History of Veterans Day

History of Veterans Day World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, […]

December Alexandria Calendar of Events

Through December 31st “The Journey to be Free: Self-Emancipation and Alexandria’s Contraband Heritage” 10 am to 4 pm Admission: $3 Alexandria Black History Museum 902 Wythe Street 703-746-4356 alexandriava.gov/blackhistory Alexandria’s Black History Museum’s newest exhibition, The Journey to be Free: Self-Emancipation and Alexandria’s Contraband Heritage, highlights the history of Alexandria’s contraband population (those who escaped slavery) during […]

Mayflower Myths

Mayflower Myths “The reason that we have so many myths associated with Thanksgiving is that it is an invented tradition. It doesn’t originate in any one event. It is based on the New England puritan Thanksgiving, which is a religious Thanksgiving, and the traditional harvest celebrations of England and New England and maybe other ideas […]

A Pocketful of Mysteries

A Pocketful of Mysteries Miriam R. Kramer From the Vault Here are some classic mysteries that I recommended in November 2017. When working in a bookstore they were some of my go-to recommendations. Try these instead of the current crop of mysteries designed to sell with the keyword “Girl” in the title—you’ll be more engaged […]

Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves by The Ocean Blue

By Ron Powers Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves by The Ocean Blue The Ocean Blue’s eighth studio album, titled Kings and Queens / Knaves and Thieves, is made up of eleven well written and produced indie pop songs. It’s an outstanding addition to the band’s already impressive legacy and serves as yet another […]

An Art Non-Profit Discovers the 21st Century

By F. Lennox Campello This month this column is just going to re-address some thoughts about our DMV area non-profits – an idea which I’ve been venting on about for years. The Art League in Alexandria is not only one of our area’s largest artists’ organization, with over 1,200 members, but also a jewel in […]

The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale By Miriam R. Kramer We are reprinting my column from July 2017 in advance of my future review of Margaret Atwood’s much-awaited sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments. My prediction two years ago was correct: the Hulu TV series The Handmaid’s Tale went on to win Outstanding Drama Series and Elisabeth […]

Father of the Bride: by Vampire Weekend

High Notes By Ron Powers Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend’s latest album (Father of the Bride) is the band’s fourth studio album. It was released this year by Columbia Records, and is their first album with a major record label. It’s been almost six years since we’ve heard new music from […]

Zophie King or the Importance of a Good Art Work Ethic

By F. Lennox Campello Zophie King or the Importance of a Good Art Work Ethic Ever wondered how to maximize the attention that your art work gets from the press, galleries, and museum curators? Or how to present your work in a professional manner and save money in the process? How to tap into grants, […]

Stingy Jack – The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern

Stingy Jack – The Legend of the Jack O’Lantern Halloween, celebrated each year on October 31, is a mix of ancient Celtic practices, Catholic and Roman religious rituals and European folk traditions that blended together over time to create the holiday we know today. Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity and life and death, […]