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May
15
Mon
Centennial of the Everyday @ Gadsby's Tavern Museum
May 15 – Sep 3 all-day
Centennial of the Everyday @ Gadsby's Tavern Museum | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts partners with Baltimore-based artists Stewart Watson and Lauren Frances Adams for a series of site-specific, all-media installations inspired by the history of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum.

Centennial of the Everyday features artistic interventions tucked in among the historic exhibits. It will be on view May 15 to Sept. 3, 2017 at the Museum, located at 143 North Royal St.

The works on view reflects the artists’ extensive, in-depth research—documented via social media—on the history of women, enslaved peoples, and anonymous citizens whose stories are overshadowed by other more famous historic figures from the region, such as George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

With furniture, stoneware, textiles and other domestic materials as a starting point, historic ephemera takes on new contexts. They seek to turn the archival into the interactive.

They identified personal stories of place and family history by interviewing people like the descendants of John Gadsby, as well as Nancy Syphax, an enslaved woman owned by Gadsby in the 19th century. In all, they collaborated with seven subjects, focusing on women and people of color.

With these narratives, the pair created fantastical artistic interventions, positioned throughout Gadsby’s Tavern Museum. Each highlight points from the Museum’s history and archives and parallel the lived stories of present-day Alexandrians and the region’s rich diversity. Architectural fixtures, portraiture of anonymous women, pattern books, and newspaper articles take on new meaning when framed with themes of anonymity, loss, connectivity and the fragility of memory.

This project is a first for the Office of the Arts’ Time & Place series, which explores the intersection of contemporary art with Alexandria’s rich and multifaceted history. It’s in partnership with the Office of Historic Alexandria. The goal of this compelling project is to foster exploration and dialogue about our region’s history and its continued reverberations within our community today. Follow #TimeandPlaceALX to join the conversation online. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/94687.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or materials in an alternative format, contact Diane Ruggiero at 703.746.5590 (Virginia Relay 711) or diane.ruggiero@alexandriava.gov.

Jul
9
Sun
Sheldon Scott: the Finest Amenities @ The Torpedo Factory
Jul 9 – Aug 31 all-day
Sheldon Scott:  the Finest Amenities @ The Torpedo Factory | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

In the “Finest Amenities,” Sheldon Scott examines the relationship of the Potomac and the people of Alexandria through the lens of a historic luxury: ice.

Sheldon builds upon his immersive performance this past April, inspired by ice at Gadsby’s Tavern. His work examines the crucial relationship between race, class, environment, luxury and consumption.

This exhibition in the New Project Studio (Studio 8) is part of the Alexandria Office of the Arts’ Time & Place program.

Follow #TimeandPlaceALX for information.

Jul
13
Thu
Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have @ The Torpedo Factory
Jul 13 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 3 @ 6:00 pm
Sarah Nesbitt: Making Sense of What We Have @ The Torpedo Factory | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Sarah Nesbitt’s show arrives at a time where our society aims to establish a concrete line between fact and opinion, history and myth, evidence and conspiracy theory.

“A photograph is often perceived to be an objective arbiter of truth, but realistically, it’s just as open to manipulation as the process of recording history,” she said.

Using a variety of modern and antiquated media—videos, installations, sculpture, augmented reality, and even wet-plate photography—Sarah disrupts her own work with stitching, dissecting, writing, and pinning. Photographs aren’t precious and complete, they’re vulnerable to disruptions from outside forces.

Presented by Target Gallery, this solo exhibition is Sarah’s first in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Please help us welcome her to the region and join us for the Opening Celebration and artist meet-and-greet on Thursday, July 13 at 7 p.m.

Aug
18
Fri
Late Shift: Boardwalk Nights @ Torpedo Factory Art Center
Aug 18 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 12:00 am
Late Shift: Boardwalk Nights @ Torpedo Factory Art Center | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Late Shift: Boardwalk Nights is the last of three late-night festivals over the course of the 2017 summer season. Experience a late-night art happening along the riverfront and in the Torpedo Factory.

Highlights

Riverfront Art Market
Carnival Games
Street Performers
Acrobats
Mermaids
DJ set by Sharkey
Beer, wine, sandwiches and bronut ice cream sandwiches with EatsPlace
Photo booth
Torpedo Row artist market
DIY artmaking

Featured Artists

  •  Superwaxx
  • Rachel Schmidt
  • Rodrigo Carazas Portal + Joey Alzamora
  • Hoesy Corona
  • Dawne Langford
  • Mobile Art Lab
  • Lindsay Hall
  • Music by DJ Sharkey and Capps Music.

Photobooth provided by DMV Premium Photo Booths.

Sep
2
Sat
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle @ John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria
Sep 2 @ 7:30 pm
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle @ John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Carlyle Community Council, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are pleased to announce the arrival of Saturday Cinema at Carlyle, an outdoor film festival kicking off in July. The free festival will take place the first Saturday of every month from July through October, transforming John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle District of Alexandria into an outdoor movie theater. The festival will launch on July 1 with a showing of Top Gun as we head into July 4th celebrations. August 5th brings us the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, followed by romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on September 2 over Labor Day weekend. The series will close out on October 7 with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to celebrate Halloween.

Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy some great flicks under the stars. Alexandria-based small business Nice Cream, who recently opened their new store on King Street, will be on site on July 1 serving up their handcrafted ice cream.

Schedule:

July 1 – Top Gun

August 5 – Caddyshack

September 2 – When Harry Met Sally

October 7 – The Birds

Festival Details:

What: Saturday Cinema at Carlyle

When: First Saturday of Every Month (July – October)

Where: John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria. 300 John Carlyle Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Time: Sundown. See below for approximate sundown times.
July 1 – Top Gun, 8:37 p.m.
August 5 – Caddyshack, 8:14 p.m.
September 2 – When Harry Met Sally, 7:36 p.m.
October 7 – The Birds, 6:41 p.m.

Website: www.AlexandriaVA.gov/CarlyleFun

Cost: Free

Weather: Rain or Shine (Movie will be canceled if severe weather is forecasted)

Sep
20
Wed
Women & Wine at GSD Workclub @ GSD Workclub
Sep 20 @ 6:00 pm
Women & Wine at GSD Workclub @ GSD Workclub | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Volunteer Alexandria invites you to join us at GSD Workclub on Sept. 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Women & Wine, Cheers to a Good Cause. GSD Workclub is a co-working space for feminist entrepreneurs, activists and artists in the heart of Alexandria’s Del Ray neighborhood.

This event is for women 21 years and older who enjoy wine and are interested in getting to know other women in Alexandria. This is a great networking event or a place to catch up with your friends, while supporting our community.

Sep
24
Sun
Run! Geek! Run! @ Potomac Yard - Alexandria, VA
Sep 24 all-day
Run! Geek! Run! @ Potomac Yard - Alexandria, VA |  |  |

Ironistic and Hudson Studio are proud to take over the reins and co-sponsor the 9th Annual Run! Geek! Run! 5K which was founded in 2008 and organized for the past eight years by W2 Communications.

All proceeds from Run! Geek! Run! go directly to Capitol Post.

Capitol Post offers veterans in the Washington, DC region personalized guidance through mentoring, business counseling, and access to key resources, programs, and leaders. Their mission is to establish and cultivate the top community for veterans to start a business, grow a business, or explore a new career.

Ironistic.com is a full service website design, development and online marketing firm headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Hudson Studio is a visual communications firm providing graphic design services for everything and anything in print from brand identities to infographics to reports to swag.

Sep
25
Mon
Going Places: Safe Driving as You Age @ Beatley Central Library
Sep 25 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm
Going Places: Safe Driving as You Age @ Beatley Central Library | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

Join us in Alexandria as NV Rides will host workshops offering tips and best practices to help you stay on the road safely, and for as long as possible.

It is normal for driving abilities to change as we age. Reducing risk factors and incorporating safe driving practice can help adults to continue to drive long into their senior years. Join us for a morning of workshops to learn how to stay safe on the road, and to know how to assess when the time is right to stop driving. Workshop highlights will include steps you can take to ensure safety, how to keep your mind and body healthy, the latest in adaptive equipment, how to use technology to find rides, keeping your body and mind healthy, how to help your non-driving neighbors, and how to find safe and reliable transportation when it is time to hang up the keys.

The event will include a vendor fair to showcase services available to older adults. A light lunch will be provided. If you plan to stay for lunch, an RSVP is requested for planning purposes. RSVP to Gina Cocomello at 703-537-3070 or call ginac@nvrides.org. Admission is free.

Sep
30
Sat
Seaport Day @ Waterfront Park
Sep 30 all-day

This community festival, which will be held between 12 and 6 p.m., will celebrate the mission and programs of the Alexandria Seaport Foundation and will include live music, a wooden boat display, nautical activities, children’s activities and an “Anything that Floats” race.

Oct
7
Sat
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle @ John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria
Oct 7 @ 6:30 pm
Saturday Cinema at Carlyle @ John Carlyle Square in the Carlyle District of Alexandria | Alexandria | Virginia | United States

The Carlyle Community Council, the City of Alexandria and the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership are pleased to announce the arrival of Saturday Cinema at Carlyle – an outdoor film festival kicking off in July. The free festival will take place the first Saturday of every month from July to October, transforming John Carlyle Square Park in the Carlyle district of Alexandria into an outdoor movie theatre. The festival will launch on July 1 with Top Gun as we head into July 4th celebrations. The Aug. 5 showing brings us the 1980 comedy classic Caddyshack, followed by romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally on September 2, over Labor Day weekend. The series will close out on October 7 with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds to celebrate Halloween.

Grab a date, the family or a group of friends, bring the lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy some great flicks under the stars. Alexandria-based small business Nice Cream, who recently opened their new store on King Street, will be on site on July 1 serving up their handcrafted ice cream.

Schedule:

July 1 – Top Gun

August 5 – Caddyshack

September 2 – When Harry Met Sally

October 7 – The Birds