm. Lorton June 28-29 Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way (pictured above) Vienna Yeonas Park, 1319 Ross Drive SW McLean Langley High School6520 Georgetown Pike Falls Church George Mason High School7124 Leesburg Pike Reston Lake Newport Recreation Area11601 …

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Vienna’s free summer block parties start tomorrow

Michael Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture, Music Scene, Talk of Tysons, Taste of Tysons

Vienna’s monthly summer block parties, “Chillin’ on Church,” will begin tomorrow, June 21st with a performance by the Deja Gruv Band. The parties are sponsored by Ben and Jerry’s, who will have a food truck on location along with the following vendors: Blue City Foods– Indian street food Chix N’ Stix– Wings, chicken tenders, fries, hot dogs  DC Tapas Truck– Spanish style tapas …

Winners of Falls Church outdoor painting festival to be announced Saturday

Michael Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture

Falls Church Arts will mark the end of its two month long annual Plein Arts Festival this Saturday, June 15th. Plein arts, for those who don’t know, is the art of painting outdoors.  Popularized in the mid-19th century, plein arts emphasizes the importance of naturally capturing light and color notes in the landscape.  Barb Cram, the festival director, told TysonsToday …

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ViVa! Vienna! begins today

Tysons Today Around Town

This weekend, the Rotary Club of Vienna hosts ViVa! Vienna!, a celebration of Memorial Day and the Vienna community. This event serves as a major fund raising opportunity for the Rotary Club so that it may, in turn, provide support for charitable, educational, and community groups. Vienna’s historic Freeman House, Old Vienna Railroad Station, the Caboose, W & OD Trail, …

Three new Asian fried chicken sandwich joints open in NoVA

Michael Dranove Around Town, Taste of Tysons

Fried chicken sandwiches with an Asian twist seem to be growing in popularity, as Northern Virginia has seen three new vendors open in the past few months which feature the mouthwatering, and food coma inducing, entrée. Mama Mei’s in Annandale, Wooboi Chicken in Herndon, and Hot Lola’s in Ballston have all opened their doors since February, and all feature spicy …

LOVE Letters begin tour of Fairfax County with ribbon cutting at Tysons Corner Center

Michael Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture

Visit Fairfax celebrated National Travel & Tourism Week yesterday with a ribbon cutting and reception at The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center to showcase its newly created LOVE sign. The celebrations mark 50 years since a team led by David Martin and George Woltz of Martin and Woltz Inc made history when they produced the iconic slogan: “Virginia is for …

McLean Day festival to feature amusement rides, laser tag, rock climbing, and more

Michael Dranove Around Town

The McLean Community Center will host McLean Day, a free, annual, outdoor festival, on May 18th at Lewinsville Park. McLean Day will feature amusement park rides geared for both adults and small children in addition to a slew of other activities including laser tag, rock climbing, a petting zoo, live music and dance performances, and even everyone’s favorite activity: voting. …

9:30 Club Welcomes Parachute

Tysons Today Around Town, Art & Culture, Music Scene

Growing up in Charlottesville, Va., high school friends Will Anderson (vocals, guitar), Johnny Stubblefield (drums) and Christopher “Kit” French (saxophone, keyboards) all had a love for music, and joined together for the band Parachute. Mixing classic pop, heartfelt rock and tuneful soul, Parachute went on to success with the release of its debut album in 2009, charting Billboard as the …

Hamilton’s Mandy Gonzalez Starring in The Who’s Tommy at Kennedy Center

Keith Loria Around Town, Art & Culture, Theatre & Dance

Theater lovers are very familiar with the beautiful and dazzling Mandy Gonzalez, who has graced the Broadway stage as Nina Rosario in “In The Heights,” Elphaba in “Wicked” and most recently spending two-and-a-half years as Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton.” This week, Gonzalez will take a break from the Broadway phenomenon and lend her powerful vocal chops for the Kennedy Center’s …