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Celebrate Fairfax! gets underway today.
Celebrate Fairfax! gets underway today. (By Michael Long)
Friday, June 8, 2007


FESTIVAL Celebrate Fairfax! This fest (today through Sunday) is anything but small, filling 25 acres with carnival rides, vendors, food and performers including national acts such as Live and Smash Mouth. $10; seniors and active military, $8; ages 3-10, $5; younger than 3, free. (All-day ride stamps available for $18 on Saturday and Sunday only). Today, 6 p.m.-midnight; tomorrow, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Live is tonight at 8 and Smash Mouth tomorrow at the same hour.) Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-3247.

EXHIBIT A Summer Jaunt, Captured by Artists The Del Ray Artisans' latest show, "Wish You Were Here," is a juried exhibition featuring artists' records of their travels. Paintings, photos, ceramics and even journals inspired by the jaunts are displayed. It opens with a reception tonight, 7-10. Free, through July 8. Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827.

CONCERT Promiscuity Chic Let's just get it out. What happened to the bright-eyed and spunky Nelly Furtado, who once sang about being "like a bird"? Before she began grinding and sounding not unlike a hoochie? Whatever the answer, her tawdry teamings with Timbaland have proven gold -- she's had more hits than ever, including "Promiscuous Girl," and "Maneater." She plays the Patriot Center tonight. $35-$45. 8 p.m. George Mason University, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328.


EXHIBIT "Paint" Alexandria: The Results Show The Art League held a two-day, all-media event last month in which artists set up on Old Town's waterfront to paint (or photograph, or draw) the city's sights, and this month the gallery shows off the work created during the event in an exhibition juried by critic F. Lennox Campello, of the blog Mid-Atlantic Art News. The reception is Sunday. Free. 2-4 p.m. Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780.

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