Film Review : “Terminator Genisys” – Old but Entertaining

Film Review : “Terminator Genisys” – Old but Entertaining

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren I remember going to see the original “Terminator” (1984). I thought it was both wonderful and cheesy, and, being a movie-loving girl, I loved it immediately for the incredibly strong and tough female character I had rarely seen before in film. After “Alien”, it seemed to point to […]

#LadyBoss : A Special Series on the Women Who Lead the Old Town Boutique District

#LadyBoss : A Special Series on the Women Who Lead the Old Town Boutique District

I think we all have memories of special (or silly, or crazy, or simply romantic) times formed in the destination of Old Town Alexandria. I remember my first meal while on a date at The Chart House, my first taste of Grand Marnier with my sales team, fresh job out of college, celebrating at Bullfeathers, […]

Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer means SUN, let’s face it. Pause. Well, let’s not literally face it – the sun that is. But if you have to, with today’s strong rays and risk of over exposure which can cause not only burning, severe permanent damage, and heaven forbid, skin cancer, we do turn toward the experts for guidance. Plastic […]

The Summer Menu, Savory and Sweet, Delights at Copperwood Tavern & a Conversation with Executive Chef Justus Frank

The Summer Menu, Savory and Sweet, Delights at Copperwood Tavern & a Conversation with Executive Chef Justus Frank

Executive Chef Justus Frank (above) has a long history in the kitchen, both personally and professionally, but this under-the-radar young gent (who is married and has a dog too – we had a nice conversation about dogs when he met Frasier the Pup on Copperwood Tavern’s dog-friendly patio) is laser focused on creating and executing […]

History Restored: 700 River Bend Road in Great Falls, VA “Three Swallows Farm”

History Restored: 700 River Bend Road in Great Falls, VA “Three Swallows Farm”

You have to see it with your own eyes to believe this ethereal and charming, yet breathtaking masterpiece property. I did so last weekend during the public open house. Jason Mandel and Susan Hand of Washington Fine Properties are co-representing Three Swallows Farm found at 700 River Bend Road in Great Falls, VA. Listed at […]


Beauty & Health

Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer means SUN, let’s face it. Pause. Well, let’s not literally face it – the sun that is. But if you have to, with today’s strong rays and risk of over exposure which can cause not only burning, severe permanent damage, and heaven forbid, skin cancer, we do turn toward the experts for guidance. Plastic […]

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From the Founder

From the Founder: Life So Far with #FrasierthePup

From the Founder: Life So Far with #FrasierthePup

This past Sunday marked two full weeks since Frasier the Pup entered my world and yes, as cheesy as it sounds, saved me. My life has turned right side up, not upside down (I thank my dear long time friend Tien Wong for that correction). I have never before felt such an overwhelming degree of […]

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Arts & Culture

Film Review: “Infinitely Polar Bear” & Exclusive Interview

Film Review: “Infinitely Polar Bear” & Exclusive Interview

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren Writer/director Maya Forbes mines her own life in this charming, moving indie “Infinitely Polar Bear”, starring Mark Ruffalo. What is it like having a father that is both fun and uncontrollable? When kids need to become the adult does it scar them for life?  In writer/director Maya […]

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People to Know

People to Know / Punch Profiles : Spotlight on Nail Blogger Hannah Kahler aka SHIE Nails

People to Know / Punch Profiles : Spotlight on Nail Blogger Hannah Kahler aka SHIE Nails

By New York City Punch Contributor Becca Norris  Oh you fancy, huh? Well…you would be if you had the chance of running in with the area’s up and coming nail blogger, Hannah Kahler. Sure, there are salons dotting every corner around our nation’s capital, but have you had the chance to find New York/LA spunk […]

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Recent Articles

Film Review : “Terminator Genisys” – Old but Entertaining

Film Review : “Terminator Genisys” – Old but Entertaining

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren I remember going to see the original “Terminator” (1984). I thought it was both wonderful and cheesy, and, being a movie-loving girl, I loved it immediately for the incredibly strong and tough female character I had rarely seen before in film. After “Alien”, it seemed to point to […]

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#LadyBoss : A Special Series on the Women Who Lead the Old Town Boutique District

#LadyBoss : A Special Series on the Women Who Lead the Old Town Boutique District

I think we all have memories of special (or silly, or crazy, or simply romantic) times formed in the destination of Old Town Alexandria. I remember my first meal while on a date at The Chart House, my first taste of Grand Marnier with my sales team, fresh job out of college, celebrating at Bullfeathers, […]

read more

Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer Means Sun: What You Need to Know about Sun PROTECTION

Summer means SUN, let’s face it. Pause. Well, let’s not literally face it – the sun that is. But if you have to, with today’s strong rays and risk of over exposure which can cause not only burning, severe permanent damage, and heaven forbid, skin cancer, we do turn toward the experts for guidance. Plastic […]

read more

The Summer Menu, Savory and Sweet, Delights at Copperwood Tavern & a Conversation with Executive Chef Justus Frank

The Summer Menu, Savory and Sweet, Delights at Copperwood Tavern & a Conversation with Executive Chef Justus Frank

Executive Chef Justus Frank (above) has a long history in the kitchen, both personally and professionally, but this under-the-radar young gent (who is married and has a dog too – we had a nice conversation about dogs when he met Frasier the Pup on Copperwood Tavern’s dog-friendly patio) is laser focused on creating and executing […]

read more

History Restored: 700 River Bend Road in Great Falls, VA “Three Swallows Farm”

History Restored: 700 River Bend Road in Great Falls, VA “Three Swallows Farm”

You have to see it with your own eyes to believe this ethereal and charming, yet breathtaking masterpiece property. I did so last weekend during the public open house. Jason Mandel and Susan Hand of Washington Fine Properties are co-representing Three Swallows Farm found at 700 River Bend Road in Great Falls, VA. Listed at […]

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Film Review: “Infinitely Polar Bear” & Exclusive Interview

Film Review: “Infinitely Polar Bear” & Exclusive Interview

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren Writer/director Maya Forbes mines her own life in this charming, moving indie “Infinitely Polar Bear”, starring Mark Ruffalo. What is it like having a father that is both fun and uncontrollable? When kids need to become the adult does it scar them for life?  In writer/director Maya […]

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4th Annual Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival : This Saturday noon to 6pm at Oronoco Bay Park

4th Annual Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival : This Saturday noon to 6pm at Oronoco Bay Park

The 4th Annual Alexandria’s Food & Wine Festival is set to return this summer at a new waterfront location on Saturday, June 27th noon-6pm and your’s truly along with Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7 News – WJLA Good Morning Washington News Anchor, Darik Kristofer, 94.7 Fresh FM, Jeannie Theismann – Feature Reporter, Alexandria Gazette, will be judging the restaurant’s […]

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Theater News: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Annual “Will on the Hill” Raises Over $500K for Education Programs

Theater News: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Annual “Will on the Hill” Raises Over $500K for Education Programs

By Punch Production Critic Lindsey Clark If, as Shakespeare proclaimed in his classic comedy, As You Like It, “all the world’s a stage,” then it could be argued that nowhere is this more true than Washington, DC. In a town fueled by the energy of politics and politicians, there is a certain level of acting in nearly […]

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Save the Bay at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Save the Bay at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

  By Guest Contributor Lani Furbank I don’t know anyone who would turn down an opportunity to enjoy delicious food for a good cause. I certainly wouldn’t. That’s why I jumped at the chance to try Pearl Dive Oyster Palace’s “Beat the Blues and Save the Bay”Bottomless Blue Catfish special – and you should, too. Native to the Mississippi and […]

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Film Review : Pixar’s “Inside Out” – A Disney Delight starring Amy Poehler

Film Review : Pixar’s “Inside Out” – A Disney Delight starring Amy Poehler

By Film Critic Leslie Combemale aka Cinema Siren Pixar’s “Inside Out“: You’ve heard it’s great?  What’s so compelling about it, how does it manage to be a great popcorn movie at the same time as a deep, meaningful study on growth and finding inner peace, and what does it take as inspiration from the history […]

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People to Know / Punch Profiles : Spotlight on Nail Blogger Hannah Kahler aka SHIE Nails

People to Know / Punch Profiles : Spotlight on Nail Blogger Hannah Kahler aka SHIE Nails

By New York City Punch Contributor Becca Norris  Oh you fancy, huh? Well…you would be if you had the chance of running in with the area’s up and coming nail blogger, Hannah Kahler. Sure, there are salons dotting every corner around our nation’s capital, but have you had the chance to find New York/LA spunk […]

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Extra! Extra! Read All About How You Must See Disney’s Tony-Award Winning “Newsies” at National Theatre!

Extra! Extra! Read All About How You Must See Disney’s Tony-Award Winning “Newsies” at National Theatre!

It’s only here at the National Theatre until June 21st, so hurry and buy your tickets. You will NOT be sorry. I personally missed the window of the generation who watched the Disney movie Newsies (1992), starring a young (hot) and up and coming (hot) star, Christian Bale. “I had the biggest crush on him!” […]

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