What to See in Arlington Nov 9-Dec 6: Winter Arts Highlight

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November 9, 2023

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Winter Arts Highlight

Mystery at Shady Acres  


Encore Stage & Studio: Mystery at Shady Acres

Nov 10-19 | TJ Community Theatre | Arlington Heights

The cozy Shady Acres Hotel, tucked away in the 1920s English countryside, is frantically preparing for the arrival of the prestigious and famous Fairfaxes from America. And right from the start – everything seems to be going awry! Come uncover the mystery with Encore in Mystery at Shady Acres! More



Encore Stage & Studio: Reindeer Games

Dec 8-17 | Gunston Theatre Two | Long Branch Creek

Pulling Santa’s sleigh is hard work. And when team leader Dasher decides to retire, coaches Kris and Carol Kringle host the Reindeer Games to find the next member of the Nifty Nine, Santa’s reindeer crew. Eager reindeer recruits showcase their talents in a series of games, but these aren’t your typical winter events, nor your typical competitors. More


  Reindeer Games
Golden Fish  


Synetic Theater: 

The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish

Dec 8-Jan 7 | Synetic Theater | National Landing

When a kind, poor fisherman discovers a wish-granting fish, he selflessly releases the creature back into the ocean. While content with his simple life, his wife’s extravagant desires soon drive him to re-capture the magical fish and make her dreams a reality– but not without cost. More



Synetic Theater: Snow Maiden

Dec 9-Jan 9 | Synetic Theater | National Landing

In a frozen silver forest high in the mountains, a lonely boy builds a girl from snow. When she mysteriously comes to life, mischief, laughter, and enchantment abound. But what will happen when the ice begins to melt?  Told through Synetic’s signature style of dazzling movement, dance, and acrobatics, this magical take on the beloved folktale Snegurochka is a heart-warming story of love, hope, and the transformative powers of awe and wonder. More


  Snow Maiden
Both Sides Now  


Signature Theatre: Both Sides Now: Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen

Dec 5-23 | Signature Theatre | Shirlington

The sold-out cabaret featuring Robbie Schaefer and Danielle Wertz returns for an encore performance! Celebrate longtime friends and one-time lovers Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen’s mutual influence on each other’s work with some of their beloved chart-toppers including “Case of You,” “Hallelujah,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” “Suzanne,” and many other unforgettable tunes that defined a generation. More


Of All the Kings

Arlington Chorale: Of All the Kings

Sat, Dec 9 | 5pm | Westover Baptist Church | Westover

Join for an extraordinary evening as the Arlington Chorale presents Of All the Kings. Celebrating historical icons and musical legends, this concert has something for everyone! You’ll hear well-known holiday favorites like the beloved carol, "Good King Wenceslas," Nat King Cole’s timeless classic, “The Christmas Song,” and Antonio Vivaldi’s uplifting Gloria. They will also introduce you to Margaret Bonds’ The Ballad of the Brown King, a rarely performed work with libretto by Langston Hughes that premiered in 1954. This captivating story of Balthazar, one of the Three Wise Men, weaves together elements of spirituals, gospel, and classical music, creating a unique and soul-stirring experience that will resonate with all. In collaboration with the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington. More


Holiday Cheer with renowned violinist Dylana Jenson  


National Chamber Ensemble:

Holiday Cheer with Renowned Violinist Dylana Jenson
Sat, Dec 16 | 7:30pm | Unitarian Universalist Church Of Arlington | Barcroft

Celebrate Holiday Cheer with an evening of classical and popular holiday favorites the entire family will enjoy! Renowned Violinist Dylana Jenson, who has played duets with Jack Benny, appeared on the Tonight Show and has appeared with all the major American Symphony Orchestras, will join NCE’s artistic director/violinist Leo Sushansky to perform the Concerto for Two Violins by J.S. Bach and the virtuoso showpiece, Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by Camille Saint-Saens, which she recorded for RCA with the Philadelphia Orchestra. The program concludes with a Carols Sing-Along guaranteed to put everyone in the holiday spirit. More



Arlington Philharmonic: Brassy Brilliants!

Sat, Dec 9 | 2-3pm | Central Library | Virginia Square

The Arlington Philharmonic Brass Quintet will be playing Advent, Christmas and Holiday Standards, Ancient Hymns, Classic Carols, Spirituals, and contemporary favorites. Featured works by Bach and Handel such as Ukrainian Bell Carol, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Sleigh Ride and many more can also be heard! More



visual artsWinter Artful Weekend

Arlington Artists Alliance: Winter Artful Weekend

Dec 8-10 | Hendry House | Woodmont

Mark your calendars for the 21st Annual Winter Artful Weekend at Fort C.F. Smith Park. The show and sale features 40 Alliance artist members and a large variety of art mediums such as paintings, ceramics, jewelry, woodworking, sculpture, glasswork, artist’s cards, and more. Great for holiday shopping and supporting local artists! More


Color | Up Close & Personal  


Arlington Artists Alliance: Color | Up Close & Personal

Nov 27 - Dec 29 | Gallery Underground | National Landing

Marcia Katz, Judy Landry, and Sally Slifkin have been painting together for several years and have been active members of the Arlington Artists Alliance. Though they have distinctly different artistic styles, each has always been interested in color. All three painters are interested in how colors interact beside each other and how unique hues can represent light and shadow. Their painting subjects include interiors, dogs, florals, landscapes, still lifes, DC landmarks, and architectural landscapes. The paintings each have their own personalities, but all truly capture the artists’ love of Color: Up Close & Personal. More



Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington

Artist Talk: Marissa Long's "Blister Pearl"

Tues, Nov 29 | 6-7pm | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Join MoCA Arlington Resident Artist Marissa Long for an artist-led tour of “Blister Pearl,” the artist’s solo exhibition in the Wyatt Resident Gallery. Long will take visitors on a walk-through of the installation and talk about the ideas and process behind the creation of “Blister Pearl.” More


  Marissa Long's "Blister Pearl"



Jane Franklin Dance: Set
Dec 9-10 | Theatre on the Run | Green Valley
Experience premier choreography by Ryan Carlough, Robert J. Priore, Christopher Saunders and by Emily Crews for Forty+ Project. Excerpts from Jane Franklin's Artist Residency for the Office for the Arts Alexandria inspired by the public art installation "Two Boxes of Oranges and Admonia Jackson" are featured alongside new works performed by some of the DMV's finest movement artists. More


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Saturday Adult Dance (Beg/Intermediate)

Saturdays, Dec 2 to Jan 27 | 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. | Green Valley

Build and maintain physical abilities while finding camaraderie and a reason to move. All are welcome. More


Forty+ Project with Elisa Kosarin

Dec 13 & 20 | 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. | Green Valley

Come and learn the traditional first dances that flamenco students are taught, the SevillanasSevillanas are a set of short, interconnected dances performed at Feria, the spring festival in Seville.  They are easy to learn and great to dance as a group or in pairs. Flamenco shoes and attire are not needed – just a desire to try a new dance form and have fun. More


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StageCraft Showcase  


StageCraft's Artist Showcase

Weds, Nov 15 | 7pm | The Filling StationBallston

StageCraft has a fantastic live music showcase event featuring some very talented musicians in the genres of Latin-folk, Latin-Jazz and indie rock. In addition to being a free live music event, it will also air on WERA 96.7-FM Arlington Community Radio. Featuring Latin Grammy-nominee Elene La Fulana, Raisha Estrada, and Endlings; and hosted by Don Zientara with special guest Amanda Dove. More


Friday Morning Music Club:

St. George's Chamber Series

Dec 1 & 8 | 12pm | St. George's Episcopal Church | Virginia Square

The Friday Morning Music Club will continue its FREE one-hour chamber music concerts the first and second Fridays of the month at St. George's Church, adjacent to the Virginia Square Metro Station. The program for December 1 will feature works by Franck and Mendelssohn; the December 8, Stanford, Faure and Chopin. More


  St. George's