Saturday, May 11, 2013
'Into Darkness' gets early IMAX premiere, free giveaways for first local screenings.
Star Trek: Into Darkness opens in theaters on May 16, but the highly anticipated sci-fi sequel will beam into IMAX theaters on May 15 for two "fan sneak" premieres. A 2009 reboot by director J.J. Abrams has inspired a new generation of Trekies. The 2013 Star Trek sequel stars Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto as Kirk and Spock, with Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch as the mysterious villain. 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. Several IMAX locations in the area are expected to have the memento on hand, including: Need more Into Darkness scoop? Facebook Live will be hosting a Q&A with J.J. Abrams on May 10 (along with George …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Three nearby stores that feature unique gifts mothers will love.
Of course you waited until the last minute to scoop your mom or the mother of your children a great gift. Never fear. There are some locally-owned businesses in Old Town Manassas that can lace you with a last-minute gift. The Things I Love-Swoop in and get your best girl a unique piece of jewelry, a trinket or a gift certificate for high tea for two served in the gift shop's tea room or garden. Opera House Gourmet-With a vast selection of wines and chocolates, how could you go wrong? Manassas Clay-Take it old school and sculpt your mom some handmade art from the heart. Or, be new school and just grab something somebody else made off the shelf. What are you giving for Mother's Day?
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Custom pottery can be made or purchased at Manassas Clay in Old Town Manassas.
You may be going on 30 or 40, but you are never too old to craft a handmade gift for your mother. If you are looking to do something artsy, inexpensive and utterly unique for Mother’s Day, then Manassas Clay, a pottery shop along Center Street in Old Town Manassas, may be a good place to start. “It’s one of a kind and it can never be reproduced,” said Marie Kennedy, a mother and a volunteer at Manassas Clay. Another gift idea is a pottery-making class; a good way to spend some time and not just money on mommy dearest. Just one class or a block of classes can be purchased at Manassas Clay, Kennedy said. One-on-one sessions as well as group classes are offered. In addition to working with the potter's wheel, the studio offers hand building …
Saturday, May 4, 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. Regal Cinemas Manassas Stadium 14 and IMAX With its mix of magnetic superstar power, exciting action and strong character development, Iron Man 3 has a good chance of making new …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Manassas City Public School students and staff will be honored on May 11.
Teachers, staff and students of Manassas schools as well as business community partners are set to be honored on May 11. The Night of Excellence is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Candy Factory Center for the arts at 9419 Battle St. in Old Town Manassas. There Manassas City Public Schools staff will present achievement awards to their colleagues. Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation will present scholarships to Osbourn High seniors and thank business community partners for their support. The free event is open to everyone. The Night of Excellence is sponsored by Micron Technology, Inc. For more information, visit the Manassas City Public Schools Education Foundation website at mcpsedfoundation.org. Are you planning to attend this …
Monday, April 29, 2013
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
The casts will peform the play at 6:59 p.m. on Saturday at the Thomas H. DeBolt Auditorium.
Manassas Park High School students will perform the popular play, "Anything Goes" Saturday night at 6:59 p.m. at the Thomas H. DeBolt Auditorium inside the Manassas Park Middle School. The play is about Reno Sweeney, a nightclub singer-turned-evangelist who is traveling aboard the SS American from New York to London in the 1930s. A short video from Thursday's dress rehearsal is at the right of this story. "Aboard the ship there are many love interests; Lord Evelyn Oakleigh is engaged to a girl named Hope Harcourt. Her mother is aboard the ship also; she is very concerned with their wealth and finances and marrying into a wealthy family, but they don't really love each other," said Kristina Schenck, the director of the play and the choral …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The Acting Company presents Shakespeare comedy to Manassas.
One of Shakespeare's classic plays gets the stage at Hylton Performing Arts Center this weekend. The Acting Company, in association with The Guthrie Theatre, will present "As You Like It." The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday at the center, 10960 George Mason Circle. Tickets are $24, $32 and $40. Visit the box office (open Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visitHyltonCenter.org. The New York Times calls The Acting Company’s production, “a sweet and sophisticated staging for all ages.” There will also be a pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, that begins 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Hylton Center’s Buchanan Partners Art Gallery. "As You Like It" is…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
The cafe also provides in-flight catering for corporate jets using the Manassas Airport.
Name: Airfare Cafe Location: 9255 Center St. in Manassas, in Morais Plaza, located near the intersection of Center Street and Grant Avenue Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. A restaurant aiming to bring the luxury dining offered on private jets down to Earth has landed in Manassas. Airfare Café opened about four weeks ago in the Morais Plaza in Old Town and touts a menu stocked with fresh, world-class cuisine. Heading up the small restaurant's team is established Executive Chef Kyle Bianco, formerly of the prestigious Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville. He is also a former protégé of famed Executive Chef Andy McFadden. Bianco began working for café owner Alan R. Cook, CEO and founder of Manassas Airport-based Metropolitan Aviation in 2012. …