Alexandria and Arlington community events, March 7 to 14, 2013

March 6, 2013
Thursday, March 7

Seniors mah-jongg, Chinese style, 9:30 a.m. Thursdays and noon Saturdays, Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

“State of Emergency” exhibit, an installation-based work with sculptural pieces by Sabyna Sterrett. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through April 1, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

English as a Second Language classes, drop-in sessions for all levels, 10 a.m.-noon Thursdays and 10 a.m.-noon Tuesdays; for intermediate levels: 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays. Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1702, Ext. 3.

“The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure,” for ages 2 to 5; a performance by Arts on the Horizon, about a brother and sister with superpowered imaginations. 10:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, through Saturday, Downtown Baptist Church, 212 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $8. 703-967-0437 or www.artsonthehorizon.org.

“Power Art” exhibit, artwork depicting different types of power, including emotional, physical, natural or spiritual, or the power of craftsmanship, fabric and recycled materials. Includes 50 art quilts from the nationally touring “Power Suits” collection. Noon-6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, through March 31. Gallery talk, 3 p.m. Saturday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

“Process: Photography” exhibit, features John Brown, Robert Creamer, Jim Darling and others. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through April 7. Artist’s show-and-tell, 2 p.m. April 7 , the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

“Nature Detectives” program, for ages 6 to 10; learn about those who work as animal investigators, whether they are trying to learn more about an elusive animal or trying to solve a mystery or a crime. 4-5 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $7, registration required (program No. 632923-D). 703-228-6535 or http:// www.arlingtonva.us/calendar.

After-work Jazz + Mixer, features the Brent Birckhead Quartet. 5:30-8 p.m., Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Arlington Fencers Club, for age 7 and older; beginners class. Equipment provided. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department, 3900 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Eight sessions, $140; registration requested. 703-528-5618 or afencers@gmail.com.

“Ladies Swing the Blues,” backstage stories of New York’s jazz scene of the 1940s and ’50s told by four legendary jazz divas. Performances, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 31, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org. In addition to the March 14 regular performance, Healthy Families Alexandria holds a fundraiser with a reception, 7 p.m., followed by performance. $75. 571-438-7715 or www.nvfs.org.

The Tempest,” part of the “Silent Shakespeare” series, with larger-than-life visuals and acrobatics performed by Synetic Theater. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 24, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.

“Sex, Shame and Tears,” a comedy staged by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $25-$35. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

Friday, March 8

Seniors safe driving tips, 2 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

In Celebration of Women, the service features readings about inspiring women in the Bible. 7-8 p.m., Historic Christ Church, 118 N. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-549-1450 or www.historicchristchurch.org.

The Wiz,” a Stage One Players production of the 1974 retelling of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, 1000 St. Stephen’s Rd., Alexandria. 703-212-2950 or www.sssas.org/arts.

Brothers in Bamako concert, guitarists Eric Bibb and Habib Koite. 8 p.m., Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $30. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

“The Drawer Boy,” a performance by Port City Playhouse about two aging farmers and their family secret uncovered by an actor researching life on a farm. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, The Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. $16-$18. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.org.

Saturday, March 9

Alexandria farmers market, produce, baked goods, framed art, jewelry and crafts, sponsored by the city. 7 a.m.-noon, Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 703-746-3200 or http://alexandriava.gov/ farmersmarket.

Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, eggs, honey, nuts and baked goods. 8 a.m.-noon, Del Ray farmers market, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570 or http://alexandriava.gov/ farmersmarket.

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat, flowers and more. 9 a.m.-noon, North Courthouse Road (south area of courthouse parking lot). 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Urban Village Market at Courthouse, furniture, art, china, silver, jewelry, books, photographs, vintage clothing, linen, lamps, chandeliers, antique tools and more. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., north area of courthouse parking lot, North 15th and North Uhle streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881.

AARP’s driver safety classes, a two-day class at two locations on Saturday and March 16. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., 703-228-6300, and 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington, 703-228-0955. $14; AARP members, $12. Registration required.

Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo, featuring workshops on energy efficiency, home improvement, homeownership programs, gardening and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3765 or 703-892-2776 or www.arlingtonhomeshow.org.

Friends of Duncan Library film screening, call for program information. 1-4 p.m., James M. Duncan Branch Library, 2501 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1705.

“March 150-Fundraiser Exhibition,” works by local artists available for sale. Proceeds support the March of Dimes and Torpedo Factory. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursday), through March 17. Kids art activity (works will be included in exhibit), 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Tale of a Tiger,” for ages 10 and older; a play about a girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her cold and embittered father who goes to the forest and becomes a tiger. Performed by Rachel Hynes. 2 p.m., Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $8. 703-548-1154 or www.encorestage.org.

Cormorant’s Fancy: A Celtic Band, 4 p.m., Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6201 Washington Blvd., Arlington. Free-will offering. 703-532-5991.

U.S. Air Force Chamber Players, performing “An Evening of Music for Woodwind Quintet.” 8 p.m., The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil.

Sunday, March 10

Westover farmers market, fruit, produce, meat, dairy, cut flowers, Turkish specialties and more. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Westover farmers market, Washington Boulevard and North McKinley Road, Arlington. 703-405-8232, www.westoverfarmersmarket.org or westoverfarmersmarket@hotmail.com.

“Abstract Paintings” exhibit, by students from Art League School. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, through March 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Site 2 & 3 Galleries, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Hearth and Home” exhibit, jewelry, clothing, decorations, sculptures and more by member artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday), through March 17, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Keen on Green” exhibit, works in green by gallery artists to honor St. Patrick’s Day. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through March 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Mud on the Walls” exhibit, Kiln Club artists create two-dimensional objects including vases, planters, mirrors and sculpture. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through March 30, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and bison meat. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.

New Member photography show, by Soomin Ham, Tim Hyde and Fred Zafran. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through March 24, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

The Spirit of Taize, find stillness and silence in a Taize-style service of song, silence and prayer. 5 p.m., Convergence, Sanctuary, 1801 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. 703-998-6260 or www.convergenceccf.net.

Monday, March 11

ESL placement exam, for English as a Second Language classes to be held April 1-June 21, part of Arlington public schools’ Adult Education Program. 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. Monday, March 18 and 25. Syphax Education Center, 2110 Washington Blvd. Exam, free; course, $350-$470; Arlington residents, $175-$235. 703-228-4200 or www.apsva.us/reep.

“Craft and Character: Wasteland” exhibit, pen and ink by Matthew D. Kiehl. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through March 17, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Real and Imagined” exhibit, features photo-realistic works by Dennis Crayon and George Bowles and abstracts by Bud Hensgen and Linda Maldonado. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through April 5, Gallery Underground, Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Dr., Arlington. Free. 571-483-0652 or www.novaartcenter.org.

“Paris by Day, Paris by Night,” photographs by Kevin Kasmai. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 1-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through April 2, Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

All-Media Membership Show, features styles, techniques and viewpoints in work by member artists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through April 1, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Seniors vegetable decorating workshop, 10 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

Woman’s Club prayer breakfast, featuring the Rev. Anteneh Gebreselassie discussing Christianity in Ethiopia. 10 a.m.-noon, Woman’s Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St.. $5. 703-553-5800, www.womansclubarlington.org or womansclubarlington@gmail.com.

Tavern museum toddler program, for children 3 and younger accompanied by an adult; playtime with books, blocks and craft-making. 10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. One adult and as many as two children, $7 per week; additional person, $3. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Interfaith Book Club, discussion Karen Armstrong’s books “A History of God” and “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” 7-8 p.m., Charles E. Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1743.

Let’s Talk Books group, discusses Louis Erdrich’s “The Round House.” 7-8 p.m., Kate Waller Barrett Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-1703.

Tuesday, March 12

Army Officers’ Wives’ Club luncheon, ongoing reservations for March 21 event featuring Ret. Col. Bob Patrick of the Veterans History Project. Lunch menu includes salad, corned beef and cabbage, parsley potatoes, mixed vegetables and apple pie. 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Fort Myer Officers’ Club, Koran Room, 214 Jackson Ave., Arlington. $20, reserve by this Tuesday. 202-717-9191 or www.aowcgwa.org.

Divine Mercy Cenacle, study of “The Sacred Scripture,” “Catechism of the Catholic Church”and “The Diary of Saint Faustina.” 10 a.m., St. Mary’s Lyceum, 313 Duke St., Alexandria. 703-836-4100.

Seniors foreign-language conversation groups, German, 10 a.m. Fridays; Spanish, 1 p.m. Tuesdays; and French, 1 p.m. Wednesdays. Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. For information, call 703-228-6300.

“Spring Into Action” fundraiser, features “Beyond Bacon” author Stacy Toth, a DJ, dancing, a raffle and silent auction to benefit the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association. 6-11 p.m., $30-$50; reservations required. or www.dchealthybites.eventbrite.com.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, the meeting features keynote speaker Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve. John Vihstadt of Arlington County Urban Agriculture Task Force and Charlie Meng and Puwen Lee of the Arlington Food Assistance Center discuss “Urban Foods: From Fast to Health and Sustainable.” 6:30-9 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd. Free. 703-228-6427 or www.arlingtonenvironment.org.

18th-century fencing class, for age 11 and older; taught by swordmaster Peter M. Ryan. Equipment available for rent. 7:30-9:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $15. 703-746-4242, www.gadsbystavern.org or gadsbys.tavern@alexandriava.gov.

Wednesday, March 13

“Interwoven: Art.Craft.Design,” video, murals, fiber work, photography, books, mixed media sculpture and paintings by local artists. 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through March 24, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-6800 or www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

Seniors gardening workshop, Master Gardener Carol Kilroy discusses “Start-up Gardening.” 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

Figure-drawing workshop, long poses. 6:30-9:30 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $8-$10. 703-836-1468 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

St. George’s Labyrinth walk, stemming from an ancient practice, the winding walkway is used as a relaxation and spiritual tool. 6-7:30 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. 703-525-8286 or www.saintgeorgeschurch.org.

Taize prayer service, a contemplative service that includes prayer, meditative singing, lighting of candles and silence for meditation, 7:30 p.m., St. George’s Episcopal Church, 915 N. Oakland St., Arlington. 703-525-8286 or www.saintgeorgeschurch.org.

Thursday, March 14

Faith, Food and Fellowship, features a noon service with music by J. Reilly Lewis of the Washington Bach Consort; followed by lunch ($5), 12:30 p.m.; Lewis also discusses “The Evolving Nature of Church Music” and other topics, 1-1:40 p.m. Clarendon United Methodist Church, 606 N. Irving St., Arlington. 703-527-8574 or www.morefaith.org.

Seniors mah-jongg, American style, for age 55 and older. Noon Thursdays, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St and 10 a.m. Fridays, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955 or 703-228-4403.

Seniors energy conservation program, learn ways to conserve energy. 1 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free with 55+ Pass. Registration required. 703-228-0955.

After-work Jazz + Mixer, features the Brad Linde Quartet. 5:30-8 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Second Thursday Art Night, visit studios and meet artists, featuring a “Spring Awakening” theme and a do-it-yourself tissue paper flowers station. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Glencarlyn knitting group, includes instruction. 6:30-8:30 p.m. second Thursdays, Glencarlyn Branch Library, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6548.

Russkie Musikanti Ensemble, part of the Washington Balalaika Society, performs Russian folk music. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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