21 Things to Do in September
Expect outdoor festivals, '90s rock and dynamic theater this month.
Where: 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons
When: Sept. 19-Oct. 20
In this regional premiere, playwright Joanna McClelland Glass revisits her time as an assistant to Francis Biddle, onetime attorney general and a key judge at the Nuremberg trials that followed World War II. $15-$42.
Where: The Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria
When: Sept. 19-21
More than 20 years ago, UK singer-songwriter Billy Bragg collaborated with alt-country outfit Wilco on the first of two Mermaid Avenue records. The albums consisted of tracks with lyrics from famed folk legend Woody Guthrie and music added posthumously by Bragg and members of Wilco, including the anthemic “California Stars.” Catch Bragg on a three-night stint, performing distinct sets each evening. $55.
Where: Clarendon Neighborhood
When: Sept. 21, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
This annual street festival enters its 22nd year with music, kids’ activities, craft beer and wine. Bring your best sneakers and get there early for a workout—a 5K/10K and Kids Dash gets underway at 8 a.m. Free.
Where: Arlington Arts Center
When: Sept. 21-Dec. 22
Arlington Arts Center debuts its regional biennial show, showcasing the multimedia work of 16 contemporary artists/artist duos. Themes to be explored include the gray area between abstract and representational art and the concepts of place and migration.
Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington
When: Sept. 24-Nov. 3
A British garden provides the backdrop for this D.C.-area premiere that begins with harmless small talk among friends and continues with moments of “apocalyptic horror.” $40-$90.