What to See in Arlington May 25-June 7

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May 25, 2023

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Reinvention Garage

A broken guitar amp turned into an internet radio/Bluetooth speaker


Arlington Art Truck: Reinvention Garage by Chris Combs

June 1-July 22 | various locations

In Reinvention Garage, meet artist Chris Combs and his showcase of once-obsolete household electronics from Arlington that have been reimagined as newly useful devices. Learn how beginner-friendly STEAM electronics can reduce our waste stream: we can reinvent our old televisions, tablets, and household gadgets into magic mirrors, internet radios, and nightlights—keeping them useful for years to come.

While visiting, you can meet the artist and get an artist-designed Risograph flyer with inspiration for reimagining your own E-waste. You can also trade in or donate unneeded cords, like HDMI or USB cables, with our free cord exchange. Our community partner is The Shop, a Maker Space located in Central Library. More

Thurs, June 1, 3-7pm - Ballston Mega Market



Music by the Metro

Thurs, May 25 | 5:30pm | Clarendon Metro Park | Clarendon

Join us for the last free concert in the Music by the Metro series, featuring Soul Crackers. Their music encompasses Memphis & Motown soul, and features timeless songs by artists like Otis Redding, Average White Band, Martha & The Vandellas & Stevie Wonder among many others. This is the music that brings all ages and personalities together to a dance party! More


Music by the Metro
Columbia Pike Blues Fest featuring Judith Hill


Save the Date: Columbia Pike Blues Fest

Sat, June 17 | 1-8:30pm | S. Walter Reed & Columbia Pike

Every summer since 1995, Columbia Pike has hosted the largest Blues Festival in the DC metropolitan area. From live blues, jazz, and bluegrass music, to family-friendly activities, to craft beer and wine and to local vendors, you’ll find something for everyone at what Arlington Magazine called “Arlington’s best block party.”


Winning accolades for appearing with Prince, vocalist and guitarist JUDITH HILL headlines The Columbia Pike Blues Festival. Featured in the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning documentary “20 Feet from Stardom,” it’s a ‘family affair’ for Hill whose blues musician parents are in her backup band. The family vibe continues with a full line up of blues, R&B, and funk performers of national and regional note that includes: husband and wife singer & guitarist Annika Chambers & Paul DesLauriers, Arlington’s master guitarist and vocalist Bobby Thompson, Baltimore’s Gayle Harrod Band, and acoustic DC-duo Spice Cake BluesMore


What to See in Arlington May 25-June 7

Asa Jackson


Asa Jackson: Cut to the New

May 31-August 20 | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Asa Jackson: Cut to the New: A Columbia Hills convergence of textiles and stories is the culmination of Asa Jackson’s participation in the IMPACT Arts Residency. Artist Asa Jackson creates his textile pieces by repurposing fabric remnants often collected from within a specific community. While collecting fabric donations for his artworks, Jackson also collects stories from these same contributors, resulting in anthological quilts that metaphorically weave various cultures, people, and places into a unified work of art. The residency engaged the diverse residents of two affordable housing communities located on Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA through a series of workshops and gatherings, resulting in the creation of this work of art by Jackson.

The work will be displayed at MoCA Arlington for the summer before it is permanently installed in the community where the workshops took place. The IMPACT Arts Residency and the presentation of Jackson’s work is a result of a partnership between MoCA Arlington, Arlington Public Art, and the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH), and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. More


Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington Summer Exhibitions

May 31-August 20 | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Art After Hours

Fri, June 2 | 5-8pm | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Join MoCA Arlington to celebrate the summer exhibitions! Exhibiting artists will be in attendance and MoCA Arlington Resident Artists will also open their studios to the public. MoCA Arlington and Made in Arlington will also co-host the Made in Arlington Summer Market on MoCA Arlington’s front lawn. More



National Chamber Ensemble:

Marvelous European Masters

Sat, May 27 | Gunston Theatre 1 | Long Branch Creek

The season concludes with a concert of masterworks by the great European composers. The featured work will be the sublime Piano Quintet in A Major by Antonin Dvorak, a composition which features a string quartet paired with a grand piano. The Dvorak Quintet is one of the greatest examples of late Romantic chamber music and the perfect conclusion to NCE's Sweet 16 Season! Also on the program of marvelous European masters, are works by Franz Schubert, Mikhail Glinka and Luigi Boccherini. More


Marvelous European Masters
Charlotte's Web


Encore Stage & Studio: Charlotte's Web

June 2-11 | Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre | Arlington Heights

Encore Stage & Studio brings to life E.B. White’s beloved story of friendship and talking barnyard animals with its production of Charlotte’s Web. Rarely does a spring pig live to see the fall of winter. In this heartwarming tale, a young girl meets her best friend, Wilbur, a plucky spring pig, along with a new set of furry friends. Wilbur desperately wants to live to see his first snowfall. Charlotte, a kind and loving spider, transforms Wilbur from the runt of the litter to prize-winning “some pig.” More



Arlington Artists Alliance: UN | NATURAL

May 30-June 30 | Gallery Underground | National Landing

Students from the Arlington Career Center developed and produced this professional caliber show with mentoring provided by volunteer Arlington Artist Alliance members. Students selected the theme and learned all aspects of art show production including framing, pricing art, and curating an exhibition. 

UN | NATURAL is an opportunity for young artists in Arlington to embrace the changing landscape of our world and question the boundaries of what is considered natural. This gallery show provides a place where students can explore artmaking and use their experience to better understand the world around them. More



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Festival Argentino 2023

Festival Argentino

Sat, June 3 | Kenmore Middle School | Glencarlyn

The 36th Annual Argentine Festival includes a day-long celebration of Argentine culture, Latin American exhibitors, featuring celebrated musicians from the U.S. and abroad. The 2023 Argentina Festival is an opportunity for the public to experience the traditional Argentine culture. By highlighting Tango and other well-known rhythms such as Milonga, and presenting artisans and vendors of food and crafts, the festival seeks to broaden public understanding and enjoyment of Argentinean culture. Vendors in Exhibitor Fest will offer jewelry, soccer shirts, and plastic arts – perfect gifts at the beginning of the summer. June 3rd is Argentina Heritage and Soldier Day and happens to be the month of the Argentina’s Flag, and at the festival, you can purchase authentic Argentinean empanadas, choripan, and alfajores by the Empanadas de Mendoza. More


Justin Trawick and The Common Good


Summer Reading Kickoff Concert

Sat, June 3 | 11am-1pm | Westover Library | Westover

Kick off Summer Reading In-Style! Join Arlington Public Library on the plaza in front of Westover Library and enjoy a free concert from a Westover-based and leading popular band, Justin Trawick and The Common Good. Enjoy excellent music and sign up for Summer Reading with your family.

For each person that completes the 2023 Summer Reading Challenge, the Friends of the Arlington Public Library will donate $1 to support Educational Theatre Company. More



60th Anniversary of the Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In

Sun, May 28 | 3pm | via Zoom

Join for a special celebration to pay tribute to civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and commemorate the 60th anniversary of the historic Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In. Joan will be joined by her son, Emmy-winning filmmaker, Loki Mulholland, for an insightful and inspiring discussion. They will be joined by author Mike O’Brien who wrote the only book dedicated to the Jackson Woolworth’s Sit-in, “We Shall Not Be Moved: The Jackson Woolworth's Sit-In and the Movement It Inspired”.

Joan's unwavering commitment to justice and equality has indelibly impacted society. Her courageous participation in Woolworth's sit-in exemplifies the strength and resilience of those who fought for civil rights during a critical time in American history. During this hour-long virtual gathering, delve into the significance of the 1963 Woolworth's Sit-In and its relevance both then and now. More


Joan Trumpauer Mulholland


Mason Exhibitions Arlington:

Edges of What I Feel by Healing Artist Collective

June 2 - Aug 26 | Mason Exhibitions Arlington | Virginia Square

The Healing Artist Collective exposes the raw discomfort of the day-to-day struggles posed by mental health issues as a result of chronic pain, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Participating artists: Abdulrahman Naanseh, Adrian Scalzo, Alanna Rivera, CJ Davis, Liz Louise, Michelle A. Smith, Morris Lewis, Steven Luu, Tessie Van Dyke. More


Join on Friday, June 2, 5-8pm at Mason Exhibitions Arlington to welcome the group of artists in the "Edges of What I Feel" exhibition. Plus, join for a Local Art Walk & Wine Tasting where you can enjoy three wines at each location - Northside Social Arlington, MoCA Arlington, and Mason Exhibitions. More