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Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
Monday 16 March 4:30pm | Johnson Center Cinema
Screening and discussion with director Thomas Allen Harris and producer Deborah Willis

b2ap3_thumbnail_GMU-throughalensdarkly150211.jpgThe first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identity, aspirations and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present, Through a Lens Darkly probes the recesses of American history by discovering images that have been suppressed, forgotten, and lost.

Inspired by co-producer and GMU alumnus Deborah Willis’ book, Reflections in BlackThrough a Lens Darkly casts a broad net that begins with filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris’ family album. It considers the difference between black photographers who use the camera to define themselves, their people, and their culture and some white photographers who, historically, have demeaned African Americans through racist imagery. The film embraces both historical material (African Americans who were slaves, who fought in the Civil War, were victims of lynchings, or were pivotal in the Civil Rights Movement) and contemporary images made by such luminaries as Roy DeCarava, Gordon Parks, and Carrie Mae Weems.  For more information, visit http://fams.gmu.edu/articles/7972

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The Arts Council of Fairfax County facilitated a call-out to arts programmers curating exhibitions at two empty office spaces for EDENS last year. EDENS selected Art Whino which has curated it's first two-man exhibition, featuring artists James Walker (VA) and James Bullough (DC), at Mosaic in Merrifield, VA.  Both artists focus on the body in motion through abstract/geometrical studies of skateboarders and breakdancers. The reception will take place on Saturday March 7th, 2015 from 7:00- 10:00pm.
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Class Acts Arts artists Cello Fury from Pittsbugh and DC native Christylez Bacon with Wytold Lebing will bring their extraordinary sound to the hottest stage in the DC area! The Concert is at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Wednesday, March 25. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show begins at 7:30pm.  All proceeds benefit Class Acts Arts

b2ap3_thumbnail_class-acts-arts-benefit-concert-flyer.jpgCello Fury is the cello rock powerhouse featuring three cellists and a drummer. Cello Fury's original music combines the emotive and symphonic sounds of the cello with driving rock beats to create a cinematic, progressive rock sound. For a sample visit here.

Christylez Bacon with Wytold, a transcendent classical hip-hop fusion duo, recently performed with the National Symphony Orchestra at Echostage to a sold-out audience of 3,000 DC-area club kids and classical music aficionados.

For Information or tickets:  www.classactsarts.org or 301-588-4489

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The League of Reston Artists is starting springtime with a colorful selection of art and photo exhibits.

b2ap3_thumbnail_LRA-manganelli_avemaria0315-small.jpg"Impermanence of Peace" through March 31at Reston Corner One
Opening reception Friday, March 6 at 6:00–9:00 pm in the lobby
The League of Reston Artists showcases the paintings of Antonella Manganelli at Reston Corner One.  Manganelli's paintings reflect her meditations on the peaceful and warlike duality of human nature. The exhibit is free and the building is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm at Reston Corner One, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other events.  Image:  "Ave Maria" is one of Antonella Manganelli's paintings depicting peace and war.

Reston Photographic Society Focuses on March Program

The Reston Photographic Society invites photography enthusiasts to attend the Monday, March 16 meeting from 7:00–9:00 pm in Room 6 at the Reston Community Center Hunters Woods, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston, VA 20191. RPS is a special interest group of the League of Reston Artists and holds meetings on the third Monday of the month, from September–November and January–May. Photographers of all skill levels are invited to share information and enjoy guest speakers, workshops and group critiques. Nonmembers are welcome. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other events.

b2ap3_thumbnail_LRA-petrecca_global0315-small.jpgPaint and Photo: A Popup Showing at USGS through March 30 at the USGS
The League of Reston Artists exhibits paintings, mixed media, two-dimensional hangable art and photography by members. Many of these works depict the natural environment and natural resources, in keeping with the mission of US Geological Survey scientists and staff. This exhibit will run through March 30 at the USGS, National Gallery, 12201 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191. The exhibit is free and open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday; parking is available in the visitors' lot adjacent to the entrance where visitors pass through security. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other events.  Image:  Regina Petrecca's acrylic painting, "Global Warning," is one of many environmentally themed works.

"Winter Dreams" Exhibit Shows at Parkridge 5 Building through March
This League of Reston Artists' show includes original painting, mixed media, two-dimensional hangable art, and photography. The exhibition runs through March and is free and open to the public 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, at the Parkridge 5 Building, 10780 Parkridge Blvd., Reston, VA 20191. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other events.

"HeART of Reston" Founder's Day Exhibit at the JoAnne Rose Gallery, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne March 30 through April 27
This special annual League of Reston Artists' show honors Patricia Macintyre, the founder of LRA. This year's theme is Reston and artworks include original painting, mixed media, and two-dimensional (nonphotographic) hangable art. The exhibition runs from March 30 through April 27 and is free and open to the public 9:00 am to 8:00 pm throughout the week at the JoAnne Rose Gallery, Reston Community Center at Lake Anne, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston, VA 20190. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other events.

b2ap3_thumbnail_LRA-guernica_oldrag0415-small.jpgGuernica Solos at Reston Corner One April 1 through April 30
The League of Reston Artists showcases the acrylic-on-paper paintings of Rudy Guernica at Reston Corner One from April 1 through April 30. Guernica's paintings distill the natural and manmade world into graphic impressions of form and color. The exhibit is free and the building is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am–5:00 pm at Reston Corner One, 12001 Sunrise Valley Dr., Reston, VA 20191. Visit the LRA website at www.leagueofrestonartists.org for more information on this and other events.  Image:  Rudy Guernica's acrylic-on-paper painting "Old Rag Summit".

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Classical Ballet Theatre's Master Class Series Continues!  

Classical Ballet Theatre, a not-for-profit performing arts organization located in Herndon, is thrilled to bring some amazing Master Class opportunities to the community! Classes are available at both the intermediate and advanced levels. As space is limited, telephone (703) 471-0750 to pre-register!

Saturday, March 7th: Audra Johnson of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet
Saturday, March 14th: John Gardner and Amanda McKerrow, Former Principal Dancer with the American Ballet Theatre
Saturday, April 11th: Dan Joyce, Formerly of the Mark Morris Dance Group and Currently an Associate Professor, George Mason University School of Dance
For more information, please visit http://www.cbtnva.org/masterclass
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The Dominion Notes Concert Series at ArtSpace Herndon continues with the Celtibillies joined by Emily Oleson on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8pm.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ASH-The-Celtibilities-300x156.jpgThe Celtibillies, an award-winning quartet of outstanding musicians from Abington, Virginia, play stringed instruments in the style of the Scottish and Irish immigrants who settled in the Virginia Frontier. Led by the fiddle, an instrument originating in the Isles, the band plays Celtic tunes with a mountain flavor. They will be joined by a professional flat-footed dancer, Emily Oleson, performing Celtic and Appalachian dance. Sponsored in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County.

Tickets are $15.  To purchase tickets go to:
http://www.artspaceherndon.com/dominion-notes-concert-series/. For more information call 703-956-6590. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170.

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Trois films du Cinéma Français. Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:30PM. Join ArtSpace Herndon the First Friday in March, April and May, 2015 for these masterful works, each selected for making significant contributions to the film industry. 

The March film will be The Intouchables(2011). Tickets are $7.50* per person for the movie and fresh popcorn.  Beer, wine, water, and concessions will be available for purchase. The doors open at 7. To buy tickets:  
http://www.artspaceherndon.com/art-house-cinema-presents-trois-films-du-cinema-francais/ For more information call 703-956-6590.  ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170.

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Finalists in the 6th annual Fine Art Photography Competition will be on exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170 through Sunday, March 22, 2015.  
b2ap3_thumbnail_ASH-Winner-1-JEM-Look-up-Eiffel-small.jpgEach year, ArtSpace Herndon invites photographers from Virginia, DC, Maryland, and West Virginia to participate in a Fine Art Photography Competition. The competition is open to fine art photographers aged 18 or older working in any medium (digital or analog, color or monochrome), and using any printing technique.  Cash prizes were awarded to the winners by Judge Carla Steckley.  The exhibit is free and open to the public. http://www.artspaceherndon.com/2015-fine-art-photography-exhibit/



Image:  2014 1st Place, Look-up Eiffel by Jeffrey Miller

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Classical Ballet Theatre in Herndon, Va announces summer programs for ages 3-9 and ages 9 and older:

b2ap3_thumbnail_CBT-summer-15-banner.jpgBallet to Go (ages 3-6)
Intensive Level 1 and 2 (ages 7-9)
Nutcracker Camp (ages 7-9)
Summer Intensive (ages 9 and up)
Choreography Camps (ages 9 and up)

For more information about these excellent programs, please visit
http://www.cbtnva.org/summer or phone (703) 471-0750.

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Join the RCO for an afternoon of Bach and Haydn and works by contemporary composers who followed in -- and strayed from -- their footsteps.

b2ap3_thumbnail_reston-community-orchestra-concert.jpgReston Community Orchestra 
Concert 
Sunday March 15 2015
4 pm
Reston Community Center
2310 Colts Neck R

Reston VA 20190
Free Admission 
Donations Appreciated
Website    www.restoncommunityorchestra.org 
Event link    http://restoncommunityorchestra.org/free-concert-series/past-to-present

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