0
Votes

The Arts

<ro>Jo Ann Rose Art Gallery

<lst>Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. Home to the League of Reston Artists, the Jo Ann Rose Art Gallery has frequent shows and openings that cover all of the basic mediums including painting, photography, sculpture and more. Visit www.leagueofrestonartists.org.

<ro>Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) Gallery

<lst>Reston Town Center, 12001 Market Street, Suite 103. The Greater Reston Arts Center, producers of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, is a meeting place for area artists. Their gallery holds annual juried shows, solo exhibits and more. Visit www.restonarts.org for more.

<ro>Council for the Arts of Herndon

<lst>P.O. Box 940, Herndon. The Council for the Arts of Herndon, the Town of Herndon's local arts agency, presents an annual art festival as well as ongoing programs and opportunities for those interested in the arts. Programs include singing, painting, and arts and crafts. For more information about art in the Herndon area call 703-689-9535.

<hdr15>On Stage

<ro>The Reston Community Players

<lst>The Reston Community Players perform at the Center Stage, 2310 Colts Neck Road. Season runs October — May. An all-volunteer organization, the group puts on four major productions a year. The players are also members of the Arts Alliance of Reston, the Northern Virginia Theatre Alliance, the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce. Visit restonplayers.org or call 703-476-4500 for upcoming performances.

<ro>The Noble Blades

<lst>The Noble Blades are an off-shoot of the Reston Community Players and are the Washington D.C. area's only professionally trained theater-based fight group. They perform a variety of different martial arts for many events and are based in Reston. Along with performances around the area, the Noble Blades also conduct classes, workshops and demonstrations. Visit www.nobleblades.org.

<ro>The Center Stage

<cl>The Reston Community Center's Center Stage is located at their Hunters Wodds location, 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston. From author Nick Hornby to Irish acoustic band Lunasa, the Center Stage brings in an eclectic variety of top-notch artists throughout the year. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter for a schedule of performances.

<ro>Elden Street Players

<lst>Elden Street Players perform at The Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, with five performances running January-October. Seasonal plays each year are staged by the group of actors and there is also a special play season for children. For more information go to www.eldenstreetplayers.com. For ticket reservations call 703-481-5930.

<ro>ESP Theatre for Young Audiences

<lst>Elden Street Players present theater for children at the Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon. A joint venture between The Elden Street Players and the Town of Herndon Parks & Recreation Department, it has presented such shows as "Alice in Wonderland," "Rapunzel" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." See www.eldenstreetplayers.org.

<ro>South Lakes Theatre Arts Department

<lst>Students in the South Lakes High School Theatre Arts Department perform award winning plays throughout the school year. Under the long-time leadership of director Maria Harris the high school theater department has achieved much area success and remains a highly respected for producing talented, enthralling shows. Visit www.fcps.edu/SouthLakesHS

<ro>Herndon High School Drama Department

<lst>The HHS Drama Department performs at Herndon High School, 700 Bennet St., Herndon. The season runs Fall—Spring with two mainstage performances and as many as three one-act plays. For information on upcoming performances, visit Herndon High School's drama department at www.herndondrama.org.

<hdr15>Music

<ro>Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

<lst>1624 Trap Road, Vienna. 703-255-1900. Made up of 130 acres of hills and forests, Wolf Trap National Park has performances from May through September, along with singing performances, this national park is home to many musicians. Wolf Trap's smaller theaters feature year-round performances, including singing groups, orchestras, bands, musicals and dance groups. Visit www.wolftrap.org.

<ro>Voce Chamber Singers.

<lst>Voce is a Reston-based choral group that is one of the most acclaimed in the area. Since 1989, Voce has been singing choral chamber music across the region. The group performs all around the Washington D.C., but a majority of their performances are in the Reston/Herndon area. To get more information on upcoming events and performances, visit www.voce.org.

<ro>Towne Square Singers

<lst>Industrial Strength Theatre, 269 Sunset Business Park Drive, Herndon. 703-481-5930. More than 20 years ago Goldsby founded Herndon's Towne Square Singers — a group of vocalists that perform at the Industrial Strength Theater. Still performing to this day, the group has taken on a variety of projects and productions and perform mostly in December, late April and early May. The group rehearses each Monday evening from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Herndon. Auditions are held twice a year in September and January. For tickets and performance dates contact the Herndon Community Center at 703-435-6868.

<ro>Reston Chamber Orchestra

<lst>The Reston Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1988 and has since become one of the area's best community orchestras. The group performs around the community and region, sometimes in conjunction with the McLean Symphony Orchestra. The music director is Dingwall Fleary. Visit www.restonchamberorchestra.org.

<hdr15>Nightlife

<ro>"Take A Break" Concerts

<lst>Reston Community Center Lake Anne, 1609-A Washington Square Plaza, Reston. Every Thursday from June 1 to the end of August the RCC provides free concerts and invites the public to bring a lawn chair and picnic basket. Visit www.restoncommunitycenter.com for more.

<ro>Friday Night Live

<lst>Friday Night Live, 777 Lynn St., Herndon. From the beginning of May until the end of August, Friday nights in Herndon are the place to see free live music as the town green, located behind the Herndon Municipal Center on Lynn Street is converted to an outdoor concert hall for the Herndon-Dulles Chamber of Commerce's concert series "Friday Night Live." For band line-ups and more information, visit www.herndonrocks.com.

<ro>The Lakeside Inn

<lst>11150 South Lakes Drive, Reston.

703-264-0781. Local single and duets acts take the stage every Friday and Saturday night starting at 9 p.m. The Lakeside Inn overlooks Lake Thoreau and offers a variety of food. For more information go to www.thelakesideinn.com.

<ro>Ned Devines

<lst>2565 Centreville Road, Herndon. 703-793-7376. Ned Devines is one place to see local rock n' roll bands who are trying to make it big. Live bands on Friday and Saturday, as well as DJs on Wednesdays. Visit www.neddevines.com for more.

<ro>Jimmy's Old Town Tavern

<lst>697 Spring St., Herndon. 703-435-5467. Jimmy's Old Town Tavern holds an open mic night Wednesday at 9:30 p.m Performers range in genre and include singer-songwriters as well as full bands. After the bands perform, the scene transforms into an "Open Jam" session where anyone can play. Visit www.jimmystavern.com for sign-up details.

<ro>Tortilla Factory

<lst>648 Elden St., Herndon. 703-471-1156. In conjunction with the Reston-Herndon Folk Club, the Tortilla Factory hosts local folk and country artists for their open mic night on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Also, once a month the club showcases one of its own members in a solo performance. Visit www.restonherndonfolkclub.com for details.

<ro>Frying Pan Country Store

<lst>709 West Ox Road. 703-435-3710. The Frying Pan Country Store holds an acoustic jam session on the first and third Sunday of each month from 1-4 p.m. Acoustic instruments only.

<ro>Ice House Cafe

<lst>760 Elden St., Herndon. 703-437-4500. The Ice House Cafe is located in the historic district of downtown Herndon and showcases a variety of local jazz talent on Friday and Saturday evenings from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Visit www.icehousecafe.com for more.

<ro>Market Street Bar & Grill

<lst>1800 President's St., Reston. 703-709-1234. Market Street Bar & Grill is the home of jazz musician Mykle Lyons. His group performs Thursday, Friday and Saturdays from 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Visit reston.hyatt.com for more.

<ro>Jammin' Java

<lst>227 Maple Ave., Vienna. 703-255-1566. Jammin' Java features live entertainment ranging from rock to soul. On Mondays, customers are given the opportunity to perform open mic beginning at 8 p.m. Shows of all genres start at 8 p.m. from Monday through Saturday, and on Sundays, shows start at 7 p.m. Visit www.jamminjava.com.