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Alexandria and Arlington community events, Aug. 12-19, 2010

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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday, Aug. 12

" 'SCAPES" EXHIBIT, all-media works by Art League Gallery artists, juried by Joey Manlapaz. Opening reception, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 6, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or

18TH-CENTURY DANCE CLASS, led by Corky Palmer in preparation for the Jane Austen Ball on Saturday. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12, reservations requested. 703-746-4242 or

ROCK MUSICAL "CHESS," two chess masters, one American and one Russian, compete in chess and for the love of the same woman. Preview, 8 p.m. Thursday; regular shows, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 8 p.m. Aug. 19; other performances, through Sept. 26, call the theater or visit its Web site for a full schedule, Signature Theatre, Max Theater, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $54-$80. 703-820-9771.

BAGPIPES, PIPES AND DRUMS CONCERT, by the NOVA Branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society and the Alexandria Pipes and Drums. 7 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

JEAN BAYOU FOLK CONCERT, acoustic music. 7 p.m., the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. $10. 703-548-0035 or

"ART IN BALANCE: RHYTHM AND REPETITION," paintings by Marsha Staiger and sculpture by Alison Sigethy. 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

MUSIC, ROSSLYN FARMERS MARKET, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. concerts by Robert Jospe and Inner Rhythm, Thursday, and Whop Frazier, Aug. 19; sale of produce, pastries, tea and more, sponsored by Rosslyn Business Improvement District, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays. North Oak Street and Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. 703-228-1850, 703-522-6628 or

"THE GATHERING OF THE LEGENDS," photographs of the 2009-2010 Alexandria history-makers, featuring Chet Avery, John Porter, Joan and John Renner, David G. Speck, Pat Troy and others. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 22. Reception 7-10 p.m. Friday, Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or

BALLSTON FARMERS MARKET, produce, teas, pies, jewelry, photography, digital artwork and a concert by Randy Stein, sponsored by Ballston-Virginia Square Partnership. 3-7 p.m., Welburn Square, Wilson Boulevard and Taylor Street, Arlington. 703-528-3527.

SECOND THURSDAY ART NIGHT, visit studios and meet artists. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or

DOORWAYS FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES TOUR, information about Doorways clients who are formerly homeless or who are survivors of domestic violence, and tours of the Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home, Arlington. Free, reservations required. 703-522-8858, Ext. 22.

CENTRAL LIBRARY PLANT CLINIC, Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia offer advice, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6414.

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