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<cal1>Friday/April 22

<cal2>"SpringGreen" at Market Common Clarendon. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Market Common Clarendon is presenting "SpringGreen." Patrons can bring their old documents, electronics, and bicycles for recycling and re-use to Market Common Clarendon, 2700 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. The event is presented on Earth Day for awareness of ‘green’ options for safe disposal of items that can be put to good use rather than put into landfill.

<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.

<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.

* Tuesday/April 26 — The Best in Cuban Salsa and Timba

With "Reyna La Farandulera;"

* Tuesday/May 3 — Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Live music by Rudy Gonzalez Y Su Lokura;

* Tuesday/May 10 — The Best of Puerto Rican Salsa

With DJ Carlos "El Cacique;"

* Tuesday/May 24 — The European Spin on Salsa

With DJ Eric B.

* Tuesday/May 31 — The Dominican Perspective on Salsa With DJ Sabroso "Killer Joe;"

<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 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>Now Through April 23

<cal2>Young Artists of NOVA. Free. Works in Progress Gallery. Hosted by Congressman James P. Moran, as part of the national Congressional program, this exhibition recognizes the creative talents of Northern Virginia’s young artists. One exhibiting youth will receive the honor of having their art work displayed in the U.S. Capitol for one year.

<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 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>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>Bolormaa Jugdersen in Recital. 8 p.m. Cost is $10. Bolormaa Jugdersuren, an extraordinary Mongolian opera singer who also works as a music teacher in Arlington, performs operatic highlights from Mongolian and classical Western masterpieces. At the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>April 16 to 17

<cal2>Hip Hop Soul Society Festival. 2 p.m. Cost is $5 to $20. A celebration of hip hop culture, including dance demonstrations, competitions, films, discussions that brings artists together from across the globe. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cl>Contra Sonic

<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>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.

<cl>Contra Sonic

<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>Tuesday/April 19

<cal2>Words and Music: Singer/Songwriter Series. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $8. Host Jon Kaplan performs and talks with singers/songwriters from around the region. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/April 20

<cal2>Cajun and Zydeco Dance. 8:30 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 8:30 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.

<cl>Empresarios

<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.

<cl>BG and the Mojo Hands

<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 and 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>Blue Sky 5. 7:30 p.m. dance class; 8:30 p.m. dancing. Cost is $15. The band’s repertoire consists of songs made popular by Count Basie, Nat Cole, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Fats Waller, along with tunes by other swing era artists. At the Ballroom 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>The Mouse of Amherst. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Cost is $8. In this dance adaptation of Elizabeth Spires’ book, an unlikely friendship develops between Emily Dickinson and a lively mouse who learns that everyone has feelings and that even a mouse can write poetry. Presented by the Jane Franklin Dance. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/May 7

<cal2>Tango. 7:30 p.m. Cost is $15 to $25. Presented by the National Chamber Ensemble. Join the National Chamber Ensemble for an exciting, sensual evening of Tango music and dance with critically acclaimed pianist José Cáceres and Pontitango, the Tango ambassadors. The program includes Gardel's Tango "Por Una Cabeza," featured in the film Scent of a Woman, works by Juan Jose Castro, Alberto Ginastera, Astor Piazzolla, and back by popular demand , Piazzolla's Four Seasons in Buenos Aires. At the Spectrum Theater 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 15 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.