Tysons Corner, VA

Diners can spot Stanley Cup champ Alexander Ovechkin’s signature on a painting of himself at Randy’s Prime Seafood and Steaks in Tysons.

A spokesperson for the restaurant confirmed to Tysons Reporter that the Washington Capitals captain signed the painting.

The painting — one of five paintings in the restaurant by artist Jack Gable — depicts Ovechkin on the ice holding the Stanley Cup triumphantly above his head.

Randy Norton, the CEO of Great American Restaurants and the restaurant’s namesake, previously told Tysons Reporter that the Ovechkin painting “was the easiest one to pick” when he planned the paintings with the artist.

Norton called the Washington Capitals winning the Stanely Cup last year as “such a wonderful event.”

“I can still see the people celebrating in the streets on the streets around the arena,” Norton said.

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Locals looking for some evening entertainment can watch the latest Cirque du Soleil show in Tysons until the end of September.

The acrobatic troupe returned this year with a new sports-themed show called “VOLTA.”

Cirque du Soleil’s production highlights adventure and street sports, Steven Ross, the show’s senior publicist, told Tysons Reporter.

When the creators of the show started brainstorming about two years ago, Ross said they wanted to try something new. “Sports is the one thing we haven’t done,” he said.

Cirque du Soleil ended up sending talent scouts to sporting events to include sports athletes in the cast.

“We took sport athletes and taught them how to do sport moves in an artistic way,” he said.

In addition to the urban sports inspiration, “VOLTA” is also unlike traditional Cirque du Soleil shows with its “clear and very defined narrative,” Ross said.

“VOLTA” is Latin for “a sudden change,” and the contemporary plot focuses on self-empowerment and transformation while juxtaposing bicycles with ballerinas, he said.

The electronic music — common at sporting events — also adds a new twist to the show, he said.

More from Cirque du Soleil about the show:

Waz is a gameshow contestant that has lost touch with himself. He’s ashamed of who he is because of his difference. Follow him as he enters the show in search of fame, thinking that this will bring him love and acceptance from others. What he will find is something else: that fame is not the answer.

If fame doesn’t provide freedom and acceptance, then what does? Will Waz reconnect with his true self — and stand up for all that makes him truly unique? Will he realize that his difference is what makes him extraordinary?

The “big top” pavilion is located between Tysons Galleria and the Tysons Corner Metro station.

The show runs until Sept 29. Tickets start at $49 and go up to $495 for behind-the-scenes tickets.

Photos via VOLTA by Cirque du Soleil/Facebook

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GoFundMe campaign raised more than $93,000 to help the McLean Little League repair damage from flash flooding last month.

One day after the campaign started, people donated more than $18,000 — about a quarter of the $75,000 goal.

While the GoFundMe says 217 people raised $93,823 in 27 days, Shelly Breslin, who started the campaign, told Tysons Reporter that about $112,000 in total was raised.

Breslin said that she has managed fundraisers before for the little league and decided to create the GoFundMe campaign to cover the costs of the damage from the flooding — especially since the little league does not have flood insurance.

Currently, the McLean Little League complex (1836 Westmoreland Street) is closed as it undergoes work rebuilding dugouts, repairing fencing and cleaning up the fields before the fall season starts at the end of August.

Three years ago, the little league started a campaign for recent field improvements, she said.

“The ironic thing is, right before the water came, the McLean Little League closed out and used the money from the campaign,” Breslin said, adding that the funds paid for new batting cages, scoreboards and fencing, which were then damaged in the July flooding. “Many items had just been done in the spring season… We worked so hard over the last three years to get that money.”

Breslin said there was a huge local community response to the GoFundMe campaign from McLean residents to parents and coaches at the little league in Vienna.

“I think it went great,” she said, adding that people from around the country donated as well.

Breslin also said that she was surprised by some of the “big amounts” people donated, which included a $25,000 donation, two $5,000 donations and 20 donations between $1,000-$2,500.

The GoFundMe is now closed because “we raised what we wanted to get,” Breslin said.

“We are overwhelmed by our McLean community and little league community,” she said.

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So maybe the Vienna Dad’s group didn’t take off, or the non-existent McLean Dad’s group is a bust. How else are adults suppose to make new friends while getting some exercise? Join an adult league for sports!

Imagine creating your team name, a new t-shirt with your favorite nickname on it, getting embarrassed as you pull a muscle the first time you go to run (oh wait, that’s not supposed to happen), and then you go grab some beers and joke around with new (or old) friends.

Grab your friends and join one of these teams:

Softball/Baseball not your thing? What about a bowling or basketball league?

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The acrobatic troupe Cirque du Soleil is back in Tysons with “VOLTA” — a sports-themed show that starts tonight (July 25) at the “big top” pavilion.

Unlike traditional Cirque du Soleil shows, “VOLTA” features sports athletes in the cast for the urban sports-inspired show and follows a more streamlined plot, Steven Ross, the show’s senior publicist, told Tysons Reporter.

The contemporary “VOLTA” plot focuses on self-empowerment and transformation while incorporating bicycles and ballerinas, Ross said.

More from Cirque du Soleil about the show:

Waz is a gameshow contestant that has lost touch with himself. He’s ashamed of who he is because of his difference. Follow him as he enters the show in search of fame, thinking that this will bring him love and acceptance from others. What he will find is something else: that fame is not the answer.

If fame doesn’t provide freedom and acceptance, then what does? Will Waz reconnect with his true self — and stand up for all that makes him truly unique? Will he realize that his difference is what makes him extraordinary?

The circus set up tents recently between Tysons Galleria and the Tysons Corner Metro station — the same location the troupe used last year.

The show runs from July 25-Sept 29. Tickets start at $49 and go up to $495 for behind-the-scenes tickets, which include backstage tours.

Photos via Volta by Cirque du Soleil/Facebook

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One day after a GoFundMe campaign launched to help the McLean Little League repair damage to its complex from Monday’s flash flooding has already raised more than $18,000.

Started yesterday (Wednesday), the fundraiser has raised about a quarter of its $75,000 goal.

“We have set up this fund to help cover the cost of repairs (given our location, we do not have flood insurance),” according to the GoFundMe.

Currently, the McLean Little League complex is closed.

Work to repair the damage will include rebuilding two dugouts, repairing fencing on three of the four fields and cleaning up the fields at the complex (1836 Westmoreland Street), Jen Nance, the president of the McLean Little League, previously told Tysons Reporter.

The aim is to get the work done before the fall season starts.

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Following extensive damage from flash flooding yesterday (Monday), the McLean Little League is looking to repair its complex during the off-season.

Jen Nance, the president of the McLean Little League, told Tysons Reporter that the “serious damage” is still being assessed after the creek behind the facility flooded the fields at 1836 Westmoreland Street.

“It was definitely the most floodwaters we have seen in any recent history,” Nance said, adding that the flashing flooding “wreaked havoc.”

Before the flooding started, the facility managed opened up the fields for a local baseball group to use them for a camp this week. Seven cars belonging to the group’s coaches ended up floating around in the flooded parking lot during the brunt of the storm, Nance said. Luckily, no one was hurt.

By 12:30 p.m. yesterday, most of the water had receded from the fields, making the damage clearly visible. “[You] can tell where the debris from the creek got stuck in the fencing,” Nance said. “Debris is at least 6 feet up on the fence.”

Nance said that work will include rebuilding two dugouts, repairing fencing on three of the four fields and cleaning up the fields, adding that the tee-ball field has the worst amount of damage, while the front field suffered the least.

Currently, the McLean Little League complex is closed — “it’s not a secure, safe situation right now,” she said — and the nonprofit is working with vendors to determine the cost and timeframe for repairs.

“We’re thinking we can get it all repaired by the fall season,” Nance said, adding that “it’s too soon to know” when the repairs will be finished.

Tysons Reporter spoke to contractors inspecting the site today (July 9), who said that the goal is to reopen the complex by Labor Day.

While the McLean Little League hasn’t started a GoFundMe yet, Nance said that community fundraising is one option to pay for the repairs.

“We are a nonprofit, so we rely heavily on our community and donors,” she said. “This is a once in many year occurrence.”

Because of the timing of the flooding, Nance said that she expects the damage to have little impact on the team or the local community, which often will use the field.

“We don’t have games. The seasons are wrapping up,” she said. “I think it will be hopefully minimal. If we get rolling soon, there will be no impact on the fall season.”

For people who want to stay updated on the repair status, Nance recommends checking the McLean Little League’s Twitter and Facebook. Nance also suggests keeping an eye out for registration for the fall season, which is set to open in the next couple of weeks.

“We will likely continue to update via Twitter. Our population looks to that Twitter feed,” she said.

Vernon Miles contributed to this story

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Be warned if you’re planning on displaying any Carolina Hurricanes gear in McLean: your new neighbor Evgeny Kuznetsov might take exception.

Kuznetsov, a Russian-born 26-year-old center for the Washington Capitals, and his wife Anastasia purchased two adjacent properties in McLean along Spring Hill Road, according to the Washington Business Journal.

The properties cost a combined $5.95 million and the sale closed on March 26. Kuznetsov signed a $62.4 million contract with the Caps in 2017, making him one of the few millennials able to afford a house in wealthy McLean on their own.

If Kuznetsov is looking to grab a post-work drink with some colleagues, Sakura Japanese Steak and Seafood House in Tysons seems to be a favorite of one of his teammates.

Photo via Facebook

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A series of new events are coming to BrandBox, a collection of pop-up stores grouped together in the Tysons Corner Center mall.

The eclectic array of groups are mostly being held in the Lounge, a free relaxation area that opened at the mall in March.

  • ‘Masters’ Putt-Pong TournamentApril 13 at Chubbies from 12 p.m. “until winner dominates all rounds” — The Chubbies in BrandBox will host a Putt-Pong tournament, a ski-ball like golfing game popular at tailgates. Winners of the tournament will receive a free cooler bag and $5 off any casual stretch shorts. The top three winning teams will receive gift cards. The Masters golf tournament will be shown in the lounge next to the competition.
  • Make Your Own Peep Easter Basket — April 14 at BrandBox Lounge from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. — Sugary treat-maker Peeps is hosting an Easter basket making event to be filled with treats. Reservations can be made online or at the door.
  • Rosé All Day — April 25 at Brandbox Lounge from 5-7 p.m. — A pre-Mother’s Day celebration of rosé wine will be hosted by cosmetics brand Winky Lux, Bloom Salon and Seasons 52. Entrance is $20, which includes a $20 Winky Lux gift card, a complimentary mini-makeover, rosé tasting, and hair touch-ups.
  • Urban Forest Perfume Making Workshop — May 9 at Brandbox Lounge from 5:30-7:30 p.m. — The Urban Forest Perfume Company will host a sensory workshop with guests invited to explore plant-based perfumery. The event will include a discussion of synthetic vs plant-based ingredients, perfume notes, and basic perfume formulas. Each participant will also receive a 15 ml bottle of their own fragrance. Tickets are $85 and available online.

Photo via Facebook

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Alexander Ovechkin and some famous Russian friends celebrated the Great Eight’s eighth 50-goal season in style in Tysons Tuesday.

Capitals blog Russian Machine Never Breaks reports that Ovi and friends dined at Sakura Japanese Steak and Seafood House, at the Pike 7 Plaza shopping center near the Greensboro Metro station.

Video of the celebration appears to show Ovi and his party — which included a pair of Russian comedians — enjoying pretty much having the entire restaurant to themselves.

Next up for Ovechkin and the Caps: the NHL playoffs.

 

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