Arts News Update: April 1 - 15

Correction: Sweeny Todd presented by The Arlington Players description was incorrect. Director Clare Shaffer (Man of La Mancha) brings Stephen Sondheim's (Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Follies) Tony Award-winning tale of Sweeney Todd, the “demon barber of Fleet Street” to life. This tale of obsession, love, murder, and revenge is darkly humorous. Come join us for the "worst pies in London" right here in Arlington! This production of Sweey Todd will run April 13 - 28 at Thomas Jefferson Theatre. For more information, please visit Culture Capital

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April 1 - 15, 2018

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From boogaloo to Latin-jazz, Rene Ibanez & Cubano Groove will have you up and dancing! The band has deep roots both in Cuban music and in DC's broader music scene. Featured at the 2016 DC Jazz Fest, the Band was a mainstay at the club HR-57, performing with icons such as Cuban pianist Chuchito Valdes. Featuring a cash bar and free pizza, the party is part of Arlington Arts and Arlington Public Library's free Groovin' On the Pike Series.  More




The Arlington Art Truck Is Here! 

Join us for the very first Arlington Art Truck Activation at the Crosshair Garage Races finale where we'll debut the first artists-in-residence Emily Francisco and Alex Braden's cycle-powered sound installation titled Bipedal Soundscapes! 


Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant, the Art Truck is part of Arlington Cultural Affairs’ mission to bypass the traditional ‘four-walled’ model of a gallery or venue.Outfitted with both digital and traditional creative tools, this ordinary van is a mobile tool box for artists-in-residence to engage you in the creative process! More


Wed, April 4 @ 6:00 PM | Parking Garage - G4 Level @ 201 12th Street S., Crystal City




The Arts Enterprise Institute, a program of Arlington Arts, offers workshops for students and emerging and practicing professional artists of all disciplines. Join us for our first workshop. Join us for our first Arts Enterprise Workshop offered in partnership with Springboard for the Arts and its “The Work of Art Toolkit: Business Skills for Artists” curriculum:  


Showing Off Your Best: Creating an Artist Portfolio – Saturday, April 7, 2018 

Explore the essential elements of creating a professional artist portfolio. Learn how to craft an artist statement and curate work samples to make your art shine!

Register here.



John presented by Signature Theatre - DC Premiere

In the midst of the holiday bustle, young Brooklyn couple Elias and Jenny escape on a much needed getaway to a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, under the watchful eye of the cheery, if slightly off, innkeeper, a ghost seems to haunt their crumbling relationship. "Annie Baker’s John is so good on so many levels that it casts a unique and brilliant light.” – The New Yorker More

thru April 29 | Signature Theatre, Shirlington


Today the number of barriers around the world is at an all-time high. Fences have unintended consequences and further dividing lines are etched through bias.This performance about psychological and physical barriers examines the pathways of conflict and cooperation. Visual art, movement, audio interviews by community members focus on borders. Belonging is a powerful place. Who has crossed a path? Set is by Scenic and Projections Designer for Theater and Opera, Jonathan Dahm Robertson. More

Fri, April 13 thru Sat, April 28 | Theatre on the Run, Four Mile Run Valley

Skulls, Spaceships & Elvis: Artist's Approach to Scenic Design 

Artist Jared Davis explores his personal approach to scenic design through a TedTalk style lecture that reviews his process and stage designs through the lens of Art History, puppetry, Elvis, and really big painting. Since 2000, Jared has managed the County-run Scene Shop, overseeing the construction and painting of scenery by Arlington-based groups that perform in county-run venues, one of the critical and unique ways by which Arlington supports the arts. More

Sat. April 7 @ 11AM | 3700 Four Mile Run, Four Mile Run Valley 



Sweeny Todd 

Director Clare Shaffer (Man of La Mancha) brings Stephen Sondheim's (Into the Woods, A Little Night Music, Follies) Tony Award-winning tale of Sweeney Todd, the “demon barber of Fleet Street” to life. This tale of obsession, love, murder, and revenge is darkly humorous. Come join us for the "worst pies in London" right here in Arlington!  More

Fri, April 13 thru Sat, April 28 | Thomas Jefferson Theatre, Arlington Heights


The Poet Is In

Get a Free Poem of Your Very Own! Noted local poets will write a poem just for you through the month of April. Kicking off at Arlington Central Library (Virginia Square):

Courtney LeBlanc and Frankie Abralind 

Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Slli'm Williams and Arlington County Poet Laureate Katherine E. Young

Wednesday, April 11 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.




Make your voice heard! Artists within a 50-mile radius are encouraged to take the Arlington Artspace Arts Market Survey. This 10-minute survey will assess your current and future needs and interest in a live/work space in Arlington and help make Arlington Artspace a reality! Take it now at

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"Spring Break" Exhibition 

Presented by the Arlington Artists Alliance, "Spring Break," a seasonally-themed and colorful member show features works depicting scenes of spring and vacation locales. Also featured, along with new works by Gallery members, is Marsha Brown, a painter, sculptor and ceramic artist in the local area. While much of her artwork is whimsical and expressive, Marsha also does portraiture and figurative work. More

thru April 27 | Gallery Underground, Crystal City



 The Locavore Film Series Presents DOEVILLE

 DOEVILLE follows farmer Gail Rose as she struggles to keep a promise made to her late husband Alex -- to keep his beloved deer farm alive -- here in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley. It's impossible to predict how Gail's story ends... but the journey is one full of spirit, determination, courage, humor, heartache and hard work. More

Wed, April 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm  | Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, Columbia Pike