What to See in Arlington May 13-26


May 13, 2021

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Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters by Amos Kennedy

A Tribute to the Desegregation of Arlington Lunch Counters

by Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr.

Arlington Arts visiting artist Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr. creates prints, posters and postcards from handset wood and metal type, oil-based inks, and eco-friendly chipboard. Much of his work is inspired by proverbs, sayings, and quotes that are significant to the place where he is working. Mr. Kennedy has made seven letter pressed cards to honor the 60th anniversary of the seven lunch counter sit-ins that took place in Arlington between June 9-22, 1960. The sit-ins were peaceful protests that challenged widespread segregation policies.

To pay tribute to this history, Arlington Arts has placed a stand at many of the original sit-in locations where commemorative cards can be collected free of charge. Visit one or more of these locations to gather your own collection of Kennedy’s cards while considering this part of the County’s history.  Each location will feature a different card. More


Pick up letter pressed cards at the following community locations:

  • Lee-Harrison Drug Fair, now Mattress Firm located at 5401 Lee Highway.
  • Peoples Drug Store, now CVS located at 4709 Lee Highway.
  • Howard Johnson, now Capital One Bank located on Lee Highway. This card is available at Lebanese Taverna, 4400 Old Dominion Drive.
  • Cherrydale Drug Fair, now Hair Vogue located at 3815 Lee Highway.
  • Buckingham Drug Fair, now CVS located at 265 N. Glebe Road. This card is available at Glebe Market, 300 N. Glebe Road.
  • Woolworth-Shirlington, near what is now Guapo’s and the Lansburgh Department Store, demolished, near what is now Stellina Pizza. These two cards are available at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, 4251 Campbell Avenue.

May 21-June 23 | various locations


Social Media Storytelling


Social Media Storytelling - Promote Your Brand and Build Your Audience

Social media is a form of communication that utilizes written, visual, and verbal storytelling. By engaging with your audience in real time and being an active user, you can promote your work and build your core audience. The main ingredients for a successful social media presence are consistency and authenticity. Join Nicole Schenkman, City Blossoms’ Communications & Outreach Manager, to learn about why social media is important for small organizations and individual artists and how to get started with setting up your goals and a communications strategy. More

May 18 | 11am-1pm | via Zoom


What to See in Arlington

Bowen McCauley Dance Company Spring Virtual Performance Opener

Bowen McCauley Dance Company

Spring Virtual Performance Opener

The live virtual performance for BMDC will include a reprise of “Dances of the Yogurt Maker,” choreography by Lucy Bowen McCauley with music by Turkish Composer Erberk Eryilmaz, and a screening of the filmed version of “Far Behind” set to live music by Jason and The Scorchers. Lucy Bowen McCauley will also premiere a new work, “Trois Rêves” created for the COVID socially-distanced stage performance, set to Maurice Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, featuring a live piano solo by Nikola Paskalov. The evening will begin with a pre-show discussion with Lucy Bowen McCauley and artists sharing their insights and thoughts on the evening’s performance. Registration required. More

Weds, May 26 | 7:30pm | livestreaming via private link on YouTube


Ilona Lantos, Pieces of My Soul, Acrylic



Gallery Underground: Patterns

Gallery Underground presents in the Focus Gallery, Patterns, an all-member show of works highlighting pattern and texture. Pattern exists in nature as well as in designed objects, and real or actual texture can dramatically enhance a work of art. The artists were tasked with creating works that repeat or echo elements to communicate a sense of balance, harmony, contrast, rhythm or movement, or to imbue works with a visual and tactile sense of texture. More

thru May 28 | Gallery Underground | National Landing




Signature Theatre

Virtual Masterclass: Learn - Scenic Design

Paul Tate dePoo III (Signature’s Titanic, Blackbeard) has created entire worlds on a single stage, including pirate ships, grand hotels and the decks of the Titanic. Now he takes you through a journey of script to stage, from interpreting the visual elements in the script, to working with the director, research, sketching plans and building models, all the way to measurements, set building and tech. More

May 20 | 7pm | via livestream


Virtual Masterclass: Scenic Design

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Quarterfest Crawl


Ballston Quarterfest Crawl

The 2021 Quarterfest Crawl Presented by Ballston Exchange combines safe and socially-distanced activities with specials on food and drinks from your favorite Ballston restaurants. Enjoy a pup-friendly neighborhood-wide scavenger hunt, performances from local artists, giant-size games, and outdoor seating. More than twelve music and dance performances will perform in various locations throughout the day-long event! More

Sat, May 15 | 12-7pm | various locations | Ballston




Arlington Public Library:

Valeria Luiselli in Conversation with Library Director Diane Kresh

The 2019 MacArthur Fellow discusses her latest book, Lost Children Archive, a fiercely imaginative and incredibly timely novel about a family’s summer road trip across America. More

Thurs, May 13 | 7-8pm | via Facebook Live and YouTube



Valeria Luiselli
National Landing Market


National Landing Market

Head to National Landing each Saturday for a weekly market that features an extraordinary lineup of local vendors, representing cultures from around the world, selling furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles, antiques, a curated selection of jewelry, arts and crafts, and more! More

Saturdays | May 15 - July 31 | 11am-6pm | 2100 Crystal Drive | National Landing