Saturday, May 18, 2013
Star Trek Into Darkness is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto and Zoe Saldana.
Star Trek Into Darkness is playing now at the AMC Hoffman Center 22 and the Regal Kingstowne Stadium 16. Watch the trailer in the media box to the right. ----- Boy, this is going to be one short review. This movie has more spoilers than the 1967 Enterprise had Tribbles…and in the interest of full disclosure, this is written by the Cinema Siren who owns chairs from the Voyager show, can list the original episodes in order of appearance, has a T-shirt with a quote in Klingon, and a model of the Enterprise signed by all the original cast members. That is to say, fandom lives here. Any experience of watching the new release by director J. J. Abrams would naturally be filtered through a brain steeped in Star Trek knowledge and lore. That …
Friday, May 17, 2013
The city is hosting its annual jazz festival in Waterfront Park May 27.
The City of Alexandria is hosting its host 36th annual Memorial Day Jazz Festival May 27, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Waterfront Park at the foot of Prince Street. If it rains, the festival will be relocated to the Lee Center’s Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St. Admission is free. The performance schedule is as follows: 1 p.m. – The Commodores The Commodores is a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band in Washington, DC, and features 18 of the Navy’s top jazz and big band musicians. 2 p.m. – Al Williams Williams is a four-time WAMMIE Award winner, including Best Jazz Instrumentalist. Al has appeared at many jazz festivals around the world. 3 p.m. – Daniel Ori Ori is a prominent young voice in the New York contemporary jazz scene, …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Fort Ward is hosting a free Civil War 150th anniversary concert.
Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site is hosting a concert Saturday. The Civil War 150th concert features the Federal City Brass Band performing in the amphitheater May 18 at 7 p.m. There is no charge to attend. The Federal City Brass Band recreates the sound and appearance of a regular U.S. Army regimental brass band of the 1860s. A selection of mid-19th Century songs will be performed on original brass instruments. For more information, visit www.fortward.org or call 703-746-4848.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The AMC Hoffman theater just west of Old Town Alexandria is hosting two "fan sneak" previews Wednesday night.
Star Trek: Into Darkness opens in theaters this Thursday, with midnight showings available in most markets at midnight Wednesday night. The highly anticipated sci-fi sequel opens in select IMAX theaters — including the AMC Hoffman Center 22 & IMAX – Alexandria — Wednesday for two "fan sneak" premieres at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum will be hosting a panel discussion on Thursday: Star Trek's Continuing Relevance. The free event will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday in Gallery 113 in the D.C. museum. In a special IMAX promotion, audience members at the 8 p.m. showing May 15 will get a limited edition Star Trek Into Darkness print by artist Mark Englert. Take a look at the special Star Trek premiere giveaway at …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
T.C. Williams High School band is one of 15 from around the country selected to perform at halftime of 2014 bowl game in New Orleans.
The T.C. Williams High School marching band is heading to The Big Easy. The Marching Titans will represent Alexandria and Virginia at the 2014 Sugar Bowl, to be held Jan. 2, 2014, at the Superdome in New Orleans. Directed by Carlos Gonzales, the T.C. Williams band is one of 15 high school units from across the country selected to perform at halftime of the bowl game. The 80-member band will spend five days in New Orleans, rehearse with the other invited high school bands, learn from nationally renowned adjudicators and explore the city that gave birth to jazz. “I am thrilled to see that the Marching Titans will be representing Alexandria at the 2014 Sugar Bowl Game, bringing prestige and honor to our historic city,” Alexandria Mayor Bill …
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 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 brought…
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Alexandria outdoor films start in May, and the Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival and Clarendon Screen Outdoor Film Festival start in May and June.
A great summer tradition in Alexandria and beyond: watching movies outside. Here's a round-up of what's coming in 2013 in the area. Alexandria Cinema Del Ray—Now in its ninth year, local Realtor Jen Walker presents Cinema Del Ray. The movies are shown in the field next to the Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., in Del Ray. Families can start gathering at 7 p.m. No dogs allowed. Click here to see the Cinema Del Ray 2013 schedule. Arlington Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival—Rosslyn’s Business Improvement District presents movies every Friday at dusk from May 17 to Aug. 30. Movies are at Gateway Park, 1300 Lee Highway, in Arlington. Click here for the schedule of Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival movies. Crystal Screen Outdoor …
Series officially begins May 21 at Market Square.
Alexandria will launch its free summer concert series later this month, featuring music from flamenco to jazz and pop rock to barbershop. Local school groups will also perform. All the performances are free and held outdoors. The season begins May 21 at Market Square, 301 King St., and will featuring the St. Rita’s, St. Francis of Assisi and Linton Hall combined school bands at 12:15 p.m. Highlights include the 36th Annual Jazz Festival on May 27, Canal Center Plaza concerts and Carlyle Music at Twilight concerts. For a complete list of Spring & Summer Concerts, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Concerts. Concerts will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For up-to-date information, call the city’s Special Events Hotline at 703-746-…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Museum will also offer free activities for children and adults.
In 2006, artist-photographer Nina Tisara began to identify, honor and chronicle people making current history in Alexandria. Her ongoing, not-for-profit photo-documentary project has created “Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists,” which has opened at the Alexandria Black History Museum. This exhibition is free and open to the public. Over the years, 13 African Americans have been chronicled as part of the project. The African American Legends included in this exhibition are: Ferdinand Day, 2007-08; Lillie Finklea, Carlton Funn Sr., Eula Miller, Melvin Miller and Bert Ransom, 2008-09; Nelson Greene Sr., 2010; Lynnwood Campbell, 2011; Lillian Patterson, Gwen Menefee-Smith and Dorothy Turner, 2012; and Willie Bailey Sr. …
City hosts a Mother's Day Jazz Extravaganza.
The city of Alexandria's Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and Alexandria City Public Schools will host a Mother's Day Jazz Concert at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, May 11, at the Charles Houston Recreation Center, located at 901 Wythe St. This event is free and open to the public. The concert will feature budding jazz musicians from the T.C. Williams High School and the Francis C. Hammond Middle School jazz ensembles. There will be a special guest performance by The Alexandria Citizens Band. For additional information, contact Bertha Coleman at 703-746-5552 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.