Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street. Food Trucks that sign up get free reserved parking and patrons get one location with ample options and old favorites. Food Trucks already signed up include: Doug the Food Dude, Hot People Food, Red Hook Lobster and Willie’s Po’Boy.
Line Dancing Class. 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle, social, aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.
Through Nov. 17
Letters from the Swallows. Immigration is always a provocative topic. Letters from the Swallows (Cartas de las Golondrinas) dips into the personal stories of people who have uprooted their lives—from the Spanish who went to the Americas to the Latin Americans who make their way to the United States—to explore the dreams and destinies of immigrants. The ongoing festival runs at Gunston Arts Center-Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang Street. Tickets are $35; $30 for students and seniors. Call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227 or email email@example.com or visit www.teatrodelaluna.org.
Still to come in the festival, which has shows at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays, are:
Nov. 8-10 – Venezuela: I.E. Producciones C.A. presents Killing Words
Nov. 15-17 – Argentina: Gazpatxo Producciones presents First Time Mother (Madre Primeriza).
Tickets are $35; $30 for students and seniors. Call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest. Cherry Blossoms are blooming inside and outside in Crystal City this spring with a new partnership between the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Vornado/Charles E. Smith, and FotoDC. Some 150 finalists and judge favorites from FotoDC's Second Annual National Cherry Blossom Photo Contest will be exhibited along Crystal City's interior walkways. Visit www.crystalcity.org.
Saturdays through Mar. 30
Family Skate Opening Night. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thomas Jefferson Center, 3501 2nd St. $2 per person. Skate Rental: $3 per person. Cash only. Save time in line by bringing your own skates. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.
Author Series. 7 p.m. Sherrie Vavricheck, senior staff member at the Behavior Therapy Center of Greater Washington, will visit One More Page Books to discuss her book, The Guide to Compassionate Assertiveness: How to Express Your Needs and Deal with Conflict While Keeping a Kind Heart. 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Visit www.compassionateassertiveness.com or www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Warren Miller's Flow State. 7:15 p.m. & 9:55 p.m. Warren Miller’s Flow State guides viewers to the top of striking peaks, taking audiences on a journey across the globe to Norway, Austria, California, Switzerland and beyond. Tickets are $14. Visit www.arlingtondrafthouse.com. At Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike.
Wine and Art Night. 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Northern Virginia Art Center, taste 10 wines featured by Washington Wine Academy. A great
way to support the community, mix and mingle with fellow wine and art
lovers, and find some new fall wines to savor. All wines served will be
available at the Crystal City Wine Shop at at 2100 Crystal Drive. Tickets are $20 plus a convenience fee and are available at www.washingtonwineacademy.org.
Spanish Theater. 8 p.m. Venezuela: I.E. Producciones C.A. presents Killing Words (Palabras Encadenadas). At Gunston Arts Center-Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St. Tickets are regular $35; students & seniors $30. Children's show: adults $15; children under 13, $10; children under 4 free. Call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227, or email: email@example.com. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org.
Free Book Event. 7 p.m. One More Page hosts several Young Adult authors. Miranda Kenneally shares from Stealing Parker, her companion novel to Catching Jordon. RITA ® Finalist Janet Gurtler chats about her latest book, Who I Kissed. Sisters-turned-writing-partners Lisa and Laura Roecker talk about Lies that Bind, the latest installment in The Liars Society series. At One More Page, LLC, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., #101. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com.
Long Branch’s 40th Birthday Bash. 1-3 p.m. Families with children 3 and up. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Come one, come all to the nature center’s 40th Birthday Jubilee. Visitors will meet the animals on display as well as ones that are not. Party go-ers are also welcome to participate in a scavenger hunt, make a craft, and help blow out the candles on a tasty treat that us naturalists enjoy. The cake will be cut at 2 p.m. Registration is required and $5 donation is greatly appreciated and encouraged. Call 703-228-6535. 625 S Carlin Springs Rd. Program #612952-H.
Rose Bush Auction. 2-4 p.m. At Merrifield Garden Center-Fair Oaks location. Make way for new roses. Dig up old rose bushes and bring to the Arlington Rose Foundation program. Identify and describe on index cards for auctioneer and learn how to root roses. Bring your own one gallon pots and potting soil. For rooting, bring non-patented roses or roses with 20-year-old patent expirations and extend courtesies to local hybridizers. Free for members. Call 703-371-9351.
War Concert. 3 p.m. The Arlington Philharmonic presents a classical music concert of music with military themes at the Washington-Lee Auditorium. Under the baton of Music Director A. Scott Wood, this concert looks at war and the military seen in the experiences of composers. The Washington-Lee Auditorium is located at 1301 N. Stafford St. (parking is near Entrance #5). Seating for the concert is general admission. Donations ($20 suggested) are appreciated. Visit www.arlingtonphilharmonic.org.
Citizen of Earth. noon-1 p.m. Ages 6 to adult. Register children and adults. Addresses of political leaders, stationery, postcards, stamps and envelopes are available. Write a few letters, and let people know what is important to you. Call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Rd. $5 fee due upon registration. Program #612852-M.
Remove Invasive Plants. 2-4 p.m. Families and teens. Help improve wildlife habitat. Join for the monthly work parties to remove destructive invasive plants, and make a difference. No registration required. Free. Information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road.
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Music Series presents Classical and Modern Works for Harp. Featuring SSG Nadia Pessoa. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Community Sing. 7-9 p.m. Singers and non-singers alike can join Community Sing events, led by Ysaye Maria Barnwell of the Grammy Award-winning group Sweet Honey in the Rock. The group will be singing five-part harmonies within minutes. For singers and non-singers of all ages and abilities. Hosted by Levine School of Music’s Virginia Campus at 1125 North Patrick Henry Drive. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. The U.S. Army Orchestra in Concert Program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, a medley of Jerome Kern music featuring SFC Alvy Powell, and Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 “Jeremiah.” Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd.
Annual Holiday Floral Design Event. 7-9 p.m. Rock Spring Garden Club's third annual event features guest designer Adrienne Summers, AIFD, who will show how to take ordinary flowers and create simple, elegant holiday designs. This event will include a raffle, door prizes and light refreshments. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd. with free on site parking, Taylor Street entrance. Tickets are $25. Pre-register by Nov. 5. Contact Julie Williams at 703-534-6431 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds benefit community outreach.
Sparkling Wine Tasting. 7 p.m. 2200 N. Westmoreland St.
Annual Craft Fair. St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church located at 8617 Little River Tpk. will hold a craft fair, featuring juried crafts, arts, a bake sale and more, to benefit local, national and international mission projects. Nov. 15, 4-8 p.m.; Nov. 16, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 703-978-3500 or visit www.stmatthewsumc.org.
Spanish Theater. 8 p.m. Argentina: Gazpatxo Producciones presents First Time Mother (Madre Primeriza). At Gunston Arts Center-Theater Two, 2700 S. Lang St. Tickets are regular $35; students & seniors $30. Children's show: adults $15; children under 13, $10; children under 4 free. Call 703-548-3092 or 202-882-6227, or email email@example.com. Visit www.teatrodelaluna.org.
Screening of "Six Degrees That Could Change the World.” 7:30-9 p.m. Produced by National Geographic Video and narrated by Alec Baldwin, this 2008 film examines the effects of the changes in the temperature of the Earth, one degree at a time, as humans confront a warming planet. Not recommended for young children. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free, but donations of $5/seat accepted. At Friends of the Planetarium, 1426 N Quincy St. Online ticketing will end two hours prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis 15 minutes prior to the doors opening. Visit www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.
2012-2013 School Year Concert, BBQ and Fundraiser. 4-6:30 p.m. At The Wilson School, 1601 Wilson Blvd. Suggested donations are $35 for adults, $15 for children 10 or under. There will be traditional Mongolian song and dance, Tsam Buddhist-Shamanist mask dance, Mongolian BBQ, fashion show, Mongolian contortionist and tour of the school. Free parking and babysitting for small children 5 and under.
Campfire: Deer Yards and Antler Tales. 6-7 p.m. All ages. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. The whole family is invited to the Long Branch Amphitheater for old-fashioned fun. This engaging program will be filled with entertaining activities, which may include stories, special animal guests, games, songs and of course, treats like s’mores. Call 703-228-6535. $5 fee per person. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd. $5 fee per person due at registration. Program #612952-F.
Premiere of “Dynamic Earth.” 7:30 p.m. Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Admission is $3 for children, members, and seniors; $5 for adults. A few remarks will be made prior to the screening about the premiere of this full dome show and how supporter donations have made it possible. At Friends of the Planetarium, 1426 N Quincy St. Online ticketing will end two hours prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis 15 minutes prior to the doors opening. Visit www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.
Free Concert. 3 p.m. The U.S. Army Blues present A Veterans Day Tribute Concert. One of the few remaining full-time big bands in the country present a special concert in honor of veterans, featuring well-known big band tunes from the Swing Era. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Sunday Science Lecture: Cary Secrest, "Trashing the Troposphere." 1:30 p.m. Secrest will discuss the industrial sources of air pollution, the impacts on public health, and various national programs for dealing with these problems. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. Admission is $3 for children, members, and seniors and $5 for adults. At Friends of the Planetarium, 1426 N Quincy St. Online ticketing will end two hours prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis 15 minutes prior to the doors opening. Visit www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org.
Screening of the “Dynamic Earth.” 3 p.m. Dynamic Earth explores the inner workings of Earth's climate system. Audiences will ride along on swirling ocean and wind currents, dive into the heart of a monster hurricane, come face-to-face with sharks and gigantic whales, and fly into roiling volcanoes. Doors open at 2:45 p.m. Admission is $3 for children, members, and seniors and $5 for adults. Online ticketing will end two hours prior to each show, and any unreserved seats will be made available on a first come, first served basis 15 minutes prior to the doors opening. Visit www.friendsoftheplanetarium.org. At Friends of the Planetarium, 1426 N Quincy St.
Through Nov. 18
Free Art Exhibition. “A Celebration of Color” will be on display at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe, 4536 Lee Hwy. The exhibit was juried by noted local pastel painter Daniel Wise. Open to the public. A reception will be held Oct. 21, 6-7:30 p.m. at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe. Meet the artists and view the juried exhibit. Refreshments are provided.
Turkey Trot. 8 a.m. The starting line is 3020 Pershing Dr. Doorways for Women and Families, Arlington Food Assistance Center and Arlington Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless will receive all net proceeds. Visit www.ccapca.org/turkeytrot.htm to register.
Through Nov. 24
Art Exhibitions. "Room With a View” will include landscape paintings, but also views inside rooms, as well as abstract pieces. The show also features 3D pieces such as pottery, sculpture, glass and jewelry. “Small Works of Great Importance” features small gems: a painting, ceramic or fused glass piece may be no larger than 10″x12″. At Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery, at 2100 Crystal Drive. Visit http://novaartcenter.org/events/.
Through Nov. 25
Christopher Shinn’s Dying City Premiere. At Signature Theatre. Purchase online or call Ticketmaster at 703- 573-SEAT or through the Signature Theatre Box Office at 703-820-9771 or in person. Visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Northern Virginia Mineral Club. 7:45 p.m. The Northern Virginia Mineral Club promotes, educates and encourages interest in geology, mineralogy, lapidary arts and related sciences. Meetings are held at 7:45 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month (except two in Summer and December) at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 Carlin Springs Rd. Call 703-228-6535. No meetings in July and August. Visitors are always welcome at our Club Meetings.
Free Concert. 7:30 p.m. “Pershing’s Own” Chamber Music Series. Our popular recital series continues with works for mixed winds and strings by Bartok, Ingolf Dahl, and others. Free and open to the public. Call 703-696-3399 or visit www.usarmyband.com. At Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Road.
Full Moon, Poetic Nights. 7-8 p.m. Adults and teens. Enjoy a short hike by the light of the full moon, as winter stars begin to rise. Share poems inspired by the night as well — from nursery rhymes to sonnets. Call 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Free. Program #612942-H.
"Arlington's Got Talent." Leadership Arlington's Young Professionals
Program will host the first "Arlington's Got Talent," featuring a talent show of the best and brightest at Clarendon Ballroom. The event will benefit the Young Professionals Program Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $30 with networking beginning at 6:30 p.m. and the talent show at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at: www.leadershiparlington.org.
Wednesday & Friday/Nov. 28 & 30
Full Moon Foray. Look at the phases and faces of the moon. Ages 3-5. Preschool programs are offered throughout the year at both Gulf Branch and Long Branch Nature Centers. The theme for preschool programs is repeated during the month, register for only one session at each nature center per month. Parents are invited to stay and observe, or those with younger siblings may visit the rest of the building during the program. Parents must remain on-site.
Wednesday, Nov. 28 10:30-11:30 a.m., #612912-T or 3:30-4:30 p.m., #612912-U
Friday, Nov. 30 10:30-11:30 a.m., #612912-W or 3:30-4:30 p.m., #612912-X
Nov. 28 through Dec. 3
Annual Fruit Sale. The Arlington Host Lions will host its first citrus sales from Wednesday Nov. 28 through Monday Dec. 3, 2012 from 8 a.m. until dark at the Wells Fargo Bank on the corner of N. Glebe Road and Lee Highway. The second sale will be Jan. 23-28, 2013. The following fruit will be sold at the following costs per case: Pink/white grapefruit at $30 per case and $16 per half; Navel oranges at $28 per case and $14 per half; Tangeloes at $26 per case and $14 per half; Hamlin juice oranges at $25 per case and $13 per half; and Tangerines at $18 per half case.
"Superheroes Of Stoke." 7:30 p.m. This new film takes a captivating look at the past, present, and future of freeskiing through comprehensive storytelling and engaging first-person perspectives from those who helped change the game. Starring an elite class of superheroes, including Mark Abma, James Heim, Ingrid Backstrom and more. Also featuring legendary cameos from earlier generations of the MSP universe: Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Wendy Fisher, JP Auclair and more. Tickets are $12. Visit www.arlingtondrafthouse.com. At Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike.
Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Artful Weekend at Fort C.F. Smith. The Arlington Artists Alliance will hold it’s annual Artful Weekend at the historic Henley House at Fort C.F. Smith, featuring 40 artists and a variety of styles. Come to meet the artists at a wine and light snack reception on Friday, Nov. 30 from 6-8 p.m. The show will open again on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.
Washington-Lee High School Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 60 local artisans will be showing handcrafted gift items. Take home baked goods and other holiday items offered by W-L clubs and teams. Live musical performances by The Madrigals and other school groups. Free. At 1301 North Stafford St. Call 703-228-6200. Free parking and easy access to Bazaar from the I-66 parking garage off Stafford Street.
Holiday Wreath Workshop. 1-4 p.m. Adults and children ages 12 and older. Create decorative crafts to spruce up home or to give as special gifts. Music, refreshments, basic instruction and enough materials are provided for each participant to make at least two seasonal decorations. Participants should bring hand pruners or wire cutters and any extra materials or special decorations you may wish to add. Call 703-228-6535. Meet at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S Carlin Springs Rd. $30 fee payable upon registration. Program #612942-H.
Annual Holiday Boutique. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission and Parking. At Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 800 23rd St. S. Baked goods, ready-to-go meals, great holiday gift items, raffle baskets, silent auction, freshly decorated holiday wreaths and more. To benefit the Arlington Food Assistance Center and Arlington Hume School Historical Museum. Lunch will be available. Visit www.ahwc1958.org or call 703-218-7561.
From Page to Stage Mondays. 7 p.m.
Arlington Public Library, Shirlington Branch, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch the Oscar-winning Dreamgirls, the film based on the 1981 Broadway musical. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Children’s Holiday Magic Show. 7-8:15 p.m. Featuring Ring 50 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Free. A donation of canned food items or new toy will be collected for local charity. At Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd. Email Danny Selnick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-347-5540.
Brown Bag Thursdays. 1-2 p.m. Nova Y. Payton, an audience favorite as Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray, returns in the role of Effie White in the landmark musical Dreamgirls. Signature’s Mead Lobby,
4200 Campbell Ave. Call 703-820-9771 or visit www.signaturetheatre.org.
Through Dec. 6
Art Exhibition. Marymount’s Barry Gallery will exhibit Paintings and Collages by Judy Bass. All are invited to attend the opening reception on Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. with an Artist’s Talk at 6:30 p.m. The public is also invited to visit the exhibit at any time during the show’s run. There is no admission charge. The Barry Gallery is located in the Reinsch Library on Marymount’s Main Campus, 2807 North Glebe Rd. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Miracle on 23rd Street. Linden Resources, Inc. is hosting its annual Miracle on 23rd Celebration. Free and open to the public, attendees will enjoy a festive tree lighting, Santa Claus arriving on a fire truck, holiday music performances, children’s activities, local dignitaries in attendance, and tasty holiday goodies. During the celebration, guests are invited to continue the evening inside the Linden Resources headquarters to enjoy multicultural children’s activities. Outdoor festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. The indoor celebration will also feature beautiful holiday cards for sale, custom designed by Linden’s print and design staff, and a gift fare for children of unique merchandise specially priced at $5 per item. Sales proceeds will be donated to non-profits. Visit www.linden.org or call 703-521-4441. Linden Resources is located at 750 23rd St. South.
Free Concert: The 50-voice NoVA. 4 p.m. The community chorus
will perform part 1 of the oratorio plus the “Amen Chorus” and “Hallelujah Chorus” with professional soloists and chamber orchestra at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike. Led by director Barbara Stefan, the audience will be invited to join in singing the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Soloists for “Messiah” will be Denise Gulley, soprano; Terri Malone, alto; Tim Augustin, tenor, and Joseph Minor, bass. Visit www.novalightschorale.jigsy.com/
Free Concert. 11 a.m. Harpist Holly Avesian will blend harmonies of the Sanctuary Choir of Cherrydale United Methodist Church at Sunday’s service. Musical selections ancient and modern are included. Cherrydale Methodist is located at 3701 Lorcom Ln.
Ballet. Virginia Ballet Company and School will present the 63rd season of the classic Nutcracker ballet. The performances are at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. each day at the Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater. Ticket prices for reserved seating are $30 for adults and $20 for children, students and seniors, plus a $3 fee per ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at www.virginiaballetcompany.org. Call 703-249-8227.
Jan. 11 through Feb. 2, 2013
‘The Show-Off’ by George Kelly is a comedy about an ambitious and audacious young faker who transforms the lives of those around him, at the same time proving that even the most obnoxious of us have our virtues. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.
Mar. 22 through Apr. 13, 2013
‘Voodoo Macbeth’ adapted by Oson Welles, using the imagery and traditions of Voodoo. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.
Jun. 7 through 29, 2013
‘Biography’ by S.N. Behrman revolves around a single career woman’s acceptance of a hefty fee to write her tell-all memoirs and the problems her threatened candor creates. Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.
July 19 through Aug. 17, 2013
TACT Summer 2013 Musical. A lively musical event from the same artistic team that produced such previous TACT triumphs as ‘Danny and Sylvia’ and ‘Marathon ’33.’ Presented by The American Century Theater, at Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St. Visit www.AmericanCentury.org.