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Alexandria, Arlington community calendar, March 10-17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011; T20

Thursday, March 10

"Mix It Up" exhibit, member artists demonstrates fiber art techniques. 1-9 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, Studio 18, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935 or www.torpedofactory.org.

"Water Marks" watercolor exhibit, by Barry D. Lindley. Opens, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and reception, 6-9 p.m., Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through April 14. Artist's talk, 1 p.m. March 26, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780 or www.torpedofactory.org.

AARP tax preparation help, for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older, sponsored by the AARP Foundation. 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, through April 14, Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5990 or www.aarp.org/taxaide.

"Bare Bones" paintings exhibit, by Ruth Trevarrow. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Saturdays, through April 10, the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0035 or www.nvfaa.org.

"Beyond From: Expressing Art," all-media abstract works by area artists. Noon-4 p.m. Thursdays, noon-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, through March 27, Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

"The Many Faces of George Washington," exhibit features Washington's leadership through a series of panels. 2-8 p.m. Thursdays, 1-8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays, Historic Alexandria History Center and Museum Store, 101 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-746-4760.

Second Thursday Art Night, featuring New Orleans Jazz music by saxophonist Tedd Baker, a mask craft and artists in open studios. 6-9 p.m., Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

"Juno and the Paycock," Sean O'Casey's tragedy about a struggling Irish family during the Irish Civil War. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through March 20, Artisphere, Black Box Theater, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Saturday matinees, pay what you can; other shows, $25-$35. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

"His Eye Is on the Sparrow," musical about the life of jazz singer Ethel Waters. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays and Wednesday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 20, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $45-$50; students, $25. 703-548-9044, 800-494-8497 or www.metrostage.org.

"From Uruguay With Laughter," sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. "How to Avoid Falling in Love With the Wrong Man," a comedy performed by Graciela Rodriguez, in Spanish with English surtitles. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $20-$30. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

Friday, March 11

AARP tax preparation help, for low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those 60 and older, sponsored by the AARP Foundation. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 1:15-7:45 p.m. Tuesdays, through April 15, Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710 or www.aarp.org/taxaide.

"Hamtdaa: Together" festival, featuring an exhibit of dance masks, costumes and paintings by Gankhuyag Natsag, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays, through May 1. "Discover Tsam," a Mongolian ritual dance, 12:30 p.m. Friday and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Artisphere, Terrace Gallery, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

"Bye Bye Birdie" musical, performance by St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1000 St. Stephen's Rd., Alexandria. $5. 703-212-2291 or www.sssas.org.

The Children's Theatre, performance of "The Brothers Grimm: Out of Order." 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 20, Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. $10; seniors, students and children, $8. 703-548-1154, Ext. 1, or www.encorestage.org.

Celtic concert, performance by Celtic Aire, part of the U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Players series. 8 p.m., George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil.

Saturday, March 12

Alexandria farmers market, meat, dairy products, fish, fruit and vegetables, sponsored by the city. 5:30-10:30 a.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. 703-746-3200 or www.alexandria.gov/farmersmarket.

Del Ray farmers market, produce, cheese, flowers, meat, mushrooms, honey, pralines and baked goods. 9 a.m.-noon, Mount Vernon and East Oxford avenues, Alexandria. 703-683-2570.

Abstract art workshop, "Revealing What Is Hidden," discussed by artists, teachers and historians. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $15; students, $10; registration required. 703-838-4827 or www.thedelrayartisans.org.

Alexandria Library March Madness Festival, a book sale, authors Emily Leatha Everson, Sharon Hickey and Andrew Wingfield, face painting, magic, music and more. 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library, 4701 Seminary Rd., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-746-1704.

"The Magic Paintbrush" play, for age 4 and older, based on a Chinese folk tale about a poor boy who discovers a paint brush that brings his art to life. 11 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 3. Additional performance, 4 p.m. this Saturday, Synetic Family Theater, 4041 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 800-494-8497 or www.classika.org.

"Swordsmen's Rendezvous," for age 5 and older. Reenactment of 18th-century swordplay and discussion of weapons, with audience participation. Hourly tours, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $6; registration required. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Unified Jazz Ensemble concert, for age 5 and older. 11 a.m., Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $6-$8. 703-875-1100 or www.artisphere.com.

"Who Invented Beauty" discussion, Elisabeth Cornwell of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason discusses "Who Invented Beauty: Madison Avenue or Charles Darwin?" Sponsored by the National Capital Area Skeptics. 1:30-3 p.m., National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 301-587-3827 or www.ncas.org.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Association, performance of works by Shostakovich and Schubert. 2 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $10. 703-799-8229 or www.wmpamusic.org.

"Good Fortune" film and discussion, about two Kenyans fighting to save their homes from redevelopment projects. Part of "Movies With a Mission" about Africa and the African Diaspora. 4:30 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. Free, reservations requested. 703-746-4356.

Flying squirrels program, learn about the animals and watch them glide. 6-7:15 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $5, registration required (program No. 622950-E). 703-228-6535, 703-228-4747 or www.registration.arlingtonva.us.

World Children's Choir, performance of folk songs, international music and more. Includes a silent auction and food. 6-10:30 p.m., St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 4250 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $10-$20. 703-883-0920 or www.worldchildrenschoir.org.

Roller skate night, families, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; teenagers, 9-11 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. $2; skate rental, $3. 703-228-7783 or www.arlingtonva.us/teens/.

Piano concert, Nasanbayr Shuree Ayurgina performs classics and Mongolian compositions. 7:30 p.m., Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $10. 703-228-1850 or www.artisphere.com.

The Plums concert, the rock band performs with Buildings, a progressive visual group. 8 p.m., Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. $8-$10. 703-228-1850 or www.artisphere.com.

Verdi's "Requiem," performed by the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra with the Alexandria Choral Society, Metropolitan Chorus, Heritage Signature Chorale and the NOVA community Chorus. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. $5-$80. 703-548-0885 or www.alexsym.org.

Virginia Grand Military Band, performance of works by Puccini, Verdi and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m., Kenmore Middle School, 200 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. $20; age 18 and younger, $10. 703-281-3331 or www.vgmb.com.

Sunday, March 13

Columbia Pike farmers market, fruit, vegetables, plants, baked goods, jam, meat, dairy products and coffee. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., South Walter Reed Drive and Columbia Pike (Pike Park), Arlington. 703-892-2776 or www.columbiapike.org.

"Artistic Identities" exhibit, featuring an ancient art form of enameling by members of Enamelists Gallery. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through April 4, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Enamelists Gallery, Studio 28, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Kiln Club annual show, pottery by Barbara Gatterdam, Karin Abromaitis, Dana Lehrer Danze and others. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through April 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, Studio 19, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Admission, free. 703-548-6288 or www.kilnclubwdc.com.

"Our Nest" exhibit, prints relating to nests by Printmakers members. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through April 30, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Printmakers, Studio 325, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1342 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Clifford Wheeler photography exhibit, Reception, 2-4 p.m. Sunday; show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through April 3, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 312, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2205 or www.torpedofactory.org.

Pruning shrubs and trees workshop, led by master gardeners of Northern Virginia, sponsored by Arlington Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension. 1-3 p.m., Lee Community Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6426.

IBIS String Quartet, performance of works by Brahms and Schubert. 7 p.m., Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore St., Arlington. $10-$20; age 18 and younger, free. 703-755-0960 or www.ibischambermusic.org.

Monday, March 14

ESL Placement Exam, for English as a Second Language classes to be held March 28-June 17, part of Arlington public schools' Adult Education Program. Test will be held 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday and March 21 and 28, Clarendon Education Center, 2801 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Exam, free; course, $350-$470; Arlington residents, $175-$235. 703-228-4200 or www.apsva.us/reep.

"The Sakura Challenge" exhibit, ceramics and prints by local artists. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays, through April 27, Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. Free. 703-228-0560 or www.leeartscenter.org.

"Patriotic and Public Spirited," exhibit of commemorative wares featuring artifacts from archaeological excavations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, the Lyceum, Coldsmith Gallery, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $2. 703-746-4994 or www.alexandriahistory.org.

Tavern Toddlers, for children ages 1-3 accompanied by an adult, participants make crafts and play games from previous centuries. 10:30 a.m.-noon Mondays, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. One adult and as many as two children, $7 per week; additional person, $3. 703-746-4242 or www.gadsbystavern.org.

Tuesday, March 15

"Across China and Tibet" exhibit, photographs by Greg Embree. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays, 1-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays- Saturdays, through April 1, Cherrydale Library, 2190 Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

Horace Day exhibit, "Style and Identity: Black Alexandria in the 1970s," 32 paintings featuring street scenes and portraits of African Americans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. $2. 703-746-4356 or www.alexblackhistory.org.

"The Red Shoes" film, about a ballerina. 6:30 p.m., Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6545.

Wednesday, March 16

"The Past Two Years of the 'Roberts Court,' " Robert L. Weinberg, an adjunct professor at George Washington University School of Law. discusses "The Past Two Years of the 'Roberts' Court': The Supreme Court Moving to the Right?" Sponsored by Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute. 3-4:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-2144.

Alexandria tax preparation assistance, for low-income residents filing federal income tax and state income tax returns. Spanish-speaking volunteers are also available to help with tax returns. 9 a.m. Saturdays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 13, Alexandria Department of Human Services, 2525 Mount Vernon Ave. Free, first-come first-served, until filled. 703-746-5845 (866-386-4756 TTY).

"Nurture Shock," Ashley Merryman discusses the book "Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children," written by Merryman and Po Bronson. 7:30 p.m., Arlington Unitarian Cooperative Preschool, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. $10, to benefit Arlington Food Assistance Center. 703-892-3878 or www.aucpva.org.

Eastern Trombone Workshop concert, with the Washington Trombone Ensemble and others. 8 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

Thursday, March 17

Target Gallery "March Madness," an exhibit fundraiser to benefit March of Dimes. Featuring art on 10-by-10-inch wood panels by area artists. Opens 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday; show, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily (until 9 p.m. Thursdays), through March 27, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4, or www.torpedofactory.org.

"And the Curtain Rises," a musical comedy about how the first American musical was created, performed by Signature Theatre. Opens 8 p.m. March 17; show continues, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through April 10, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $55-$81. 703-820-9771, 703-573-7328 or www.signature-theatre.org.

Eastern Trombone Workshop concert, with the U.S. Army Orchestra. 8 p.m., Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-696-3399 or www.usarmyband.com.

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