September 2018 Update

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Dear Arts Patrons, Aficionados and Supporters,

Hope everyone had a nice long holiday weekend and bid a proper farewell to summer! We have lots of exciting news to report on the Arts in Arlington. Read on for all the details.

2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington – October 4:

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!! That is right – tickets are now available for our 2nd Annual Celebration of the Arts in Arlington, and it is going to be such a fun evening!! Remember – 100% of the proceeds will benefit Embracing Arlington Arts and our campaign to get a quality performing arts/live music venue built in Arlington – a game changer for the County certainly!

Attached is our registration postcard and please share it widely with your friends, colleagues and family. But most importantly, follow this link to buy your tickets today. Also, we are looking for about 8-10 volunteers to help out in exchange for a comp ticket. If you are interested in helping, please email me at

Here are important details about the Celebration.

As we previously announced, one of the highlights of the evening is a “Come As Your Favorite Piece of Artwork” costume contest. First place prize is a $250 car detail coupon generously donated by Mercedes Benz. The two runner ups will each win a $75 gift certificate for dining at Copperwood Tavern.

We are so honored to have this slate of judges who are donating their time to help us out.

Slate of Judges:

U.S. Congressman Rep. Don Beyer

Arlington County Board Vice Chair Christian Dorsey

NBC4 Anchor/News Reporter Doreen Gentzler

Fox 5 DC News Reporter Anjali Hemphill

Freelance Writer/Reviewer Jane Horwitz

This Celebration also would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. Many thanks to the following companies and individuals for your support of the arts in Arlington!

Curator Level Sponsorship:

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

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 are donating some of their delicious signature dishes. (We also want to take this time to correct an inaccurate address for Rocklands Barbeque that appeared in last month’s Update. The restaurant is located on Washington Blvd. Sorry about that Rocklands!) 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, 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

Our Celebration night will end with an hour of live music performed by the Walkaways. Get ready to dance! Of course, dancing will make you thirsty so THANKS to our two beverage sponsors. For our beer drinkers, New District Brewing Company will be supplying some of their original brews. Our wine partner is A Life Well Drunk.

Please purchase your tickets, spread the word widely, and share our registration postcard. We want to pack the house, celebrate the arts and make this a big success! Thank you for your support and help.

County Board Candidate Debate on the Arts – August 13:

Embracing Arlington Arts, in partnership with Arlington Independent Media, hosted a County Board Candidate Forum on the Arts in Arlington last month. It was a standing room only crowd of very energetic arts supporters. Thank you everyone who came out to listen to the candidates discuss the arts. It was uplifting to hear both for them stress the importance and positive impact the arts have in Arlington. To watch the forum in its entirety, click here.

Media Hits:

Two media outlets picked up our story about the Arts Forum. InsideNova covered the upcoming event in this story. ArlNow did a story following the event which can be found here.

Also, we are excited to announce that starting on September 10, Embracing Arlington Arts will be publishing biweekly “Community Post” columns in ArlNow. Every two weeks another Arlington arts organization will be given the opportunity to publish a column about their organization, upcoming productions or whatever else they want to promote for FREE. It will be a wonderful marketing opportunity and a prime example of how Embracing Arlington Arts is trying to assist and give more visibility to our many quality arts organizations. We especially want to send many, many thanks to our sponsor – Washington Workplace – for allowing us to pursue this initiative.

Radio Show on WERA 96.7FM:

We were so pleased to have three of our Celebration Sponsors on the Embracing Arlington Arts radio show this past month. First, we conducted a very interesting discussion with d’Andre Willis, an architect and principle at the HGA firm about the unique expertise of designing performing arts theaters and museums, as well as their latest project out at Tysons. We also had the Ballston BID Executive Director Tina Leone on the show and heard about future plans and events for the BID, as well as her vision for arts in Ballston. Today at 3:00 pm I will be talking to Mary Schnider and Marty Schnider, from the Fred Schnider Investment Group who will be talking about their company and the wonderful Fred Schnider Gallery of Art they opened on Quincy Street. (You can listen in here.)

We also talked with Mark Bower and Todd Daniel from the band “The Walkaways” who will be performing at our Oct. 4 Celebration. They shared some their songs on the air so we could all get pumped up about their performance at our event. Finally, I was honored to invite to the studio one of the lead actresses performing now at Signature Theatre’s production of “Passion” Natascia Diaz. It was a wonderfully insightful chat about her career and unique experience playing Rita in West Side Story. To listen to these interviews, or any others in the past, follow this link.

2018 Arlington Arts Groups Performances and Events

September 2018

8/14-9/23     –    Passion, Signature Theatre

9/7                –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

9/18-11/11   –    Heisenberg, Signature Theatre

9/21-10/6     –    Tape, Dominion Stage, Gunston Theatre 2

9/15              –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

9/22              –    Ballet Nova Dance Performance, Clarendon Day

9/22-9/29     –    The Last American Hammer, UrbanArias, Atlas Performing Arts Center

9/29-9/30     –    Arlington Visual Arts Studio Tour, info at

9/30              –    Valley Fest Street Festival, 2709 South Oakland Street

October 2018

10/1              –    Play Reading, SigWorks, Signature Theatre

10/3-11/4     –    Sleepy Hollow, Synetic Theater

10/5              –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Underground

10/5-10/20   –    Hunchback of Notre Dame, Arlington Players, Thomas Jefferson MS

10/5-10/14   –    Ghostchasers, Encore Stage & Studio, Gunston I

10/12            –    Opening Reception, Arlington Artists’ Alliance, Gallery Clarendon

10/12            –    Sultanas Troupe Performance, Walter Reed Senior Center

10/13            –    Cantate Chamber Singers and Bowen McCauley Dance Co.

10/18-11/19  –   Illyria, Or What You Will, WSC Avant Bard, Gunston II

10/20             –   Masters of the Italian Baroque, National Chamber Ensemble, Gunston I

10/20-11/9    –   A Sidewalk Stroll, Encore Stage & Studio, 4000 Lorcom Lane

10/26             –   Sultanas Troupe Performance, Carlin House (4300 Carlin Springs Road)

10/27             –    Costume Caper 5K, Encore Stage & Studio, Bluemont Park

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

November 2018

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

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

11/11             –      Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and Bowen McCauley Dance Co.

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

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

11/28-12/4          –              The Nutcracker, BalletNova, Kenmore Middle School

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