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City Council Endorses Conversion of Vacant Office Space into Alexandria’s Newest School

Posted on | September 22, 2017 | No Comments

Alexandria, Va. — The City Council voted unanimously to approve the change in use of a vacant office building on the West End into a new school at the hearing on Saturday.

ACPS will be hosting a Community Meeting for the West End School at John Adams Elementary School on October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The school, based at 1701 N. Beauregard Street, will be the first new school for Alexandria City Public Schools since 2000. The first four floors of the office building will be used for the new 650-seat elementary school, while the top two floors will be used as office space by ACPS or the City. Outdoor play space, including a basketball court, will be added on the roof of the adjacent parking garage at 1705 N. Beauregard Street, with a raised walkway to allow for easy student access. Read more

Touring Twig

Posted on | September 21, 2017 | No Comments

By Mary Dempsey

While walking along the picturesque streets of Old Town, with its rows of carefully preserved historical homes, it’s nearly impossible to resist the urge to catch a glimpse inside. One can’t help but wonder whether the interiors of these homes are as lovely as their charming facades suggest.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, The Twig’s 76th annual Historic Alexandria Homes Tour will allow attendees to do just that. The tour features eight homes on a five-block stretch of N. Columbus Street. The majority of the homes span the century between the early 1800s to the 1900s, but this year’s event also includes an innovative new green living space.

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Danielle Talamantes, Metropolitan Opera Singer, Featured in a Glittering Benefit

Posted on | September 21, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

L-R Kerry Wilkerson, Danielle Talamantes, Sherry Watkins, Henry Dehlinger
Photo by Stan Engebretson

On Saturday evening, September 16, I was invited to attend an important, exciting and beautiful fundraiser. Why so important you ask? Because it was hosted by a private individual, Sherry Watkins, in her lovely home, to raise money from other private individuals in support of the artistic endeavors of proven and gifted artists. AND because the three accomplished artists who performed for Ms. Watkins’ guests were Metropolitan Opera soprano, Danielle Talamantes; her husband, Army Chorus bass-baritone, Kerry Wilkerson; and their amazing accompanist, composer and arranger, Henry Dehlinger. Imagine that incredible vocal power in your own living room singing for you and about 60 of your closest friends and business associates.

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“Shear Madness” Set Me Straight at the Kennedy Center

Posted on | September 20, 2017 | No Comments

By Sara Dudley Brown, Theatre Editor

Danny Bernardy (Tony Whitcomb) in “Shear Madness”
Photo by Margot Schulman

“Shear Madness,” the truly hilarious (and I don’t say that lightly) whodunit that has been playing almost non-stop at the Kennedy Center since 1987 and holds the Guinness world record as the longest-running play in America, made me quite literally eat my words. I had never seen it, never thought much about it, and assumed it to be just for visitors to our fair city. Then I was invited to see it back in its home, the Theater Lab. Gulp. It’s good, folks. It’s really good. It’s witty, filled with double entendres, puns, malapropisms, and belly laughs like I haven’t had in years! We need this! What rock have I been hiding under that I hadn’t gotten the tweets about this delicious show? I am here, hat in hand, to correct my totally uninformed view of this production. Read more


Posted on | September 15, 2017 | No Comments

One kid’s dream of following in his uncle’s footsteps ends up going far beyond just fulfilling one dream. 

By Steve Houk

When saxophonist Clarence Clemons passed away on June 18, 2011, the Springsteen Nation stopped breathing for a moment.

Not only was there a deeply palpable and profound feeling of grief, but there was also a fear that Bruce just might not want to go back out there without his muse, his partner in crime, his sidekick, his…Big Man. Read more

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