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Laurel Hill, Fairfax Station & Springfield Calendar

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<b>Thursday, Oct. 9

</b>Uli Jon Roth and more. Age 21 and over. 8 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

George Mason University presents Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead." 8 p.m. An unauthorized parody of Charles Schultz's "Peanuts," "Dog Sees God …" centers on the cruelties teens inflict upon each other, with drug use, suicide, eating disorders, rebellion and sexual identity facing the now-adolescent gang. Tickets $6 general admission, $3 for students, seniors and GMU staff. George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-993-8600.

Dave Berry. 8-12 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road Springfield. 703-866-0860.

<b>Friday, Oct. 10

</b>Los Gatos, traditional Latin music fused with contemporary jazz. 7 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. Call 703-584-2900 or visit www.workhousearts.org.

Springfield Art Guild October Meeting. 7:30 p.m. at Grace Presbyterian Church, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. 703-644-6677 or magickaldl@earthlink.net.

Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa brings an array of singers, dancers and musicians to the Concert Hall stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. Tickets are $23-$46. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Jon Oliva’s Pain with Circle II Circle, Manticora Division and more. 7:30 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

George Mason University presents Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead." 8 p.m. An unauthorized parody of Charles Schultz's "Peanuts," "Dog Sees God …" centers on the cruelties teens inflict upon each other. Tickets $6 general admission, $3 for students, seniors and GMU staff. George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-993-8600.

Dave Berry. 8:30-12:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road Springfield. 703-866-0860.

<b>Saturday, Oct. 11

</b>Fairfax Out of the Darkness Community Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Registration will begin 8:15 a.m., with the walk scheduled to begin 9 a.m. at Shelter A at Burke Lake Park. To register or donate, visit www.outofthedarkness.org.

Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa brings an array of singers, dancers and musicians to the Concert Hall stage at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. 8 p.m. Tickets are $23-$46. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

The Cold War Museum Conference on the 40th Anniversary of the Prague Spring. Registration 8 a.m., program starts 9 a.m. Advance admission $25, at the door $30, students free. Lunch included. Collecting oral histories from Cold War veterans, "Spy Craft" by Linda McCarthy, the history of the Lorton Nike Missile site, and more. South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. 703-273-2381, www.coldwar.org/praguespring or museum@coldwar.org.

Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League (MAGDRL) Meet & Greets. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Come meet some Danes, and ask volunteers any questions you may have. MAGDRL helps find homes for abandoned or homeless Great Danes; educational information will be available and donations appreciated. Felix & Oscar, 6671-A Backlick Road, Springfield. 703-866-0222. MAGDRL will be at Felix & Oscar on the second Saturday of every month. www.nova-magdrl.org.

Ultimate Warrior Challenge – Confrontation. Professional mixed martial arts action. 6 p.m. Tickets $28.50-$128.50, (plus applicable service charges) available online at www.ticketmaster.com or via 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.uwcmma.com or www.patriotcenter.com. The George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. 703-993-3000 or www.patriotcenter.com.

George Mason University presents Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead." 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. An unauthorized parody of Charles Schultz's "Peanuts," "Dog Sees God …" centers on the cruelties teens inflict upon each other. Tickets $6 general admission, $3 for students, seniors and GMU staff. George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-993-8600.

Dave Berry. 8:30-12:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road Springfield. 703-866-0860.

<b>Sunday/Oct. 12

</b>41st Annual Clifton Day Celebration. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Live music, barbeques and baked goods, a petting zoo, face painting, a climbing wall and children’s games, a Civil war camp reenactment by the 49th Virginia, and pony rides for children by the Clifton Horse Society. Nearly 180 vendors will line Chapel Road and Main St., including basketry, ceramics and pottery, clothing, fabric, furniture, glass, jewelry, mixed media, sculpture and metalwork, stained glass and wood and decorative painting. Historic Town of Clifton, 7144 Main St., Clifton. 703-968-0740 or www.cliftonday.org.

Third Annual Korean American Cultural Arts Festival. 6:30 p.m. Celebrating Korean traditional music and culture, with a performance by the "Nangye Gugak Orchestra," joined by prominent representatives of Korea's traditional arts community known as Intangible Cultural Assets. Tickets at www.tickets.com are $40 general admission, $20 seniors and students. George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-507-4492.

George Mason University presents Bert V. Royal's "Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead." 2 p.m. An unauthorized parody of Charles Schultz's "Peanuts," "Dog Sees God…" centers on the cruelties teens inflict upon each other. Tickets $6 general admission, $3 for students, seniors and GMU staff. George Mason University Black Box Theater, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-993-8600.

Run for Wounded Warriors. 7 a.m. Once around the lake at Burke Lake Park, 4.7 miles. Race fees support the Wounded Warrior Project. $35 in advance, or $40 day of event. Free race t-shirt with registration. Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Register online at www.jmwaller.com.

Great Harvest Bread Company, at 8170 Silverbrook Road, Lorton, will donate 100 percent of Sunday, Oct. 12 sales to non-profit Lorton Community Action Center’s food pantry. Karlene Webster, LCAC Food Pantry Manager, 703-339-5161 ext. 15.

<b>Wednesday/Oct. 15

</b>Mushroomhead with The Autumn Offering and more. All ages. $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

<b>Thursday/Oct. 16

</b>George Mason University Speaker Series. Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D., David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, professor of medical ethics and of history and sociology of science University of Pennsylvania; Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense. 6 p.m.; free. George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, Mason Hall, Room D3AB, Fairfax. Call 703-993-1850 or visit http://chpre.gmu.edu.

Opening Night for Third Annual Washington D. C. International Horror Film Festival at Cinema Arts Theatre at Fair City Mall, at the corner of Main Street and Pickett Road in Fairfax, with host Count Gore de Vol. Doors open 7 p.m. Tickets $8, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Back to Life," "Foet," "The Sleuth Incident," "Snip" and "No Through Road". www.thespookymovie.com or www.cinemaartstheatre.com.

Kamelot with EdGuy, Blood Corps and more. All ages. 6:45 p.m. $27 in advance, $30 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

Rocky Guttmann, 8-12 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road Springfield. 703-866-0860.

<b>Friday/Oct. 17

</b>Overkill with Warbringer, Epicurean, Kneel to Zod, Tranquil Terror, Botched Autopsy and more. All ages. 6:30 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

Virginia Opera’s Verdi’s Il Trovatore. 8 p.m. Staging by Lillian Groag, set by Michael Ganio and lighting by Richard Winkler. Soprano Eilana Lappalainen, tenor Gustavo López Manzitti and two-time Grammy Award-winning baritone Nmon Ford. Mezzo-soprano Jeniece Golbourne and bass-baritone Ashraf Sewailam. Conductor, Peter Mark. Tickets $44-$98, at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. George Mason University Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Third Annual Washington D. C. International Horror Film Festival at Cinema Arts Theatre at Fair City Mall, at the corner of Main St. and Pickett Road in Fairfax. Doors open 9:45 p.m. Tickets $12, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Night of the Hell Hamsters," "Excision," "Crushed," "A Break in the Monotony," "Prombies!" and "Brain Dead." www.thespookymovie.com or www.cinemaartstheatre.com.

Songs of a Lifetime, with Beverly Cosham, Charles Williams, and George Fulginiti-Shakar. A gallery exhibition preview and reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by the concert at 7 p.m., on the second floor of Gallery (W-16) at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road in Lorton. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact kevinsheehan@lortonarts.org, 703-495-0001 or www.WorkhouseArts.org.

Choptank Murphy, 8:30-12:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents "Dearly Departed," directed by C. Evans Kirk, at 8 p.m. in Wesley Hall, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12for students and seniors. 703-660-2611 or www.presaleticketing.com.

<b>Saturday, Oct. 18

</b> The 2008 Northern Virginia Buddy Walk, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia, will take place, rain or shine, at the Fairfax County Government Center. 202-326-3152 or www.dsanv.org.

Fall Watershed Clean-Up Day. 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Lake Accotink Park, 7550 Accotink Park Road, Springfield. 703-569-3464 or www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/lakefront.

The Flag Circle, a fall festival featuring arts and crafts, craft-making demonstrations and old-time games for children and adults. Hayrides, music, food and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission. Mason Neck State Park, 7301 High Point Road, Lorton. 703-339-2385 or www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/mas.shtml.

Archaeology Day. 12-4 p.m. Under the tutelage of Gunston Hall’s archaeology staff, screen for artifacts, clean and mend found objects, and become acquainted with other basic techniques of the profession. To learn about important discoveries made on site, take the Hunting for George Mason’s Garden tour at 1:15 or 3:15 p.m. Under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of five or more must make reservations. 10709 Gunston road, Mason Neck. 703-550-9480 or www.gunstonhall.org.

Hearts & Hands Bazaar. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Crafters, vendors, collectibles, books, toys, and more. Coffee and donuts while you shop. Lunch and a Tea Shoppe available. Messiah Church, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-9862.

Misfits with Not-Liable, So Damn Thirsty, Tolerance for Tragedy, The Buried, Tragically Forgotten. All ages. 7 p.m. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

Children's Consignment Sale, sponsored by Grace Weekday Preschool and the MOMs Club of Springfield. Gently-used and like-new maternity and children's items. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Grace Weekday Preschool, 7434 Bath St., Springfield. 703-451-3314.

Jewish Rock Artist Sheldon Low performs at a family concert at Temple B'nai Shalom on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. Temple B'nai Shalom is located at 7612 Old Ox Road, Fairfax Station. Contact Ellen at 703-764-2901 or membership@tbs-online.org. Visit www.sheldonlow.com.

Classical string ensemble Turtle Island Quartet with guitar virtuosos Sérgio and Odair Assad, 8 p.m., at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. The performance includes the works of Chick Corea, Egberto Gismonti, Astor Piazzola and Ralph Towner. Tickets are $21-$42, children 12 and under half price Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Kingstowne Area Artists Association Show, featuring both amateur and professional artists who are residents of Kingstowne and the surrounding area, 12-5 p.m., at the Thompson Center, 6090 Kingstowne Village Parkway, Kingstowne. Refreshments will be provided.

Third Annual Washington D. C. International Horror Film Festival at Cinema Arts Theatre at Fair City Mall, at the corner of Main St. and Pickett Road in Fairfax. Doors open 9:30 p.m. Tickets $8, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Harvest Moon," "The Blue Rhino vs. the Diabolic Brain," "Cheerbleeders," "Fun on Earth," "The Procedure," "The Room" and the world premier of "Vlog". www.thespookymovie.com or www.cinemaartstheatre.com.

Songs of a Lifetime, with Beverly Cosham, Charles Williams, and George Fulginiti-Shakar. A gallery exhibition preview and reception at 6 p.m. will be followed by the concert at 7 p.m., on the second floor of Gallery (W-16) at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road in Lorton. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Contact kevinsheehan@lortonarts.org, 703-495-0001 or www.WorkhouseArts.org.

Choptank Murphy, 8:30-12:30 p.m. at Kate’s Irish Pub and Restaurant, 6131 Backlick Road Springfield. 703-866-0860.

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents "Dearly Departed," directed by C. Evans Kirk, at 8 p.m. in Wesley Hall, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12for students and seniors. 703-660-2611 or www.presaleticketing.com.

<b>Sunday/Oct. 19

</b>Tour de Lee, a family bicycle event with Supervisor Jeffery McKay (D-Lee). 8:30 a.m. Free bicycle safety checks. The route is 15 miles long, will take about two hours, and is designed for riders of all abilities. Free. Lee District Park, 6601 Telegraph Road, Alexandria. 703-971-6262 or fairfaxcounty.gov/lee/calendarofevents/tdl.htm.

Fairfax Station Model Trains. N-Scale model trains in the community room and caboose at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum. The Northern Virginia NTRAK model train club will host its monthly display from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $2 for adults and $1 for children. The museum is located at 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. 703-425-9225.

Rocktoberfest: Before Their Eyes, Love Hate Hero, Eyes Set To Kill, Oceana, A Kiss For Jersey, I See Stars, Thanks For Stopping Bye, Rescue the Hero, When Day Breaks and Force Major. All ages. 1:15 p.m. $12 in advance, $14 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

T.I. featuring T-Pain. 7:30 p.m. The George Mason University Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. 703-993-3000. Tickets $40-$120.00. (plus applicable service charges) at www.ticketmaster.com or 703-573-SEAT. Visit www.srplive.com or www.patriotcenter.com.

Virginia Opera’s Verdi’s Il Trovatore. 2 p.m. Peter Mark, conductor. Tickets $44-$98, at 888-945-2468 or www.tickets.com. George Mason University Center for the Arts, on the Fairfax campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Biketoberfest. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See the newest bicycles, accessories, clothing and more. Family fun ride, food, magic act and children’s activities. Free. Occoquan Regional Park, 9520 Ox Road, Lorton. 202-965-3601 or www.revolutioncycles.com.

Third Annual Washington D. C. International Horror Film Festival at Cinema Arts Theatre at Fair City Mall, at the corner of Main Street. and Pickett Road in Fairfax. Tickets sold separately for admission to each block.

*Doors open 12:45 a.m. Tickets $8, no one under 17 admitted to this show. Scheduled film is "Snuff."

* Doors open 12:30 p.m. Tickets $8. This film group is appropriate for age 13 and over. Scheduled films are "Tofu the Vegan Zombie," "Dead Boyfriends," "Zombie Night Theatre", "Casting Call of Cthulhu" and "The Shadow Within"..

* Doors open 3 p.m. Tickets $8, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Lawn of the Dead," "Crystl," "A Beautiful Day," "Peekers" and "The Vampire Diaries Part 1: Thicker Than Water."

* Doors open 5:30 p.m. Tickets $8, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Attackzoids!," "Reflections," "Transerexia," "Cam 2 Cam" and "Strange Girls."

* Doors open 8:30 p.m. Tickets $8, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Vanished Acres," "Kirksdale," "Shut-Eye Hotel" and "The William Castle Story."

Aldersgate Church Community Theater presents "Dearly Departed," directed by C. Evans Kirk, at 3 p.m. in Wesley Hall, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12for students and seniors. 703-660-2611 or www.presaleticketing.com.

<b>Monday/Oct. 20

</b> Third Annual Washington D. C. International Horror Film Festival at Cinema Arts Theatre at Fair City Mall, at the corner of Main St. and Pickett Road in Fairfax. Doors open 9 p.m. Tickets $8, age 17 and under admitted only with parent or guardian. Scheduled films are "Mr. Video," "Little Snaps of Horror," "Walker Stalker" and "Bane."

<b>Tuesday/Oct. 21

</b>Belphegor with Amon Amarth, Ensiferum and The Absence. Blackened death metal. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Amon Amarth with Ensiferum, Belphegor and The Absence. All ages. 7:30 p.m. $25 in advance, $27 at the door. Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. 703-569-5940 or www.jaxxroxx.com.

Self-Defense for Teens, ages13-18 years. 7 p.m. Learn the basics of self-defense in real life situations by using martial arts fundamentals. County residents $40, non-residents $50. Lee District RECenter, 6601 Telegraph Road, Franconia. 703-922-9841.