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Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell appears at the Hylton Performing Arts Center

Dubbed Broadway's "last leading man" by The New York Times, Tony Award-winning singer, actor and entertainer Brian Stokes Mitchell will appear at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on George Mason University's Prince William Campus on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m.

Taking the Hylton Center's Merchant Hall stage for the first time, "Stokes," as he prefers to be called, brings a thrilling program showcasing his dynamic repertoire, which includes timeless show tunes, heartrending ballads and classic loves songs, such as "Embraceable You," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "It Ain't Easy Being Green" and his showstopper, "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha." Stokes earned a Tony nomination and the Helen Hayes Award for his role as Cervantes/Quixote in the 2002 Broadway revival of this classic musical.

D.C. Food Truck Festival Comes to RFK May 5

D.C. Food Truck Festival Comes to RFK May 5

No Cinco de Mayo plans? You're in luck.

Curbside Cookoff: Trucko De Mayo is set to take place on Saturday, May 5 from noon until 9:00 p.m. on the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds. The food festival features free admission, live music, two bars and over 35 food trucks including Dangerously Delicious, Fojol, DC Slices, Curbside Cupcakes, Red Hook Lobster and more!

School of Rock, a rock band consisting of students ages 8 to 17, will perform from 4 – 6 p.m.

For more information, and a full list of participating vendors click here!

10-Minute Play Festival

The Theater Program at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College will present a 10-Minute Play Festival on May 4 and 5 (some content is not appropriate for children):

“Cowgal Sal” written and directed by D.J. Tyrrell

“Another Level” by Daniel Dawson, directed by Katelin Patnode

“Back in 10!” by Lorena Berger

“First Contact” written and directed by Peter Ponzini

“Angels and Demons Featuring Tom Hanks” written and directed by Sawyer Guinn

“The Battle of the Quips” by A.W. Gilchrest

“Mind War” written and directed by Gary Kwitkoski

“Black Friday” written by Cheryl Dewenter, directed by Mary Beane

 

When

Friday, May 4:  8 p.m.

Saturday, May 5:  2 and 8 p.m.

 

Where

Colgan Theater, Northern Virginia Community College, 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas

 

Cost

Upcoming Fun & Easy Ways to Give Back in Alexandria

Upcoming Fun & Easy Ways to Give Back in Alexandria

 

With May just around the corner,  Check out these fun and easy spring and summer events that make it possible for you to have fun and give back to the Alexandria community!

 

  • On May 2nd, stop by the Give Back Alexandria's Spring Happy Hour between 6 and 8 p.m.,  at Pork Barrel BBQ located at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue.

 

  • Also on May 2nd, check out Spring2ACTion and join residents for 24 hours of unprecedented giving.Every donation you make gives your favorite nonprofit a chance to win more money through matching grants and prizes! A $10 donation goes a long way.Give Back Alexandria is offering $500 matching grants to ALIVE! and Higher Achievement – your donation will be doubled on May 2 when you give online at www.Spring2ACTion.org

 

Local Author Debuts Book at Arts Alive! 2012 on May 6

Local Author Debuts Book at Arts Alive! 2012 on May 6

Haymarket author June Pair Kilpatrick is celebrating her 80th birthday this spring with the best present ever – the debut of her first published book.

“Now my granddaughter, who wants to show the book to her classmates, can do that before she graduates from high school,” she smiles.

June is the author of “Wasps in the Bedroom, Butter in the Well: Growing Up in the Great Depression," (Inkwater Press, Portland, Oregon).  The book is available in print, 318 pages with 40 photographs, $16.95 or Kindle eBook, $5.99, through Inkwater Press, Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

A Preview of Spaces 21, 22 & 23 at the 2012 DC Design House

This is the Eighth of an Eight-Part Feature on the designers’ vision and progress at the DC Design House, which is now open through May 13th. The DC Design House benefits Children's National Medical Center.

Victoria Sanchez of Victoria Sanchez Interiors in Alexandria, VA, www.victoriasanchezinteriors.com, was inspired by her own children for the design of Space 21, the Teenager’s Getaway. “I looked to their likes and dislikes, and their wants and desires as I created this design,” says Sanchez, who is excited to part of the Design House but also knows the amount of work that had to be completed in a short period of time.