What to See in Arlington May 25 - June 8

arts news update

May 25, 2022

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Director's Cut:

Share Your Ideas For A Temporary Outdoor Arts Space!

Pop-ups have emerged as a fun and insightful tool to explore new and innovative ways to activate public spaces. They provide an inexpensive opportunity to experiment with what works (and what doesn’t) before any bricks and mortar are committed. More


Michelle Isabelle-Stark
2700 S Nelson St Placemaking Project Online Engagement


2700 S Nelson Placemaking Plan

thru May 31

We’re looking for YOUR inspiration and input for an open, flexible space planned for 2700 South Nelson Street, which will be designed following the planned demolition of the existing buildings this fall. Arlington Cultural Affairs is working with public art and placemaking firm Graham Projects to design this future arts space.
Share YOUR thoughts and ideas online through May 31 for a new creative, open space at 2700 South Nelson Street.


Plus, come and share your thoughts and ideas in-person with the design team on Thurs, May 26, 6-8pm at New District Brewing Company.



Save the Date:

Lubber Run Summer Concert Series Returns!

June 10-August 14 | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington Forest

Arlington’s hidden-gem returns for a full-season in 2022! Arlington’s Tony Award® winning Signature Theatre offers a cabaret evening with some of the regions most beloved vocalists to kick-off the series on Fri, June 10. Opening Weekend continues with jazz vocalist Aaron Myers and concludes with the Grammy Award®-winning husband and wife duo Dan + Claudia Zanes in a morning of songs for the whole family! The series runs Friday, June 10 through August 14, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 11:00 am.  More


Lubber Run Summer Concert Series
2022 Columbia Pike Blues Fest


Save the Date:

Columbia Pike Blues Festival 25th Anniversary

Sat, June 18 | 1-8:30pm | 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary with its first fully in-person event since the pandemic, vocalist Shemekia Copeland (2021 Blues Foundation “Entertainer of the Year”) headlines The Columbia Pike Blues Festival on Saturday June 18. The special anniversary lineup will showcase a full lineup of blues, R&B, and funk performers of national and regional note, including: Eric Scott, Robbin Kapsalis & Vintage #18, Shakin' Woods, and Anthony “Swamp dog” Clark. More


What to See in Arlington May 25-June 8

Jane Franklin Dance, photo by Michelle Egan

Jane Franklin Dance: Only You

June 4 & 5 | Theatre on the Run | Green Valley

Only You, the pop song originally recorded by The Platters, conjures up thoughts of romance. The familiar melody and lyrics have become a shared cultural reference over the years, it is a song that can be sung, if not out loud, with some part of it in mind, a humming ear worm in your brain. A similar familiarity and theme of connection is a jumping off point for this collection of dances which explore networks, reciprocity and even the intimacy of surroundings. Join for a season-ending performance of new and recent works, a reception on June 4 and a live stream option on June 5. More


Annie Jr.


Encore Stage & Studio: Annie Jr.

June 3-12 | Thomas Jefferson Theatre | Arlington Heights

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. More




Arlington Arts Center: In the Gallery with Artist Stephanie Lane

Thurs, May 26 | 6:30 pm | Arlington Arts Center | Virginia Square

Visit the Wyatt Resident Artist Gallery for an in-person gallery talk with AAC Artist-in-Residence Stephanie Lane. Lane will discuss her improvisational approach to painting, as well as her influences and the inspiration for the works on view in her solo exhibition Thresholds. More


Stephanie Lane

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Artist/Mother in Conversation

Artist/Mother in Conversation

Sat, May 28  | 1-3pm | Mason Exhibitions Arlington | Virginia Square

Join for a hybrid (in-person & zoom) event. Mason Exhibitions Arlington Mother & Milked artist/mothers for a discussion, moderated by Lee Nowell-Wilson, that finds sanctity within mundanity when looking through the lens of motherhood. More



The History Mystery: Discovering the Past for Your Writing with Author Wendy Shang

Tues, May 31 | 6:30-7:30pm | Aurora Hills Branch Library | Aurora Hills

Everyone has a past – including the characters in stories! Wendy Shang, author of the 2022 American Girl Corinne books and The Secret Battle of Evan Pao, will show audiences how she draws on Chinese American history to create compelling stories. Participants will then be guided through a writing exercise to think about histories for their own characters and stories. Attendees will be able to be entered to win a Corinne Doll and her two books from American Girl! More


Wendy Shang
Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström in conversation with Shauna Robinson


Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström in conversation with Shauna Robinson

Fri, June 3 | 7pm | One More Page Books | East Falls Church

Lọlá Ákínmádé Åkerström (In Every Mirror She's Black) will be in town just ahead of the paperback release of her debut novel, and will be in conversation with Shauna Robinson (Must Love Books) at One More Page Books. More