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Browne is an 8th-grader and has been interested in singing since seeing his older brother Forrest rehearsing for a 3rd-g...
12/16/2018
Two local children starring in ‘The Lion, the Unicorn and Me’

Browne is an 8th-grader and has been interested in singing since seeing his older brother Forrest rehearsing for a 3rd-grade performance of "Cinderella” and mimicked his solo part in “The Prince is giving a ball.”

“When I perform, I get to become a different character, which allows me to live in the moment. That is a feeling that can only be found through performing,” he said. “I enjoy working with all of these wonderful artists and being able to learn and grow as an actor and performer.”

He feels “The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me” is a great show for introducing kids to opera.

After an acclaimed run in 2013, the Washington National Opera returns to the Kennedy Center for its annual holiday family opera with a revival of “The Lion, the Unicorn, and

"The owners were looking for both functional and aesthetic improvements," Nazemian recalls. "They had decided that the s...
12/16/2018
Open kitchen with golf course view

"The owners were looking for both functional and aesthetic improvements," Nazemian recalls. "They had decided that the sunroom adjacent to the kitchen-- which featured a stunning view of the golf course-- didn't need to be a separate room since they used it as a dining area for much of the year."

A kitchen enlargement and floorplan reconfiguration in a home situated next to golf course have won a "Contractor of the Year" (COTY) for Michael Nash Design Build and Homes.

The elimination of pre-Social Security benefits from Fairfax County’s employee retirement plans came in conjunction wi...
12/15/2018
County pension reform effort leaves everyone dissatisfied

The elimination of pre-Social Security benefits from Fairfax County’s employee retirement plans came in conjunction with the creation of an early-age option that allows employees to take a higher early retirement pay in exchange for reduced benefits in the future.

Put forth by Mason District Supervisor Penny Gross, who chairs the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ personnel and reorganization committee, the motion eliminating pre-Social Security supplements and establishing a cost-neutral, early-age option passed unanimously.

Fairfax County employees will no longer receive a pre-Social Security supplement as part of their retirement benefits package if they are hired on or after July 1, 2019.

“I've gathered ornaments from my travels throughout the world from a Fabergé ornament from Russia to Santa Claus on a...
12/15/2018
Ornaments! Ornaments! Ornaments!

“I've gathered ornaments from my travels throughout the world from a Fabergé ornament from Russia to Santa Claus on a surfboard from Hawaii,” said Goldberg. “I feel ornaments are not a religious thing or a holiday thing; I see this as a piece of art. It's art, and so just like people decorate their trees, and they want to have an artistic motif ... And I'm not talking about just a simple round ball that has a lot of sparkle or glitter or color; the shapes, the imagination, the design was just really intriguing to me. I think that that reflects in the costumes when audiences come and see the show because I don't think there are any boundaries with the design of an ornament because you're dealing with something that's whimsical and fantastic and imaginative.”

And some more ornaments!

McLean Community Center celebrates renovation completion
12/15/2018
McLean Community Center celebrates renovation completion

McLean Community Center celebrates renovation completion

The ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of construction on the newly renovated McLean Community Center did not get off to the most promising start.

Local teen Natasha Subash becomes runner-up in regional tennis series
12/15/2018
Local teen Natasha Subash becomes runner-up in regional tennis series

Local teen Natasha Subash becomes runner-up in regional tennis series

Last Sunday at the Orange Bowl’s Junior Tennis Championships in Plantation, Florida people saw the continued emergence of a bright young star in Falls Church Senior Natasha Subhash. Despite falling

During a brief assembly, students in every grade level had the opportunity to see, touch, and take photos with the Stanl...
12/14/2018
NHL’s Stanley Cup trophy makes a stop at The Langley School

During a brief assembly, students in every grade level had the opportunity to see, touch, and take photos with the Stanley Cup as well as meet the Capitals’ mascot, Slapshot. The experience was made possible by Roger Mody, a Langley parent and co-owner for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, who arranged for the trophy to spend several hours at the school.

Students at The Langley School recently “Rocked the Red” when the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup trophy made a stop at the school as part of its victory tour celebrating

12/14/2018
Virginia Student Orchestra Plays With Famed Red Violin

"A few weeks ago, Elizabeth Pitcairn (world-renowned violinist) performed with my Spring Hill Elementary Orchestra students in McLean," wrote Ruth Donahue,
Spring Hill Elementary School Orchestra Director and News Liaison. "I had no idea NBC News was filming … I couldn’t believe she actually performed on her 1720 Stradivarius (“The Red Violin”). She played "Moto Perpetua" by Nicolo Paganini at 16 notes per SECOND. The hundreds of children were mesmerized during the assembly."
https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Virginia-Student-Orchestra-Plays-With-Famed-Red-Violin_Washington-DC-502523441.html

Spring Hill Elementary students got the special opportunity to play alongside esteemed violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and her famous, more than 200-year-old violin that inspired a film. News4's Angie Goff reports.

The Vienna Choral Society (VCS) like to be able to support the arts by giving back to the music teachers at Fairfax Coun...
12/14/2018

The Vienna Choral Society (VCS) like to be able to support the arts by giving back to the music teachers at Fairfax County high schools; "they are also professionals. They also need a place to be able to practice their craft, other than teaching," said VCS Executive Director Sohini Baliga.

Vienna Choral Society (VCS) Executive Director Sohini Baliga: The thing that makes us different is that we are a teachin...
12/14/2018
Do you hear the ‘Sounds of the Season’?

Vienna Choral Society (VCS) Executive Director Sohini Baliga: The thing that makes us different is that we are a teaching choir. Most community choirs are either audition or non-audition, but we are in between. We have many singers who are trained, but we are in a place where we believe that everyone has an opportunity to learn and improve as they go along. So we have singers who come back after many years of not singing…and we have people who are beginners; we have students as young as 18; we have senior citizens in their 80s. It is a wide span of people.

The Vienna Choral Society (VCS) is known for tradition with a twist. I was intrigued by the description written on their website: “We are a teaching, non-audition choir where all

12/14/2018
Do you hear the ‘Sounds of the Season’?

VCS Executive Director Sohini Baliga: This weekend’s concert is deceptively diverse. There are a thousand “Glorias,” but the one we’re singing is a relatively new composition by a young, contemporary composer, Dan Forrest. The “Veni Veni Emmanuel” is an energetic interpretation - unlike most other versions. “The 12 Days of Christmas” is way funnier! And from all that, we go to Broadway, which will surprise the audience.

The Vienna Choral Society (VCS) is known for tradition with a twist. I was intrigued by the description written on their website: “We are a teaching, non-audition choir where all

"The Godfather of the Jersey Sound"Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes with Adam Ezra will perform (solo) on Sat. Dec.15...
12/14/2018

"The Godfather of the Jersey Sound"

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes with Adam Ezra will perform (solo) on Sat. Dec.15, 7:30 p.m., at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria. Tickets: $45. For more information, call The Birchmere 703-549-7500

The Hip Hop NutcrackerThe Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreogr...
12/14/2018

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

The Hip Hop Nutcracker reimagines Tchaikovsky’s classic score through explosive hip-hop choreography.

Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, Md. Tue. Dec. 18 and Wed. Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$60. For more information, visit https://www.strathmore.org.

“The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”Amy Schumer, who has killed her way to the top with an unapologetic and unabash...
12/14/2018

“The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo”

Amy Schumer, who has killed her way to the top with an unapologetic and unabashed brand of humor, will be at the Theater at MGM National Harbor, 101 MGM National Ave., Oxon Hill, Md. Sat. Dec. 15 & Sun. Dec. 16. Tickets start at $70. For more information, visit www.mgmnationalharbor.com or call 844-346-4664.

When the week ends the fun begins!
12/14/2018
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When the week ends the fun begins!

The brothers' newfound freedom

Blothar, who teaches music at the University of Virginia, has a PhD in music. He advised Fairfax Times not to misunderst...
12/13/2018
GWAR: “Even monsters have to have Christmas”

Blothar, who teaches music at the University of Virginia, has a PhD in music. He advised Fairfax Times not to misunderstand the abbreviation PhD, as it stands for “pretty huge disappointment,” according to him. “GWAR’s music is hard and loud, with sounds of people suffering and dying,” he added.

GWAR doesn’t hate people. “We love people,” said Michael Bishop--also known as Blothar the lead singer--over the phone. “They are delicious! And babies especially have particular charm.” The only way

12/11/2018
109-year old grandma sings for Harlem Globetrotters

Virginia McLaurin, the 109-year old who famously danced with the Obamas, surprised her favorite basketball team today by preparing a Harlem Globetrotters song. In the video below, Globetrotters stars Zeus McLaurin and Bulldog Mack were serenaded by Ms. McLaurin with a song she named “Globetrotters Gonna Shine.” The world-famous team celebrated Ms. McLaurin’s last three birthdays with her in D.C. in March. They reunited today for a school assembly and holiday party at Roots Charter School in Washington, D.C.

With Ms. McLaurin by their side, Zeus and Bulldog spoke to the students about their T.E.A.M. Up at School program, which addresses bullying prevention. T.E.A.M. stands for Talk, Empathy, Ask, and Mobilize.

The Globetrotters new holiday timing includes games at Capital One Arena in D.C. on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and two more at EagleBank Arena on Friday, Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at HarlemGlobetrotters.com.

Home for the holidays
12/09/2018
Home for the holidays

Home for the holidays

It's that time of year, the season when you explore the best ways to use your home as a place for indoor entertaining.

Eagles defeat Westfield to go to State Championship
12/09/2018
Eagles defeat Westfield to go to State Championship

Eagles defeat Westfield to go to State Championship

For Freedom High School Football Head Coach Daryl Overton, he and his team only had one mission last Saturday: Defeat the undefeated Westfield Bulldogs for a State Championship berth.

What school do you go to?SHERIDAN: I would be going to Langley High School, but Laurel Springs School, which is an onlin...
12/09/2018
Sissy Sheridan: ‘There’s a purpose for everything’

What school do you go to?

SHERIDAN: I would be going to Langley High School, but Laurel Springs School, which is an online school. I think it’s based in California, but anyone can do it I’m pretty sure. There’s a dance school here called MSA, and I was going to go there, but they use the online school, so we decided just to do that instead, so that I could be going more places. I’m going to be in L.A. for three months after the show is over for pilot season. I couldn’t be going to full-time school and do this at the same time. That’s why I’m doing online school this year, but I’m pretty sure I’m going to go back to school and do this at the same time, because I do want to have a high school experience. Unless I get a big series or a movie or something, then I’m going to keep doing online school.

How does the online school work?

SHERIDAN:Every week, I get in 25-30 assignments, and I take all of the courses, English, science, math, history, and I take Spanish. I even have gym on there, where I write a blog about the activities I’m doing. … It’s very flexible; it’s great for my schedule. … I definitely wouldn’t want something that was too easy, because school is really important, and when I do go back to regular school, I need to be at the same level as everyone else. This school is really good; it’s the same materials I would be having. In science, I do experiments at home. It’s like the same hands-on things that I would get to be doing in school.

I met Sissy Sheridan at Signature Theatre in Arlington after her performance in “Billy Elliot.” She was full of energy and excitement!

Like many other immigrant advocacy organizations, including the Centreville Immigration Forum and NAKASEC, ACLU People P...
12/09/2018
County ICE arrests exceed Manhattan, Philadelphia, report says

Like many other immigrant advocacy organizations, including the Centreville Immigration Forum and NAKASEC, ACLU People Power Fairfax has been pushing Fairfax County to adopt policies that explicitly end any collaboration with ICE and formally prohibit law enforcement and other county officials from sharing information with federal immigration authorities.

“I hope that Fairfax does more than just try and refute our numbers. I hope they’re willing to work with us in this process,” Alejandro said. “…You have kids that are terrified of going to school because they’re afraid their information is going to be shared with ICE and their parents are going to be picked up. That trust needs to be earned, not earned by denying the problem, and that to me is what Fairfax is doing at this point.”

More than 12,000 Fairfax County residents are facing deportation proceedings, surpassing the number of cases in other major localities, including Manhattan, N.Y., and Philadelphia, Pa., and even states like North

A staunch and fiery advocate for high school girls’ sports, Coach Priester in his role as President of the Coaches Ass...
12/09/2018
Oakton basketball coach joins exclusive 700 Club

A staunch and fiery advocate for high school girls’ sports, Coach Priester in his role as President of the Coaches Association organized the movement that resulted in the institution of freshman girl’s basketball, something at the time that was reserved for only boys.

Coach Fred Priester has been the Head Basketball Coach at Oakton High School for the past 25 years. His teams have won 18 District Championships, 7 Regional Championships and been

A solemn tribute
12/08/2018
A solemn tribute

A solemn tribute

Approximately 2,000 people per hour made their way through the United States Capitol to pay respects to George Herbert Walker Bush, 41st President of the United States, as he lied

Is Wolf Trap in your backyard?Well, this is what Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the P...
12/08/2018
Is Wolf Trap in your backyard?

Is Wolf Trap in your backyard?
Well, this is what Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts wants you to think: “I want everyone to think of Wolf Trap as part of the community, as a resource, as something that is in their backyards, in all of our backyards and is really part of their lives.”

I stopped by Manocha’s office in Vienna and asked him:

How do you accomplish this goal?

Well, this is what Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts wants you to think: “I want everyone to think of Wolf Trap

Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts was born and raised in Ohio. Both ...
12/07/2018
Is Wolf Trap in your backyard?

Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts was born and raised in Ohio. Both his parents, who emigrated from India, were professors. His father was a professor of mathematics and his mother became a professor of business. Studying literature at Cornell, prepared him to excel in the management career path, “I think if you spend your formative years analyzing character and really trying to understand the world through great literature, with the millions of permutations of character, experience, plot and narrative, I think it gives you a little bit of a sense on how to interact with people or what to look for, anyway...because, ultimately, managing is working with a lot of people.”

Well, this is what Arvind Manocha, president and CEO of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts wants you to think: “I want everyone to think of Wolf Trap

Hot links fun weekend?
12/07/2018
Hot Links

Hot links fun weekend?

“At Christmas”

The actress can thank her father for helping her land her first big role. After high school, Bautista was looking at col...
12/07/2018
Kennedy Center presents ‘Miss Saigon’

The actress can thank her father for helping her land her first big role. After high school, Bautista was looking at colleges and wasn’t making the musical theater connections she had hoped. That’s when her dad stepped in.

After opening in London in 1989 to much critical praise, the musical “Miss Saigon” became one of Broadway’s most successful stories when it bowed in 1991, so when producer Cameron

From The Dog’s Paw - Decorating for the holidays!
12/04/2018
From The Dog’s Paw - Decorating for the holidays!

From The Dog’s Paw - Decorating for the holidays!

“MEOW! My first Thanksgiving with my humans was pawsome! Purrs! Dad bought Noah and me some turkey treats, and they went out to dinner leaving us to enjoy a pawsomely

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