Mistress of the Art of Death

By Miriam R. Kramer Mistress of the Art of Death Writing under the pen name Ariana Franklin, former journalist Diana Norman penned a series of five absorbing, colorful medieval thrillers, starting with Mistress of the Art of Death, about a female doctor and forensic investigator named Adelia Aguilar. The subsequent novels The Serpent’s Tale, Grave […]

Higher Power by Coldplay

By Ron Powers Higher Power by Coldplay I typically don’t pay much attention to Coldplay. Sure, they’re a well-put-together band, but it’s been a while since they’ve raised my eyebrows. That is until “Higher Power”, the band’s latest single, was released. This song stands out in the crowd. It shows Coldplay pushing the boundaries of […]

The Monster Has Been Tamed…..Maybe!

By F. Lennox Campello The Monster Has Been Tamed…..Maybe! As June arrives, I’m beginning to think that perhaps the Covidian monster has been tamed, art fairs are desperately seeking galleries to apply to show, the DMV’s outdoor art festivals are returning, and brushes, pens and pencils continued to be applied to paper or canvas.  Notice […]

Alexandria June 2021 Calendar

Featured Summer Events Alexandria Drive-In Movie SeriesFridays and Saturdays throughout the summerAdmission: $40 per car5001 Eisenhower Ave.571-281-2083 alexandriadrivein.com The Alexandria Drive-In series, located in city’s Eisenhower corridor, announces new films every month and features a popular collection of movie classics and family favorites.  Food trucks will be on-site each night providing delicious sweet and savory […]

WANTED: MOM…Apply Within

WANTED: MOM…Apply Within By: Caroline Simpson Job Title: Mother. Requirements: must be willing to work overtime for no additional compensation. Necessary Skills: patience, fortitude, and super-human ability to multitask. Salary: none but must be able to provide monthly (at least) payments to clients. Travel: yes – lots. Benefits: bedtime and the one day a year […]

Memorial Day and the Buddy Poppy

Compiled by Lani Gering Memorial Day and the Buddy Poppy In the World War I battlefields of Belgium, poppies grew wild amid the ravaged landscape. How could such a pretty little flower grow wild while surrounded by death and destruction? The overturned soils of battle enabled the poppy seeds to be covered, thus allowing them […]

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter By Miriam R. Kramer Calls for racial justice fired up the Black Lives Matter civil rights movement after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on the neck of his Black suspect, George Floyd, murdering him by ignoring his pleas for air as Floyd gasped for nine minutes and 29 seconds on May 25, […]

May 2021 Alexandria Events

Through June 21st Taste of Old Town NorthVarious locations throughout Old Town North703-836-8066 Admission: $10 for a passportoldtownnorth.org Enjoy a two-month stroll through the neighborhood with this year’s reimagined Taste of Old Town North.  Passport holders will be able to use their Passport to receive discounts at small businesses throughout Old Town North: The Arts and […]

The DMV’s Arts Tapestry

Gallery Beat By F. Lennox Campello The DMV’s Arts Tapestry I’ve often used the metaphor of referring to an “art scene” of a particular area as an “arts tapestry” – sort of like a quilt made of patches from different sources and materials.  Some patches are bigger than others, with more presence and impact on […]

I Used to Be Sober All the Time by Humans on the Floor

By Ron Powers I Used to Be Sober All the Time by Humans on the Floor They say that smiling relieves stress, helps you live longer, and makes you more attractive. It’s also extremely contagious. So, how could I not tell you about Humans on the Floor: a brand-new band with some of the most […]