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b2ap3_thumbnail_wolftrapchildrens-_TITW.jpgTucked in the woods at Wolf Trap National Park is the Children's Theatre-in-the-Woods, which has been a summer tradition for generations of children and families.  Performances range from music and dance to puppetry and storytelling—interactive, educational, and fun.  All shows are about an hour long and are perfect for children ages 4 and up.  For more information or tickets, visit http://www.wolftrap.org/tickets/ctitw.aspx.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_WHSLOGO-vertical-updated-8-08.pngEpicure & Culture has recognized historical buildings that have been repurposed into amazing accommodations & cultural spaces.  Fairfax County's Workhouse Arts Center was recognized as #3 on the magazine's list of top 12.  "We're honored" said Ricki Marion, Director of Development and Community Relations.  Check out the entire article at http://epicureandculture.com/historical-buildings-accommdation-cultural-spaces/

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ReelAbilities_Brandmark_FullColor-poweredby-small.jpgReelAbilities Film Festival, powered by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, invites the community to engage, empower and champion the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Full-length features, documentaries, and short films tell stories that will entertain, provoke, challenge and reshape conceptions and/or prejudices about disability, irrespective of race, religion or geography. Twenty films will be shown in 16 venues throughout the Greater DC region from April 26–May 3. Post-screening discussions and special programs bring together the community to explore, embrace and advocate for our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families. www.reelabilities/greaterdc.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Art-Exhibit-Lorton-VA-108-small.jpgThree Fairfax artists are currently placed at Luther Jackson, South County, and Stone Middle School providing creative, interdisciplinary, and engaging learning experiences for students by connecting music, theater and visual art with the core study areas of social studies, language arts, and mathematics.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County's Artist Residencies in Middle Schools program challenges middle school students to:
• Expand their visual language by viewing the familiar and unfamiliar combined with short written statements in visual artist Karen Kozojet Ching's "Mixed-Media Expressions;"
• Examine the influence of the media on public opinion through original theatrical works in theatre artist Bridget Tunstall's "The Living Newspaper;" and
• Combine their written words with elements of music conceived as a personal musical journey in sound artist Jim Mason's "Discovering Your Soundtrack."
"We are delighted to connect professional artists with the County's public middle school students," said Linda S. Sullivan, President & CEO, of the Arts Council of Fairfax County." This program provides exciting opportunities to our Fairfax artists helping them to communicate their unique ideas and creativity, appropriate to grade and age level, in a public school environment," Sullivan continued.

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CorePower Yoga is looking to recruit 20 local artists working in any media to be paired with a “yogi” or student taking the Arts & Asanas class. The first event date is April 25, 2015 from 11:30am-1:00pm followed by a Mixer from 1-2:00pm. Stay after for light appetizers and refreshments provided by local restaurants from the Mosaic District.
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Sixteen new acts have been added to the Filene Center season including Grammy winning R&B singer Jill Scott; 1980s icon Culture Club on a rare U.S. tour; Broadway songstress Kristin Chenoweth; and indie-pop songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. In total, 71 main-stage performances are scheduled, with 18 headliner debuts, including Kelly Clarkson with Pentatonix, Lindsey Stirling, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Kool & The Gang and Chaka Khan.
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Brooklyn-based musical duo The Pop Ups celebrates the power and joy of imagination through song, featuring hilarious puppets, crazy dance routines, and giant beach balls on June 23-24 at the Theatre-in-the-Woods.

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The Arts Connection in the Capital Region and invites you to the art reception on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 of VISIONS OF HOME at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, at George Mason University.

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  Expansion of the kiln yard will increase both the size and scope of the ceramics program at the Workhouse Arts Center.  It will serve students and provide artists with the resources they need to research new techniques and contribute to innovation in the field of ceramics.  Click here for more information.

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BalletNova is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Choreographers Competition (YCC).

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ballet-Nova-DSC_6565_Chelens_piece-small.jpgThe Grand Prize Winner was Chelen Middlebrook, a 16-year old from Lorton, VA. Her piece was entitled "Smothered Dreams" and used six dancers in the Contemporary genre. Here's what Chelen had to say about her choreography:  "Diversity is an important trait when it comes to being successful in the dance industry. I felt that if I could place my ideas on another set of bodies other than my own, it would give me a better understanding and appreciation of works I will see or be a part of in the future." 

Chelen's prizes included a $500 cash award; a statuette of a dancer; free tuition to BalletNova's Summer Intensive, and the opportunity to set a new piece of choreography on the BalletNova Summer Intensive dancers.

Second Place ($250) - Emily Glaccum from Burke, VA - 16 years old – student at BalletNova - for "Vicissitude"
Third Place ($100) - Ariel Samuels from Fairfax, VA – 15 years old – student at Every Body Dance studio – for "Mad World"
Fourth Place - Halley Roy from Alexandria, VA - Carl Sandburg Middle School dance team - for "Lost"
Fifth Place - Lauren Chmara from Falls Church,VA - 15 years old - Bullis School Dance Program - for "True Friendship"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_FSO-Civil-War-Banner.jpgThe Fairfax Symphony Orchestra along with a 100+ voice choir performs A Civil War Portrait conducted by Luke Frazier at GMU Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 11. The concert takes place in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Conductor Luke Frazier directs the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in an original pops concert entitled A Civil War Portrait on Saturday, April 11 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.  A Civil War Portrait guides the audience through the major campaigns of the Civil War through music, narration, and carefully-curated photographs and features music of the era. The program includes works by Stephen Foster, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as popular Civil War era folksongs like Danny Boy and Annie Laurie and Shenandoah performed by the FSO and more than 100 singers from around the DC Metropolitan area including members of the National Broadway Chorus, the Reston Chorale, the Loudoun Chorale, the Vienna Choral Society, the World Bank Chorus, and the Arlington Children's Chorus. Fox 5 Morning News Anchor Allison Seymour will narrate the concert. Prior to the performance Frazier will host a pre-concert discussion at 7 pm open to all ticket holders.

Praised by critics and music industry leaders alike as "A wonderful combination of technical excellence, passion and commitment," and "crackling with electricity

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