6 Things to Do This Week
New theater performances, live music, pandemic art, cornhole and a cycling fundraiser.
When: Aug. 2-Sept. 16
Where: Signature Theatre online (streaming)
As the title suggests, this play (winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama) by Dominique Morisseau gives viewers a glimpse into what life was like in the Detroit of the late 1960s, when both Motown music and racial tensions were peaking. The performance can be streamed using the Marquee TV app. Tickets $35.
Magic of the Ordinary
When: Aug. 2-27
Where: Gallery Underground, 2100 Crystal Drive, Arlington (Crystal City)
The Pop Art movement challenged conventional fine art values and recast the mundane through a new lens. This free exhibition, juried by watercolorist Lois Wolford, takes a similar approach, portraying everyday objects in a new and more magical light. Gallery Underground will host an opening reception with the artists Aug. 6 from 5-7 p.m.
Cornhole Tournament at Continental Beer Garden
When: Aug 5, 5-7 p.m.
Where: Continental Beer Garden, 1901 Fort Myer Drive, Arlington (Rosslyn)
Get ready to sink a few beanbags for a good cause. Join Team Deloitte and the Alzheimer’s Association for this happy hour and bracket-style tournament, with prizes awarded to the first and second place teams. Participation is free, but donations to the Alzheimer’s Association Team Fundraising page are encouraged. Enter a raffle for the chance to win additional prizes. Want to enter a team? Register before Aug. 5.
Bobby Thompson at Lubber Run
When: Aug. 7, 8 p.m.
Where: Lubber Run Amphitheater, entrance at N. Columbus St. and 2nd St. N., Arlington
Soon to release his 8th album, the Arlington guitarist and songwriter takes the outdoor stage with Deren Blessman (drums), Christopher Brown (bass) and Ben Tufts (percussion and backup vocals). Hear songs from Thompson’s new album, Old Home, along with crowd favorites such as “Good Things That We Have” and “My Everything.”
Phoenix Bikes’ Raise + Ride Sizzling Summer Century
When: Aug. 7-8
Where: Create your own course
Arlington nonprofit Phoenix Bikes maintains a full-service bike shop on Columbia Pike and teaches bike repair basics to teens through its Earn-a-Bike program. Support the mission during this weekend fundraiser by collecting pledges and charting your own course. Ride the full 100-mile century on the Washington and Old Dominion Trail, or turn your neighborhood trails into a race course. Prizes will be awarded for the most imaginative rides—whether it’s the most mileage logged in the smallest area or the longest ride in a single day—and for the most successful fundraising efforts.
A Year Apart: Art Created in Isolation
When: Through Sept. 12
Where: Falls Church Arts, 700-B W. Broad St. Falls Church (and online)
This juried exhibition presents works created by 34 local artists amid and in response to the pandemic. View and purchase pieces ranging from oil on canvas to clay sculptures by visiting the gallery (hours are 11 a.m.- 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday) or by perusing the show online.