Imagination Stage is inviting teens to enjoy an inside look at the inner workings of the theater world — without their parents, if they so choose. On Sept. 8, there will be a Teen Open House for those in grades six through 12 at 6 p.m. Attendees can attend sample classes in acting, musical theater, improv and dance and talk with faculty about audition opportunities, performance classes and trajectories. The free event will last until 8:30, and pizza will be provided for any famished budding thespians. Imagination Stage is located at 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. For more information, visit www.imaginationstage.org or call 301-961-6060.
Got a lively short story to tell? Take it to the Story League at the U Street Corridor branch of Busboys and Poets on Sept. 8 for a chance to win $100 in cash. Participants can tell any story they wish — as long as it doesn’t induce a snore and doesn’t run past seven minutes. After all stories have been delivered, the judges will deliberate and crown a winner. The contest will begin at 9 p.m. and has a $10 entry fee. No pre-registration is necessary. Busboys and Poets is located at 2021 14th St. NW. For more information, visit http://storyleague.org.
The arts community of Bethesda is opening its creative doors to eight area galleries Sept. 9 for the monthly Bethesda Art Walk. Patrons can view several mediums in the galleries that are on display, including painting, pottery, photography and mixed media, and join in on a guided tour that will explore the gallery spaces of the downtown area. The events begin at 6 p.m.; the free tour starts at 6:30. Tourists can meet their guide at the Bethesda Metro station, at the corner of Old Georgetown Road and Wisconsin Avenue. The galleries close at 9 p.m. For more information, visit www.bethesda.org.
Clotheshorses and fashion aficionados alike are invited to trade in their duds for new items at Hillyer Art Space’s inaugural Swap Shop on Sept. 10. Beginning at 11 a.m., guests can take a clean and well-maintained item, or several items, to the Dupont Circle-area space to receive a ticket for each; tickets can be used to trade for more pieces of clothing. The pieces will be displayed for shoppers to view before the swapping begins at noon, when men and women’s clothing will be arrayed in separate rooms. Vintage clothes vendors will also be showcasing pieces for purchase at the swap. Any clothing not traded will be donated to Martha’s Table. There is a $10 admission fee, and the swap will end at 4 p.m. Hillyer Art Space is located at 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. For more information, visit http://artsandartists.org/hillyer and look under Events.
Put on your walking shoes and get ready to enjoy a weekend of outdoor performing and visual arts at “Arts on Foot” Sept. 10 and 11. The festival has several highlights, including a juried fine-art market boasting more than115 exhibitors, a performance showcase of the upcoming theater season at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall and a “Cooking as Art Pavilion.” Presented by the Washington Examiner, the festival also promises hands-on activities, film, dance and music events. The fair will take place at 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday between 8th and F streets NW in Penn Quarter. For more information, visit http://artsonfoot.org.
Wolf Trap is extending the opportunity for drummer novices and aficionados to learn more about, and participate in, a community drum circle. On Sept. 13, teaching artist Kofi Dennis is holding a class centered on the essence of the African drum circle. Patrons, who are welcome to bring their own djembe, will learn the history behind the craft and can participate in the class drum circle. The class starts at 7 p.m., and there will be drums available for those without one. The cost is $10 ($5 for returning students), and participants must register online. Class will take place in the Center For Education at Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. For more information, visit www.wolftrap.org.
South American harpists will take center stage at Teatro de la Luna’s Latin American Harp Festival on Sept. 16 and 17 and will bring together players Hildo Aguirre of Colombia, Pedro Gaona of Paraguay and Angel Tolosa of Venezuela for two nights of performances, led by Paraguayan musician Berta Rojas. Each concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Gunston Arts Center in Arlington. Among items available for purchase will be crafts from South and Central America, as well as foods from the harpists’ native countries. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the theater’s International Festival of Hispanic Theater. Tickets are $30 ($25 for students and seniors) and can be purchased online at Teatro de la Luna’s Web site (http://teatrodelaluna.org) or by calling 703-548-3092.
Virginia’s Mount Vernon is showing off its crafty side but keeping its historical background intact with a Colonial Market and Fair Sept. 17 and 18. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., patrons can view artisans in colonial-era dress preparing 18th-century crafts and enjoy other activities including music, sword-swallowing and fire-eating. There will also be puppet and magic shows, and free Potomac River sightseeing cruises will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and crafts will be available for purchase. The fair is free with admission to the estate: $15 for adults; $7 for children 6 through 11 years (children 5 and under are free). Mount Vernon is located at 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon. For more information, visit http://mountvernon.org/calendar.