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.
<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.
<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/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 May 22
<cal2>Shadow Puppetry. Free. Explore the edge of Shadow puppetry and the creative "rough cut" process. At the Works-in-Progress Gallery at Artisphere.
<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.
<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.
<cal2>Shadow Puppet Making Drop-In. 5-7 p.m. Free. Watch Nana Projects — a company of artists, musicians, technicians, lanterneers and visual alchemists based in Baltimore — artists at work, inventing through puppetry and light and create your own shadow puppets! At the Works-in-Progress Gallery at Artisphere in Arlington. Also on May 5, 12, and 19 from 5-7 p.m.
<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.
<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.
<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.
<cal2>Chveneburebi. 4 p.m. A celebration of Music and Dance from the Republic of Georgia. Admission is $10. Advance ticket sales: www.chveneburebi.eventbrite or call 301-717-4641 firstname.lastname@example.org. At the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington.
<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.
<cal2>Poet Holly Bass. 7 p.m. Open Mic Night with a poetry slam, sonnets, hip hop and haiku hold hands and sing kum-ba-yah! At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere in Arlington.
<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.
<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.
<cal2>Lunchtime Chamber Concert. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Part of the Friday Morning Music Club (on Thursdays). At the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. Call 703-875-1100 or visit http://www.artisphere.com.
<cal2>Tenor Carl Tanner. 8 p.m. Tickets $40. Benefit recital for Aurora Opera Theater with Arlington native Carl Tanner fresh from a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera. Will be joined by baritone Jason Stearns and sopranos Lesley Craigie and Paula Delligatti. Post-concert reception. At the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere. Visit www.instantseats.com or call 703-379-1433.
<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 Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Tickets, $8, are available online at http://www.tickets.artisphere.com or by phone: 888-841-2787.
<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.
<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>Czech Marionette Master Class Carving Workshop. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $750. 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.
<cal2>Prelude Youth Orchestra. 4 p.m. Cost is $10. This performance will showcase a wide range of familiar music in fun and sometimes humorous arrangements. At the Spectrum Theater at Artisphere.
<cal2>The Film, "45365." At 8 p.m. Admission is $6. A film that explores daily life in an American town through the stories of a father and son, a young relationship, and cops and criminals. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere in Arlington.
<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.
<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.
<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.
<cal2>"Same Sex America" Film. 8 p.m. Admission is $6. This Showtime documentary, takes a hard look at the conflict over same-sex marriage, following several gay and lesbian couples who have a personal stake in this civil rights clash. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.
<cal1>May 19 Through July 17
<cal2>Contain, Maintain, Sustain. The exhibition was conceived to explore sustainability as it relates to contemporary sculpture and installation practices. It features works by 23 international and locally-based artists and art collectives. The opening reception is Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 10 p.m. At the Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.
<cal1>May 20 and 22
<cal2>"La Colombe" by Charles Gounod. An opéra comique in two acts by Charles Gounod with a libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré base on the poem "Le Faucon" by Jean de la Fontaine. Presented by the Aurora Opera Theatre. Friday, May 20 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, May 22 at 4 p.m. At the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere in Arlington. Visit auroraopera.org.
<cal2>Zanzibar SALSA Reunion. 11 p.m. Cost is $15/advance; $20/day. With DJ Bruno and DJ Broadway.
<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.