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Nov. 19 Through Jan. 16

<cal2>Party Crashers. Comic Culture Invades the Art World. Party Crashers mashes up comic art and contemporary gallery culture, and features artists who pass back and forth between the two worlds. With the artists Rosaire Appel, Victor Kerlow, Rina Ayuyang, Blaise Larmee, Derik Badman, Andrei Molotiu, Gabrielle Bell, Robert Pruitt, Jeffrey Brown, Jim Rugg, Joshua Cotter, Dash Shaw, Warren Craghead III, Deb Sokolow, Anton Kannemeyer, and Olav Westphalen. Opening reception is Nov. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. call 703-248-6800 or visit www.findyourartist.org

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>Mambo Sauce. 11 a.m. Cost is $8. Hip Hop designed for kids. Mambo Sauce delivers a fresh fusion of old-Soul (think Marvin Gaye), new school Hip-Hop, cross bred with rock and the deep and thick percussions of Go-Go, the indigenous sound of D.C. At the Ballroom @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 20

<cal2>Sulu. One-Year Anniversary Show. Asian American and Pacific Island American Artists. Hosted by Reji Cabico with music by DJ The Pinstriped Rebel, featuring Beau Sia, the show will pay tribute to leaders who have significantly contributed to the local and regional arts community and celebrate Sulu's accomplishments. Reception at 6 p.m. Tickets $20/$25/$35. At the Dome at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100.

<cal1>Thursdays, Now Through Jan. 13

<cal2>Carpe Vinum: Wine Tastings at Artisphere. $30 per tasting; $150 for the series. Hone your palate at wine tastings conducted by four top wine educators from Arlington's wine shops. Demystify the world of wine in a relaxed settings, and expand your wine horizons at Artisphere. At Town Square at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100.

* Thursday, Nov. 18: Curious Grape;

* Thursday, Dec. 2: Best Cellars;

* Thursday, Dec. 9: Screwtop Wine Bar;

* Thursday, Dec. 16: Best Cellars;

* Thursday, Jan. 6: Curious Grape;

∑ Thursday, Jan. 13: Arrowine.

<cal1>Now Through Jan. 8

<cal2>Fields and Networks: Alice Whealin. The solo exhibition by Alice Whealin, Fields and Networks, features a series of ink drawings on acetate that reflect spatially both an expansive universe and small areas of function. These abstract drawings invite references to "fields and networks". They draw upon diverse sources of imagery including animal and human form, popular molecular and space photography, calligraphy, abstract and expressionist art forms, cartoon and graffiti art, primal imagery, natural and man-made structures.

Alice Whealin has her studio at the Reeb Hall Studios in Arlington. Most recently her work was exhibited at the American University's Katzen Arts Center in Washington, DC, and her ink drawing was selected for Cream: Washington Project for the Arts Gala Exhibition. Opening reception is Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At the Mezz Gallery at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100. Visit http://www.alicewhealin.com

<ro>2010 Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique

<bt>Celebrate the Holidays with crafty style at the 2010 Ballston Holiday Artist Boutique. This new and exciting event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. inside the National Science Foundation's atrium. We think this is perfect time for NSF employees and visitors to do some holiday shopping.

Shop from 15 amazing artists who will be spending the day with us. Check out artisan products for bath, body & home by The BumbleBee Studio, handcrafted bags by Bette's Bags & Jen-A-Fusion, holiday cards by Fast Snail Greetings & Designs, authentic hand-cut silver jewelry by bLuGrn design and much more.

Plus, we'll even have two food vendors on hand selling and taking orders for holiday goodies--Two Belles Southern Pound Cakes and whoopie pie maker, B. Hall, Baker.

What could be better than a completely unique handmade gift? This is another great opportunity to support your local artists this holiday season.

For more information and a complete list of Boutique participants, visit the Ballston Arts & Crafts Market blog.

<ro>Arlington Jaycees Host Santa’s Visit

<bt>The Arlington Jaycees will host Photos with Santa at the Ballston Common Mall, beginning Friday, Nov. 26, 2010 and on select days through Friday, Dec. 24, 2010. All are welcome to visit with Santa and have their photos taken with him.

During the first two Sundays in December, the Arlington Jaycees will also host Pet Photos with Santa, when pets are welcomed to have their photos taken with Santa. All proceeds will benefit the Arlington Jaycees and local, non-profit charities, including the Animal Welfare League of Arlington.

The Arlington Jaycees are in need of volunteers to help with this event, including students who need volunteer credit. To volunteer, contact Arianna Gleckel at agleckel@gmail.com.

Where: At Ballston Common Mall, Lower Level (Food Court), 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

Dates: Nov. 26 – 28; Dec. 4 – 5; Dec. 11 – 12; Dec. 15 – 24

Hours: 3 – 9 p.m. Weekdays; 1 – 9 p.m. Saturdays; 12 – 6 p.m. Sundays. Check for the latest schedule and updates at www.VArlingtonJaycees.org

Cost: Free Visit with Santa; $8 Photo with Frame; $6 Photo without Frame; $5 Each Photo Reprint.

<cal1>Nov. 19 Through Jan. 16

<cal2>Party Crashers. Party Crashers mashes up comic art and contemporary gallery culture and features artists who pass back and forth between the two worlds. Opening reception is Friday, Nov. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-248-6800. Visit http://www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

<cl>Red Baraat will appear on Nov. 20 at the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturdays, Now Through Nov. 27

<cal2>11:01 Saturday Nights. Starts at 11:01 p.m. Late-night dance party. Tickets are $15/$12 students. At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

* Nov. 20 — Red Baraat Indian Dhol + brass Tickets $18/$15 students.

* Nov. 27 — Fort Knox Five with Special Guest.

* Dec. 4 — SEE-I.

* Dec. 11 — Sweatheart & Peelander-Z (Japanese action comic punk)

* Dec. 18 — Honor by August with The Ruse.

<cal1>Wednesdays, Through Dec. 8

<cal2>Dance Wednesdays. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. dance classes; 8:30 to 11 p.m. dancing. Tickets are $15/$12 at door. On Wednesdays, dance the night away at Artisphere, to zydeco, cajun, rock, R&B and swing. The new center features a 3,000 square foot dance floor, one of the best in the area. At the Ballroom at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

* Nov. 17 — King Teddy : Swing (Baltimore);

* Dec. 1 — Big Joe and the Dynaflows : Swing / Jump Blues;

* Dec. 8 — Blue Sky 5 : Swing;

<cal1>Now Through Dec. 12

<cal2>"Richard III" and "Mary Stuart." Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) inaugurates the new black box theatre in Artisphere with a rep of plays featuring British monarchs: Shakespeare's "Richard III," directed by Christopher Henley and Jay Hardee, and Friedrich Schiller's "Mary Stuart," directed by Colin Hovde from the new Peter Oswald adaptation. Thursday (7:30 p.m.) - $25; Friday (7:30 p.m.) - $30; Saturday (2 p.m.) - Pay-What-You-Can; Saturday (7:30 p.m.) - $35; Sunday (2 p.m.) - $30; Sunday (7:30 p.m.) - $25; Previews & Saturday matinees are always Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC).

WSC is the resident theatre company in Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd. in Rosslyn.

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 4

<cal2>Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite. 3 p.m. Tchaikovsky's original updated to the jazz era in this big band arrangement. Part of the Alexandria Symphony Holiday Concert. At the Rosslyn Spectrum @ Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Call 703-548-0885.

<cl>Soprano Jennifer Wilson

<cal1>Saturday/Dec. 4

<cal2>Aurora Opera Theater. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $40/adults. Featuring Soprano Jennifer Wilson of Fairfax and Pianist Stephen Gathman. Featuring Works by R. Strauss, Wagner and Schoenberg, and holiday selections. At the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Visit www.instantseats.com or call 703-528-1433.

<cal1>Tuesdays, Through Dec. 7

<cal2>Salsa Tuesdays. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. dancing. At the Ballroom @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.The following events are $15/$12 students, all tickets at the door only:

* Nov. 23 — Rumba Club;

* Nov. 30 — Orquesta La Leyenda;

The following event is $20/15 (students with a valid ID, at the door only)

* Dec. 7 — New Swing Sextet (NYC);

<cal1>Thursday/Dec. 9

<cal2>Lunchtime Chamber Concert. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Beethoven: Sonata Op. 110, Bora Lee piano; Selections by John Kaboff, cello & Brad Clark, piano; Blake: Trio; Doran: Trio, Michael Bowyer, flute; Nancy Genovese, clarinet; Amy Rothstein, piano. Part of the Friday Morning Music Club (on Thursdays). Bring your lunch and they will provide complimentary tea and coffee. At the Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington.

<cal1>Now Through Nov. 28

<cal2>Skateboarding Side Effects. Artists capture the form, shape, line and gestural movements of skateboarding through photography, drawing, painting, film and sculpture. At the Terrace Gallery at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit http://www.artisphere.com.

Artists:

Tim Bearse (VA): Gestural sculpture mimics the movement of a skateboarder.

Mickael Elliott Broth (VA): Illustrative ink renderings transmit the energy of skating

Rick Charnoski & Coan Buddy Nichols (CA): Veteran filmmakers chronicle the decades-long development of the New York City skateboarding scene

Sean Greene (MA): Expressing the sensory experience of skateboarding through painting and photography

Lia Halloran (CA): Light and photography capture the enchantment of a nighttime ride

Richard Vosseller (VA): Sculpted structures investigate the dynamic relationship between skateboarder and architecture. Curated by Cynthia Connolly.

Film: "Deathbowl to Downtown" premiere follows the reception at 9 p.m. Q & A with filmmakers Rick Charnoski & Coan Buddy Nichols. The film will be screened daily in the Bijou Theatre at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

<cal1>Saturday, Dec. 11

<cal2>Market Common Clarendon will host the arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck, and he’ll stay for visits and photos until 5 p.m. All afternoon, attendees can enjoy holiday activities and entertainment, and join MIX 107.3 in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots drive, accepting donations from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call 703-785-5634, or log on to www.marketcommonclarendon.net