Wednesday, May 8, 2013
T.C. Williams alum Chip Esten helps raise funds for the Alexandria Scholarship Fund.
Star of ABC show “Nashville” Chip Esten recently returned to Alexandria to play a fundraiser for his alma mater. Esten performed Friday night at Durant Center at a $150-per-ticket benefit for the Alexandria Scholarship Fund, reports Megan Cloherty for WTOP. Esten played for about 200 school supporters and others at the May 3 event at the Durant Center. “Most of the people here have had to listen to me play music over the years, so now it’s funny they were nice enough to cough-up for the charity and listen to it again,” he told WTOP. He recalls his time at T.C. Williams for WTOP: "My teachers always loved me the year after I was in their class. I'd be walking down the hall and they'd be like, 'Chip, how are you doing?' I'd be like, 'What? …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Museum will also offer free activities for children and adults.
In 2006, artist-photographer Nina Tisara began to identify, honor and chronicle people making current history in Alexandria. Her ongoing, not-for-profit photo-documentary project has created “Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists,” which has opened at the Alexandria Black History Museum. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Over the years, 13 African Americans have been chronicled as part of the project. The African American Legends included in this exhibition are: Ferdinand Day, 2007-08; Lillie Finklea, Carlton Funn Sr., Eula Miller, Melvin Miller and Bert Ransom, 2008-09; Nelson Greene Sr., 2010; Lynnwood Campbell, 2011; Lillian Patterson, Gwen Menefee-Smith and Dorothy Turner, 2012; and Willie Bailey Sr. …
City hosts a Mother's Day Jazz Extravaganza.
The city of Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and Alexandria City Public Schools will host a Mother's Day Jazz Concert at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe St. This event is free and open to the public. The concert will feature budding jazz musicians from the T.C. Williams High School and the Francis C. Hammond Middle School jazz ensembles. There will be a special guest performance by The Alexandria Citizens Band. For additional information, contact Bertha Coleman at 703-746-5552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Public art will be displayed outside the Russell Road elementary school through May 15.
Maury Elementary School fifth-graders painted more than 50 panels now on display along Russell Road and W. Masonic View Avenue inspired by the quilts of the Underground Railroad. The public art display is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The work honors the courage of slaves who risked their lives to escape to freedom. Students studied the Underground Railroad quilt codes in Bettye Stroud’s “The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom.” Students learned the meaning of different patterns—which offered warnings and hints along the way—before selecting a pattern that was meaningful to them. The paintings will hang through May 15. The paint used was purchased through a grant from the Maury PTA.
Friday, May 3, 2013
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow stars in the third installment of the Marvel comics hero movie. Here's where to see it near Old Town, reviews and more info.
Iron Man 3 has arrived, and reviews seem to be positive — mostly. If there's a consensus, it's this: The movie is better than "Iron Man 2." RottenTomatoes.com, as of mid-morning Friday, rated Iron Man 3 77 percent "fresh." Here's what a few reviews had to say: Patch's own Cinema Siren has a review here. She says: With its mix of magnetic superstar power, exciting action and strong character development, Iron Man 3 has a good chance of making new Marvel fans and big dollars, making it the movie to beat this summer at the box office, and making the first big anticipated release the first mega-success of the year. The New York Times review of "Iron Man 3" says this: The story takes place after the events of “Marvel’s The Avengers” and a …
Be a tourist in your own hometown. The Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association is offering city residents free tours to many local attractions for one day in May.
Sure, you know Alexandria. But just how well? That house is cool and so is that one over there. You’ve recommended your out-of-town guests take the Old Town Ghost and Graveyard Tour and enjoy the view from the river, but what about you? In recognition of National Travel & Tourism Week, the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association and its members invite City of Alexandria residents to be tourists in their own hometown with free tours Friday, May 10. The ACVA is partnering with 10 tour companies and attractions to offer free tours and admission throughout the day. To participate, you must complete an online reservation here. Proof of residency may be requested. These tours include:
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The artist, who turns found objects into art, has an opening at the Art League in May.
The old adage “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” has many meanings, but in Noah Williams’ case it’s literal. Williams is set to have an art show at The Art League Gallery in the Torpedo Factory from May 9 through June 3, drawing on his talents and his experience garnered as a trash collector. Williams grew up in the Bucknell area of Fairfax County, just south of Alexandria City, and he graduated from West Potomac High School. “I love art. It’s part of my life…I love colors. I love folk art. I love artists who are trying to step out of the box,” he told Patch. Williams uses recycled materials with a focus on recycled metal. “Sometimes I am driving down the street with my kids (ages 15, 11 and five) in the car and I will yell ‘Stop …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
T.C. Williams High School conducted the performance.
Tuesday, April 30
By Brenna Carroll, Bishop Ireton High School student All that could be heard coming from T.C. Williams High School’s auditorium on a recent Friday night was laughter and applause as members of "The Wiz" cast delighted audience members with musical numbers from the upbeat redo of a classic tale based on L. Frank Baum's "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." Decorated with a script full of wit and a libretto filled with endlessly catchy melodies, by Charlie Small and William F. Brown, "The Wiz" was sure to be a night of fun on all sides of the stage lights. The story follows Dorothy on her journey from Kansas to Oz as she encounters creatures unimaginable in the real world. Dorothy, played by senior Samantha Rose Williams, showed off her range of …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they …