Arlington Public Library is putting on a number of events over the next several weeks to commemorate and celebrate Black History Month.
Highlights include a talk with a James Beard award winner, a documentary screening about one of Arlington’s most famous musicians, and a presentation about the historic Green Valley Pharmacy.
February marks Black History Month which, as the library’s website notes, has origins that date back more than a century ago. In honor of the month, the Arlington Public Library is hosting several programs “to celebrate Black culture and stories.”
Unlike the previous few years, the majority of the events will be in-person this year.
Based in D.C., Twitty has earned recognition for his cooking, writing, and fusing of two culinary histories. There will be an audience question and answer session and a book signing after the discussion.
The talk on Thursday, Feb. 16 is being held in person inside the auditorium at Central Library and seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. It will also be live-streamed and a recording will be available on the county’s YouTube page for 30 days after the event.
On Sunday, Feb. 19, the library is partnering with local PBS station WETA and the Black Heritage Museum of Arlington for a screening of the new documentary about musician Roberta Flack. It will take place at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse on Columbia Pike starting at 7 p.m.
American Masters: Roberta Flack features “exclusive access to Flack’s archives of film, performances, interviews, home movies, photos, hit songs and unreleased music,” the library’s website reads. “The film documents how Flack’s musical virtuosity was inseparable from her lifelong commitment to civil rights.”
The screening is free but registration is required. There will be free popcorn courtesy of WETA.
Later in the month, Green Valley Civic Association Portia Clark will give a “special presentation” about the Green Valley Pharmacy at the Shirlington Branch Library. The local landmark was owned by Doc Muse for decades, where he dispensed medicine to the Black community.
“The longest-operating African American pharmacy in Arlington County and likely the first African-American-owned pharmacy in the county, the Green Valley Pharmacy has helped shape and define the local community for over 60 years,” reads the event listing.
Clark’s presentation will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23 and registration is required.
Several other Black History Month events both online and in person at Central Library, including a kid-aimed production highlighting Black American heroes this Wednesday, a discussion of the 1930s project of interviewing formerly enslaved Virginians, and a family-friendly “musical experience.”
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Looking for something to do this week in Arlington?
Wednesday, September 21 @ 8:00 PM
Busboys and Poets Shirlington (4251 Campbell Avenue)
Saturday, September 24 @ 10:00 AM
Saint Ann Catholic Church & School (980 N. Frederick Street )
Come join us for the Saint Ann Parish Jubilee Festival with games, rides, raffle, silent auction, a beer garden, live music and food!
Saturday, September 24 @ 12:00 PM
Samuel Beckett’s Irish Pub (2800 S Randolph St Ste 110)
Saturday, September 24 @ 12:00 PM
Mattie & Eddie’s (1301 S Joyce St.)
Saturday, September 24 @ 12:00 PM
Osteria da Nino (2900 South Quincy St)
You may not realize this–potato chips actually go really well with wine. Let us teach you more!
Saturday, September 24 @ 2:00 PM
High View Park Playground (1945 N. Dinwiddie St)
Saturday, September 24 @ 8:00 PM
Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre (125 S. Old Glebe Rd)
Join TAP as we strike for our rights in this classic Disney musical!
Sunday, September 25 @ 2:00 PM
Central Library (1015 N Quincy St)
Highlighted items are sponsored
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ARLnow.com often reports on the opening and closing of restaurants in Arlington. Such articles are among the most consistently well-read on the site, which can probably at least partially be attributed to the growth of foodie culture.
At a time when chefs are the new rock stars, what does it take to run a successful local restaurant? What makes one restaurant thrive while others down the block struggle? What is it like to run a restaurant in Arlington and how to local government policies help or hinder local establishments?
We will attempt to answer those and other questions you might have about the local restaurant industry at the first of a series of events ARLnow.com is holding in 2016.
The event is will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26 at A-Town Bar & Grill (4100 Fairfax Drive). It will be hosted by local media personality Sarah Fraser.
Panelists include some of the brightest stars of Arlington’s restaurant scene: Tim Ma of Water & Wall, Mark Fedorchak of Liberty Tavern, Scott Parker of A-Town Bar & Grill, Mikala Brennan of Hula Girl and Javier Candon of SER.
This event is FREE for all. You can see if your friends are going on Facebook.
A limited number of reserved seats are available for those who book through Eventbrite. (Update on 12/22: The reserved seats are sold out.)
The program — a panel discussion discussion followed by an audience Q&A session — will start at 6:30 p.m.
Living Vicky’s One Billion Rising
Today (Feb. 14) from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Rock Bottom Brewery – Ballston Mall (4238 Wilson Blvd)
Living Vicky, a new Arlington non-profit that empowers young women through focused curriculum and mentoring through travel, is hosting a One Billion Rising event.
One Billion Rising invites women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to violence against women.
Living Vicky invites you to join us for a historic day of awareness, solidarity and “shaking our groove thang” in response to One Billion Rising’s call to action. Together, we will send a resounding global message promoting an end to violence against women.
St. Ann Giant Used Book Fair & Bake Sale
Sunday, Feb. 10 from 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
St. Ann Church Parish Hall (5300 10th Street North)
Valentine’s Day Bake Sale & Coffee sponsored by the St. Ann School PTO, plus thousands of gently-used children’s, teen and adult books, paperbacks, hardcovers, fiction and non-fiction, tons of history, politics and biographies. Great prices and something for everyone. Everything must go — we’re bursting at the seams!
Whole Foods Market (2700 Wilson Blvd)
Today, Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Whether you’re single or attached, let Whole Foods Market, Arlington inspire your inner cupid! Join us this Thursday for a “Food for the Mood” themed event. Enjoy 5 plates of food, 5 sips of wine for only $5 at this pre-Valentin’s Day event.
This week’s pairing list includes food like avocado sushi and sugar dipped strawberries.
Arlington Free Clinic Trivia Night at P. Brennan’s
Today (Feb. 5) from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (2910 Columbia Pike)
Please join Arlington Free Clinic for trivia night at P. Brennan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant! We will be there from 5-10PM (trivia goes from 8-10PM, but come early and eat dinner!) – 10% of all food sales will be donated to AFC. There will be a door prize, prizes for trivia winners, and even a special round of questions on the Clinic. Admission is free – bring your friends and family and support AFC!
Street parking is available on 11th Street; free parking is available after 6PM in the garage under The Halstead Building.
‘scapes by Steve Ember – Opening Reception
Today (Feb. 5) from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Piola (1550 Wilson Boulevard)
Steve Ember is a Washington-based photographer, writer, voice over artist, and international radio and television broadcaster. His work has been honored with selection in numerous juried exhibits at galleries in the greater Washington area. Steve’s photographs appear regularly at the Art League Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
‘scapes is Steve’s first exhibit at Piola. The show runs through March 29.
Story Contest: Story of Song w/ Justin Trawick
Today (January 30) from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Busboys and Poets Shirlington (4251 S. Campbell Ave.)
Come out to support the art of bringing true personal stories to the stage OR throw your name in to win $100 for the best story of the night on the theme “Story of Song: Stories About Making Music or Experiencing It.”
The winner will be announced at the end of the night and will receive $100 cash as a prize. The audience will also select its favorite! The winners of our monthly contests go on to compete in Tournaments where the prize jumps to $250. Submit your 100-word story synopsis at storyleague.org or fill out a card at the show.
Beer and Bundle Bash!
Thursday, January 31 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Whole Foods Market (2700 Wilson Blvd)
Join us this Thursday, January, 31st for a “Beer and Bundle Bash” featuring Baltimore and San Francisco beer as well as our Prepared Foods Super Bundle.
5 plates of food, 5 sips of beer for only $5.
Get our Game Grub on!
ELP Friendraiser & Social w/ special guest Hon. Walter Tejada
Wednesday, January 23 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Guarapo Lounge (2039 Wilson Blvd)
Calling ALL former, current & future MENTORS! Mentors are a key part of the success of Edu-Futuro’s Emerging Leaders Program (www.edu-futuro.org). Come meet up with old friends, meet new ones and learn about this initiative! And, find out how YOU can support the success of Latino youth.