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Loudoun Arts, April 2-8

Send announcements, which are open to the public at no or minimal cost, to The Loudoun Connection, 7913 Westpark Drive, McLean, VA 22102 or e-mail to loudoun@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is Friday, two weeks before the event. Photos/artwork encouraged. For more information, call Matthew Razak at 703-917-6457. For additional entertainment listings, visit www.connectionnewspapers.com, E section.

<ro>Last Chance

<lst>The committee of volunteers planning the 2008 Lucketts Fair is seeking artisans and craftspeople to apply for its juried show of handmade items. Applications are available at www.luckettsfair.com or by calling the Lucketts Community Center at 703-771-5281. Applications are due April 1.

<ro>Ongoing

<lst>The Sterling Playmakers will present "Tom Jones" at Sterling Middle School, 201 West Holly Ave., Sterling. The show will run for two weekends, including two Sunday matinees, on April 4-6 and April 12-13. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. All tickets are General Admission, $12 each. Call 703-437-6117 or visit www.sterlingplaymakers.com.

New works by artist Kurt Schwarz will be on display at Gallery 222 in Leesburg. Exhibit dates are April 3-26, with an opening reception, Friday, April 4, from 6-9 p.m., during Leesburg’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The gallery is open Mondays through Saturdays, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit www.gallery222.com or 703-777-5498.

New Works by artist Kurt Schwarz will be on display at Gallery 222, at 222 South King St., Leesburg. Exhibit dates are April 3-26, with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 4 from 6-9 p.m. during Leesburg’s First Friday Gallery Walk. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Visit www.gallery222.com or 703-777-5498.

Thirteen senior artists are displaying their work at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg during March and April. Participating artists include Jillian Cox, Lilia A. Dinneny, Jan Hundshamer, Jean Kipfer, Ruth Legard, Robert Mayer, Pat Miller, Mike Murphy, Emily Newton, Margaret Ramey, Fran Schmitt, Richard Simms and Mokhtar Youssef, all county residents. The exhibit is open to the public and it is open for viewing Mondays-Fridays during business hours. Contact Holly Peterson at hpeterso@loudoun.gov.

The Loudoun Symphonic Winds presents its spring concert, "Night at the Opera," April 5, 7:30 p.m., Seneca Ridge Middle School, 98 Seneca Ridge Drive, Sterling. A donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is requested. Visit www.lcbandinc.org or call 703-777-7985.

The College Community Theater presents "The Foreigner" by Larry Shue, directed by Dave Wright. The production centers around two English friends that turn a fishing lodge upside down. The show will run from April 4-19. The shows on Fridays and Saturdays are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The show is at the Waddell theater on the Northern Virginia Loudoun campus, 1000 Harry Flood Byrd Highway, Sterling. Tickets are $12 per adult and $10 per student and senior. Visit www.nvcc.edu/cct or call 703-948-7701.

Teens volunteer to put on a Children’s Fairy Tale Play, Tuesdays, 5-6:30 p.m., through April 22, at Ashburn Library, 43316 Hay Road, Ashburn. Pick a play, rehearse it, work on the props and perform it in front of an audience. Come to the information desk for details and to sign up. Recommended for ages 12-18.

<ro>Coming Soon

<lst>Art in the Foothills, a juried art show and sale in Bluemont, is issuing a call to artists to participate in the 2008 exhibit. The show dates are May 9-11, with the entry deadline of April 7. Contact Pam Forbes 540-554-8715 or Betty Potter, 540-554-2809 to be included on the mailing list.

The Pickwick Players will present "Little Women." Performances will take place at Stone Hill Middle School, 23415 Evergreen Ridge Drive, Ashburn, April 11, 12, 18, and 19, at 7:30 p.m., and April 12 and 19, at 2 p.m. A special family matinee is scheduled for April 12 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available online via PayPal at Pickwickplayers.org. In advance: adults $10, children/seniors $8, at door: adults $11, children/seniors $9. Family matinee April 12, $35 per immediate family.

Loudoun Ballet Company will present the full-length version of Swan Lake, the tale of romance, magic, treachery and transformation all performed to Tchaikovsky's emotionally stirring music. Performances are April 12, at 2 and 7 p.m., and April 13, at 3 p.m., at Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Parkway, Potomac Falls. Tickets are $18 per adult, $12 per child in advance, $22 at the door. Premium seats are available for $22. Visit www.loudounballet.org.

"Chess" will be performed at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn, April 17-19. Loosely based on the 1972 feud between the American "bad boy" of chess, Bobby Fischer, and the Soviet champion, Boris Spassky, the play follows the Cold War champions as they attempt to throw off the chains of their respective governments. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m. each night. Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults. Call 571-252-2200.

Shakespeare in the Park auditions at Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise St., Thursday, April 24, from 6-9 p.m.; Friday, April 25, from 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, April 26, from 1:30-5 p.m. All ages. No experience necessary. Call 703-430-9480.