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2018 Spotlight on the Arts Schedule of Events

2019 Event Schedule Will Be Posted April 2019

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Fri, April 20, 7PM
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Opening Gala
Old Town Hall
Opening Gala honoring the City of Fairfax for the 33rd annual Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, performances by outstanding young musicians and performers from George Mason University. Contact 703-273-6097 to buy tickets.

April 20 & 21, 8PM
April 22, 2PM
Mason Opera: “Albert Herring” – Comic Opera by Benjamin Britten
Mason School of Music
Harris Theatre, GMU
Albert Herring is a comic opera set in the imaginary East Suffolk Town of Loxford at the turn of the 20th century. The score contains some of Britten’s wittiest musical invention and his gifts for parody and caricature are given full reign. However, the work is far from being mere farce: Albert is a sympathetic and credible figure who, tied to his mother’s apron-strings and frustrated by small-town pieties, embarks on a debauched ‘rake’s progress’, a theme fully in keeping with the composer’s favorite subject of the loss of innocence. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Fri, April 20, 8PM
Great Performances at Mason
“The King’s Singers”

Concert Hall, GMU

50th Anniversary Tour

This acclaimed a cappella sextet offers a sublime performance of diverse and compelling vocal works. From Renaissance madrigals to contemporary, popular music, The King’s Singers is known for their extensive repertoire and strong command of varied styles. Consummate entertainers, the singers’ renditions are marked by immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction, and incisive timing. At a recent concert, The Washington Post affirmed, “Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony.” Over the past fifty years, The King’s Singers has secured its place as “the superlative vocal sextet” (The Times, London).Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Sat, April 21, 2PM – 4PM
Fairfax Art League: Spotlight Reception & Awards

Old Town Hall


The Fairfax Art League will be having a reception and awards as part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival at the Old Town Hall Gallery, from 2-4pm. The Fairfax Art League exhibit will feature the artwork of its members. Many media will be represented - oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, collage, photography, etc. The show will be judged, and ribbons and monetary prizes will be awarded. The public is invited to view the show, meet our artists, enjoy musical entertainment by Sior-Og, and sample our delicious buffet. Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481.

April 21 & 28, 2PM, 7PM
April 22 & 29, 2PM
Shoestring Theatre Company
“The Best Doctor in Town”
Pacers Pop-Up Theatre Space
10427 North St., Fairfax

Set in Southwest Virginia against the backdrop of a dying coal industry and the expansive Remote Area Medical Program, the play asks the questions of who can one trust and how can desperate people cope.  Inspired by actual events, the play follows the story of the small town’s most revered doctor, who may just be an identity thief and serial killer.  But a local police officer with a tarnished reputation, a reporter who manipulated facts and the doctor’s chief intern, who may be a thief, have pieces of the puzzle.  All the while, patients are dying and no one in authority believes the great doctor could be responsible. Visit www.shoestringtheatrecompany.com for more information.

Sat, April 21, 5PM – 8PM
Off the Wall
Mason School of Art

Art & Design Building, GMU

Mark your calendar now to experience Off the Wall, a benefit event hosted by Mason’s School of Art, and programs in Computer Game Design and Film and Video Studies to celebrate the visual arts at Mason. You will experience the diverse talents of our visual arts students. Studios and galleries will be open throughout the evening which will give you the opportunity to see the artist in action and participate in interactive experiences and a silent auction.  Food and beverage stations will be located throughout the building for your enjoyment. 

For sponsorship and ticket information, visit cvpa.gmu.edu/wall or contact Emily Rusch at 703-993-3872 or erusch2@gmu.edu.
Proceeds from the event will benefit student scholarships, visiting artists programs, and The Contemporary Mural Arts Festival at Mason.

Sat, April 21, 7PM – 10PM
Britepaths Artful Living: “Empowerment”
The Sherwood Center

Join us at Artful Living! An evening of Art, Wine and Strengthening Our Community in association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Enjoy fabulous musical entertainment while perusing amazing works of art, and sampling fine wine, craft brews, and sumptuous hors d’oeuvres. All art work will be for sale, with Britepaths receiving 50% of the sale price. Enjoy a live auction and fund-a-need appeal. Proceeds from the evening will benefit Britepaths’ programs and the Spotlight on the Arts Scholarship Fund.  For more information and to register, visit britepaths.org.

Sat, April 21, 8PM
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
“Connections Through Time”
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Christopher Zimmerman, conductor

PROGRAM
Bach: Keyboard Concerto in G minor, BWV 1058
Glass: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Regional Premiere)
                  Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Elgar: Introduction and Allegro for Strings

Simone Dinnerstein returns to perform the regional premiere of a new concerto written for her by renowned composer Philip Glass.  "I have been a fan of Glass since my teens. In fact, his music drama "The Photographer" was the first live event I attended without an adult, and I have always associated his music with coming of age” says Dinnerstein. “There are almost no concertos written for piano and strings since Bach's time. Both Glass and I have a strong interest in Bach and how his music impacts us today. The pairing of the Bach concerto with his own composition will create myriad strands of connectivity enabling the listener to create bridges between the old and new."

For more information visit www.fairfaxsymphony.org or call 888-945-2468.

Sun, April 22, 2PM
Washington Chamber Orchestra
“Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns”
The Sherwood Center

One of his most popular works, but Saint-Saëns premiered his ‘grand zoological fantasy’ privately. It was written as a bit of fun for friends, Each of the music's 14 movements represents a different animal, including a lion, donkey, and elephant, as well as fossils, an aquarium, an aviary and - Saint-Saëns' little joke - pianists, possibly the most dangerous animal of them all!

The music is beautiful, funny, and clever all at once. The Swan, one of the most iconic movements, is scored for two pianos and a cello solo, with the calming cello tune representing the bird's effortless gliding, and the rolling piano chords paint a musical picture of the swan's hidden feet, paddling furiously under the water. For more information visit www.thewco.org.

Sun, April 22, 4PM
Main Street Community Band - Spotlight Concert
The Sherwood Center
The Main Street Community Band presents a fun, upbeat concert reflecting the mood and excitement of spring. Don't miss this annual highlight of the City of Fairfax's "Spotlight on the Arts" series. www.fairfaxband.org

Sun, April 22, 6PM – 9PM  
11th Annual Spotlight Bluegrass & American Roots
The Auld Shebeen
3971 Chain Bridge Rd, Fairfax

Bluegrass at The Auld Shebeen with Andrew Acosta and Friends. Andrew Acosta is a traditional/roots/originals guitarist and singer from the Washington, D.C. area. He performs both solo and as leader of The Andrew Acosta Band with Rosser Clark and John Kaparakis on guitars, Harold Richmond on bass and Dave Elliott on snare drum and percussion.  Free and open to the public. Visit www.andrewacosta.com for more information.

Sun, April 22, 7PM 
Great Performances at Mason
“The Hot Sardines”
Concert Hall, GMU
“One of the best jazz bands in New York today” (Forbes) makes its debut at the Center where they transport the audience to New York speakeasies, Parisian jazz cabarets, and New Orleans jazz clubs. Acclaimed for their brassy arrangements, rollicking piano melodies, and smoky vocals, The Hot Sardines stand apart for the innovation, verve, and sheer joy they bring to music, both old and new. Pianist Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol, met in 2007 at a jazz jam session and bonded over their love for Fats Waller. Also influenced by such greats as Dinah Washington, Louis Armstrong, and Billie Holiday, they began playing small gigs, and by 2011, they were headlining Midsummer Night Swing at New York’s Lincoln Center. Recently, they have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out top NYC venues, toured from Chicago to London, and have released two critically acclaimed albums. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Mon, April 23, 10:30AM
Funday Monday
- Peter McCory - One Man Band
Old Town Hall
Every Monday there will be family programming. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more! 
Programs are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Mon, April 23, 2PM
Free Yoga
Center for the Arts Lobby, GMU
Join Alyssa Hadley, resident yoga instructor of Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB), for free yoga classes in the Center for the Arts’ lobby. These “yoga for well-being” sessions offer a safe space for the Mason community to unite, relax, and destress. They include instruction in beginning level postures, breathing practices, and guided relaxation. Classes are open to students, faculty, and staff of George Mason University as well as the general public. No prior experience needed. Please bring your own mat. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information.

Tues, April 24, 10:30AM
Storytime in the Park
Old Town Square

Tuesdays at 10:30am, April - May, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library.  Events will take place in Old Town Square.

Tues, April 24, 7PM
An Evening with Professor Kinter
“How Climate Change is Affecting Virginia”
Old Town Hall (second floor)

George Mason University, Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, and The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend a lecture by Professor Jim Kinter, Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) at George Mason University. Professor Kinter will provide a talk on how climate change is affecting Virginia.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that everybody is inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of the changes observed in the past half-century. The citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth of Virginia are not exempt from the changes Earth will experience during the rest of this century – there will be a new normal and we all need to prepare for it. The most obvious impacts of our changing climate on Virginia are already evident in the Tidewater region, with rising sea levels increasing nuisance floods and exacerbating the effects of tropical storms that infrequently reach the shores of the Chesapeake. Less immediate, but potentially more damaging are the relentlessly hot summers we can expect by mid- to late-21st century. And there will be impacts on our economy as the coal mining industry dwindles and Virginia businesses begin to exploit our sun and wind resources to generate renewable energy. Knowing where, when, and by how much climate will change in the Commonwealth, and where and how to exploit natural resources, are critically important aspects of planning and preparing for changes that are decades in the making. Prof. Kinter will describe Mason research that is focused on this question, emphasizing what we have learned about predicting future weather and climate in the mid-Atlantic region and what remains to be done to advance our understanding to actionable predictions.

Thu, April 26, 10:30AM
Lace Time Pottery Class with Paint Your Own Pottery

Young at Heart Senior Center
Green Acres Center

Admission is $15.  For more information please call 703-359-2487.

Thu, April 26, 5:30PM
Fall for the Book Pop-Up Lit Night
Pacers Pop-Up Theatre Space
10427 North Street, Fairfax
Fall for the Book’s New Pop-Up Lit Nights invite the community to Happy Hour appreciations of literature and storytelling. Bring your friends and enjoy food and fun. Readings take place on the last Thursday of each month, January through April. Free parking is available.  For more information visit www.fallforthebook.org/pop-up-lit-nights/or call 703-352-ARTS.

Thu, April 26, 7PM
John Mason Arts Achievement & Business Awards
The Sherwood Center
Presented by Fairfax Commission on the Arts. The “John Mason Arts Achievement & Business Awards” were established in 2001, to recognize individuals and businesses who have made a significant contribution to the development of the arts (dance, music, theatre, literature, visual arts or other art disciplines) within the City of Fairfax Community. For more information visit www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts.

Thu, April 26, 8PM
Mason Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band
Concert Hall, GMU
Mason Wind Symphony under the direction of Professor Mark Camphouse and Mason Symphonic Band under the direction of Professor John Kilkenny & Denton Stokes. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Fri, April 27, 7PM
Fairfax High School Jazz Ensemble with U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Band
The Sherwood Center
Fairfax Jazz is an after-school academic class and ensemble open to all members of FHS Band, Chorus and Orchestra. The ensemble rehearses once a week from mid-November to mid-May. Our jazz ensemble plays repertoire from a variety of musical genres including swing, altin, samba, bossa nova, and rock. Fairfax Jazz travels to several regional competitions during the Spring.
www.fhsbands.org

April 27, 28, May 3, 4, & 5, 7PM
April 29 and May 5, 1PM
FX Players - Disney’s “The Little Mermaid”
Fairfax High School
3501 Rebel Run, Fairfax
Music by Alan Menken, Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater
Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories and the classic animated film, Disney's The Little Mermaid is a hauntingly beautiful love story for the ages. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner, Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater and a compelling book by Doug Wright, this fishy fable will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including "Under the Sea," "Kiss the Girl" and "Part of Your World."
Tickets available at fxplayers.org.

April 27 & 28, 8PM
April 28, 2PM
Mason Chorale Broadway Showcase
Harris Theatre, GMU

Mason Chorale Broadway Showcase presented by the Mason School of Music. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.  
April 27 & 28, 8PM
April 28, 2PM
Mason Players “Originals”
TheatreSpace, GMU

Expect a few changes to our approach to student artistic expression! New scripts, artistic performances and creative offerings inspired by our students will drive this final theatrical celebration of the season. Programming varies throughout the weekend and will be announced in the Spring. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information.

April 27, 28, May 3, 4, 5, 8PM
April 29 and May 6, 3PM

“Orson the Magnificent – The Magic of Orson Welles”
City of Fairfax Theatre Company
Old Town Hall
Direct from its extended run at the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, "Orson the Magnificent" explores a little-known side of cinema legend Orson Welles: his lifelong love of magic. DC Theater Scene rates it a perfect five stars, calling it "an utterly enjoyable ride with awe-inspiring tricks!" Local actor and magician Lars Klores, last seen at CFTC in his role as Professor Harold Hill in "The Music Man," portrays Welles as he spins tales of the great magicians while performing his own astounding feats of mind-reading and illusion. Half magic show and half dramatic biography, this unique production is sure to enchant and entertain audiences on the CFTC mainstage this season.
Sponsored by the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts
For tickets and information visit www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org.

Sat, April 28, 10AM - 5PM
Fairfax History Day
Historic Blenheim
Explore the nineteenth century in Fairfax with living history presentations, exhibits, and historic tours. Meet a scientist and a tradesman and learn about African-American life.  Enjoy period music, family activities, tours of the Historic Blenheim House and its Civil War Union soldier graffiti, wagon rides and much more!   $5/Adults * $3/Youth- 3-12 * Free/2 and under
For further information call (703) 591-0560.

Sat, April 28, 10AM - 3PM
Chesapeake Lace Guild
10th Annual Lace Day
The Sherwood Center

CRLG Lace Days are held each spring in Virginia and each fall in Maryland. They are open to anyone interested in learning about lacemaking, lace identification, or other fiber-related arts. The day usually starts with short business meeting, and this is followed by a guest speaker, mini-workshops led by CRLG members, and shopping for supplies and those hard-to-find books!
Visit www.crlg.org for more information.

Sat, April 28, 11:30AM
Woman’s Club of Fairfax Fashion Show
American Legion Post #177
3939 Oak Street, Fairfax

The Woman’s Club of Fairfax presents “ALOHA FAIRFAX” Fashion Show and Luncheon by Chico’s of Fairfax Corner. The Woman's Club of Fairfax is a unified group of women dedicated to enhancing the lives of families and strengthening their community through volunteer service. In association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Contact Diane Tuininga at 703-385-8294, diane8294@aol.com or Betty Powell at 703-273-3216, bpowe1@aol.com. Tickets are $40 per person. For more information visit www.fairfaxwc.org.

Sat, April 28, 7PM
MCT Fest (Music, Computer, Technology)
Fairfax Academy for Communications & Arts
The Sherwood Center

In association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. For more information visit fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu.
Sun, April 29, 11AM – 1PM
Acting for Young People – Student Playwright Festival

The Sherwood Center

Join AFYP student playwrights as they present their work in a morning of staged readings, featuring professional and student actors.  Free and open to the public. Visit www.afyp.org for more information.

Sun, April 29, 2PM – 4PM
Mason Community Arts Academy Faculty & Student Concert
The Sherwood Center

The Mason Community Arts Academy presents a program of instrumental and vocal music performed by students and faculty. Free and open to the public – children encouraged to attend! For more information visit MasonAcademy.gmu.edu. 
Sun, April 29, 6PM – 9PM
Acting for Young People – “Mary Poppins in Concert”
The Sherwood Center

Join AFYP’s students in a “practically perfect” presentation of selected musical numbers from Mary Poppins.  Free and open to the public. Visit www.afyp.org for more information.
Sun, April 29, 7PM
Great Performances at Mason
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: Bach and Chopin - A Musical Kinship
Concert Hall, GMU
Did you know that Bach was Chopin's favorite composer? Become a classical music insider when virtuoso pianist and entertaining storyteller Jeffrey Siegel returns to our stage for his 25th season with a program exploring Bach’s influence on Chopin. Hear vivacious dances, dramatic Preludes, and romantic, improvisational Fantasies by both composers. Popular with classical music aficionados and novices alike, Siegel’s unique “concerts with commentary” format tells the story behind the music. “A first-class musician who can sketch and color with greatness” (The London Times). An interactive Q & A concludes this program. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Mon, April 30, 10:30AM
Funday Monday
- Arty Party with Young at Heart Seniors*
Old Town Hall
Every Monday there will be family programming. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more! 
Programs are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Mon, April 30, 8PM
International Jazz Day Concert
Mason School of Music
Concert Hall, GMU

International Jazz Day Concert presented by the Mason School of Music. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Tues, May 1, 10:30AM
Storytime in the Park
Old Town Square
Tuesdays at 10:30am, April - May, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library.  Events will take place in Old Town Square.

Tues, May 1, 7:30PM
Vienna-Falls Chorus, Sweet Adelines*
The Sherwood Center
Vienna-Falls, under the direction of Claire Gardiner, Master Director, is a performing and competing chorus for women of all ages. If you like to sing, enjoy musical harmony, choreographed dance, applause, stage performance, and the excitement of competition, we invite you to visit us in person, and audition for membership. www.viennafalls.org/

Tues, May 1, 8PM
Mason Jazz Vocal Concert
Mason School of Music
Concert Hall, GMU
Join us for an evening of music dedicated to Jazz Vocals! Performances by Mason Jazz Studio soloists and the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Darden Purcell. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

Wed, May 2, 11AM – 2PM
Young at Heart Senior Center Open House*
Green Acres Center
Kick off Older Americans Month in the City of Fairfax by attending the Young at Heart Senior Center Open House. In association with the Creative Aging Festival.  For more information please call 703-359-2487.

Wed, May 2, 7:30PM
Historic Fairfax City, Inc. & Mason
History of George Mason University
Old Town Hall

Free and open to the public.  For more information visit www.historicfairfax.org.
Thu, May 3, 7:30PM
The Call To Creativity*
The Sherwood Center
Freeman Patterson Lecture in association with Osher Life Long Learning Center

Enjoy an evening with Freeman Patterson, photographer and writer.

Mr. Patterson, a world-renowned photographer and teacher, will discuss the idea of “Creativity” as applied to photographic work.  His personal efforts range from documentary to impressionistic; resonating with themes inherent in the natural world.  Freeman will begin his presentation with a talk about the nature of creativity and ways to nurture and develop the creativity with which we are all born.  He includes stories of people who have used their creativity under great difficulty to benefit others and follows with a series of photographs (with commentary) that illustrate his main points and reveal how both the symbols in our dreams and the symbols in our art tell our life story.

Thu, May 3 - 6
GMU

Mason Film Festival and FAVS@10 Celebration
Film and Video Studies is proud to announce our 6th Annual Mason Film Festival! Mark your calendars for a celebration of student filmmakers from the Film and Video Studies Program. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Check for venues and times.
Please click here to view the full schedule.
favs.gmu.edu

Fri, May 4, 8PM
School of Music
Mason Wind Symphony & Ohio State Band Concert
 
Concert Hall, GMU

The Ohio State University Bands have enjoyed a wonderfully rich history. From humble beginnings in 1879 as a sixteen-piece commencement band, the Ohio State band program has developed into one of national prestige, serving approximately 650 student musicians annually.

The George Mason University Wind Symphony, led by composer-conductor Mark Camphouse is a select ensemble comprised of outstanding wind, brass, and percussion players in the School of Music and the University. The ensemble’s mission is to study and perform the best literature available for wind band, while emphasizing soloistic and orchestral performance practice. 

Come watch these two reputable ensembles perform together on a fun-filled musical program! Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.

May 4 & 5, 8PM
Dance Innovations with Mason School of Music
Harris Theatre, GMU

New work by various emerging choreographers. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets. 
Sat, May 5, 2PM – 8PM
Derby-Q, BBQ, Blues, Bourbon & Brews $        
 
Old Town Square
This community festival will feature specialty beer and bourbon tastings along with a variety of BBQ vendors. Live blues bands will perform on stage while the crowds anxiously await the Greatest Two Minutes in Sports - the Kentucky Derby to be shown on the big screen.
www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/special-events/derby-q

Sat, May 5, 7:30PM
Avant Fairfax – an eclectic evening of music & art
The Sherwood Center

For more information visit www.fairfaxspotlight.org
Sun, May 6, 1PM – 5PM
An Afternoon with AFYP
Acting for Young People
The Sherwood Center

Acting for Young People presents a FREE enchanted afternoon. Come experience our programs firsthand at this fun family event. Kids (and parents!) will even have the opportunity to learn a dance from our upcoming production of Mary Poppins, Jr. Students in our showcase program will perform popular songs from Mary Poppins, Jr. throughout the day. Visit www.afyp.org for more information.

Sun, May 6, 3PM – 4PM
“Tubas in the Park”
Mason Tuba Concert Band
Old Town Square
The George Mason University Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble has been in existence for over 11 years. It draws from a diversified student population of both music majors and non-majors. They have appeared in the Potomac Arts Academy Regional Conference at GMU, the 2015 Northeast Tuba/Euphonium Regional Conference in Ithaca, NY, the 2016 United States Army Band Tuba Euphonium Conference, Ft. Meyer, VA, the 2016 International Tuba Euphonium Conference in Knoxville, TN as well as appearances on and off the GMU campus.

Sun, May 6, 7PM - 8:30PM
"Mostly Jazz"
Fairfax Saxophone Quartet

The Sherwood Center
Join the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet (FSQ) as part of the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts 2018, as we present a program we call, “Mostly Jazz.” Among the many selections, you will hear music of Erroll Garner, Rick Hirsch, Bill Holcombe, Pedro Iturralde, Mark Watkins, and more. The concert is free, as is parking at the Sherwood Community Center. For more information visit www.fairfaxband.org.

Mon, May 7, 10:30AM
Funday Monday - Mr. Skip and St. Leo’s School
Fairfax Commission on the Arts
Old Town Hall

Every Monday there will be family programming. It is open to children of all ages, however especially for those who haven’t yet started school! There will be music, movement, story telling, performances, crafts, and more! 
Programs are free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Mon, May 7, 2PM
Free Yoga
Center for the Arts Lobby, GMU

Join Alyssa Hadley, resident yoga instructor of Mason’s Center for the Advancement of Well-Being (CWB), for free yoga classes in the Center for the Arts’ lobby. These “yoga for well-being” sessions offer a safe space for the Mason community to unite, relax, and destress. They include instruction in beginning level postures, breathing practices, and guided relaxation. Classes are open to students, faculty, and staff of George Mason University as well as the general public. No prior experience needed. Please bring your own mat. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information.

Tue, May 8, 10:30AM
Storytime in the Park in association with the Fairfax County Public Library
Old Town Square

Tuesdays at 10:30am, April - May, weather permitting in association with Fairfax County Public Library.  Events will take place in Old Town Square.

Tue, May 8, 11AM – 12PM
“All About Dogs”
MVLE and BodyWise Dance
The Sherwood Center

MVLE Moves presents our 2018 production, All About Dogs, an immersive, participatory, theater-in-the-round performance celebrating the way we love our dogs and the way they love us back. All performances are free of charge and open to the public.

MVLE, Inc. is a nonprofit whose mission is focused on creating futures one person at a time for individuals with disabilities through community-based employment and support services. The MVLE Moves program provides weekly performing arts education and movement therapy for over 150 individuals.

Questions about MVLE or the performance please contact 703-337-4846.

Tue, May 8, 6PM, 8PM
School of Dance
Dance Studio Series Performance

deLaski 3009 - Dance Studio, GMU

Learn more about a new choreographer’s creative process. Visit www.cfa.gmu.edu for more information and tickets.
Thu, May 10, 6:30PM
Jazz Happy Hour
City of Fairfax Chamber of Commerce

De Clieu Coffee Shop
10389 Main Street, Fairfax

Enjoy an evening of jazz and delightful entertainment.
Thu, May 10, 7PM
“A Evening in Korea”
Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts

The Sherwood Center

In association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. For more information visit fairfaxacademy.fcps.edu.
Fri, May 11, 11AM
Mother’s Day Tea
Young at Heart Senior Center

Green Acres Center

For more information please call 703-359-2487.
Fri, May 11, 7:30PM
“An Evening in Germany”

Alte Kameraden Concert
The Sherwood Center
Enjoy an evening with City of Fairfax German Band.
The “Alte Kameraden” is the German Band unit of the City of Fairfax Band. The “Old Comrades” have introduced American audiences to the lush, spirited festmusik played by Bavarian bands since 1977. The ensemble is an authentic blaskapelle wind band that performs music of the alpine village bands. www.fairfaxband.org

Sat, May 12, 10AM – 6PM
Mural Jam
Old Town Square

An amazing event! Sponsored by Kimco Realty
Sat, May 12, 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Northern Virginia Ceili
Irish Dance
Green Acres Center
Northern Virginia Ceili - Family Irish Country Dancing with Ceili Band Shepherd's Pie. Free Coffee, Tea, and Irish Soda Bread.
Sponsored by the Ancient Order of the Hibernians and the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts
www.fairfaxva.gov/culturalarts

Sat, May 12, 8PM
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
“A Night at the Opera, A 60th Anniversary Celebration”
Danielle Talamantes, soprano
Carl Tanner, tenor
Concert Hall, GMU
with the
Fairfax Choral Society and Music & Arts Chorus

PROGRAM
Celebrate the FSO’s 60th Anniversary with beloved arias and duets with soprano Danielle Talamantes and tenor Carl Tanner.  From the majesty of Aida to the tenderness of La Boheme and the unabated romance of Turandot Nessun Dorma, experience an unforgettable evening filled with soaring melodies and tender duets from Verdi, Puccini, and Bernstein.
Thu, May 17, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Hometown Thursdays

Witness Protection
Old Town Square

All Ages. Third Thursdays in May, June, August, & September

The new series will host local bands from the Fairfax Area. Hometown Thursdays is an opportunity to meet up with friends, grab dinner at one of the many restaurants in downtown, and listen to great music.  This is a free, family-friendly event for all ages!
Click here for more details and the full schedule.

Sat, May 19, 10AM – 3PM
21st Annual Antique Car Show and Bluegrass
City Hall
Presented by the Northern Virginia Regional Group of the Early Ford V-8 Club, City of Fairfax, and the Downtown Fairfax Coalition, enjoy live Bluegrass Music, food, and see the Model-T Ford reassembled in 15 minutes. 
https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/parks-recreation/cultural-arts/arts-events/antique-car-show

Sat, May 19, 10AM – 1PM
Kids Safety Saturday
City Hall
Join the City of Fairfax and the City of Fairfax Police Department for Kids Safety Saturday in front of City Hall in conjunction with the 21st Annual Antique Car Show.  Events scheduled include bicycle safety course, moon bounce, City of Fairfax Fire Department's "Smoke House" and refreshments.

Sat, May 19, 10AM - 3PM
Art in the Park with Fairfax Art League and Friends

Old Town Square
All artist members of FAL are invited to set up their easels in the big park next to Old Town Hall for the day to paint.  You may have work for sale as well.  Space will be on a first come basis.  FAL has some easels, but they also will be on a first come basis.  Please contact Maria Jordan 571-455-6780 to sign up.

Sat, May 19, 7:30PM
City of Fairfax Band  $
“The Americas”      
Fairfax High School
An evening of All-American music by Aaron Copland, Paul Creston, Alfred Reed, John Philip Sousa and John Williams, plus a tribute to Stephen Foster featuring the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet. Adding to the celebration is the presentation of the winner of the 2018 City of Fairfax Band Young Artist Competition in performance with the band.
www.fairfaxband.org

Sun, May 20, 2PM – 4PM
MusicLink Foundation – Mother’s Day Recital
Old Town Hall

Area MusicLink students showcase their talent.  For more information visit www.musiclinkfoundation.org.
Sun, May 20, 3PM
Northern Virginia Youth Winds - Spring Concert
Fairfax High School

Northern Virginia Youth Winds represent the Educational Division of the City of Fairfax Band Association. With members selected by competitive audition, NVYW Symphonic and Junior Winds are elite wind bands representing talented musicians from school music programs throughout Northern Virginia. The ensembles seek to serve the region by supporting students, music teachers and the musical community of the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
www.nvyw.org

*Part of the Creative Aging Festival