The County’s Art Buzz – October

 

Arts Buzz- October

By Dana C. Stewart

The 2019 Arts Awards

Fairfax County will celebrate excellence in arts and give tribute to arts visionaries at the 2019 Arts Awards on Friday, October 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Fairview Park Marriott. This year’s awardees have increased access and created opportunities to expose art to audiences in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Bikki Stricker, a potter that specializes in crystalline glazes, designed the awards for honorees Fairfax County Board of Supervisor Chairman Sharon Bulova, Margaret and Shashi Gupta, artist Foon Sham, NextStop Theatre Company and philanthropist Stephen Roberts. The event is a fundraiser for the arts and open to the public, but tickets are required.

True Stories of Seven Women 

“Seven” is the theatrical experience telling the true stories of seven women who have fought to create lasting change in their communities. Seven acclaimed playwrights collaborated to weave together the struggles and triumph of these inspiring women who hail from Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. Each story shares the threats and obstacles faced in their quest to improve the lives of girls and women in their home country. Some content may not be suitable for young audience members. Tickets are required for the October 18, 8 p.m. showing at the George Mason University’s (GMU) Center for the Arts.

Star Wars Red Carpet at the Washington West Film Festival

Anthony Daniels will headline the opening night of the 2019 Washington West Film Festival, set to take place on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Reston, Virginia. The actor and writer – best known for portraying C-3PO in all of the Star Wars episodic films – will participate in an hour-long In Conversation Q&A event, followed by an exclusive screening of Star Wars: A New Hope.

“Washington West has built a national and international reputation among film festivals, not only for the quality of our programs and special events but especially our unyielding passion that ‘Story Can Change the World,'” said festival founder and President, Brad Russell.

The Washington West Film Festival is a non-profit organization that celebrates the transformative power of film. This year’s showcase features selected shorts, documentaries and fictional films that highlight a variety of perspectives. The Festival runs October 24 – 28. Check wwfilmfest.com for a complete screening schedule.

 Arts Highlights for October

The Virginia Opera opens its 45th season with “Tosca” at the GMU’s Center for the Arts on October 12, 8 p.m. and October 13, 2 p.m. Aspiring actors in grades 4 through 12 can hone their skills in Traveling Players movement classes starting October 13 through December 15th, registration is required. Amadeus Concerts presents Washington Symphonic Brass at St. Luke Catholic Church, McLean on October 13, 4 p.m. The Bluegrass Barn Concert Series presents a concert by Nothin’ Fancy at Frying Pan Park on October 13 and Colebrook Road on October 27 at 7 p.m.  Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia presents Judy Wengrovitz – A Retrospective from October 16 through December 2. Enjoy Chinese circus arts with Cirquie Mei at GMU’s Center for the Arts on October 19, 2 p.m.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia – Israel Fest

Celebrating Israeli Innovations
Sunday, June 2, noon–4pm
Location: The J (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax)

Contact: Laurie Albert, 703.537.3064

Celebrate Israel@71 with the J and your community!


Highlights include:

• Performance by the Tzofim Friendship Caravan

• Hands-on activities

• “Masada” Rock Wall

• Food for purchase in Jerusalem Café

• Moon bounce and inflatable fun

• Entertainment

• Israeli dancing

• Israel-style shuk (market)

• Exhibits

Off-site Parking Only.
Free shuttle service from NoVa Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale (park in B-lots and/or the garage, shuttle pick up by lot B-17).

Drop-off at the J available.

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia – Israel Fest

Celebrating Israeli Innovations
Sunday, June 2, noon–4pm
Location: The J (8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax)

Contact: Laurie Albert, 703.537.3064

Celebrate Israel@71 with the J and your community!


Highlights include:

• Performance by the Tzofim Friendship Caravan

• Hands-on activities

• “Masada” Rock Wall

• Food for purchase in Jerusalem Café

• Moon bounce and inflatable fun

• Entertainment

• Israeli dancing

• Israel-style shuk (market)

• Exhibits

Off-site Parking Only.
Free shuttle service from NoVa Community College
8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale (park in B-lots and/or the garage, shuttle pick up by lot B-17).

Drop-off at the J available.

Public Art Reston

Public Art Reston’s mission is to inspire an ongoing commitment to public art and create a new generation of public artworks in Reston. It imagines public art throughout Reston that inspires the community and engages the mind and senses. Public Art Reston with its founding community partners to commission temporary and permanent public artworks in Reston. For a complete list of public artworks in the community, visit our online gallery . Public Art Reston presents artist talks and film screenings about public art. Public Art Reston, in collaboration with community partners, presents the annual community festivals Chalk on the Water at Lake and ChalkFest at Reston Town Center.  View our Calendar of Events for more information.

 

Photo: Connie’s Quit (2018), South Lakes High School STEAM Team.

Link: https://publicartreston.org/engage/events/chalkfest-at-reston-town-center/

Mount Vernon Spring Wine Festival and Sunset Tour

Mount Vernon’s Spring Wine Festival & Sunset Tour celebrates the history of wine in Virginia with exclusive evening tours of the Mansion and cellar, appearances by “George and Martha Washington”, and live jazz on the east lawn overlooking the scenic Potomac River. Visitors can bring a blanket and relax on the lawn as they sample wines from 16 Virginia wineries.

Derby-Q

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.

Craftsmen’s Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival

Features original designs and work from hundreds of talented artists and craftspeople from across the nation with thousands of unique choices. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to fun & funky. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths for those one-of-a-kind treasures found only at the Craftsmen’s Classics. The show is all indoors for your comfort. Show hours are 10-6 Friday and Saturday and 10-5 on Sunday. Admission is good all three days with your FREE Return Pass from the Show Desk. Be sure to pick yours up before you leave the Show. $8/Adults, $1/Child (6-12). Advance discount tickets available and discount coupons are in the local newspapers starting the week before the show. For more information, discount tickets and coupons, etc., visit www.CraftShow.com or email Contact@GilmoreShows.com. Interested Artists & Crafspeople should visit www.gilmoreshows.com or email Contact@GilmoreShows.com