#183 – Check out Artisphere

A new art space in the old Newseum building in Rosslyn, Artisphere officially opens 10-10-10 with two days of free open houses.  The facility includes three galleries,three theatres, a 3000 sq. ft. ballroom, and an outdoor terrace.  The site will be used to showcase “thought-provoking, weird and wonderful arts activities” including “Skateboarding Side Effects”, weekly Salsa Tuesdays in the ballroom featuring regional and national bands, the Washington Shakespeare Company, comedy shows, a banjo and fiddle festival and the Aurora Opera currently presenting “The Secret Marriage”.

‎#28 – Go see a high school musical

Not the movie – the real thing. Check individual school websites for performance schedules. Last year there was a unique opportunity to see two schools performing the same musical the same weekend when both Washington-Lee and Wakefield had productions of Godspell.

In 2010,  Washington-Lee High School will be performing Grease on November 18th-20th,  HB Woodlawn will be presenting its next musical in January, and  Wakefield plans a Spring musical the first two weekends in May.  Bishop O’Connell will be holding a winter musical, The Lamplighter – a musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, December 9-12th as well as a Spring performance of “Into the Woods” March 26th-28th.  Yorktown‘s schedule for the 2010-2011 school year is not yet on their site.

#26-Enjoy live music every night at the Iota Club and Cafe

The Iota Club and Cafe in Clarendon offers live music every night. Admission to the club is on a first come first serve basis and cover charges generally range from $10-20.   Open Mic Night is  held every Wednesday from 8:00PM to 12:30AM and there is no admission charge.  There is also no charge for the cafe where dinner is served from 5-11 Sunday-Thursday and 5-12 Friday and Saturday.

2010 Clarendon Day is Saturday 9/25

This year’s Clarendon Day will be combined with Virginia Hospital Center’s Family Fun Day for even more fun!   Starting at 8:20 AM with a 5K run, a 10K at 9:00 AM, and a kids’ dash at 10:30 AM, and followed by music on two stages, over 50 vendors, and food from local restaurants, face painting, games, fitness classes, dancing and health screenings from 11-5.  All events will take place around the Clarendon Metro Station.