Alexandria and Arlington events, Oct. 4 to 11, 2012

Thursday, Oct. 4

“Tierra y Memoria” paintings and linocuts, depictions of everyday life in Honduras by Juan E. Hernandez Gonzalez. Opens, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 11, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Parker-Gray community photo exhibit, “The Spirit of a Neighborhood Revisited,” Carol G. Siegel’s 1985-86 photographs of the historic Alexandria African American community. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Tuesday-Wednesday, through Oct. 13, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. 703-746-4356.

Seniors Intermediate American Sign Language Club, for age 55 and older. 10-11 a.m. Thursdays, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Seniors Wii games clinic, for age 55 and older. 10 a.m., Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5552.

Rosslyn farmers market, sale of jelly, herbs, vegetables, fruit, pastries, bread and more, sponsored by Rosslyn Business Improvement District, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; concert by Project Natale, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m., North Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. 703-522-6628 or www.rosslynva.org.

“Wax Works” exhibit, featuring wax artworks and mixed media by Sondra N. Arkin, Julia Dzikiewicz, Mary Early and others. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 11, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-5058 or www.nvfaa.org.

Ballston farmers market, produce, bread, pastries, tea, coffee and more. Concert by Janna Audey. 3-7 p.m., Welburn Square, Wilson Boulevard and Taylor Street, Arlington. 703-528-3527.

“After-Work Jazz + Mixer,” featuring Brazilian music by the group Origem. Concert, 5:30-8 p.m.; concessions, 4-7:30 p.m., Artisphere, Lower Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Arlington Central Library plant clinic, gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 6:45-8:45 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 11, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6414.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” performance by Signature Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $47.05-$76.80. 703-573-7328 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Theater: “J.B.,” American Century Theater performance of the story of Job as retold by Archibald MacLeish in his play about a wealthy banker who loses everything. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $32-$40; age 17 and younger, free with paying adult. 703-998-4555 or www.americancentury.org.

Friday, Oct. 5

“Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris,” featuring Brel’s music. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 21, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

“Discipline of Edge” sculpture, by Gordon Lyon, Jaclyn Martin and George Wedberg of “The Friday Group.” Opens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday; show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through Nov. 11. Reception, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Sweet ’n’ Salty” art exhibit, Del Ray artists interpret the terms “sweet” and “salty” in their artworks. Opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Friday; show, noon-6 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 28, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.

“Travel the World Through Dance,” performance by the Kathy Harty Gray Dance Theater. 7:30 p.m., Cora Kelly Recreation Center, 25 W. Reed Ave., Alexandria. $10. 703-413-3811 or www.khgdt.org.

Saturday, Oct. 6

Activate Alexandria! 5K run/walk, for age 7 and older; participants run or walk on a flat course. Includes a 50-yard dash for age 10 and younger. Sponsored by the YMCA Alexandria to fight childhood obesity. Registration, 7:15-8:15 a.m.; race, 8:30 a.m., Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave. $35; $30 in advance; ages 7-17, $15. 703-838-8085 or www.ymcadc.org/specialEvents.cfm.

History bike tour, up to 23 miles, with leisurely stops; visit Fort Myer, colonial and post-Revolutionary War dwellings, Abingdon Plantation House ruins, Civil War Outpost, Washington & Old Dominion Railroad, Inter-Urban Trolley Line, Ball-Sellers House (tour), Arlington Cemetery, Arlington House, Bluemont Junction, Bon Air Rose Garden, historic springs, old mill sites, a George Washington survey marker and more. Sponsored by Center Hiking Club. Bring lunch, water, bike and a helmet. 9 a.m., Ballston Metro station (top of the escalator), 4230 Fairfax Dr. $2. 703-243-0179.

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.

“Homage: Past Influences” exhibit, all-media works inspired by those who influenced the artists. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Oct. 28. Reception, 6-8 p.m. Oct. 11, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4, or www.torpedofactory.org.

1st Connecticut Civil War reenactors, portrayal of a Union artillery regiment, with cannon firing. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-4848.

“Art on the Avenue,” more than 300 juried artists, with music, children’s art activities and food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., along Mount Vernon Avenue, between Bellefonte and Hume streets. Free. 703-683-3100.

Seniors creative drawing class, for age 55 and older. 10 a.m. Saturdays, four classes, Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free, registration required. 703-228-4403.

St. Petersburg Trio instrumental group, presented by the Washington Balalaika Society. 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $18-$25. 703-549-0760 or www.balalaika.org.

Forro in the Dark, Alma Tropicalia, featuring Brazilian country soul and urban funk. 8 p.m., Artisphere, ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $20. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Sunday, Oct. 7

Four Mile Run farmers and artisans market, produce, beef from grass-fed cows, locally raised pork, coffee, baked goods and artisan-made products. 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Four Mile Run Community Center, 4109 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 804-464-7861 or www.4mrmarket.org.

“Antique Re-Creations” exhibit, new works inspired by old linen, old lace and old techniques. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays), through Oct. 21, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Burnt Offerings” exhibit, featuring crocheted copper wire with enamel, by Ann Citron. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Nov. 5, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Meditation and Inspiration” clay craft, by Ceramic Guild potters. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays) through Oct. 28, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“New Directions” paintings and fire enamels, by Marian Van Landingham. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through Oct. 7, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 321, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Fractured/Reconnected” monotypes, geometric shapes by Judith Coady. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through Oct. 31, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

50+ Expo, for age 50 and older, featuring political commentator Mark Plotkin and news broadcaster JC Hayward, music by the Traveling Heart Band, exhibits, health screenings, flu shots (with a Medicare card), giveaways and door prizes. Noon-4 p.m., Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4721.

Artisphere open house, featuring storyteller Emma Jaster, mural painting with Albus Cavus, a magic show by David London and theater workshops with actors from WSC Avant Bard. 1-4 p.m., Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Monday, Oct. 8

“Color Sphere” exhibit, gallery members display their various works. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 5. Reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 11, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

“Wabi-Sabi” fiber and mixed media, featuring handmade paper and other works by Fiberworks member Saaraliisa Ylitalo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Reception, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 14, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Fiberworks, Studio 14, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-5807 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Arlington bell ringing, celebrate Columbus Day by ringing a vintage Pennsylvania church bell, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association. Noon, Constitution Bicentennial Gardens, North George Mason Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Free. 703-525-3786.

Alexandria School Board candidates forum, District A candidates answer questions. Co-sponsored by Del Ray Citizens Association. 7:30-9 p.m., Mount Vernon Community School, auditorium, 2601 Commonwealth Ave. Free. 703-519-9410.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

“Collage Cut Ups,” bring a collage project to work on and exchange ideas with others, led by a Del Ray Artisan member. 1-4 p.m. Tuesdays, through Oct. 23, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827, www.thedelrayartisans.org or milaenartes@gmail.com.

Crystal City farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, plants, eggs, coffee, tea and baked goods. 3-7 p.m., between 18th and 20th streets, Arlington. 703-412-9430 or www.crystalcity.org/green/farmers-market.

Seniors electronic books program, for age 55 and older, discussed by Jerry McMahon of Barnes & Noble. 7 p.m., Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. Free, registration requested. 703-228-0955.

U.S. Army Band concert, a “Tribute to American Violinist Zvi Zeitlin.” 7:30 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

“Jekyll and Hyde,” Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale gets a modern spin as Synetic Theater sets it in present-day United States. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 21, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $15-$55. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.

Parent Leadership Training Institute program, registration is required by Wednesday for a 21-week program for parents to learn how to be public advocates for children; topics include leadership skills, community building, civics and public policy. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 9-April 26. A day-long retreat will be held Nov. 3, Minnie Howard School, 3801 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-739-0233, www.plti-alex.org or info@plti-alex.org.

Seniors bridge club, for age 55 and older. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays, Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5533 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

Figure-drawing workshop, open studio sessions. Gesture, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; short/long pose, 2-4 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $6-$8. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Seniors home safety program, for age 55 and older, Heather Hurlock of the Arlington County Police Department discusses “Keeping Your Home Safe From Theft.” 11 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-6300.

Arlington Arts Center exhibits, “Rulemaker,” featuring paintings by Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith, and “Fall Solos 2012,” including mixed media by Barbara Berstein, Warren Craghead, Nancy Daly and others. 1-7 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, noon-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Free. 703-248-6800.

Clarendon farmers market, crafts, organic food, vegetables, local specialties and fruit. 2-7 p.m., Clarendon Metro Park, Danville and 14th streets, Arlington. 703-812-8881 or www.clarendon.org.

Scottish country dance classes, 8-10 p.m. Wednesdays, Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. First session is free; $5 per class thereafter. 703-719-0596.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Seniors knitting club, for all skill levels, meet, socialize and knit. Bring materials. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursdays, Mount Vernon Recreation Center, 2701 Commonwealth Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5556 or www.alexandriava.gov.

“After-Work Jazz + Mixer,” featuring acoustic pianist Yvonne Johnson. Concert, 5:30-8 p.m.; concessions, 4-7:30 p.m., Artisphere, Lower Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Second Thursday Art Night, visit studios and meet artists. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Danielle Westphal and Ken Giese concert, jazz music. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

U.S. Army Strings concert, a performance featurng Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” 7:30 p.m., Cherrydale Baptist Church, 3910 N. Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Dominican Republic play, for age 13 and older, featuring “Othello . . . Sniff,” by Claudio Rivera (in Spanish with English dubbing). Blend of Afro-West Indian dance forms and artful clown movements, based on the Shakespeare play. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12, 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 13, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $30-$95. 703-548-3092 or teatrodelaluna.org.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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