Arts & Entertainment

Northern Virginia Art Beat

Art happenings around the city of Falls Church for the week of 8/3.

Falls Church Arts along with the Falls Church Recreation & Parks Department and the Village Preservation & Improvement Society, presents the final installment of " Concerts in the Park" at Cherry Hill Park. This Thursday, August 3, features music by Randy Barrett and the Barretones, and photographs by Bob Morrison. Art works will be on display, and for sale from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. each evening. Concerts begin at 7 p.m. Rain location for music and art work will be next door at the Falls Church Community Center. For more information call (703) 248-5077.

First Friday in Falls Church, August 4. See Ad elsewhere in this paper for full list of events. Come out and support the arts in Falls Church! Of special note: Clay Cafe Studios, 101 N. Maple Avenue, Falls Church is hosting the second annual Kid’s Art for Education fundraiser for the Falls Church Education Foundation. FUNctional art pieces will be auctioned off, and there will be a demo, and painting a FREE project of your own. All from 6-7 p.m.

Suddenly I feel very old….. Friday, August 4 at 8:30 p.m. the National Symphony Orchestra performs "PLAY! A Video Game Symphony" at Wolf Trap’s Filene Center. The NSO plays tunes based on famous video game music (most of which I’ve never heard of) while video images from said games are projected above the stage. Tickets range from $18 lawn to $42 box seats. See for tickets and details, or call (877) 965-3872. Why am I reminded of all those "101 Strings Plays…" records? You know those 12" flat black plastic things…never mind. I could tell you I got my first letter from AARP this week, but why bother…just call me ‘Analog.’

Washington Balalaika Society Playing Friday, August 4 at 8 p.m. Washington Balalaika Society is a community based orchestra that plays the music of Russia, Ukraine and eastern Europe on traditional Russian folk instruments — the balalaika, domra, bayan and related folk wind and percussion instruments. Lubber Run Amphitheatre, N. 2nd and N. Columbus Streets, Arlington. Call (703) 228-1850 for further information.

Natural Theatricals performs ‘Phoenician Women’ Thursday though Monday, August 10 to 27. Shows are at 8 p.m. week nights, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. at the indoor ampitheatre in the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (the Washington Monument in Alexandria, if you will) located at 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria. Plenty of free parking, and right across the street from the King St. Metro stop. Advance tickets are $19, or $22 at the door. Group rates available for parties of 8 or more. See or call (703) 739-9338.


 Artist Opportunities

Lorton Arts Foundation has put up $1,000 in prize money for their first show "A New Palette for the Workhouse." The actual site of the show will be in Reston at the University of Phoenix $30 entry fee for two wall hangable pieces. Entry form must be Post Marked by August 10. See for complete details and entry form. NO nudity, political or violent themes will be accepted. Judging to be done from actual work, not photos… if I read between the lines correctly. Call (301) 349-0806 if you have any questions.

The 36th Annual Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park. Entry deadline is no later than August 18, space is on a first come first served basis! Last year this show got insanely heavy promotion, with a good turnout, and what seemed like a fairly high sales rate. Two 2-D pieces no bigger than 24×36", or four 3-D pieces can be entered. $25 fee. See for entry form and full details, or call (301) 634-2230.

Taste of Falls Church will be held behind the State Theater Saturday, October 1 from noon to 5 p.m. 10×10′ Artist booths are available for $175. For more information, please contact Tom Gittins at 703-304-3790, or