Orange Line Connection

Orange Line Connection

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, March 29 — DJ Elvira

<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>Now Through April 30

<cal2>C2YN (Countdown to Yuri’s Night). Local artists explore human spaceflight. Curated by Jared Davis, 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.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 23

<cal2>Contra Sonic. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $8/$6. Contra dancing is one thing, going clubbing is another. Put them together and you get Contra Sonic. Dance Lessons from 7:30 to 8 p.m.; dancing from 8 to 11 p.m. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 23

<cal2>"The Cave of the Yellow Dog." 8 p.m. Academy Award nominee Byambasuren Davaa wrote and directed this docudrama about the disappearing ways of nomadic life in her home country of Mongolia. Admission is $6. In Mongolian with English subtitles. At the Dome Theatre at Artisphere.

<cal1>Thursday/March 24

<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.

<cal1>Saturday/March 26

<cal2>Diva’s Night Out With Soprano Carmen Balthrop. 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25/$20/$15. Legendary soprano Carmen Balthrop with pianist José Cáceres joins the National Chamber Ensemble for an enchanting evening of vocal music. She will be singing works by Carissimi, Cavalli, Pergole, Montsalvatge, Vivaldi, Puccini and more. At the Artisphere, Spectrum Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Saturday/March 26

<cal2>Brothers Grimm. 11 a.m. Cost is $8. In this mixed-up fairy tale you'll see familiar characters as you've never seen them before! A fast paced show suitable for families and children of all ages by the young actors of Arlington's own children's theatre. At the Dome @ Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington.

<cal1>Sunday/March 27

<cal2>"Berlin 36" Film. 4 p.m. Admission is $11/$9. This film, based on a true story, tells the fate of Jewish athlete Gretel Bergmann in the 1936 Summer Olympics held in Berlin. At the Rosslyn Spectrum.

<cal1>Sunday/March 27

<cal2>"Jews and Baseball." 7:30 p.m. Admission is $11/$9. Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, this documentary tells the history of baseball during the past 100 years and its impact on American Jews and all Americans. At the Rosslyn Spectrum.

<cal1>Sunday/March 27

<cal2>Khuree Tsam Masked Dance. 6 p.m. Free. More than 40 dancers will don full Tsam regalia and perform this ancient dance tradition. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>Sunday/March 27

<cal2>Mongolian Heritage Family Days. 2 p.m. Free. Join the Mongolian School of the National Capital Area (MSNCA) School for hands-on learning! Learn about Mongolian arts, history and unique cultural traditions in round-robin activity sessions, with stations manned by MSNCA students and teachers in traditional Mongolian dress. Visitors will have a chance to trace their names in traditional script, try on Mongolian clothes, learn about traditional musical instruments and the nomadic home call the "ger." At the Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Call 703-228-1850.

<cal1>Tuesday/March 29

<cal2>"Eyes Wide Open." 7:30 p.m. Admission is $11/$9. Aaron, a married Orthodox father of four, falls in love with a 22-year-old male student. Aaron then neglects his family and community and is swept away by this forbidden passion. At the Rosslyn Spectrum.

<cal1>Wednesday/March 30

<cal2>Women in Jazz. 7 p.m. Free. A Women in Jazz Tribute to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm features several surviving original band members in a panel discussion at Artisphere followed by a swing dance featuring the all-female Leigh Pilzer/Jen Krupa Quintet. At the Artisphere.

<cal1>March 31 to April 5

<cal2>"Orpheus & Euridice." Part of the Urban Arias Festival, a new opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Admission is $22/$19. Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m.; Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 3 at 2 p.m.; Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. At the Black Box Theater at Artisphere.

<cal1>Thursday/March 31

<cal2>"The Trotsky." 7:30 p.m. Admission is $11. Leon Bronstein is an intense teenager who believes that like his "namesake", Leon Trotsky, he must help the workers and rebel against the rich and privileged. He finds hilarious ways to fight the system at school. At the Rosslyn Spectrum.

<cal1>April 1 to April 10

<cal2>"Green Sneakers." By Ricky Ian Gordon. Part of the Urban Arias Festival, a new opera company dedicated to producing short, contemporary operas. Admission is $22/$19. Friday, April 1 at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 3 at 3:45 p.m.; 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>Saturday/April 2

<cal2>Post Secret (With Bluebrain). 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $15/$12. Live multimedia event with Bluebrain! Soulful, silly and shocking secrets. Proceeds benefit HopeLine. Book Signing. At the Dome Theater at Artisphere.

<cal1>Saturday/April 2

<cal2>Conjunto Sason. 11 p.m. Admission is $15/advance; $20/door. In June, 2008 at Charlottesville's Outback Lodge, several local musicians came together for an experimental jazz session with the intent of creating locally-inspired salsa music. The meeting laid the foundation for what is now known as Conjunto Sason. The mix of ethnicities and flavors gave birth to a colorful sound with the combination of charanga and conjunto. At the Ballroom at Artisphere.

<cal1>April 2 to 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. Saturday, April 2 at 8 p.m.; Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m.; 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>Saturday/April 2

<cal2>Charlie Parker with Strings. 8 p.m. The ASO and guest saxophonist Vaughn Ambrose survey one of Charlie Parker's legacies - commissioning arrangements of some of the greatest jazz and pop for himself and orchestra. Duke's April in Paris, Gershwin's Summertime, and other works by Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers and Arthur Schwartz. Tickets are $5/youth; $10/students; $15/seniors; $20/adults. At the Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 North Kent Street, Arlington.

<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>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

<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>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>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.

<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 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.