Friday, May 24, 2013
The students will perform May 30, 31 and June 1.
The West Potomac High School chorus will have its 2013 Spring Show at the end of May. Advanced tickets for the three-night performance are on sale now. The group will perform at 7 p.m. May 30, 31 and June 1. Advanced tickets are on sale online for $10. On the day of the performances, tickets will be on sale for $12 at the door. For the May 30 show only, FCPS students may purchase ticket for $5. West Potomac recently hosted the concert for Women's Choir from the University of Economics, of Yekaterinburg, Russia. The choir, Vito in Canto, performed a free concert April 9 in West Potomac's Springbank Auditorium. The school's chorus is led by Choral Director Ernest Johnson. Keep up with Greater Alexandria news and events by signing up for our …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
The theater department put on the performance earlier this spring.
The West Potomac High School production of "Young Frankenstein: The Musical" has received seven Cappies nominations, including Best Musical. The theatre department put on the performance earlier in the spring at the high school. Other nominations include: Click here to read the Cappies review of the school's performance of "Young Frankenstein: The Musical."
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Film is rated PG-13.
Boy, this is going to be one short review. This movie has more spoilers than the 1967 Enterprise had Tribbles…and in the interest of full disclosure, this is written by the Cinema Siren who owns chairs from the Voyager show, can list the original episodes in order of appearance, has a T-shirt with a quote in Klingon, and a model of the Enterprise signed by all the original cast members. That is to say, fandom lives here. Any experience of watching the new release by director J. J. Abrams would naturally be filtered through a brain steeped in Star Trek knowledge and lore. That being said, there is, unlike some long-term fans, no automatic hate for anything new. To my mind, the cast, theme, and story lines of the reboot are very much in …
Friday, May 10, 2013
This fearless interpretation by director Luhrmann is well worth seeing.
No question whatsoever, director Baz Luhrmann is someone who elicits strong opinions with his every movie. Moulin Rouge draws forth a swoony sigh from its biggest fans and an eye roll from its detractors. In an industry that often plays it safe, creating movies like Fast and Furious 6 to keep the easy money flowing, it is always refreshing that someone is taking chances, and certainly Luhrmann has built his career subscribing to the "go big or go home" school of filmmaking. His new film The Great Gatsby is no exception. Not only does he create the sort of visually over-saturated and extravagant fantasy he is known for, he does it with the cherished American classic novel written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald that has already been …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Bands will perform at Grist Mill Park in Mount Vernon.
The Mount Vernon Nights Concert Series will kick off another season June 7 at Grist Mill Park in Mount Vernon. Concerts will take place Friday nights at 7:30 p.m. in June, July and August. Concerts at Grist Mill Park are cancelled when raining. If there’s a threat of inclement weather, call 703-324-SHOW(7469) after 6 p.m. for updates. JUNE 7 - Swing Shift 14 - Afro Bop Alliance 21 - Crawdaddies 28 - Anthony "Swamp Dog" Clark JULY 5 - Pablo Antonio y la Firma 12 - Elvis Tribute Band - Jed Duvall 19 - King Teddy 26 - Andrew Acosta Swing Band AUGUST 2 - Urban Frank 9 - The Winstons 16 - John McCutcheon 23 - David Bach Consort 30 - Squeeze Bayou For more information, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/performances. Grist Mill Park is located at…
Saturday, May 4, 2013
PG-13 film in theaters starting Thursday is a 'hoot, wild ride and an emotional journey.'
Let's face it. Those of you who are interested in films of Iron Man's ilk and have waited through a year of Comic-Cons dressed like your favorite Marvel superhero, do not need Cinema Siren to tell you whether to head out this weekend to keep one of Hollywood's biggest studio franchises alive and Robert Downey Jr. out of the poorhouse. You already have your tickets. It is the souls who usually stay home with a glass of wine watching Downton Abbey, and occasion the multiplex only for the most hyped and well reviewed blockbusters they want to charm into theaters. 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 …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Noah Williams to display imaginative art in May at The Art League.
Sculptor Noah Williams takes objects that some people would consider junk and creates interesting works of art. Williams uses his unique vision to sculpt intricate pieces out of discarded items, and he's inspired by his former day job as a trash collector. Williams grew up surrounded by art, and to this day still sees purpose and potential in scrap metal and other materials. In his pieces, the Alexandria native depicts animals, machines and masks — both real and imagined — to inspire viewers to be aware of the waste they create and the alternative uses for disposable materials. Williams attended West Potomac High School and Northern Virginia Community College, but his mother, who was a ceramic artist, was his main art instructor. During …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Chemistry between lead actors takes center stage in this high school production.
Tuesday, April 30
Written by Mary Long of Langley High School --- A mad scientist, a goofy hunchback, an eccentric assistant, a creepy handmaid and a green monster — not your typical cast of characters. But the West Potomac High School theater department brings them all to life in their production of "Young Frankestein the Musical," a horror-story parody and rock-and-roll musical written by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan that follows a schmaltzy set of crazy characters attempting to recreate the infamous Frankenstein. Opening on Broadway in 2007, "Young Frankenstein" tells the tale of Frederick Frankenstein, the last living relative of the infamous Dr. Frankenstein, the creator of the world’s most notorious undead creature. Frederick, who wishes to dissociate…
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 …