Seen and Heard: Happenings Around Town Live
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Weekend Best Bets: Fall Fests, Air & Scare, Boo at the Zoo, Horses, Music and More.
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- Fall Harvest Family Days at Mt. Vernon celebrates the season with rides, demonstrations, games and music. For info
- Disney on Ice at the Patriot Center presents Frozen the Academy Award winning and number one animated film of all time with various shows and times all weekend. For info
- BOO at The Zoo Weekend at the National Zoo with not-so-spooky treat station and animal demonstrations this event is frightfully fun for the whole family. For info
- The Verizon Center hosts the Washington International Horse Show featuring top riders, events, exhibits and shopping. For info
Sat., Oct. 25:
- Barktoberfest has Yards Park going to the dogs with a festive day of live music, food, tastings and activities for two and four legged guests. For info
- Annandale Fall Festival annual event features music and entertainment, parade, kids zone and more. For info
- Family Halloween Special, at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, offers games, magic show, treats for all ages. For info
- Air & Scare is an annual event at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly where you arrive in costume for indoor trick-or-treating, creep crafts, spooky science experiments and lots of Halloween activities. For info
- Celebrate Charles Fall Fest in Waldorf with a trick-or-treat trail, family fun zone, live music and more. For info
- Warner Theatre presents and evening with Gladys Knight. For info
- Lizner Auditorium it’s the folky Swedish sisters of First Aid Kit. For info
- Weinberg Center for the Arts Grammy winner Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. For info
- Jammin Java presents the Americana of The Greencards. For info
- The State Theatre hosts a great tribute band with Almost Queen. For info
- The Barns of Wolf Trap the Texas-Louisiana melded blues piano of Marcia Ball. For info
- The Howard Theatre hosts singer/songwriter, Kina Grannis. For info
Sun., Oct. 26:
- 18th Annual Del Ray Halloween Parade and Festival invites you to don your best costumes, dress your pets, decorate your strollers with prizes, activities and a haunted graveyard. For info
- Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton invites you to Live Music Sundays after a hard work week, relax with a picnic, good friends and enjoy great local music. For info
- Pumpkin Village Fall Fest at Leesburg Animal Park get up close and personal with exotic and domestic animals with seasonal rides and activities for the whole family. For info
- The Howard Theatre host gypsy guitar at its best with Django Festival Allstars. For info
- The Rams Head On Stage presents the Americana-roots of the Joe Ely Duo. For info
- The Fillmore offers the ska-punk of Streetlight Manifesto. For info
- Jammin Java the Fall Harvest Tour w/ Through The Roots + The Supervillians. For info
- The Hamilton hosts rock singer/songwriter, Storm Large. For info
- The Barns of Wolf Trap presents the pop-centric jazz trio, The Bad Plus. For info
- Gypy Sally’s it's singer/songwriter, Kris Delmhorst. For info
George Clinton unveils autobiography in D.C.WASHINGTON -- The master of P-Funk is coming to D.C.George Clinton will read from his new autobiography, "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?," at the MLK Library in Northwest D.C. He will share memories and life stories with the crowd, and sign books after the reading.DC Public Library will also host a special presentation on African ancestry, and release details about Clinton's genealogy.This is a ticketed event with limited seating. Click here for details.Dude. George Clinton is coming! Reserve your spot and board the spaceship, explore Mr. P-Funk's ancestry and hang! http://t.co/eHedqDCxG2
A full bag of Halloween FreebiesDon't make holiday plans until you've read WTOP's Halloween Freebies list.We've loaded it with trick-or-treating destinations, parades, festivals, costume and pumpkin carving contests and other events and giveaways going on through Nov. 1, 2014.Check it all out on WTOP.com.
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Renee Zellweger's new lookWASHINGTON -- The Internet has been buzzing with news that Renee Zellweger looks a tad different these days.The "Bridget Jones" actress stepped out on the red carpet ELLE's 21st annual Women In Hollywood Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel in California on Monday, Daily Mail reports.The rarely seen starlet was almost unrecognizable in photos taken at the event:
In response to the scrutiny, Zellweger tells People Magazine:"I’m glad folks think I look different! I’m living a different, happy, more fulfilling life, and I’m thrilled that perhaps it shows. …
People don’t know me in my 40s. People don’t know me [as] healthy for a while. Perhaps I look different. Who doesn’t as they get older?! Ha. But I am different. I’m happy."Renée Zellweger’s Awesome Response To Trolls Over Her Appearance
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She is thoroughly recognizable as a real woman who is aging along with the rest of us instead of further destroying her once youthful face with plastics and fillers like all the other faux Real women in Hollywood. Would you have written that headline about a male actor who is aging naturally?
First of all, the lighting on this pic is terrible. As a photographer, I would never pose someone with harsh side lighting. It's unflattering. Second, we scrutinize women enough as it is. Who cares what she looks like as long as she is happy. No one thinks it's terrible that Clint Eastwood, Rob Riner, Woody Allen, or Robert Redford got old.....they're just doing a job and can't help mother nature.
Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, left, walks with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III after an NFL football practice at Redskins Park, on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Matthew McConaughey defends the Redskins nameWASHINGTON -- "Interstellar" star Matthew McConaughey is the latest to weigh in on the Redskins name controversy.So what does the Texan think of the moniker?"What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, 'No, gotta change it'? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board," he tells GQ Magazine."I know a lot of Native Americans don't have a problem with it, but they're not going to say, 'No, we really want the name.' That's not how they're going to use their pulpit."McConaughey adds that he has been a fan of the team since he was a child. In fact, he visited the team this summer."I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it's in the court of public opinion, it's going to change. I wish it wouldn't, but it will," he says.Read the full interview here.
'Carousel' comes to life at Hartke Theatre
The sweeping score of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s "Carousel" will come to life this fall as the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music presents its fall musical on stage at The Catholic University of America’s newly renovated Hartke Theatre.
"Carousel" will be presented Friday through Sunday.
With music by Richard Rodgers and book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, "Carousel" is known for its soaring melodies, beautiful underscoring, and lush orchestrations, notes N. Thomas Pedersen, head of the Musical Theatre Division who is providing musical direction for the show.
"Carousel" will be the first musical presented in CUA’s Hartke Theatre since its recent updates, which included new seating and carpeting.
Since its opening in 1970, the Hartke Theatre has enjoyed a long history of outstanding performances by luminaries such as Helen Hayes, Cyril Richard, and Pat Carroll.
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Weekend Best Bets: Oyster, Brew, Harvest, Arts & Craft Fests with great DC music
Mary de Pompa WTOP News
- Northern Virginia Fall Brewfest at Bull Run Park offers something for everyone with a kids play area, music, food and fun. For info
- Tysons Fall Harvest Wine and Beer Festival is great family fun with a craft corner, candy walk, live music and amusements. For info
- 17th Annual Bethesda Row Arts Festival transforms downtown Bethesda into an outdoor gallery of spectacular artists and crafters with kids activities, live music and more. For info
- Sugar Loaf Crafts Festival at Montgomery County Fairgrounds hosts over 200 top artisans of a variety of mediums with interactive demos, kids entertainment, music and more. For info
- The 48th Annual St. Mary’s County Oyster Festival is a gem of regional traditions with seafood, exhibits, arts, shucking, cook-offs and live entertainment. For info
- 19th Annual Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art and Craft Festival at the Dulles Expo Center has hundred’s of talented artists and craftsmen from across the country. For infoMagnificent Intentions Music Festival at the IOTA Cafe in Arlington is a 3-day event celebrating DC-area music. For info
Sat, Oct. 18:
- Merrifield Fall Festival is free family fun outdoors with kids activities, fire truck tours, lego tent, animals, music and more. For info
- American Indian Festival at Patuxent River Park celebrates Native American culture with live entertainment, hands on activities, food samplings and great family fun. For info
- Alexandria Family Fall Festival at Boothe Park is rain or shine with rides, activities, entertainment and more. For info
- 9:30 Club the British pop-punk of You Me At Six. For info
- Rams Head On Stage has Grammy-nom, singer/songwriter, Rufus Wainwright. For info
- The Hamilton presents the “one-woman band” Kawehi. For info
- Jammin Java hosts LA indie outfit, Run River North. For info
Sun, Oct. 19:
- Anne Arundel's Art @ the Park in Annapolis has exhibits, music and kids activities. For info
- The Circus Life Festival at Quatro Goomba’s in Aldie is an all ages music festival. For info
- Pumpkins in the Park at Lake Fairfax Park is the ultimate in all family fun with slides, rides, hands on activities and a puppet show. For info
- Oatlands Harvest Festival in Leesburg is family friendly fun with games, hay rides, fall activities, music and more. For info
- Lincoln Theatre hosts country icon, Dwight Yoakam. For info
- Jammin Java has guitar virtuoso, Tony MacAlpine. For info
- The Birchmere presents award-winning finger style guitarist, Andy McKee. For info
- The Howard Theatre offers the contemporary jazz of Gregory Porter. For info
- Rams Head On Stage hosts the Afro-cuban, salsa, latin jazz of Hubana Sax. For info
- BlackRock Center For The Arts hosts Chris Brubeck’s Triple Play jazz combo. For info
- Barns of Wolf Trap presents the award winning singer/songwriter, Paula Cole. For info
How to save on children's Halloween costumes(ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)
It's October, which means it's time to focus on what your children are going to dress up as this Halloween -- and how much their costumes are going to cost you.
You don't necessarily have to spend a lot of money on costumes for your kids. Read on for seven ways to cut the cost of your children's costumes this Halloween.
Scream Guide: Local Haunted HousesCelebrate the spooky holiday with terrifying haunted houses -- enter at your own risk.See the list of haunted events in the D.C. area on WTOP.com.(WTOP/Alicia Lozano)
Halloween attractions up the scare factorNEW YORK (AP) -- Halloween seems to be getting scarier, with attractions going ever-more interactive and in-your-face.
Read about some of the attractions around the country on WTOP.com.
Too soon? How about not at all for Ebola HalloweenAP
NEW YORK (AP) -- No holiday screams pop culture controversy quite like Halloween.
So what's the costume flap of the year? It might just be Ebola, as in Ebola zombies, bloody Ebola patients and faux protective gear.Read more on WTOP.com.
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Clarendon church to host EDM showWASHINGTON -- The Church at Clarendon (1210 N. Highland Street) is swapping the organ for a laptop and turntable this Saturday night when it hosts an electronic dance music (EDM) show.
The concert will be free and held at the church from 8:00 to 11:00 p.m., according to church Community Ministry and Discipleship Director Stephen Taylor. The star of the show will be DJ Rick Solo, a Charlotte-based artist who holds DJ-led, Christian services in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C.
The Church at Clarendon says it’s trying to reach the younger demographic that lives in the Clarendon area. The church has expanded its community offerings to include yoga classes, game night and a concert series that included a performance from the Go Go Symphony earlier this month, as well as the EDM show.Read the full story here.
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