“Saturate.” Through July 19 during gallery hours at the Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. Six artists use different mediums to convey moisture. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org.
“Borders & Boundaries.” During gallery hours through July at the Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Artists were inspired the “outsider’s perspective” for this exhibit. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
“Magical, Mystical Animals.” Through July 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily at The Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery at the Torpedo Factory, 105 N. Union St. Studio 18. Artists will display art inspired by childhood stories and mythical creatures. Admission is free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com.
Mt. Vernon Recreation Center Art Class Exhibit. Through July 28, Monday-Friday 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.-6 p.m. at Saint Elmo’s Coffee Pub, 2300 Mt. Vernon Ave. View drawings and paintings done by the senior art class. Free. Visit www.stelmoscoffeepub.com.
Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt. Through Aug. 1, throughout Old Town. Waldo will be hiding out in stores around Alexandria. To participate, pick up a Waldo Passport at the front desk of Hooray for Books!, 1555 King St. Free. Call 703-548-4092.
Special Family Museum Tours. Saturdays through Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N Royal St. Flexible tours and hands-on activities provide a deeper experience into the social and political life of Alexandria in the 18th and 19th centuries. Tickets are $5 for adults ($4 with AAA card), $3 children ages 5-12, and children ages 4 and under as well as Alexandria Public School and Blue Star families receive free admission. Coupons accepted. Call 703-746-4242 or visit www.gadsbystavern.org.
Baseball Boat to Nationals Park. Through Sept. 26 at various times. Leaves from the Alexandria Marina, 1 Cameron St. Baseball fans can avoid heavy traffic and cruise along the Potomac to Nationals Park. Tickets are $20 one-way and $25 round-trip. Visit http://www.potomacriverboatco.com.
Journey to Be Free: Alexandria Freedmen's Cemetery. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. A new exhibit tracing the 150-year history of the long-forgotten Freedmen’s Cemetery, its rediscovery and how the new Contrabands and Freedmen’s Cemetery Memorial was created at the site. Call 703-746-4356.
Their Fates Intertwined: The Lees of Alexandria in the War of 1812. Wednesday- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, 1-4 p.m. Lee-Fendall House and Gardens, 614 Oronoco St. A new exhibit on the experiences of the Lee family in Alexandria during the War of 1812 examines the contributions of Alexandria’s citizens during the conflict that led to the writing of our national anthem through the lives of this iconic Virginia family. Visit www.leefendallhouse.org or call 703.548.1789.
The Bacon Brothers. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall 3701, Mount Vernon Ave. The Bacon Brothers is the American musical duo of Michael Bacon and Kevin Bacon. Although they have played music together since they were boys, the brothers have only been a working band since 1995. Tickets are $39.50. Visit www.birchmere.com.
Exit 10. Starting at 4 p.m. at Two Nineteen Restaurant, 219 King St. Live concert. Free. Visit www.219restaurant.com to make reservations.
Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra. 8 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. Tony Sands celebrates 100 years of Sinatra’s music. Tickets start at $28. There is a $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per guest, except for general admission tickets. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com.
Capital Blues Ensemble. Starting at 4 p.m. at Two Nineteen Restaurant, 219 King St. Live concert. Free. Visit www.219restaurant.com to make reservations.
Folk Night Friday. 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Featured artist ilyAIMY plays acoustic rock with mixed genre inspirations. $10 for residents and $15 for non-residents in advance, $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents at the door. Visit www.alexandriava.gov.
Tom Teasley: Sonic Saturation Performance and Sound Installation. 7 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. This one-time installation, inspired and created with water, will include pre-recorded ambient sound combined with live performance on unusual instruments. $15 admission. Visit www.nvfaa.org.
Marine Chamber Orchestra Concert Series. 7:30 p.m. at The Schlesinger Center, 4915 East Campus Drive. The United States Marine Chamber Orchestra continues its summer concert series. Free. Visit www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter.
Community Dance. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. The dance is open to the public and features the Mount Vernon Swing Band. $4 at the door. Call 703-765-4573.
Comcast Outdoor Film Festival. 5:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Watch films on a 40-foot inflatable movie screen. Films are as follows: Friday, July 17 – “How to Train Your Dragon 2” (PG); Saturday, July 18 – “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (PG-13). Bring blankets and chairs. Free. Visit www.AlexandriaFilmFest.com, www.AlexandriaVA.gov or call 703-746-5592.
Tons of Trucks. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Chinquapin Park, 3210 King St. 30 different vehicles will be present for all ages to explore. Meet the staff of local service vehicles. Parking is available at T.C. Williams High School. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family of four. Call 703-746-5457.
“Sing for your Life” Free Vocal Workshop. 1– 5 p.m. at Convergence Arts Initiative (Main Building), 1801 N Quaker Lane. The Alexandria Singers are offering a new program to anyone interested in developing his or her singing talents in a stress-free choral environment. The program will include one-on-one instruction from a trained teacher, group practice with experienced singers, and a chance to perform in front of friends and family. Open to all ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult, who need not participate in the singing). Free. Email email@example.com to register.
“Solo Baroque.” 3 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Listen to Baroque violinist Michael de Sapio. Free. Donations accepted. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703-409-5859.
“Jon Meadows – A Soldier’s Voice.” Opening reception is on July 18, at 6 p.m. Gallery hours Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m., and Sunday, 12-6 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St, Studio 12. Veteran Army Staff Sgt. Jon Meadows tells his story—the narrative of his war experience—through visual art. Admission is free. Visit www.theartleague.com or call 703-683-1780.
Nasar Abadey Jazz Performance. 4-6 p.m. at Meade Memorial Episcopal Church, 322 N Alfred Street. Free with suggested donation of $15. Call 703-549-1334 or visit www.meadechurch.org for more.
Contemplative Sculpture Garden: Laying the Cornerstone. 4-7 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N Quaker Lane. Work on a project to provide
neighbors with an inviting oasis of rest, play, inspiration, and wonder. Free. Visit www.ourconvergence.org.
Ambrosia. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. An American rock band from California performs live. Tickets start at $29.50. Visit www.birchmere.com.
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Jonny Lang. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Jonny Lang brings modern blues to the Birchmere. Tickets start at $69.50. Visit www.birchmere.com/calendar for tickets.
Summer Camp. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, 105 N Union St. Kids aged 12-15 are invited to apply to an archaeology camp hosted by Alexandria Archaeology where campers can participate in a real archaeological dig with professional archaeologists. The camp costs $400 per session with full scholarships available. Visit www.torpedofactory.com.
Genealogical Clues in Records. 1-3 p.m. at Hollin Hall Senior Center, 1500 Shenandoah Road. Learn how to find clues about your ancestors in legal documents in Chuck Mason's talk: "Understanding the Hidden Clues in Records." Free. Visit www.mvgenealogy.org or call 703-768-4101.
Steeleye Span Concert. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. British folk rock group Steeleye Span performs. Tickets start at $35. Visit www.birchmere.com to buy tickets.
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“Fields.” Gallery hours at The Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St. Abstract Artists David Carlson and Pat Goslee make art based on their interests in spiritual exploration and energy fields. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.
Summer Theatre Program Presents: “Bye Bye Birdie.” Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. See a production of the musical theatre classic, “Bye Bye Birdie,” put on by the Summer Theatre Program and directed by Andrew Curtin. Tickets are $8 for seniors and students, $10 for adults. Contact Katie Murray at email@example.com.
Peter White and Richard Elliot. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Jazz musicians perform live at the Birchmere. Tickets start at $45. Visit www.birchmere.com/calendar for tickets.
Golf Classic. All day at Old Hickory Golf Club, 11921 Chanceford Drive, Woodbridge. Alexandria Chamber of Commerce hosts their Annual Golf Classic. Tickets start at $250. Visit www.alexchamber.com.
Beer Barrel Extravaganza. 3-10 p.m. at the Port City World Headquarters, 3950 Wheeler Ave. Celebrate the opening of the Colossal One barrel aged beer. Small samples of food will be provided. Price to be determined. Register at www.portcitybrewing.com.
Gin Lane. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern, 134 North Royal St. Chat with the local tavern keeper, try specialty gin cocktails, beer, and wine, and play old-time games. Must be 21 and over. Tickets are $10. Purchase at www.shop.alexandriava.gov under the events tab.
King Street Cats Theater Fundraiser. 6:30-11 p.m. at The Little Theater, 600 Wolfe St. Cocktail reception starts at 6:30, which will be followed by musical “In the Heights.” Tickets range from $25-$40. Visit www.kingstreetcats.rescuegroups.org.
A Tribute to Earth Wind and Fire and The Emotions. 8 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. The Brencore Allstars Band performs hits from Earth Wind and Fire and The Emotions. Tickets start at $30. There is a $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per guest, except for general admission tickets. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com.
July 25- Aug. 30
Leigh Merrill: “Cloud Seedling.” Gallery hours at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N Union St. Texas-based artist Leigh Merrill shows photography and video in her solo exhibition Cloud Seeding. Merrill’s work examines the construction of desire, fiction and beauty in urban landscapes by digitally compositing thousands of images and videos into imaginary spaces. Admission is free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org.
Bike Clinic. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St. VeloCity hosts a bike clinic. Bring your bike to participate. Free. Call 703-746-3200.
Bike For Good. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. at Market Square, 301 King St. Bring a bike out to the market to take part in the bike for good event. Directly following bike clinic which starts at 9 a.m. Free. Call 703-746-3226.
Holmes Run Trail Ride Along. 10 a.m. at Cameron Run Regional Park, 4001 Eisenhower Ave. Take a family friendly, four mile bike ride. Contact Natasha Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit Opening Reception. 6-8 p.m. at Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St. Celebrate the launch of new exhibit featuring Stanley Agbontaen’s oil paintings. Free. Visit www.schlesingercenter.com.
Red, White & Beagle. 6-10 p.m. at River Farm, 7931 E. Boulevard Drive. The Beagle Freedom Project will present their first fundraiser. Find dinner, music and the “DC7” Beagles. General admission is $150, VIP tickets are $200. Visit www.redwhiteandbeagle.com.
Album Release Party. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave. The Bumper Jacksons celebrate the release of “Too Big World.” Tickets $20. Visit www.birchmere.com.
Vintage #18. 8 p.m. at The Carlyle Club, 2050 Ballenger Ave. The high energy soul and blues band performs live. Tickets start at $20. There is a $25 minimum food and beverage purchase required per guest, except for general admission tickets. Visit www.thecarlyleclub.com.
“Fields” Opening Reception. 4-6 p.m. at The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St. David Carlson and Pat Goslee celebrate the launch of their new exhibit, “Fields.” Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere Music Hall, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave. Formed in Los Angeles, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy perform jazz at the Birchmere. Tickets start at $39.50. Visit www.birchmere.com/calendar.