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National Trust for Historic Preservation Names Alexandria a 2011 Distinctive Destination

On February 15 on Market Square, the City of Alexandria announced that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Alexandria to the list of 2011 Dozen Distinctive Destinations. The city earned this prestigious designation for its "urban charm that blends an extraordinary early American past with modern flair and its citizens’ strong commitment to protecting and celebrating their history."

Louisiana Dance Party Benefitting Hungry for Music

Louisiana Dance Party Benefitting Hungry for Music

Old Town Alexandria, VA - The Torpedo Factory Art Center and Hungry for Music team up to help young musicians in need with a good old fashioned Louisiana Dance Party, sure to make you happy as a crawfish in mud! Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Hungry for Music, a Washington, D.C.-based charity that helps get instruments into the hands of young musicians in need. Musical instrument donations will also be accepted at the door.

 

Thursday Date Nights at the Corcoran

Thursday Date Nights at the Corcoran

Treat your date on a romantic evening at the Corcoran any Thursday in February for Thursday Date Nights!  Enjoy two-for-one gallery admission between 5 - 9 p.m. and Cafe specials featuring "Champagne & Kisses," which includes two glasses of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries or a cheese and fruit plate ($15). 

Date nights:

February 17

February 24

Print this coupon and present it to the front desk upon admission to receive the Thursday Date Nights special.

Foreign Film Festival Coming Soon

Foreign Film Festival Coming Soon

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The George Washington Middle School Campus, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., welcomes Alexandria City Public Schools students, families and friends to the second international film festival, "Word Languages Animated," at 7 p.m. every Friday from Feb. 11 through March 11. Admission is free. Concession sales will benefit school clubs. 

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

January 28-29 The Best of DC Shorts

The DC Shorts Film Festival celebrated its seventh year in 2010 and has become one of the area's best events. This weekend, January 28-29, DC Shorts will host a “Best of” program, highlighting some of the outstanding short films from the past seven years.

The average filmgoer doesn't get a chance to see many short films, if any. But short films can offer something that feature films can't. Because of the short format, filmmakers are given the freedom to be daring. They can take risks, try things they never have before, and the results can be unforgettable.

With a two hour program, the audience can be treated to around a dozen films, including narrative, documentary, and experimental. And just like the weather in some places, if you don't like a film... just wait five minutes.

Some of the Best, Affordable Art in Washington

Some of the Best, Affordable Art in Washington

Nestled in the back of The Art League Gallery is a small gallery that is absolutely stuffed with artwork. Some people think this is the clearance room, or the room that contains artwork that is not yet worthy of primetime wall space. This is hardly the case. The Bin Gallery (named for all the bins of artwork the room contains) is home to some of the area’s most talented artists and some of the most affordable artwork in the region.

To exhibit in the Bin Gallery, an Art League artist must be accepted into three juried exhibitions within the League’s calendar year. Out of the 1,000 member artists, 275 are currently “Bin” members. These are some of the most proficient artists in the Gallery. The works in this gallery are small, and therefore, more affordable. Framed and unframed works are featured, as well as small sculptures. The works on the wall rotate monthly, so there is always something new to see.

Tory Cowles Honored as 2011 Artist of the Year

Tory Cowles Honored as 2011 Artist of the Year

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