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2017 Spotlight on the Arts Schedule of Events



April 14-May 7
Fridays 8:00pm, Saturdays 2:00pm & 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm
The HUB Theatre: “The Late Wedding” $
John Swayze Theatre in The New School of Northern Virginia
Taking cues from the sly writings of Italian fabulist writer, Italo Calvino. This winking second person narrative, delivered by a multi-person shape-shifting cast, deftly guides you on a wild and delightful examination of love and longing. At once an anthropological tour through marriage customs, a spy thriller, and a sci-fi love story, the only thing you can expect from the inventive, mind-bending The Late Wedding is the unexpected!
April 20-May 4
Tues. April 25, 6:00pm
Reception: Natural Causes – Earth Day Art Exhibit
City Hall Atrium
The City of Fairfax Environmental Sustainability Committee will host the 2017 Earth Day Art Exhibit “Natural Causes! Exploring the impact of nature on our daily lives.” This is a mixed media show with subject or materials related to the natural and built environment by local students.
April 21 – May 8, Art Show
Sat. April 22 4:00-6:00pm Reception
“Stuff to Show & Stuff to Throw. Why is that art? It’s Your Call “
Truro Art Gallery, 10520 Main Street
Join us for the opening reception of “Stuff to Show & Stuff to Throw: Why is that art? It’s your call.” An interactive exhibit where viewers vote on what they see as art (stuff to show) or not (stuff to throw). All pieces are displayed in a professional manor, so not to give any bias to show vs. throw pieces. It’s fun and more challenging than you’d imagine! http://truroanglican.com/
Fri, Apr 21 7pm
Spotlight on the Arts Opening Gala $
“Spotlight Cabaret -100 and Counting”
Old Town Hall
Opening Gala honoring the City of Fairfax for the 32nd annual
Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, performances by outstanding
young musicians and performers from George Mason University.
Sat. April 22 10:00am-3:00pm
Chesapeake Lace Guild Lace Day
Stacy C. 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!
Sat. April 22 2:00-4:00pm
Fairfax Art League Spotlight on the Arts Reception and Awards
Old Town Hall
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, and sample our delicious buffet.
April 22-23
Sat. April 22 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sun. April 23 2:00pm
Shoestring Theatre Company: “I Ain’t Made That Way” $
Old Town Fairfax (formerly Pacer’s Running Store) 10420 North St, Fairfax
When the entire community of Keokee, Virginia gathers at the Blue Star Bar and Grill to celebrate the accomplishment of their favorite son, tall tales and family resentments are served up along with the potato salad and coffee. You're invited to join the celebration in this original production. www.shoestringtheatrecompany.com
Sat. April 22 7:00pm
Britepaths: Artful Living: “ Resilience “ $
An Evening of art, wine, and strengthening our community
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
Join us for an exquisite evening of art, food, wine, and strengthening community on Saturday, April 22, from 7pm-10pm at the Stacy C. Sherwood Center in association with the Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Enjoy the fabulous sounds of Batida Diferente 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.
Sun. April 23 2:00pm
Washington Chamber Orchestra: Prokiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

The Washington Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Jun Kim will perform Sergei Prokofiev's “Peter and the Wolf." Narrators are Marsha Kelly and Jean Mulherin of the Irish group Síor-Óg. “Peter and the Wolf” is a musical fairy tale for children with Peter, his grandfather and various woodland creatures all of whom are represented by the different musical instruments. After many interactions and plot twists, the story has a happy ending thanks to the heroic Peter.  Opening the concert will be Rachel Choe, principal flutist of WCO with Vivaldi’s delightful “Il Gardellino.” The concert is sponsored by the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival and made possible by a grant from the City’s Commission on the Arts.  

 The WCO was formed in 2014 with the express purpose of being an ambassador for classical music “making classical music more accessible to everyone without compromising musical excellence”.  WCO’s artistic director, Jun Kim, is the winner of numerous international conducting prizes. Mr. Kim has conducted extensively in America and Europe. His conducting as been described as “...emotions spilled wonderfully over into a performance…”

Sun. April 23 4:00-6:00pm
“The Anthropologist” – A Film Celebrating Earth Day
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
The utterly winning documentary “The Anthropologist” takes a unique perspective on the field of anthropology through the lens of a pair of female anthropologists and their daughters. Margaret Mead’s daughter, Mary Catherine Bateson, provides context and running commentary on her mother’s work and the role of the anthropologist, while the film follows environmental anthropologist Susie Crate and her teen daughter Katie as they cross the globe doing field work.
Sun. April 23 4:00pm
Main Street Community Band: Spotlight Concert
Stacy C. 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.
Sun. April 23 6:00-9:00pm
10th Annual BlueGrass and Country Festival
‘Wicked Olde‘

The Auld Shebeen

Country at The Auld Shebeen with Country group Wicked Olde

Wicked Olde, is a northern Virginia acoustic musical quartet whose music is best described as "Americana with Attitude."  The band covers a wide range of music--From Big Walter Horton to Hank Williams, Sr., Jackson Browne to Bill Monroe, George Gershwin to Gordon Lightfoot, Stephen Stills to Steve Earle, Bluegrass to Blues, Pop to Folk, Old-timey and Appalachian standards that'll make you nostalgic, to lively Celtic jigs and reels that'll blow your socks off. Wicked Olde mixes dynamic harmonica with sweet fiddle, driving rhythm, and 3-4 part harmonies. The group’s first CD, Hannigan’s Mountain, is a fine mix of what they do.  www.wickedoldemusic.com

Sun. April 23 7:00pm
L.A. Theatre Works: “Judgment at Nuremberg” $
GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
In this gripping radio-style production, the boundaries of justice and compassion are stretched, as Nazi war criminals are forced to face judgments for their roles in the atrocities of the Holocaust. As the world observes the 75th anniversary of World War II, L.A. Theatre Works applies its signature style to this famous work by Abby Mann. Based on the Academy Award-winning movie, this is a dramatized version of one of the Nuremburg Trials, where an international tribunal sought to bring to justice Nazis who were guilty of crimes against humanity. Often, American judges struggled to determine the culpability of those who were following orders. Actors transport us to the 1940s as the world searches for justice and meaning in the face of tragedy. Join us for this unforgettable theatrical event.
Mon. April 24 10:30am
Funday Monday - Movement Monday: Rhythmaya Indian Dance
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.
Tue. April 25 8:00pm
Wind Symphony & Symphonic Band $
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
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 Mason Symphonic Band under the vibrant musical leadership of Profs. John Kilkenny and Denny Stokes, provides music majors and increasingly growing numbers of non-music majors an opportunity to study and perform a wide variety of traditional and contemporary wind band literature.
Wed. April 26 7:00pm
Fairfax High School Jazz Concert
Stacy C. 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.
Thu. April 27 7:00pm
John Mason Arts Achievement & Business Awards 
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
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.
April 28-30 – 8:00pm, April 29,30 2:00pm
May 4- 7 at 8:00pm, Sun. May 7 at 2:00pm
City of Fairfax Theatre Company: “The Importance of Being Ernest” $
Old Town Hall
The City of Fairfax Theatre Company brings Oscar Wilde's most renowned comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, to Old Town Hall in Fairfax during the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival. Directed by Amanda Herman, this story of two bachelors, John ‘Jack’ Worthing and Algernon ‘Algy’ Moncrieff, who create alter egos named Ernest to escape their tiresome lives, is sure to delight audiences of all ages. Join us to witness the hilarious adventures of Jack and Algy unfold as they attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest.
Fri. April 28, Sat. April 29 8:00pm
Sun. April 30 3:00pm
Mason Opera: “Iolanthe” $
GMU Center for the Arts, Harris Theatre
Strephon, an Arcadian shepherd, wants to marry Phyllis, a Ward of Chancery. Phyllis does not know that Strephon is half fairy (his upper half — his legs are mortal!) and when she sees Strephon kissing a seemingly young woman, she assumes the worst. But her "rival" turns out to be none other than Strephon's own mother, Iolanthe, a fairy — fairies never grow old.  But Phyllis' guardian, the Lord Chancellor, and half the peers in the House of Lords are sighing after her. Soon the peers and the fairies are virtually at war, and long friendships are nearly torn asunder. But all is happily sorted out, thanks to the "subtleties of the legal mind".
Fri. April 28 8:00pm
Sat. April 29 2:00pm, 8:00pm
The Annual Ten-Minute Play Festival $
GMU Center for the Arts, TheaterSpace
Celebration of original student work! Student playwrights, directors, actors and dramaturgs take part in a ten-day creative journey culminating in a festive event that shines a light on the storytellers of the next generation.
Fri. April 28 8:00pm
Bonita Lestina Performance Series: “Beau Soir”
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
The Beau Soir Ensemble is a flute, viola, and harp trio in the Washington, DC area dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire spanning a variety of musical genres. Known for their exciting performance style and diverse programming, this ensemble continues to attract a strong fan base through its acclaimed performances and unique audience interaction, which includes background, analysis, historical information, and descriptions of performance techniques within each performance. Beau Soir Ensemble’s goal is to make classical music accessible and enjoyable, inspiring a new generation of music lovers.
Fri. April 28 8:00pm
Martha Graham Dance Company $
GMU Center for the Arts, Concert Hall
As the oldest modern dance company in America, Martha Graham Dance Company pioneers a uniquely American style of dance that captivates audiences and inspires generations. The program features Martha Graham’s Clytemnestra Act 2 in her trademark, highly dramatic style immediately followed by her final work, Maple Leaf Rag in which she pokes fun at her own ultra dramatic works such as Clytemnestra. The company will also perform two Center for the Arts debuts, including Dark Meadow Suite and a new work set to beautiful Middle Eastern music. Experience first-hand the revolutionary dance that wows audiences around the world.
Sat. April 29 10:00am-5:00pm
Fairfax Civil War Day $
Historic Blenheim
Living history programs, infantry and cannon firings, scholarly talks, military drills, historic house tours, Civil War music, wagon rides, youth activities, barbecue and more! Proceeds benefit the restoration of Historic Blenheim.
Sat. April 29 12:00-3:00pm
Fairfax Art League Art & Lunch
Old Town Village Gallery
The Fairfax Art League will be hosting an Art & Lunch event at the Village Gallery, from 12:00-3:00pm. Bring lunch and enjoy the company of other artists. Free and open to the public. New members welcome. Please visit the Fairfax Art League on Facebook or at www.fairfaxartleague.net or call 703-587-9481.
Sat. April 29 7:00pm
Fairfax Academy for Communications and the Arts: MCT Fest (Music, Computer, Technology) $
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
MCT Fest: "Turned Up to 11"
Kickin' Music…Killer Chili
Featuring Sarah Zotian, Solar Temple, Thomas Pays His Friends, GN, Cypher, Jonah Rajack Why Not, The Generics, Nameless, Kristine Lowkis, and many more amazing performers
Sat. April 29 8:00pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: “Inspiring the Next Generation” $
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

Originally founded by the Fairfax Symphony in 1964, the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras (AYPO) has become one of the leading orchestral training programs in the nation. Our shared music director Christopher Zimmerman, leads members of the AYPO in this extraordinary opportunity for these young musicians to perform alongside the Fairfax Symphony.
Hailed as “one of the new generation’s most talented young string virtuosi” (The Violin Channel), Korean violinist In Mo Yang is the First Prize Winner of the 2014 Concert Artists Guild Competition. Most recently, he earned First Prize at the 54th International Violin Competition “Premio Paganini” – the only First Prize awarded by the competition’s jury in nearly a decade.

Sun. April 30 2:00 – 5:00pm
Potomac Arts Academy – Student & Faculty Recital
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
This is free and open to the public and showcases the wonderful talent of both student and faculty found at Potomac Arts Academy. Potomac students audition for a spot and perform alongside their fellow students and faculty members.
Sun. April 30 7:00pm
Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel: “The Genius of Chopin” $
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
This popular series concludes its season with the scintillating and well-loved piano music of Chopin. Jeffrey Siegel explores Chopin’s music, which is as masterfully composed as it is beautiful, and demonstrates the extraordinary musical ingredients used by this eminent composer to create his works. The program includes many great concert favorites that have been featured in film and television. Enjoy some of the most compelling, fascinating music ever written — waltzes, nocturnes, ballades, impromptus, and the famous Heroic Polonaise! An interactive Q and A will conclude the program.
Mon. May 1 10:30am
Funday Monday - Mr. Skip & St. Leo’s School Percussion
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.
Thu. May 4 7:30pm
Fairfax Saxophone Quartet: "Mozart and More ..."
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

As part of the City of Fairfax 2017 Spotlight on the Arts, the Fairfax Saxophone Quartet will present a concert titled, "Mozart and More" The program will premiere my Jim Francis's arrangement of the Mozart "String Quartet in G Major, K. 387," which he dedicated to Joseph Haydn. They will also play music of Rob Landes with Francis's new arrangement of Landes popular choral work, "Images." The entire program is: 

Lacrymosa (K.626) by Mozart /arr. James Francis
String Quartet in G Major, K.387, from Haydn Set 1 by Mozart / arr. James Francis
The Lone Ar-ranger Goes Sax Mad! by Philip Buttail
Images (for Saxophone Quartet) by Rob Landes / arr. James Francis
Saxema  by Rudy Wiedoeft / arr. Ted Hegvik
Scruffy Little Dork (from New York Night Music) by Martin Yates / arr. James Francis
Pow! Bam! Zonk! (from Nashville-Tennessee) by Martin Yates / arr. James Francis


May 5-18
Reception & Awards -
Wed. May 10   6:30pm
FHS Art Department Spotlight on the Arts Show
Wing Gallery & Old Town Village Gallery

Fairfax High School Art Department presents the Spotlight on the Arts Show including Reception and Awards on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30pm
May 5-7, 7:00pm (May 7 2:00pm)
May 11-13 7:00pm
FX Players: “Guys & Dolls” $
Fairfax High School
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, Guys and Dolls is an oddball romantic comedy. Gambler, Nathan Detroit, tries to find the cash to set up the biggest craps game in town while the authorities breathe down his neck; meanwhile, his girlfriend and nightclub performer, Adelaide, laments that they've been engaged for fourteen years. Nathan turns to fellow gambler, Sky Masterson, for the dough, and Sky ends up chasing the straight-laced missionary, Sarah Brown, as a result. Guys and Dolls takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City, but eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. www.fxplayers.org
Sat. May 6 11:00am-2:00pm
Paint a Planter at Twins Ace Hardware, Main St. $
Twins Ace Hardware & Paint Your Own Pottery
Paint a Planter at Twins Ace Hardware with Paint Your Own Pottery and Twins Ace Hardware
Sat. May 6 2:00 – 8:00pm
Derby – Q $
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.
Sat. May 7 3:00-4:30pm
“You call that ‘Art’? It’s Your Call”
Truro Art Gallery, 10520 Main Street
Following Truro’s “First Sunday Chapel Concert Series”, we will hold an arts discussion in the Truro Art Gallery. Vote responses in relation to the true show/throw pieces on exhibit will be revealed. In addition, we’ll have lively discussion on how one can view art through cultural, historical and personal contexts, thus enhancing the appreciation of “art”.

Sat. May 6 7:00pm
North & South: The Music of North & South Americans; Crossing Borders $
Stacy C. Sherwood Center

North & South is an unforgettable evening of latin inspired guitar by Kevin Burnes and the warm vocals of Daniel DeVera. Join them and their guests for an inspiring journey through the musical melding of the Americas.

Sun. May 7 1:00-5:00pm
Acting for Young People: “Mulan’s Tea Room”
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
Acting for Young People presents a FREE Enchanted Afternoon! Come experience our programs firsthand at this fun family event. The fun lasts all afternoon with activities such as face painting, crafts, and our famous AFYP photo booth. Kids (and parents!) will even have the opportunity to learn a dance from our upcoming production of Mulan, Jr.! Students in our Winter/Spring Showcase program will perform popular songs from Mulan, Jr. throughout the day.
Sun. May 7 5:00-6:00pm
“ Tuba’s in the Park”
George Mason University 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.
Mon. May 8 10:30am
Funday Monday - “Arts on the Horizon’s Point A to Point B”
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.
Tue. May 9 7:30pm
Vienna-Falls Chorus
Stacy C. Sherwood Center
Vienna-Falls 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. Vienna-Falls Chorus is proud to be SAI Region 14's current first place competition winner and will represent the region at the 2017 SAI International competition in Las Vegas!
Sat. May 13 6:00-9:00pm
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
Sat. May 13 7:30pm
City of Fairfax Band: “Legends of the Air” Featuring the 2017 Young Artist Competition Winner $
WT Woodson High School
Colonel Arnald Gabriel, legendary conductor emeritus of The U.S. Air Force Band, will lead the CFB in commemorating the Air Force's 70th anniversary and his own 21-year legacy will be the City of Fairfax Band Young Artist Competition winner. The annual contest supports the development of standout Northern Virginia high school instrumentalists planning music careers. Join us for a special evening with a true American hero!
For more information, please visit www.fairfaxband.org
Sat. May 13 8:00pm
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra: "Ode to Joy" - Beethoven's Ninth $
with the Fairfax Choral Society and the Music & Arts Chorus
GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall
Beethoven's glorious final symphony celebrates the bonds that unite humankind and has been described as his “great vision of the future.” The FSO brings together the finest choral voices in the region to continue our 60th Anniversary Celebration into the 2017 season.
Sun. May 14 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Music Link – Mother’s Day Recital
Old Town Hall
Area MusicLink students showcase their talent.
Sat. May 20 10:00am-3:00pm
20th Annual Antique Car Show and Bluegrass
Armstrong St., 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.