The “Take a Break” summer concert series at Lake Anne plaza will feature shows every Thursday night through Aug. 30.
The concert series is presented by Reston Community Center in cooperated with MSE Productions, Inc. Four of the nights are designated as “dance nights” that will feature dance demonstrations and instruction to match the music.
The complete line-up is below.
- June 7: Dance Night: Radio King Orchestra
- June 14: Mystic Warriors
- June 21: The Crawdaddies
- June 28: Dance Night – Cheick Hamala Diabate
- July 5: Squeeze Bayou
- July 12: Bad Influence
- July 19: Part Harmony
- July 26: Dance Night – Fresh Air
- August 2: IONA
- August 9: Uptown Vocal Jazz Quartet
- August 16: Dance Night – Mambo Combo
- August 23: Texas Chainsaw Horns
- August 30: New Line Brass Band
Each concert is scheduled for 7-9 p.m.
NextStop Theatre Company is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a special community production of Amour, a French music fable about a man who walks through the walls that confine him. The 2018/2019 includes seven shows that will run between August 3 and June 23.
“These shows range from the truly epic to the deeply intimate,” said producing artistic director Evan Hoffmann. “But each one is certain to bring our beloved community a unique and personal experience, filled with the kind of joy and fulfillment that you can only find in live theatre.”
The season will kick off in September with The Wedding Singer, a musical based on the film starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. In the fall, the theater company will feature East of Eden, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel, which brings the story of Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel to California in the 20th century.
The new year will begin with [title of show], a musical comedy about four friends who write a musical as the deadline for submissions is three weeks away.
In February, NextStop will present The Wolves, Pulitzer-Prize nominated play by Sarah DeLappe that explores the lives of suburban high school girls and offers a glance into the lives of young women today.
March features Fallen Angels by Noel Coward. Directed by managing director Abigail Fine, the comedy follows the rivalry between two housewives who await the arrival of a former lover. The season will close out with Singin’ in the Rain.
Photo by NextStop Theatre Company
Roughly 1,200 people attended Saturday’s inaugural Reston Pride Festival at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston.
The Rev. Debra Haffner, a minister at UUCR, pushed to put together the event after she moved to Reston two years ago and identified what she calls a void in programming for and about the local LGBTQ population.
“I asked where are the gay people in Reston. My congregants told me there were none,” Haffner told Reston Now. “I knew that wasn’t true.”
The event was cosponsored by more than 21 local organizations and included a performance by Reston Community Players and remarks by local elected officials, including state Del. Ken Plum. Many of the attendees were from South Lakes High School and Herndon High School, organizers said.
Haffner’s son, Greg Tartaglione, a drag performer, was the emcee — a role that Haffner said taught event-goers “about the role a drag queen can play in creating community.”
Plans are in the works to continue the festival next year, likely at a larger venue like Reston Town Center or Lake Anne Plaza. Haffner said the community needs to do more to celebrate the local LGBTQ community.
“For the last year, UCR has had a rainbow flag in front of our church. We’re only the freestanding rainbow flag in Reston. We need as a community to do much more and stand up and support and celebrate the LGBTQ community,” she said.
Photos by Kim-Marie Mullen and Debra Haffner
Due to a 2017 agreement with Comstock, the property that housed the festival carnival will be under construction beginning late 2018 or early 2019. As a result of limited space, an alternative site was found. Other areas of downtown Herndon are expected to also undergo construction.
It is unclear if the festival will ever return to the downtown area.
“Once the redevelopment project is complete, town staff will assess what new events or activities will be appropriate and attractive to the community. The Herndon Festival, as we know it today, likely will not return to the downtown area, due to the loss of the open space to host the carnival and considerable number of vendor, sponsor and volunteer booths required,” according to a statement by town officials.
Sans the charm of downtown buildings as a backdrop and grassy spaces for concert seating, county officials expect next year’s festival will feature different programming that will keep the event “fresh and interesting” for the audience.
County officials will not consider removing the carnival from the festival in order to keep the event in downtown Herndon because the carnival generates 45 percent of total revenues from the festival.
“Without a carnival the event would have to be curtailed in enough ways that it would not resemble what we now know as the Herndon Festival,” according to town officials.
Photo by Mikey Tate
Each Monday, Tim’s Reston Directory 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:
- Monday: Free Chips & Queso @ California Tortilla, $1 Oysters & Shrimp & Not Your Average Joe’s, & a Free Workout Class @ RTC
- Tuesday: BOGO Free for Nurses @ Chipotle , Free Yoga @ Reston Station, & a Tour of the I95 Landfill with RA
- Wednesday: Scrawl Books Wine & Book Chat @ The Tasting Room & The SLHS Choral Concert
- Thursday: RA Senior Ice Cream Social, RA Movie Night & Lake Thoreau, & VY Reston Heights Grand Opening
- All Week Long: $14.99 Pizza & Wings Carryout Special @ Ledo Pizza
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Gun violence awareness — Supporters of gun violence awareness day congregated at the Wiehle-Reston East Station on Saturday to participate in the fourth annual “Wear Orange Gun Violence Prevention Rally in Old Town Alexandria. [Twitter]
Herndon stabbing under investigation — Denis Hernandez, 21, was arrested in connecting with a stabbing late last week. The victim, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. [Local DVM]
Dabbling in pickleball — Pickleball is becoming a paddle sport for some Reston Association members. This video offers a basic overview of the sport (yes, sport!). [Reston Today]
Photo by Ruth Sievers