September 2017 Update

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Update from Embracing Arlington Arts

Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

We are now a month away from our 1st Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington and we are so excited (and a little nervous!). We have a record number of stellar restaurants donating signature dishes, two exceptional emcees, 7 arts organizations presenting tableaux, an hour-long concert by Jumpin’ Jupiter and hundreds of arts aficionados expected to attend. See more details below and the registration card attached – reserve your tickets today!

Before delving into the Celebration details, we are also so excited to announce that the first Embracing Arlington Arts radio show will be debuting TOMORROW at 3:00 pm on WERA 96.7FM (Arlington’s only radio station). Please tune in on your radio or online ( and listen to our interview with Maggie Boland, Managing Director at Signature Theatre. She will be telling listeners about Signature’s journey from performing out of a middle school to the great space they have now in Shirlington, how the artistic team decides on which productions to perform, their current production of “A Little Night Music” and other upcoming events for the season. We also will be playing a song snippet from their current show. Future radio guests scheduled are Board Director from Dominion Stage Jennifer Lyman who will be discussing their upcoming dark comedy “Any Given Monday,” (September 12), Encore Stage and Studio’s Executive Director Sara Duke who will talk about the unique usage of puppetry in all their performances this season (September 19), and a representative from the Potomac Harmony Chorus who will be discussing their upcoming show “Between You, Me and the Park Bench” (September 26). The show will air every Tuesday from 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Celebration of the Arts in Arlington – Our Financial Sponsors:

We want to do another “shout out” and thank you to the financial sponsors of our Oct. 5 Celebration. Without their support, we certainly could not make this event happen:

Artistic Level Sponsorship

Ballston BID, Clark Construction, and Dante, Inc. (which manages the Ouli App).

Apprentice Level Sponsorship

Arlington Community Federal Credit Union, CSR Communications, Just Hoops Basketball Academy, Neighborhood Restaurant Group (which owns Rustico and Buzz Bakery), and Schupp Companies.

Celebration of the Arts in Arlington – Our Restaurant/Beverage Sponsors:

We are so honored with the overwhelming support we have received from our Arlington restaurants and beverage establishments with over 20 participating entities. Please try to patronize them and express your thanks!

Alexandria Restaurant Partners (which owns Palette 22), Ambar (which also own Baba Bar), Bistro 1521, Bistro 360, Cheestique in Ballston, Copperwood Tavern, Fire Works Pizza; Heavy Seas Alehouse, Mike Isabella’s Arlington Restaurant Kapnos (Isabella also owns Yona and Pepita), Lebanese Taverna, Nando’s Peri Peri, Pancho Villa, Stageplate Bistro; Sushi-Zen, Uncle Julios, and Whitlow’s on Wilson.

Delicious desserts are being provided by Bayou Bakery, Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe, and Portabellos.

Beverages are being graciously provided by Barefoot Winery and New District Brewing Company. Also as a beverage sponsor is Total Wine.

Celebration of the Arts in Arlington – Our Entertainment:

As previously announced, we are so excited to have Remy Munasifi (the Arlington “Rap” Guy) serving as our Master of Ceremonies. Remy’s YouTube videos have been viewed over 90 million times, including his Arlington one ( Remy also can be seen as a regular character actor in the Netflix series “Brown Nation.” He will be joined by longtime Arlingtonian, Community leader and actor William T. Newman who founded the Arlington Community Foundation.

Seven Arlington Arts groups will be presenting “tableaux” of art pieces, artists or other art theme. The participating groups are Arlington Philharmonic, Bowen McCauley Dance, Educational Theatre Company (ETC), Encore Stage & Studio, Jane Franklin Dance, National Chamber Ensemble, and WSC Avant Bard. Come cheer them on and learn about their upcoming seasons.

Following the “tableaux” presentations, our last hour will feature a live concert by Arlington’s own rockabilly band Jumpin’ Jupiter. Here is a link to them playing at Arlington’s Iota Restaurant.

So, for a low ticket price of $50, attendees get all the food they can eat from 17 quality restaurants, delicious desserts from 3 bakeries and restaurants, all the wine and beer you can drink, “tableaux” performances from seven Arlington Arts organizations and an hour-long concert. Plus, you will be able to meet and network with hundreds of arts lovers, artists, performers and political dignitaries from throughout Arlington and beyond AND show your support of the importance of the arts in Arlington.

Keep Spreading the Word:

Already we have over 500 arts patrons and supporters following us on Facebook and on our mailing list. Our goal though is to reach thousands so please keep spreading the word. Forward this email to your friends, colleagues and peers who love the arts. Ask them to “like” and “follow” us on Facebook; follow us on Twitter, #EmbracingArlingtonArts; and join the EAA mailing list ( And please forward the attached registration card so that we can sell out for this 1st Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington!

Janet Kopenhaver, Chair, Embracing Arlington Arts



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