Va Va Voom by Bangups

By Ron Powers Va Va Voom by Bangups I was visiting a friend a few days ago and while we chatted, my friend’s son was in the living room playing a snowboarding game called “Steep”. One of the songs on the game’s soundtrack grabbed my attention so I naturally “shazamed” it. The band I discovered […]

Alexandria April Calendar of Events

Premier Events Cherry Blossom Pop-Up History Tours TBA – see below Two pop-up tours to occur during peak bloom weekend Admission: $12 per adults; $5 per child Tour departs from the Alexandria Visitor Center 221 King Street http://www.discoveralexva.com Discover Alexandria will be offering a Cherry Blossom Pop-Up History Tour in April. The tour will occur […]

Out with the Old, In with the New

By F Lennox Campello In the thousand years or so that I’ve been writing this column, I’ve discussed the various types of galleries that make up a city’s art tapestry: commercial, non-profits and collectives. There was a halcyon time a decade plus ago when the streets of Alexandria, Bethesda, and even the District were paved […]

The Border

The Border By Miriam R. Kramer Despite weighing in at a walloping 716 pages, Don Winslow’s The Border explodes off the mark like a doped-up Olympic sprinter. The final installment in a trilogy covering the United States’ War on Drugs, The Border picks up where The Cartel and The Power of the Dog leave off […]

Chelsea Dagger – We’ll Have Some Fun

By Ron Powers Chelsea Dagger – We’ll Have Some Fun In a world full of ulterior motives, fake news, and alternative facts, it’s refreshing to come across a straightforward rock and roll band. There’s something bracing about an artist that employs tried and true methods with a steady and knowing hand. That’s what I found […]

I Went to Art School a Long Time Ago…

By F. Lennox Campello To me it was not only one of the most interesting parts of my education as an artist, but also my first taste of what happens when artists immerse and surround themselves by other artists, as art students are forced by the nature of the beast, at art school. I started […]

The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright Miriam R. Kramer Do you have a middle–schooler who loves hiking and rock-climbing but doesn’t like to read? Or a grandchild interested in nature, science, geography, technology, and the environment? Or a son or daughter who loves videogames and puzzles? Trudi Trueit’s Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret is fast-paced adventure to […]

38th Annual Parade will be the Largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the D.C. Region in 2019

38th Annual Parade will be the Largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the D.C. Region in 2019 WHAT: 38th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show Visitors and residents are invited to don their green and line King Street in Old Town Alexandria to kick off the region’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the 38th Annual […]

Tall Ship Providence Coming to Alexandria

By Bob Tagert The cover of the first Old Town Crier printed in January 1988 featured the Schooner Alexandria, which at the time was the resident ship and sailing ambassador for the City of Alexandria. The Alexandria has been gone from our waterfront for a long time, but soon Alexandria will acquire a new tall […]

The Evolution of Michaela Japec

By F. Lennox Campello For the fifth year, the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Old Town Alexandria, still somewhat reeling from the city’s takeover of all operations at the building, selected four emerging artists to participate in the Factory’s Post-Grad Residency Program: J Houston, Michaela Japec, Nava Levenson, and Kim Sandara. The jurors were Nicole […]