What to See in Arlington May 16-29

arts news update

May 16, 2024

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"Climate Hope" by Monica Jahan Bose

Photo copyright 2024 Will Reintzell for Arlington Arts

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. Join on May 25 for an artist talk and special performance! More


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 16: Joe Keyes & the Late Bloomer Band

May 23: DeSanguashington


Music by the Metro
Photo of ribbon cutting event for new public artwork "Present Pastimes" by Olalekan Jeyifous.

Arlington Public Art is celebrating 40 years of public art and placemaking in Arlington

Arlington is home to nearly 80 permanent public art projects. These artworks are commissioned by the County and integrated into various capital improvement projects, sponsored by developers as part of the site plan process, or initiated by community members. How do these projects happen? How do we fund them? What are the benefits? Why should we support Public Art? As Arlington Public Art marks a significant milestone, celebrating 40 years of public art and placemaking in Arlington, we view this as a pivotal moment to underscore the process and value of public art projects in Arlington County. Watch the Arlington Public Art FAQ to learn more about the rich history of Arlington’s Public Art Collection. More


Photo of ribbon cutting event for new public artwork Present Pastimes by Olalekan Jeyifous.


DC Area Music Census

The DC Area Music Census is open until May 22! If you are a member of the music community or work in the music industry and live in the DC Metro area you should take the census. The census will show how strong and diverse the DMV music community is and help us to advocate for the funding and resources needed to help the community grow. Visit www.dcmusiccensus.org to take the census today!


DC Area Music Census has only one week left!

What to See in Arlington May 16-29

Concerto Celebration

National Chamber Ensemble
Concerto Celebration: Bologne, Mendelssohn and Beethoven

Sat, May 18 | 7:30pm | Marymount University Ballston Center | Ballston

The Season Finale presents Concerto Celebration, a concert of famous concertos in a chamber music setting, opening with a work by Chevalier de Saint-Georges (Joseph Bologne), a composer fondly nicknamed the Black Mozart. Also on the program, the gorgeous Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor with artistic director Leonid Sushansky and Beethoven's dramatic Piano Concerto No. 5 "The Emperor" featuring piano virtuoso Carlos César Rodríguez. More


Clarissa Pezone, The Woods of No Name (detail), 2024, Stoneware, earthenware, wood, paint, and pastel

Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington
Artist Talk: Clarissa Pezone

Sat, May 18 | 3-4p | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Join MoCA Arlington for an artist talk with Clarissa Pezone focused on The Woods of No Name. Clarissa Pezone pushes the possibilities of clay as a material by working at a large scale to create human and animal figures that are lifelike yet suffused with a sense of mystery. More


Yorktown Orchestra

Yorktown Orchestra Chamber Music Concert

Fri, May 17 | MoCA Arlington | Virginia Square

Join Yorktown Orchestra for a night of chamber music at MoCA Arlington! Students will perform string trios, quartets, and quintets featuring the music of Dvorak, Mozart, Haydn, Elgar, and more. Music will begin at 6:30pm, and will last approximately one hour. Before the concert, view artwork by Yorktown High School senior art students. More


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Natalia Amirova, Kiss Before the Evacuation, 2022 watercolor on paper, 12x16 in

A Closer Look: Conflicted Art from Ukraine

May 17- August 23 | Mason Exhibitions Arlington | Virginia Square

A Closer Look: Conflicted Art from Ukraine presents artistic responses to war through the works of 12 contemporary Ukrainian artists from the frontline. Through photography, video, painting, sculpture, and installation, these artists explore critical issues on the fault lines of conflict. The project Conflicted Art is a collection of paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art by Ukrainian artists that were created right after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Join on Friday, May 31 at 5pm-8pm for an opening reception. More


"Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure"

Author Talk - "Uncertain: The Wisdom and Wonder of Being Unsure"

Weds May 22 | 6:30-8pm | Central Library | Virginia Square

Join Arlington Public Library for a conversation between author Maggie Jackson and Library Director Diane Kresh, with an introduction by County Manager Mark Schwartz, to talk about Jackson's newest book, "Uncertain." Jackson argues that uncertainty is the mindset most needed in times of flux and a remarkable antidote to the narrow-mindedness of our day. In laboratories, political campaigns, and on the frontiers of artificial intelligence, Jackson meets the pioneers decoding the surprising gifts of being unsure.

Doors open at 6pm. The event will also be livestreamed and available as a recording for 60 days on Arlington County's Youtube channel. More


Spring Fling

Spring Fling A Village Block Party

Sat, May 18 | 11a-3p | The Village at Shirlington | Shirlington

Step into the lively atmosphere of the 3rd annual Spring Fling A Village Block Party! Stroll through streets filled where you can discover hand-crafted gifts at the pop-up Makers Market, join in on sports and games, enjoy live performances, and indulge in a variety of eats and treats. Bring the kids along for a day packed with activities just for them. It's more than an party—it's an experience you won't want to miss. More


At the Spring Fling, be sure to check out Mini Pet Portraits on the Plaza! Stop by the plaza in front of the Shirlington Library to have Arlington artist Alexandra Schmeling create a quick, marker drawing of your animal pal while you wait. More