This week’s events: mariachi, live theater, chamber music and more

Arlingtonians can get their arts and culture fix all week long. Kick the week off today (Monday) with mariachi and Mexican folklórico dance and end it with live theater and chamber music.

Some of the local event highlights for Nov. 1-7 are below. If you’d like your event considered, fill out the event submission form to submit it to our event calendar.

Monday, November 1

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union’s “Buying a Home in a Tight Market”*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Buying a home in this region has always been competitive, and is becoming even more so. ACFCU’s Mortgage Loan Officer, Sandra Ortecho, will teach attendees how to get started buying a home and how to make their offers attractive to sellers.

Día de los Muertos at Arlington Arts Center*
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Arlington Arts Center (3350 Wilson Blvd)

Bring a blanket, grab dinner from local food trucks La Tingeria and 7Moltin and enjoy mariachi by Grupo Fénix and dancing by the Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana at this evening picnic supported by Arlington Arts, AVLD Events and the Ballston Business Improvement District.

Wednesday, November 3

ACFCU’s “Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits”*
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

In this installment of ACFCU’s webinar series, “Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits,” attendees can learn what they need to know to get the most from their benefits.

Thursday, November 4

EcoAction Arlington’s “Reimagining Our Homes”
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Join EcoAction Arlington for the second webinar in our Getting to Carbon Neutrality series. You’ll learn the how-to’s from industry experts on transforming our homes to meet the goal of carbon neutrality. Visit the EcoAction website to learn more and register.

Brian Posehn LIVE From Netflix, HBO And Comedy Central
Time: 7 p.m.
Arlington Cinema And Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)

Get ready to laugh at standup delivered by comedian, actor, musician, and writer Brian Posehn at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. He will perform shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, with showings on Friday and Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Admission before 9 p.m. is 21+ unless a parent or guardian is present. After 9 p.m., it’s 21+.

Friday, November 5

Yorktown High School Fall Theatre Arts Showcase
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.
Yorktown HS Auditorium (
5200 Yorktown Blvd) 

All of Yorktown’s performance classes will be performing live theater for free on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., with lighting, sound, costumes and props done by students. The nights will feature improv, original folk tale adaptations and a sneak peek of a one-act play students will be taking to a state competition about women ordinance workers during the second World War.

Saturday, November 6

National Chamber Ensemble’s “Enchanting Elgar, The English Romantic”*
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Gunston Arts Center, Theater One (2700 S. Lang Street) 

This will be the National Chamber Ensemble’s first live performance since the start of the pandemic and the opening performance of the season. Listeners will hear music from Sir Edward William Elgar as well as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Overture to “The Mikado.” People can attend in-person or watch an exclusive concert video one week later from home. Tickets are $36 for adults and $18 for students, with season subscriptions priced at $129 for all five performances.

* Denotes a sponsored listing