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Reston Community Center Releases 2018-2019 Lineup for Professional Touring Artists Series

Reston Community Center has released its 2018-2019 lineup for its Professional Touring Artists Series.

Ticket sales will open to Reston residents and employee within Small District 5 on August 1. Proof of residence of employment status may be required. Sales will open to the general public on August 8.

Box office business hours are from 4-9 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and on Saturday from 1-5 p.m. The box office also opens two hours before the curtain time for each performance.

This year’s lineup includes a mix of old and new professionals, including DeRay Mckesson a civil rights activist.

“From world-renowned authors to dance nights with the stars, from sensational jazz concerts to hysterical stand-up comedy, from a Broadway legend to an opera diva  – the CenterStage couldn’t be more diverse or more timely,” said RCC Director of Arts and Events Paul Douglas Michnewicz.

The complete lineup, provided directly from RCC, for the 2018-2019 season is after the jump.

Photo via RCC

2018 National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival

Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (performance times vary)

Lake Anne Plaza (Free and open to the public)

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Fellows this year are Carolyn Mazloomi, African-American quilter, and Eddie Bond, Appalachian old time fiddler.

Mazloomi’s quilts have been exhibited in venues such as the National Civil Rights Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Her quilts often reference African-American history as well as African ancestry. Bond is an Appalachian old time fiddler and lead vocalist for the New Ballard Branch Bogtrotters, which derives its name from the original Bogtrotters, the famous Galax, VA-area band of the 1930s.

The Bad Plus: Never Stop II

Sunday, September 30, 7:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. 

Armistead Maupin, Best-selling author and LGBTQ activist

Sunday, October 21, 7:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/ $30 Non-Reston)

Armistead Maupin’s iconic Tales of the City series has blazed its own trail through popular culture. His new book is a memoir titled Logical Family, which grew out of his critically acclaimed one-man show of the same name and can be purchased prior to and after the performance. (Recommended for adults ages 18 and older; younger audience members must be accompanied by a parent or guardian).

Dr. Robert Sapolsky, acclaimed author, stress expert, biologist and neuroscientist

Wednesday, November 7, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/ $30 Non-Reston)

Dr. Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He lectures widely on topics as diverse as stress and stress-related diseases, baboons, the biology of our individuality, the biology of religious belief, the biology of memory, schizophrenia, depression, aggression and Alzheimer’s disease. His book Behave can be purchased prior to and after the performance.

Holiday Gospel Extravaganza with The Legendary Ingramettes

Sunday, November 25, 3:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/ $20 Non-Reston)

Known as the First Family of Gospel Music in Richmond, VA, The Ingramettes’ commanding performances demonstrate their extraordinary depth of talent in American gospel music. The Ingramettes have received numerous awards, including the prestigious Virginia Heritage Award, and recently performed at the Virginia Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress.

Happy Vaudeville Holidays with Mark Brutsché

Saturday, December 1, 11:00 a.m. ($5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston)

With Christmas just around the corner, Santa has gone missing! His elves are on the hunt, but can they find him before it is too late? Join “Mr. Vaudeville and Friends” in this hilarious adventure filled with music, mayhem and laughter for an afternoon of holiday-spirited fun. 

Lúnasa Christmas from Ireland with Special Guest Singer Ashley Davis

Saturday, December 15, 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/ $35 Non-Reston)

Internationally acknowledged as one of the finest traditional Irish instrumental bands, Lúnasa has performed across the globe since 1997. Featuring guest singer Ashley Davis and dancers, the band and their guests will create a musical, spoken word and entertainment tapestry taking the audience back to the Irish homeland in the days leading up to Christmas.

From Here to There: An evening with opera diva Elizabeth Bishop

Sunday, December 16, 7:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Critically acclaimed mezzo-soprano and Reston resident Elizabeth Bishop will present a thrilling evening on the theme of journeys, singing music from opera, classical song repertoire and American folk standards.

Reston Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration Keynote Address and Community Lunch

DeRay Mckesson, Civil Rights Activist, author of The Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Monday, January 21, 12:00 p.m. ($5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston)

Spurred by the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, MO, DeRay Mckesson has become a leading voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that lead to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations.Mckesson’s newly released book On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope will be available for purchase before and after his keynote address, and the author will sign books following the community lunch.

Dabke, choreographed by Zvi Gotheiner, in collaboration with dancers

In partnership with Dance Place

Thursday, February 7, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston, $30 Non-Reston)

Dabke is based on a Middle Eastern folk dance, a line dance often performed at weddings, holidays and community celebrations. This beautiful, modern interpretation of this cross-cultural favorite explores themes of solidarity, tradition and the universal nature of dance. After the performance, learn how to do the dabke in our Community Room, when the performers become your teachers as we all celebrate community through dance.

An evening with Broadway legend Baayork Lee

Saturday, February 9, 8:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

From her Broadway debut in The King and I  to starring in the original production of A Chorus Line, Baayork Lee has worked alongside some of the most famous musical theatre artists of the past 70 years. Spend an evening with this delightful Broadway veteran as she discusses sustaining a creative career, her intergenerational work with the National Asian Artists Project and the state of Broadway today.

Yumi Kurosawa with special guest Anubrata Chatterjee

Wednesday, February 13, 8:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

Koto visionary Yumi Kurosawa teams up with world-renowned tabla player Anubrata Chatterjee for a romantic program that brings together two exciting musical traditions, bridging the cultures of Japan and India.

Ranky Tanky

Sunday, March 3, 7:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

Ranky Tanky released their eponymous debut in October of 2017. By December of that year, their album had soared to the No.1 position on theBillboard, iTunes, and Amazon Jazz charts. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the “Gullah” musical roots of Charleston, SC, are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

Contra-Tiempo presents: joyUS justUS

In partnership with Dance Place

Thursday, March 14, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/$30 Non-Reston)

With an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute interpretations that push the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form, Contra-Tiempo brings salsa back to its roots as a mode of expression for the struggles of the working class. Learn how to salsa in the Community Room after the performance, where the performers become your teachers as we all celebrate the communal nature of dance.

Reduced Shakespeare Company’s The Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]

Wednesday, March 27, 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/ $35 Non-Reston)

Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in one wild and memorable ride that leaves audiences breathless and helpless with laughter. In the spirit of Shakespeare himself, RSC shows contain some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo. All children (and parents) are different, so we’ve chosen to rate our shows PG-13: Pretty Good If You’re 13.

Jazzmeia Horn

Saturday, March 30, 8:00 p.m. ($20 Reston/ $30 Non-Reston)

Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself, capturing her very essence. With vocal confidence far beyond her years, the young singer arrives with a debut recording that serves as a clarion call proudly announcing the arrival of a confident musical talent with a bright future ahead of her, blessed with a name that carries its own destiny.

Liner Notes: A Musical Journey Through Hip-Hop’s Many Intersections

Sunday, April 7, 3:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

This electrifying show combines live music, poetry and a multimedia design that enhances a medley of your favorite jams while bringing together generations of music lovers. Collide with music’s past and present through hip-hop samples and actual liner notes from your favorite LPs. featuring Paige Hernandez, Baye Harrell, Akua Allrich and Kris Funn’s Corner Store Jazz Quintet.

Trout Fishing in America

Saturday, April 13, 3:00 p.m. ($5 Reston/ $10 Non-Reston)

Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band best known for perceptive, funny and delightful music that has earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. 

Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide to Life’s Catastrophes

with Anita Hollander, actress and disability rights activist

Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/ $20 Non-Reston)

Anita Hollander has established a highly successful career in New York and regional theatre, television and film despite having lost her leg to cancer. Still Standing has been presented at the Kennedy Center, The White House, Off-Broadway, Walt Disney World, throughout the United States and Russia. Stay afterward and learn about her views on disability as it’s depicted in modern media and theatre.

ETHEL with guest artist Robert Mirabal present

The River

Sunday, May 26, 7:00 p.m. ($15 Reston/$20 Non-Reston)

ETHEL and Robert Mirabal, Native American musician, instrument builder and three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, present their next evolution of the cross-cultural concert experience. The inspiration this time is “Water as the embodiment of Spirit, and its essential role in Life on Earth.” As delivered by these master performers, the effect is breathtaking, even ecstatic. Arrive early at 6:15 p.m. for a pre-show conversation with Robert Mirabal.

An Evening with Nancy Giles, CBS news commentator and comedian

The Accidental Pundette: Musings, Complaints, Shrieks and Sighs on American Politics

Saturday, June 1, 8:00 p.m. ($25 Reston/$35 Non-Reston)

For more than 14 years, Giles’ work on the Emmy Award-winning CBS Sunday Morning has received acclaim for its unique blend of common-sense wisdom, laugh-out-loud humor, and social and political commentary. 

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Nationals Outfielder Dedicates Baseball Complex in Fred Crabtree Park

Bryce Harper, an outfielder for the Nationals, dedicated a baseball complex in Fred Crabtree Park named after him on Monday (July 16).

The Bryce Harper All-Star Complex, located at 2801 Fox Mill Road, includes two renovated fields and is the second baseball facility for youth named after Harper in the area. Another field is located at Takoma Community Center in the District.

“I felt like this not only adds to the community but also achieves my objective of making sure this game continues to grow and is left in a better place than when I entered it,” Harper said at the dedication ceremony.

A video of the complete ceremony is available online.

More from social media:

Photos via Twitter user @fairfaxparks

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Reston Multicultural Festival

Join us for a celebration that brings together the people of Reston to celebrate our rich medley of cultures. Everyone is encouraged to dress in attire from their own cultural roots and share the stories that we gather on the pathways of our lives. Reston Community Center presents the Reston Multicultural Festival; it is hosted by Lake Anne Plaza and co-sponsored by Reston Association, with partners from a variety of Reston-based organizations and businesses. Rain or shine. Check out www.restoncommunitycenter or call 703-476-4500 for more information.

Crime Roundup: Burglaries Reported at Two Businesses Over the Weekend

Cash was taken from two businesses over the weekend. On Saturday (July 14), an employee entered Ariake Restaurant (12184 State Route 4721) around 11:39 p.m. and discovered the door was unlocked and the cash register was missing.

At around 12:07 a.m. the next day, officers discovered a broke window on the storefront of Kung Fu Tea in Hunters Woods Plaza. The owner confirmed an undisclosed amount of cash was taken, along with a small cash box.

The Fairfax County Police Department also reported the following incidents in recent days:

LARCENIES:

13300 block of Apgar Place, cell phone and sunglasses from vehicle

2400 block of Centreville Road, cell phone from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

2300 block of Hunters Woods Plaza, liquor from business

11900 block of Democracy Drive, wallet from business

12000 block of Market Street, purse from business

STOLEN VEHICLES:

None reported

Meanwhile. a bank robbery at BB&T in Herndon remains under investigation. No arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

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Ensure College Success with Strong Time Management and Academic Study Skills

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Tuesday Morning Notes

Conviction upheld for Reston woman — A federal appeals court upheld convictions and prison sentences of two women, including a Reston resident, for using an internet chat room to raise money for al-Shabab, a Somali militant group. [The Inquirer]

Nearby: Transparency concerns — “School resource officers have become a familiar sight in Fairfax County middle and high schools over the past two decades, but questions about how they should balance their dual role as school administrators and law enforcement officials.” [Fairfax County Times]

Nearby: Lip sync challenge — Local police participate in a lip sync challenge for Bebe Rexha’s song “Mean to Be.” Since it was released late last week, the video has more than 24,000+ views. [Fairfax County Police Department]

Photo submitted by Gail Crockett

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Three Property Owners Challenge Downtown Herndon Redevelopment

A public hearing before the Herndon Town Council is planned as three appeals surface against Comstock’s plans to redevelop downtown Herndon.

Three property owners filed appeals last month disputing the Heritage Preservation Review Board’s approval of Comstock’s application for new construction. The property owners, who live near the 4.6-acre site, challenged the construction of the structure and specific features of the site.

The application concerns the demolition of buildings on 770 Elden Street and 750 Center Street, as well as the development’s architecture. At a June 18 HPRB meeting, town officials defended the approvals.

Due to the appeals, the council will hold a public hearing to allow appellants to justify their appeals. The approval under question by the HPRB — known in planning jargon as the Certificate of Appropriateness for New Construction — is rendered void due to the appeals.

The HPRB can reverse or change its decision if evidence is presented that the approval was not correct. Through a public-private partnership with the town, Comstock plans to build 274 residential units, 17,000 square feet of retail and a 761-space garage.

File photo

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PRC Amendment Workgroup Sessions Begin This Week

Fairfax County officials begin small workgroup sessions with representatives this week to discuss a controversial plan to increase Reston’s population density in areas targeted for growth.

The sessions are hosted by the Coalition for a Planned Reston, a grassroots organization and Reston Association. Staff from the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning and Fairfax County Public Schools will be on hand to discuss questions.

The plan would increase density in Reston’s Planned Residential Community areas from 13 to 16 persons per acre. CPR and RA have opposed the plan, as proposed, amid concerns about the overall impact on infrastructure.

The schedule for the meetings is below. All workgroup meetings start at 6 p.m.

  • July 17 – Transportation – 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston – Terrace Level (Live stream is not available. Recording will be uploaded).
  • July 18 – Parks and Open Space – 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston – Terrace Level

  • July 24, 2018 – Schools/Public Facilities – 12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston – Conference Center

  • July 30 – Planning and Zoning -12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston – Conference Center

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Legal Insider: Tips for Social Media and Employment

This is a sponsored column by attorneys John Berry and Kimberly Berry of Berry & Berry, PLLC, an employment and labor law firm located in Northern Virginia that specializes in federal employee, security clearance, retirement and private sector employee matters.

By John V. Berry, Esq.

For the last few years, we have been advising employees on the proper use of social media in connection with their employment. Social media is one of the most unique and changing areas of employment law today. This article provides some basic tips for employees and a summary of their current rights in Virginia.

Social Media Tips — Things to Avoid

  1. Friends & Supervisors: Avoid (where possible) becoming friends or connected with supervisors (and sometimes co-workers). It has often been the case that we have had employees face discipline resulting from Tweets, Facebook or Instagram posts that even well-meaning individuals forward to the employer. For instance, we have seen posts ridiculing a supervisor eventually make it to the supervisor. It tends to create an atmosphere ripe for retaliation and discipline.
  2. Avoid Workplace Criticism: Avoid mentioning problems or other issues that arise at work. We have usually found that even a well-meaning friend can pass on information to a supervisor or company official that can lead to discipline or, at minimum, a less comfortable work environment.
  3. Don’t Discuss Company Clients or Projects: Avoid mentioning clients or other work specific information from your employer in your social media posts. Sometimes these clients get word of the post, see it online, or it makes the news. As a result, the employer often then takes disciplinary action against the employee.
  4. Avoid Social Media During Work Hours: While this may or may not be feasible for everyone, it is a good idea to avoid social media posting while at work. We have seen employees written up for social media posting during work hours or when using employer computers. In some cases, employers have argued, where social media posts include the time and date posted, that they have not been working their duties while getting paid.

Social Media Employee Protections in Virginia

Some states have begun to legislate initial protections for social media accounts held by employees. This is the case in Virginia. While the relatively new law in Virginia doesn’t protect an employee from the content that they post online, it offers some protection for employees. Specifically, it bars employers from demanding or requiring access to an employee’s social media information as part of their employment.

Virginia Code § 40.1-28.7:5 protects employees from employers (1) requesting their sign on information to media accounts; and (2) requiring an employee to add a company manager or representative as a friend or contact on the social media account. I suspect that we are only at the initial stages of the laws that will define employee social media protections in the workplace with more to come.

Conclusion

Keep in mind that not all companies take offense to social media posting and can have lax policies. The best idea is to find out company policy from the employer as early as possible. When facing employment issues it can be important to have the assistance and advice of counsel.

If you need assistance with an employment issue, please contact our office at 703-668-0070 or at www.berrylegal.com to schedule a consultation. Please also visit and like us on our Facebook page.

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This Week’s Deals & Events in Reston

Each Monday, Tim’s Reston sets the table with deals and events for the work week ahead in Reston. On Friday, we’ll catch up with Tim again with the upcoming weekend’s deals and events.

Highlights for the upcoming work week include:

Deal of the Week: On the Border in The Spectrum has a special every Sunday thru Wednesday:

  • Sunday: $12.99 Fiesta Trio
  • Monday: $9.99 Endless Enchiladas
  • Tuesday: $2 Taco Fix Tuesday
  • Wednesday: $7.99 Fajita Fest

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday:

Thursday:

All Week:

Bring a friend for free @ Rise Well-Being Center

See the entire list by category or scroll through the entire list here:

Follow Tim’s Reston on Facebook,  Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, & his newsletter for new deals and events, posted regularly throughout the week!

Interested in special promotion as the Deal or Event of the Week or Weekend? Have a deal or event tip? Comments? Suggestions? Email Tim at [email protected]!

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