19 Things to Do in January
Begin the new year with an optimistic art exhibit, a day of service, outdoor skating and free fitness classes.
When: Jan. 4-29
Where: Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington (National Landing)
Need a pick-me-up? The works in this all-member, all media show at Gallery Underground will evoke feelings of optimism about 2021. Participating artists were asked to create works that envision an eventual return to the people, places and things they cherish and missed most in 2020. There will be no opening reception because of Covid-19. Admission is free.
When: Through mid-March
Where: Westpost (Pentagon Row), 1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington
Time to bundle up and have a little fun outdoors. The ice rink is open, but operating at 50% capacity to ensure safe physical distancing. All skaters must wear masks and pre-purchase tickets online ($9-$10, plus $5 for skate rentals). As a bonus, adults can enjoy boozy beverages rinkside, thanks to a “sip and stroll” permit that allows to-go drinks in designated areas. Participating restaurants selling drinks to-go include Asia Bistro, Basic Burger, Bund’Up, Wild Tiger, Saigon Saigon and Sin’ E Irish Pub.
When: Jan. 6, 7 p.m.
Where: One More Page Books (online)
Northern Virginia author Stacie Murphy features two other metro areas—New York and Philadelphia—in her latest novel, in which main characters Andrew and Amelia find a conspiracy that could prove fatal for Amelia. Participation in this author talk is free.
When: Multiple dates and times, starting Jan. 7
Where: Online via Zoom
Whether you have a general appreciation for theater or hope to one day become a part of the industry, Signature Theatre is offering a handful of workshops to the public. January classes include a talk on Taming Your Inner Critic; a tutorial with Sondheim orchestrator Jonathan Tunick; and additional sessions on theater lighting and Street Jazz. Classes are $10.
When: Sundays at 7 p.m.
The National Landing Business Improvement District has teamed up with Mind Your Body Oasis to offer free, hour-long live-streamed flow classes on Sundays. It’s a great way to clear your mind, strengthen your body and get ready for the week ahead. Sign up online to receive a link to participate.