Mexican Immigrants'

Stories Told in Show

On Monday night, the Center for the Arts at George Mason University will host one performance of "By the Hand of the Father," a show tracing the lives of men of Mexican heritage born early in the 20th century.

Their stories, which will be told through nine vignettes acted out and accompanied by live music, reflect the personal histories of America's immigrants, center officials said in a news release.

Inspired by a song cycle by Alejandro Escovedo, who helped create the piece, "By the Hand of the Father" was written by Theresa Chavez, Eric Gutierrez and Rose Portillo. The multimedia show was produced by About Productions, a theater company based in Los Angeles, where it had its premiere in 2002.

A discussion will be held 45 minutes before the 8 p.m. show in the hall's Grand Tier.

Tickets are $34, $26 and $17 and can be charged by phone at 703-218-6500 or by going to The Center for the Arts is on GMU's Fairfax campus at Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the center, and free parking is located in university lot K. For more information, visit

Library Events to Feature

Andrea Mitchell and More

NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell will discuss the results of the Nov. 2 election on Nov. 9 in McLean, in a program sponsored by the Fairfax County public library system.

Mitchell, whose appearance is one of three current affairs events sponsored by the library system next month, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Alden Theatre in the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave. Free tickets -- two per person -- will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 6:30 that evening.

On Nov. 3, lawyer Tim Junkin, author of "Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA," and Kirk Bloodsworth, who wrongfully spent eight years in prison, will discuss the case at 7 p.m. at Chantilly Regional Library, 4000 Stringfellow Rd. To reserve a seat, call 703-502-3883.

On Nov. 14, the first of a three-part media and politics series begins with George Mason University professor Richard Rubenstein moderating a panel that includes Aidan White, general secretary of the International Federation of Journalists, and Kaarle Nordenstreng, a professor of communication at the University of Tampere, Finland.

They will discuss international press coverage of U.S. foreign policy at 1:30 p.m. at Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Rd., Burke. To reserve a seat, call 703-644-7333.

The series is cosponsored by the League of Women Voters and the organization By the People.

For more information about the November events, go to

English Ceramist to Give

Lecture, Workshop

The Reston Community Center at Lake Anne will host a lecture, slide show and workshop Nov. 5 and 6 featuring English ceramist Seth Cardew.

Cardew's career has included teaching, exhibiting, and throwing and modeling clay. He conducts classes at Wenford Bridge Pottery in England.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. both days. The lecture is $5; the workshop is $40 for those who live or work in Reston and $50 for others. Registration is required. The community center is at 1609-A Washington Plaza.

For more information, call 703-476-8617 or visit

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY


Rose Portillo and Kevin Sifuentes perform in "By the Hand of the Father," a multimedia show coming to George Mason University's Center for the Arts. Andrea Mitchell of NBC News will appear at McLean's Alden Theatre.