Alexandria and Arlington events, Sept. 27 to Oct. 4, 2012

September 27, 2012
Thursday, Sept. 27

“Canvas of Clay” pottery, works by the Kiln Club. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288.

“Microcosms” exhibit, Theresa Esterlund’s paper collage works embellished with acrylics and ink. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Monday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Reflections on the Figure” exhibit, encaustic and mixed-media paintings by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Northern Virginia Community College, Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 703-845-6200.

“Synergy” exhibit, artworks by visiting artists. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Site 2 and 3 galleries, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Target Gallery 25th anniversary celebration, all-media national juried exhibit. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4, or www.torpedofactory.org.

Pat Frese enamel exhibit, “A Celebration in Black and White and Shades of Grays.” 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-1561.

“Glass, Stone and Steel” photographs, by Steve Rosenbach. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Cherrydale Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

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

“It Runs in the Family” art exhibit, area artists display their own artworks with their family members’ artworks. Noon-6 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

“Side Streets” paintings, by Jiri “Iurro” Stavovcik, sponsored by the Slovak Embassy. Noon-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Artspace 109, third level, 109 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. Free. 571-201-1979.

“Wax Works” exhibit, featuring wax artworks and mixed media by Sondra N. Arkin, Julia Dzikiewicz, Mary Early and others. Opens noon-4 p.m. Thursday; show continues, noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 11. Reception, 4-6 p.m. Sunday, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-5058 or www.nvfaa.org.

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

“After-Work Jazz + Mixer,” featuring bass player Pepe Gonzalez. 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.

“Gaia in the City” lecture, Gaia theory says that living organisms and their inorganic surroundings have evolved together as a single living system. Martin Ogle, former chief naturalist at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, discusses “Gaia in the City: New Understandings in Urban Agriculture and Energy.” 7 p.m., Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. S., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3599.

J.B.,” performance of the biblical story of Job and his trials as retold in Archibald MacLeish’s play about a wealthy banker who loses everything. Performed by American Century Theater. 8 p.m. Thursday and Wednesday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, 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.

“Funny Money,” a play about a man who finds a briefcase containing cash. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $17-$20. 703-683-0496 or www.thelittletheatre.com.

Friday, Sept. 28

Arlington Central Library book sale, featuring books, videos, CDs, records, posters and magazines. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Arlington Central Library, parking garage, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-5990 or www.library.arlingtonva.us.

Arlington Planetarium reopening, ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated site, performance by Barrett Elementary students and a tour, 10-10:45 a.m. Friday; family day featuring shows, demonstration programs, solar viewing, performance by the Yorktown Yahoos and activities, 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday; tours, presentations, activities and lectures, 1-3 p.m. Sunday. For show tickets, visit the Web site. David M. Brown Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-375-9107 or or www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.

Port City Playhouse “Medea,” performance of the Greek tragedy. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, the Lab at Convergence, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria area. $16-$18. 703-838-2880 or www.portcityplayhouse.org.

“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.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,” performance by Signature Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Oct. 7, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $47.05-$76.80. 703-573-7328 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Saturday, Sept. 29

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 www.alexandria.gov/farmersmarket.

Alexandria farmers market plant clinic, gardening and landscape questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 7-9 a.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-228-6414.

Civil War history bus tour, follow the path of the 17th Virginia Infantry during General Lee’s Maryland Campaign of 1862, including a stop at Antietam National Battlefield. 7:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; meet at Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. $135, registration required. 703-746-4848 or fortwardmuseum@alexandriava.gov.

Arlington farmers market, produce, cheese, pasta, buffalo meat and flowers. 8 a.m.-noon, North Courthouse Road (south area of courthouse parking lot). 703-228-3327 or www.arlingtonfarmersmarket.com.

Arlington farmers market plant clinic, gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 8-11 a.m., North Courthouse Road (south area of courthouse parking lot). Free. 703-228-6414.

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

Del Ray farmers market plant clinic, gardening questions answered by Virginia Cooperative Extension master gardeners. 8:30-11 a.m., Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. Free. 703-228-6414.

Parkfairfax native plant sale, vendors from four states sell perennials, shrubs and trees. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Parkfairfax, 3601 Valley Dr., Alexandria. Free. 571-232-0375 or www.parkfairfaxnativeplantsale.org.

Potomac Heritage Trail hike, a moderately strenuous hike along the Potomac River, from Roosevelt Island to the Gulf Branch Nature Center in Arlington (return shuttle to Roosevelt Island provided). Bring lunch and water. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., meet at Theodore Roosevelt Island (parking location information provided during registration), Washington. $5, registration required (program No. 612942-E). 703-228-6535.

Alexandria historic homes tour, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., visit restored and decorated homes throughout Old Town, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 228 S. Pitt St. $40; $35 in advance. 703-683-5544 or www.thetwig.org.

Kaleidoscope for Kids Arts Festival, artists and performance groups, workshops and food. Featuring a puppet parade with six eight-foot puppets, noon Saturday (children can bring their own puppets). For a program schedule, visit the Web site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dr. Oswald Durant Memorial Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria. Each child, $30; single performance or workshop, $10; accompanying adults, free. 703-739-6720 or www.artskaleidoscope.org.

Arlington Retirement Fair, information about fitness and leisure activities, health and wellness programs, retirement communities and learning opportunities. Participants can try yoga, line dancing and other forms of exercise; also, information on using computer tablets, Medicare issues, floral design and making chocolate desserts. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.

Rock and Stroll at Cameron Run, featuring food, music, a dancing demonstration, children’s activities and a walk. 1-4 p.m., Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-642-3830.

National Chamber Ensemble, concert featuring Carlos Rodriguez; works by Franck, Kreisler, Chopin and others. 7 p.m., Artisphere, Grand Ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $55. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

Carlyle House 18th-century games, featuring games popular during the era. Appetizers and drinks included. 8-10 p.m., Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $40. 703-549-2997 or www.nvrpa.org.

Tito Puente Jr. concert, mambo and other music, with orchestra. 8 p.m., Artisphere, Ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

“Autumn Fantasies” concert, featuring soloist Demitri Shvetsov and the American Balalaika Symphony; works by Shulman, Novikov and others. 8 p.m., Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 Beauregard St., Alexandria. $15-$25. 703-731-4957 or www.instantseats.com.

Sunday, Sept. 30

5K run/walk and family fun run, with food, vendors and activities, to benefit local charities. Sponsored by RunningBrooke and the Alexandria Rotary Club. 7 a.m., Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria. $10-$75; registration required. Includes pancakes and water bottle. 703-587-6405 or www.ow.ly/1Oa42u.

Old Town dog walk, a fundraiser for Veterans Moving Forward, a group that provides therapy dogs for veterans. Event features a 1.5-mile stroll, food and vendors. Dogs must be leashed (no retractable leashes allowed). 9-11 a.m., Market Square. Speakers will include Ralph Sklarew, PhD, founder of SilverLearners, who will demonstrate benefits seniors could derive from owning an electronic tablet. The Medical Team, represented by Patricia Sands, community liaison, will discuss the responsibilities of the Sandwich Generation, sharing tips on time management, finding resources and coping with dual caregiving roles. AARP representatives will be on hand to answer questions about current and future Medicare issues.King St., Alexandria. Registration by Friday, $25; on-site registration until 8:45 a.m. Sunday, $40. 703-836-7643 or www.doggewalke.com.

Columbia Pike farmers market, produce, chocolate, tea, coffee, cheese and bison meat. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.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. Free. 703-548-0935 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.

Glencarlyn Library Autumnfest, a plant sale, crafts, baked goods, workshops and master gardeners available to answer questions. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Glencarlyn Branch Library, Community Garden, 300 S. Kensington St., Arlington. Free. 703-671-5310.

Photos and “Coffee, Critique and Conversation,” discuss your photos with a Multiple Exposures Gallery member. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 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.

Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor,” performed by Synetic Theater company members. 7:30 p.m., Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. Free, reservations required. 800-494-8497 or www.synetictheater.org.

Monday, Oct. 1

“Burnt Offerings” exhibit, featuring crocheted copper wire with enamel by Ann Citron. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; show, 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. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday; show, 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.

Seniors table tennis, for age 55 and older. 9 a.m.-noon Mondays, William Ramsay Recreation Center, 5650 Sanger Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-746-5558.

“Occupied City: Civil War Alexandria,” an exhibit about life in a town occupied by the military, with biographical sketches of locals caught in the conflict, historical photos, artifacts and maps of wartime Alexandria. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, the Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 S. Washington St. $2. 703-746-4994.

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.

Seniors beginner pickleball, for age 55 and older. Coaching available. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Fridays, Walter Reed Senior Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-4745.

Olde Town Fencing Club, 8-9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe St., Alexandria. For fee information, call 571-236-5036 or visit www.oldetownfencing.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

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. Tuesdays-Saturdays, through Oct. 13, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Free. 703-746-4356.

Seniors art program, for age 55 and older, learn how to paint. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Memorial Recreation Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Free. 703-751-7924 or www.alexandriava.gov/recreation.

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.

Cuban artists lecture, Jeanne Drewes of the Library of Congress discusses “Literary Light From Cuba: The Enduring Creativity of Ediciones Vigia,” a collective of book artists in Matanzas, Cuba. Food available for purchase. 6-8 p.m., Morrison House, 116 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-8000 or www.torpedofactory.org.

“Bravo Beethoven,” chorus benefit concert, featuring pianists Christine and David Hagan and the NOVA Community Chorus. 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Donations requested; parking, $6. 703-845-6097.

National Chamber Players, concert featuring pianist Kenneth Slowik; works by Haydn and Schubert. 7:30 p.m., Episcopal High School, Pendleton Hall, 3900 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-933-4135 or vdp@episcopalhighschool.org.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

“Color Sphere” exhibit, gallery members display their works. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday; 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 , Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Arlington Arts Center exhibits, “Rulemaker,” featuring paintings by Becca Kallem and Matthew Smith, and “Falls 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, through Dec. 23. Opening reception, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 20, Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Free. 703-248-6800.

Seniors gardening program, master gardener Carol Kilroy discusses planting bulbs and preparing spring gardens. 1:30 p.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. First visit free; annual 55+ Pass required thereafter. Registration required. 703-228-5722.

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.

“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.boxofficetickets.com.

Thursday, Oct. 4

“Tierra y Memoria” paintings and linocuts, depictions of everyday life in Honduras by Juan E. Hernandez Gonzalez. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 4; show continues, 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.

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

“After-Work Jazz + Mixer,” featuring Brazilian music by Origem group, 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, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-6414.

— Compiled by Ria Manglapus

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