What to See in Arlington April 29-May 12


April 29, 2021

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The Director's Cut

While this past year has been extraordinarily challenging for our arts community, there are exciting opportunities on the horizon. Cultural Affairs staff is very excited about the future for the arts in Arlington, especially in the Four Mile Run Valley. Thanks to a recent decision by the Arlington County Board to acquire two parcels adjacent to the Cultural Affairs building at 3700 S Four Mile Run, our community will have access to a unique public platform for all forms of cultural expression in Fall 2022. More


Michelle Isabelle-Stark
Hands, Paper, Go!


Hands, Paper, Go!

A Creative Exploration of Bookmaking

Book artist Sushmita Mazumdar guides students an exploration of the many creative ways to work with paper and make fun personal storybooks by hand while learning some history from around the world and listening to stories of what inspired her to create. Two sessions are included. No experience necessary and good for artists and those who don’t think they are artists too. More

May 4 & 11 | 11am-1pm | via Zoom


What to See in Arlington

Arlington Chorale Spring Concert

I Can See the Light

Arlington Chorale Spring Concert

I Can See the Light, a line from Craig Hella Johnson's arrangement of "Light of a Clear Blue Morning," reflects the light of hope we all see this spring as vaccines become available and the pandemic loosens its grip. With songs by British and American composers that embody the journey we've all taken to find joy this season, this virtual concert features both the Arlington Chorale and the students in the Chorale's Youth Community Council. Join for an uplifting musical evening! More

Sat, May 1 | 7:30pm | virtual


Driving While Black - Urban Arias



dwb (driving while black)

dwb (driving while black) is a montage of poetic and haunting moments examining the trials and triumphs Black mothers experience as their children come of age in a society plagued by racism and inequality. This adaptation of Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel’s one-woman opera by filmmakers Du’Bois and Camry A’Keen incorporates elements of dance, music video production, and intimate storytelling to bring the audience into the mind of those who live every day...while Black.

Stream the film premiere, join the "Waist-High Black Tie" virtual premiere event on opening night, and stream the film through the end of October. More

Fri, Apr 30 | streaming online



Arlington Independent Media


Arlington Independent Media (AIM) and WERA 96.7FM present Couchella, a two night, online concert featuring a wide array of musical performances from the DC region and beyond.

Hosted by DC's own sideshow girl, Mab Just Mab, this two-night virtual concert will feature national acts along with some of the DMV’s most popular performers, playing from their living rooms and studios. The show will include favorites such as Lubber Run Concert Series and Columbia Pikes Blues Festival veteran performer Caz Gardiner. More

May 7 & 8 | 8-10pm | virtual



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The Public Life of African American Poets

Arlington Public Library

The Public Life of African American Poets

Amanda Gorman's reading at President Biden’s inauguration was a singular version of the common expectation that African American artists speak for the community or embody a race’s social fortunes. Within this heritage, there has been social and artistic anxiety about how these race politics insinuate themselves into the mind, transforming private acts of the imagination into a mode of collective representation and, sometimes, even of public spectacle. But what was once a liability has become a strength, a source of artistic community and aesthetic innovation among the most prominent contemporary African American writers. This webinar will consider how three such writers turn inward to their private black interiors in order to validate the differences that, in publication and public performance, can speak for liberty and justice for all. More

Thurs, Apr 29 | 7-8pm | virtual



Ballston Mega Market

Mega Markets return to Ballston 1st Thursday of each month May through November! Mega Markets feature live music, local vendors, and the return of the beer and wine garden. Come May 6 to see Lubber Run Concert Series veteran performer Bobby Thompson. More

Thurs, May 6 | 3-7pm | Welburn Square | Ballston


Ballston Mega Market
National Landing Movies in the Park


Movies in the Park: May 7 - Moana

Who's ready for an adventure? While we still may not be able to travel to far away places, adventures can be found right in our backyard (or park) with Movies in the Park!

Join the National Landing BID for a month of outdoor movie nights at Virginia Highlands Park. Pre-registration is required. More

Fridays | May 7-28 | 8pm | Virginia Highlands Park | National Landing