Arlington Arts Center (AAC) is exhibiting Winter Exhibitions, thru March 28. Applied Forcesfeatures work by Eames Armstrong, Rex Delafkaran, Billy Friebele, Michael Dax Iacovone, Laura Hyunjhee Kim, Rose Nestler, Kirk Amaral Snow and Antoinette Suiter. Additionally, the work of AAC resident artist Jung Min Park is on view in the Wyatt Resident Artists Gallery in Blink Blank, and Well-known sculptor (and former AAC resident) Foon Sham is featured in the Jenkins Community Gallery with Arlington Projects, 1988-2019.
The City of Alexandria has unveiled the concept designs for the next temporary art installation coming to the city's Waterfront Park in 2020. The site-specific design, titled Wrought, Knit, Labors, Legacies, was created by Olalekan Jeyifous, who is a Nigerian born, Brooklyn-based artist and architect. The exhibit will be the second in the Site See: New Views in the Old Town annual public art series, and will be on display from March to November 2020. City Manager Mark Jinks has commented that “The Site See public art series is a key asset that showcases our waterfront, open spaces and gathering places.” Jeyifous’s concept “frames Alexandria’s African American history through the lens of the city’s industrial and merchant history from the 17th to 20th centuries. Once a prosperous port city that was home to one of the largest domestic slave trading firms in the country, Alexandria was a major center for shipping and manufacturing with an economy inextricably tied to the work of enslaved and free African Americans.” The inaugural Site See: New Views installation, Mirror Mirror by SOFTlab, drew thousands of people to Alexandria in 2019.
Artist-in-Residence Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company will perform What Problem? - a world premiere of a co-commission at George Mason Center for the Performing Arts - on February 1. The work “examines group identity and its relationship to aloneness set to spoken word and live music.”
Image below: A view of a Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company performance
Jane Franklin Dance will present The Big Meow, adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA, on the afternoons of February 1, and February 8. The show features spoken word, movement, and music and tells the story of a kind and appealing Little Cat.
Image below: A scene from The Big Meow - Photo by Gail Bingham.
Jane Franklin Dance will present Border at Theatre on the Run in Arlington, VA on the evenings of February 1, and February 8. “In this movement theatre work, individuals describe barriers experienced through career, racial, gender or ethnic prejudice.” The set is by Scenic and Projections Designer for Theater and Opera, Jonathan Dahm Robertson.
Mount Vernon will celebrate George Washington's Birthday on February 17. The event will feature a presidential tribute and a wreathlaying at Washington’s Tomb and remarks given by Doug Bradburn, president & CEO of Mount Vernon. There will also be an Old Guard gun salute to the first president, and Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard will conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in a military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will play patriotic music. The Washington familywill share stories about past celebrations of the General's birthday, including the first public celebration and the gathering during the winter encampment at Valley Forge. Guests can pose like George Washington in front of a life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne painting in the Education Center Lobby.
George Washington's 288th Birthdaywill be celebrated at Mount Vernon on February 22, when visitors can visit the estate for FREE. “Throughout the day, kids may create a birthday card for George Washington in the Hands-on-History Center. Take a selfie while posing like George Washington in the Education Center Lobby. General Washington will greet his guests in the historic area, and the Sons of Liberty will provide birthday music in the Ford Orientation Center throughout the afternoon. The Air Force Strings will perform in the Smith Auditorium.”
The Ballyshaners will have their annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria on March 7, featuring Grand Marshal John Brennan (pictured below), owner of Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Bar. There will be pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other musicians and performers, plus craft vendors, food and beverages.
The annual Environmental Film Festival will take place March 12-22 to celebrate Earth and inspire understanding and stewardship of the environment through the power of film. Each March, the Festival presents 100+ films to audiences throughout D.C. Topical discussions take place at museums, embassies, libraries, universities and local theaters throughout the city. There are also year-round screenings and community events. Many of the screenings are free, and offer the unique opportunity for films and filmmakers to reach national and international lawmakers and decision-makers. The event is the largest green film festival in the world and the longest-running in the U.S.
The National Symphony Orchestra will perform concerts at Mount Vernon on January 28,
The National Chamber Ensemble (NCE), led by Leo Sushansky, and the Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia will present Swingin’ Sweethearts Day, Valentine's Tribute To Benny Goodman at Gunston Arts Center on February 15. The concert will feature clarinetist Julian Milkis, who was Goodman's only student and renowned protege. He will perform some of his mentor's most popular jazz and classical compositions with the NCE.
Virginia Opera will present CINDERELLAat George Mason University Center for the Arts in Fairfax, Virginia on February 15 & 16. The opera has been called "a larger-than-life operatic fairytale that’ll have you floating on air and home by midnight."
The production will be sung in Italian with English Supertitles.
Little Theatre of Alexandria is presenting A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, thru February 8, with book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman and music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. The Tony Award-winning musical comedy is based on the novel by Roy Horniman and directed by Frank D. Shutts II, with music direction by Christopher A. Tomasino. It’s the tale of “a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to speed up the line of succession by using a great deal of charm…and a dash of murder.”
Images below, from left: Drew Goins as Monty and Kristen Jepperson as Miss Shingle; Katie Weigl as Sibella Hallward & Chuck Dluhy as Eighth Earl of Highhurst. Photographer: Matt Liptak
The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present Moonlight and Magnolias, directed by Juli Tarabek Blackere, February 29-March 21. The comic romp is set in Hollywood in 1939, when legendary film producer, David O. Selznick, who is five weeks into shooting “Gone with the Wind,” realizes that the script is awful and “the director doesn’t have a clue. He has a few short days to replace them and restart shooting or the production will shut down.”
Signature Theatre will present the World Premiere Musical titled Gun & Powder, directed by Robert O’Hara, in the Max, January 28-February 23. The show is based on the true story of theClarke sisters and about notorious outlaws who ruled the Wild West. Solea Pfeiffer and Emmy Raver-Lampman, pictured below, are set to star as the Clarke sisters, Mary and Martha. The story “examines race, family and identity with two electrifying women who went from farm girls to legends with gun and powder.” The presenter advises that the production “containsgunshots and offers detailed information about content."
NextStop Theatre Company is presenting The Mountaintop by Katori Hall, in Herndon, Virginia, thru February 2. “In his hotel room on the night before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. meets a young maid who forces him to consider exactly who and what he is fighting for." “This drama takes us to the summit of a man’s historic life and offers a stunning new view of his dream for our nation.”