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Chantilly Snapshot: ‘Jack and Jill and the Beanstalk’

Take two popular fairytales, add a couple gigantic puppets and mix well, and the result is Chantilly High's upcoming children's show, “Jack and Jill and the Beanstalk.”

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Centreville Resident: ‘I’ve Got a Golden Ticket’

“American Idol” sends Westfield’s Sara Sturm to Hollywood.

It’s too early to know whether Centreville resident Sara Sturm will be the next American Idol; but at least, she has a chance. That’s because, after auditioning on the singing-competition show that aired Jan. 13 on national TV, she received a golden ticket to Hollywood.

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‘Colors of the Winter’ at Katie’s Coffee

Great Falls Studios photographer Jim Diedrich (Jamesdiedrich.com) is the featured artist for February at Katie's Coffee.

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Burke and Springfield: Lake Braddock Musical Theatre presents Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Since October, Lake Braddock junior Josh Lee has been transforming into Beast. He’s not ‘a beast,’ though he stands fairly stout at a formidable six-plus-feet-tall; Lee is cast as the dark and complex title character in his school’s Musical Theatre production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

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Alexandria/Mount Vernon Weekend Fun: Jan. 22-31

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Events in Mount Vernon and Alexandria, Va.

Weekend Events in Burke, Fairfax, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Clifton and Springfield

Winter is coming. Call venues ahead of time for schedule changes.

Call venues ahead of time for schedule changes. Stay warm this weekend!

Reston and Herndon: Weekend Events

Winter is coming. Call venues ahead of time for schedule changes.

Winter fun in Reston and Herndon.

Weekend Events

Winter is coming. Call venues for schedule changes.

Winter is coming. Call venues ahead of time for schedule changes.

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Fairfax: JCC of Northern Virginia Dance Troupe Wins First Place

On Jan. 9-10, the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s j.dance performance troupe, The Rockdaniot, received first place in the Mini category for their ballet and contemporary routines at JUMP Dance Convention in Washington, D.C.

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‘Uplifting and Impressive’ Concert

On. Jan. 12, after school, band students from Cardinal Forest Elementary School, Hunt Valley Elementary School, Keene Mill Elementary School, Orange Hunt Elementary School, Rolling Valley Elementary School, West Springfield Elementary School, Irving Middle School, and West Springfield High School met in the West Springfield High School auditorium to rehearse together, eat dinner together and perform.

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Little Theatre of Alexandria Hosts Area Actors Showcase

LTA to host D.C.-area actors showcase.

The Little Theatre of Alexandria, whose productions have starred the likes of Dermot Mulroney and Academy Award winner Marcia Gay Harden, will play host to the Washington area’s first actors showcase Feb. 12-14, providing the opportunity for local talent to be seen by top casting directors and industry professionals from New York City.

Alexandria: Murders Spotlight Gang Presence

MS-13 gang members in custody over Beverley Park and Four Mile Run homicides.

After months of investigating, two of Alexandria’s 2015 homicide cases may have been solved. Police announced on Jan. 13 that suspects were in custody for the murders of Jose Luis Ferman Perez and Eduardo David Chandias Almendarez.

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‘Muted’ Now On Display

New exhibit at Torpedo Factory emphasizes subtleties.

“Muted,” a new art exhibit showcasing the serene and subdued, hangs this month in the Art League Gallery. The works on display range from photography to painting to sculpture and were selected by Allison Nance. Nance, curator of the Hillyer Art Space in Washington D.C., chose 93 art pieces from 485 submissions. She explained her decisions during a reception at the Art League gallery on Thursday night, Jan. 14. “I thought a lot about subject matter and the way the pieces personally made me feel,” said Nance.

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Herndon High Prepares For Winter Cabaret

Broadway music and dance at Herndon HS.

Herndon High students have been rehearsing for the annual winter cabaret show.

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Centreville Snapshot: United in Song

Centreville Pyramid Choir encompasses Union Mill, Centreville, Centre Ridge and Colin Powell elementary schools, Liberty Middle School and Centreville High School.