Original Mystery

The McLean Drama Company will present "Emily and I," an original romantic mystery by Rachael Bail, next Thursday through June 27 at the Alden Theatre in McLean.

Bail, a McLean resident, wrote her play about two American women who meet in Rome in the 1960s. Both are working as English teachers; one is the wife of the American consul, and the other is a journalist who is married to a singer.

Playwright and novelist Joe Martin is directing the production.

Performances are 8 p.m. next Thursday through June 26 and 2:30 p.m. June 27. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. The theater is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-9223 or 703-790-0123.

Abstract Art Show

An exhibit of abstract art opens today and runs through July 31 at the McLean Project for the Arts. The show is curated by Lisa McCarty, a Herndon resident and a senior at George Mason University who is finishing an internship with the arts project.

A reception from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the arts center will mark the opening of McCarty's exhibit and two others that will also run through the end of next month. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.

McCarty's exhibit, in the Ramp Gallery, includes works by emerging artists from GMU, Marymount University, the Corcoran College of Art and Design and American University.

The Emerson Gallery will feature abstract painters Paula Owen and Paul Ryan. The reflective photographs of Karen Jordan will be displayed in the Atrium Gallery.

The McLean Project for the Arts is on the upper level of the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-1953.

Like Son, Like Father

The Reston Community Center at Hunters Woods is hosting a father-son art exhibit called "Generations" through July 31. A reception will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at the center.

Center officials said the exhibit represents a departure from the usual story of a son following in his father's footsteps.

John Mendez, a former senior executive, has chosen to follow the path of his son Michael, an artist.

For his nature and landscape photographs, John Mendez has won national and international awards. His images have been used for corporate advertising and included in a three-year National Park Foundation exhibit. At the Reston show, John Mendez will exhibit his drawings and sculpture in addition to his photographs.

Michael Mendez, a Reston native, is a photographer and teaches photography, art history, aesthetics and design at Shepherd University, formerly known as Shepherd College, in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

The community center is at 2310 Colts Neck Rd. For more information, call 703-689-3550 or visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com.

Music Programs Aided

The McLean Community Center has established a music education program as a result of a gift left in the will of resident Harry E. Ormston.

Ormston, who died Nov. 2, 2002, had requested that $52,000 be spent in memory of his late wife, Virginia E. Ormston, to further the musical education of children.

The center's executive director, Bill Bersie, said the money will be used to establish a variety of programs.

This year the center, through the auspices of the Alden Theatre's youth program, established a music residency program that allowed local elementary school children to study music with national artists.

The center also offered a music class for special needs students during its winter/spring session.

For more information, call 703-790-0123.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

"Carter Shields Cabin" is one of the works on display through July 31 as part of a father-son exhibit at the Reston Community Center.