Carrie Kraft: Frugal Fashionista

By Avery Cheatham-Banks Thrifting takes a lot of time. Not everyone wants to spend their weekends driving around to yard sales, or plowing through over-crowded racks at Goodwill to find a fabulous vintage dress. So, Carrie Kraft does it for you. Last Thursday, Kraft just launched her new online boutique, “French Toast Vintage,” where she […]

The Secret to A Masonette’s Long Lush Lashes

By Tabby Hardman Ever notice Masonette Abbie Santee’s eyelashes? They’re long. Like mascara-commercial long. And they’re not fake. “People I know always ask me how my eyelashes are so long and thick,” Abbie says. What’s her secret? Latisse — a prescription-only medication that makes eyelashes grow like crazy. “It makes them so much longer, darker […]

TEN$ION in the Air

By Daniel A. Shyti Their aesthetic is unmistakable: bedecked with gold chains, smeared in filth from head to toe, and covered with mice, insects, or anything else that might make you want to turn away.  When you see Die Antwoord (Afrikaans for “The Answer”) for the first time, it is obvious that this is not […]

Mob Daughter: Growing up in the shadow of “Sammy the Bull”

  Life in the shadow of “Sammy The Bull” “Mob Daughter,” by Karen Gravano with Lisa Pulitzer     By Kayla Cohen On television, Karen Gravano always says she’s more than her father’s daughter. But surprisingly, she only focuses on her dad, and doesn’t bother telling her story in her new book. If you’re hoping […]

“I Will Always Love You:” Mason Students React to Death of a Pop-Star

BY: RYAN WEISSER “Oh, I wanna dance with somebody; I wanna feel the heat with somebody!” sings Whitney Houston on a flat-screen in the popular late-night dining establishment at Mason, Ike’s, as college students stare at the late pop-star while munching on six-inch pancakes and crinkle-cut fries. “I remember singing ‘I Will Always Love You’ […]

The Reading World’s New Obsession: The Hunger Games

By Zohra Alnoor The latest science-fiction phenomenon since Harry Potter and Twilight is set in a post-apocalyptic world that, unfortunately, none of today’s tech-savvy and spoon-fed youth would probably ever survive in. Suzanne Collins created the world of The Hunger Games, and has since written two more wildly popular books in the series following the life […]

“Rise Against” Rocks Patriot Center

by Karina Schultheis There was a lot of screaming, yelling, and fist-pumping on Super Bowl Sunday — but fans at the Patriot Center weren’t losing their mind cheering for the Giants or the Patriots — they were screaming for the rock band, Rise Against. Ending their 46-city tour, the band’s four-hour concert kicked off with up-and-coming […]

Taking the Plunge

It snowed Saturday. Instead of sitting by a fire, or making some cocoa, Mary Shea went swimming — outside. “Friends have told me that I’m crazy,” said Shea, a 30-year-old executive assistant in Herndon, Va. But, she paid $25 to jump off the dock in Fredericksburg Saturday, Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. She was part […]

Final Fantasy XIII-2, Redemption or a Beautiful Bore?

BY DONOVAN HALL “Final Fantasy XIII-2” has finally dropped and gamers everywhere finally have a reason to give praise to the role playing game powerhouse, Final Fantasy, once again. After “Final Fantasy XIII” was released in 2010 fans of the popular series began losing hope that the games would stay true to their original game […]

Local Producer Adds Own Sound to the Mix

Above: Scary Mercedes at the Herndon ArtSpace (August 13, 2011) By Daniel A. Shyti Martin Bonica spent last summer interning abroad for a left-wing Israeli radio station, “Kol Hashalom” (translated to “All for Peace”).  His contribution to the station included his own personal show, web upkeep, and his entire collection of albums by Rage Against […]