What to See in Arlington June 23-July 6

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June 23, 2022

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Lubber Run Shows June 24-26

Lubber Run Summer Concert Series

thru Aug 14 | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington Forest

Lubber Run has a more than full weekend of free shows for you! Make note that there are two shows on Sunday!

On Friday, David Chappell and Friends will be performing the rock, blues, country, and jazz-inspired music which creates the unique sound of the DC area, the Anacostia Delta sound. Then on Saturday join The 19th Street Band, who bridges the musical traditions of country and roots from Ireland to the Appalachia with their eclectic gypsy-rock spirit leaping from the stage and engaging every crowd. Sunday morning is presented in partnership with Arlington Public Library, and features a thrilling action-packed adventure about a crew of quirky pirates marooned on a desert island, while exploring the incredible science behind cloud, physical and chemical changes, air pressure, and more in Talewise: Pirates Lost at Sea! Wrap up the weekend with the Arlington Philharmonic at a special performance at 4pm with "Pops in the Park". Pack a picnic, bring your pup and join for an afternoon of popular classics, Broadway, film and patriotic music. More




Catch some free shows over the holiday weekend at Lubber Run! Come Fri, July 1 for "local favorite" Griefcat  (Washington City Paper) - the veteran singer-songwriter duo's songs range from hilarious to sincere with a unique sound akin to Flight of the Conchords, mixed with a little Dolly Parton and an indie flair. Sat, July 2 features Elikeh, who uses Togolese rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock to produce captivating and danceable Afropop tunes. Mr. Gabe & Holly have been delighting young audiences in the DC area for years with an interactive style of musical entertainment that inspires kids to move their bodies and use their brains. Join on Sun, July 3 as they perform nursery rhymes, folk songs, and modern favorites, as well as originals from Mr. Gabe’s two Parents’ Choice award-winning CDs. More



Arlington Art Truck

Interconnected Roots by Edgar Reyes

Weds, June 29 | 3-7pm | Rosslyn Farmers Market | Rosslyn

Contribute to a collaborative work of art that highlights the beauty of biodiversity and reflect on ways we can support efforts in creating an inclusive community. By painting colors that express your identity within a pattern inspired by traditional weaving patterns from his homeland of Mexico, artist Edgar Reyes leads participants on an exploration of what is native and non-native - not only in plant, bird, and insect species, but also about his own journey as an American with Indigenous and European roots. Activations run through July 24. More


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What to See in Arlington June 23-July 6

A Midsummer Night's Dream

The Arlington Players: A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 1-10 | Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington Heights

One of Shakespeare’s most popular shows, join The Arlington Players for a trip to the forests of Athens where fairies roam and beauty, light, joy, and happiness abound. Though you may know the story if you are a Shakespeare fan, we can guarantee you that TAP’s take on it will give it a fresh spin with beautiful movement choreography and original musical interludes. This show is sure to be part of a magical evening! More


Four Seasons, Jane McElvany Coonce


Arlington Artists Alliance

Four Seasons: A solo show by Jane McElvany Coonce

July 1-29 | Gallery Underground | National Landing

When the pandemic started and we entered lock down, McElvany Coonce decided to make the best of it. She painted every day and began teaching her art classes over Zoom. This daily practice of painting and teaching from home turned a bad situation into a positive experience for McElvany Coonce. See her positive interpretation of the pandemic through paintings of every season during the pandemic in Four Seasons at Gallery Underground. Join for an opening reception on Fri, July 1 at 5pm. More



Synetic Theater: A Midsummer Night's Dream

July 1-24 | Synetic Theater | National Landing

Love-drunk teens stumble upon a troupe of wannabe actors and find themselves caught in a war between the Fairy King and Queen…and that’s before one wily sprite intent on mischief-making sprinkles a little fairy dust. What could possibly go wrong?! Romance, magic, and hijinks take center stage when one of Synetic’s original “Silent Shakespeare” productions returns for the first time in nearly a decade. Don’t miss this raucous, one-of-a-kind Midsummer Night’s Dream! More


A Midsummer Night's Dream
Drawing: Focus on Value class with Melanie Kehoss


Arlington Arts Center: Summer Adult Classes

Classes begin as early as June 29! Join AAC at the Arlington Arts Center and Marymount University, featuring classes on abstract collage, ceramics, drawing, experimental painting, collage paper quilts, and gel plate printing. More


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Southern Noir: An Evening with S.A. Cosby


Southern Noir: An Evening with S.A. Cosby

A 2022 Arlington Reads Author Event

Tues, June 28 | 6-8pm | Central Library | Virginia Square
Join the Arlington Public Library for a conversation between author S.A. Cosby and Library Director Diane Kresh about his Southern Noir novels. S.A. Cosby is an Anthony award winning writer from Southeastern Virginia. He is also the bestselling author of "Blacktop Wasteland," a New York Times Notable Book which won an L.A. Times Book Prize and was named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, and The Guardian, among others. His most recent novel is "Razorblade Tears." Audience Q&A and book signing will follow. More



Zen in the City

Thurs, June 23 | 4-7pm | Dark Star Park | Rosslyn

Join for an evening of peaceful self-care activities to unwind at Dark Star Park as part of Rosslyn BID's first Zen in the City! Kara Simon, owner of Loving Heart Holistic Wellness, will begin at 4pm with a soothing sound bath experience. To continue the relaxation, join a charcoal drawing class at 5pm to get your creative juices flowing! Once you've had the chance to de-stress with art and sound, enjoy a happy hour from 5-7pm. More


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Wilma Jones


An Evening with Wilma Jones: "My Halls Hill Family"

Thurs, June 23 | 6-7:30pm | Central Library | Virginia Square
Join Arlington Public Library in welcoming author Wilma Jones to discuss her book, "My Halls Hill Family: More Than a Neighborhood." The Halls Hill community’s roots were a pre-Civil war plantation. By the early 1900’s the neighborhood became 100% African American. Many of the residents were descendants of slaves. The Black communities in Arlington were consistently fighting Jim Crow racism and worked to raise their families with dignity and respect. This event is part of the Library's celebration of Juneteenth. More