21 Things to Do in September

Expect outdoor festivals, '90s rock and dynamic theater this month.

The First Day of Winter Vacation by Barry Barnett Keith


Where: Gallery Underground, 100 Crystal Drive, Suite 2120-A, Arlington

When: Sept. 2-22

Alexandria native and T.C. Williams alum Barry Barnett Keith presents large acrylic landscapes and portraits in this show, with the goal of his work appearing “indicative of the medium of painting”—not be a mere “photographic picture.” Free.

Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap

Mary J. Blige

Where: Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

When: Sept. 3, 8 p.m.

Oscar-nominated actress and songwriter (and nine-time Grammy winner) Mary J. Blige returns to Wolf Trap with nearly three decades of soul and hip-hop hits under her belt. $45-$250.

Phoebe Robinson

Where: Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington

When: Sept. 5-7

Writer and comedian Phoebe Robinson—one-half of the duo behind podcast and HBO special 2 Dope Queens—has an illustrious career in comedy, including a role in What Men Want and writing credits on Portlandia. $30-$40.

Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap

Jennifer Hudson

Where: Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

When: Sept. 5, 8 p.m.

She has competed on American Idol, performed on Broadway, won an Academy Award for her first film role and delivered powerful tributes to beloved artists. Catch vocalist Jennifer Hudson at Wolf Trap. $45-$85.

Photo by Lorenzo Cardim

Ties That Bind

Where: Arlington Art Truck, Locations vary

When: Sept. 7-Oct. 31

Join multimedia artist Lorenzo Cardim and others for a button-sewing tutorial, where participants will add an array of buttons onto fabric maps of Arlington neighborhoods. Free.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment