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Burke & Fairfax Calendar

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<b>Thursday/Feb. 4

</b>Fairfax High School Choral Department Cabaret Night. 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax High School, 3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax. Tickets cover admission, dessert and a beverage. $10 adults; $5 seniors, students or children over two years old. $25 for a family of four. A separate raffle for gift baskets will also be available. www.fhschorus.net.

The Persuasions. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.

Owl Tales. 10:30 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Stories about owls. Age 13-23 Months with adult. 703-249-1520.

TrackHustle & BeTaRaZ presents the Board Games Beat Battle. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

The 2010 W.E.B. DuBois Lecture and Film ‘Black and Queer in America.’ Lecture at 1:30 p.m., film screening and discussion begins 4 p.m. at Research I, Room 163, George Mason University, Fairfax campus. This program is part of George Mason University's programs in African and African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. Speakers include Patrik-Ian Polk, creator, director, and producer of Logo Channel's Noah's Arc, and Marlon Ross, University of Virginia professor of African American Literature and Gender & Queer Theory. Free admission. 703-993-4080 or http://aaas.gmu.edu.

<b>Friday/Feb. 5

</b>Fairfax Symphony Valentine Pops Gala: Amore! An Evening of Italian Love Songs. At the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. 6:30 p.m. silent auction and cocktail reception, 8 p.m. dinner, 9 p.m. FSO in concert with tenor Robert Petillo and soprano Jeanine Thames. $300 per person or $3,000 per table, available by credit card at 703-563-1990, or by check to Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, 3905 Railroad Ave., Suite 202N, Fairfax, Va. 22030. www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Mark Morris Dance Group. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With the area premieres of ‘Visitation’ and ‘Empire Garden.’ A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. $22-$44, available at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Brian Gaffney. 7-9:30 p.m., at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

Stroke Comeback Center Fund-raiser: the Benefits of Chocolate. 7:30 p.m. at Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave., Vienna. Live music, boutique of gifts, chocolate choices, food, open bar, and an auction of canvases painted by local physicians during the evening. 703-255-5221.

Pianist Hiromi. 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. $25. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.

‘The Vagina Monologues.’ 8 p.m. at George Mason University Harris Theatre, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $25. Part of the Vday campaign to end violence against women and girls. sas.gmu.edu.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 6

</b>Jeri Sager. 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, 1624 Trap Road, Vienna. West Springfield High School alumnus and Broadway star Sager debuts at the Barns of Wolf Trap with her solo cabaret show, “Broadway by Jeri.” Accompanied by a four-piece band, Sager will re-create her roles in “Cats,” “Les Misérables” and “Evita.” $25. 703-938-2404 or www.wolftrap.org.

Spagetti Dinner. 5-7 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Senior Center, Green Acres Center Cafeteria, 4401 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Pasta, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverage. Adults $8, students and seniors $7, $6 under age 10. Children under age 2 free. Proceeds benefit the Senior Center. Open to the public, walk-ins welcome. 703-359-2487 or jormesher@fairfaxva.gov.

Mark Morris Dance Group. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. With the area premieres of “Visitation” and “Empire Garden.” A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. $22-$44, available at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Sonorus: Virginia’s 1st Wizard Rock Festival. 11:30 a.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $20. www.jamminjava.com.

Ballyhoo! and MOJO. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10 in advance, $13 at the door. www.jamminjava.com.

Chocolate Lovers Festival. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St., Fairfax. Taste of Chocolate, Chocolate Challenge, pancake breakfast, craft show and bake sale, children’s activities and Chocolate Caper. Open Houses include the Fairfax Museum, Ford Building, Legato School and Ratcliffe-Allison House. www.chocolatefestival.net or 703-385-1661.

Brian Gaffney. 7-9:30 p.m., at The Auld Shebeen, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. 703-293-9600.

“By The Bog of Cats.” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students. 703-854-1856 or www.1stStageTysons.org/cats.

Read to the Dog. 1 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Read aloud to a trained therapy dog. Call or sign up online for a 15-minute session. Age 6-12. 703-644-7333.

Vienna-Falls Church Chorus. 10 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. A quartet will perform in the lobby. 703-293-6227.

Scouts and Crafts. 10 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Girl Scout Troop #1194 provides simple craft activities for children age 4-8 years. 703-293-6227.

Chocolate Covered Fairy Tales. 11 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Storyteller Gary Lloyd with his version of selected fairy tales. 703-293-6227.

Glass Harp Music. 2 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Presented by harpist Jamey Turner. 703-293-6227.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10-11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer, navigate the Internet, and work with common software applications. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

New World Bilingual Institute Chinese New Year Celebration: the Year of the Tiger. 1:30 p.m. at George Mason University Dewberry Hall, Johnson Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Chinese painting and calligraphy demonstrations, riddle guessing, raffle, dumpling cooking lesson and more. Performances include the WuShi,Lion Dance, TaiJi Fan Dance, Presidential Dragon Dance, Dance ETC Broadway Dance, Er Hu (Chinese Violin), HuLuShi Music and TingPin Dumb Dance. Silent auction to benefit the NWBI Hope Fund for underprivileged children in GuiZhou, YunNan, China. $6 adults, $ 3 students, seniors and children, $2 under age two. www.nwbi.us or 703-978-7905.

Big Football Game Sampling Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Unity Church of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Road, Oakton. A market-wide sampling of local foods that you can buy at the market or make at home. Smartmarkets.org.

‘The Vagina Monologues.’ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at George Mason University Harris Theatre, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets $25. Part of the Vday campaign to end violence against women and girls. sas.gmu.edu.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 7

</b>Chocolate Lovers Festival. 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., at City Hall, 10455 Armstrong St. Taste of Chocolate, Chocolate Challenge, pancake breakfast, craft show and bake sale, children’s activities and Chocolate Caper. Open Houses include the Fairfax Museum, Ford Building, Legato School and Ratcliffe-Allison House. www.chocolatefestival.net or 703-385-1661.

Magical Moments with Jonathan Austin. 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Magic, movement and fun. 703-293-6227.

<b>Monday/Feb. 8

</b>Lightning Strikes! Percy Jackson Movie Release Party. 3:30 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Celebrate the release of the new film based on the book series with trivia and activities. Age 8-14. 703-978-5600.

Friends of the Library Monthly Meeting. 7 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. 703-978-5600.

Geology of Mars. 2:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Learn about the different types of rocks found on Mars and about space missions to Mars. Age 6-12. 703-644-7333.

An Evening with 9Davine. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Monday Bird Walk. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Eakin Community Park. Discover resident birds of the Accotink Stream Valley. Boardwalk is for all ages. Meet at the Prosperity Avenue parking lot. Activity is free. 703-941-1065.

<b>Tuesday/Feb. 9

</b>Asian Pacific American Author/ Activist on Resettling Indochinese Refugees. 7 p.m. at the City of Fairfax Library, Meeting Room A/B, 10360 North Street, Fairfax. Jackie Bong-Wright on her life in Vietnam and public service in the U.S., the resettlement of Vietnamese boat people, Cambodian, Laotian and Afghan refugees and the need to raise public awareness to fight human trafficking. Sponsored by the Vienna Branch of American Association of University Women. Free, public invited. 703-314-9609.

Let's Hear It for the Girls. 7 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Mother-daughter book discussion group. The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd. Age 9-11 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Daytime Book Discussion Group. 1 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Reading Across the Centuries. 6:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. The Aeneid by Virgil. Adults. 703-644-7333.

Canibus Melatonin Magik Tour. 9 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $12 advance, $15 at the door. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Wedding Tasting. RSVP Catering invites all future brides and a guest to take part in a complimentary tasting from 5:30-7 p.m., at 2930 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax. Call 703-573-8700 or register by e-mail: info@rsvpcatering.com.

<b>Wednesday/Feb. 10

</b>Green River Ordinance and Sleeperstar. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. $10. www.jamminjava.com.

Kid Science: Animals in Winter. 1 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Stories, discussion and experiments that help understand how animals survive winter. Age 3-6 with adult. 703-644-7333.

Hooray for Valentine's Day. 10:30 a.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Stories and activities. Age 3-5 with adult. 703-293-6227.

Nonfiction Book Discussion Group. 7 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Call for title. Adults. 703-249-1520.

One-on-One Genealogical Research Assistance. 6-7:30 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Get started on genealogical research with the assistance of our experienced volunteers. Adults. 703-249-1520.

The Friends of Fairfax Station Quarterly Forum. 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum, 11200 Fairfax Station Road, Fairfax Station. Local author Charles Mauro will discuss his book about a friendship between Confederate Brigadier General JEB Stuart and Laura Ratcliffe of Centreville. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free admission, donations accepted. 703-425-9225.

<b>Thursday/Feb. 11

</b>Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at 703-993-8888.Chess Club. 3:30 p.m. Pohick Regional Library, 6450 Sydenstricker Road, Burke. Learn the rules and strategy. Age 6-14. 703-644-7333.

Afternoon Book Discussion Group. 1 p.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Call for title. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Swing Dance with JP McDermott and Western Bop. 7:30 at The Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, Fairfax. 703-424-1745 or www.headoverheelsdance.com.

Cracker (acoustic) and Michael McDermott. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $20. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

<b>Friday/Feb. 12

</b>“By The Bog of Cats.” 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. 1st Stage, Fairfax County's non-profit professional theatre, presents a loose retelling of Euripides' Medea, set in rural Ireland. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students. 703-854-1856 or www.1stStageTysons.org/cats.

Lunch Bunnies. 12 p.m. Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lake Road, Burke. Bring lunch and listen to stories. Birth-5 with adult. 703-978-5600.

Mercury in Summer CD Release. 6 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Marco Benevento Trio and Nathan Moore. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $15. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at 703-993-8888.

<b>Saturday/Feb. 13

</b>Furthur Winter Tour 2009 with Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. 8 p.m. at The George Mason University Patriot Center, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $53.50 at www.ticketmaster.com or via Phonecharge at 703-573-SEAT. Accessible seating is available for patrons with disabilities at 703-993-3035. www.phillesh.net or www.patriotcenter.com.

Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4400 Unoversity Drive, Fairfax. Under the direction of Alexei Kornienko, with pianist Alexander Sinchuk and cellist Julian Schwarz in a program that includes Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘The Tsar’s Bride’ Overture and ‘Scheherazade,’ Symphonic Suite for Orchestra, Op. 35, Rachmaninoff’s ‘Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini,’ Op. 43 and ‘Variations on a Rococo Theme in A for Cello and Orchestra,’ Op. 33. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins at 7:15 p.m. on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Tickets are $28-$56, available at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

“By The Bog of Cats.” 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students. 703-854-1856 or www.1stStageTysons.org/cats.

Microsoft Excel. 2:30 p.m. City of Fairfax Regional Library, 10360 North St., Fairfax. Introduction to creating spreadsheets. Age 13 and up. 703-293-6227.

One-on-One Computer Tutoring. 10-11 a.m. Burke Centre Library, 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke. Learn to use a computer, navigate the Internet, and work with common software applications. Call for an appointment. Adults. 703-249-1520.

Deanna Bogart Band Reunion-esque Show. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $17 advance, $20 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Punch Drunk Poets, Brainfang and The Resistance. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

JCC of Northern Virginia Teens in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ 8 p.m. at JCCNV Chaiken Auditorium, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $10 adults, $6 under age 12. Groups of 15 or more, $8 per person. 703-323-0880.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. at George Mason University's Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at 703-993-8888.

Chinese New Year Festival. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Cultural life performances, including dragon and lion dance, Asian foods, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, craft and business booths, children’s world, and many more and also a lunar new year parade. Free. For more information, contact Tiny at 703-868-1509 or tiny.tang@verizon.net or visit our www.ChineseNewYearFestival.org.

<b>Sunday/Feb. 14

</b>Love and Legacy: A Civil War Romance. 2 p.m. at the Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center, 10209 Main St., Fairfax. Illustrated talk by Susan Inskeep Gray, Curator, on the Civil War romance of suspected Confederate spy Antonia Ford of Fairfax and Union Army Major Joseph C. Willard, co-owner of the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C. Free. 703-385-8414.

The Acting Company in “Romeo and Juliet.” 4 p.m. at George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4500 University Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $18-$36. Charge at 888-945-2468 or www.gmu.edu/cfa.

“By The Bog of Cats.” 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons Corner. Tickets $25 adults, $15 students. 703-854-1856 or www.1stStageTysons.org/cats.

What A Night!, Light Up The Sky, Sub-Radio Standard and The Miniature Bears. 2 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

All You Need Is Love Songwriters Circle: a tribute to The Beatles & love songs. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $10 advance, $13 day of show. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Getting your Rose Garden Ready for Spring. 2 p.m. at Merrifield Garden Center, 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax. With Joe Mirilovich, Rose Expert of the Arlington Rose Foundation. Free admission, door prizes, refreshments and an opportunity to order discount products for your rose garden. 703-371-9351.

JCC of Northern Virginia Teens in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’ 2 p.m. at JCCNV Chaiken Auditorium, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. $10 adults, $6 under age 12. Groups of 15 or more, $8 per person. 703-323-0880.

Dan Dietz's ‘tempODYSSEY.’ 2 p.m. at George Mason University's Black Box Theater in the Performing Arts Building, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. $6, $3 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone at 703-993-8888.

Chinese New Year Festival. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., at Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Cultural life performances, including dragon and lion dance, Asian foods, workshops on Chinese cooking and language, craft and business booths, children’s world, and many more and also a lunar new year parade. Free. For more information, contact Tiny at 703-868-1509 or tiny.tang@verizon.net or visit our www.ChineseNewYearFestival.org.

<b>Monday/Feb. 15

</b>Eric Lindell and Jamie McLean Band. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. $20. 703-255-1566 or www.jamminjava.com.

Monday Bird Walk. 7:30-9:30 a.m. at Eakin Community Park. Discover resident birds of the Accotink Stream Valley. Boardwalk is for all ages. Meet at the Prosperity Avenue parking lot. Activity is free. 703-941-1065.