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<cal1>Saturday/Nov. 27

<cal2>Sonic Circuits. 8 p.m. Cost is $8. At the Dome at Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100. Visit http://www.dc-soniccircuits.org. Each month, Sonic Circuits presents a new music concert at Artisphere — this month's program includes:

* Tatsuya Nakatani: Dynamic solo percussion;

* STÖAT: Apocalyptic Musk Rock, Feat, Members of Pilestar, Violet, Blue Sausage Infant, Gum Yummy;

* Grex: Bay area free-genre duo;

* Mind Over Matter Music Over Mind: Sound Borrower, Sound relocated and created.

* Promute: Noise is solace. Sorrowful and pure.

∑ BiG Drum In the Sky Religion: Improvised ego destruction from Harrisonburg, VA.

<ro>Winter Wonderland at Market Common Clarendon

<cal1>Saturday, Dec. 11

<cal2>1 p.m. – 5 p.m. — Santa and Mrs. Claus Arrive by Fire Truck

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Toys for Tots Campaign with MIX 107.3 and USMC

Free Entertainment

<bt>Market Common Clarendon will present the 10th annual Winter Wonderland on Saturday, Dec. 11, offering plenty of holiday fun for all ages. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck at 1 p.m., and they’ll be staying for visits and free photos until 5 p.m. All afternoon, attendees can enjoy free holiday activities and entertainment, including ice sculptures, strolling entertainment — carolers and characters like "Jack Frost" – and more.

MIX 107.3 FM will be broadcasting live from Market Common Clarendon with host, John Martin, for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots campaign, accepting donations of unwrapped toys and cash from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

For event information, call 703-785-5634, or log on to

www.marketcommonclarendon.net.

<cal1>Now 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. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. call 703-248-6800 or visit www.findyourartist.org

<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, 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. 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, and on select days through Friday, Dec. 24. 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>Now 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. At the Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-248-6800. Visit http://www.arlingtonartscenter.org.

<cal1>Saturday Nights at 11:01

<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. 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.

* Jan. 8 — Non Stop Bhangra (San Francisco) Dance lessons, DJ and Dholi Drummers

<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.

* 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 conducted by Kim Allen Kluge. Tickets: $20 adult; $15 senior; $10 student; $5 youth. Call 703-548-0885 or visit http://www.alexsym.org. At the Rosslyn Spectrum@Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Call 703-548-0885.

<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. 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.

<ro>Contes Has Women's-Only Rides

<bt>Come out to Contes in Arlington on every third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for a women's-only ride. And yes, it is free.

Join one of three rides accommodating various levels (beginner to advanced). Beginner route: Custis and W&OD. Advanced routes will include established road routes in Arlington, including hill climbs. Bring your water and they’ll provide the nutrition LUNA style! Rides will conclude with a short Q/A session. For more information on Team LUNA Chix & why we get out to play! Go to http://teamlunachix.com/dc_triathlon

<ro>Clarendon Farmers' Market

<bt>Clarendon Farmer's Market has locally produced breads and pastries, organic vegetables, flowers, soap, sorbet and more. Held Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon at Courthouse Parking Lot, 3195 North Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Also year-round on Wednesdays from 3-7 p.m. at Clarendon Metro Station. Visit www.Clarendon.org. Call 703-812-8881.

<ro>Arlington Farmers Market @ Courthouse

<bt>The Arlington Farmers' Market is located adjacent to the Arlington County Courthouse Parking Lot, at the intersection of N. Courthouse Rd. and N. 14th St. in Arlington. This is a 'producer only' market with more than 30 producers. The market is opened Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, year round. No dogs are allowed in the market.

<ro>Arlington Urban Village Market at Court House

<bt>The Antiques and Collectibles Market at Court House is an open air market that has been going on since December 2002. Free parking at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. Featuring furniture, art, China, silver, jewelry, books, photographs, vintage clothing, linens, lamps, chandeliers, antique tools and other treasures. Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Located on North 15th Street, next to the Courthouse Parking Lot. Sundays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Located at Courthouse Parking Lot. Call 1-877-570-4570.