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Thursday, November 17, 2005

A Dance Inspired By Edward Gorey

The Snappy Dance Theater of Boston will perform "Temperamental Wobble and Other Dances" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Alden Theatre in McLean.

The production was inspired by American illustrator Edward Gorey. According to a news release, in "Temperamental Wobble," Snappy will present such Goreyesque characters and scenes as the Ambiguous Cousins, the Lavender Leotard, the Umbrella Heads and Tweedle-Dum.

The dance theater, founded in 1996, draws on the diverse backgrounds of its members, including circus performance, theater, martial arts, gymnastics and puppetry in addition to dance, according to a news release.

Tickets are $18 for McLean area residents, $22 for nonresidents and $16 for students. The theater is in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave.

For information, call 703-790-0123 or visit http://www.mcleancenter.org . For information on Snappy Dance Theater, visit http://www.snappydance.com .

Reston Arts Center Seeks Works for Show

The Greater Reston Arts Center is accepting works for an exhibit of two- and three-dimensional art to be held Dec. 1-23.

A selection committee will determine the works to be included in the show. Art should be dropped off at the center during gallery hours, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., today, tomorrow, Saturday or Tuesday. The arts center is at 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston Town Center.

There is a size limit, and typically one large or two small paintings will be accepted for each artist. A number of three-dimensional pieces will be taken as well. Pieces will be replaced as they are sold.

There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1.

For more information, call 703-471-9242 or visit http://www.restonarts.org .

Flutist to Perform At Alden Theatre

The Music Friends of the Fairfax County Public Library will continue the current performance season with a concert by flutist Nina Assimakopoulos at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Alden Theatre in McLean.

Assimakopoulos, assistant professor of flute at the Greatbatch School of Music at Houghton College, studied in Munich and at Indiana University. She has performed as principal flute with the Munich City Opera and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Academy Orchestra, taken part in international concerts and radio and TV broadcasts, and had a solo debut at Carnegie Hall.

Her McLean concert will feature music inspired by prose and poetry and will include works by Briccialdi, Reinecke, Debussy, Liszt, Laufer and Schoenfeld.

The theater is in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library .

Arts Foundation Partners With South County School

South County Secondary School and the Lorton Arts Foundation have launched a partnership in which the foundation will provide the school with a visual and performing arts program funded by the Artist's Palette Project.

The foundation is hoping to build a regional arts center at the former Lorton prison complex. The Artist's Palette Project is a group of regional artists and foundation patrons who are donating time and money to introduce the Fairfax community to the planned arts center.

Part of the South County program, according to a news release, will include original artwork by regional artists and professional assistance for the theater department and for a master class in dance. The foundation also will help the school create its family arts series and will provide space at Lorton Arts Foundation facilities for South County teachers to display work.

In turn, South County will furnish display space and assistance to the Palette Project, help with fundraising, provide a venue for Lorton Arts Foundation events, offer student artwork or performances for such events and contribute space for an art show.

The school is at 8501 Silverbrook Rd., Lorton. For information, call 703-446-1657 or send an e-mail to cheryl.devincentis@fcps.edu .

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY and STEPHEN C. FEHR

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