Zoran Madzirov- The Bottleman

Zoran Madzirov – The Bottleman   As those of you who read my columns know, I am always looking to discover amazing music and performers. I have found such in a Macedonian percussionist, composer, and inventor, Zoran Madzirov. Affectionately known to his fans as “Zoran the Bottleman”, Zoran unfortunately recently passed away in 2017. But […]

Art Legends and Newcomers

By F. Lennox Campello Sometimes an exhibition is so cool and important, and captures a slice of art that no one else thought of capturing before, that one must just cut and paste what the creator describes… word for word. Here we go, with some of my words sprinkled into the storyline. For many artists, […]

August 2018 National Harbor Calendar

August 2018 Ongoing through October Fitness on the Potomac On the Plaza Participate in FREE fitness classes on the Plaza. All classes run from 7-8 pm with Saturday morning Yoga that runs from 10-11 am. Mondays – Cardio Blast Tuesdays – Kickboxing Wednesdays – Zumba Saturdays – Yoga Farmers Market Returns American Way Sundays through […]

Family Stories

Family Stories Miriam R. Kramer   “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy’s famous introduction to Anna Karenina is equally applicable to two recent novels: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee, and The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin. Both feature their own brands of magic, joy, and personal […]

Music Festivals August 2018

August 23-26 Lockn’ Festival Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm Arrington, Virginia http://www.locknfestival.com Sept. 20-22 Watermelon Park Festival Watermelon Park Venue 3322 Lockes Mill RoadBerryville, VA https://watermelonparkfest.com Oct. 5 – 7 The Festy Experience Infinity Downs and Oak Ridge Farm Arrington, Virginia https://www.tixr.com/groups/thefesty/events/the-9th-festy-experience-8147 Oct. 5-7 Sleepy Creek Harfest Sleepy Creek on the Potomac Joshua Lane […]

Alexandria Calendar August 2018

August 4th Friendship Firehouse Festival 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission: Free Friendship Firehouse Museum 107 S. Alfred Street 703-746-3891 alexandriava.gov/FriendshipFirehouse The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association (FVFEA) holds its annual Firehouse Festival each year on the first Saturday in August. The popular family event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants and live […]

Girls of the Resistance

Girls of the Resistance Miriam R. Kramer In July books become a necessary accompaniment on vacation, whether you’re headed for the ocean, a pool, or a cabin in the woods. If you have a teenager traveling with you, you want to keep them reading during summer vacation with an intriguing piece of young adult fiction. […]

Alexandria Events July 2017

FEATURED EVENTS: 4th An American Celebration at Mount Vernon 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: Included in site fee; $20 for adults; $12 ages 6-11; free children ages 0-5 George Washington’s Mount Vernon 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway 703-780-2000 http://www.mountvernon.org/july4  Observe an inspirational naturalization ceremony for new citizens with a special keynote address, daytime fireworks, military re-enactments […]

Music Festivals July 2018

June 27 – July 1 & July 4 – 8 Smithsonian Folklife Festival National Mall between Twelfth and Fourteenth Streets Washington, DC https://festival.si.edu June 29-30 River and Roots Festival Watermelon Park Venue 3322 Lockes Mill Road Berryville, VA 22611 http://riverandroots.com July 13-15 Red Wing VI Roots Music Festival 94 Natural Chimneys Lane Mt. Solon, VA 22843 https://www.redwingroots.com […]

Robin

Robin By Miriam R. Kramer This past month entertainment writer Dave Itzkoff released Robin, an intriguing, detailed biography that tracks the hurtling comet of Robin Williams’ life and career, solving some mysteries, presenting others, and laying him to rest for his many fans. Many of us receive breaking news on our smartphones. On August 11, […]