The Old and the New (and Quirky, Too)

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Friday, May 29, 2009

The economy has made conspicuous consumption passe, but quaint consumption -- sifting through markets, buying vintage, meeting the actual person who made your jewelry -- couldn't be hotter. This weekend, one market in Loudoun County lays antiques right out on the lawn (because musty old showrooms are so old economy); in Silver Spring, another boasts all things handmade.

-- This weekend, Old Lucketts Store Antiques hosts its annual two-day Spring Market, which brings in more than 100 antiques dealers from around the country. Dealers bring the goods, and you can bring your family, because the store is also bringing in live music and food. Judging from photos from last year's fair, you'll find plenty of the baroque sofas, chairs and mirrors that are so popular right now, and kitschy goods as well.

$7; children younger than 12 are free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. 42350 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. 703-779-0268 or

-- About this time last year, Silver Spring got its own mini Crafty Bastards. This year, Crafty will remain in Adams Morgan (it's set for early October), but MoCo gets the brand-new event Handmade Mart, an outdoor indie craft fair helmed by the head of Rock-n-Romp and the executive director of Crafty Bastards (go figure). Among the more than 50 vendors are Fisticuffs Leather, Jon Wye, Biggs & Featherbelle and Tina Seamonster. Nearby arts center Pyramid Atlantic is hosting workshops, and there's music, too (this being an indie craft fair, it's only right that it's indie rock from bands including Pash and the Aquarium).

Free admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Ellsworth Drive between Georgia and Fenton avenues, Silver Spring. For details, visit or

Northern Virginia


Vintage Virginia Wine Festival

Get away to scenic Bull Run this weekend for this annual two-day fest, with a focus on Virginia wines. Pick your pleasures from more than 350 wines (from 50 wineries). A slew of party-starting bands, including Beleza Brasil and Big Sam's Funky Nation, perform and revelers can also check out crafts and food vendors who'll be hawking their goods on site. Advance tickets, $25; children and designated driver admission, $5-$16. At the gate, admission is $30; children and designated drivers, $8-$22. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. Visit




The AFI Silver is showing the films of Danny Boyle, and boy, is each an entirely different prospect -- the apocalyptic "28 Days Later," "Trainspotting" and "Slumdog Millionaire"? But the one that put him on the map was this cultish 1996 film (based on the novel by Irvine Welsh) that was, of all things, a pitch-black comedy about a group of junkies. The film made a star of Ewan McGregor, and yielded a pretty great soundtrack, too. The totally not-family-friendly movie is screening for just under a week. $10; seniors and students, $9; age 12 and younger, $6. Screenings start today at 9:15 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720 and

Northern Virginia


TJ Miller

Miller is a onetime GWU student who has slowly been working his way up in Hollywood as a comic and actor (he was in "Cloverfield"), but he still finds time to make his way back to Washington for the odd performance. Last year he performed in the D.C. Comedy Fest Super Alt showcase; tonight and tomorrow, he's back to perform at Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse. His comedic style: A little Dane Cook-ish, but hey, that guy can fill Verizon Center. $12. 9:45 p.m. Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-486-2345 or

The District


"Woman and Scarecrow"

It's the last few days to see Solas Nua's production of the lyrical "Woman and Scarecrow," Irish writer Marina Carr's 2006 play that follows Woman, who contemplates her unfulfilled life from on her deathbed with the help of the sharp-tongued figure who has followed her her whole existence. The show ends Sunday. $20. Today and tomorrow at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Flashpoint's Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St. NW. 800-494-8497 or visit

Plug In: The Going Out Guide's Nightlife Agenda column picks out Artomatic bands, tells you where to find an all-day pool party and previews the cooing synth-pop of Au Revoir Simone.

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