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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.

<cal1>Dance Wednesdays

<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.

<cl>Salsa dancing

<cal1>Salsa Tuesdays

<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.

<cal1>Now Through May 1

<cal2>HAMTDAA: Together Celebration Programming. Exploring the art and culture of Arlington’s Mongolian American community. Features the work of visual artist and Arlingtonian Gankhuyag Natsag, whose Tsam dance masks, ceremonial costumes and paintings speak to Mongolia’s ancient traditions and contemporary experiences. Accompanied by a multi-faceted program of performances, workshops, films and community celebrations. Closing reception is Sunday, May 1 from 3 to 6 p.m.

<cal1>Now Through April 17

<cal2>Ishihara by Yoav Brill. Free. Part of New Media in the Bijou Theatre. Israeli artist Yoav Brill's award-winning piece on growing up and living with color blindness animates the small dots, called ishihara, used in color blindness tests. At the Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Now Through April 10

<cal2>Tsam Mask Making: How Do they Do It? Free. As part of the exhibition Hamtdaa : Together, exploring the art and culture of Arlington's Mongolian-American community, see the step-by-step process behind the making of the dramatic papier mache replicas of the Mongolian Tsam deity masks in the exhibition. At the WIP Gallery at The Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100.

<cal1>Now Through April 17

<cal2>Hamtdaa: Together in Photos. Photos by Mario Quiroz. Free. An introduction to Arlington's Mongolian community through the lens of photographer Mario Quiroz.

<cal1>Saturday/April 9

<cal2>Countdown to Yuri’s Night. 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The event honors cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin with live music, a burlesque show, an art exhibition, a lunar dance party and more. Tickets are $20/advance; $25/door. Local artists explore human spaceflight. Artist’s talk with curator Jared Davis on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. Some 19 artists exhibit work centered on the theme of Man's journey into space, by exploring both science-fact and science-fiction, these artists deliver unique perspectives on the cosmos. At the Mezz Gallery of Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Visit www.outofthisworldparty.com.

<cal1>David Lynch Retrospective

<cal2>A mini-fest of Lynchian classics. 8 p.m. Cost is $6. At the Dome Theater at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 6

<cal2>"The Elephant Man." A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, a severely deformed man in 19th century London, "The Elephant Man" received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture in 1981.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 13

<cal2>"Lost Highway." After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life. The film stars Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty and Robert Loggia.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 20

<cal2>"Wild at Heart." Young lovers Sailor (Nicholas Cage) and Lula (Laura Dern) decide to go on the run from Lula’s domineering, over-protective mother (Diane Ladd) who puts a hit out on Sailor. The film won the Palme d'Or at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival

<cal1>Wednesday/April 27

<cal2>"Blue Velvet." After finding a severed human ear in a field, a young man soon discovers a sinister underworld lying just beneath his idyllic suburban home town. The film features Kyle Maclachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, and Laura Dern.

<cal1>Now through April 10

<cal2>"Green Sneakers." By Ricky Ian Gordon. "Green Sneakers" is an elegy for Gordon’s partner, Jeffrey Grossi, who died of AIDS in 1996. Part of the Urban Arias Festival, a new opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Admission is $22/$19. Wednesday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 9 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, April 10 at 7 p.m. At the Black Box Theater at Artisphere.

<cal1>Now Through April 10

<cal2>"Glory Denied." By Tom Cipullo. Part of the Urban Arias Festival, a new opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Admission is $22/$19. Thursday, April 7 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 9 at 9 p.m.; Sunday, April 10 at 2 p.m. At the Black Box Theater at Artisphere.

<cal1>Sunday/April 10

<cal2>Haitian Children’s Choir. 10 a.m. His Little Feet Haitian Children’s Choir is performing. The performers, 15 children ages 7-18, come from Ouanaminthe, a small town in Northern Haiti on the border of the Dominican Republic. At Capital Life Church, Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 Kent Street, 1st floor, Arlington. Visit www.capitallife.org

<cal1>Tuesday/April 12

<cal2>Archie Fisher with Garnet Rodgers. 8 p.m. Scottish folk music master and BBC Radio host ("Travelling Folk") Archie Fisher is Scotland’s foremost troubadour. He is a member of the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and in 2006 was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire), bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II. Co-presented with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. At the Dome at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 13

<cal2>Northern Lights Dance Orchestra. 7:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30 p.m. dancing. Cost is $15. The Northern Lights Dance Orchestra is a traditional "Big Band" with 15 players – saxes, trumpets, trombones, piano, bass, guitar, drums and male and female vocalists. Northern Lights specializes in old Big Band standards, including music from the likes of Glen Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, and Count Basie to name a few. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/April 16

<cal2>Silents with the Snarks. 8 p.m. Admission is $8/$6. The Snark Ensemble presents fun-for-the-whole-family silent comedies with live musical accompaniment. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/April 16

<cal2>Soul Society. 2 p.m. A celebration of hip hop culture, including dance demonstrations and competitions, films and discussions, and more. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>April 18 to April 22

<cal2>Shake the Screen. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $270. Acting, directing and editing Shakespeare on Camera. Spring Break Camp presented by the Washington Shakespeare Company & Educational Theater Company, Ages 12-18. At the Education Lab at Artisphere.

<cal1>Tuesday/April 19

<cal2>Contra Sonic. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($6 FSGW members). Co-presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Contra Dancing with a club twist! Contra dancing is American folk dance with roots in square dancing, but when you add free glow sticks, a DJ and laser display you get Contra Sonic. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 20

<cal2>Cajun and Zydeco Dance. 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission is $15. With the Savoir Faire Cajun Band from Louisiana. Introductory Cajun lesson from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.; dancing from 9 p.m. to midnight. At the Artisphere Ballroom, Arlington. Call Michael Hart at 301-762-6730 or the Artisphere at 703.228.1850, or go to www.DancingbytheBayou.com.

<cal1>Thursday/April 21

<cal2>The Food Side of Sound Aesthetics. 7 p.m. With Leandro Pisano, Interferenze Festival Director, Italy. Pisano will discuss the connection between molecular gastronomy and experimental digital music territory.

<cal1>Saturday/April 23

<cal2>The Empresarios with Fort Knox 5. 9 p.m. Admission is $15. The Empresarios Sound System represents an international selection of original music that blends Latin funk, Trip Hop, house, cumbia, dub, and reggaeton. Not only is the music diverse but so is the group and guest vocalists, like Rootz & Zee from See-I—there is never a shortage of amazing artists who collaborate with the group. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 27

<cal2>BG and the Mojo Hands. 7:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30 p.m. dancing. Cost is $15. BG & The Mojo Hands are a dynamic, exciting Washington, D.C.-based band that perform a variety of blues styles including jump blues, Texas boogie, swing, and traditional Chicago or down home Delta blues! At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Thursday/April 28

<cal2>Watcha Clan. 9 p.m. Admission is $22. Hailing from the gritty city of Marseille, in the south of France, Watcha Clan has been called "one of the most exciting bands on the world music circuit," by NPR Music. Their sound exhibits a visionary spiritual eclecticism, stretching from Gnawa trance and drum n’ bass to hip-hop, Balkan brass and Sephardic folk, with thriving bass-heavy pulsations countered by Sista K’s show-stopping vocals. Co-presented with The Alliance Française de Washington. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/April 30

<cal2>Cuban Cowboys. 9 p.m. Admission is $18. The Cuban Cowboys mix indie rock with traditional Cuban music. Riding in on post-punk distortion, mambo riffs and heavy Latin percussion, The Cuban Cowboys turn the dark stories of a Cuban family's exile into serious rock Cubano. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/April 30

<cal2>Masks and Meaning: Panel Discussion. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. A panel discussion with folklorist Harold Anderson and three mask makers from Mongolia, Bolivia and Cambodia. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>May 3 to June 18

<cal2>Carrier. Free. With Alberto Gaitán with Elliot Williams. Gaitán's site specific interactive sound installation turns the MEZZ Gallery's wall into a 100-foot-long stringed instrument to be played by a robotic scrubber. The installation will be semi-interactive with passers-by, changing its behavior when someone is in proximity but not responding to them in a continuous manner. Opening reception is Thursday, May 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. At the Mezz Gallery at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 4

<cal2>"Hell House." 8 p.m. Cost is $6. A behind-the-scenes look at the process of creating this modern-day fire and brimstone interactive experience, from the first script meeting until the last of the 10,000 visitors passes through the "Hell House," performed annually by the youth members of the Trinity Assembly of God Church just outside of Dallas, Texas. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/May 7

<cal2>Justin Trawick Band. 9 p.m. Admission is $15. The Justin Trawick Group blend of folk and indie rock have earned them critical acclaim and opening slots for artists and bands including Blues Traveler, Sara Bareilles, Pat Green, Curtis Peoples, Emmet Swimming, Cowboy Mouth, and even the Ying Yang Twins. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>May 7 to May 15

<cal2>Czech Marionette Carving Workshop. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $750. Education Lab with Czech master puppet carvers. Carving and performance workshop with Czech puppet masters Mirek Trejtnar and Dora Bouzkova. During this intensive workshop, students will make wooden carved marionettes, and also will create an original puppet performance that will be presented to the public. At the Artisphere.

<cal1>May 7 to May 15

<cal2>Puppetry Festival. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $750. Czech Marionette Master Class Carving Workshop. A nine-day marionette master class that includes a carving and performance workshop with Czech puppet masters Mirek Trejtnar and Dora Bouzkova. During this workshop, students will make wooden carved marionettes and create an original puppet performance that will be presented to the public. At the Artisphere.

* Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. Strings Attached: Czech Puppetry Discussion. Roundtable discussion on puppetry in the Czech Republic with puppet masters Mirek Trejtnar and Dora Bouzkova. At the Dome Theater at Artisphere.

* Sunday, May 16 at 4 p.m. Cost is $8. Czech Puppetry Performance and Children’s Workshop. Puppet performances by Dora Bouzkova and participants in the puppet carving workshop, followed by a puppet making workshop for children aged 5 and up. At the Dome Theater at Artisphere.

<cal1>Tuesday/May 17

<cal2>Contra Sonic. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8 ($6 FSGW members). Co-presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. Contra Dancing with a club twist! Contra dancing is American folk dance with roots in square dancing, but when you add free glow sticks, a DJ and laser display you get Contra Sonic. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 18

<cal2>Sammy Naquin and the Zydeco Whips. 7:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30 p.m. dancing. Cost is $15. Sammy Naquin lives to play music that makes people feel good, have fun and want to dance. He’ll cook up a Louisiana musical gumbo, with a strong traditional Zydeco / cajun / creole roux, with some Zydeco blues, spiced with New Orleans jazz and R&B with a dash of country and serve it up smokin’ hot. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/May 25

<cal2>Hot Society Orchestra of Washington. 7:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30 p.m. dancing. Cost is $15. The Hot Society Orchestra of Washington performs dance music of the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s, providing an elegant recreation of the great early-jazz dance bands of a bygone era. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<ro>Clarendon Farmers' Market

<bt>Year-round 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.