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by ARLnow.com — September 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

(Updated at 12:55 p.m.) Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.


Outdoor movie in Crystal CityWilly Wonka
1901 S. Bell Street
Time: 30 minutes after sunset

Crystal City will host an outdoor screening of “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” with the late Gene Wilder as part of its “Sweets and Sips” film series. Moviegoers can get wine and Schakolad Chocolate Factory candy during the showing.

Don Beyer (courtesy photo)Arlington County Civic Federation Candidate Forums
Virginia Hospital Center Hazel Auditorium (1701 N. George Mason Drive)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Candidates for Congress, the Arlington County Board and the Arlington School Board will make their cases for why Arlington residents should vote for them in November.


Art by Billie Allen (Image via Eventbrite/Amnesty International)The Death Penalty: An Artist’s View*
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (4444 Arlington Boulevard)
Time: 7-9 p.m.

Yvette Allen will talk about what she sees as flaws in the criminal justice system as she discuses her brother, Billie, a death row inmate who creates art.


Hot sauce wall at RocklandsRocklands: Pig Roast & Hot Sauce Competition
Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company (3471 Washington Boulevard)
Time: 5:30-8 p.m.

The BBQ restaurant will throw an all-you-can-eat-and-drink pig roast for $25 to raise money for the DC Firefighters Burn Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping burn victims. The eatery also will have its third annual hot sauce competition.

Flag at Saturday's 9/11 Memorial 5K race (photo by maryva2)9/11: Fifteen Years Later
Kenmore Middle School Black Box Theater (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m

Arlington’s Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission will host a discussion with Arlington County Deputy County Manager James Schwartz and Major General James Jackson, who will reflect on the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.


Dee Dee Bridgewater at Rosslyn Jazz Festival 2011 (photo by Runneralan2004)Rosslyn Jazz Fest 2016
Gateway Park (1300 Lee Highway)
Time: 1-7 p.m.

Jazz bands will take the stage in a Rosslyn park for the neighborhood’s annual jazz festival. The day also will include a “Jazz Art Jam” with poets and visual artists, along with a “Kids’ Jazz Zone.”

BuyerSeminarAdPhotoFree Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101)
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Optime Realty will host a home buying seminar with lenders and buyer agents. Elysia Stobbe of NFM Lending will give tips on how to get the best mortgage during the event.

Medal from the Arlington 9-11 Memorial 5K raceArlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race
DoubleTree Hotel (300 Army Navy Drive)
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.

Arlington County’s police, fire and sheriff’s office officials will have a 5K race to raise money for people who were affected by the War on Terror and the September 11, 2001, attacks.


13731017_510706169139390_2012397841639492616_oBeckett’s Celtic Festival
The Village at Shirlington on Campbell Avenue
Time: Noon-7 p.m.

Campbell Avenue will close down for the fourth annual Beckett’s Celtic Festival. The day will include live music, dancers, bagpipers, food and drinks.

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by Adrian Cruz — September 1, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

Rosslyn Jazzfest 2015, photo courtesy Rosslyn BIDA Grammy Award-winning Latin jazz ensemble is slated to headline the 26th annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival next week.

The festival will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 at Gateway Park. Thousands of people are expected to attend the event, according to the Rosslyn BID, which helps organize the festival.

Grupo Fantasma, a Latin funk ensemble from Austin, Texas, is this year’s headlining act. The band’s 2010 album, “El Existentia,” won a Grammy for Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album in 2011.

Other acts scheduled to perform in the festival include vocalist Akua Allrich, guitarist Vieux Farka Touré and the Glen David Andrews Band.

“The Rosslyn Jazz Festival has something for everyone in the community,” said Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn BID. “The festival takes a very modern and accessible approach to jazz with musical groups that have a strong millennial following.”

Along with musical performances, this year’s festival will feature a special where kids can create their own musical instruments and an “art jam” session where attendees can draw, paint or write poems inspired by the festival.

The event will also have beer and wine from local bars and a variety of snacks from area food trucks.

The Arlington County Police Department says it will shut down some roads in the area, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., for the jazz festival. Those road closures include:

  • Eastbound lanes of Lee Hwy between Fort Myer Drive and Lynn Street
  • 19th Street N. between Fort Myer and N. Moore Street

“Heavy pedestrian traffic is anticipated between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.,” the police department said. “Be prepared for delays if you do not detour prior to Fort Myer Drive.”

Photo courtesy Rosslyn BID

by ARLnow.com — August 30, 2016 at 11:20 am 0

Clarendon Day 2016 graphic

The annual Clarendon Day street festival will take place a week earlier than usual this year.

Clarendon Day is now taking place on the third Saturday in September — Sept. 17 — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. That permanent change follows last year’s extension of the event hours by one hour.

This year’s event will include music, food and drink, vendors and a kids area, in addition to a 5K/10K race before the event.

“Clarendon Day is Arlington’s biggest street festival,” the event’s website says. “With four music stages, craft beer and wine, the Clarendon Chili Cookoff, scores of local restaurants, a great kids area, a terrific VIP tent, arts and crafts vendors, plus local businesses and nonprofits, this free event has something for everyone.”

Organizers say they’re expecting more than 30,000 attendees.

Registration is now open for the Clarendon Day Run, which offers both 5K and 10K distances. The race follows a “seriously fast” downhill course from Clarendon to Rosslyn.

This year, however, runners will have to find their own way back to Clarendon following the race.

“Unlike in previous years we are unable to provide Metro cards back to the start line due to Safetrack work and change in WMATA policy for paper Metro cards,” the race’s website says. “Please consider walking or running back to the start (and stopping at Four Courts on the way!) or parking in Rosslyn or Courthouse (be mindful of parking restrictions).”

Clarendon Day is free to attend. Race registration starts at $40, while a separate “Kids Dash” is only $10.

by ARLnow.com — August 29, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.


bee_Nancy-LawsonCreating a Humane Backyard
Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street)
Time: 7-8:30 p.m.

Nancy Lawson, founder of Humane Gardener and a columnist for the Humane Society, will explain how mindful cultivation techniques and native plants can help you create a beautiful, life-sustaining garden for all animals.


IMG_7081Space of Her Own Mentor Info Session*
Randolph Elementary School (1306 S. Quincy Street)
Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Space of Her Own is a yearlong mentoring program that helps transform the lives of fifth-grade girls in need. Find out how you can change the lives of girls in need at this mentoring information session.


Darrell Hammond (photo via Arlington Cinema Drafthouse)Live Comedy: Darrell Hammond
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Legendary impressionist, Saturday Night Live cast member and current SNL announcer Darrell Hammond performs live standup comedy at the Drafthouse. Tickets are $32. Additional performances at 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday.


winebeerPop-Up Try and Buy Tasting Event
Courtyard at 1851 S. Bell Street in Crystal City
Time: 2-6 p.m.

Washington Wine Academy and the Crystal City Wine Shop are hosting an outdoor pop-up beer, wine and cider tasting event Labor Day weekend. Representatives from the breweries and wineries will be there and will chat about their offerings.

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by Tim Regan — August 29, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Photo via Twitter : OverTheEdgeLocal thrill-seekers will have a shot to rappel down the side of a Crystal City hotel building during a charity fundraiser next month.

Over The Edge, an organization that helps raise money for nonprofits across the U.S., is set to partner with Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure during a daredevil event at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City (2799 Jefferson Davis Highway) on Sunday, Sept. 18.

During the challenge, participants who register and raise at least $2,000 to help fund brain cancer research will get the chance to rappel down the side of the hotel. Though the feat might look daunting, no experience is necessary to join in on the fun, organizers said.

Registration costs $75 and reserves attendees a spot on the list. All who want to participate must raise at least $2,000, according to organizers.

Photo via Twitter / Over The Edge

by Andrew Ramonas — August 25, 2016 at 4:30 pm 0

Oktoberfest in Shirlington (Photo via Capitol City Brewing Company)Men in lederhosen and women in dirndls are set to descend on Shirlington for a day of beer drinking, pretzel eating and Bavarian music this fall.

Capitol City Brewing Company is throwing its 17th annual Oktoberfest at The Village at Shirlington (4001 Campbell Avenue) on Saturday, Oct. 1, from noon to 7 p.m.

Admission is $30, which gets festivalgoers who are at least 21 years old a glass and 10 tasting tickets. Extra tickets cost $1, with a five-ticket minimum. But non-drinkers can get in for free.

Capitol City, Mad Fox, Flying Dog and more than five dozen other breweries are expected to offer beer samples at the event. Patrons then can pair their lagers and ales with bratwurst, giant pretzels and other German food on sale during the festival, as they listen to bands play Bavarian tunes.

Beer taps are set to close at 6 p.m.

Photo via Capitol City Brewing Company

by Andrew Ramonas — August 23, 2016 at 3:35 pm 0

Jon Lovitz (Photo via Flickr/Phil Konstantin)A comedian who once played a “master thespian” and a devil on “Saturday Night Live” is scheduled to bring his stand-up show to Arlington next month.

Jon Lovitz is set to take the stage at Arlington Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) from Friday, Sept. 16., to Sunday, Sept. 18. He has Friday and Saturday shows at 10 p.m., as well as Saturday and Sunday performances at 7 p.m.

Lovitz, who also voiced the film reviewer in the animated TV show, “The Critic,” is a “versatile comedic actor instantly recognizable for his distinctive voice, acerbic wit, pear-shaped body, and hangdog eyes,” according to Arlington Drafthouse’s website.

Tickets are $30.

Photo via Flickr/Phil Konstantin

by ARLnow.com — August 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.


strangecreek-floatingBella’s Bartok at Sehkraft Brewing
Sehkraft Brewing (925 N. Garfield Street, Suite A)
Time: 8:30 p.m.-midnight

Modern-pop klezmer band Bella’s Bartok will take the stage at Sehkraft Brewing for a free show. The group describes itself on its website as “what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge’s house band.”


Ball-Sellers HouseCentral Arlington History Tour
Clarendon Metro station at the top of escalators (3100 Wilson Boulevard)
Time: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Center Hiking Club will have a 10-12-mile walk to visit Colonial-era points of interest, Civil War sites and other historic spots in central Arlington, including Clarendon, Ballston, Arlington Forest and Glencarlyn. The walk costs $2 for people who aren’t club members.

Arlington police carACPD Summer Block Party
Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road)
Time: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

The Arlington County Police Department will throw a free block party with food, police dog demonstrations, a distracted driver course and “15 minutes behind the badge,” according to an event post.

Sign on Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse building (photo by wfyurasko)One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State LIVE CCL Improv
Arlington Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Improv theater company Chicago City Limits will put on an interactive show on “CamPAIN 2016,” including “what the Don has Done, the Thrillery of Hillary, and Feeling the Berned Out,” according to a website for the performance. Tickets are $20.


Copy-of-reevesland_learning_center__2011Nelson Reeves 116th Birthday Party
Reevesland Farmhouse (400 N. Manchester Street)
Time: 3-4:30 p.m.

The Reevesland Learning Center is celebrating the 116th birthday of Arlington’s last dairy farmer, Nelson Reeves, with tomato sandwiches, cupcakes and lemonade. Organizers also will tell stories about him and sing, “The Ballad of Nelson Reeves.”

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2016 at 2:30 pm 0

ACPD Summer Block Party 2016, photo via Arlington CountyArlington County Police Department officers are set to bond with locals over free barbecue, games and activities during a summer block party next week.

The police department is scheduled to host a summer block party at Kenmore Middle School (200 S. Carlin Springs Road) on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“This free event provides residents an opportunity to get to know their neighbors and police officers while enjoying interactive stations, safety demonstrations, entertainment, food and much more,” ACPD said in a press release.

Some of the events planned for this year’s block party include a police cruiser expo, K9 demonstration and a “mini academy” where attendees can try their hand at being a cop.

The party will also have a moon bounce and a “kid zone” with badge-making, a “need for speed” police driving experience and an area where kids can try on police gear.

Additionally, the celebration will have “lots of sauce” from Rocklands Barbeque, according to an ACPD promotional video:

Image via Arlington County

by Tim Regan — August 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm 0

St. Patricks Day at OSullivans, photo courtesy of OSullivansAn Irish pub in Clarendon plans to celebrate a milestone birthday by slinging free food and toasting many more years to come with its longtime customers.

O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub (3207 Washington Blvd) is set to host a 10th anniversary party on Sunday, Aug. 28 starting at 3 p.m. The event will feature a free buffet with chicken wings, mashed potatoes, roast beef and other pub fare from 3-6 p.m., said David Morrin, the eatery’s regional manager.

“It’s nice to have a milestone event,” Morrin said. “A lot of restaurants don’t make it very far. We’re excited to be reaching the double digits.”

The party will also have live music from three bands, $5 Guinness and the presentation of two annual awards: Customer of the Year and Employee of the Year.

“We’re going to use this as a thank you for the last 10 years,” Morrin said. “It’s our way to say thanks for keeping us here for 10 years and hopefully into the future.”

Image courtesy O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub

by Jackie Friedman — August 15, 2016 at 12:45 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar


Free Home Buyer Seminar*
Optime Realty (1600 Wilson Blvd, Suite 101)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

The free event will have specialists, including lenders and buyer agents, to give an overview of the buying process. Learn valuable home buying strategies that will save 3 percent or more when purchasing a home. All attendees will receive two guarantees.

1776 announces expansion into Crystal City (photo via @1776)Open Class: Introduction to Sales Funnels
1776 Crystal City (2231 Crystal Drive, 10th Floor)
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Startup incubator 1776 is set to host an introductory class on sales funnels for founders, marketers and anyone working on sales for their startup. The event will include experts and practitioners who have spent years selling.



An Evening with Kelly Sargeant*
Crowne Plaza National Airport (1480 Crystal Drive)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Local Toastmasters Clubs will be hosting a free event where world-renowned public speaker, Kelly Sargeant, will speak to both Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters audience members about empowerment and achievement.


Image via Twitter/Arlington County FairArlington County Fair
Thomas Jefferson Community Center (3501 Second Street S.)
Time: 5 p.m.

The 40th Arlington County Fair kicks off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony featuring Arlington County Board members and light refreshments. The fair continues through Sunday evening. Indoor exhibitions begin Friday afternoon.

Spider Kelly's by ChristakiBar Olympics
Spider Kelly’s (3181 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-9 p.m.

Go for the gold and support Operation Renewed Hope Foundation during the Mix 107.3 Bar Olympics. During the competition, attendees will face off in a variety of bar games. Suggested donation is $10 per individual or $20 per team of two.


Trump Dump, photo via Arlington Cinema and DrafthouseLive Comedy: Trump Dump
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:30 and 10 p.m.

Actor and comedian Anthony Atamanuik, known for his performance as Donald Trump in “Trump vs. Bernie,” will reprise his role as The Donald during a new show that imagines what Trump would say if elected president. In addition to Friday’s shows, Arlington Cinema Drafthouse will put on two performances Saturday at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are available online for $20.

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by Jackie Friedman — August 12, 2016 at 2:00 pm 0

Tulips in bloom at the Netherland Carillon (Flickr pool photo by Joseph Gruber)Fans of the Netherlands Carillon only have four more chances this year to see it in action with a carillonneur behind its keyboard.

The next free concert with the 50-bell musical instrument at 1400 N. Meade Street is scheduled for Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m., according to the National Park Service. Kipp Cortez, a Concord University music professor, is slated to perform.

The other remaining live performances are:

Visitors to the carillon can bring food to eat during the concerts. But picnickers should take their trash home with them.

Seating also is limited. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs.

The concert series, which began in May, includes patriotic, jazz and pop music.

“People should come [to our summer concerts] for the view of the Washington, D.C., skyline and the chance to hear a variety of music played by the world’s leading carillonneurs,” Nassor, the Netherlands Carillon’s director, said in an interview with the Rosslyn Business Improvement District.

Flickr pool photo by Joseph Gruber

by ARLnow.com — August 9, 2016 at 10:00 am 0

Darrell Hammond (photo via Arlington Cinema Drafthouse)Saturday Night Live star Darrell Hammond will be performing live stand-up comedy in Arlington over Labor Day weekend.

Hammond, who had the longest tenure of any SNL cast member, was noted for his impressions of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Sean Connery and, most recently, Donald Trump. Since 2014, he has been SNL’s announcer. Last year he played Colonel Sanders for a KFC ad campaign.

Hammond is performing at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike) on Friday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 3. There are two show times per day: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $32.

by Jackie Friedman — August 8, 2016 at 5:15 pm 0

Arlington Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in Arlington County. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out the event submission form.

Also, be sure to check out our event calendar.



TED Talk Viewing and Discussion: Sports
Westover Branch Library (1644 N. McKinley Road)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Attend a viewing and discussion of a TED Talk about ports. TED Talk viewings include discussions of topics like science, math and evolution of sports, extreme sports and more.


Gala-Flyer-FBWomen Giving Back Benefit Gala
Arlington Arts Center (3550 Wilson Blvd)
Time: 6-10 p.m.

Attend a night of networking, fashion and entertainment. Funds will be raised for Woman Giving Back, a non-profit that provides homeless women and children with clothes to help them enter the workplace and fit in at school.

BigNecessityThe Big Necessity: Book Discussion
Aurora Hills Branch Library (735 S. 18th Street)
Time: 7-8 p.m.

Karen Pallansch, CEO of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, will lead a discussion about a basic human necessity and the constant requirement to dispose of wastewater effectively. Participants will gain insight into the future of sanitation.

Bobby LeeLive Comedy: Bobby Lee
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 7:45 p.m.

Actor and comedian Bobby Lee, best known for his role on TV’s MADtv, brings his standup comedy act to the Pike. Lee has four scheduled performances on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are available online for $25.


Westover Park signLet’s Go Play in the Woods
Westover Park (1001 N. Kenmore Street)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Join the Department of Parks & Recreation for a night of nature. Learn about live animals from the Arlington Nature Centers, make your own butterfly garden starter kit, learn through play with a butterfly migration game, and create some insect crafts.


CSTS-2016-Logo-Color-Trans-SmallCan’t Stop the Serenity
Arlington Cinema Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike)
Time: 2:30-6 p.m.

Can’t Stop the Serenity is a global charity event where Sci-Fi fanatics and film fiends come together every year to support Equality Now in their work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of woman around the world.



Free Concert: King Street Bluegrass
Mount Olivet United Methodist Church (1500 N. Glebe Road)
Time: 6-8 p.m.

Bring friends and family and a picnic for a a free outdoor concert by King Street Bluegrass. Bluegrass Spin Magazine calls their sound “pure magic to the ears.” Frozen treats will be available for purchase from the Inside Scoop food truck.

yvonne_auneAikido of Arlington
Aikido of Arlington (1305 N. Jackson Street)
Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Aikido of Arlington is holding a traditional aiki-weapons class at Glencarlyn Park throughout the summer (weather permitting). Class runs until 11:30 a.m. and is then followed by a potluck cookout. Participants must wear street clothes.

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by Adrian Cruz — August 5, 2016 at 1:15 pm 0

cones-with-a-copLocals will have the chance to enjoy some ice cream with an Arlington County Police officer during a special event in Clarendon next week.

ACPD officers will set up shop outside of Goody’s (3125 Wilson Blvd) next Wednesday from noon-1 p.m. for a community outreach event called “Cones With a Cop,” according to an event flyer.

During the free event, attendees will be able to “get to know the officers and neighbors in your District while enjoying a refreshing treat,” the flyer says.

Image courtesy ACPD


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