Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Cross-Cultural Cinema Thursday Night (1/25)
A Peck on the Cheek tells the poignant story of a little girl's search for
the biological mother who abandoned her as an infant. Adopted by another
couple and raised with their two sons, Amudha remains blissfully unaware
that Thiru and Indira are not her birth parents. When they tell her the
truth on her ninth birthday, Amudha expresses her determination to find her
biological mother. The search takes the family to strife-torn Sri Lanka,
where Amudha bravely confronts reality and reconciles herself to it.
The movie starts at 6:30 PM, although my experience has been that they tend to start a few minutes late. The auditorium at Central Library is really nice and they usually have some basic snacks.
I can't make it tomorrow night. I have another (boring!) meeting to go today. But if you make it out and want to write about it here, please let me know. I would love to have your post.
Beers with CRM Board Chair
Last week we had Beers with the Board chair at Jay's
Saloon. Couldn't have been a better place to experience what Arlington has to offer - a vibrant history and exciting plans for the
future. A bunch of newcomers came to throw back a few with some existing steering committee members - we chatted about how they could get involved in CRM and the community involvement and volunteer participation it facilitates. I'll look forward to getting out to these events more often, and welcome new folks to the team.
Monday, January 22, 2007
Friday, January 19, 2007
Into the Woods
This post was going to be my review of the new production of Into the Woods at the new Signature Theatre. But I'm not going to do that. It has always been the goal of this blog to give honest opinions of the things I do in Arlington, and I just can't do that with this show - not that the show was bad; it wasn't - I really enjoyed it. I think it was a very good show. But because I simply can not be objective.
You see, a good friend of mine from high school is one of the main characters in this show. He's been in New York off and on Broadway and now he is down here for a few months doing this show and then a show at Ford's Theatre. And I just think that is really cool. A guy I played basketball with in high school is making a living doing professional theatre. It's just kind of fun to go see him. So, that's why I can't give an objective review.
Here are some things, I think I can objectively say:
- The set is super cool. You really feel like you are in the woods, even as an audience member.
- The new theatre space is fantastic - very modern, very nice
- Tickets are expensive ($45-$63)- not necessarily unfairly expensive. You pay for high level professional theatre and you get high level professional theatre. Plus, you are much closer than you would be at say, National or Warner, for the same price.
- Tickets are selling super fast.
- Signature has it's very own blog -- and while it doesn't appear to be updated super often, I like the behind the scenes idea
Update: I may not feel like a can give a fair review, but I think DCIst does a nice review. And as for my buddy from high school, here's what they have to say:
And we cannot forget the two princes, one after Cinderella (James Moye, also
engaging as the feral, oversexed wolf), the other pursuing Rapunzel (Sean
MacLaughlin); together, they steal the show with their dramatic tale of
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
National Volunteer Blood Donor Month
This is a slightly unusual post for this blog, but I wanted to talk for a little bit about giving blood.
I was in college the first time I was exposed to the idea of giving blood - for those of you who grew up in more urban areas, you probably find that a surprise, but it's true. Anyway, the first time I was exposed to this concept a friend went and donated blood. Unfortunately, later that night she passed out cold and busted her face up a bit.
Needless to say, that was not the best introduction to being a blood donor. For several years thereafter, I always had some lame excuse as to why I couldn't donate - I was too busy, too active, etc. No good excuses, but just something to ease my conscious. I'm not afraid of needles, but was terrified of the thought of being weakened for that day and worse case, potentially passing out.
About a year ago, I decided it was time to "face my fear" and get over it. I was nervous, but I did it, and with absolutely no ill effects. I felt completely fine. Recently, I donated again and I was once again reminded what a simple, but so helpful thing this is that we can do.
To be honest, I give blood for totally selfish reasons. I feel good about it. I feel like I gave back to my community, and I get those "warm fuzzies" for doing it. People there are also always so nice - both the staff and the community of people who come to donate blood. You are guaranteed to get a least one joke about being there for the snacks.
January just happens to be National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, and you have a great opportunity to give here in Arlington. There will be a community blood drive at Central Library on Saturday, January 27, from 10 AM to 3 PM. You can call 866-256-6372 to make an appointment.
So if you're not giving blood, here's a great chance. I can almost guarantee you, you'll be glad you did.
Friday, January 12, 2007
Signature Theatre Open House
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Washington Post Blogger's Summitt
There seems to be a lot of buzz around the blogosphere about the recent Washington Post Blogger's Summit. You can read the details and some first hand accounts at Marc Fisher's blog on WashingtonPost.com, DC Met Blogs, and Yeah I Said It (Side Note: See what a good blogger, I am, linking to other people's blogs in hopes of shamelessly generating traffic back to mine).
So, let me start by getting my cool points in and saying, "Yes, I was there too.". Although I just sat there like a lump on a log and didn't ask questions or make any interesting comments - which is probably why Marc Fisher didn't link to me in his litany of blogs links, but maybe if I just keep linking to his story, then karma will catch up to me down the road.
Anyway, my point to this post is this, WHERE ARE ALL THE ARLINGTON BLOGS? There was a lot of participation from DC oriented blogs focused on certain neighborhoods, cycling, the creative side of DC, and more. I know D.C. is bigger, but come on Arlington, where are you? I know about The Green Miles, and the Buckingham blog - whose name alludes me and I can't seem to find at the moment.
But there has got to me more people out there writing, not just in Arlington, but about Arlington.
So, Arlington bloggers, where are you? Post your link in the comments. I want to hear more from the Arlington side of the river.
Thursday, January 04, 2007
Air Force Memorial - up close and personal
Last post about the Air Force Memorial, for a while, I promise.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Eagle Hike This Saturday
"Join naturalist staff on this excursion to Mason Neck State Park to visit
the Bald Eagle breeding grounds! A short hike will allow us to view these
majestic birds at other wildlife. Vans leave from Long Branch Nature Center
or will pick up from Ballston Metro with advanced notice. $15 fee.
Registration required. Call 703-228-4747 to register."
Sounds like fun and it looks like Saturday is going to be a nice day fora hike - the forecast is for 68 degrees!
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
New Year's Resolutions
- The What's Up Arlington! blog started in 2006 with a review of a Shelter from the Storm.
- Mardis Gras was a common theme in 2006 with both Mardis Gras in Clarendon and Mardis Gras in China
- Ultimate Frisbee, Soccer, Ropes Courses, Hikes, and Outdoor Festivals - June, now that was a good month.
- In October, I made one of my favorite discoveries of the year - Art Outlet
- November found YouTube sightings for both CRM and Bike Arlington.
So, all in all, 2006 was a good year of discovering and enjoying Arlington. I learned a lot, discovered a lot, and generally enjoyed myself. But, as with all things, there is room for improvement, which brings us to ...
I really didn't do enough in 2006. Despite my best intentions and despite the fact that I almost always enjoyed the things I did, I didn't get out enough and try new things in 2006. I definitely fell in to times of excuses and other commitments. So in 2007, I will
- Get out more and try new and different things
- Engage more guest bloggers - there is so many cool things out there to do. And as much as I would like to go to all of them, it's just not practical. I've always hoped that just magically other people would want to contribute to this blog and talk about the things they do in Arlington, but, with a few exceptions, it just hasn't happened. This year I'm going to actively seek out more voices. I want your voice here too!
- Get XY Arlington off the ground - for those of you who know me, or are die hard readers of this blog (or the Washington Post), you'll know that I've been trying to get this initiative I'm calling XY Arlington off the ground. I'll spare you the gory details, but the bottom line is, it's not happening as quickly or smoothly as I think it should. I'm going to fix that.
So, those are a couple of things, I resolve to do in 2007. Along the way, I hope to make this blog and the accompanying What's Up newsletter a useful, informative and fun source for you.