Sunday, May 12, 2013
This fearless interpretation by director Luhrmann is well worth seeing.
No question whatsoever, director Baz Luhrmann is someone who elicits strong opinions with his every movie. Moulin Rouge draws forth a swoony sigh from its biggest fans and an eye roll from its detractors. In an industry that often plays it safe, creating movies like a Fast and Furious 6 to keep the easy money flowing, it is always refreshing that someone is taking chances, and certainly Luhrmann has built his career subscribing to the "go big or go home" school of filmmaking. His new film The Great Gatsby is no exception. Not only does he create the sort of visually over-saturated and extravagant fantasy he is known for, he does it with the cherished American classic novel written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald that has already been …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The family-friendly Saturday morning concerts will feature music, songs, puppets, more.
Arts in the Parks will kick off its series of family-friendly concerts June 29 in Chantilly. The free concerts will take place at E.C. Lawrence Park Ampitheater Saturday mornings from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The park is located at 5040 Walney Road, Chantilly. In case of inclement weather, be sure to call the park at 703-631-0013 for cancellations. Here's the concert schedule for the summer: JUNE 29 - Paul Hadfield "General Foolishness" (juggling and comedy) JULY 6 - The Great Zucchini (comedy and magic) 13 - Blue Sky Puppet Theater (puppets) 20 - Milkshake Duo (music) 27 - The GoodLife Theater (puppets) AUGUST 3 - Rocknocerous (songs) 10 - Ryan Buckle & Friends (music) 17 - the grandsons, Jr. (songs) 24 - DinoRock (puppets)
Sunday, May 5, 2013
The show features looks from nine high school students.
A year's worth of work comes to a head for Fairfax Academy high school students next week, when their clothing lines will take the stage in a community fashion show. “Everyone has little struggles with their collections, so the coolest thing will be able to see all of our friends come together and see that it was all worth it,” said Sarah Dowell, 17. Fairfax Academy’s Fashion Design program trains students for a career in the fashion industry. The program, housed within Fairfax High School, is one of six academies in the Fairfax County Public School System (FCPS). Students in academies take these advanced career elective courses to prepare themselves for careers in their chosen field. Juniors or seniors from about 20 different high …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
PG-13 film in theaters starting Thursday is a 'hoot, wild ride and an emotional journey.'
Let's face it. Those of you who are interested in films of Iron Man's ilk and have waited through a year of Comic-Cons dressed like your favorite Marvel superhero, do not need Cinema Siren to tell you whether to head out this weekend to keep one of Hollywood's biggest studio franchises alive and Robert Downey Jr. out of the poorhouse. You already have your tickets. It is the souls who usually stay home with a glass of wine watching Downton Abbey, and occasion the multiplex only for the most hyped and well reviewed blockbusters they want to charm into theaters. With its mix of magnetic superstar power, exciting action and strong character development, Iron Man 3 has a good chance of making new Marvel fans and big dollars, making it the …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Second annual event takes place at Sully Center on Metrotech Drive.
Are you ready for Chantilly Day? It's all happening Saturday, May 4, at Sully Center, 13910 Metrotech Drive, in the parking lots of Kmart and Babies 'R Us in Chantilly. The fun gets underway at 9:30 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Local restaurants will offer a "Taste of Chantilly" at the festival. The event is sponsored by the Chantilly-Centreville Chamber of Commerce and Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce. There will be lots to see and do, including finding out about local businesses at the Business Expo, looking for local student artwork on display and enjoying entertainment on the festival main stage. The festival will help raise money for local charities and schools. Here's a rundown of the festival schedule: Shuttle buses will be …
Top news of the week from our Patches around Virginia and DC.
Patch has 31 community sites in Virginia and D.C. Here are some of the top stories from around the region over the past week. 16. Mark Wahlberg Visits: Actor Mark Wahlberg visited T.C. Williams High School on Wednesday morning for an assembly presented by Get Schooled, a nonprofit that aims to engage high school students in an effort to improve graduation rates and empower more students to achieve in college. “I had to work really hard to get where I’m at,” Wahlberg said. “And I don’t mind working really hard to try and maintain it." 15. Runner Pledges 30 Races: Arlington resident Lauren Bailey is halfway through a personal challenge that has been daunting and exhilarating — running 30 races in one year, the year of her 30th birthday. …
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Plus, Iguana models, cell towers in disguise, a Ladybug exodus and two birds ask, "Who cooks for you?"
Editor's Note: Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and D.C., and not a day goes by that something weird isn't happening somewhere in the area. Here's a look back at some weird goings on over the past week. Drivers at the Lake Ridge commuter lot near Interstate 95 saw more than the road crews and heavy machinery that have become standard commute scenery. Prince William County Police arrested a man April 19 when they found him dancing naked on the hood of his car. Without question, you should surrender to authorities when police have identified you as the suspect in a grand-larceny case. But we feel compelled to caution suspects about checking their pockets after a 27-year-old Annandale man turned himself in. Police in Falls Church say they …
Friday, April 26, 2013
It's springtime — get out and have some fun!
The weekend is upon us in Northern Virginia and it's time to start making plans for some fun. Patch has compiled a list of events that the whole family can enjoy. Have a great weekend! All About Bats Campfire Several species of bats flit in the late summer sky. Look for them Saturday from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. at Hidden Oaks Nature Center at a campfire where you learn fun bat facts and lore plus enjoy an American Indian story of how bats got their wings. Toast marshmallows over the embers. The cost is $6 per person. Register online. For information, call 703-941-1065. 'The Drowsy Chaperone' at West Springfield High School West Springfield’s annual spring musical! A frothy, fun send-up of musical comedies and their inherent silliness. …
Friday, April 19, 2013
What are you doing this weekend?
The weekend is here and it's time to have a little springtime fun. We've compiled a list of Northern Virginia events for all ages. Enjoy! Feel free to add an event not included here in the Comments box below! (Events compiled from Fairfax County and Fairfax County Visitors Guide.)
PG-13 film starring Tom Cruise opens Friday in theaters.
In director Joseph Kosinski's Oblivion, you can see a love for and desire to expand on the great classics of science fiction on film. With the most impressive use of IMAX for a feature film to date, in that respect he has created something new and exciting, with what is essentially a 3-D movie where you don't need the glasses. Production esigner Darren Gilford (of TRON: Legacy) and cinematographer Claudio Miranda (Oscar winner for Life of Pi) make, to quote the movie, "an effective team." The visual landscapes of the film and the meticulousness taken in the action sequences are extraordinary. Here, the integration of CGI (computer-generated imagery) and live filming is another indication of the rapid advancements happening in moviemaking…