Arts in Brief

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Studio Visits In Great Falls

The Great Falls Studio Tour, which introduces artists where they live or work in Great Falls, has been expanded to three days, from tomorrow through Sunday.

The free tour, sponsored by Great Falls Studios, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The route covers varied media and a lot of territory (a visitor will need wheels to cover it all).

Included are 25 home studios on the back roads and in historic houses, converted sheds, old barns and contemporary houses. Artists will demonstrate various media and meet visitors.

For a map and artists directory, visit and click on "calendar."

Programs and maps are at studios marked by signs and blue balloons, at the Old Brogue Irish Pub, 760 Walker Rd., or at RE/MAX Gateway, 10135 Colvin Run Rd.

Check the schedules; a few studios will not be open all three days.

Student Flicks

Films created by students at George Mason University and at county high schools, as well as documentaries and feature films, will be screened at the Mason Film Festival tomorrow through Sunday at the Johnson Center Cinema in the middle of George Mason's Fairfax campus, 4400 University Dr.

Films begin at 4 p.m. tomorrow. A feature will be screened at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, screenings begin at 11 a.m. with student films. On the schedule are documentaries and another feature at 8 p.m. Sunday, films will begin at 12:20 p.m., and the 1981 film, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia" concludes the event, beginning at 7 p.m. That film was by Rappahannock County director Ron Maxwell, who helped launch 2006's inaugural film festival in Warrenton.

The festival moved to the Fairfax campus this year.

Tickets are $15 for a day; $10 for students and seniors; buy two days, get the third one free. Advance package tickets at the GMU Center for the Arts box office; tickets for individual screenings at the door.

Paid parking is available adjacent to main stage of the Concert Hall; free parking in Lot K.

For more information, visit

Free Jazz

Jazz, Blues & Brews will feature those items from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Lake Anne Village Center in the heart of Reston off Washington Plaza North.

Free live performances will be presented. The Wine and Beer Garden will offer food and beverages.

For more information, visit

-- Compiled by BOB SAMSOT

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