Restaurant Spotlight: True Food Kitchen

December 11, 2014 1:48 PM0 comments

True Food Kitchen looks like how I’d imagine the cafeteria at Crate & Barrel headquarters would look like. It’s one big, airy space filled with clean lines, bright green booths alongside yellow chairs and reclaimed wood tables adorned with potted plants. One wall is covered in birch trees and another […]

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Jody’s Jam of the Week: NatsFest

December 10, 2014 11:09 PM0 comments

There’s still a couple of months to go before pitchers and catchers report to spring training. So in order to fill that baseball void, the Nationals are giving fans an offseason day of fun. This Saturday, NatsFest gives fans access to more than 20 Nats players with Q&A sessions, interviews, […]

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Press Pass: Melissa Aldana

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UPDATE: This report has been updated to retract part of the final quote of the article. Jazz tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana spoke to the News-Press fresh off of playing a weekend of dates at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola in New York in place of legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson, who was absent for […]

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Cappies Review: Phantom of the Opera at George Mason High School

December 9, 2014 1:27 PM0 comments

By Eva Petersen Special to the News-Press The lights came up, the dramatic overture began, and the infamous chandelier slowly rose to the ceiling. Hearts couldn’t help but beat a little faster. So began George Mason High School’s romantic and intriguing performance of The Phantom of the Opera. The show […]

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Critter Corner: Paxton

December 8, 2014 9:30 AM0 comments

This is Paxton, our 17-pound tabby, adopted from the Feline Foundation with his sister, Callie, as a kitten, 10 years ago. He’s found himself a nice, cozy resting place.

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Richard Thompson’s Work Featured in Documentary, Book

December 4, 2014 10:30 AM1 comment

By Liz Lizama From one cul de sac to another, Northern Virginia has a knack for attracting cartoonists. A new documentary short “The Art of Richard Thompson,” which shares the same name with a recently published book, follows the career of the Arlington resident and former Washington Post cartoonist and […]

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Restaurant Spotlight: Asian Wok Cafe

December 3, 2014 6:40 PM0 comments

Asian Wok Cafe is a great no-frills eatery on one of the edges of Old Town Alexandria. Although patio season is virtually over, the restaurant has patio furniture to help give it the cafe feel that its name implies. The inside looks like a standard Chinese food carryout, which could […]

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Press Pass: A Peter White Christmas with Rick Braun and Mindi Abair

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Smooth jazz acoustic guitarist Peter White told the News-Press that he hadn’t played Christmas music for decades before the winter of 1995. That’s when he was invited to by saxophonist Dave Koz’s Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour. And it was that tour, he said, that got him back into […]

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Critter Corner: Clark Terry

December 1, 2014 9:30 AM0 comments

This is Clark Terry, a 14-year-old Manx named after the famous jazz musician. Clark insists on helping William and Seth Hahn with their homework. He’s shown in the image above with William.

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Short Film Parodies Black Friday and ‘The Hunger Games’

November 26, 2014 11:01 AM0 comments

In a future dystopian society, a group of young combatants battle each other in a competition where the last one alive is the winner. That sounds like a logline for “The Hunger Games.” Now add in the corporate consumerism on the day after Thanksgiving – and lots of broad humor […]

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