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

Mike 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 …

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 …

Wolf Trap announces summer Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods schedule

Mike Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture, Theatre & Dance

Wolf Trap released its lineup of Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods performers this week.  A summer tradition since it began in 1971, “Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods has been a Washington-area summer tradition for children and their families, featuring diverse acts including puppetry, storytelling, dance, theater, and music.” Kicking off Tuesday, June 18th with Willy Wonka’s ‘Wondershow’ , performances will take place Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 am until …

Vienna’s Caboose Brewing to host Springfest

Mike Dranove Around Town, Music Scene, Taste of Tysons

Vienna’s Caboose Brewing Company will host 9 local breweries at its Merrifield location during Springfest, April 27th. The event will feature Caboose’s family friendly brand of locally sourced beer, food, and music. After opening its Vienna brewery in 2015, Caboose expanded to Merrifield, opening a brewpub there in 2017. With emphasis on the “community,” Caboose is home to fitness classes …

Creative Cauldron Presents World Premiere Musical On Air

Victoria Dandrea Art & Culture, Theatre & Dance

Music by Matt Conner and Book and Lyrics by Stephen Gregory Smith Celebrating its fifth and final installment of “Bold New Works for Intimate Stages,” Creative Cauldron presents the world premiere of On Air. Set in Pittsburgh, PA during the 1920s, On Air tells the story of Frank and Flora Conrad, who were on the edge of discovering mass broadcasting. These two unsung …

LOVE letters begin tour of Fairfax next month

Mike Dranove Around Town, Art & Culture, Arts, Talk of Tysons

50 years ago, 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 Lovers”. Originally, Martin and Woltz had come up with a series of slogans for the Virginia State Travel Service which were entitled: “Virginia is for history lovers,” “Virginia is for mountain lovers,” …

Reston 5th grader becomes elementary school winner in statewide Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Reston 5th grader becomes elementary school winner in statewide Thank a Teacher Art Contest

Mike Dranove Art & Culture, Education

Reston Now reports that on March 21st, Elizaveta (Liza) Godlevskaia became Virginia’s elementary school winner of its Thank a Teacher Art Contest, sponsored by the Virginia lottery.  Secretary of Education Atif Qarni joined representatives from the Virginia Lottery, FCPS Fine Arts Office, Aldrin school administrators, students, and Godlevskaia’s parents in surprising the 5th grader at a school assembly last Thursday …