What to See in Arlington Sep 1 - 14

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August 30, 2023

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Arlington Art Truck - Good Neighbors by Michael Verdon


Arlington Art Truck:
Good Neighbors: Fences Into Benches by Michael Verdon

Sep 9 – Oct 29 | Multiple Locations

Use the wood fences crafted by transformative artist Michael Verdon as a tablet on which to write your thoughts on “What makes a good neighbor?”, or “What makes a good community?”. The fences will ultimately be converted into picnic benches for gathering community, rather than separating. As the Community Partner for this project, the County Manager’s Office of R.A.C.E. (Realizing Arlington’s Commitment to Equity) provides opportunities to share your stories of community on Arlington’s Racial History Timeline. This new activation premieres at the Rosslyn Jazz Festival on Sat, Sept 9, and continues at various locations through October. More



AVAST@3700_Guggle Fuddle Boil And Bottle by Melanie Kehoss


AVAST@3700 Exhibit

Sep 8-Dec 7 | Gallery 3700 | Green Valley

The AVAST@3700 exhibit displays a small sample of the energy, creativity and diversity of art being produced right here in Arlington. Visit Gallery 3700 (3700 So. Four Mile Run Drive) to preview a sampling of works by artists participating in this year’s Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour (AVAST), more than 50 of whom will open their studios to the public Sep 23-24. An opening reception and studio tour launch party will occur on Friday, Sep 22, 5-7pm. More





Rosslyn Jazz Fest
Sep 9 | 1:00 - 7:00pm | Gateway Park | Rosslyn
Headlining this year’s festival is New Orleans-based quintet Galactic, featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, with additional performances from acclaimed Cuban percussionist Pedrito Martínez Group, DC’s buzzworthy soul group Oh He Dead, and DuPont BrassMore



Pedrito Martinez Group performs at Rosslyn Jazz Fest on Sep 9 - photo by Danny Clinch
40th Anniversary of Arlington Public Art official seal



West Glebe Road Bridge Ribbon Cutting

Tue Sep 12 | 2:00pm | West Glebe Rd Bridge @ So. Four Mile Run Dr | Arlington Heights

Arlington County and the City of Alexandria celebrate the completion of the West Glebe Road Bridge. Enhancing the experience of crossing the newly renovated bridge are a series of graduating arcs and bubble patterns by artists Alexander Polzin and Vicki Scuri (that latter of whom will be attending the ribbon cutting). More



2700 So. Nelson Street – Final Design Reveal
Coming 2024 | Green Valley
The final design of the new temporary outdoor arts and community space at 2700 So. Nelson

Street has just been announced.  The design by placemaking consultant Graham Projects is based on community feedback (summarized here) and takes inspiration from the nearby Four Mile Run stream, surrounding adjacent industrial landscape, and local cultural history to create an array of interlinked outdoor clearings activated for arts and community programming. The design also honors the former Inner Ear recording studio with the salvaged plywood drum riser, which will become the center of the Small Performance Area. Take a virtual tour now!




2700 So Nelson St Design Package

What to See in Arlington Sep 1 - 14

WERA Music Fest on Thu Sep 7


WERA Radio MusicFest
Thu, Sep 7 | 5:30-10pm | Arlington Independent Media | Clarendon
Join Arlington Independent Media and 96.7 WERA for the Inaugural 96.7 WERA Radio Arlington Musicfest ! This will be an evening of music, family friendly activities, food trucks and local vendors and local artists. Enjoy face painting, good food and
great music with 96.7 WERA. More



Suspended Animation
by Stephanie Lane and Joseph Cortina
Sep 1 – Oct 29
Fred Schnider Gallery of Art | Virginia Square

Openness is crucial for Stephanie Lane, The gestural impact of asphaltum on the pristine surface renders the tension between bold to hairlike lines. The paintings / drawings wouldn’t work any other way. There is no recognizable beginning or end to the dance of the hidden body, these are self-portraits of the artist in motion. We forget about gravity and buoyancy with the silk reeling speed neither too fast nor slow. The non-image suspended in the central position, fluidity spins on itself with no reference to the edge.


For Joseph Cortina, the old séance parlor trick Pepper’s Ghost c.1862 provided a starting point and exploration into digital animation and projection. The dreamlike figure floating in space and time conjures a calm weightless rolling in an ‘empty’ field. It is not dangerous but alluring. The small sheet of plate glass defines the space for a figure to move. But when the viewer moves to either side the edge is apparent, and the figure disappears, becoming hidden. A question is created, and the edge of space comes into play.

The mystery unfolds.

Opening reception Sat, Sep 2 from 5-8pm! More

Suspended Animation exhibit at Fred Schnider Gallery
King of the Yees at Signature Theatre Sept 12 thru Oct 22


Signature Theatre:
King of the Yees
Sep 12 – Oct 22 | Signature Theatre | Shirlington

This is the DMV-premiere of a vibrant, semi-autobiographical comedy about community, culture and the connection between fathers and daughters. Playwright Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band) is rehearsing her newest show about her father (which she has not told him about), when he joyfully bursts through the doors and interrupts the actors. After he later goes missing, the younger Yee must embark on a quest through San Francisco’s famous Chinatown, beyond the iconic Dragon’s Gate, through a bustling maze of alleys and magical portals, to find him before it’s too late. More