Tysons, VA

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is one of five arts organizations in Virginia to receive an ArtStar award from Dominion Energy this year.

The FSO announced on Jan. 27 that it had received a $10,000 grant from the utility company to support its “Link Up” music education program, which was developed by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall as a curriculum for students in third through fifth grade.

Dominion Energy created the ArtStar awards to “celebrate the contributions of arts organizations through their collaboration with schools and communities across the Commonwealth of Virginia,” according to the company’s website.

The awards went to one nonprofit arts and education organization with an annual budget under $1 million in each of Virginia’s five regions, making FSO the winner for the Northern region. Recipients were selected based on the artistic merit, innovation, and community impact of the program they submitted.

The other 2021 winners were Arts for Learning in Norfolk, Art for the Journey in Richmond, Halestone Foundation in Lexington, and The Origin Project in Big Stone Gap.

“These organizations show ways the creative spirit continues to thrive, whether through outdoor, virtual or digital programming,” Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation President Hunter A. Applewhite said. “Virginia is very fortunate to have these talented organizations committed to serving their local communities and youth.”

Based out of the Merrifield area, the Fairfax Symphony (2667 Prosperity Ave.) says it is the largest symphonic performing arts organization in Northern Virginia. It serves more than 15,000 people every season through performances and educational programs.

This was the fourth year that FSO provided the Link Up program to local schools, but the 2020-2021 school year was the first time that the curriculum was made available for free and virtually, leading to a 1,000% increase in the number of teachers who registered for the program, according to the orchestra.

Developed more than 30 years ago by Carnegie Hall, Link Up pairs orchestras with local elementary schools so students can learn about music and how to play an instrument or sing, culminating in a performance alongside the professional orchestra. The 2020-2021 program was shared by more than 120 partner organizations in the U.S. and around the world.

With the theme of “The Orchestra Swings,” FSO’s program focused on the connection between classical and jazz music, and featured the work of musicians like Duke Ellington, Florence Price, George Gershwin, and Leonard Bernstein.

While the move was necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the FSO says shifting Link Up to a virtual format allowed it to expand the program’s reach not just within Fairfax County Public Schools, which has been a partner for over 40 years, but also to schools in other jurisdictions, including Loudoun and Prince William counties as well as the City of Alexandria.

More than 10,000 students in 60 schools from around the D.C. region are participating in FSO’s Link Up program this year. The orchestra places a particular emphasis on included Title I schools, where at least 40% of students come from low-income families.

The program will conclude in May with a pre-recorded concert that will be shared in virtual classrooms. Students will accompany the FSO by singing along and playing recorders.

FSO Executive Director Jonathan Kerr says the organization is “thrilled and honored” to be a Dominion ArtStar award recipient.

“Our commitment to our community is stronger than ever, only strengthened by the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Kerr said. “By sharing our concerts and education programs virtually, we are filling a critical need for quality arts programs to entertain, educate, inspire, sustain, and unite the communities we serve.”

Photo courtesy Dominion Energy

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Tuesday (Feb. 9)

  • Second Draw PPP (Online) — 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority is holding a free webinar on the second round of the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which is providing loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. A program schedule and link to register can be found through Eventbrite.
  • On Deck with Mercury — 5-7 p.m. at Vienna Town Hall (127 Center St.) — Vienna Town Manager Payton Mercury holds his monthly community forum for residents to learn about town projects and ask questions. The February forum will focus on planned celebrations for Liberty Amendments Month, which commemorates the 13th, 14th, 15th, and 19th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
  • Virtual Meet and Greet with Melanie Meren (Online) — 7-8 p.m. — Vienna’s Club Phoenix Teen Center and Thoreau Middle School are hosting a discussion with Hunter Mill District School Board Representative Melanie Meren, who will talk about her first year in office, give an update on Return to School plans, and answer questions. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Email Natalie Duncan at [email protected] for more information.
  • Great Books Discussion (Online) — 7-8 p.m. — The Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s bi-monthly Great Books Discussion group will talk about the short story “Tell Me a Riddle” by Tillie Olsen. Get the Zoom link by emailing Marshall Webster at [email protected]

Thursday (Feb. 11)

  • Culinaria Cooking Class (Online) — 7-8:30 p.m. — Chefs from Vienna’s Culinaria Cooking School will demonstrate how to prepare “a special Valentine’s Day meal” with dishes like chicken satay with peanut sauce and molten chocolate cake. A Zoom invite, recipes, and a shopping list will be provided prior to the class, so participants must register by Feb. 8. The $40 fee goes to support the Shepherd’s Center, a nonprofit that serves Vienna, Oakton, Reston, and Herndon.

Friday (Feb. 12)

  • VBA State of the Union (Online) — 11:30-1 p.m. — The Vienna Business Association will hold its annual State of the Union meeting. The speech will be presented by VBA 2020-2021 chairman and School of Rock Vienna owner Jeff Bollettino, and Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert will officiate an installation ceremony for the organization’s 2021 board. RSVP through the VBA website to receive a Zoom link.
  • Virtual Valentine Bingo and Games (Online) — 1:30-3 p.m. — The Town of Vienna and Fairfax City parks and recreation departments are offering a free afternoon of bingo, online games, prizes, and sweet treats to usher in Valentine’s Day. The event is intended for adults 55 and older. Register by calling 703-255-7801 or emailing Kathy Blevins at [email protected] The deadline to sign up is 5 p.m. on Thursday (Feb. 11).
  • Abbey Lincoln Tribute (Online) — 7:30 p.m. — Creative Cauldron continues its 2021 “Passport to the World” series with a concert celebrating the music of American jazz singer Abbey Lincoln. There will also be a performance on Saturday (Feb. 13) by the D.C.-based band RAYMI, which plays traditional music from the Andes. All concerts are live-streamed at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $15.
  • Judy Collins: A Return (Online) — 8 p.m. — Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts is streaming a live performance by singer Judy Collins, who will recreate her 1964 concert hall debut at New York City’s The Town Hall. The program will feature music by Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Billy Ed Wheeler. Tickets start at $40, and the stream will be available for rewatch for 48 hours until 8 p.m. on Feb. 14.
  • Valentine’s Day Drive-In Movies — 8 p.m. at The Boro (1640 Boro Place) — The Boro is hosting three drive-in movie screenings, starting with “Crazy Rich Asians” today and concluding with “Valentine’s Day” on the eponymous holiday. While all three films are now sold out, you can join the waitlist through Eventbrite in case additional tickets become available.

Saturday (Feb. 13)

  • Art for a Cause (Online) — 6-8 p.m. — The Junior League of Northern Virginia is hosting a “Monte Carlo Night” with crafts, Valentine-themed games, and two raffles. Materials for the craft activities, which involve painting a glass vase or heart-shaped cutting board, can be picked up at Best Buns Bakery (8051 Leesburg Pike) in Vienna. Tickets to the event cost $40 and can be purchased from JLNV.

Photo via Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash

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Updated on 2/4/2021 — Bards Alley in Vienna has canceled today’s Teacher Tuesday browsing hours due to continued snow, but the event is still scheduled to be held on other Tuesdays this month.

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Tuesday (Feb. 2)

  • Online Preschool Story Time (Online) — 10:30-11 a.m. — The Mary Riley Styles Public Library hosts a story time with stories, songs, and rhymes aimed at kids 5 and under. The event will stream live on the library’s Facebook page.
  • Teacher Tuesdays — 6-8 p.m. at Bards Alley (110 Church St.) — Throughout February, Bards Alley Bookshop in Vienna is reserving browsing hours exclusively for educators, who can use the time to spend holiday gift cards and stock up their classroom libraries “in anticipation of the (theoretical?) return of in-person teaching.”

Wednesday (Feb. 3)

  • Space Innovation (Online) — 9-10:35 a.m. — This is the second installment of a three-part series on air and space technology hosted by the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. NASA Human Explorations and Operations Mission Directorate Associate Administrator Kathryn Lueders will deliver the keynote speech after a panel discussion on new technology with space applications. Registration is required to get a link to the event, but it is free.

Thursday (Feb. 4)

  • A Night of Mentalism (Online) — 8 p.m. — Members of The Tower Club Tysons Corner can watch mentalist Michael Gutenplan perform a variety of magic tricks in this family-friendly show. Register in advance for the Zoom event.

Friday (Feb. 5)

  • Meet the Mayor — 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Simply Social Coffee (260 Cedar Lane) — Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert will hold her monthly “office hours” for residents to chat or share their questions and concerns at Simply Social Coffee in the newly renovated Cedar Park Shopping Center.
  • Front Row: Gloria Chien (Online) — 7:30 p.m. — The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts presents a virtual performance at The Barns by pianist Gloria Chien as part of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s “Front Row” streaming concert series. The program features pieces by John Field, Franz Liszt, and Felix Mendelssohn and will be followed by a Q&A. A link to stream the concert will be available until midnight on Feb. 12.
  • Moose Jaw — 7:30 at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — The outlaw country/bluesgrass band Moose Jaw performs an indoor but socially distanced concert at Jammin Java in Vienna. Tickets are free, but donations are encouraged, and tables have a two-item minimum purchase.

Saturday (Feb. 6)

  • The University of Wonder and Imagination (Online) — 11 a.m.-5 p.m. — The McLean Community Center is offering live-broadcast, interactive magic shows by the children’s theater company Cahoots NI. A limited number of tickets are available to each of the performances, which start every half hour and are 60 minutes in length. There will also be shows on Feb. 8. Purchase tickets at least two hours in advance through The Alden.

Sunday (Feb. 7)

  • McLean Uncorked: Part 3 (Online) — 5-6 p.m. — Get a head start on Valentine’s Day with this virtual wine tasting and food pairing event from the McLean Community Center. The wines selections are currently available from Balducci’s (6655 Old Dominion Dr), and prepared cheeseboards can be preordered for pick-up starting on Feb. 4. Register in advance through MCC to get a discounted $55 price on the wines. Questions and preorders can be sent to John Coleman at [email protected]

Photo via NASA on Unsplash

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Jan. 25)

  • Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week — The D.C. area’s annual Restaurant Week starts today and lasts through Feb. 7. Several venues in the Tysons area are participating.
  • Metro Mondays (Online) — 4-5:30 p.m. — Fairfax and Loudoun county officials will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Metro’s budget and the Silver Line for a panel hosted by the Tysons Partnership. Registration for the Zoom event is free.
  • The Amazing Max Magic Workshop (Online) — 4-5 p.m. — After putting on a family show on Sunday (Jan. 24), The Amazing Max will give children an opportunity to learn how to make magic. Tickets cost $15 per device for the general public and $10 for McLean Community Center district residents. They can be purchased through the Alden Theatre.
  • Introduction to Ballroom Dancing — 7:30-8:30 p.m. — The McLean Community Center is offering new introductory classes to ballroom dance, with each month focusing on a different style. The class consists of 20 hour-long lessons, starting today through June 28. Instruction is available either in-person at the community center (1234 Ingleside Ave.) or virtually.
  • The Nields Benefiting Jammin Java (Online) — 8 p.m. — Jammin Java will live-stream a virtual concert by the folk-rock band The Nields. Tickets are free, but donations to support the Vienna music venue/cafe are encouraged.

Tuesday (Jan. 26)

  • Tuesday Morning Book Club (Online) — 10:30-11:30 a.m. — The Mary Riley Styles Public Library’s Tuesday Morning Book Club will discuss the novel “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See. Email group coordinator Catherine Wilson for more information about the Zoom meeting. No registration is required.

Thursday (Jan. 28)

  • The Queen’s Gambit (Online) — 4:30-5:30 p.m. — With the Netflix show “The Queen’s Gambit” inspiring a new generation of female chess players, Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library chess club founder Ashley Xing will talk about the history of women in the game and her experience as a successful youth competitor. Registration is required and can be done through the Fairfax County Public Library website.
  • Cup O’Jokes — 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Jokes on Tap comes to Jammin Java once a month to present a comedy show featuring stand-up comics from around the D.C. region. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but a donation is suggested, and a minimum two-item purchase is required for customers at tables.

Friday (Jan. 29)

  • Vienna Police Station Groundbreaking — 10 a.m. at 215 Center St. South — The Vienna Police Department is holding a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction on its new headquarters building. Mayor Linda Colbert and other town officials will be present. Masks and social distancing are required.

Saturday (Jan. 30)

  • Emo Trivia Night — 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Test your indie cred at this trivia night focused on the alternative music scene. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and masks are required except when eating or drinking. Teams must purchase tickets at the same time through Eventbrite, and they should arrive at the event as a group. Tickets start at $7.50, with four-ticket bundles available for $30.

Photo via Jonathan Ybema on Unsplash

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Tuesday (Jan. 19)

  • COVID-19 Church Bells Vigil — 5:30 p.m. at Vienna Presbyterian Church (124 Park St. NE) — The Vienna Presbyterian Church will join other churches around the country in ringing its bells for 20 minutes to commemorate the victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will begin with a speech from Vienna Mayor Linda Colbert and conclude with a prayer. Community members are invited to gather in front of the church, with masks and social distancing required.
  • Kanopy Film Discussion Group (Online) — 7 p.m. — The City of Falls Church’s Kanopy Film Discussion Group will focus on the movie “Timbuktu” for its January meeting. Email [email protected] for a link to the Zoom meeting.

Wednesday (Jan. 20)

  • La Crema Virtual Wine Dinner (Online) — 6 p.m. — The Tysons-based restaurant Wildfire will have winemaker Craig McAllister discuss the history of winery on Zoom while guiding diners through a three-course meal. Participants must pick up their orders, which include three dishes and two bottles of wine, by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The event costs $165 per couple.

Thursday (Jan. 21)

  • Online Classic Books Discussion (Online) — 1-2 p.m. — The Patrick Henry Library staff hosts a discussion of William Styron’s book “The Confessions of Nat Turner” with author and scholar Amanda Holmes Duffy. Register through the Fairfax County Public Library website for an invitation to the virtual talk.
  • Faith and Friends: An Interfaith Dialogue (Online) — 6-7 p.m. — Fairfax County Public Library staff host a conversation with local faith leaders about the role of women in different religious traditions. Panelists include Rev. Joy Majied, senior paster of Garfield Memorial Christian Church in McLean. Register online to get an invitation to the event.
  • Couples Therapy: A Comedy Show — 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Hosted by comedian Ramin Mostafavi, “Couples Therapy” is a roundtable discussion of comics and volunteering audience members about relationships, dating, and being single. The event may be recorded for potential use in a “Couples Therapy” podcast. Doors open at 6 p.m., and tickets start at $20.

Friday (Jan. 22)

  • Cat Janice + Dante Frisiello — 7:30 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Indie pop singer Cat Janice performs at Jammin Java in Vienna with guitarist Dante Frisiello as the opener. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets start at $15. The concert will also be live-streamed so that people can watch from home.

Saturday (Jan. 23)

  • Pint Size Polkas (Online) — 11-11:45 a.m. — Musician and accordian player Mike Schneider leads a morning of stories, songs, rhymes, and family-friendly polkas for the Mary Riley Styles Public Library in Falls Church. The program will stream live on the library’s Facebook page and be available to watch afterwards through Jan. 30.
  • Be Fit McLean (Online) — 4-5:30 p.m. — The McLean Community Center hosts a virtual health and wellness fair with health experts who will discuss topics like fitness, nutrition, stress management, and work-life balance. Admission is free, but registration is required.

Sunday (Jan. 24)

  • Freshfarm Farmers Market — 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Mosaic — The Mosaic District’s weekly farmers’ market returns for the spring. Freshfarm is offering curbside pickup options, limiting the number of customers permitted at one time, enhancing cleaning protocols, and increasing space between vendors to enforce social distancing guidelines.

Photo by Michelle Goldchain

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Wednesday (Jan. 6)

  • Wolf Trap Virtual Job Fair (Online) — 4-6 p.m. — Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts will hold a virtual job fair for people who might be interested in its open usher and maintenance positions for the 2021 performance season. Register for the webinar in advance with this link.
  • McLean Police District Town Hall (Online) — 5 p.m. — The McLean District Police Station will hold a virtual town hall to discuss the Fairfax County Police Department’s new data dashboard, which provides information on arrests, citations, and department policies. The meeting can be accessed through this Zoom link, and questions can be sent to [email protected]
  • General Assembly Town Hall (Online) — 7-8 p.m. — State Sen. Dick Saslaw and Del. Marcus Simon will give a preview of what to expect from the Virginia General Assembly’s upcoming 2021 session, which will convene on Jan. 13. Questions and comments can be submitted in advance through this link, and a link to the Zoom chat can be found on the City of Falls Church website.
  • Hunter Mill COVID-19 Town Hall (Online) — 7 p.m. — Hunter Mill District Supervisor Walter Alcorn is hosting a virtual town hall with Fairfax County Health Department Director Gloria Addo-Ayensu to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and local vaccine distribution plans. Questions should be sent in advance to [email protected] with “Jan 6. Town Hall” in the subject line. The meeting can be accessed through WebEx and will be streamed on YouTube.

Thursday (Jan. 7)

  • The New Yorker Discussion Group (Online) — 2-3 p.m. — The Mary Riley Styles Public Library hosts a talk about Joshua Rothman’s article “What If You Could Do It All Over?” from the December 2020 issue of The New Yorker. Contact Pete Sullivan at [email protected] for the Zoom invite or more information.
  • A Song and a Slice: Civic Duty — 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — The D.C.-native rock band Civic Duty will perform at Jammin’ Java in Vienna. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with tickets costing $7 for general admission or $10 for the lobby. Customers are asked to adhere to social distancing protocols and wear masks when not consuming food or drinks.

Friday (Jan. 8)

  • Teen Game Night — 7-9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse (1440 Chain Bridge Rd.) — Teens can come to the Old Firehouse Center in McLean to play board and party games with chances to win prizes. Admission is $20 for McLean Community Center district residents and $25 for everyone else. MCC recommends pre-registering by contacting the OFC at 703-448-8336 or online.

Saturday (Jan. 9)

  • More to the Movement (Online) — 10 a.m. — Library of Congress American women’s history specialist Elizabeth A. Novara will give a presentation on women of color in the suffrage movement to the McLean area branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) for its January meeting. All are invited. Email AAUW McLean for the Zoom link.

Photo via Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts/Facebook

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The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday (Dec. 28)

  • Providence District Coat Drive — The Providence District Community Center and James Lee Community Center are still accepting donations of new or gently used coats for local community members. Donors can call the location they are visiting ahead of time to ensure a contactless drop-off. The coat drive is ongoing until Jan. 31, 2021.
  • ESOL Conversation Group (Online) — 7-8 p.m. — The City of Falls Church’s English as a Second Language Conversation Group will host its weekly meeting for people looking to practice their English. Request a Zoom invite by emailing Marshall Webster at [email protected]

Tuesday (Dec. 29)

  • Falls Church Writers Group (Online) — 7-8 p.m. — Writers looking to give and receive feedback on their work can join this group hosted by the City of Falls Church. You can email [email protected] to get an invite to the Zoom meeting.

Thursday (Dec. 31)

  • New Year’s Eve Dinner — 5 p.m. at Blend 111 (111 Church St. NW) — The Vienna restaurant Blend 111 is offering a five-course tasting menu to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Both indoor and outdoor dining are available, and there will also be a “Spanish-themed” carryout option for people who would prefer to eat at home.
  • Flashback to the ’80s — 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java (227 Maple Ave. E) — Doors open at 7 p.m. for this New Year’s Eve party in Vienna with DJ D, who will play classic hits of the 1980s from Prince and Madonna to The Cure and Billy Idol. There will also be a “Name that Tune” contest, prizes for ’80s outfits, and a midnight champagne toast. Tickets cost $35, and tables come with a two-item minimum purchase. Guests should adhere to social distancing protocols and wear masks at all times except when eating or drinking. You can purchase tickets through Jammin’ Java’s website.
  • Be Safe and Bubbly (Dec. 31-Jan. 2) — all day at the Hyatt Regency (7901 Tysons One Place) — The Hyatt Regency at Tysons Corner is offering a promotional package for guests who would like to celebrate the new year from the comfort of a hotel room. The $175 package includes $75 of credit per day for in-room dining from Barrell & Bushel, along with parking and a complimentary bottle of sparkling wine. Reservations can be booked through the Hyatt using the promo code 85936.

Sunday (Jan. 3)

  • “Sit and Sip” Meet and Greet (Online) — 10 a.m. — The Junior League of Northern Virginia is inviting prospective new members to a Zoom call to learn more about the organization, which aims to empower women through volunteerism and focuses specifically on addressing childhood obesity. During the call, current members will share their experiences and answer questions. People can RSVP through this link.

Photo by Michelle Goldchain

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(Updated on 11/12/2020) Capital One expects to unveil a 1.2-acre sky park with food trucks, a bar and beer garden, games, a dog run and an amphitheater in time for summer 2021.

Nested on top of the newly open Wegmans grocery store, The Perch is part of the second building to be completed in the 24.25-acre Capital One complex. Two more parts of the project are slated to open in the fall of 2021: the Watermark Hotel and the Capital One Hall.

From The Perch, Capital One Center Managing Director Jonathan Griffith said the public will “view Tysons from a completely different vantage point.”

For him, that perspective applies to the company’s mission to mix employees and Tysons residents.

“We are trying to separate from the notion that this is for only Capital One employees,” he said, citing The Star, a shopping and dining destination inside the Dallas Cowboys’ new training facility in Frisco, Texas, as inspiration.

The Watermark Hotel and two residential buildings will surround the Perch. The 300-room hotel will be managed by B.F. Saul Hospitality, whose flagship property is The Hay-Adams luxury hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Watermark will no longer be one of two hotels on campus, after the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved a request to change a planned hotel into an office building.

The Watermark Hotel is slated to open next fall, while construction on the residential towers could begin in 10 years, Griffith said.

Until the residential towers go up, semi-permanent installations will “activate the space,” including an old-school double-decker London tour bus and an Airstream converted into food trucks, Griffith said.

From the Sky Park, people can see the glassy Capital One headquarters, completed in 2018, as well as a 30-story office building with two floors of retail.

These developments fit with the trifecta of “live, work and play,” but Griffith said a fourth component, “culture,” is missing.

To fill that gap is Capital One Hall, with a 1,600-seat theater and 250-seat black box theater, as well as vaulted event spaces, large restrooms, plentiful concession areas and an expansive coat room, he said.

Capital One Hall General Manager Jamey Hines described both performance venues as “tight in feeling and room focus, but not uncomfortable.”

“People on the edges have just a good view and the audience won’t feel far away from the performer,” he said.

Having two options impacts the performer, too. “I’ve found that you have to create the room, so people achieve in the room, through seating,” Hines said.

Capital One, Fairfax County, and ARTSFAIRFAX are working together to ensure county agencies and Fairfax County Public Schools get access to 15% of the hall’s bookings at discounted rates. Already, the manager is looking to fill dates for 2022-2023.

Hines has mapped out some events and is gauging what people want to see.

The pandemic has given Capital One Hall more opportunities to be added to a multi-city tour, but he anticipates the Hall will be a bigger destination for one-time shows and productions. Hines encouraged those who are interested in dates to join the email list at capitalonehall.com.

Capital One Hall and The Perch will be open to weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, galas and functions for nonprofits, concerts and speaker series, Capital One Center marketing and community affairs manager Meghan Trossen said.

The coronavirus pandemic has sped up the building pace, now unencumbered by traffic, but the supply chain has been disrupted, impacting shipments of materials and equipment, Griffith says.

Through it all, he said Fairfax County has done “an incredible job” accommodating construction during the pandemic, implementing measures such as inspections via FaceTime to keep employees safe.

Photo courtesy Capital One

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Music Schools Around Tysons

Laura Schwartz is a licensed Realtor in VA, D.C. and MD with McEnearney Associates in Vienna. You can follow Laura on Instagram at @LauraSchwartzRealtor or her Facebook page. Laura can be reached at 703-283-6120 or [email protected].

We all look for opportunities for our kids to expose them to new things outside of school. Some of the popular ones around Northern Virginia is sports, Karate/Tae Kwon Do, crafts, or music.

Luckily for us, there are a number of opportunities to expose your children to making music. I’m listing some of my favorite organizations below, which are offering both in person programs as well as online. In “normal” times, they also offer after school programs.

Vienna

Vienna Jammers — 314 Dominion Road NE, Vienna

Originally created in 2005-2006 by Vienna Elementary music teacher, Dave Reynolds. Jammers are a group of kids between the ages of 8 and 17 that play percussion instruments like the marimbas, hand drums, trash cans and steel pans. Practices range from 1-2 times per week and include performances like the Vienna Halloween Parade, Viva Vienna, the “Big Jam” in May, and typically an overnight trip for a performance for the older kids.

Typically, Vienna Jammers holds a “mini camp” in the fall and winter as an introduction to the group, which also makes them eligible for the Summer Experience Camp which is the audition for 2nd and 3rd grade for entry into Jammers. There are several different “colors” which dictates the level of commitment: Green and White (2-6 grade), Black (5-6 grade), Red (2-4 grade) and Steel/Platinum (7 grade +). For more information on the Jammers organization, visit their website.

School of Rock — 111 Center Street S., Vienna

The School of Rock offers lessons in guitar, drum, singing, bass guitar, keyboard and piano. They also offer a program in songwriting. They have in person and online classes for kids as young as 3, along with adult programs. Weekly schedules include a private lesson along with a group rehearsal. You’ll often see these kids in the parking lot giving performances nowadays. They also perform at many of the Vienna town events like Oktoberfest, Viva Vienna and Taste of Vienna. Learn more about their programs here.

Harmonia School of Music & Art — 204-F Mill Street NE, Vienna

Harmonia offers music programs in voice, guitar, woodwinds, brass, piano, violin, viola and cello. They also have a theater option, summer camp and online options. The programs offered include private and group classes. Find more information here.

Vienna Academy of Music and Arts — 2561 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna

VAMA offers private lessons in piano, flute, guitar, trumpet and voice, along with music for babies and toddlers. They’re currently offering online classes as well. Find more information here.

McLean

Bach to Rock — 6649A Old Dominion Drive, McLean (Balducci’s Plaza)

Bach to Rock offers classes in guitar, piano, drums, voice, DJ, violin, trumpet as well as their Beat Refinery DJ School which offers mixing, scratching and music production. Their programs include individual lessons, group classes, parties and camps. You can find more information here.

McLean School of Music — 6723 Whittier Avenue, Suite L-5, McLean

McLean School of Music offers classes in piano, violin, viola, cello, voice and singing, guitar, bass, ukulele, clarinet, saxophone, euphonium, baritone, tuba, trumpet and trombone. Currently offering online classes, they provide private lessons and offer 3 recitals per year. Find more information here.

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Six years after the band retired for good, could The Allman Brothers Band be staging a comeback at Vienna venue Jammin Java tonight?

No. But the next best thing is here: DC cover band The Allman Others Band is performing a limited-capacity outdoor show tonight at 7 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Avenue E.)

“Comprising a super-group of Washington’s best local musicians, The Allman Others Band shows are full of familiar faces, classic tunes and many surprises, driven by the irresistible groove and funky extended jams that have been hard to find since the ‘Brothers’ played their final show at NYC’s venerable Beacon Theater,” Jammin Java said on the Facebook page. “Don’t miss The Allman Others Band as they energize the vast songbook of the Allman Brothers, bringing the music alive and taking you back to the Fillmore, one more time.”

The outdoor event is all-ages, with a limited seating capacity. Entry is first-come, first-served, so those wanting to get in the groove are advised to show up a little early.

Photo via Jammin Java/Facebook

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