Know of something missing from our community entertainment Calendar? Send it to The Arlington Connection, e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is 2 p.m. the Thursday before publication. Call Steve Hibbard at 703-778-9412 with any questions. Photos are welcome.
<cal2>Tree Stewards. Volunteer to improve the health of urban trees through educational programs, tree planting and maintenance throughout Arlington and Alexandria. The next volunteer training program will be held Tuesday evenings, through April 27 at the Walter Reed Community Center in Arlington. $120 covers the cost of the course, a training manual and all handout materials. Deadline for applying is Jan. 22. Call 703-228-6423 or email TreeStewards_ArlAlex@verizon.net.
Meditation and Buddhism for all levels. Mondays, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost $12. Vajrayogini Buddhist Center, Arlington Branch, 3800 Fairfax Dr., Suite 5, Arlington (The Griffin Center). Class will explore Buddha’s timeless advice for finding true and lasting happiness. Topics include: Can’t Get No Satisfaction - The Thirst of Dissatisfaction - A Path to Freedom. Each class includes a teaching, guided meditation and Q&A. Visit www.meditation-dc.org or call 202-986-2257, email email@example.com.
<cal1>Now Through April 3
<cal2>Transhuman Conditions. Opening reception is Friday, Jan. 29 from 6-9 p.m. Features 10 artists thinking about the future of the human body — from living forever, to redesigning our appearance and abilities at will, to leaving behind reality as we know it and starting over in a virtual world. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
<cal1>Now Through March 24
<cal2>Prayer Service and Supper. 6 p.m. Light Supper. 7:30 p.m. Evening Prayer Service. At Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6201 N. Washington Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-532-5991 or visit http://www.relcarlington.org.
<cal2>G-40: The Summit will occupy 75,000 square feet of exhibit space with four floors. Each floor will have 10-30 featured artists who will activate the space with murals and installations, setting the mood for their state. Sponsored by The Crystal City BID, Art Whino and Vornado. Hours are: Wednesdays & Thursdays: 5-10 p.m.; Fridays: 5 p.m.-12 a.m.; Saturdays: 12 p.m. -12 a.m.; Sundays: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Mondays and Tuesdays: Closed. Held at 223 23rd St., Arlington. Contact Abbey Franke at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-362-1444.
<cal2>Author Event: "The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy" by James Thompson. 7 p.m. James Thompson's "The Birth of Virginia’s Aristocracy" examines how the first civil society formed in Virginia, what purpose it served, who its members were and what happened to it as it aged. At the Arlington Central Library Auditorium.
Is This Stuff Organic? Food Labeling for Consumers. 7-9 p.m. Free lecture. Join specialists from Virginia Cooperative Extension and representative of Animal Welfare Approved to learn more about what food labels like 'certified organic', 'free range', 'natural' or 'certified' mean. At the Fairlington Center, 3308 S. Stafford Street, Arlington. For reservations, call 703-228-6414 or email email@example.com.
<cal2>Mongolian Blue Sky. 7-9 p.m. The Mongolian School Concert and fund-raiser. At the National Rural Electric Conference Center, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-336-7121 or visit www.themongolianschool.com.
<cal1>March 5, 6, 7
<cal2>"Hansel and Gretel." Fridays at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at 3 and 7:30 p.m.; Sundays at 3 p.m. At the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Road, Arlington. Call 703-548-1154 or visit www.encorestage.org
Tango! Tango! Presented by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia in partnership with QuinTango. At the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. Performances at March 5 at 8 p.m.; March 6 at 8 p.m. and March 7 at 3 p.m. Production highlights include Robert Xavier Rodriguez’ one-act opera Tango, a re-telling of stories from the height of the tango craze in Argentina based on newspaper clippings and letters from 1913-1914. At Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Visit www.novaopera.org or 703-528-1433.
<cal2>Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Rare books, maps, prints, autographs and more. Friday from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appraisals for $5 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $14/both days, $8/Saturday. At the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington. Call 703-907-2000.
<cal1>March 5-April 11
<cal2>"The Light in the Piazza." Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $74. Tickets may be purchased online at ArenaStage.org, by phone at 202-488-3300. At Arena Stage in Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington.
<cal2>Washington Antiquarian Book Fair. Some 75 distinguished dealers offering rare books, maps, prints, autographs and more. Appraisals for $5/item on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 5 from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, March 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost is $14/both days, $8/Saturday. At the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge, 1900 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington. Call 703-907-2000.
<cal2>Faith Lutheran Preschool Winter Festival. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission. Indoor event. At 3313 N. Arlington Blvd., Arlington.
Storytelling at Aladdin's Lamp. 11 a.m. With author and educator Sharon Gaston who will amaze and entertain children with her highly energetic storytelling performance. At Aladdin's Lamp Children's Books and Other Treasures, in the Lee Harrison Shopping Center, 2499 N. Harrison St., Suite 10, Arlington. Call 703-241-8281.
<cal2>The 24th Annual Jazz & Tap Dance Festival. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $18/advance, $20/door. At the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus Cultural Center, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Call 703-543-6926 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal1>Now Through March 7
<cal2>"Once on this Island." Chalice Theatre in partnership with The Keegan Theatre presents this Caribbean-themed musical with a multi-generational cast that earned eight Tony nominations. Story is based on The Little Mermaid legend. Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., additional matinee performance Saturday March 6 at 3 p.m. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. $20 per ticket, $15 for students and seniors. For tickets, call 703-892-0202 ext. 6.
<cal2>Prayer Breakfast. 10 a.m. Woman's Club of Arlington, 700 S. Buchanan St., Arlington. Cost is $5. Speaker is Pastor Michael Law, Grace Baptist Church, Arlington. RSVP to 703-553-5800 or 703-751-3442 (Pat Fisher).
<cal2>Gadget Advice from "Teen Tech Squad." 4:30-6:30 p.m. Got a gadget but don't know how to use it? Bring your device to Central Library for assistance from the "Teen Tech Squad" experts. And if you have the device manual, bring that along too. Sometimes it helps. At the Arlington Central Library, Youth Services "Rabbit Hole" Room.
Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. With the Jimmy Cole Band. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
<cal2>Fund-Raiser for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Lizzy Walker Conroy, Lead Associate Agent for the Huckaby Briscoe Group, Keller Williams Realty. To attend the happy hour, R.S.V.P by Monday, March 8 to Lizzy Conroy by email to email@example.com, or by phone to 202-441-3630. A $10 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is suggested. At Restaurant 3 in Arlington.
Film: "In Love We Trust (Zuo you)" . 6:30 p.m. The "World Cinema Spotlight" series presents "In Love We Trust (Zuo you)" . Not rated, 115 minutes. Chinese with English subtitles. Directed by Xiaoshuai Wang. A divorced couple learns that the way to possibly save their daughter from blood cancer is to have another child. The problem is that they're both remarried to other people. At the Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington.
<cal2>Lunchtime Chamber Concert. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. At the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.
<cal2>Gadget Advice from "Teen Tech Squad." 3:30-6 p.m. Got a gadget but don't know how to use it? Bring your device to Central Library for assistance from the "Teen Tech Squad" experts. And if you have the device manual, bring that along too. Sometimes it helps. At the Westover Branch Library, 1644 N. McKinley Street, Arlington.
<cal2>Wisconsin Lutheran Choir. 8 p.m. The choir will present a diverse, mostly a capella program of sacred and secular choral works in original languages. At St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Falls Church, 7426 Idylwood Road, Falls Church. Call 703-534-1719.
<cal2>Youth Program Fund-Raiser. 7 p.m. Monte Carlo-style gaming, a silent auction to benefit Leadership Arlington's Youth Program, a Texas Hold 'Em tournament, dancing and more. At "Terminal A" of the Ronald Reagan National Airport. Tickets are $140 until March 7, $175 thereafter. Visit www.leadershiparlington.org or call 703-528-2522.
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and Stabat Mater. 8 p.m. A concert featuring two works by Welsh choral composer Karl Jenkins. At Mt. Olivet Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington.
The Metropolitan Chorus. 8 p.m. Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace and excerpts from Stabat Mater. Admission: Adults: $20; Senior citizens/Military: $18; Youth: $5. At Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, 1500 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. Call: 703-933-2500
Kids Stuff Sale. 8 a.m. to noon. Features used, seasonally appropriate kids clothes, toys and gear, plus maternity clothes, books, videos, kids furniture and more. At St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington. Go to www.kidsstuffsale.com.
Casino Night and Charity Auction. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $85/person; $725 for table of 10. Sponsored by the Arrow Foundation of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi. At Army Navy Country Club, 1700 Army Navy Drive, Arlington. Tickets may be purchased and donations made online at www.pibetaphi.org/NorthernVirginiaAC. Click on Arrow Foundation.
Inaugural Anglican Insights Speaker Series. 9 a.m. The Anglican District of Virginia is hosting the first installment of the series led by Archbishop Robert Duncan, Primate of the Anglican Church in North America. He will speak to his perspective on Anglicanism and bring an Anglican Christian in the world today. This is the first in ADV’s "Anglican Insights" speaker series exploring the topic of Anglicanism. At The Falls Church’s Historic Church on 115 E. Fairfax Street, Falls Church. Contact James Guthrie at 703-273-1300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal1>Now Through March 13
<cal2>Photo Exhibit. "Arlingtonians on Photo Safari," an exhibit of travel and architectural photography by J. Fenimore Elliott and William Murray, is on display at Cherrydale Library, 2190 Military Road, Arlington (703-228-6330; www.CherrydaleLibrary.org), through March 13. Hours: Mon.: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue.: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Wed.: 1 p.m.-9 p.m.; Thu.: 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ; Fri.: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.
"Chumbale" — Every Love Bird Needs a Nest. By Oscar Viale (Argentina). Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Saturday matinees at 3 p.m. Tickets are $25/regular, $20/students and seniors. At Teatro de la Luna. At the Gunston Arts Center - Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Call 703-548-3092; www.teatrodelaluna.org.
<cal1>March 13, 20
<cal2>American Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Cost is $110. This course is ideal for anyone who is employed or participates in recreational activities in wilderness or remote areas where emergency care may be delayed. At the Arlington Chapter of the National Capital Region, 4333 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-527-3010, Ext. 736 or contact email@example.com.
<cal2>Alexandria Symphony with Bowen McCauley Dance. The concert will include works by Grofe, Ravel, Debussy, Vivaldi and Mahler. Bowen McCauley Dance has created a new work for Kim Allen Kluge's Haiku Suite: Three Nature Poems for Sakahachi and Orchestra. At the Schlesinger Concert Hall.
<cal2>Antique Photo Show. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $25 admission. Participating will be members of The Daguerreain Society, National Stereoscopic Association, The Photo Historical Societies of Canada and New England and Magic Lantern Societies, both US and UK. At the Holiday Inn Rosslyn/Key Bridge, 1900 N. Ft. Myer Drive, Arlington. Visit AntiquePhotoShow.com or call 703-534-8220.
Storytime/Afternoon Tea for Children. 2 p.m. At the Columbia Pike Branch Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington.
Coming to America Concert. 4 p.m. The National Chamber Ensemble, Leonid Sushansky, artistic director. Music of great American composers and works inspired by America. Classical music traditions came to this country from Europe and were modified by American artists who were trying to establish their own musical voice and traditions, while European composers were inspired by their visits to the New World. Tickets are $25/general, $15/students. Call 703-573-SEAT. Info Only: 703-685-7590; TTY: 703-228-1855. visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.nationalchamberensemble.org. At the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington.
City Choir of Washington. 7:30 p.m. Free. Come join The City Choir of Washington for "The Sound of France," an evening of French music. At the Cathedral of Saint Thomas More, 3901 Cathedral Lane, Arlington. Call 703-524-2815 or visit stmcathedralconcerts.org.
Fairfax Elderhostel Alumni Assoc. Meeting. 2-4 p.m. Three presentations: Malta, a Nation of three islands and Archeological Wonders by Edith Russo; Russian Heritage: Moscow, Cities of the Golden Ring and St. Petersburg by Marian Delmore; and Trekking in Beautiful, Remote, Primitive Nepal by Jeanne Malone. At the George Mason Public Library, 7001 Little River Turnpike. Call Rebecca Prather on 703-534-2274.
<cal2>Swing Dancing. 9-11 p.m. Cost is $10. With the band Bad Influence. At the Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
Arlington Community Foundation Night at Jaleo. 5-10 p.m. Benefit for the Arlington Community Foundation. 30 percent of total sales for the night will be donated to ACF. At Jaleo in Crystal City, Arlington.
<cal2>Film: "The Quiet Man" . 6:30 p.m. The Shirlington Screens series presents John Ford's "The Quiet Man" . Not rated, 129 minutes. Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, it's the story of an Irish-American boxer who returns home to Ireland, where he falls in love with a local woman. Their romance is complicated by local customs and traditions. At the Shirlington Branch Library.
<cal2>Film: "For My Father" . 6:30 p.m. The Cross Cultural Cinema series presents the Israeli film "For My Father"  from director Dror Zahavi. Tarek, a Palestinian forced on a suicide mission in Tel Aviv to redeem his father’s honor, is given a second chance when the fuse on his explosive vest fails to detonate. Forced to spend the weekend in Tel Aviv awaiting its repair, Tarek must live amongst the people he was planning to kill. To his surprise he connects with several Israelis on the outskirts of society. At the Arlington Central Library Auditorium.
Hamilton College Choir. 7:30 p.m. Free. Will perform both sacred and secular works ranging from the Renaissance to the present day. At St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane, Arlington.
"Rooms With a View." 6 p.m. Former Arlington County Manager-turned International City Managers Association Executive Ron Carlee and DNC Senior Advisor Larry Roberts team up on the topic at the CEB’s Waterview Conference Center at 1919 N. Lynn Street. Call 703-582-6628 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women in Business Luncheon. 11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking; 12 noon Lunch. Cost is $45. Honoring Barbara A. Favola, Arlington County Board. At Morton's The Steakhouse, 1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington. RSVP to Kim Christensen at 703-418-1444 or email@example.com
<cal2>"20th Century (and Beyond)." 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the IBIS Chamber Music Society, members of The Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Boston Pops. At the Lyon Park Community Center, 414 N. Fillmore Street, Arlington. Visit www.ibischambermusic.org
<cal2>Film: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" . 12 noon. A "Sondheim 80th Birthday" screening of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" . Not Rated, 97 minutes. Directed by Richard Lester and starring Zero Mostel, Jack Gilford, Phil Silvers and Buster Keaton. Inspired by the farces of the ancient Roman playwright Plautus. This lively comedy tells the story of a slave’s attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master woo the girl next door. Followed at 2 p.m. by a screening of "Gypsy" . At the Shirlington Branch Library.
Choralis Sings English Works. 7 p.m. The program will include works by Brittan, Byrd, Handel, Mathias, Vaughn Williams, and Walton--spanning five centuries of the English choral tradition. At Falls Church Presbyterian Church, 225 East Broad Street, Falls Church. Tickets for the concert ($40 premium, $25 regular admission, $5 students 22 and under with ID, and free for children 12 and under) are available from www.choralis.org or by calling 703-237-2499.
Gainesville Middle School 5K & Mile Fun Run. Fun Run starts at 8 a.m. 5K Race starts at 8:30 a.m. Register at: www.signmeup.com/67972. At Gainesville Middle School. Contact: Josh Hodge at firstname.lastname@example.org or LeAnne Daniel at email@example.com.
Country Western Dance. Bernie Vitale will be the DJ. Cliff and Donna Carlson will teach a full hour of beginners Two Step beginning at 7:30 p.m. Open dancing is from 8:30-11 p.m. and includes Two Step, Waltz, line, Swing, Cha Cha, and specialty dances. At Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church. Admission for NVCWDA members $10; non-members $12. Visit the Web site, www.nvcwda.org or call our hot line 703-860-4941.
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"Song and Dance." 10:30 a.m. Kids of all ages have two opportunities to meet the harp, flute and string family in a concert entitled "Song and Dance." Members of The Kennedy Center Orchestra and the Boston Pops perform in this free, 40-minute program. At Clarendon Presbyterian Church, 1350 N. Jackson Street, Arlington. Visit www.ibischambermusic.org.
The program repeats itself at 1 p.m. at the Arlington Central Library, 1050 N. Quincy Street, Arlington.
<cal2>Benefit Auction. 2-5 p.m. Doorways for Women and Families' Annual Benefit Auction, "Opening Doors to a Brighter Future." At the Washington Golf and Country Club in Arlington. Purchase $150 tickets at www.doorwaysva.org/benefit.
Film: "West Side Story" . 3 p.m. A "Sondheim 80th Birthday" screening of "West Side Story" . Not Rated, 152 minutes. Directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins and starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer and Rita Moreno. With biting lyrics by Stephen Sondheim set to a magical Leonard Bernstein score, "West Side Story" adapts the basic conflicts of "Romeo and Juliet" to the rivalry of New York City street gangs. The vitality of Jerome Robbins' choreography is unmatched. At the Shirlington Branch Library
<cal2>Author Event: "A Taste of Honey" by Jabari Asim. 7 p.m. At the Shirlington Branch Library, 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington.
<cal2>Relational Aggression and Bully Prevention. 7-9 p.m. At the Education Center, 1426 North Quincy Street, Board Room, 1st Floor. Register online at www.apsva.us/adulted or by calling 703-228-7200.
Film: "The Drummer"/"Zhan. gu" . 6:30 p.m. The World Cinema Spotlight series presents "The Drummer" . Not Rated, 118 minutes. Directed by Kenneth Bi and featuring Jaycee Chan and Tony Leung Ka Fai." The Drummer" is the first feature film from Hong Kong and Taiwan selected for competition at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won The Hollywood Reporter's Critics' Pick. It's the story of a young man on the run from organized crime that hides out among a drum circle group. At the Shirlington Branch Library
<cal2>Author Event: "The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson." By the Washington Post's Wil Haygood. 7 p.m. Acclaimed biographer and Washington Post writer Wil Haygood discusses "Sweet Thunder: The Life and Times of Sugar Ray Robinson." The biography tells the captivating story of the African-American champion who brought grace and style to the boxing ring in the 1940s and '50s. At the Arlington Central Library Auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington.
<cal2>Northwest Arlington Lions Charities Fund-Raising. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fresh Florida Citrus, pure Vermont Maple Syrup, and Pecans for sale at the Overlee Pool lower parking lot, 6030 Lee Highway. Call 703-243-7938.
<cal2>Snow Crab Legs and Shrimp Feast Fund-raiser. 1-4 p.m. Sponsored by the Merrifield Lions Club. There will be a Deejay. Advanced tickets are $38/adults, $40/door, $15/children, and groups of 8 or more are $36/person. At the Dunn Loring Fire Department, 2128 Gallows Road, Dunn Loring. Call 703-255-2468 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
<cal1>April 6 Through May 11
<cal2>Become a Foster Parent. 6-9 p.m. Participants take part in an orientation session before enrolling in the program. At UMFS Northern Virginia Regional Center, 6335 Little River Turnpike, Alexandria. Call 703-941-9008, ext. 308.
<cal2>Great Strides Arlington. 12 noon. A fund-raiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. At the Bon Air Park, Picnic Shelter. Visit the Great Strides Web site http://www.cff.org/Chapters/metrodc/GREATSTRIDES/ . Call 301-657-8444.
<cal2>U.S. Air Force Cycling Classic. Events begin Saturday with the Air Force Cycling Classic Clarendon Cup, the criterium race that highlights the famous 1K course around the Clarendon Metro. On Sunday, cycling enthusiasts will be able to ride on the air Force Cycling Challenge's Crystal Ride. Visit www.airforcecyclingclassic.com.