What to See in Arlington May 1 - 15th


May 1 - 15, 2019

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Trash Garden Artist and Curator talk - Hirshhorn Museum May 10th

Join Arlington Art Truck artist-in-residence Rachel Schmidt and curator Cynthia Connolly for a morning conversation about making art accessible and impactful on Fri. May 10,

9-10am. More


Be sure to be part of creating Trash Garden, an interactive sculpture using discarded plastic waste that makes us think critically about our environment at these Arlington Art Truck activations:

May 4 - Lubber Run Farmers Market 

May 11 - Arlington Mill Farmers Market More details


Open Call for Visual Arts Exhibition: Deadline May 15 

Cody Gallery in partnership with Arlington Arts is inviting artists to submit proposals for a contemporary art exhibition for Fall 2019.  Up to three artists will be selected to exhibit their artwork from September 7 to October 26 2019. Proposals will be accepted from individual artists who live, work, study or maintain a studio in Arlington County, Virginia. A $500 honorarium will be awarded for each selected proposal.  More




Signtaure Theatre presents Spunk

Based on three short stories of Zora Neale Hurston (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and adapted by Jelly’s Last Jam writer George C. Wolfe, Spunk sets the human ability to endure to the strums of a guitar in a stirring musical fable. An unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love. Glowing with wit, humor and energy, resonating with evocative staging and soulful music, three tales of survival are told in the key of the blues. More

thru June 23 | Signature Theatre, Shirlington


National Chamber Ensemble The Contemporaries 

Music and dance unite as NCE and Bowen McCauley Dance create a work set to the music of Igor Stravinsky at this season fainted concert. The Season finale concert also includes the premiere of Alexander Goldstein's new ''Crossover'' Piano Trio”. Reception follows the performance. More

Sat May 4, 7:30pm | Gunston Arts Center, Gunston Middle School 


BalletNova presents La Fill Mal Gardée with Martha Graham's Steps in the Street

BalletNova presents its annual spring repertory performance. This year's performance features a new production of La Fille Mal Gardée by guest artist Matthew Powell, Martha Graham's iconic "Steps in the Street" performed by BalletNova Conservatory Division students and Gin Dance Company's "L.E.O." More

May 3 – 5 | Kenmore Middle School, Carlin Springs



Festival Argentino USA

Brimming with authentic foods, crafts and top Tango and folkloric performers direct from Argentina, the 32nd Annual ARGENTINE FESTIVAL returns! in Arlington, Virginia.

Highlights include two U.S. Debuts: young folk singers, LUNA SURENA (folk queen Patagonia); EMBOYERE (carnival music); with which both conquered the Festival of Culture. . MARIELA DESIA, folk singer presenting Folk in Argentina and Uruguay. FABRICIO RODRIGUEZ, folk-pop singer acclaimed folk pop singer, and the  CHAKAYMANTA, internationally renowned Argentine school (w/&Oscar Magallanes)More

Sat May 11, 4pm–10:30pm | Kenmore Middle School, Carlin Springs Rd.


Jane Franklin Dance Eye Soar

EyeSoar highlights the landscapes near 3700 S Four Mile Run Drive. This heavily utilized, under recognized public site features bike trails, auto repair shops, the Shirlington Dog Park, AFAC, New District, Shirlington Education and Employment Center and other businesses. Participation will range from one-on-one audio and video interviews, to observers and audience, to the community members who take part in a multi-camera production.  More

May 4 & May 11 | 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Four Mile Run



Jane Franklin Dance Complete Dogness

Complete Dogness is a family friendly performance about a delightful little doggy with bad habits.The performance incorporates spoken word, movement, music, kinetic imaging and animation by Hong Huo and interactive participatory activities for young children. Introductory pieces by young dancers from local youth groups open each show. More

Sat May 4, 4pm | Theatre on the Run, Four Mile Run Valley


Curtains presented by The Arlington Players 

This is a classic case of “whodunnit?” This Kander and Ebb musical follows Lt. Frank Cioffi as he tries to find the murderer who’s offing cast members around a new show in 1959  Boston.The musical starts off with a bang when lead actress Jessica Crenshaw is murdered and the bodies begin to quickly pile up! Lt. Cioffi must find a way to stop the killer before it’s too late. Come join us for a night of mayhem, mystery and intrigue! More

thru May 11 | Thomas Jefferson Theatre, Thomas Jefferson Middle School


Save the Date: Make Your Mark 2019 


Learn the latest innovations in papercutting, 3-D printing, mask making, pottery, weaving and much more from an amazing group of artists and makers. Experience hands-on making and innovation. Not an arts and crafts fair, Make Your Mark!  lets you immerse yourself in a multicultural coming together of artists and makers ready to ignite your creativity! This is a participatory event for the whole family.  More

Sat. May 18, 11:00am - 3:00pm | 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Four Mile Run Valley

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Flora - Pastel Still Life Stories by Bryan Jernigan

During May, the Arlington Artists Alliance is proud to present “Flora,” a solo show of works from Brian Jernigan. These small still life pieces continue Jernigan’s exploration of the medium of pastel he’s worked in for over 6 years. In his own words, "I've also played with the idea of abstracted realism in these pieces, hoping to land in the sweet spot between my love of non-representation and my exploration of things that are real. At the same time, I would like viewers to see what they know, but appreciate the shapes that co-mingle to make the overall pictures." More

Opening Reception Friday, May 10, 5-8pm; Exhibit thru June 11 | Gallery Clarendon, Clarendon


Shut Up and Write - YA Authors on Writing 

Learn tips and tricks to writing Young Adult Literature from a panel of YA authors.

We know the path to a finished book is fraught with peril – here’s your chance to learn from authors who have successfully made the journey. The authors take questions from the audience, and their books are available for signing after each discussion.

Moderated by author Jon Skovron and organized by author Jessica Spotswood.

This program is designed for adults, but interested middle and high schoolers are welcome as well. More

Tues. May 2, 7-8:30pm | Arlington Central Library, Virginia Square


Nature Art: Pigeon Design & History 

Ages 8 to 12. Did you know that the common pigeon saved many lives during the 20th century? After an interesting lesson explaining why, participants will use recycled and uncommon materials to create artistic versions of these unsung heroes. For information: 703-228-3403. Meet at Gulf Branch Nature Center. Registration Required. More

Sun. May 5, 1-3pm | Gulf Branch Nature Center & Park, Military Rd.