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Creative Cauldron to Host Weekend of Open House Events

This weekend, Creative Cauldron will host an open house at ArtSpace Falls Church with family-friendly workshops, demonstrations, and free performances.

Veteran members of Creative Cauldron’s artistic circle will lead the free workshops along with performers who are participating in the 2014 Passport to the World Festival.

The open house is presented through funding from the Little City Catch Foundation and the Economic Development Authority of the City of Falls Church. This weekend also marks the start of Creative Cauldron’s Passport to the World, which runs from Jan. 18 through March 1 at ArtSpace Falls Church and features 12 different performances of folk music, world music, dance, and storytelling representing cultures from around the world. The festival is presented in collaboration with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

Saturday’s schedule of open house events features a 9 a.m. creative drama workshop with Producing Director Laura Hull for parents and children ages 3 – 6 years at 9 a.m., a Learning Theater workshop observation from 10 a.m. – noon., a meet-the-composer workshop with Matt Conner at noon, a drumming circle with Kofi Dennis at 1 p.m., a performance of “Tales from West Africa” with Creative Cauldron’s actors/puppeteers and Denis offering an interactive afternoon of stories starting at 2 p.m., and a puppet-making demonstration at 3 p.m. and mural workshop at 4 p.m. with with scenic artist Margie Jervis. A performance by Latin jazz group Veronneau at 7:30 p.m. will be a ticketed event; admission costs $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors, with discounts for patrons who attend the open house workshops.

Sunday’s schedule features a Polynesian dance demonstration and workshop with Vivian Takafuji at noon, an Andean music and scissors dance demonstration at 1 p.m., a performance of “Tales from Peru” with Creative Cauldron artists and Juan Cayrampoma from Raymi presenting ancient folktales from the Andes at 2 p.m., and a meet-the-photographers workshop with Falls Church Arts’ “Focus” photography exhibit on display at 3:30 p.m.

The African American Heritage Tour of Falls Church by the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation will depart from ArtSpace at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.  Historic figures from Falls Church’s past, from before the Civil War to the birth of the early Civil Rights struggle, will be played by costumed interpreters during a bus tour of significant local sites.

ArtSpace Falls Church is located at 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. For more information, visit creativecauldron.org.