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METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS YOUTH TAP ENSEMBLE PERFORMS for BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION at NOVA

Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble of Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria, Va. recently performed for the Black History Month Celebration by Music at NOVA at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Va.  Other entertainment included:  poetry, Martin Luther King, Jr. excerpts, NOVA Jazz Ensemble, NOVA Community Chorus and more. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org.   

“We were honored and thrilled to be part of NOVA’s Black History Month celebration – tap has rich roots in black history, and some of our greatest tap legends were African-American,” said Melissa Dobbs, founder and president of Metropolitan School of the Arts Alexandria and Lorton, Va.

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

CARMELLO’S WARMS the HEART with  VALENTINE’s WEEKEND DINNER and ROSES  and CAKEBREAD WINE DINNER

Carmello’s is hosting a Cakebread Cellar Wine Dinner, Thurs., Feb. 11. at 7 p.m. for $110 inclusive, per person at Carmello’s on Center Street in Manassas, Va. The four-course dinner will feature Cakebread Cellar wines that complement dishes from Carmello’s new winter menu.  A special Valentine’s Day dinner is also being served from Fri., Feb. 12 through Sun., Feb. 14 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., to include a rose. For reservations, go to www.carmellos.com.  

The Cakebread Cellar wine dinner menu includes:  1st Course Sauvignon Blanc 2014

DONATE COATS/TOYS for SERVE and CASA at MONZA/CARMELLOS; In Exchange for $10 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT

DONATE COATS/TOYS for SERVE and CASA at MONZA/CARMELLOS;  In Exchange for $10 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE in exchange for a $10 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Sat.,Dec. 5 during the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade. Coat donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va., as well as throughout December to support SERVE of Manassas, Va. They’ll also be accepting new toys for children of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Manassas, Va.) in exchange for a $10 Monza/Carmello’s gift card during December. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

One gift card will be given per coat and/or per new toy.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jason Robert Brown’s ‘SONGS for a NEW WORLD’

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jason Robert Brown’s ‘SONGS for a NEW WORLD’

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jason Robert Brown’s “Songs for a New World” on Fri., Nov. 6 at 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sun., Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. at the W-3 Theatre at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   

This production is completely student run and performed by Metropolitan School of the Arts high school students studying to have careers in theatre. Chad Vann of Alexandria, Va. is the director, while Sam Cornbrooks of Springfield, Va. is the producer. James Woods of Northern Virginia is the music director.

CULTURETRIP.COM Names Carmello’s Top 10 Best Restaurants

CULTURETRIP.COM Names Carmello’s Top 10 Best Restaurants

Carmello’s was named one of the 10 best restaurants in Historic Manassas, Va. by culturetrip.com, a global website that highlights cultural art, food and travel around the world and in the U.S.  Go to www.carmellos.com.

Culturetrip.com is a global platform for local culture. The site’s audience has grown to nearly 2,000,000 monthly readers in two years, with a large following of about 500,000 people across social media channels. Hailing from all corners of the globe, readers browse the wealth of local and global cultural recommendations and knowledge on offer. Culturetrip.com was the winner of the United Kingdom Website of the Year Award for Arts and Culture and named one of 25 United Kingdom Tech Companies to Watch as well as named a Top Travel and Arts Site by The Guardian/The Times in 2012.

CARMELLO’s WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE’s 2015 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

CARMELLO’s WINS WINE SPECTATOR MAGAZINE’s 2015 AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Carmello’s of Old Town Manassas, Va. recently earned Wine Spectator magazine’s 2015 Award of Excellence for the sixth consecutive year, noted for its vast Portuguese wine selections. For more information, call 703-368-5522 or go to www.carmellos.com.

Carmello’s offers more than 100 Portuguese wines from Portuguese regions, such as Alentejo, Douro, Doa, Estremadura and Vinho Verde, and presents one of the largest Portuguese wine lists in the United States.

“We are always looking to ways to improve and enhance our wine selection,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmello’s and Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “We’re honored to be selected by Wine Spectator Magazine,” said Pires.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS PERFORMS and DIRECTS Jonathon Larson’s “RENT”

Metropolitan Youth Theatre students of the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will present its student-directed and produced performance of Jonathon Larson’ RENT on Fri., July 31 at 7:30 p.m., Sat., Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sun., Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the1st Stage Theatre in Tysons Corner at 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean, Va. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online at www.metropolitanarts.org.   


Jonathan Larson’s rock opera, which ran for 12 years on Broadway and won both the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, is loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.