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.
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Nekisha Durrett

Nekisha Durrett: Magnolia

When: Jan. 21-March 19

Where: Cody Gallery of Marymount University, 1000 N. Glebe Road, 2nd Floor, Arlington

Inspired by the #sayhername movement, Washington, D.C.-based artist Nekisha Durrett uses a magnolia leaves to tell the stories of 30 Black women who were killed by law enforcement. A virtual artist talk will be held at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21. Only five visitors are permitted inside the gallery at a time. Admission is free.


Photo By Krakenimages On Unsplash

Photo by krakenimages on Unsplash

Be Fit McLean

When: Jan. 23-March 26

Where: Online

Looking to start the new year on the right foot? This annual fitness festival is still happening, albeit virtually. Health and wellness exhibitors will share their know-how online, and the content will be available through early spring. Participation is free.



Masha Gessen

When: Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m.

Where: Arlington Public Library (online)

A staff writer for The New Yorker, Gessen has also written 11 books. The latest, Surviving Autocracy, shares insights that may help you recover from the political and societal turmoil of the past year.  Brought to you by the Arlington Public Library, this author talk is free on Facebook and YouTube.


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Joseph Cortina, “Backstory”

Vertical Interval and Beginningless Endless

When: Through Feb. 20

Where: McLean Project for the Arts, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean

Staged in the McLean Community Center’s Emerson Gallery, Vertical Interval: New Works is a collection of physical and digital landscapes by McLean artist Joseph Cortina. In the Atrium Gallery, Beginningless Endless features pieces inspired by artist Shanthi Chandrasekar’s background in psychology and physics. Admission is free.


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