All City High School Visual Art Exhibition. Through April 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays at The Gallery @ Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Convergence presents the “Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit,” a joint effort between Bishop Ireton High School, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, and T.C. Williams High School. In an effort to recognize and encourage the creative pursuits of visual art students from across the city, art teachers from each of the four schools have collaborated in what they hope will be an annual event. Free. Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more.
Art Exhibit: “Art into Fashion/Fashion into Art.” Through April 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St. Fiber artists explore art inspired by fashion designers and fashionable wearables inspired by artists. Free. Visit www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com for more.
Art Exhibit. Through April 24, gallery hours at St. George Gallery, 105 N. Alfred St. Ethiopian artist Daniel Taye will display his art. Taye is known for landscape, abstract and figurative work. Free. Call 703-299-9495 for more.
DASH for the STASH. Through May 15. Learn about investing with DASH for the STASH, an investor education contest hosted by the Alexandria Library. Read four game posters at any Alexandria Library location, get a quiz question related to each, and submit your answers to have a chance at winning a $1,000 retirement investment. Game posters are on display at all Alexandria Library locations. Visit www.alexandria.lib.va.us or call 703-746-1751.
Art Exhibit: “Partnerships.” Through May 15, business hours at VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital, 2660 Duke St. All artwork is available for purchase through Del Ray Artisans. Artists are donating 20 percent of the purchase price of sold pieces in an equal split between Del Ray Artisans and the VCA Alexandria Animal Hospital’s charity of choice, Veterans Moving Forward. Free. Call 703-751-2022 for more.
“Who The Wounded Are.” Through July 11 at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. “Who These Wounded Are: The Extraordinary Stories of the Mansion House Hospital” is about people who lived and worked at this site in Alexandria and their real life stories that inspired the PBS show, “Mercy Street.” Tickets are $2-12. Visit www.carlylehouse.org for more.
Through April 24
Georgia Nassikas: “Oils and Encaustics.” Thursday, Friday, Sunday 12-4 p.m., Saturday 1-4 p.m. at The Athenaeum Gallery, 201 Prince St. In her wax and oil paintings, artist Nassikas explores the intersection of the abstract and the representational. She focuses on the elemental lines, shapes, and colors at the core of nature. Free. Visit www.nvfaa.org for more.
Art Exhibit: “It’s Black and White!” Gallery hours at The Associates Gallery (TAG), 105 N. Union St. The Associates Gallery will feature two member artists in “It’s Black and White!” in a complementary scheme of black and white rendered in two-dimensional and three-dimensional work. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
First Friday: “Fools’ Day Merriment.” 6-8:30 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Guests are invited to dress in silly clothes, listen to music and jokes and more. Advance per person reservations: $5 residents; $10 nonresidents. At door: $10 residents; $15 nonresidents. To pay online (455205.01): www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac.
Reception: All City High School Visual Art Exhibition. 7-9 p.m. at The Gallery @ Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Convergence presents the “Alexandria City High School Art Exhibit,” a joint effort between Bishop Ireton High School, Episcopal High School, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School, and T.C. Williams High School. In an effort to recognize and encourage the creative pursuits of visual art students from across the city, art teachers from the four schools have collaborated. Free. Visit www.ourconvergence.org for more.
Children’s Consignment Sale. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday at Cameron United Methodist Church, 3130 Franconia Road. Buy or sell children’s clothes. Free to attend. Call 703-329-9327 for more.
Broadway Gallery April Artist Showcase. Gallery hours at Broadway Gallery, 5641-B General Washington Drive. Featured will be the pastel and mixed media paintings of local artist, Lynn Goldstein. Free. Visit www.broadwaygallery.net for more.
April 1-May 1
Exhibit: “Creatures from the Sea.” Gallery hours at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave. Del Ray Artisans interpret real and imagined “Creatures from the Sea.” Free. Visit www.thedelrayartisans.org for more.
RecExpo. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Lee Center Complex, 1108 Jefferson St. Wish you could test out a program before registering? Take part in free demos and clinics, meet instructors and center staff to get any questions answered, and register for programs and camps on-site. Free. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/C/12530.
Fort Hunt Preschool Touch a Truck. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane. Children are invited to get up close and personal with buses, trucks, and fire engines. Tickets are $5. Visit www.forthuntpreschool.com for more.
Circles & Pastels: Draw Like Kadinsky. 1-2:30 p.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Parent and children are invited to learn simple art techniques inspired by Master artist Wassily Kadinsky. The workshop fee is $30 for a parent and child. Visit www.metamorphosisaec.com/mama/classes/.
Children’s Cherry Blossom Festival. 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Visitors can hear a story, try their hand at origami and chopsticks, paint a Japanese style lantern, and seek out beautiful cherry trees on a cherry tree hunt. Admission is free, craft tickets are $10 each. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
UCM Spring Gala. 6 p.m. at the United States Patent & Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St. United Community Ministries will host a “Viva Las Vegas” themed benefit. Tickets are $175. Visit www.ucmagency.org for more.
Joe Crookston. 7 p.m. at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Road. Singer-songwriter Joe Crookston performs. Tickets are $18, $15 in advance and for members. Call 703-380-3151 for more.
Magi-Whirl 2016. 7 p.m. at Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road. This five-act magic show will benefit the Bishop Ireton Theatre Department. Tickets are $17, $15 for students 14 and under and seniors 65 and over, $55 for a family pack of four, and free for military in uniform. Visit www.familymagicshow.org for more.
Lushness & Lyrical. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday at George Washington Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Drive. Jenny Oaks Baker headlines a program of classics telling tales of fancy, fairies and fantasy. Tickets are $20-80, $10 for students, $5 for youth. Visit www.alexsym.org for more.
Bagels and Bach. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St. Enjoy classical music while your children learn how to appreciate it. Light brunch provided. Tickets are $10 for residents, $15 for non-residents, and free for children under five. To register online, visit www.alexandriava.gov/webtrac and use 455208-01 code to register.
Eyewitness to Space. 1 p.m. at Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. Resident artist James Dean (Studio 306) leads a free public conversation on how he began the NASA Art Program. Free, but RSVP is required. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
Art Exhibit: “The Shape of Water.” Gallery hours at Sonoma Cellar, 207 King St. “The Shape of Water” features paintings by Oenone Hammersley. Free. Visit www.oenonehammersleycontemporaryart.com for more.
Creative Exploration Open Studio. 10-11:30 a.m. at Convergence, 1801 N. Quaker Lane. Children and parents are invited to learn simple art techniques together. Each workshop is $30 for parent/caregiver and child. Visit www.metamorphosisaec.com/mama/classes/.
Reel Paddling Film Festival. 6:30 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is hosting Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival World Tour on April 6 at The Lyceum in Alexandria. The award-winning films tell stories about canoeing and kayaking. Tickets are $15, $12 in advance and for students. Visit www.reelpaddlingfilmfestival.com for more.
April 6-May 1
Art Exhibit: “Misfits.” Gallery hours at The Art League, 105 N. Union St. Artist Teresa Oaxaca’s latest paintings blend together portraiture and still life in elaborate, tightly cropped compositions. The modern master poses 21st Century individuals in Victorian and Baroque costumes, paired with dolls, bones, teacups, fresh flowers, and masks. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.
First Thursday: Hats Along the Ave. 6-9 p.m. along Mount Vernon Ave. The April 7 First Thursday features music from Mars Rodeo (at the Farmers Market Lot), a hat parade, photo booth by Meghan LaPrairie, discounts for showing off hats at select local businesses, and more. Free. Visit www.visitdelray.com for more.
Opening Reception: “The Shape of Water.” 6-7:30 p.m. at Sonoma Cellar, 207 King St. “The Shape of Water” features paintings by Oenone Hammersley. Find a wine tasting and an appetizer. Free. Visit www.oenonehammersleycontemporaryart.com for more.
Materialized Magic. 6-9 p.m. at The Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. · Target Gallery hosts Ericka Cleveland and Stacy Cantrell’s CRAVE-sponsored “Materialized Magic” community art project. The meet-up provides free lessons in crocheting, knitting, and felting. Participants help create a magical Yarn Bomb habitat and also have a chance to be featured with the key artists in a culminating display. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
Opening Reception: “Misfits.” 6:30-8 p.m. at The Art League, 105 N. Union St. Celebrate artist Teresa Oaxaca. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.
An Evening in the French Quarter. 7 p.m. at Hotel Monaco Alexandria, 480 King St. The annual Fostering the Future Gala benefits the Fund for Alexandria’s Children. Tickets are $75, adults only. Visit www.alexandriava.gov/TheFundForAlexChild.
Spring Garden Market. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. members meeting Friday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at American Horticultural Society’s headquarters at River Farm, 7931 East Boulevard Drive. This year’s Spring Garden Market at River Farm in Alexandria will feature a variety of plant and garden-related vendors, demonstrations, kids activities, and more. More than 30 vendors from across the Mid-Atlantic region will offer a large selection of edible and flowering plants, as well as garden art, tools, and other accessories. Parking is $5, admission is free. Visit www.ahs.org for more.
Alexandria’s African American Civil War History. 10-11 a.m. at Alexandria Contrabands & Freedmen Cemetery Memorial, 1001 S. Washington St. Join City Archaeologist Fran Bromberg and Alexandria Black History Museum Director Audrey Davis as you learn about the history of contrabands (escaped slaves) buried in the cemetery, the fascinating archaeology behind its rediscovery, and how the site became a memorial. Free. Call 703-746-4399 or 703-746-4356 to make a reservation.
Braddock Day. 12-4 p.m. at Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St. Learn more about the French and Indian War. Meet “General Braddock” and meet costumed interpreters. Tickets are free, $1 suggested donation. Visit www.novaparks.com for more.
Lecture: “What a Photograph Tells Us.” 2-3 p.m. at Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St. Learn how Charles Joyce traced the history of Francis Snow’s historical photograph of United States Colored Troops (USCT) at L’Ouverture Hospital in Alexandria. Images of USCT soldiers are uncommon, and remarkably, each man is identified on the back of this albumen photograph. These names provide an unusual opportunity to determine what happened to the men after the Civil War. Free. Call 703-746-4356 for reservations.
Transforming Lives Gala. 6-11 p.m. at Westin Alexandria, 400 Courthouse Square. Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services holds its annual fundraiser featuring silent auctions, cocktails, dinner and more. Tickets are $200. Visit www.goodhousing.org for more.
12th Annual Rum Punch Challenge. 7-9:30 p.m. at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Enjoy different rum punch creations from local distilleries, restaurants and caterers and vote for your favorite. Also find period and modern food. Tickets are $50, VIP tickets are $100. Visit www.shop.alexandriava.gov for more.
The Walkers. 10:45 a.m. at Church of God of Prophecy, 6409 Telegraph Road. The Walkers is a southern gospel trio with more than 20 years of experience in performing and ministering Their music combines country, southern gospel, and contemporary. Free. Visit www.tatemusicgroup.com/epk/artist/12491 for more.
Madame Butterfly Program. 1-3 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road. Attend a Japanese-themed tea at the Madame Butterfly program built around the short story that influenced Puccini’s opera of the same name. Discover the prevailing attitudes that brought these characters together in Japan and the “temporary wives” who became real-life “Butterflies.” Tickets are $42, $12 for the program alone. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/greenspring.
Spring Forward. 5-8 p.m. at Union Street Public House, 121 South Union St. program includes Philadelphia international recording artist The Intruders, live auction (bid for a stay in a country home outside of Paris, a Cancun villa that sleeps 8 and more) to benefit Community Lodgings. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, $40 for guests under 40. Visit www.communitylodgings.org for more.
Art + Architecture Panel Discussion. 6-8 p.m. at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. For Virginia Architecture Week the Torpedo Factory Art Center will co-host a special reception and panel discussion with the American Institute of Architects Northern Virginia. The program focuses on the relationships between art and architecture. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.
Pohick Church Coffeehouse. 6-8 p.m. at Pohick Church, 9301 Richmond Highway, Lorton. The Pohick Church Episcopal Youth Community will present an evening of entertainment, snacks, coffee and hot chocolate. Performers will include youth, adults and local musicians. The event is free, but donations are accepted. Proceeds go toward the Senior High Summer Mission Trip. Contact Rusty Booth at 703-339-6572 or email@example.com.
Exhibit: “Intersection of Art and Architecture.” Gallery hours at the Torpedo Factory Arts Center, 105 N. Union St. For National Architecture Week, the American Institute of Architects will have a display in the main hall featuring architectural designs created by institute members. Free. Visit www.torpedofactory.org for more.