Dwight Yoakam, Musiq Soulchild, Craft Beer Meets Calligraphy: Things to Do Jan. 10-16
Your weekly guide to what's happening in and around Arlington.
If you fell into a snow-induced hibernation last week, you’re not the only one. Luckily, the flurries are on hiatus and there is plenty to do in Arlington this week, including some virtual options. Here are our top picks:
MONDAY, JANUARY 10
Open Mic Night with 13 of Nazareth. Poets and musicians are welcome at this evening of expression hosted by 13 of Nazareth, a spoken-word performer whose work addresses police brutality, love and spirituality. // 7 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, 4251 S. Campbell Ave, Arlington. $5.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11
Nightrender Book Release with Jodi Meadows. Join fantasy author Jodi Meadows, along with Virginia-based writer Lisa Maxwell and young-adult author Cristin Bishara, for the release of Nightrender, whose titular character is an “immortal warrior more weapon than girl.” // Virtual event. 7 p.m., hosted by One More Page Books, 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington. Free.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12
Musiq Soulchild.For more than two decades, this Philadelphia-bred vocalist and songwriter has churned out melismatic vocal lines and dense harmonies on tracks such as “Just Friends (Sunny)” and “Halfcrazy.” // 7:30 p.m. at The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $79.50.
Also Playing: Intro to Modern Calligraphy at Caboose Commons, $65
THURSDAY, JANUARY 13
Dwight Yoakam. You might remember him from the opening scene of Wedding Crashers, where he portrayed the soon-to-be ex-husband opposite Rebecca De Mornay, but Dwight Yoakam is first and foremost a country musician whose hits include “Guitars, Cadillacs” and “A Thousand Miles From Nowhere.” // 8 p.m. at Capital One Hall, 7750 Capital One Tower Road, Tysons. $69.50.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 14
Paintings and Drawings, Rafat Mossadeghi. Ballston’s Fred Schnider Gallery of Art presents a collection of two-dimensional works by the late Iranian American artist Rafat Mossadeghi, whose daughter-in-law, Sholeh Shirazi, recently spoke about the painter’s life on an episode of Embracing Arlington Arts. // Fred Schnider Gallery of Art, 888 N. Quincy St., #102. Open Noon-7 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. By appointment only.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 15
Bruce in the USA.While you wait for the Boss to announce his 2022 tour dates, catch a show with a tribute band whose instrumentalists have also performed over the years alongside Aretha Franklin, Meatloaf, Joe Cocker and other iconic artists. (Bruce in the USA also performs Friday Jan. 14.) // 9 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. $25 advance/$30 day of. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid test required.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
Daryl Davis. Blues and boogie-woogie musician Daryl Davis shares the story of how he has persuaded some 200 members of the Ku Klux Klan over the past three decades to leave the hate group. The McLean Community Center is also hosting Traveling While Black, a visceral look at racism, through Feb. 12. // 2 p.m. at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. $10 regular admission/$5 for MCC district residents.
Also Playing: American Youth Philharmonic at Capital One Hall, Free
Plus, put these upcoming events on your radar:
→ Register now to participate in the 2022 MLK Day of Service via Volunteer Arlington and choose from a range of virtual or on-site projects to help local nonprofits and the community. Volunteer Fairfax is similarly coordinating Give Together 2022, a virtual day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Register now for your digital service guidebook.
→ Winter Restaurant Week runs Jan. 17-23. Give the Trader Joe’s options a night off and dine-in or take out from more than a dozen participating restaurants.