Solo Exhibit: “Urban Edge” and March Members Show. Through March 25, gallery hours at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive. The Focus Gallery in March features “Urban Edge,” Sandi Parker’s solo show of abstract acrylic paintings depicting urban living. This exhibit will run alongside the monthly members exhibit. Free. Visit www.galleryunderground.org for more.
“Romeo & Juliet.” Through March 27, 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday at Synetic Theater, 2611 Jefferson Davis Highway. Synetic returns with another “Wordless Shakespeare” production. General admission tickets start at $35, $15 for students, and senior citizens and military receive a $5 discount. Visit www.synetictheater.org for more.
Photography by Jan Bender and Richard Weiblinger. Through March 30, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday at The Barry Gallery–Reinsch Library at Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road. Photographer Jan Bender focuses on film, using traditional techniques, Weiblinger’s photographs and plant photograms are hand-printed. Free. Visit www.marymount.edu/barrygallery.
Sci-Fi Book Club. Third Wednesday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at Java Shack, 2507 N. Franklin Road. Free. Visit www.library.arlingtonva.us.
Spark Fitness. Fridays in April, 6:30 p.m. at 2121 Crystal Drive. The 5K Fridays race route is flat and fast traveling through the heart of Crystal City along Crystal Drive and up past Long Bridge Park, the County’s newest regional park. Also along the way, runners will pass the Boeing Company’s regional headquarters, this year’s event sponsor. After the race, runners can stick around for a collection of area bar and restaurant specials exclusively for runners. Registration is $20 per race, $75 for the entire series. Visit www.crystalcity.org for more.
Exhibit: "The Caribbean – How Beautiful." Through April 3, gallery hours at The Art League, 105 N. Union St. With his bright paintings and distinctive perspective, Haitian American artist Fritz DesRoches brings the color and flavor of native island life to the canvas. His airbrushed acrylic paintings show vibrant examples of both daily activities and traditional elements of Haitian art. Free. Visit www.theartleague.org for more.
“King of the Forest: Adventures of BioPerversity.” Through April 3, gallery hours at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. This exhibit features the work of 13 contemporary artists from the mid-Atlantic region whose work explores the interactions between humans and non-human species. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org for more.
“Daydreams in the Anthropocene.” Through April 3, gallery hours at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Artist Rachel Schmidt examines the role humans play in the environment. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org for more.
Instructor Select. Through April 3, gallery hours at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. In the Jenkin's Community Gallery, Arlington Arts Center will present Instructor Select 2016, featuring work by both students and instructors. Free. Visit www.arlingtonartscenter.org for more.
“The Flick.” Through April 24, various times at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. “The Flick” follows the story of three employees at a crumbling Massachusetts movie theatre. Tickets start at $40. Visit www.sigtheatre.org for more.
The Play’s The Thing. 1:30-2:30 p.m. at Aurora Hills Community and Senior Center, 735 18th St. S. Join Michael Heinlein, a Yale theatre graduate and theatre educator, in the reading of some of the canonical plays by Ibsen, Shaw and Chekhov. Free. Call 703-228-5722 for more.
Phil Ochs Song Night. 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Focus Music presents Phil Ochs Song Night featuring Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, Pat Wictor, Magpie and SONiA. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Visit www.focusmusic.org for more.
March 26-April 23
Scripts in Play Festival. Various times at Theatre on the Run, 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive. Avant Bard presents four weeks of theatrical experimentation with an inaugural Scripts in Play Festival. Find more than a dozen readings of plays, classic and contemporary. Free. Visit www.avantbard.org for more.
Laughter Yoga. 6-7:30 p.m. at Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Laughter Yoga, for all ages, is a practice that reduces stress and strengthens the immune system. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 28-April 29
Gallery Underground: “facevalue.” Gallery hours at Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive. During April, Gallery Underground features “facevalue,” a solo show by Brandie Adams-Piphus featuring digital portraits. Free. Visit www.galleryunderground.org for more.
Open Build with Legos. 4-6 p.m. at Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie St. Children 5-12 are invited to check-out the books on construction, buildings and Legos. Free. Call 703-228-7790 for more.
Charity Date Auction. 7-9:30 p.m. at Clarendon Grill, 1101 N Highland St. The charity fundraiser is in partnership with the Arlington Food Assistance Center. Arlington Young Democrats guest auctioneers Matt Brown and Kate Petersen, auction Arlington’s, Alexandria’s and D.C.’s rising bachelors and bachelorettes. Tickets are $25. Visit www.afac.org for more.
Lawn Chair Talk. 6-8 p.m. at the Tiffany Gallery at Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd. Pairing one artist and one entrepreneur to discuss their personal journey and best practices, each will speak for a half hour followed by a Q&A with both speakers. Free, but registration required. Visit www.arlingtonarts.org for more.
Celebrate Women’s History Month with Dolley Madison. 7-8 p.m. at Aurora Hills Branch Library, 735 S. 18th St. Historical interpreter Katherine Spivey will offer insight into first lady Dolley Madison, most famous for saving a portrait of President George Washington when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812. Free. Call 703-228-5715 for more.
March 31-April 9
“Idle Playthings” and “Crimes of Fashion.” Various times at Gunston Theatre One, 2700 S. Lang St. First, in “Crimes of Fashion,” superheroes fight fashion designers bent on world domination. Then, a group of toys come to life and team up to save a family-owned toy store in “Idle Playthings.” Silver Spring-based Inclusive Theatre Companies are directed by trained theatre professionals and feature actors who have intellectual disabilities or learning disabilities, or are on the autism spectrum. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door, and $5 for ArtStream students. Visit www.art-stream.org for more.
Meet Cinderella and Snow White. 3:30 p.m. at Kinder Haus Toys, 1220 N. Fillmore St. Children are invited to listen to stories, engage in other princess activities, and have photo ops for parents to snap their kids with the princesses. Free. Call 703-527-5929 to reserve your spot.
Handmade Arlington. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Swanson Middle School, 5800 North Washington Blvd. The annual event will feature a record number of artisans debuting a range of arts and crafts including photography; pottery; jewelry; stationery; home accessories and cleaning products; bags, purses, scarves and other works made from fabrics. Free admission. Visit www.facebook.com/handmadearlington.
Build-Your-Own Rain Barrel Workshop. 10:30 a.m. at Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St S. Rain barrels collect runoff from a downspout that can be used to water the lawn or garden. Tickets are $55. Visit http://nvswcd-velocitypayment-com.3dcartstores.com.
Vegetable Gardening Workshop. 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. The program, intended for new gardeners, will emphasize best practices for managing and maintaining a healthy garden. It will cover the importance of pollinators and other beneficial insects and how to identify them; how crop rotation and intercropping can help control garden pests; how to identify diseases and weeds; and how to maximize harvests with space-saving techniques. Free. Visit www.mgnv.org for more.
Biodiversity Open House. 2-5 p.m. at Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Road. Local resident David Howell has photographed the surprising diversity in Arlington around the Long Branch Nature Center and Glencarlyn, Bluemont, and Lubber Run Parks. View his photos and chat with him and other naturalists. Free. Call 703-228-6535.
Film Screening: “Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine.” 2:30 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. Watch a film about an African-American gospel choir that tours Palestine with a play about MLK’s dream of nonviolence. Free Visit www.uucava.org for more.
The National Brass Quintet. 7-8 p.m. at The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St. Brass Quintet performs in tribute to veterans and military. Free, but donations accepted. Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.