Trace the story of the Blind Boys of Alabama, a legendary gospel quartet that blossomed after its members met in the 1930s at a segregated, state-run institute for the blind, this Sunday at Reston Community Center.
As part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival, an offshoot of the New York film festival, CenterStage will show the film, “How Sweet the Sound — The Blind Boys of Alabama,” at 3 p.m. at RCC Hunters Woods.
The documentary is directed and produced by Reston’s own Leslie McCleave. The independent filmmaker graduated from Herndon High School and was raised in Reston. The screening will be followed by a conversation with McCleave, who currently teaches film and video production at Emerson College in Boston, Ma.
The festival, run by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, features films by and about people with disabilities. Screenings will take place at several venues throughout Northern Virginia.
Sunday’s screening is restricted to viewers ages 18 and above.
For more information about other screenings, visit the festival’s website.
Mohammed Bilal and Josh Goldstein will use their friendship to challenge American stereotypes in A hip hop concert in late January at Reston Community Center’s CenterStage.
Their show, The Color Orange, demonstrates a 10-step plan people can take to achieve cross-cultural communication and understanding. The show will take place on Sunday, Jan. 21 from 3 – 5 p.m.
Bilal is best known for his appearance in MTV’s The Real World. He holds a master’s degree in diversity studiest. Goldstein has been rapping for more than a decade with artists like Souls of Mischief and Del the Funkee Homosapien.
Tickets are $15 for Reston residents and $20 for all others. They can be purchased online.
The construction crews are hard at work on Fairfax County’s new, $18 million Reston District Police Station. The building, expected to be completed later this year, towers over the outdated current building, which will be torn down after the move.
Nearby, Cameron Glen Rehabilitation Center is preparing to close the 173-bed facility later this year. Most patients will move to a new facility, Potomac Falls Health and Rehabilitation in Loudoun. Both care facilities are owned by Commonwealth Care of Roanoke, but Inova owns the land parcel on which the Cameron Glen sits.
Meanwhile, voters in 2012 approved a $25 million Fairfax County Public Library Bond , $10 million of which will be allocated to building a new Reston Regional Library.
All of this could add up to an area near Reston Town Center that looks even more urban than the Reston Town Center itself.
Even with these developments already underway, the longterm plan for what developers call the Town Center North area is still a work in progress. The 47-acre area is bounded by Baron Cameron Avenue, Fountain Drive, and Town Center Parkway and Reston Parkway. The land is owned by two parties: Fairfax County and Inova.
The area currently sees a variety of uses — from Embry Rucker Community Shelter (and a few people living in the woods across the street) to open space to the soon-to-be empty nursing home — planners will take the next steps to determine what the best use is as Reston moves forward as a dense, transit-oriented community.
But at more than one-quarter mile from the future Reston Parkway Metrorail Station, how urban should it be?
“Town Center North is an appealing area for redevelopment, since it’s a fairly large area with two major landholders, Inova and and the County, which makes the process easier,” said Reston Citizens Association president Colin Mills. “Supervisor [Cathy] Hudgins supports expanding Reston’s urban core, and Town Center North is a prime location for that.” (more…)