Quilts, Jewelry, Food and More

The 31st annual Sully Quilt Show and Sale will take place Sunday at the historic site in Chantilly.

The show, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., will feature exhibits, appraisals, supplies and demonstrations. More than 50 vendors will sell antique and new American-made quilts, books, patterns, fabrics and other quilt-related merchandise, including stained glass and jewelry. The theme is "Fashioned Into Quilts."

There will be food, outdoor concerts and a door prize. Children can make a quilt square.

Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for children.

Sully is at 3601 Sully Rd. For more information call 703-437-1794.

An International Event for Kids

Wolf Trap will hold its annual International Children's Festival on Sept. 18 and 19 at the Filene Center. The 34th annual event will feature performers from China and South Korea along with local groups, including some representing India, Peru and Saudi Arabia.

Other activities will include interactive arts and technology projects, crafts workshops and special performances. Bob McGrath, who is "Bob" on "Sesame Street," and Matt Gallant from "The Planet's Funniest Animals" will be there.

Between Sept. 14 and 17, about 12,000 Fairfax County fifth-grade students will attend a pre-festival series that includes learning about international cultures, demonstrations and performances.

The main festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults; $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and adults 65 and older; free for children younger than 3. For tickets, call 703-218-6500, visit the Wolf Trap box office at 1551 Trap Rd. in Vienna, or go online to www.wolftrap.org.

Reston Performance Season Set

Reston's CenterStage has unveiled its performing arts season, with a mix of theater, music, family, dance, literary and film events.

The season kicks off Sept. 26 with the comedy of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, performing the "Complete History of America (abridged)."

Other highlights:

* On Oct. 2, Tony Kushner, author of "Angels in America," and Ann Rodriguez, chief executive of the Arts Council of Fairfax County, take the stage in an evening of conversation.

* Oct. 3 will feature "The Matt and Ben Show," a hit of last year's off-Broadway theater season that looks at the country's cultural obsession with celebrity. It is performed by two actresses portraying Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

Other performances include "The Sayings of Junebug Jabbo Jones, Volume II," which uses African storytelling, rap and song as it explores the importance of past civil rights struggles.

Comedian David Sedaris, mystery writer Walter Mosley, jazz and blues performers, chamber music and folk groups, Irish folk music and gospel are also on this year's schedule. So are returning favorites such as "Trout Fishing in America," on Dec. 5. The holiday event is comedian Mark Brutsche's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" on Dec. 18.

CenterStage and the performers often ask audiences to stay after the show to meet the artists. The season ends May 21. Tickets go on sale for Reston area residents at 2 p.m. Sunday and for the general public at 2 p.m. Sept. 19.

For more information or to make reservations by phone, call 703-476-4500.

GMU's 'Silence' and Cell Phones

George Mason University's Center for the Arts and its multimedia performance studio will present "Silence and Darkness: a Live Movie for the Cell Phone Age" from Sept. 22 through Oct. 3.

The performance integrates live action, song and dance with digital projections and sound design. Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison appear as robotic personas and witness the improvements their inventions have wrought, such as cell phones.

The studio is a research and production unit of the school's Institute of the Arts.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are free for GMU students, faculty members and staff; $5 for other students with identification; $10 for all others.

The Center for the Arts is on GMU's Fairfax campus, at 4400 University Dr., near Route 123 and Braddock Road. For more information, call 703-218-6500 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

McLean Orchestra Hosts Picnic

The preview concert and picnic for the McLean Orchestra's 2004-05 season will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 19 at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna.

Music will include selections by Mozart, Mancini, Debussy and Shostakovich. Attendees are invited to bring blankets, chairs and picnics suppers.

Admission is free. The park is at 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct. For more information, call the park at 703-255-3631 or the orchestra at 703-893-8646.

Calling High School Playwrights

Attention, Fairfax County high school playwrights.

George Mason University's Theater of the First Amendment is sponsoring a mentoring program and competition.

Selected applicants will work with a professional playwright, director or dramaturge on developing a play during the fall. At the end of the mentoring program, the students will submit their final works to the theater's First Light Festival Competition for High School Playwrights.

The prize for the winning entry will a professional five-day workshop and public reading at the First Light Festival on March 19. Runners-up will have selected scenes read at this event.

To apply, print the application form from the theater's Web site, www.gmu.edu/cfa/tfa, and mail it with a two-page writing sample to First Light Festival, Theater of the First Amendment, George Mason University, 4400 University Dr., MS 3E6, Fairfax, Va. 22030-4444.

Applications must be received no later than Sept. 27. Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail.

Falls Church Art Contest

The city of Falls Church is asking students in grades K-12 to enter its annual student art contest.

Students must attend a city school or live in Falls Church. The city will select 13 entries to feature in its 2005 annual report, services guide and calendar. In addition, the mayor and City Council will present each student whose work is selected with a plaque and a prize.

Submissions will be divided into four categories: Kindergarten through third grade; grades 4 through 6; grades 7 through 9; and grades 10 through 12. Each student is limited to three entries.

Submissions must be no smaller than 3 by 5 inches and no larger than 11 by 17 inches vertically or horizontally. Two-dimensional art can be created in any medium; three-dimensional art can be created in any medium but must be accompanied by a 3-by-5-inch or 4-by-6-inch color photograph of the work. Submissions also must include the student's first and last name, age, grade, school, name of a parent or guardian, teacher's name and phone number on the back of the artwork.

Mail or deliver entries to Office of Communications, Falls Church City Hall, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church, Va. 22046-3332.

Entries must be received by Oct. 1. For more information, call 703-248-5003.

3 Free Children's Concerts

The McLean Community Center will present a free children's concert series, "Jammin' Juniors," at 12:30 p.m. on three consecutive Wednesdays beginning Sept. 22 and continuing through Oct. 6.

The series is part of a music education program for children established through a $100,000 gift from McLean resident Harry E. Ormston, who died in 2002.

Milkshake, a group from Baltimore, will perform rock songs and lullabies Sept. 22. Singer Dorothy Donvan of Sing n' Sign will perform popular music through song and sign language Sept. 29. One-man-band Peter McCory will close the series.

The center is at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For more information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


The annual Quilt Show and Sale at Sully Historic Site on Sunday will also feature food and music.TONY KUSHNER