9 Things to Do Around Arlington This Week
Celebrate National Coming Out Day, take an outdoor yoga break and pick up design ideas from a home tour.
Pride on Film: To celebrate National Coming Out Day, McLean Community Center is hosting a double feature of films that honor LGBTQ+ experiences. Catch Booksmart, a 2019 comedy about two high school seniors that won a GLAAD Media Award, and Moonlight, the 2016 drama that took home an Oscar for best picture and follows the life of a boy as he endures abuse and internal struggles. // Oct. 11, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. Free. Masks and registration required for all guests.
Modern Lens: In Lives in Ruins, Lisa Breglia, an associate professor in global affairs and senior associate dean in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University, explores modern-day perspectives on Chichén Itzá, a Maya archaeological site and major tourist destination in southern Mexico. // Oct. 12, 7-8 p.m, virtual event. Free.
Strike a Pose: Last year, the Rosslyn BID unveiled a new outdoor coworking concept, O2, as a pandemic-friendly means to keep the productivity going while combating isolation. Now, it’s doubling down with O2 2.0, a year-round work space with free wifi, and kicking off the launch with three weeks of programs. First up, is a midday yoga class hosted by Mindful Modern Living. // Oct. 13, 12-12:40 p.m., 1300 Langston Blvd. (Lee Highway), Arlington (Rosslyn). Free.
Drinks That Make a Difference: Support Love 146, an international nonprofit combating human trafficking, with your purchase of drinks and appetizers at Cocktails for Change: Support the Human Trafficking Fight. A speaker from Reset 180, a local Christian, anti-trafficking organization, will share additional ways community members can help. // Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m., Clarendon Pop-Up Bar (in the former Clarendon Ballroom space), 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free admission, food and drink prices vary.
Local Legacy: Genealogist Steve Hammond explores the history and legacy of the Syphax family, a prominent Black, Arlington-area family dating back to the 18th century. Hammond, a seventh-generation descendant of the family, will also discuss his role in ensuring that the lives of enslaved and free individuals were represented in the reopening of Arlington House. You can also read more about the Syphaxes in our story about Arlington’s oldest families. // Oct. 14, 7-8:30 p.m., Reinsch Library Auditorium, Marymount University, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington. Free.
Cinema Under the Stars: The National Landing BID is hosting outdoor flicks every Friday in October, with food trucks nearby for those who want a bit more sustenance than popcorn. This week, bring the kids to Akeelah and the Bee, a 2006 drama about an 11-year-old who competes in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. (And for more family-friendly events this month, including plenty of Halloween fun, check out this list.) // Oct. 15, 6-9:30 p.m., Virginia Highlands Park (softball field #3), 1600 S. Hayes St., Arlington (Pentagon City). Masks for unvaccinated individuals and registration required. Free.
It’s Natural: The Falls Church “Scenes in the City” Plein Air Festival is back and includes a “quick-draw” competition—which is just what it sounds like, a challenge in which local artists go head-to-head to capture the outdoors in just a few hours. // Oct. 16, 8 a.m.-Noon, 300 Park Ave., Falls Church. Registration fee is $40 for festival participants and $15 for quick-draw participants. Free admission.
Gallery Walk: Keep the art going by popping into the Cody Gallery at Marymount University, where Italian artists Goldschmied & Chiari have crafted colorful glass vessels and images of smoke bombs that are then superimposed on mirrors in Magnifica. // Exhibit open through Dec. 4; Gallery open Wednesdays through Fridays noon-5 p.m. and Saturdays noon-3 p.m.; 1000 N. Glebe Road, Arlington (Ballston)
Interior Motives: If you’ve grown tired of your home environs, spend a few hours Sunday afternoon gleaning some local inspiration from the Falls Church Home & Garden Tour. // Oct. 17, 1-5 p.m.; locations vary; advance purchase tickets $30, regular tickets $35