Film Looks at Occoquan Cleanup

A film that tells the story of the cleanup of the Occoquan River will be shown at 6 p.m. March 19 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Ave. NW, in Washington.

The world premiere of "Reclaiming Our Water: The Occoquan River Watershed" is free. The film was made by Dave Eckert of Falls Church.

The Occoquan is a source of drinking water for more than a million Northern Virginians. The documentary, narrated by National Public Radio's Frank Stasio, examines how dirty water is reclaimed and recycled.

The film is part of the 2003 Environmental Film Festival. For more listings, call 202-342-2564 or go to

4 Women Join in Abstract Show

Four local female artists who use paint and mixed media will display their abstract artwork March 21-23 at the Old Schoolhouse in Great Falls.

Artists Jean Sheckler Beebe and Dominique Samyn Werbrouck, both of McLean, Eleanor Kotlarik Wang of Oakton and photographer Francine B. Livaditis of Vienna exhibit their work under the name "Loose Women Artists."

They said they want to make abstract art accessible to emerging collectors while attracting enthusiasts of that genre.

Their work embraces such themes as ancient Chinese dance, Galapagos bird studies, public buildings and cultural icons.

An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. March 21.

The schoolhouse, 9818 Georgetown Pike near Walker Road, is open 4 to 9 p.m. March 21; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 22; and noon to 6 p.m. March 23.

A Place for Young Performers

The Reston Community Center is offering local high school students an opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity at its new Lyrics Lounge.

Comedians, poets, singer-songwriters and other artists are invited to perform 7 to 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month, starting tomorrow night, at the Lake Anne Coffeehouse, in the Lake Anne Village Center near Village Road and North Shore Drive.

For more information, call 703-648-2839 or visit

Chorus, Symphony Do Hollywood

The Fairfax Choral Society and members of the Fairfax Symphony will perform the music of Hollywood in a multimedia presentation at 8 p.m. Saturday at Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus.

Under the direction of Douglas Mears, the concert will include music from such films as "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Star Wars," "Titanic," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Amadeus."

For more information, call 703-218-6500 or visit The performance is at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall on the Alexandria campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St.

Oakton to Host Art Teacher

Artist and teacher Walt Bartman is planning to spend next Thursday with the Oakton High School community, school officials said.

Bartman, who has won several teaching awards, specializes in landscape, figure and studio painting at the Yellow Barn in Kensington.

The day will begin with a 2:30 p.m. reception, followed by a 2:45 p.m. presentation in the lecture hall.

All art teachers in Fairfax County schools have been invited, as well as Oakton High students, teachers and parents. For more information, call Lorraine Grace at 703-758-1559.

Springfield Holds Auditions Springfield Community Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming performance of "Later Life," directed by Catalina Smith.

Set at a Boston cocktail party, the play is a comic drama about a middle-age man who is reintroduced to an old girlfriend he met while in Italy.

Auditions are for six male and six female roles and will be at 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Immanuel United Methodist Church, 7901 Heritage Dr., Annandale.

Also needed are technical support experts and trainees for sound, lighting, costumes, makeup, carpentry and props.

Performances will be April 25 and 26 and May 2, 3, 9 and 10 at the church.

For more information, call


Virginia Military Band to Perform The Virginia Grand Military Band will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall at Northern Virginia Community College's Alexandria campus, 3001 N. Beauregard St.

The band will play a mix of classical pieces and marches. Retired musicians from military bands make up the band, whose season consists of five concerts.

Usually a guest conductor leads several pieces during each concert. The guest conductor for this performance will be Col. Kurt Ringelmann, director of the German Military Bands.

-- Compiled by Diane Mattingly

and Stephen C. Fehr

Dominique Samyn Werbrouck, who painted "Capoeira," above, and Jean Sheckler Beebe, creator of "The Power of One," below, are among four local women who will display their abstract artwork March 21-23 in Great Falls.Walt Bartman, an accomplished art teacher who works in landscape, figure and studio painting in Kensington, will visit Oakton High next Thursday.