Branford Marsalis, A Commentary on Internet Culture, and Painting With Goats: Things to Do Jan. 24-30

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Looking for things to do in Arlington? Local high school students serve as cast and crew in a new production at Signature Theatre, The Pursued, The Pursuing, The Busy and The Tired. (Courtesy of Signature Theatre)

If it’s been a while since you’ve seen a live show or strolled around a gallery, this week is a great one to get back out there (while observing each venue’s Covid guidelines). Put these attendance-worthy events, from a world-premiere play to an artistic communion with animals, on your list. Here are our top picks for things to do in Arlington this week:


The Pursued, The Pursuing, The Busy and The Tired. As part of its Signature in the Schools program, Signature Theatre presents a world premiere from D.C. playwright Dani Stoller that examines contemporary culture through the lens of an elite prep school. // Read Covid vaccination policies here. 7 p.m. at Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $10.

Also Playing: Love is Love LGBTQIA+ Book Club at Shirlington Branch Library (Virtual), Free


Living Mindfully With Rock Recovery. Join Rock Recovery, an Arlington nonprofit providing resources for individuals with eating disorders, for a lunchtime program on wellness. // Virtual event. Noon. Free.

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Baltimore-based artist Dave Eassa examines his ancestry in People and Places You Don’t Know How to Know. (Photo by Vivian Marie Doering/Courtesy of the artist and Cody Gallery)


People and Places You Don’t Know How to Know. Baltimore-based artist Dave Eassa explores his familial history (his ancestors emigrated from the Middle East to the U.S. through Ellis Island) in an installation at the Cody Gallery. // Masks and proof of vaccination required for all guests. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and noon-3 p.m. Saturday. 1000 N. Glebe Road (second floor), Arlington. Free.


An Evening with Branford Marsalis. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis—whose discography as a band leader or guest artist runs deep, including a cameo on Shanice’s 1991 single “I Love Your Smile”—plays The Barns with his quartet. And if Thursday doesn’t work, you can also get tickets for Wednesday. // Read Covid vaccination policies here. 8 p.m. at The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. 68+.


Tunnels End. If you could use a little Jimmy Eat World and Eve 6 in your weekend, you may want to catch Woodbridge cover band Tunnels End, which plays rock hits of the past four decades. // 10 p.m. at The Renegade, 3100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. $5.

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“Embodied Disruption,” by Julia Kwon, is among a series of paintings and textiles that examine the Western Modern art movement in a new show at Arlington Arts Center. (Image courtesy of Arlington Arts Center)


In Spite of Modernism: Contemporary Art, Abstract Legacies and Identity. Paintings and textiles from five present-day artists muse on the styles and strictures of the Western Modern art movement in this new exhibit, one of four that Arlington Arts Center will unveil on Jan. 29. // Masks required. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday and by appointment. Arlington Arts Center, 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free.

Last Chance: Little Monsters at Del Ray Artisans, Free.


Painting With Goats. Yes, you read that right. There will be paint. There will be canvases. And there will be goats. Learn how to craft an expressive portrait of the fuzzy mammal, with a few local goats at your side for comfort. Art supplies included in admission. // Proof of vaccination required. Noon at Faith Lutheran Church, 3313 Arlington Blvd., Arlington. $45. 

Also Playing: Paris Sashay and Friends at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, $25

This post has been updated with the most current event information.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment