American Heritage Magazine celebrated its 60th anniversary on December 14 with a party at Gadsby’s Tavern. Some 120 notables from throughout the history community gathered to mark the occasion including Jim Rees, president of George Washington’s Mt. Vernon; Bruce Cole, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities; George Allen, former Virginia Governor, and authors Eleanor Clift, James Swanson, and Sally Bedell Smith.
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There are signs of the holiday seasons and Alexandria’s diversity throughout the City. There is a Christmas tree in Market Square, a menorah at the Crown Plaza, Kwanzaa decorations at the Black History Museum and a Civil War era Santa Claus at Fort Ward.
Nine young artists from Alexandria’s Charles Houston Recreation Center displayed their representation of Pandora’s Box at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery. The artists created a visual interpretation of the Greek Myth and expressed how it relates to modern times. The exhibition is an interpretation of Pandora’s act of releasing woe and hope upon humanity.
If you want to see an entertaining holiday show this season, you’ll want to catch the second act of the Little Theatre of Alexandria’s Plaid Tidings. In this show, our heroes “the Plaids”, Franki (Doug Sanford), Jinx (Troy Miller), Sparky (Matt Williams) and Smudge (Jim Carmalt) return to earth at the behest of a phone call from Rosemary Clooney to perform a holiday show. If you like old Andy Williams Christmas Specials, you’ll love the second act of this show.
On Friday, November 27, this season’s adult-only production of “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” opened at the Little Theatre of Alexandria. It will run through December 19. Fans of the “Peanuts” cartoon will recognize a not-so-subtle parody, which may amuse some an annoy others. The show is performed on Friday and Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. It contains references to drug use, sex, eating disorders and other sensitive topics.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery kicks of the holiday season with two great exhibitions. Our first ever postcard show, Going Postal, invites all artists to participate and submit original artworks in the format of 4×6″ postcards. This is not a juried competition, all artists can participate, the more the merrier! The postcards will be on view during the Torpedo Factory’s wildly popular Holiday Open House on December 3rd from 6-9pm and remain on view through December 6th.
On Saturday, the Alexandria Black History Museum presented “The Devils of Paramin, Trinidad: Manifestation of Social Values.” The two-hour program was the first in a series of symposia exploring critical African Diaspora cultural issues, including the Caribbean Carnival masquerades. Caribbean Carnivals are becoming the largest cultural events in the world.
Anyone who has purchased or eaten a girl scout cookie, made s’mores, sung around a campfire or sewed a hard-earned badge on a sash should visit “Tramping and Trailing with the Girls Scouts”, the new exhibit that opens today at the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum. The exhibition of historical photographs, artifacts and reflections recalls the growth of Girl Scouting in the Washington metropolitan area and highlights Alexandria.
“Morrison House Presents” is a salon-style series exploring Alexandria’s heritage and culture with talks by artists, writers, and historians in the stylish yet comfortable salon of the Morrison House. This charming setting provides an ideal backdrop for members of the public to participate in an open and lively conversation with artists, authors, and archaeologists from the nationally acclaimed Torpedo Factory Art Center.
Just in time for the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War, Alexandria authors Benjamin Franklin Colling III and Walton Owen have re-released their 1989 book, “Mr. Lincoln’s Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington”. The 2009 edition is a must-have for Civil War buffs who live in the DC Metro area. The book has been revised in style, format and content, making it the premier historical reference and tour guide to the Civil War defenses of Washington, D.C.