What to See in Arlington in September


September 3, 2020

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Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour

The Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour is an annual self-guided free tour of Arlington artists in their studios. This non-juried artist showcase allows the community to experience the richness and diversity of visual arts to be found in Arlington County. 

On September 23, more than twenty short video tours made by the artists will go live on YouTube, featuring painting, printmaking, ceramics, metals, installation, sculpture, papercutting, and more. The following weekend, a dozen more artists will host studio visits on Facebook Live. Each artist will talk about their art, show viewers around the space where they make it, and answer questions from viewers.  More

Sept 23 and 26-27 | YouTube and Facebook Live



WALA Creative Entrepreneurs Series

Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)’s Creative Entrepreneurs Series is a series for creatives of all kinds who want to take the next step in their professional career by creating their own business. Explore the basics of forming a business for your creative endeavors, from deciding whether to incorporate as a non-profit or for-profit entity, to understanding copyrights and trademarks, to contract and negotiation skills, and finally to taxes and understanding the grants process.

Arlington Arts will underwrite the workshop fee for Arlington-based artists and performers (subject to availability). Registration required. More

Tuesdays | Sept 15-Oct 20 | 11am-12:30pm | online


WALA Creative Entrepreneurs Series

What to See in Arlington in September

Passage by Lynda Andrews-Barry

Artist sketch of "Passage" by Lynda Andrews-Barry


Arlington Arts Center: Passage

This project transforms the lawn of Arlington Arts Center into a conceptual body of water hosting 26 large-scale sculptures created from driftwood, rebar, metal hardware, and canvas sails—designed to evoke the ships that transported more than 12 million kidnapped and enslaved Africans across the Atlantic Ocean between the 16th and 19th centuries. The Arlington Arts Center is located in the former Maury school, whose namesake, Matthew Fontaine Maury, was nicknamed "Pathfinder of the Seas" and "Father of Modern Oceanography and Naval Meteorology”. His navigation innovations were used by ships in the nineteenth century carrying, among other things, slaves, in order to expedite their cargo to market. More

Join artist Lynda Andrews-Barry on Saturday, September 26 at 2pm for an artist talk on the front lawn. Visitors will be asked to wear masks and maintain a safe six-foot distance from one another during the talk.

thru Dec 13 | Arlington Arts Center | Virginia Square


Vian Borchert


Gallery Underground: Reflection

Gallery Underground's Focus Gallery in September presents Reflection, a solo exhibition by Vian Borchert. Borchert considers her works to be visual poems; many of her latest paintings for this show were produced during quarantine and coronavirus times, as she reflects on our new reality and our new normal. The paintings are all acrylic on canvas and are executed through Borchert’s signature painterly style. Abstracted seascapes and landscapes with depictions of waves and mist intermingle with strong brushstrokes. More

thru Sept 25 | Gallery Underground | National Landing



Avant Bard

Work From Home: She Speaks!

Directed by Boneza Valdez Hanchock and Lisa Hill Corley featuring an ensemble of Black, Femme performers, She Speaks! recenters the Bard’s texts into a mixtape focusing on feminine stories. It features scenes from Antony & Cleopatra, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and more than a few romance and history mashups. It is performed by a Black Femme ensemble in pursuit of a long overdue, more complete kind of Shakespearean universality. More

Fri, Sept 11 | 8pm | live on YouTube


Avant Bard's Work From Home: She Speaks!
Jane Franklin Dance Virtual Season Kick-Off



Jane Franklin Dance: Virtual Season Kick-Off

Are you up for some synergy and interplay? Engaging ideas are coming your way this fall. The ball gets rolling with a Zoom performance event that is filled with interactive moments, real time performance, dance for camera and video, all from the ease of your own living room. More

Sept 12 | 7:30pm | via Zoom




Synetic Theater: Fall Classes

This fall Synetic's Saturday Morning classes for Elementary and Middle School kids will have a virtual and an outdoor in-person option! More

Synetic Adventures - In this “choose your own adventure” style class, elementary students will work together and use their imaginations to come up with their own fairy tale adventure!

Going Viral! - In this middle school acting class, students will learn physical theater techniques to perfect their viral video skills. 

Saturdays | Sept 19-Oct 21 | via Zoom, or outdoors near Synetic Theater


Synetic Virtual Studio

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Fridays at the Fountain: September


Fridays at the Fountain

Your favorite weekly live music series is going virtual! Tune in for an hour of live music streamed right to your home. More

Sept 18: Verroneau - The acoustic, multilingual, world-jazz sound of the band, fronted by French Canadian vocalist Lynn Veronneau and her English husband guitarist Ken Avis, has been winning-over audiences with their live shows, and three Top 10 charting albums.

Sept 25: Caz Gardiner - Caz is a high energy performer who writes songs of overcoming struggles and celebrating life with a Soul Rock and Reggae sound that is as diverse and driving as she is.

thru Sept 25 | Fridays | 7-8pm | National Landing BID's Facebook and YouTube pages



Clarendon Comes Together

Although Clarendon Day 2020 will not being happening in its traditional street festival format, the new event called “Clarendon Comes Together” will embrace the same spirit of community, fun, music and giving that has always defined this amazing neighborhood. More

11am-2pm: Donation drive for local nonprofits. Donations accepted at Clarendon Metro Plaza via walkup and curbside. 

4:30-6pm: Virtual concert and raffle drawing livestreamed by Arlington Independent Media

Sat, Sept 26 | 11am-6pm


Clarendon Comes Together
Inside Look at #PaintTheStorefronts


Inside Look at #PaintTheStorefronts

Andy Shallal, founder and CEO of Busboys and Poets, will facilitate a conversation with some of the artists who have participated in the #PaintTheStorefronts initiative - Mia DuVall, Luther Wright, and Luis Peralta Del Valle - about how this effort came about, as well as the power that art has in supporting and healing communities. Presented as a part of DC Design Week 2020. More

Sun, Sept 20 | 6-7pm | via Zoom