27 Things to Do in May

Celebrate Mom, run a 5K, ride with dinosaurs and mark your calendar for the return of Ballston Quarterfest.
Mark Joshua Epstein New Poems For New Normals 2020

Mark Joshua Epstein, “New Poems For New Normals,” 2020


When: Through June 5 (virtual artist talk on May 7, 6-7:30 p.m.)

Where: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Virginia Square)

Nine painters stretch and transcend the traditional limits of their chosen medium in this AAC exhibit, with works incorporating unconventional materials and techniques. Featured artists include Amna Asghar, Rushern Baker IV, Erick Antonio Benitez, Mark Joshua Epstein, Saskia Fleishman, Jen Noone, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Madeline Stratton and Rives Wiley. AAC will host a virtual artist talk May 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. Free.


Rosslyn Flower Market

Rosslyn Flower Market

When: Through May 8

Where: Central Place Plaza, 1800 N. Lynn St., Arlington (Rosslyn)

Spring is in full bloom, and Saturday, May 8, is the last day to shop this pop-up market for local plants, herbs and flowers. You can also sign up for a virtual floral arranging workshop on May 8 with Blue Ribbon Floral.


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Prismatica Kaleidoscopic Art Installation at Ballston Quarter

When: Through May 31

Where: The Mews in Ballston (near CVS)

Next time you’re in Ballston, take a moment to immerse yourself in an interplay of lights and reflections. This interactive outdoor art installation by RAW Design in collaboration with ATOMIC3 brings towering rainbow prisms to the neighborhood for one month.


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Christian Douglas and Sam Bolen in Midnight at The Never Get. Photo by Christopher Mueller

Midnight at The Never Get

When: Through June 30

Where: Signature Theatre online (Marquee TV app)

This emotional and musical roller coaster of a performance takes viewers back to a time and place (a New York City nightclub in 1965) when it was illegal for main character Trevor to be in love with his songwriter, Arthur. Tickets $35.


Magnolia Blossom At Dusk By Cynthia Schoeppel

Magnolia Blossom at Dusk, Cynthia Schoeppel

“The Art of Nature”

When: May 5-29

Where: Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Many of us were saved this year by the ability to escape to the outdoors. This free gallery exhibit pays homage to nature with works celebrating it and all of its glory.


Photo By Chris Bair On Unsplash

Chris Bair on Unsplash

Mother’s Day Jazz Brunch with Petkoff Quartet

When: May 9, 1-4 p.m.

Where: Falls Church Distillers, 442-A S. Washington St., Falls Church City

If breakfast in bed just isn’t Mom’s thing, consider taking her out for a boozy brunch with jazzy beats and food from Elevation Burger and Pizzeria Orso.


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Mother’s Day Comedy Show

When: May 9, 7 p.m.

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

Give Mom the gift of laughter. Washington, D.C.-based comedian Paris Sashay—as seen on BET and Comedy Central—and Chanel Ali from MTV’s Girl Code bring the funny to this live show at the Drafthouse. Tickets $20.



Book Launch: Pete Davis, Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing

When: May 10, 7 p.m.

Where: One More Page Books (on Facebook or Youtube)

How has the age of Netflix, dating apps and the sensation of being stuck in “infinite browsing mode” impacted American culture? Falls Church civic advocate Pete Davis considers this emerging reality in his new book and online author talk. Participation is free, but registration is required.


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Art by Ryan McCoy

Ryan McCoy: “From an Abyss”

When: Through June 5 (virtual artist talk May 13, 6-7 p.m.)

Where: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington (Virginia Square)

AAC resident artist Ryan McCoy has documented the pandemic experience with abstract works that visualize the nation’s staggering death toll, the psychological effects of sustained isolation and repeated attacks on truth, facts and American democracy. AAC will host a virtual artist talk on May 13 from 6-7 p.m. Free.

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