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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bands and Brews on the Boulevard

 Outdoor music festivals are back for Ballston this Saturday July 24 with the Bands and Brews on the Boulevard! The event is free to attend but you will need to buy tickets for the beer, wine and cocktails. You can also donate to the Ballston Bartender Relief Fund. All day music is provided at two stages:

Wilson boulevard stage

DJ Touch Basis | 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Andrew Savoia and Fordson Labs | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Turtle Recall | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Junkfood | 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Popstar Drive | 3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Aztec Sun | 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Bobby McKeys dueling pianos | 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm

Welburn square stage

Avant Bard Theatre | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Lucia Valentine | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm


Monday, July 19, 2021

Ballston Cars and Coffee

Start off this Saturday July 24 morning with Ballston's Cars And Coffee event from 8am to 11am. It's a car show in the 3901 Fairfax Drive parking lot with free doughnuts, coffee and live music by Memphis Gold, Bobby Thompson & Jenny Langer, and Karen Jonas. Stick around Ballston afterwards for the Bands and Brews on the Boulevard outdoor music event!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Ballston Quarterfest Crawl


This year the annual Ballston Quarterfest, formally the Taste of Arlington, is back on Saturday May 15 with an emphasis on being safe and socially distant in this outdoor event. Besides food and drink specials from local restaurants, events include a scavenger hunt, live music, and giant-sized games. This dog friendly event goes from noon to 7pm throughout Ballston from Glebe to North Quincy Street. This event also benefits BallstonGives for the Homeward Trails Animal Rescue.

Live music includes:
DJ Purnell - 12:00
Karen Joanas - 12:00
Leon City Sounds - 12:00
The Jared Stout Duo - 1:00
Bobby Thompson and Jenny Langer - 1:00
Avant Bard Theatre - 2:00
David Kitchen Duo - 2:00
Gracious Me Duo - 3:00
Janine Wilson and Arch Alcantara - 4:00
Memphis Gold - 4:00
Claire Show - 5:00
Andrew Savoia and Fordson Labs - 5:00
Ruthie and the Wranglers Porch Band - 6:00

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Ambar and TTT discount on takeout

Ambar and TTT locations are having a take out special starting today Dec 1 through Dec 13. Ambar at Home and TTTake out are giving you immediate cash back on your take out orders made via their website. For Ambar, they give a 20% discount on every $60 order. TTT is a 20% discount on each $50 order.

Ambar may be my favorite dine-in restaurant in Clarendon, so their gift cards are a great way to support them until its safe to dine inside attain. Ambar is offering an additional $25 on a $100 gift card purchase. Buy before Dec 31!

Monday, November 30, 2020

Boardroom Survival Pack

Boardroom in Clarendon has a lot going on during these awful times. After just celebrating their 3rd anniversary in Clarendon they released their Belgian dark beer brew Hops Against Hunger, which is a collaboration with the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). Each one of these beers Boardroom sells, they donate $1 to AFAC.

Continuing through the pandeimic is the weekly trivia nights Tuesdays at 7pm and pub feud Thursdays also 7pm.

Boardroom continues brewing their own brews, and is offering a beer kit to get you through quarantine. Their Survival Pack (for at least one day) provides youa 64oz growler of your choice, 32oz crowler of Black Knight Stout, two Board Room pint glasses, glass mug and a t-shirt.

Friday, August 28, 2020

Physical distancing enforced for Clarendon bar lines

Police are starting to enforce the county's physical distancing rules for public spaces tonight, Friday August 28. People in lines outside of the Lot, Spider Kelly's, Don Tito, Whitlow's and Wilson Hardware must stay 6 feet from others and no more than 3 people per group. Arlington county has added traffic cones and pavement markings to encourage bar goers staying a safe distance from each other.

Since all restaurants are operating at 50% indoor capacity, long lines often form down the block outside as people wait to drink inside. These late night bar goers often don't voluntarily follow rules such as wearing a mask in public or staying away from others on the sidewalk. The Arlington County emergency ordinance is a response to this behavior that went into effect last week, but ACPD delayed enforcing it to give the public and venues a chance to find their feet meeting the new rules.

Most Clarendon restaurants are doing everything possible to meet CDC guidelines and keep their patrons safe. The Lot even dedicated two of their own staff to policing their line on 10th Street to make sure customers are staying away from each other.

Stay safe out there Clarendon!

Friday, July 31, 2020

Safe music benefit for Papillon Cycles

The back parking lot of Acme Pie Co is turning into a socially distant live music stage this Friday July 31 starting at 6:30pm. This outdoor is held to benefit Papillon Cycles, Arlington's oldest bicycle shop. Masks and social distancing is required to see some awesome local bands live, including one of my favorites Jumpin Jupiter! Bring a folding camping chair to check these these four acts:

Grumbler
Jumpin Jupiter
Delarcos
X-Motorcycle Couriers


"COVID-19 has been hard on small business and although there is a demand for bikes, Papillon can't get stock or parts, putting them in a tight spot - so let's help them out while having a great time with music, friends and neighbors and plenty of space between you.


Join us on July 31st, from 6:30pm to 11pm for music from Jumpin' Jupiter, Grumbler, The Delarcos and X-Motorcycle Couriers. Pizza from Sicilian Pizza, pie from Acme Pie Co.
and soft drinks will be available. Entry donation is only $10.00, available at the event or in advance via Venmo (@sol-schott).


All proceeds benefit an awesome local business, that's been part of the community for over 35 years.
In order to keep everyone safe, strict social distancing guidelines will be followed and MASKS ARE A MUST! BYO lawn or camping chair. or advance purchase or to make a donation to the cause even if you can't attend, Venmo - @sol-schott. "

Sunday, July 12, 2020

The North Country streaming Youtube

The North Country, a DC based experimental pop band, is doing a special livestream on YouTube this Sunday, July 12 at 8pm. The group is promoting their new LP America and Afterwards, which was originally going to be performed at SXSW before everything got cancelled.


The group’s music is eclectic, and each track contains a story that transports fans into a different point of view. America and Afterwards is an honest look at the present and a hopeful look to the future.


The North Country's music is very appropriate to modern times as they are "responding like future humans, also the name of the album’s first single, which dropped shortly before the pandemic struck. While there are dark themes throughout the album and criticisms of our society, there is also an earnest belief of what society can become when we rid ourselves of the forces that got Trump elected like racism, misogyny, and unchecked capitalism."


RSVP here on Facebook for the free livestream on YouTube!

Friday, June 26, 2020

Attack Of The Comics at Drafthouse Zoom

This Friday at 8pm Arlington Cinema Drafthouse is hosting its recurring comedy standup Attack Of The Comics for free on Zoom.


The show is raising money for local charities:
DC Coalition for Homeless
One DC


Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/96811958203
Meeting ID: 968 1195 8203
RSVP here for free tickets

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Drive in movie night at Ballston


BallstonConnect Club is doing a retro drive-in movie night showcasing "The Princess Bride" this Saturday, June 13 8pm. You can place orders for &pizza before the movie begins. Drive into the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Ballston and safely watch the 1987 classic from your own car. Cost is $40 per vehicle.