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 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.

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.


Washington West Film Festival

The Washington West Film Festival celebrates innovation and impassioned film that will both comfort and challenge the audiences who, in turn, can make lasting differences in our world. Washington West will screen and, in many cases, premiere some of the finest independent films from all around the world in three in-competition categories: dramatic features, documentary features, and short films. Washington West aims to connect both emerging and renowned artists with audiences who are eager for a unique cinematic experience, and together, make the world a little bit brighter.

Starlight Cinema

Once an icon of American social life, drive-in theaters entertained millions of avid moviegoers in the comfort of their cars with feature films shown on big screens. Now, courtesy of the Fairfax County Park Authority and its sponsoring business partners, you can relive those magic days of yesteryear at Starlight Cinema. Every Saturday night in August, the fun begins before the opening credits roll, with music, food and children’s activities at 6-8pm. Then the movie begins at dark. Starlight Cinema’s home is Trinity Center located on Rt. 29 just south of Interstate 66 in Centreville – 5860 Trinity Parkway, Centreville, VA 20120.

Gates open at 6pm, admission is FREE and the feature films are appropriate for family audiences. Coolers, blankets and lawn chairs are permitted so you can bring a picnic supper and leave your car to sit under the stars. Spaces in front of the screens are reserved for lawn seating; compact cars get the front rows, and SUVs and vans must park in the rear spaces. Consumption of alcohol is not permitted.

Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

The 16th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival, powered by the JCCNV, will screen 14 contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films that explore identity and place in the world. Opening night on April 7 features the new British comedy Dough; other films to be screened are À la Vie, A Blind Hero: The Love of Otto Weidt, Belle and Sebastian, Bulgarian Rhapsody, In Search of Israeli Cuisine, Laugh Lines, Raise the Roof, Rosenwald, Sabena Hijacking-My Version, Suicide, Time to Say Goodbye, To Life, and Wedding Doll.

DC ReelAbilities Film Festival

ReelAbilities: NY Disabilities Film Festival is the largest festival in the country dedicated to promoting awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different disabilities. Initiated at the JCC in Manhattan in 2007, the festival presents award winning films by and about people with disabilities in multiple locations throughout each hosting city. Post-screening discussions and other engaging programs bring together the community to explore, discuss, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience. In 2014, the JCC in Manhattan collaborated with the Cincinnati-based agency, Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD, Inc), to operate the National program of the film festival, enabling the JCC to focus more on resources and provide more support to festivals around the country.

Clifton Film Fest

Clifton Film Fest is an award winning indoor and outdoor film festival located in Northern Virginia showcasing original films made by the surrounding community at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA. Enjoy live music, food, and the original films under the stars. There will be two award ceremonies: student awards and the 19+ category. Throughout the day there will be a showing in addition to a random selection of films in the evening.