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Thursday, March 31, 2005; Page VA26

Loose Women, Abstractly

The annual abstract art exhibit by Loose Women Artists will be held tomorrow through Sunday at the Old Schoolhouse in Great Falls.

The group of local artists, who derive their name from what they describe as their "active, edgy and loose" style, will feature the work of three painters and a photographer. They are Jean Sheckler Beebe, Jeanne Garant, Francine B. Livaditis and Eleanor Kotlarik Wang.


(Courtesy Of Eleanor Kotlarik Wang)

Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with a reception with the artists from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Old Schoolhouse is on Georgetown Pike (Route 193) near Walker Road. For information, call 703-442-9439 or 703-352-7212.

Show, Sale in Falls Church

The Falls Church Recreation and Parks Division will hold its first art show and sale April 15-16 at the city's community center.

The show, from 5 to 7 p.m. April 15 and noon to 4 p.m. April 16, will feature artwork by city residents and employees. They are invited to submit original works, including photography, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, and drawings, framed or unframed. There is a limit of two submissions per person; the deadline is tomorrow. Each entry should include the artist's name, phone number and a price (if the work is for sale).

Submissions from children in kindergarten through 12th grade must also include their ages and grade levels. The community center is at 223 Little Falls St. For information, call 703-248-5077.

Music, and a Musical

The Alden Theatre in McLean is hosting two performances this weekend and next.

• The Persuasions, an a cappella group, will perform a mix of gospel, rock and pop music at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The group began its career in 1961 performing on the streets of Brooklyn. Since then, it has recorded 18 albums and has performed with Patti LaBelle, Liza Minnelli, Bette Midler, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight, according to press materials provided by the Alden Theatre.

Tickets are $22 for McLean area residents; $26 for nonresidents.

• TheatreworksUSA, a New York-based nonprofit group that specializes in professional shows for young and family audiences, will present "Corduroy" at 11 a.m. April 9.

The musical, based on Don Freeman's book about a young girl and a teddy bear, includes jazz and rhythm and blues.

Tickets are $6 for McLean area residents; $8 for nonresidents.

The theater is in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. For information, call 703-790-9223 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

A Night of Johnny Mercer

Banu Gibson will perform the music of Johnny Mercer April 9 at CenterStage in the Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods.

The 8 p.m. program, called "Jeepers Creepers," features stories of Mercer's life and his hit songs, including "Skylark," "Moon River," "One for My Baby," "I Remember You" and "Hurray for Hollywood."

According to a news release, Gibson has recorded and has performed throughout the United States and Europe. She has performed with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

Tickets are $15. The center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For information, call 703-476-4500 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR


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