November 2018 Update

Basic RGBUpdate from Embracing Arlington Arts

Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Hope everyone is enjoying our fall weather. We had such an exciting and fun October – starting with our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington! Thanks to everyone who came and kudos to those who participated in the “Come As Your Favorite Artwork” costume contest.

Costume Contest

We again want to thank our generous sponsors without whose support this event would not have been possible:

Curator Level Sponsorship:

Fred Schnider Investment Group/Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, 888 N Quincy St #102, Arlington

JBG Smith, 4445 Willard Avenue, Suite 400, Chevy, Chase, MD

Apprentice Level Sponsorship:

Ballston BID, 4600 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington

Natalie Roy, Bicycling Realty, a Division of Keller Williams Realty, 2101 Wilson Boulevard, #100

CSR Communications, 202-222-8908

HGA, 44 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria
Glenn Lewis, McEnearney Associates, 4720 Lee Highway, Arlington

Mindcubed, 4601 North Fairfax Drive, #1200, Arlington

We want to again acknowledge the many, many restaurants who donated some of their delicious signature dishes. We are asking readers that you consider patronizing these establishments that are so supportive of the arts in Arlington:


Ambar Restaurant/Baba Bar, 2901 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-875-9663

Artisan Confections, 1025 North Fillmore Street (Clarendon). 703-524-0007

Bistro 1521, 900 North Glebe Road (Ballston), 703-741-0918

Cheesetique in Ballston, 800 North Glebe Road (Ballston), 703-566-9189

Circa, 3010 Clarendon Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-522-3010

Fireworks Pizza, 2350 Clarendon Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-527-8700

Heavy Seas Alehouse, 1501 Wilson Blvd. (Rosslyn), 703-879-4388

Lebanese Taverna, 5900 Washington Blvd. (Westover), 703-241-8681

Lyon Hall, 3100 North Washington Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-741-7636

Me Jana, 2300 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-465-4440

Nando’s Peri Peri Chicken in Ballston, 4401 Wilson Blvd. (Ballston), 703-888-5459

Palette 22, 4053 Campbell Avenue (Shirlington), 703-746-9007

Portabellos, 2109 North Pollard Street (Lyon Village), 703-528-1557

ROCKLANDS Barbeque and Grilling Company, 3471 Washington Blvd. (Virginia Square), 703-528-9663

Sushi Zen, 2457 North Harrison Street (Harrison Shopping Center), 703-534-6000

Uncle Julio’s, 4301 North Fairfax Drive (Ballston), 703-528-3131

Whitlow’s on Wilson, 2854 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-276-9693

Wilson Hardware, 2915 Wilson Blvd. (Clarendon), 703-527-4200

And finally we want to thank our beverage partners – New District Brewing Company who supplied some of their original brews and our wine partner A Life Well Drunk.

Embracing Arlington Arts Organization:

Our organization – Embracing Arlington Arts – is moving ahead on several fronts to formalize and move the entity forward. We have begun the application process for becoming a 501c(3) non-profit organization and will soon be looking for Board members and other leadership positions. If you want to help out in any way, please let us know. We need all kinds of talent! In addition, we have begun building our website and it should be up and running very soon.

Media Hits/Community Posts:

We are so indebted to our underwriter Washington Workplace for sponsoring our subscription to ArlNow to allow Arlington arts organizations to publish a Community Post column for free. With a readership of around 250,000, this is a wonderful marketing tool for groups to get the word out about upcoming productions, events, fundraisers or whatever else they want to promote. So far, Embracing Arlington Arts (link to column), Bowen McCauley Dance (link), Jane Franklin Dance (link), and the Arlington Players (link) have had columns published. Stay tuned to the ArlNow Community Post columns to see more from Arlington arts organizations.

Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:

I have had some really good guests on the show over the last several weeks. First, we had the two co-founders of the dance troupe Company Danzante (Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia) talk about the story of how their company was founded and some upcoming performances. We also chatted with Director Matt Bannister and lead actress Brianna Goode about the haunting play “Tape” presented by Dominion Stage.  Then just in time for the Oct. 5 Arts Celebration Mike Katrivanos from our beer partner New District Brewing Company talked about Valley Fest being held in the Shirlington neighborhood.

Switching gears, I was so pleased that DC5 Fox News Reporter (and costume contest judge) Anjali Hemphill joined me to talk about not only what she would be looking for in a winning costume, but also how the arts have positively impacted her both personally and professionally. Returning to our Celebration sponsors, I learned so much from CSR Communications Founder and President Nancy Murphy about strategic planning for non-profit arts organizations.

A very uplifting show followed when Bill Hopkins and Michael Burke joined me to talk about their wonderful Anderson-Hopkins Theatre Award for Excellence that gives financial awards to regional DC theater professionals who make our lives so much richer and fuller. Finally, visual artist Marc Robarge joined me to talk about his unique approach to artworks – that of combining nature into his sculptures.

To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.

2018 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

November 2018

10/30-1/6     –      Billy Elliot The Musical, Signature Theatre

11/2              –      Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

11/2              –      Sultanas Troupe Performance, Langston Brown Senior Center

11/3              –      Performance, Sentimiento Peruano, Gunston I

11/3-11/4     –      Beauty and the Beat, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/9              –      Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

11/10           –       Complete Dogness, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/10           –       Eye Soar, Jane Franklin Dance, Theatre on the Run

11/10           –      Buddha Overcomes All Obstacles, Cambodian American Heritage

11/11           –      Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra & Bowen McCauley Dance Co., Kenmore M.S.

11/15-11/16 –     Count to Ten, A Liberian Folktale, Educational Theater Company, McKinley

11/16-11/18 –     Artful Weekend, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Fort Smith

11/16-12/9   –     Jingle ARGHH the Way, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I

11/17            –     20th Birthday Party, Educational Theater Company, 4301 Wilson Blvd.

11/18           –      Fall Concert, Washington Balalaika Society, Kenmore Middle School

11/29-12/2  –      The Nutcracker, BalletNova, George Mason High School, Falls Church

December 2018

12/4-12/22   –    Motown: The Reprise, Cabaret Series, Signature Theatre

12/4-1/6       –    My Father’s Dragon, Synetic Theater

12/7              –    Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

12/8-12/9     –     Winter Performance, Bowen McCauley Dance Company, Dance Place, DC

12/10            –     Play Reading, SigWorks, Signature Theatre

12/14            –     Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

12/15            –     Holiday Time Warp, National Chamber Ensemble, UU Church of Arlington

January 2019

1/4               –     Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

1/8-1/26      –     Judy Garland: A Star Is Born, Cabaret Series, Signature Theatre

1/11            –      Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

1/11-1/20   –      The Enchanted Bookshop, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I

1/11-1/26  –       Heathers: The Musical, Dominion Stage, Gunston II

1/23-3/10          Ain’t Misbehavin’, Signature Theatre


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