28 Things to Do in April

Get ready for cherry blossoms, Earth Day events, spring/summer reads and outdoor concerts.
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Bethany Zwag on Unsplash

National Cherry Blossom Festival & Petal Porch Parade

When: Through April 11

Where: Neighborhoods throughout the DMV

This year’s National Cherry Blossom Festival will be a bit different from the norm, but you can get in the spring spirit by taking a driving, walking or biking tour of seasonally decorated homes and porches (see here for a map).  You’ll also find a full roster of fun events hosted by Arlington’s Aurora Highlands Civic Association at Virginia Highlands Park.  Check the civic association’s website for updates.


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Synetic Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

Synetic Theater: Much Ado About Nothing

When: Beginning April 2

Where: On Synetic Streaming

The avant-garde theater revives its award-winning interpretation of the Shakespeare comedy—in this case set in 1950’s Las Vegas, where Rat Packers and glamorous ladies shake, rattle and roll. It’s an age-old tale that explores the true meaning of courtship, love and commitment.


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Singer and poet Alexa Patrick hosts poetry slams at Busboys and Poets Shirlington

Busboys and Poets Online Poetry Slams

When: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 p.m.

Where: Live on Instagram

April is National Poetry Month! Listen in or share your own words during one of Busboys and Poets’ live online open-mic and poetry slam events.


Bobby Smith And Katie Mariko Murray In Simply Sondheim Photo By Christopher Mueller

Bobby Smith and Katie Mariko Murray in Simply Sondheim. Photo by Christopher Mueller.

Simply Sondheim

When: Streaming through April 16

Where: Signature Theatre online

Twelve singers and a 16-piece orchestra gathered for three days to record this performance of 20 Stephen Sondheim numbers, and now, you have three more weeks to see it for yourself. The American composer and lyricist is known for musicals such as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods. He also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story. For $35, viewers can stream the production on Marquee TV.


Mark Joshua Epstein New Poems For New Normals 2020

Mark Joshua Epstein, “New Poems for New Normals”


When: Through June 5

Where: Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

Nine painters stretch and transcend the traditional limits of their chosen medium 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 virtual artist talks April 22 and 29, and May 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. Free.

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Signature in the Schools: Here’s the Deal

When: Through June 30

Where: Online (Marquee TV app)

In this Signature in the Schools production, students in Mrs. Day’s Theatre III class study a nearly century-old crisis—the Great Depression—to try to make sense of the current one. Characters weigh the pros and cons of progressive legislation like FDR’s New Deal in this world-premiere play by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, performed by 32 students from 18 different schools. The show will be available for purchase ($5) through the Marquee TV app. Free streaming available to schools; email sigschools@sigtheatre.org for details.


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Gustavo Forsellado, “M Street Scaled”

Urban Soul

When: April 1-30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where: Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington

How does one capture the “soul” of a city? Artist Gustavo Forselledo attempts to do just that in this Gallery Underground exhibit with acrylic and ink on canvas and hardboard—and with a touch of inspiration from Uruguay’s Carols Paez Vilaró and Joaquín Torres García. Free.

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