What to See in Arlington May 2-15

arts news update

May 2, 2024

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Music by the Metro

Music by the Metro

Thursdays May 2-23 | 5:30p | Clarendon Metro Park | Clarendon

Join us for FREE concerts every Thursday in May! More


May 2: Eric Scott

May 9: The Grandsons

May 16: Joe Keyes & the Late Bloomer Band

May 23: DeSanguashington


Pottery by Amit Jalan and Janet Gohres

LAC Studios Spring Show & Sale

Sat, May 11 | 10a-4p | LAC Studios | Leeway Overlee

Browse beautiful, hand-crafted ceramics, pottery, and hand-pulled prints made by the members artists of LAC Studios and visit the printmaking and ceramics studios to see where the work is made. Support local artists! More


Monica Jahan Bose, Climate Hope, Photo by Will Reintzell

Arlington Art Truck:
Climate Hope
by Monica Jahan Bose

thru May 25 | various locations

Contribute to a community created art project by writing a poem, pledge, or an illustration focused on climate change directly onto a hand woven 18-foot-long cotton sari that is from Monica Jahan Bose’s ancestral village in Bangladesh and has been adorned with climate themed wood block prints. A representative from EcoAction Arlington or Climate4Change will be with us to help you write your poems and pledges. More

  • Sun, May 5, 9a-1p: Fairlington Farmers Market opening day. Special guest: Arlington Poet Laureate Courtney LeBlanc will be with us 9-11am to help you write your poem!
  • Thurs, May 9, 3-7p: MoCA on the Move at Met Park with MoCA Arlington

Save the Date: Join the artist for multimedia storytelling, artmaking and procession at Shirlington Library on May 25! More


Photo copyright 2024 Will Reintzell for Arlington Arts


Joslyn and The Sweet Compression

Save the Date: 2024 Lubber Run Amphitheater Summer Concert Series

June 8 - August 2 | Lubber Run Amphitheater | Arlington Forest

“Magical… gives everybody the joy!” is how Billboard magazine describes JOSLYN & THE SWEET COMPRESSION the fast-rising funk-soul sensations who kick off the Free LUBBER RUN AMPHITHEATER Summer Concert Series, at 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 8, 2024. The Series runs June 8 through August 2, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 11:00 a.m. More


What to See in Arlington May 2-15

Homeless Garden

Avant Bard: Homeless Garden

May 2-25 | Gunston Theatre 2 | Long Branch Creek

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to make a movie? You’ve seen movies being made on television and in movies themselves, but have you watched the process IRL? For Avant Bard’s next project, they take a break from theater production and make their first feature film: an open study of issues in Homeless Garden, a play by Matt Minnicino. Each filming session will cover only a portion of the play. A summary of the play will be provided, and you will be given the context for the scenes being filmed during that session. More


Together We Rise: United

Arlington Artists Alliance
Together We Rise: United

thru May 31 | Gallery Underground | National Landing

This group show featuring 18 military veteran and family member artists from nonprofit group Uniting US showcases 2D and 3D works that celebrate the benefits of individual choice, freedom of speech, and the right to vote. Show attendees will experience veterans’ allegiance to our nation discovered through service, loss, and life after military service.

Join on May 3 from 5-7pm for an opening reception including talks by Uniting US artist Luis Rosa-Valentin, and Lisa Simms Booth, Executive Director of The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. An original collaborative artwork by three Uniting US sculptors, AnnMarie Halterman, John Sonnier, and Michael Wheeler will also be unveiled. The reception will feature live music by guitarist Bill Shelton, drinks, and food. More


Jane Franklin Dance: on the Run

May 4-5 | Theatre on the Run | Green Valley

New and recent choreography by Ryan Bailey, Michala Conroy, Andie deVaulx, Lauren DeVera, Jane Franklin and Robert J. Priore. More


on the Run
Orlando Johnson

MoCA Arlington:
Performances by Orlando Johnson & Matthew Williams In Conversation with NO GRIDS NO MASTERS

Sat, May 11 | 6-8p | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

In conjunction with the exhibition Liz Ensz: NO GRIDS NO MASTERS, artist Liz Ensz has invited artists to participate in a series of performances in response to their exhibition. Matthew Williams and Orlando Johnson have danced, moved together and collaborated for years, including as co-organizers of the Move Move Collaborative. They will be presenting individual works of movement performance alongside each other for this event. More


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Little Saigon Walking Tour

Little Saigon Walking Tour

Sat, May 4 | Clarendon Metro Station | Clarendon

Join for a five-stop tour around Clarendon to illuminate the neighborhood's rich Vietnamese history, led by Kim A. O’Connell, the author of the booklet Echoes of Little Saigon. Based in part on oral histories conducted with community members, this full-color booklet was produced by Arlington Cultural Affairs in collaboration with Arlington’s Historic Preservation Program and Arlington Public Library’s Center for Local History, with a grant from the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. More


Alice Whealin, Ebullience

Ebullience by Alice Whealin

May 4- June 23 | Fred Schnider Gallery | Virginia Square

Arlington artist Alice Whealin presents a solo exhibition curated by David Carlson, featuring works on paper and paper panels, small to large in size. Join for an opening reception Sat., May 4, 5-8pm. More


Hula with Halau O'Aulani

Hula with Halau O ’Aulani

Sat, May 11 | 2-2:45p | Columbia Pike Library | Arlington Heights

Halau O ‘Aulani and Columbia Pike Library are collaborating to host a comprehensive celebration for all age groups in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Attendees are invited to immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture through an engaging program featuring traditional Hawaiian music and dance performances, including an interactive segment for audience participation. More


Black in the Day

"Black in the Day": Photographer Lloyd Wolf with John Robinson & the Arlington Photographic Documentary Project

May 5 - June 19 | FOHTA Gallery | Green Valley

This exhibition of photographs of historic Black Arlington is from the collection of the Arlington Photographic Documentary Project, a contemporary record of Arlington consisting of 125 photographs and an extensive catalog produced in 1980. Join for the opening reception on May 5, 1-6pm, with a lecture at 3pm by photographer Lloyd Wolf. More