Visit Artists' Studios

Great Falls Studios, an association of more than 35 artists and craftspeople who live and work in Great Falls, will sponsor its second annual free tour of artists' studios from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

This year's tour will feature seven studios, the workplaces of painters, photographers, potters, a jewelry maker and a builder of wood sculpture.

Other artists will be talking about their work at the Great Falls firehouse, 9916 Georgetown Pike (Route 193), and the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike. All together, 14 artists and photographers are scheduled to participate in the program.

Studios are located throughout Great Falls and will be designated by signs and blue balloons. Visitors can start the tour at any studio. A map and a free brochure, with a short biography of each artist plus directions to the studios, will be available at each studio.

Those who visit at least one studio will be able to purchase a $13 fixed-price lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Old Brogue Irish pub, 706 Walker Rd. in the Village Center.

Maps will also be available at the fire station, Falls Hardware and online at www.greatfallsstudios.com by clicking on "Calendar."

Caribbean Music Premiere

The Alden Theatre in McLean will present the premiere performance of Masters of Caribbean Music, featuring Puerto Rican jibaro, Trinidadian calypso and Haitian twoubadou on Oct. 27.

The 8 p.m. performance will explore the musical traditions of the Caribbean. The national tour is financed by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation.

Tickets are $22 for McLean-area residents, $26 for nonresidents and $18 for students. Tickets are available at the Alden Theatre box office or through Ticketmaster, 703-573-SEAT. The theater is in the McLean Community Center at 1234 Ingleside Ave. For information, call 703-790-0123 or visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Choral Workshop, Concert

Choralis, an auditioned 80-person mixed-voice chorus, is sponsoring a workshop on the history and performance of African American spirituals from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at Falls Church Presbyterian Church.

The workshop, led by Andre Thomas, will be followed by a concert featuring works by American composers as well as spirituals and gospel selections.

The church is at 225 E. Broad St. For information or tickets, call 703-237-2499 or visit www.choralis.org.

-- Compiled by DIANE MATTINGLY

and STEPHEN C. FEHR

Laura Nichols's Pig Pen Pottery studio is one of the stops on a tour Saturday of the workplaces of Great Falls artists.