Sunday, May 19, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.
Star Trek Into Darkness is playing now at the Regal Ballston Common Stadium 12 and at the AMC Courthouse Plaza 8. Watch the trailer in the media box to the right. ----- 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 …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Your Thursday night entertainment options are expanding with the annual Shirlala Music Festival this summer.
Shirlington will host the Shirlala Music Festival in June, July and August, featuring free outdoor music and wine samples from Cheesetique. The festival starts June 13 and continues every Thursday through Aug. 22 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Here's who's playing Shirlala this summer:
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Four local bands will be playing on the concert stage throughout the event.
In addition to more than 40 of Arlington's best restaurants, the 26th Annual Taste of Arlington offers a variety of activities for all ages. There will be entertainment throughout the event, including several bands that frequently play locally. The concert stage is located on the corner of North Stuart Street, near Wilson Blvd. While set times have not been announced, the four bands playing between noon and 5 p.m. include: The Reflex - "The ultimate music tribute to the 80's." Junkfood - A Northern Virginia-based rock and roll band. Down Wilson - Named for their hometown of Arlington, they play modern rock hits. The Silent Critics - The band just produced their first music video and have received awards in the rock/alternative music …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Full schedule and more information here. Thursday evening summer concert series at Pentagon Row shifts location due to construction.
Pentagon Row's "Rock at the Row" summer concert series will return in June, Federal Realty Investment Trust has announced. The concerts are Thursday evenings outside behind Champps Americana Restaurant. The location has moved from past years due to construction on Pentagon Row Plaza. The construction includes more space for retail, outdoor dining and a larger ice rink in the winter. Construction will continue through the summer and may be completed this fall. The Thursday evening summer concerts are 7 - 9 p.m. Thursday evenings starting June 6. The full schedule is below. Rock at the Row Concert Schedule June 6 – Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi tribute) June 13 – Hyjinx (90s Cover) June 20 – Uncle Jack Band (70s Tribute) June 27 – Gonzo's…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Arlington artist, who turns found objects into art, has an exhibit opening 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, of Arlington, 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 former 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 …
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. …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The author of 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao' will speak at Arlington's Central Library.
Arlington County is welcoming Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz this week. Díaz, the author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao,” which won the Puliter Prize for fiction in 2007, will discuss his work from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday at 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington’s Central Library. Oscar Wao features a Dominican “ghetto nerd” who tries to find love and the American experience, according to the publisher’s description. Admission for the event is free and is available a first-come, first-serve basis. Books will be available for sale and signing at the conclusion. The library system is hosting Díaz as part of the Arlington Reads 2013 initiative.
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 …
Monday, April 22, 2013
PG-13 film starring Tom Cruise opens Friday in theaters.
In director Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," you can see a love for and desire to expand on the great classics of science fiction on film. With the most impressive use of IMAX for a feature film to date, in that respect he has created something new and exciting — a 3-D movie where you don't need the glasses. Production designer Darren Gilford ("TRON: Legacy") and cinematographer Claudio Miranda (who won an Oscar for "Life of Pi") make, to quote the movie, "an effective team." The visual landscapes of the film and the meticulousness taken in the action sequences are extraordinary. The integration of computer-generated imagery, or CGI, and live filming is another indication of the rapid advancements happening in moviemaking. Computer work is …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Film stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.
Director Danny Boyle, fresh off being dubbed a national hero for his triumph directing the Olympic ceremonies in London, took a big directorial risk with his new release "Trance." The film is a frenetic, haunting genre-bender that grabs hold of and keeps your attention from its first moments to its last with such force you'll feel like you're falling through Alice's rabbit hole after being hurled into it by two burly 6-foot bunnies in kilts. This cinematic journey is one filled with confusion, illusions, violence and moral ambiguities, and not a head trip everyone will be willing to surrender to or appreciate. Much like the somewhat similarly convoluted "Inception," it is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of flick. Whether it will be enjoyable for…