1. Speaking with Radcliffe Bailey is like speaking with a philosophy professor—everything is stated in well-measured, thought-provoking morsels that have you scrambling for a pen and paper. His artwork is just as awe-inducing as his words, an exciting addition to the 2017 exhibits at the small but forward-thinking Greater Reston Arts Center.
2. Short films don’t often get the love or respect enjoyed by their long-form counterparts, but with a compact story in about 10 minutes, they offer a pretty major return on investment. Local filmmakers such as Via Bia shine a light on the overlooked art form, earning accolades for films both short and feature-length that are written in our own neighborhoods.
3. Though Diana Rehm is missed (catch her new podcast here), Joshua Johnson has attracted a growing audience in mere months with his hard-hitting current events show, 1A. Johnson asks the tough, sometimes uncomfortable questions of his guests and expects thorough, honest answers.
4. Though it was a local race, the competition for the 13th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates took on national importance, positioning a controversial, conservative incumbent against a liberal journalist and political neophyte—who went on to become the first openly transgender state legislator elected and seated in the nation.
5. Earlier this year, Virginia joined Canada, Mexico and the vast majority of American states submitting proposals for Amazon’s highly desired new headquarters. But if the Seattle-based behemoth makes NoVA its second home, the decision could come with some serious pros and cons.