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Thanks to his unique delivery and distinctive voice, comedian Rod Man is definitely one of a kind. With a southern charm combined with a laid-back style, fast wit, and ability to find the funny in everyday life, he’s been making people laugh since he was a youngster.

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Looking for a chance to give theater fans something to enjoy this winter, Signature Theatre will stream Simply Sondheim, the first production in the Signature Features 2021 Season, through March 26 on Marquee TV, an on-demand streaming platform dedicated to global arts and culture. 

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Fans of “The Matrix” trilogy will recognize, early on, that there are some similarities between those films and “Bliss.” Both are about certain people having choices of living in two different existences. Both involve ingesting special drugs to go from one “place” to the other. Both feature …

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As far back as he can remember, Josh Allen has been singing. For most of his life, the Reston, Va.-based musician has found it hard not to break out in song when someone just mentions a word or phrase that’s a lyric in a favorite song. 

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Washington D.C. five-piece band Bongo District brought their mix of reggae, ska, Latin, and funk music to Vienna to play their second show at Jammin’ Java last weekend. Bongo District has been one of the few bands to play live shows since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and has had…

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When the Nields began in 1991 in McLean, Va., the five-piece folk band found success touring throughout the U.S., performing with artists such as Dar Williams, 10,000 Maniacs and Ani DiFranco.

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Forget the ludicrous mini-series “Tiger King,” which premiered right around the same time as the pandemic hit America. Forget Tony the Tiger, whose voice and visage have sold millions of boxes of Frosted Flakes. Forget, if you’re an old hippie, Tiger Balm, the cooling, menthol-infused cream …

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Growing up in McLean, Michael Clem found musical prowess with both the guitar and trombone in school, and became so distracted by his love for music, that he never had time to think about what he wanted to be when he “grew up.” 

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Music fans around our area are very familiar with The Seldom Scene, as the popular American bluegrass band has been performing around Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., since it first formed in Bethesda, Md., back in 1971.

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During a “normal” year, I tend to see between 150 and 170 new movies, most of them at cinemas. During the peculiar year of 2020, I just missed the 100 mark. Eleven of them were in cinemas, the rest were either DVDs or links I watched on my TV or my desktop computer. I sure do miss the majest…

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Don Greenwood, a retired architect and lifelong resident of Fairfax County, discovered a passion for singing in his later years. And though like many older adults, he’s been forced to isolate throughout much of the pandemic, he’s still found a way to make his voice heard.

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Growing up in Vienna, graduating from Marshall High School, Ethan Schaefer has wanted to be a musician ever since he can remember. 

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Playwright Ike Holter, best known for his plays “Exit Strategy,” “Hit the Wall” and “Lottery Day,” has been commissioned by Studio Theatre to present a world premiere audio play, which will run from Dec. 10 through March 7 on Studio’s website (www.studiotheatre.org) for free.

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December is traditionally a time for us to reflect and give generously to those in need. This year, thinking back, 2020 seems longer than 12 months.  It has challenged us to rethink how we live both economically and culturally.  Like everyone, the local arts community has been negatively aff…

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If this was a normal year, legendary singer Peter Noone, longtime frontman of ’60s British Invasion band Herman’s Hermits, would be playing three nights at the Birchmere this week. But due to COVID concerns and quarantine orders, he sadly had to cancel his appearances last-minute.

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The setting is a ranch house on a nice spread of land in woodsy, suburban New York. The time is ... well, we don’t know the exact year, but President Reagan is talking on the radio. Mom and dad and their two kids appear to be happy together. Allison (Carrie Coon) has some rental properties a…

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Mike Shade has been around the music biz for more than two decades, most notably as lead guitarist of D.C.’ Magnolia Blue, a New-Orleans-style funk group, but also part of bands playing swing, jazz, blues, funk, and rock.

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November presents the opportunity, as a country and as individuals, to reflect on our country’s direction and then exert our power of choice through a vote. As of this writing, the Presidential election outcome is unknown, but we know that the arts are a vital part of our local, state, and n…

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Gifted with a knack for smart observational humor and a spontaneous wit, Paula Poundstone has been a top comedian since first making it big in the early ’80s. 

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Fans of the golden age of the turntable are in for a real treat, as Signature Theatre is offering Signature Vinyl, a filmed concert of 26 local singers and musicians performing the hits of Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Carole King, Marvin Gaye, Berry Gordy, Joni Mitchell, Elton John and more.

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The chilling legend of the Amityville Horror has been part of terror lure ever since Jay Anson authored the best-selling book about the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family in 1977. 

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Thanks to a lightning-fast wit honed through years of working improv, Baltimore-based comedian Tommy Sinbazo is one of the area’s funniest guys around and has kept those in the Washington D.C. region laughing since entering the comedy scene more than a dozen years ago.

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The popular ’90s brother-based trio will offer a series of livestream concerts

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Fall is underway and most of our life continues to be online. The new normal has us exploring creative endeavors and rethinking our plans. For ArtsFAirfax, our annual Arts Awards celebration moves to October 15, 2021, but there are many opportunities to live, work, and play in the arts this …

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Having been out of action since mid-March due to the pandemic, NextStop Theatre Company was looking for a way to bring theater patrons back safely and offer the chance to some of its performers to get in front of people again.

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The first words in Gloria Steinem's Website (www.gloriasteinem.com) sum her up as "a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer." The new film "The Glorias," directed by Julie Taymor ("The Tempest," "Across the Universe") and cowritten by Taymor and newcomer Sarah Ruhl, exp…

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Somehow, in the midst of a global pandemic, there was indeed a Toronto International Film Festival this year, running from Sept. 10-19. And yes, even though Americans aren't currently allowed to cross the northern border, I attended. Well, not physically. I did TIFF 2020 virtually.

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Local musician Cat Janice brings her band to a benefit concert at Jammin Java

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Explore some of the favorite (relatively) recently published books recommended by the collections staff at Fairfax County Public Library.

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Illiterate Light release live performances as part of its new “In the Moment” series 

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Creativity allows us to think, explore, and develop beyond the physical walls of confinement. While the last few months have physically restricted us, it has also presented an opening to explore creative opportunities or fine-tune long term pursuits. For professional creatives or those about…

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RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam, First Lady Pamela Northam, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Director and CEO Alex Nyerges announced August 25 40 Virginia artists who will receive $5,000 grants through a special program to help visual artists impacted by COVID-19.