Archive: Arts, Entertainment

Mason Festival of the Arts Begins Today

Today marks the first day of the inaugural three-week Mason Festival of the Arts at George Mason University. Read all about it in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 12, 2008; 01:45 PM ET | Email a Comment

Cappies Awards Set For Sunday

The 2008 Critics and Awards Program for high school theatre will close the curtain on another season Sunday evening when the Kennedy Center hosts the annual Cappies awards gala. Read about it in today's Fairfax Extra. This names of this year's awards nominees are here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 5, 2008; 03:58 PM ET | Email a Comment

Arts Season Announced at Center for the Arts

Another impressive array of performance offerings at George Mason University's Center for the Arts was unveiled last week. The Fairfax Extra has coverage of the 2008 - 2009 season announcement....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 10, 2008; 02:41 PM ET | Email a Comment

Former Fairfaxian Sets Sites on Music Stardom in L.A.

Singer Taleen Kalbian had already performed for the pope and the president while she was still living in Northern Virginia as a teen. Now 20 and living in Los Angeles, the Oakton High School grad has just inked a business deal that could be the next big step in her shot for stardom. Read about her in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 10, 2008; 02:19 PM ET | Email a Comment

UPDATE 3/6: Winners Announced In Theatre Awards

Updated 3/6 This year's awards saw a shift away from some of the traditional winners and a trend toward darker more serious work . Read about the awards here and check out the list of Fairfax winners here. Originally posted 1/24 With the announcement of the nominees of this year's Washington Area Theatre Community Honors, Fairfax thespians are once again in line for numerous honors. Read the news here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 6, 2008; 12:39 PM ET | Email a Comment

Memorial Event For Cappies Founder Set For Sunday

The life of Bill Strauss, the man who founded the Cappies high school theater program in Fairfax in 1999, will be celebrated at a memorial event from 3 to 5 p.m. this Sunday at Hayfield Secondary School. Strauss died in December....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 29, 2008; 11:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Floral Paintings On View in Franconia

Flowers are blooming this fall on the walls of the Franconia Government Center. Get the details here and check out the Fairfax Extra for more arts briefs....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 20, 2007; 11:53 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lorton Arts Center Progress

The much anticipated arts center at the former Lorton prison is finally beginning to take shape as construction crews get down to the serious work of remaking the institution. Read about the progress in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 23, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

Bar Owner Turns to Patrons to Keep Music Playing

At T.T. Reynolds on main street in Fairfax City, the curtain might be falling for the final time on the tavern's stage, a longtime performance venue for local rock bands. According to this story in today's Fairfax Extra, the high price of the pending sale of the building that houses the bar has Jeremy Gifford nervous that the costs of a new lease may be out of reach. To that end he is looking to buy the building himself and to afford it, he hopes the fans and bands will help him out....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 16, 2007; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment

Benefactor Helps GMU Piano Program Hit High Note

Sidney Dewberry, a novice pianist at 79, with a little help from friends in high places, set out to buy 16 Steinway grand pianos for the music students at George Mason University, earning the school an elite designation as an all-Steinway school alongside Juilliard and Yale. Read his story here, in the Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | August 16, 2007; 12:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Military Matters: Public Honors for a Secret Victory

A new painting set to be unveiled at CIA headquarters in Langley next month depicts a tale, a largely untold, from the Vietnam War: An air battle between a U.S. helicopter and North Vietnamese biplanes. Read the story and see the painting in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | July 19, 2007; 11:05 AM ET | Email a Comment

Independence Day Celebrations and Closings

Courtesy of your Fairfax Extra, here are lists of holiday events and closings for next week....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 28, 2007; 12:55 PM ET | Email a Comment

Commission To Outline Future of Local Arts

Kurt Boehm as Icarus and Dwayne Nitz as Lennie in the January 2006 production of "Lift: Icarus & Me" the last production that Fairfax's Theater of the First Amendment has presented. The company's leaders say that the lack of suitable performance space -- an issue that the Commission for the Future of the Arts in Fairfax County hopes to address -- is keeping them off the stage. (Philippe Nobile) Today's Fairfax Extra cover story looks at the Commission for the Future of the Arts in Fairfax County and their task to outline a plan for local leaders to refer to when making decisions that affect arts and cultural groups. Commission leaders say that having a rich arts environment is not just a quality of life issue for Fairfax citizens, but can be a real economic driver as well....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 28, 2007; 12:31 PM ET | Email a Comment

Young Performers 'Remember Paris'

The Fairfax Extra's weekly peek at something entertaining for your weekend focuses today on Encore Theatrical Arts Project's revival of one of their most popular shows, the musical "Remember Paris." See what all the singing and dancing are about here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 14, 2007; 05:23 PM ET | Email a Comment

A Premiere in McLean and a One-Act Play Festival

Fairfax Extra theater writer Michael J. Toscano offers this look at what audiences can expect if they attend the world premiere of a new play by the Sundial Theatre Company of McLean or the NVTA One-Act Play Festival that begins at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church this weekend....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | June 7, 2007; 12:15 PM ET | Email a Comment

Arts in the Parks Gets Underway This Weekend

The Fairfax County Park Authority's annual summer series of concerts and other arts events at various parks located throughout the county gets underway this weekend. Read this piece from the Fairfax Extra to find out how things kick off....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 01:30 PM ET | Email a Comment

South County Takes Four Cappies

The results are in for the Washington area's awards for high school theater and South County Secondary School and other Fairfax schools were among the top award winners. Read all about the results here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 31, 2007; 01:23 PM ET | Email a Comment

Meet The Cappies Nominees

The Cappies high school theater program has announced its annual award nominees. Check out this article from the Fairfax Extra to meet them....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 03:26 PM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Teen Looking Out For Wounded Soldiers

Ian S. Wilson, 13, of Falls Church, was outraged when reports of substandard care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center emerged earlier this year. Wilson, whose brother Gordon Hamm is serving in Iraq, focused his anger and made a prize-winning documentary film about the subject. Today's Military Matters column tells the tale....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 17, 2007; 02:47 PM ET | Email a Comment

Comedy Central Focuses on Fairfax, Tom Davis

Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's satiric news commentary show, "The Colbert Report" took a look at Virginia's 11th Congressional District last night, complete with an interview with Rep. Tom Davis (R). Watch the video here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | May 4, 2007; 11:52 AM ET | Email a Comment

City of Fairfax Arts Festival Opening Delayed, Some County Activities Canceled

From http://www.fairfaxspotlight.org/: In memory of the fallen students and as a mark of respect to the students, families and friends of Virginia Tech. President, the Honorable Jane Woods and the Board of Spotlight on the Arts have decided to postpone the opening Musicale and Reception planned for...Friday 20th April at 8pm. Governor Kaine has declared [today] a day of mourning and Dr. Dale, Superintendent of FCPS Schools has planned a memorial [this] evening at 7:30pm in the Robinson Secondary School Field House, many of the students who would have performed at the opening Musicale will be at that ceremony. This event is open to all members of the community. We will reschedule the Spotlight opening, which appropriately this year honors George Stepp, the Superintendent of City of Fairfax Schools. Please visit our website for updated information www.fairfaxspotlight.org or call 703 352 2787 A message from the Fairfax County government regarding...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 20, 2007; 10:16 AM ET | Email a Comment

GMU's Center for the Arts Announces New Season

So, the Patriots didn't make the Final Four this year, butGeorge Mason's University's Center for the Arts once again shoots and scores with an impressive list of performances for their 2007-08 season which was announced last week and is detailed in this Fairfax Extra article today....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | April 12, 2007; 11:45 AM ET | Email a Comment

Student Artists Bring Home The Gold

Several top prizes were awarded to Fairfax student artists in the recent national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition in New York. You can read about the students work here at see it for yourself on this page, courtesy of washingtonpost.com and your Fairfax Extra....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 22, 2007; 02:54 PM ET | Email a Comment

Female County Detective Subject of Docu-series

June Boyle, The Fairfax County homicide detective best known for her work on the 2002 Washington area sniper shootings will be featured on the pilot episode of a new show about female investigators on the Oxygen cable network. Boyle was chosen because of her work on a three year investigation that led to the arrest of Matthew Harper for the 1995 murder of his sister, Anne, in Burke. The story is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 12, 2007; 09:24 AM ET | Email a Comment

Multiple Theater Awards To Elden Street Players

Herndon's Elden Street Players won seven awards in all and six of the eight top honors in the annual Washington Area Community Theatre Honors which were handed out on Sunday. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story. Other arts coverage in today's Extra includes a review of the Providence Players' production "Good Help Is So Hard To Find," which runs through this weekend, a column on comedian Janeane Garofalo who performs at the State Theatre on Tuesday and arts briefs on a Celtic music concert and local art exhibitions....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | March 8, 2007; 01:03 PM ET | Email a Comment

Opera, Theater and More in Extra This Week

Looking for something to stimulate and entertain this week? The Fairfax Extra's arts coverage offers a review of The McLean Community Players' production of "Life With Father, a preview of the Virginia Opera's "Agrippina" and a regular does of arts briefs from around the county....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | February 8, 2007; 01:01 PM ET | Email a Comment

Theater News: Company May Lose Home; WATCH Nominees

The Elden Street Players, which this week was nominated for 19 awards in this year's Washington Area Theatre Community Honors (you can read here about the nominations for the Elden Street Players as well as those for the Reston Community Players, the Providence Players , and the Vienna Theatre Company may lose their long-time performance space at the Industrial Strength Theatre unless the company can get the cash it needs to buy the space from its owners. The news is here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | January 25, 2007; 02:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Performing Artists in Metro Stations' Future?

According to this story, Metro's board of directors are considering a proposal to allow local arts councils to select and pay performing artists to offer entertainment outside Metro station entrances between April and October each year. What do Focus on Fairfax readers think? Is this a good idea?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | December 5, 2006; 10:58 AM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax Symphony Celebrates 50 Years of Music

The cover story in today's Fairfax Extra features a look at the history of the regional orchestra which, a year ago, was foundering....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 26, 2006; 02:09 PM ET | Email a Comment

Wolf Trap Kicks Off Concert Series

The country's only national park for the performing arts celebrates its founder Catherine Filene Shouse, with a new concert series that begins Friday. Read about it here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | October 10, 2006; 04:25 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax County Theater Season Preview

Courtesy of this week's Fairfax Extra, here is a preview of how the 2006-2007 Fairfax County theater season is shaping up....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 22, 2006; 10:07 AM ET | Email a Comment

Lorton Arts Foundation Begins Prison Conversion

Construction to transform the former prison at Lorton into a vibrant arts center officially began over the weekend. Read the Post's coverage here....

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 18, 2006; 10:49 AM ET | Email a Comment

Performance Center Sought by Supervisors

An arts center was planned for the government center complex when it was conceived, but cost overruns brought the axe. Now the Board of Supervisors has allocated $150,000 to study how to build it on the grassy 50 acres behind the main government center building. Metro section coverge is here. What do you think about such a center?...

 

By Focus on Fairfax | September 13, 2006; 11:31 AM ET | Email a Comment

Herndon Guitar Wizard Gains Fame on 'Net

Guitarist Matthew Baamonde, 19, of Herndon, is featured in this profile in today's Metro section. Baamonde has two self-produced rock songs in the top 10 of American Idol Underground, an online version of the Fox television talent contest....

 

By | August 2, 2006; 11:43 AM ET | Email a Comment

Virginia Ballet Company Dancers Stage Reunion

Former students from the Virginia Ballet Company gathered recently to celebrate the legacy of company founders, Tatiana Rousseu and Oleg Tupine, who brought classical ballet training to Northern Virginia in the 1960s. The story is here....

 

By | July 27, 2006; 11:26 AM ET | Email a Comment

Tonight's Rock Show Cancelled at T.T. Reynold's

Yesterday' Fairfax Extra featured a preview of tonight's scheduled line-up of bands at T.T. Reynold's in Fairfax City. We are informed that the show has been cancelled....

 

By | May 19, 2006; 12:57 PM ET | Email a Comment

Art Atelier in Great Falls Shopping Center

A tiny loft above a Great Falls shopping center has become the working home of seven local painters. Today's Fairfax Extra has the story....

 

By | May 11, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Email a Comment

Falls Church Filmmaker Shoots for a Difference

Today's Fairfax Extra cover story introduces us to Falls Church documentary filmmaker David Eckert who has made five movies about local environmental issues in as many years....

 

By | May 4, 2006; 02:00 PM ET | Email a Comment

Fairfax: The 2006 Guide

An Introduction To The Guide Trying to make sense of Fairfax? Join our club. To help newcomers learn and old-timers discover new possibilities, here's The Guide for 2006. We know how easy it is to get confused here, because there are about a million people -- more people than seven states have -- and trying to make sense of the governing machinery can be tricky. The local governments include those of the county and two cities, the City of Fairfax and the City of Falls Church, each with its own idiosyncrasies and treasures. What you'll find in these pages is our attempt to lead you to old favorites you had not thought of for a while or to what might become favorites. There's golfing and fishing and biking and walking, just to name a few leisure pursuits. If you have students in the family, there's a place within the county...

 

By | April 28, 2006; 09:51 AM ET | Email a Comment

Center for the Arts Unveils Season

Officials at George Mason University's Center for the Arts have revealed the slate of performers who make up the center's 2006-2007 season. Check out the line-up in today's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | April 13, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Email a Comment

Tickets To Wolf Trap Summer Shows On Sale

Wolf Trap, the country's only national park for the performing arts, put tickets on sale this week for their 35th season. How lucky are we to have this place in Fairfax County? Which of the shows do you plan to attend?...

 

By | April 5, 2006; 10:50 AM ET | Email a Comment

Changes on the Theater Scene

Focus on Fairfax reported last week on the McLean Community Center's plan to restrict some productions at its Alden Theatre because of a drop in ticket sales. Two of the community theater companies that call the Alden Theatre home, the Great Falls Players and C.A.S.T. in McLean plan to merge. Meanwhile at George Mason University, the school's resident professional company the Theater of the First Amendment will temporarily suspend operations and cancel its 2006-07 season while company leaders try to engineer a viable business model....

 

By | March 17, 2006; 11:47 AM ET | Email a Comment

McLean Community Center Cuts Number of Theater Productions

McLean Community Center, home to a number of local community theater groups, has decided to reduce the number of plays staged at its Alden Theatre. Why? Declining attendance, they say.Arts groups say cuts will reduce their visibility and put their futures in jeopardy. Read about it in this week's Fairfax Extra....

 

By | March 3, 2006; 04:17 PM ET | Email a Comment

 

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