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Vintage Crystal Will Serve Up Tapas and Tequila Yet Again

The Crystal City Business Improvement District is bringing the 4th annual Vintage Crystal on Sunday, September 19th from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at 220 20th Street South in Arlington, VA. Part of Crystal City BID’s goal is to promote the vibrant Crystal City restaurants, so going off of last year’s Latin theme, there will be more than 30 different wines from Spain and South America, as well as tequila, and tasty tapas.

Some of the 25 local restaurants participating include CC Bistro, Cabot Creamery, Restaurant Mez, Salsa La Glorias, Lebanese Taverna, and Zpizza. There will be over 30 different wine selections from Spain, Argentina, and Chile. Jazz music will fill the streets and local Latin American dance groups will light up the stage. But the dancing is not limited to these performers! Attendees can join in on the Salsa, Samba, Rumba, Cha-Cha-Cha with lessons provided by the Salsa Room.

American Century Theater to Open New Theatrical Season

Arlington’s American Century Theater is getting ready to open an all-new theatrical season. This professional non-profit theater company is getting ready to open the season with The Tenth Man (1959) by Paddy Chayefsky. This romantic comedy by the Emmy and Academy Award-winning writer of screenplays for Marty and Network is about a Jewish exorcism of a young woman and the power of faith and love.

Following The Tenth Man, the theatrical season will continue with One Night with Fanny Brice, Beyond the Horizon, Stage Door, and Visit to a Small Planet. The American Century Theater is committed to producing 20th century American plays and musicals that are at the risk of being completely forgotten. 

The performances are held at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center located at 2700 South Lang Street in Arlington, VA.

“World Fare: A Street Food Festival” at Willow Restaurant

A local chapter of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs will be hosting their annual fundraiser on Sunday, October 3rd at Willow Restaurant in Arlington. WCR was first founded in 1993 by eight of the nation’s top chefs and restaurateurs and has now grown to over 2,000 members.

The annual fundraiser at will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and will feature delicious dishes from local women chefs. The theme of the fundraiser is “World Fare” and there will be street fare style food samples. There will also be fun door prizes and a variety of wines, beers, and spirits. The WCR is predicting that more than 300 people will be attending the fundraiser from the greater DC metropolitan area.

Going along with the mission of WCR, which is to promote and enhance the education, advancement and connection of women in the culinary industry, the World Fare proceeds will go to scholarship and internship programs for women in culinary arts.

Signature Theatre Presents Rock Musical Chess

The 1980’s rock hit song “One Night in Bangkok” was simply unforgettable. Now this radio hit, along with other memorable rock scores, will be playing in the Signature Theatre in Arlington in the next few weeks when the musical Chess hits town.

Chess  is about two international chess masters from America and Russia competing in a world championship match only to find out that they are also in love with the same woman. This rock music brings a return to Cold War intrigue, forbidden love, and is full of 1980s rock classics.

This musical coming to Arlington marks something even more special: it is the first American production of this musical in almost 20 years and it is Washington regions first professional production! Signature Theatre is proud to host Chess from August 10th to September 26th in its 276-seat theatre located at 4200 Campbell Avenue off I-395 Shirlington exit.