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‘Ladies Swing the Blues’ Extended Through March 31

‘Ladies Swing the Blues’ Extended Through March 31

A world premiere by Thomas W. Jones II and William Knowles. Explore the jazz folklore, mythologies and backstage stories of the ’40s and ’50s with four legendary jazz divas as they gather to commemorate the passing of jazz legend Charlie Parker. Starring Sandy Bainum, Anthony Manough, Yvette Spears, Roz White, and Lori Williams. Performances are through March 31, Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sun at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 (students, $25). For tickets call 800-494-8497 or visit www.metrostage.org. For information or group rates, call 703-548-9044. 1201 North Royal St. Fully accessible, free parking.

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Ryan Sellers as Malcolm, Chris Dwyer as Macduff, and James Miller as Ross in rehearsals to bring “Voodoo Macbeth” to the stage beginning March 22.

‘Voodoo Macbeth’

The American Century Theater will present Orson Welles’ adaptation of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth,” “Voodoo Macbeth,” March 22-April 13 at Gunston Theatre II, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S Lang St. Shakespeare’s chaos unfolds on a futuristic battleground of faith and mystery in a retelling of Orson Welles’ sensational 1936 production for the Federal Theatre Project. Kathleen Akerley directs. The all-male cast includes Joseph Carlson as Macbeth, with Frank Britton, Keegan Cassady, Evan Crump, Matt Dewberry, Cyle Durkee, Chris Dwyer, James Finley, Nick Hagy, Will Hayes, James Miller, Ryan Sellers and Theodore Snead. Shows are Thursday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. No matinee on Saturday, March 24 and no performance Sunday, March 31. Pay what you can preview Thursday, March 22. Pay what you can performance Wednesday, March 27. Tickets online at americancentury.org or by calling 703-998-4555.

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Knife, Vase and Goblet by George Bowles.

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White Spot by Bud Hensgen.

Real and Imagined

Northern Virginia ART Center, an Arlington Artists Alliance Gallery, presents “Real and Imagined.” Works in this exhibit runs the gamut from painter George Bowles' photo realistic work, to the abstracts of Bud Hensgen. Artists may work in a tradition of "realism," or they may create works entirely from their imagination. Some artists work with "real" materials… such as potters using leaves impressed into their damp clay. Even for artists who work in a realistic mode, imagination is key. Each individual work of art is processed through the imagination of the artist, whose stamp is forever on it.

Located in the Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington, this visual arts venue is sponsored by the Arlington Artists Alliance (AAA), in partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District (BID) and Vornado/Charles E. Smith to showcase the work of established and emerging regional artists. Free and open to the public, Monday-Friday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Metro accessible. Parking is available in metered spots on nearby streets and in public garages which are free all day Saturdays and after 4 p.m. on weekdays. Visit www.novaartcenter.org or call 571-483-0652.

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American Girls Share Their Stories

Courtesy of the Friends of the Library (which funds all Library programs) and just in time for Women’s History Month, these four American Girl dolls will add an extra presence to stories of old and new in Arlington. Meet the American Girl dolls:

Marie-Grace and Cécile: Saturday, March 23, 2 p.m. at Columbia Pike Branch, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Call 703-228-5710.

Molly: Monday, March 25, 4 p.m. at Westover Branch, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Call 703-228-5710.

Julie: Wednesday, March 27, 4:30 p.m. at Cherrydale Branch, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Author Valerie Tripp will discuss the creative process and the joys of writing the American Girl Books, on April 4 at the Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 N. Military Road. Call 703-228-6330.

Like the American Girl books that have long captivated young Arlington library readers, the dolls themselves can be now be placed on hold, borrowed and taken home for one week. Each doll comes with a travel pack that includes the book of her life story: Julie felt the cultural changes of the 1970s; Molly knew the homefront of World War II; and Marie-Grace and Cécile shared an unlikely friendship amid pre-Civil War New Orleans. Along with each girl’s first book, the doll kits also feature an exclusive guide created by the Library’s Virginia Room depicting life in Arlington during each doll’s era. There is also a journal to record and preserve each doll’s adventures with new friends.

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By Kevin Kasmai

Paris in Photos

"Paris by Day, Paris by Night: Photos by Kevin Kasmai" at Cherrydale Branch Library, 2190 Military Road; through April 2. Mon and Thu: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tue and Wed: 1-9 p.m.; Fri and Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Call 703-228-6330.

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Speckhard

The Commonwealth Circle of Northern Virginia will host a luncheon and

silent auction featuring McLean, VA resident and speaker, Dr. Anne

Speckhard, author of Talking to Terrorists, on Thursday, April 11,

2013, 11 a.m. at Washington Golf and Country Club, 3017 N. Glebe Road,

Arlington. Dr. Speckhard, an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry

at Georgetown UniversityMedical School, will discuss the results of

her interviews with over four hundred terrorists, their friends,

family members and hostages as she traveled over a decade in the West

Bank and Gaza, into the prisons of Iraq, down the alleyways of the

Casa Blanca slums, to Chechnya, into the radicalized neighborhoods of

Belgium, the UK, France and the Netherlands, of sitting with the

hostages of Beslan and Nord Os. She was in Belgium, Belarus and

Greece serving overseas since 1997 with her husband, now retired US

Ambassador Daniel Speckhard.

The proceeds of the event will benefit scholarship for an Arlington

County high school student who plans on a career with focus on service

to the community.

Luncheon is $75 with cash bar. Contact - 703-536-5153.

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Classical Ballet Theatre Presents Cinderella

Experience the enchantment of Cinderella! This fairy tale classic highlights some of the best pre-professional, classical ballet talent in our area, and it includes stunning costumes, beautiful choreography, and good-natured humor. Don't miss Cinderella and her fairy godmother teach stepsisters, “Haughty” and “Spiteful,” that nice girls finish first!

We at Classical Ballet Theatre invite you to make a difference as well. Bring a non-perishable food donation for LINK or expose a younger child to the classical arts at one of our shorter, Children's Series performances. We look forward to seeing you, your family, and your friends for a magical experience!

Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm: Full Production

Location: Ernst Theater, NOVA, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003

Cost: $25 Adult/Senior, $20 Student/Child, $18 Military/Boy Scout/Girl Scout

Tickets for the full, two-hour performance at the Ernst Theater are available online. Please go to http://www.etix.com/ticket/online/venueSearch.jsp?venue_id=4901&cobrand=cbtnva to order. Military families, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts may contact Kim Brummett at (703) 471-0750 for the password to receive discounted tickets. Groups interested in scheduling backstage tours may also contact Kim to make arrangements.

Sunday, April 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm: Act 1 Children's Series Performance

Location: Classical Ballet Theatre Performance Studio, 320 Victory Drive, Herndon, VA 20170

Cost: $10.00 per Person, General Admission

General admission tickets for our popular Children's Series performance, which runs for approximately one hour, are available by mail. Please go to http://www.cbtnva.org/downloads/2013CinderellaInHouseTixOrderForm.pdf to print the ticket order form and payment instructions.

Classical Ballet Theatre (CBT) is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to providing education, performance, and outreach opportunities in the art of dance to Northern Virginia and the surrounding communities. For more information about CBT, please visit http://www.cbtnva.org. For more information about LINK, please visit http://www.linkagainsthunger.org.

Email announcements to arlington@connectionnewspapers.com. Deadline is noon Thursday. Photos are welcome.

Ongoing

Food Truck Thursdays. In the surface parking lot at the corner of Crystal Drive and 18th Street.

Line Dancing Class. Fridays, 10-11 a.m. Line dancing with Barbara Allen. Covers the basic steps, then combines them to music for a gentle aerobic workout. More experienced line dancers are welcome as they can assist newer dancers. At Aurora Hills Senior Center. Call 703-228-5722.

Family Skate Opening Night. Saturdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., through March 30. Thomas Jefferson Center, 3501 2nd St. Fees: $2 entry, $3 skate rental, $2 re-entry for students attending both family and teen skate. Cash only. Save time in line by bringing skates. Visit www.arlingtonva.us.

Exhibit. Gallery B will showcase some of Arlington resident Richard Levine’s paintings and photographs in its gallery, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Through March 30. Free. Visit www.bethesda.org or 301-215-6660.

Photo Exhibit. See “Paris by Day, Paris by Night: Photos by Kevin Kasmai” at Cherrydale Library, 2190 Military Road through April 2. Free. 703-228-6330.

Exhibit. See “Real and Imagined” through April 6 at Northern Virginia ART Center, 2100 Crystal Drive. Features painter George Bowles’ photo realistic work to Bud Hensgen’s abstract work. Visit www.novaartcenter.org or 571-483-0652.

Wednesday/March 13

Classes for Young Dancers. 2-6 p.m. at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Children ages 5-8 can enjoy the “Big Meow” half day camp. $100/day. Register at www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Tiny Tot. Children age 18-35 months can discover the wonders of nature. 10-10:45 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. $5 due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632913-B.

Nature Detectives: Wiggle Worms. 4 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Learn about the role worms play in the environment. $5 due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632923-E.

Nanny Club. 10 a.m.-noon at Columbia Pike Library, Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. For children up to age 5. Free. 703-228-5710.

Stop in for Stories. 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. For children up to age 5. Free. 703-228-5946.

Story Time. 1:30 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. For children up to age 2. Free. 703-228-5260.

Film. 2 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Watch “Because of Winn Dixie.” Free.

Drop in Story Time. 4 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Children in grades K-5 can enjoy readers’ theater, games, and more revolving around fairies, fables and funny folktales. Free. 703-228-5710.

Kids Club. 4 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Elementary school kids can enjoy activities and more. Free. 703-228-5946.

Paws to Read. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Children in grades K-5 can read to therapy dogs. Free. Register for a slot by calling 703-228-6545.

Family Story Time. 6:30 p.m. at Glencarlyn Library, 300 S. Kensington St. For all ages. Free. 703-228-6548.

Thursday/March 14

Movie. 7:15 p.m. at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike. Watch “Bicycle Dreams.” $10. Visit arlingtondrafthouse.com to buy a ticket.

Tiny Tot. Children age 18-35 months can discover the wonders of nature. 10-10:45 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. $5 due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632913-C.

Master Gardeners Meeting. 7-8:30 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Learn about best management practices for establishing, renovating and maintaining lawns. Free, but registration requested. Visit mgnv.org or 70-228-6414.

Story Time. 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Cherrydale Library, 2190 N. Military Road. For children up to age 5. Free. 703-228-6330.

Drop-in Story Time. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. For children up to age 2. Free. 703-228-5715.

Drop-in Story Time. 10:30 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. For children up to age 2. Free. 703-228-6545.

Drop-in Story Time. 11:15 a.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. For children age 2-5. Free. 703-228-5715.

Bilingual Story Time. 4:15 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Children can enjoy stories, songs and crafts in English and Spanish. Free. 703-228-5990.

Story Time. 4:15 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. For children up to age 5. Free. 703-228-5260.

Friday/March 15

Movie Night at the Planetarium. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. at 1426 N. Quincy St. Families can watch “The Land Before Time.” $3. Visit friendsoftheplanetarium.org for tickets.

Book Discussion. Brad Parks will discuss his book “The Good Cop” at 7 p.m. at One More Page, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Free. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com for more.

Comedy Performance. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike. Janeane Garofalo will perform. $25/person. Visit arlingtondrafthouse.com for tickets.

St. Patrick’s Game Night. 5:30 p.m. at Bethel United Church of Christ, 4347 Arlington Blvd. There will be games for adults and children including decorating shamrock cookies, treasure hunt for a pot of gold, puzzles and more. Hot dogs will be provided, bring a side dish. Visit bethelucc-va.org or703-528-0937.

Story Time: Baby Steps. 10:30 a.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. For children up to age 1. Free. 703-228-5710.

Saturday/March 16

Spring Gala. 7-10:30 p.m. at BalletNova Studios, 3443 Carlin Springs Road, Falls Church. Enjoy a silent auction, the Young Choreographers Competition finale and more. Proceeds benefit the BalletNova scholarship and financial aid program. $65/person; $120/couple. Visit www.balletnova.org for more.

Arts and Crafts Show. The Swanson Middle School PTA is hosting the first-ever "Swanson Spring Fling Arts & Crafts Show," in the Swanson Middle School Large Gym at Washington Boulevard and Patrick Henry Drive from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. All participating artists are juried. The event is free to the public.

Digital Program Screening. Children ages 4-8 and their families can watch “The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” at 7:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. at the Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. $3. Visit friendsoftheplanetarium.org for tickets.

Comedy Performance. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike. Janeane Garofalo will perform. $25/person. Visit arlingtondrafthouse.com for tickets.

Champagne and Strings. 7:30 p.m. at Lyon Park Community Center. Features Joseph Scheer on violin. $20/general; $10/senior, student, Lyon Park and Ashton Heights residents; children free. Visit www.ibishchambermusic.org for more.

Open House. 6-10 p.m. at Crystal City Shops, 2100 Crystal Drive. Celebrate the launch of Art Underground with studio tours, galley tours and more. Free.

Amphibians of Arlington. 10 a.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Teens and adults can learn how and where to find some amphibians. $10 due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632843-E.

Peeper Prowl. 7 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children age 5 and up can search for tiny tree frogs and other amphibians. $5/person due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632953-B.

Drop in Story Time. 10:30 a.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. All ages can enjoy stories. Free. 703-228-5710.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. 7-9 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4000 Lorcom Lane. Enjoy corned beef and cabbage, Irish soda bread, raffle, sing-along and more. $5/adult; $7.50 for half portion. RSVP to Jane Massant at jwmassant@comcast.net or 703-241-7586.

Sunday/March 17

Digital Program Screening. Children ages 4-8 and their families can watch “The Zula Patrol: Down to Earth” at 3 p.m. at the Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. $3. Visit friendsoftheplanetarium.org for tickets.

Science Presentation. Doors open at 1:1!5 p.m. at the Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St. Paleo Quest will lead families in a hands-on experience of real fossils. Learn how new tools and methods were invented to solve research questions and more. $3. Visit friendsoftheplanetarium.org for tickets.

Pops Concert. 4 p.m. at Gunston Arts Center Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St. Features the Prelude String Orchestra, which is made up of musicians in grades 5-10. Free, donations accepted. Visit preludeva.org or 571-249-5884.

Juried Art Show. See “Walk the Line” at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe, 4536 Lee Highway. Free.

Shades of Green Hike. 1:30 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Families with children 5 and older can search for four leafed clovers and other items that are green. $5/person due at registration. 703-228-3403. Program #632853-H.

Invasive Plant Removal. 2 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Everyone age 9 and up can help keep the park free of destructive plants. Free. 703-228-6535.

Movie. 3 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Watch “Last Train Home.” Free. 703-228-5710.

Book Dating for Singles. 6 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Bring a couple of books to share – favorites, disappointments or ones to be read. Free. RSVP to 703-228-6545.

Monday/March 18

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Bob Rudney discusses his first novel “Lovers Lame” at One More Page, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Free. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com for more.

Movie. 3 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Watch “Fair Game.” Free. 703-228-5710.

Poetry Workshop. 7 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Write and read original poetry and exchange constructive criticism. Free. 703-228-6545.

Tuesday/March 19

Paws to Read. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Children in grades K-5 can read to therapy dogs. Free. Register for a slot by calling 703-228-5710.

Movie. 6:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Watch “Broken Embraces.” Free. 703-228-6545.

Wednesday/March 20

Book Discussion. 7 p.m. Joanne Fluke will talk about “Red Velvet Cupcake Murder” at One More Page, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Free. Cupckakes will be served and their will be a gift basket raffled off. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com for more.

Drop in Story Time. 4 p.m. at Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Drive. Children in grades K-5 can enjoy readers’ theater, games, and more revolving around fairies, fables and funny folk tales. Free. 703-228-5710.

Kids Club. 4 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Elementary school kids can enjoy activities and more. Free. 703-228-5946.

Gardening Program. 5 p.m. at Westover Library, 1644 N. McKinley Road, suite 3. Learn how to reduce waste and add compounds back to the soil by composting. Free. RSVP to 703-228-5260.

Prose Out Loud. 6:30 p.m. at Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave. Listen to and watch excerpts from “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott. This program is designed for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, but all are welcome. Free. 703-228-6545.

Graduate Gemologists. 4 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 8-12 can learn about jade. Must have completed the regular Gemstone Club. $10 due at registration. 703-228-3403. Program #632823-G.

Habitat, Water Quality and Your Yard. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Learn how to create a bird and butterfly friendly landscape. Free.

Thursday/March 21

“Buddhist Boot Camp.” 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. This book by Timber Hawkeye will help train the mind. Free.

Paws to Read. 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills Library, 735 S. 18th St. Children in grades K-5 can read to therapy dogs. Free. Register for a slot by calling 703-228-575.

March 22 through April 13

‘Voodoo Macbeth.’ Adapted by Orson 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.

Saturday/March 23

Dance Sampler. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Melton Rehearsal Hall, 641 D. St., Washington, D.C. See a showcase by Jane Franklin Dance. Visit www.janefranklin.com for tickets.

Writer and Comedian. 3 p.m. at One More Page, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Demetri Martin will share “Point Your Face at This: Drawings.” Free. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com for more.

Peeper Prowl. 7 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children age 5 and up can search for tiny tree frogs and other amphibians. $5/person due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632953-C.

Sunday/March 24

Life in a Pond. 3 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 5-8 can search ponds for animals and other items. Dress to get dirty. $5 due at registration, 703-228-3403. Program #632823-M.

Owl Prowl. 7-8 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Families with children age 3 and up can learn about the animals and then search for them. $5 due at registration. 703-228-6535. Program #632953-K.

Monday/March 25

Talk. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. “Radical Chapters: Pacifist Bookseller Roy Kepler and the Paperback Revolution” by Michael Doyle will be discussed. Free.

March 25 through March 29

Penelope’s Pesky Pen Spring Break Camp. 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, with option for extended day in the morning from 8-9 a.m. or in the evening from 3-6 p.m. For children. $300; plus $75 for extended morning or $100 for extended evening. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

First Child in the Woods Spring Break Camp. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 Military Road. Children ages 6-10 can enjoy hands-on animal encounters, crafts and more. $200 due at registration. Register by March 14. 703-228-3403. Program #632823-J.

Tuesday/March 26

Program. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn participate in a group and learn about nature. 703-228-6535. Program #632913-J.

Wednesday/March 27

Program. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn participate in a group and learn about nature. 703-228-6535. Program #632913-K.

Program. 13:30 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn participate in a group and learn about nature. 703-228-6535. Program #632913-L.

Comedy. 7:30 p.m. at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike. See Duncan Trussell perform. $20. Visit arlingtondrafthouse.com for more.

Cookbook Discussion. 7 p.m. at One More Page, 2200 N. Westmoreland St. Free. Laila El-Haddad and Maggie Schmitt share “The Gaza Kitchen: A Palestinian Culinary Journey,” a cookbook based on extensive interviews with home cooks in the Gaza Strip. Visit www.onemorepagebooks.com for more.

Thursday/March 28

Program. 10:30 a.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Children ages 3-5 can learn participate in a group and learn about nature. 703-228-6535. Program #632913-M.

Through March

Gallery Exhibit. See “What Those Who Teach Can Do” featuring the artistic work of local high school educators at the Art Institute of Washington, 1820 N. Fort Myer Drive. Visit www.artinstitutes.edu for more.

Monday/April 1

Rehearsals Begin. 7-9 p.m. at Arlington Presbyterian Church, 3507 Columbia Pike. All ages and musical abilities can perform with the NoVa Lights Chorale. Visit www.novalightschorale.jigsy.com or e-mail novalightschorale@gmail.com.

April 2-28

Theater Performance. See “The Last Five Years” at Max Theatre at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Performances are Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday at 7 p.m.; and matinee performances Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $40. Visit signature-theatre.org for more.

Friday/April 5

Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. at Fort C.F. Smith, 2411 N. 24th St. Meet the artists and vote for favorite artwork. Free.Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for more.

April 6-12

ArtFest Week. Enjoy workshops, exhibits, treasure hunts and more for the whole family. Some workshop require fees, and all workshops require registration. Visit www.arlingtonartistsalliance.org for a full list of workshops and to register.

Sunday/April 7

Reception. 6 p.m. at Cassatt’s Kiwi Cafe, 4536 Lee Highway. Meet the artists of “Walk the Line” and view the exhibit. Free. Refreshments provided.

Tuesday/April 9

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Dinaw Mengestu will discuss “The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears.” Part of Arlington Reads 2013. Free. 703-228-6321.

Wednesday/April 10

Application Deadline. Musicians up to age 21 can apply for the 2013-2014 orchestra season. Visit www.aypo.org or 703-642-8051 for requirements, fees and mailing address.

Thursday/April 11

Luncheon and Silent Auction. 11 a.m. at Washington Golf and Country Club, 3017 N. Glebe Road. The Commonwealth Circle of Northern Virginia presents a lecture by Dr. Anne Speckhard. Proceeds of the event will benefit scholarships for local high school students who plan on a career with a focus on service. $75 with a cash bar. 703-536-5153.

Saturday/April 13

Dance. 4 p.m. at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Children can watch a 30-minute performance inspired by Frank Dormer’s “The Obstinate Pen.” Tickets $10-$15. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Theater Production. 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Ernst Theater, NOVA, Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike. The Classical Ballet Theatre presents “Cinderella.” $25/adult and senior;$20/student and child; $18/military, Boy Scout and Girl Scout. Visit www.cbtnva.org for tickets.

Wednesday/April 17

Classes for Young Dancers. 2-6 p.m. at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Children ages 5-8 can enjoy the “Big Meow” half day camp. $100/day. Register at www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Thursday/April 18

Outdoor Table Arrangements. 11 a.m. at Little Falls Presbyterian Church, 6025 Little Falls Road. Betty Ann Galway will demonstrate how to create the arrangements. Free, with $5 optional lunch. RSVP by Aprill 11 to rockspringgardenclub@gmail.com or visit www.rockspringgardenclub.com.

Saturday/April 20

Dance. 4 p.m. at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Children will enjoy “The Big Meow,” a family-friendly performance about an orange cat who wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for his loud meow. Tickets $10-$15. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Dance. 7 p.m. at Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive. Performers of all ages showcase a mixed repertory and new dances. $20. Visit www.janefranklin.com or 703-933-1111.

Sunday/April 21

Theater Performance. 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at Classical Ballet Theatre Performance Studio, 320 Victory Drive, Herndon. $10/person. See a child-friendly performance of “Cinderella.” Visit www.cbtnva.org for tickets.

Tuesday/April 23

One-Act Opera. 10 a.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Seniors can see an opera designed for young schoolchildren: “Monkey See Monkey Do.” $4. For reservations or to purchase tickets call 703-536-7557.

Saturday/April 27

One Night’s Celebration Gala. Arlington Community Foundation will hold its annual gala at Ritz-Carlton in Pentagon City at 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Arlington charities. $300/person includes dining, dancing and more. Tickets can be purchased online at www.arlcf.org or 703-243-4785.

Sunday/April 29

Author Event. 7 p.m. at Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Junot Diaz will discuss “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Part of Arlington Reads 2013. Free. 703-228-6321.

Saturday/May 11

Gala. New Hope Housing will have its gala “Rock the House” at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Building. Enjoy a reception, cocktail hour, dinner, silent and live auctions and more. Tickets can be purchased at www.newhopehousing.org or e-mail lpadberg@newhopehousing.org.

Saturday/May 18

Argentine Festival. 4 p.m. a Thomas Jefferson Theater, 125 S. Old Glebe Road. Enjoy crafts, performers directly from Argentina and food for purchase. $20 in advance at www.tickeri.com or $30 at the door. See details on www.festivalargentinousa.com.

June 7-29

‘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 ‘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.