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VMG Calendar, April 30

Events in Vienna, McLean, Great Falls

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Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Folk jazz, western swing revival. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap May 2.

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Perspectives Series: Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel. Conservative and liberal USA Today columnists and authors of “Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War that is Destroying America.” 7:30-9 p.m. May 6. Part of the Fairfax County Public Library’s Perspectives Series.

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Celebrate the Three B’s as the Northern Virginia and Annandale Chorales present Beethoven's "Mass in C Major" and selections from J.S. Bach and Brahms, accompanied by brass and strings. 7:30 p.m. at the Ernst Community Theater, NVCC Annandale Campus, May 2.

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<b>Wednesday/April 30

</b>Damien Dempsey with guest Jess Klein. Irish singer/songwriter. $12. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Brad Mehldau Trio. Jazz piano with bass and drums. $25. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Call 703-938-2404 or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697.

Searching for Rainbows. Colorful stories and activities. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Dolley Madison Community Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

Preschool Sing-Along! Sing songs with Miss Belle. Age 1-5 with adult. No registration is required. 10:30 a.m. at the Great Falls library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, 703-757-8560.

<b>Thursday/May 1

</b>John McCutcheon. Modern folk. $18. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Call 703-938-2404 or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken. Acoustic/folk rock. Rescheduled from Feb. 13 show, original tickets are valid. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Writing Your Personal History Symposium for both new and more seasoned writers. Participants will engage in writing activities, network with other writers, and learn about publishing venues, local writing programs and support groups. $20 per person, advance registration is required. Lunch may be ordered for an additional $6. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360.

<b>Friday/May 2

</b>Celebrate the Three B’s as the Northern Virginia and Annandale Chorales present Beethoven's "Mass in C Major" and selections from J.S. Bach and Brahms, accompanied by brass and strings. 7:30 p.m. at the Ernst Community Theater, NVCC Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for students. Call 703-239-2180 or visit www.northernvirginiachorale.org.

Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Folk jazz, western swing revival. $22. 8 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Call 703-938-2404 or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Newton Faulkner, Jessie Baylin. Rock/alternative/acoustic. $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

“Father of the Bride,” by the Vienna Theatre Company at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360. Continues through May 10.

Mr. Knick-Knack performs every Friday, 11-11:45 a.m. in the Kids Play Area, level 3, AMC Theatres Wing at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

Pokemon League. Learn and play, for ages 5-18. No registration required. 3 p.m. at Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

<b>Saturday/May 3

</b>Gala Auction and Concert. Echos presents a silent auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concert at 8, at the Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 E. Broad St. Tickets are $35 for premium seating, $25 general admission, $5 ages 22 and under. Call 703-237-2499 or visit www.choralis.org.

Evening of Comedy. 21st annual event, featuring Will Durst, Bob Somerby and Jan McInnis. $22. Two shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m. at the Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Call 703-938-2404 or visit www.wolftrap.org.

Society of Art Rock: Black Bonzo, Birds and Building. Progressive rock. $15. 6 p.m. early show at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Politicks, Mambo Sauce. Rock/soul/hip-hop. $10. 10 p.m. late show at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

“Father of the Bride,” by the Vienna Theatre Company at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360. Continues through May 10.

Pleasant Grove Church Fair. Annual fun day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church, 8641 Lewinsville Road, McLean. Funds raised from the fair will be used to maintain the church. Contact Wanda Born at 540-522-7375 or klwlborn@comcast.net.

¡¡Viva Mexico!! Hispanic Festival for children, includes dance, music and food. 2-4 p.m. at 1014 Country Club Drive, NE, Vienna. Visit www.childrencenterlanguage.com or call 703-470-2600.

Victorian Hanging Basket Workshop. Laurie Short, horticulturist, will guide participants in filling moss-covered baskets with a variety of foliage and flowering plants. Soil mixes, fertilizers, maintenance requirements and plants that grow well in these containers will be presented. Reservations required. $30 for all materials and supplies. 10 a.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Contact 703-255-3631 or meadowlark@nvrpa.org.

Go Native in Your Landscape. Claudia Thompson-Deahl, environmental resources manager for Reston Association will help you choose native plants for the garden. Program is presented by the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia in the Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Log Cabin. $18 for Audubon Society members, $20 nonmembers. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Court, Vienna. Contact 703-255-3631 or meadowlark@nvrpa.org.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies. No registration is required. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Used Book Sale. A special collection by the Friends of the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library. All ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Mr. Brain the Clown. Children's entertainment, featuring clown show, balloon figures and face painting. 1-4 p.m. Free. Outdoors at the Palladium Civic Place Green, 1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean. 703-288-0505.

Kids Club Meeting. The Tysons Corner Kids Club meets for story time and an activity the first Saturday every month, 10 a.m. at the food court on level 3 at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

<b>Sunday/May 4

</b>Great Falls Spring Festival. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Village Green. Entertainment, games, rides, 5K run, car show, plant sale, etc. Hosted by the Great Falls Optimist Club, visit www.greatfallsoptimist.org.

Mark Olson from the Jayhawks. Roots/Americana. $14. 8:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Mill Run Dulcimer Band. 6:30 p.m. Summer on the Town Green is a free performance series. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Pets should be left at home. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

“Father of the Bride,” by the Vienna Theatre Company at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360. Continues through May 10.

Decorating Classes at Pottery Barn. Learn how to artfully arrange flowers and other organic materials. Free, reservations required, call 703-288-0316. More classes Tuesday and Wednesday. 11 a.m. at Pottery Barn at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

<b>Monday/May 5

</b>The Dead-End Dropouts, The JV Allstars, Burn the Ballroom. Rock. $10. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Wonderful Ones. Stories, rhymes and songs. Age 15-23 months with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Patrick Henry Bookworms. Youth book club. Age 9-12. 3 p.m. at Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

<b>Tuesday/May 6

</b>John Wesley, Jacqueline Stem “Streams of Consciousness” CD release show. Acoustic/folk. $10. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Perspectives Series: Cal Thomas and Bob Beckel. Conservative and liberal USA Today columnists and authors of “Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War that is Destroying America.” 7:30-9 p.m. Books will be available for sale and signing. Part of the Fairfax County Public Library’s Perspectives Series. Free tickets, limit four per person, at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Contact 703-324-8428, libraryevents@fairfaxcounty.gov, www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.

Decorating Classes at Pottery Barn. Learn how to artfully arrange flowers and other organic materials. Free, reservations required, call 703-288-0316. More classes Sunday and Wednesday. 11 a.m. at Pottery Barn at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

Irkling's Adventures. Join Irkling and his friends on an adventure through time. Learn about dragons and their place in different cultures across the world. Cosponsored by the Shelley A. Marshall Foundation to honor 9-11 victim Shelley A. Marshall. Age 4-10. 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

<b>Wednesday/May 7

</b>Bob on Bob: Bill Kirchen and the Bobcats perform the songs of Bob Wills and Bob Dylan. Benefit show for musician Chris Gaffney’s family. $20. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com or www.helpgaff.com.

Tea and Tour of Exhibitions. Join McLean Project for the Arts Exhibits Director Nancy Sausser for tea and a tour of the current MPA shows. Free, but reservations required. 1-2 p.m. at the MPA gallery at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. For reservations contact info@mpaart.org or 703-790-1953.

Decorating Classes at Pottery Barn. Learn how to artfully arrange flowers and other organic materials. Free, reservations required, call 703-288-0316. More classes Sunday and Tuesday. 7 p.m. at Pottery Barn at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

Jammin’ Juniors. Children’s musician Peter McCory performs 12:30-1:30 p.m. in a free concert for ages 2-5 in McLean Central Park, at Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive. Visit www.mcleancenter.org/alden/jamminjuniors.asp.

Pond Friends. Duck and other pond animal stories. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Dolley Madison Community Library, 1244 Oak Ridge Ave., McLean, 703-356-0770.

ABC Storytime: Brought to You by the Letter M. Join us for early literacy activities and stories featuring the letter M. Birth-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Oakton library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 703-242-4020.

Preschool Storytime. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 1:30 p.m. at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 703-790-8088.

Teens Who Actually Care. Come and discuss issues that you face today while playing Guitar Hero and munching on snacks. Age 12-18. No registration is required. 3 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Bedtime Stories - Momma Mia! Bedtime stories about Momma and a few about Poppa too! Birth-5 with adult. 7 p.m. at the Oakton library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 703-242-4020.

Cinema International. Enjoy a classic foreign film, drinks and snacks included. Adults. 7 p.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697.

<b>Thursday/May 8

</b>“Queen of Rock” Wanda Jackson, Brooks Williams. Rockabilly/rock/country. $15 in advance, $18 at the door. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Snack Making. Learn how to make great snacks, 4-6 p.m. at Club Phoenix at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360. Free. Parents are welcome to participate. Call 703-255-6360.

Curiously George. Stories and crafts about Curious George. Age 3-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Book Discussion Group. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. Adults No registration is required. 11 a.m. at the Oakton library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 703-242-4020.

<b>Friday/May 9

</b>Enter the Haggis, Kill the Alarm. Celtic rock. $14. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Mystic Warriors. Andean music from Bolivia and Peru. 6:30 p.m. Summer on the Town Green is a free performance series. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Pets should be left at home. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

“Father of the Bride,” by the Vienna Theatre Company at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360. Continues through May 10.

Pokemon League. Learn and play, for ages 5-18. No registration required. 3 p.m. at Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

Mr. Knick-Knack performs every Friday, 11-11:45 a.m. in the Kids Play Area, level 3, AMC Theatres Wing at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

<b>Saturday/May 10

</b>An Evening with Willy Porter, Natalia Zuckerman. Guitar/folk/pop. $20 in advance, $23 at the door. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Band of Billy. Local musician Billy Triplett will play bluegrass, blues, and rock-a-billy, both originals and old favorites, for children of all ages. 4-6 p.m. Free. Outdoors at the Palladium Civic Place Green, 1445 Laughlin Ave., McLean. 703-288-0505.

“Father of the Bride,” by the Vienna Theatre Company at the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE. Call 703-255-6360. Continues through May 10.

The Rainbow Bridge. Three folktales in shadow puppetry presented by Hobey Ford and his Golden Rod Puppets, for ages 4 and up. $7 for McLean residents, $10 others. 2-3 p.m. at the Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Visit www.mcleancenter.org.

Neighborhood Plant Clinic. The Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association gives tips and strategies. Cosponsored by the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. Adults. No registration is required.

Manga Club. Manga, anime and refreshments. Age 12-18. No registration is required. 11 a.m. at Patrick Henry Community Library, 101 Maple Ave. E, Vienna, 703-938-0405.

<b>Sunday/May 11

</b>The Pete Best Band: Best of the Beatles, Around the Block. Rock. $25. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Difficult Run Jazz Band. 6:30 p.m. Summer on the Town Green is a free performance series. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Pets should be left at home. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

<b>Monday/May 12

</b>A Cursive Memory, The Medic Droid, Baumer. Indie/alternative/pop. $10. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Peter McCory. One man band, children’s music. 2 p.m. Summer on the Town Green is a free performance series. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Pets should be left at home. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.

<b>Tuesday/May 13

</b>Cerca Trova, Heck Veckling, Penderbrooke, Priceless Enuendo, Black n Blues’d. Rock. $10. 7 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

<b>Wednesday/May 14

</b>Katie Herzig, Steven Delopoulos, Julie Lee. The Feet Upon the Ground Tour. Acoustic. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Jammin’ Juniors. Children’s band Rocknoceros performs 12:30-1:30 p.m. in a free concert for ages 2-5 in McLean Central Park, at Route 123 and Old Dominion Drive. Visit www.mcleancenter.org/alden/jamminjuniors.asp.

Maymont Tour. Tour Maymont Mansion in Richmond. A charter bus will leave the Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, at 8 a.m. and return at 6 p.m. $80 for town residents includes transportation, tour of the 33-room house, tram tour of the grounds, box lunch, and tea at the Cuppa Tea Company in Richmond’s Fan District. Call 703-255-6360.

Chinese Conversation Group meets for practicing speaking the language, 7:45-8:45 p.m., Wednesdays at the group study room of the Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place, Oakton. Call 571-225-7697.

<b>Thursday/May 15

</b>Emergenza International Music Festival Semi-Finals. Visit www.emergenza.net. Kyro, Brodan Jazz Experience, Cosine, Almost Human, Sex & Missiles, the Cornel West Theory, Caustic Kindness. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

<b>Friday/May 16

</b>Emergenza International Music Festival Semi-Finals. Visit www.emergenza.net. Once Okay Twice, Allie & the Krunch, Ibex, Rome in a Day, Dimestore, The Slow Burn, T.E.M.P.O. 8 p.m. at Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E, Vienna. Call 703-255-1566 or visit www.jamminjava.com.

Mr. Knick-Knack performs every Friday, 11-11:45 a.m. in the Kids Play Area, level 3, AMC Theatres Wing at Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean. Call 703-847-7300 or visit www.shoptysons.com.

Eclectic Coalition Band. Swing/Latin/ballroom. 6:30 p.m. Summer on the Town Green is a free performance series. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. No alcoholic beverages are allowed. Pets should be left at home. Call the Vienna Parks and Recreation Department at 703-255-6360 or visit www.viennava.gov.