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by Chris Teale — March 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm 0

(Updated at 2:30 p.m. on 3/29/17) You’ll need a paid wristband to get into Taste of Arlington this year.

Previously a free event, attendees at this year’s festival on May 21 will need to pay $5-15 for admission ($5 is the current early bird price) then pay an additional $5 for each drink ticket and $1-5 for each taste, paid directly to the restaurant or food truck.

Tickets can be bought online or on the BallstonConnect mobile app before the festival, or in person on the day. Admission to the event’s Family Zone will be free.

Many restaurants and food trucks will accept cash and credit cards, although some may only take cash. A number of ATMs will be on site.

Previously, attendees had to buy a $30-40 book of tickets to sample the food at the various restaurant booths; now it’s a la carte. The drink ticket is $1-3 less expensive than an equivalent pour last year, a spokesman pointed out.

Also a change from previous years is the Family Zone, which will combine the once separate KidZone and BarkPark into one area at Oakland Park. Admission fees will be charged for both.

More than 50 restaurants, food trucks and chefs are expected to participate, including international cuisine.

Restaurants will compete in the “Best of the Best” food competition in the following categories: Best Appetizer, Best Brunch, Best Fast Casual Entrée, Best Fine Dining Entrée, Best Dessert and Fan Favorite. Winners will be announced at 5 p.m. on the main concert stage.

This year’s festival has also moved closer to the Virginia Square Metro station on Wilson Boulevard, and stretches along Wilson from N. Randolph Street to N. Nelson Street. It will last from noon to 6 p.m.

Among the musicians performing are His Dream Of Lions, Jeff From AccountingBurnt Sienna and the Jack Diamond-Jim Steed Band.

Last year, Taste of Arlington raised $40,000 for BallstonGives, the charitable arm of the Ballston Business Improvement District, and the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

by Chris Teale — March 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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Tuesday

Hospitality Awards
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel (2800 S. Potomac Avenue)
Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Honor exceptional members of Arlington’s hospitality industry. The event recognizes front-line workers in the hospitality industry, including restaurants, tourist attractions and hotels.

Thursday

Carlos Mencia Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: Thursday 7:45 p.m.; Friday 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Saturday 7 and 10 p.m.

Entertainer and comic Carlos Mencia goes back to his comedic roots, performing at a number of comedy stores throughout the country and sharing his newest material with smaller audiences.

Yorktown High School Theatre’s Pippin*
Yorktown High School Auditorium (5200 Yorktown Blvd.)
Time: Thursday 7 p.m.; Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 7 p.m.

Yorktown High School presents a spectacular show that tells the story of young prince Pippin, who searches for the secret to true happiness and fulfillment – on the battlefield, in relationships and among the intrigues of political power.

Friday

Washington-Lee International Night
Washington-Lee High School (1301 N. Stafford Street)
Time: 6:30-10 p.m.

Washington-Lee High School’s International Club will be hosting its second annual International Night. There will be performances from numerous cultures, followed by free food, music and a fashion show in which all guests can participate.

Saturday

Handmade Arlington 2017 *
Swanson Middle School (5800 Washington Blvd.)
Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

A record number of artisans debut a range of arts and crafts including photography; pottery; jewelry; stationary; home accessories and cleaning products; bags, purses, scarves and other works made from fabrics.

Nova Fencing Club Open House *
Nova Fencing Club (3431 Carlin Springs Road, Suite E)
Time: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

All ages can try the sport of fencing. Take free mini-classes, get discounts for future lessons and more. The event will be split into two separate floors, with classes including a general introduction to fencing, epee, saber and foil classes.

Sunday

Crescendo Concert *
The Jefferson (900 N. Taylor Street)
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

A concert as a part of the Arlington Philharmonic’s “Music in Your Home” initiative. Trios and quartets will perform Mendelssohn and Beethoven, followed by the entire ensemble playing several popular John Williams pieces.

2017 Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund Benefit *
Mercedes-Benz Arlington (585 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 5-8 p.m.

A fundraising event that includes live music, local food and drink, unique silent auction items from local businesses and more. All money raised supports the fund’s work to prevent breast cancer among uninsured men and women.

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by Chris Teale — March 24, 2017 at 1:30 pm 0

The national political climate and art are colliding this year at Artomatic.

The free six-week art extravaganza debuts tonight in Crystal City. Among the politically-inspired pieces: a large paper mache President Trump with a Russian flag lapel pin and a Gollum-like Vladimir Putin on his shoulder.

Meanwhile, a display that gained national attention during the 2016 campaign season encourages attendees to take photographs of their own backsides in a cut-out “Rump” poster. And dueling portraits feature two politicians holding their fingers to their lips, telling each other to be quiet.

By and large, however, the event is more eclectic than political. Other works include giant plywood street art rabbits and a painting of a nude woman wielding a sword.

Artomatic kicks off tonight for its third stint in Crystal City. The event includes the work of 600 artists across seven floors of vacant office space at 1800 S. Bell Street — 100,000 square feet of visual artwork, film, performance art, three stages of live music and free art workshops. It will also host the first Artomatic wedding on April 22.

“Artomatic has a very simple mission: to build community among artists,” Artomatic board chair emeritus George Koch said at a preview event Friday morning.

Among the collaborators this year is the Crystal City Business Improvement District, which partnered with Artomatic and developer Vornado to make the space available. Crystal City previously hosted Artomatic in 2007 and 2012.

Crystal City BID president and CEO Angela Fox said that as the neighborhood evolves, such events help “give it a soul.”

“We pave the way, then get out the way and Artomatic comes in here, all volunteers and transforms this space,” Fox said.

Artomatic begins Friday with its opening night party, starting at 7 p.m. It will be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 10 p.m., and Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to midnight. The exhibits are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

by Chris Teale — March 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0

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Monday

First Home Buyer Seminar *
Orange Line Living (1600 Wilson Blvd.)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

The Orange Line Living and Keri Shull Team will have specialists on hand, including lenders and buyer agents, to give you an overview of the buying process. Attendees will learn valuable home buying strategies that will save 3 percent or more.

Wednesday

Help Design The New Lubber Run Community Center
Barrett Elementary School (4401 N. Henderson Road)
Time: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday; 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday

The process to design the new Lubber Run Community Center began in February, with nearly 200 children, adults and seniors. See how the design has evolved, and help the project move forward. Childcare offered during Saturday’s work session.

Ways To Support Your Anxious Child
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7:30-9 p.m.

This free lecture will feature an expert speaker who will address the modern day parenting challenge of supporting an anxious child. The expert is Christina Tripodi Mitchell, founder and clinical director of The Child & Family Practice in D.C.

Thursday

Community Meeting on Homelessness
Marymount University Reinsch Library Building (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Join the partners of Arlington’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness for this annual informational session on homelessness in the community.

Saturday

25th Annual Tossed and Found Rummage Sale *
Crystal City (2200 Crystal Drive, 6th Floor)
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Shop thousands of quality pre-owned housewares, fashions, books, sporting goods, electronics and furniture. Free garage parking is available at the Crystal City Shops. Cash or check only will be accepted for merchandise purchases.

Move me festival8th Annual Move Me Festival *
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

A free family-friendly celebration of arts and culture. This festival promotes healthy lifestyles through movement and a love for dance. More than 20 artists and dance groups will perform to a culturally diverse audience.

National Chamber Ensemble – The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla *
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre (1611 N. Kent Street)
Time: 7:30-9:30 p.m.

The National Chamber Ensemble presents The Four Seasons of Vivaldi and Piazzolla. The evening will include readings by County Board Chairman Jay Fisette.

Sunday

Dr. Seuss Birthday Party
St. John’s Episcopal Church (415 S. Lexington Street)
Time: 2:30-4 p.m.

A gathering featuring Dr. Seuss stories, crafts and games, along with ice cream and cake to say happy birthday to the beloved children’s author. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a parent.

Wine Dinner: Emilia-Romagna *
Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

With wine provided by Tre Monti, enjoy pairings with food from the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, including Vigna Rocca, Thea Bianco, Thea Rosso and Vitalba. Admission costs $75 per person, and includes all five course of food and wine.

Evil Cyborg Sea Monsters
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 p.m.

Cartoonist Mike Capozzola presents a “live multimedia nerd comedy” show about superheroes, action movies, sci-fi, monsters and secret agents. The show is “PG-14,” runs about an hour and tickets are on sale for $10.

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by Chris Teale — March 17, 2017 at 3:50 pm 0

Rosslyn CAFE eventsSome of Rosslyn’s lesser-known venues will be transformed into active community spaces with food, drink and art as part of a new event series.

Rosslyn CAFE — Community, Arts, Food and Entertainment — is being produced by the Rosslyn BID. The free events are part of the business improvement district’s goal to create community events that take advantage of “unknown or unused spaces in the neighborhood.”

Next month’s series, known as April Arts & Beats, will take place on Fridays and feature a happy hour with new local artists each week, complimentary small plates and cocktails, wine and beer available for purchase.

The Bennett Park Art Atrium at 1601 Clarendon Blvd will host each Friday night. The space already has several pieces of public art by the likes of Virginia sculptors Foon Sham and Kendall Buster, and is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Entrance is free, but space is limited. More information is available on the Rosslyn BID website.

by Chris Teale — March 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Syrian Refugee Blanket and Coat Drive (via Arlington County)A rally Saturday will teach attendees how to advocate for the region’s growing refugee population.

The Raise Your Voice! Refugee Advocacy Workshop and Volunteer Fair will take place from 2-4 p.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church (910 N. Oakland Street).

It is organized by a group called NOVA Friends of Refugees.

The event will contain three components: speeches by refugee and religious leaders; panel discussions on how attendees can influence friends, family and elected officials on refugee issues; followed by a session of advocacy through postcard-writing and a refugee volunteering fair.

Speakers will include state Sen. Barbara Favola; representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rep. Don Beyer (D-8); Anne Richard, former assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration; Imam Johari, director of outreach at the Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church; Nadeem Khokhar, associate pastor at Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon; Ann Beltran of nonprofit advocacy group RESULTS; and Imam Yahya Hendi, Muslim chaplain at Georgetown University.

Earlier this year, Beyer and dozens of his congressional colleagues re-introduced the Freedom of Religion Act, in response to President Trump’s executive order barring refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Previously, Arlington County has said it is ready and willing to help resettle Syrian refugees.

Those interested in attending can RSVP online.

by Chris Teale — March 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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Thursday

B.F.F. Happy Hour
MakeOffices Clarendon (3100 Clarendon Blvd.)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

The Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund’s annual “Breast Friends Forever” Young Professionals’ Happy Hour. Network and raise awareness about breast health while enjoying cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers.

Friday

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the Arlington Community Chorus
Kenmore Middle School (220 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 7:30-8:30 p.m.

“St. Patrick’s Day Pops: ACC Celebrates the Gift of Gab,” directed by Mary-Hannah Klontz and accompanied by Diane Carsten-Pelak. Enjoy Irish favorites and popular, jazz and show tunes.

Carly Aquilino Live
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday

Carly Aquilino is a stand up comedian and TV personality best known for her appearance on MTVs Girl Code. She has also been featured on TV land, AXS TV, and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM as well as her nationwide tour.

Saturday

A Morning For Me *
Marymount University Gerard Hall (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Hear about new tools to make the most of your finances, to optimize your health awareness and to nurture your skin and body. Gain helpful ideas to manage your finances, simple ways to live healthier and the latest in today’s anti-aging products.

The Blarney Blowout – Arlington
A-Town Bar & Grill and other locations (4100 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clink beers, wear green, and jig to the sound of bagpipes at this county-wide event for St. Patrick’s Day. Attendees will be provided a delicious breakfast to start the morning, while pouring beers and bumping tunes from the area’s top DJs.

Spring Garden Kickoff
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

The Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Plot against Hunger Program will feature a free spring garden kickoff program. The program will include gardening displays, lectures and free seeds for attendees. RSVP to [email protected]

Sunday

Shirlington Library 10th Birthday Party
Shirlington Branch Library (4200 Campbell Avenue)
Time: 3-4 p.m.

Celebrate 10 years of the Shirlington Branch Library. The Wakefield High School Band will perform, and there will be cake, birthday hats and balloons for all. Birthday cake provided by Shirlington Harris Teeter.

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by Chris Teale — March 10, 2017 at 3:45 pm 0

Four-Courts-Four-Miler-2017If you’re out and about in Courthouse and Rosslyn tomorrow morning, be prepared for some road closures and restricted parking.

Pacers is hosting its annual Four Courts Four Miler on Saturday. The race takes runners from the start at Ireland’s Four Courts along Wilson Boulevard and Jefferson Davis Highway before returning to the finish line outside the pub.

The starting gun will sound at 9 a.m.

Arlington police said they will close Wilson Boulevard from Courthouse Road to N. Rhodes Street from 6:30 to 11 a.m.

Wilson Boulevard also will be closed from Route 110 to N. Courthouse Road from 8:45 to 11 a.m., while Route 110 will be closed between Interstate 395 to Interstate 66 at the same time.

Police said street parking will be restricted, and vehicles parked illegally where there are temporary “No Parking” signs could be ticketed or towed.

The Safeway at 1525 Wilson Boulevard can be still be accessed at N. Nash Street or N. Oak Street, while southbound Route 110 will stay open. Metrobuses will detour from N. Moore Street west onto Wilson Boulevard and north on N. Nash Street from their regularly scheduled routes.

by Chris Teale — March 8, 2017 at 4:45 pm 0

BFF Happy Hour

A happy hour event that combines networking with raising money to help combat breast cancer is coming to Clarendon next week.

The third annual “Breast Friends Forever” event, a young professionals’ happy hour that raises money for the Sharon McGowan Breast Health Fund, is taking place on Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at MakeOffices Clarendon (3100 Clarendon Blvd, Ste. 200).

The event will feature cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers, plus a bra decorating contest and raffle.

All donations from the event will go towards funding SMBHF’s efforts to provide uninsured women and men in Arlington and Falls Church with life-saving and preventative breast cancer treatment and tests, giving free access to mammograms, sonograms, biopsies, medical devices and medications.

“We are proud to be sponsoring this event for its third year,” said MakeOffices CEO Raymond Rahbar. “The Sharon McGowan Breast Health fund works hard all year to support our community and this evening allows us to celebrate their efforts.”

The event is also sponsored by TTR Sotheby’s International Realtors. Those interested in attending can RSVP online.

by Chris Teale — March 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

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Monday

The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream *
GMU Arlington, Founders Hall Auditorium (3351 Fairfax Drive)
Time: 6-7 p.m.

A live interview with “Reason Magazine’s” Katherine Mangu-Ward and Tyler Cowen, author of “The Complacent Class” on our desire to be more insulated, comfortable and accepting of the status quo, and what it means for the future of politics, the economy and the very foundation of our culture.

Wednesday

Free First Time Home Buyers Seminar *
Liberty Properties (888 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-8 p.m.

Liberty Properties, Arlington’s premier real estate broker, will cover the entire process of buying a home in this free seminar. The company will also have its preferred lender on hand to explain the pre-approval process, interest rates and get attendees pre-approved if ready.

Wine Dinner: California vs. Italy *
Osteria da Nino (2900 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Enjoy a complimentary glass of Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco to start the evening, before sampling wines and small plate foods from California and Italy paired together. The event will feature a number of classic varietals from distinctive regions. Tickets cost $95 per person for admission.

Helping Arlington Seniors Stay in Their Homes *
Marymount University Phelan Hall (2807 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

The Arlington Committee of 100’s next meeting focuses on helping county seniors remain in their homes. The hall opens at 7pm, dinner ($28 for members, $30 for non-members) begins at 7:25pm, and the program begins at 8pm.

LUNAFEST
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

A traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season’s program of nine films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor – will travel to over 175 cities and screen in front of 25,000 people.

Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment 39th Annual Meeting
Navy League Building (3200 Wilson Blvd.)
Time: 6:30-9 p.m.

The meeting, “What It Means to Be Greener: Ecolabels and Standards for Environmentally Preferable Products” will include a panel presentation about the standards and labels used in the marketplace to guide consumer choices. Featured speakers will be Alison Kinn Bennett from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Jason Holstine from Amicus Green Building.

Saturday

29th Annual Four Mile Run Stream Cleanup
Four Mile Run Valley (5 Locations)
Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Arlington County Park Rangers are calling on volunteers for the 29th annual stream cleanup for Four Mile Run at Madison Manor, Glencarlyn, Barcroft and Shirlington Parks and by Arlington Mill Community Center.

Sunday

Arlington Philharmonic Concert *
Wakefield High School Auditorium (1325 S. Dinwiddie Street)
Time: 4-5:30 p.m.

Join the Arlington Philharmonic for a delightful family friendly concert featuring acclaimed pianist Michael Sheppard and a program of orchestral music inspired by the rich tradition of storytelling.

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by Tim Regan — March 3, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Photo via Crystal City BIDA bike race series that lets cyclists pedal through an underground parking garage has started up again in Crystal City.

The “Wednesday Night Spins” indoor race series held its first match of the year on March 1, according to the event’s organizers.

Though last year’s races were held at the complex at 2345 Crystal Drive, this year’s events are taking place on the G3 and G4 level of the parking garage at 201 12th Street S.

“Wednesday Night Spins hosts races for elites and amateurs with participants in each category competing for weekly prizes and points in pursuit of the Series Title,” the Crystal City BID said on its website.

According to the BID, the races last approximately 35 minutes and take place every Wednesday in March from 6-9 p.m. Each night’s schedule is as follows:

  • 6:00 p.m. — Onsite Registration/Check-in
  • 6:30 p.m. — Beginner Race
  • 7:25 p.m. — Women’s Open Race
  • 8:25 p.m. — Open Race

On the final evening of the series, organizers will combine the beginner and open races and add three more competitions: the “Anything Goes Race,” “Feds Vs. Contractors,” and the “Fixed-Gear Finale.”

Cyclists who want to participate in any of the scheduled races can sign up online. Registration is generally $15 per race, though some are more or less, depending on the match.

The race is free for spectators, who will have access to a wine and beer garden in the building’s lounge.

Photo via Crystal City BID

by Tim Regan — March 3, 2017 at 1:15 pm 0

GMU Arlington charette flyerArlington residents will have a chance to weigh in on what they’d like to see at GMU’s Arlington campus during a two-day event planned for next week.

The campus is scheduled to host a “conversation about George Mason University’s role in developing the nation’s future leaders and influencers” at Founders Hall, which is located at 3351 Fairfax Drive, on March 8 and 9.

The two-day event’s schedule includes a virtual tour of the campus, a presentation and Q&A from AOL co-founder and entrepreneur Steve Case, and break-out “visioning sessions” where attendees can brainstorm about branding, academic priorities and new facility needs.

A large part of the workshops will center on what the college should do with the original campus building at 3401 Fairfax Drive, which is currently vacant.

“We’ve had plans over the years on what to do with this space, but we never got very far,” said Tom Calhoun, a vice president at George Mason University. “We’re taking this opportunity to say, what’s our vision for that space?”

The workshops are free and open to the public.

by ARLnow.com — February 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm 0

Hourly forecast for 2017 Clarendon Mardi Gras parade (via Weather.com)

(Updated at 5:45 p.m.) Organizers are hoping for a Mardi Gras miracle, but it looks like tonight’s parade in Clarendon will be a soggy one.

The 18th annual Clarendon-Courthouse Mardi Gras Parade is slated to kick off at 7 p.m., making its way up Wilson Boulevard from N. Barton Street to N. Irving Street.

2013 Clarendon Mardi Gras paradeAn hourly forecast suggests rain may begin shortly before the parade begins, but Matt Hussmann, executive director of the Clarendon Alliance, says it will go on rain or shine — unless there is lightning in the area.

“We’re going forward and hoping the weather holds off,” said Hussmann. “The Mardi Gras Ball will go on irrespective.”

The annual parade has not had the best luck with weather. It was postponed in 2010, postponed and then cancelled in 2014, and postponed again in 2015 — all due to snow. It rained during the rescheduled 2015 parade.

Screen capture (top) via Weather.com. Photo (bottom) courtesy Jason Dixson Photography.

by Tim Regan — February 27, 2017 at 1:00 pm 0

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Monday

Klan We Talk promotional posterKlan We Talk? *
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road)
Time: 7 p.m.

During the event, a man famous for befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan and convincing them to leave the group will discuss “how his approach caused several Klan members to walk away from those beliefs.”

Tuesday

Mardi Gras Clarendon flyerClarendon Mardi Gras Parade and Ball *
Wilson Blvd from N. Barton to N. Irving Street
Time: 7-11 p.m.

The annual Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade is a free family-friendly event with bands, floats, marchers, dogs and horses. For the second year in a row, the parade will end in a Mardi Gras Ball at Clarendon Ballroom.

King Cake and Slice, photo via Bayou BakeryMardi Gras Parade Party
Bayou Bakery (1515 N Courthouse Road)
Time: 4-7 p.m.

The New Orleans hangout will “party hard, NOLA style,” with food and drink specials slated to last until the parade starts at 7 p.m. The eatery is just one block from where the Clarendon Mardi Gras Parade kicks off.

Whitlows mardi gras partyMardi Gras Menu and Drink Specials
Whitlow’s On Wilson (2854 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 7 p.m.

The Clarendon bar and restaurant will serve a Mardi Gras menu and drink specials to celebrate the annual holiday. The bar also will host a live performance from local group Thunder Buddies Lite at 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday

Ukelele photo via Flickr: Kevin McCarthyUkulele Jam Session
Westover Branch Library (1644 North McKinley Road)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Attendees can try, learn, practice, share and teach at this “low-key” ukulele jam session. The event’s organizers will bring along a limited amount of ukuleles to try. The program is for adults of all skill levels.

Friday

FoundFootageFest-2017-300Found Footage Festival
Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher will exhibit weird and rare VHS tapes during this touring event. This year’s festival will include such gems as “The Law Enforcement Guide to Satanic Cults” and Highlights from David Letterman’s video collection. Pickett and Prueher also will host the festival on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m.

Saturday

CycleBarRide for Arlington Charity Spin Class *
CycleBar (3400 Columbia Pike, Suite 100)
Time: 1:30-2:20 p.m.

Arlington’s newest indoor cycling studio is set to host an event to benefit the Arlington Community Foundation, the largest provider of scholarships in Arlington, a grantmaker to nonprofits and manager of over 150 charitable funds.

BYT_NEWMasquerade Carnival Kickoff Party
Cherrydale Volunteer Fire Department (3900 Lee Highway)
Time: 2-3:30 p.m.

This dance party workout will celebrate “the best season of all,” Carnival. The event will include Caribbean cuisine, a costume contest and “other exciting surprises,” organizers said. Attendees are also encouraged to show up in festival attire such as costumes, masks, feathers and beads.

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by Tim Regan — February 24, 2017 at 11:15 am 0

Klan We Talk promotional posterA man famous for befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan and convincing them to leave the group will hold a talk in Arlington next week.

Author, actor and musician Daryl Davis is scheduled to host a discussion entitled “Klan We Talk?” at the Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Road) on Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m.

During the event, Davis — who authored the 1998 book “Klan-destine Relationships: A Black Man’s Odyssey in the Ku Klux Klan” — will discuss “how his approach caused several Klan members to walk away from those beliefs.”

As detailed in his book, Davis has devoted decades of his life to converting members of the KKK through friendship and discussion. His efforts have been notably chronicled on The Atlantic and in an episode of the Love + Radio podcast.

Davis has also widely discussed his mission on media outlets such as CNN, PBS and NBC. He was most recently the subject of a documentary called “Accidental Courtesy,” a film featured as a New York Times Critics’ Pick.

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