5 Things to Do This Week

Ring in the new year with uplifting art, an online teen author event, an Eagles tribute and an extended run for RENT at Signature Theatre.

Happy 2022! Enjoy the snow day and then get ready for an Eagles tribute, an online book event with teen author Alechia Dow, feel-good art exhibits featuring local painters and an extended run of RENT at Signature Theatre.

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Signature Theatre has extended its production of RENT, with shows through Jan. 9. (Courtesy photo)

The Show Goes On: This year’s Oscar contenders include a biopic of composer, lyricist, playwright and Sondheim protégé Jonathan Larson. Signature Theatre has extended its production of RENT, Larson’s iconic rock musical, by an extra week. The riveting tale finds a group of bohemians in New York’s East Village struggling with gentrification, love, loss and legacies in the shadow of the HIV/AIDS crisis. // See website for show times.  Performances now run through Jan. 9. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Tickets $40-$108.

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“Prized Possessions” by Jane McElvany Coonce, is among the works in “Make Me Happy,” a new exhibit at Falls Church Arts. (Courtesy photo.)

Happy Days: Juried by art historian Leslie Ava Shaw, a former tour guide at the Whitney Museum of American Art and now a gallery guide at the Hirshhorn, Make Me Happy, a multimedia show at Falls Church Arts, includes works by 36 artists “that elicit joy, bring a smile, lift the spirit.” // Show runs through Jan. 30. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. 700-B W. Broad St., Falls Church


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Author Alechia Dow discusses her new book. The Kindred, in an online author event with One More Page Books. (Author photo by Nadine Rodler.)

Teen Read: Alechia Dow’s latest novel, The Kindred, takes place in a galactic kingdom where kindred mind pairings create connections between rich and poor—including between a wealthy duke and a commoner from a lowly planet. The teen author will discuss her latest novel with fellow writer Andrea Tang during this free online event organized by One More Page Books. Register online to receive a link. // Jan. 4, 5-6 p.m. online

An Eagles Tribute: Get a peaceful, easy feeling and take it easy as tribute band Eaglemania takes the stage at The State Theatre (a 2022 Best of Arlington winner for “Best Live Music”) channeling the best of Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Joe Walsh. Proof of vaccination or negative Covid PCR test required (at-home tests not accepted). // Jan. 7, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. Tickets $25.

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Rebecca McNeely, “Boundless” at Gallery Underground. (Courtesy image.)

Something New: Gallery Underground’s Jan. 3 opening reception for its January member show, “New Ideas,” has been cancelled due to snow, but you can see the exhibit, featuring new works in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media, through Jan. 28. Participating artists were invited to “stretch and step outside their normal artistic comfort zones to produce original works for the new year.” // Through Jan. 28. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.  2100 Crystal Drive, Crystal City Shops, Arlington


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