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Dolley Madison Library is preparing for Mardi Gras with a mask-making event this week (via Thomas Park/Unsplash)

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday, Feb. 14

  • One Fairfax (Online) — 3:15-4 p.m. — The Tysons Regional Chamber of Commerce talks to Fairfax County Chief Equity Officer Karla Bruce about the One Fairfax policy, which requires local leaders to consider social and racial equity issues when making decisions. The event is free for members.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

  • The Fire of Frederick Douglass (Online) — 6:30-7:30 p.m. — University of Maryland professor Dr. Richard Bell discusses Douglass’s life, career, and legacy, covering his escape from slavery to his work as an abolitionist. Register a day in advance to receive a link to the virtual event.

Wednesday, Feb. 16

  • Code Create Vienna — 6-8 p.m. at Vienna Town Hall (127 Center St. S) — Vienna’s planning staff hosts a community conversation on the town’s draft zoning code update. The discussion will focus on proposed changes to uses and standards in residential areas.

Thursday, Feb. 17

  • The Phlebotomist — 7:30-10 p.m. at 1st Stage Theater (1524 Spring Hill Rd.) — 1st Stage returns with the regional premiere of this dystopian sci-fi romance, written by Ella Road. The play will be performed on Thursdays through Sundays until March 6. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required.

Friday, Feb. 18

  • Kindness Cards — 4-5 p.m. at Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library (7584 Leesburg Pike) — Extend the Valentine’s Day mood of cherishing loved ones by making a kindness card for someone special. Registration is required.
  • Snack & Paint Night — 7-9 p.m. at the Old Firehouse Center (1440 Chain Bridge Rd.) — Beginners and experts alike can grab some snacks and express themselves through painting with a professional art teacher. The $5 fee covers food and supplies, and registration is recommended but not required.
  • Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo — 7 p.m. at McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave.) — Also known as The Trocks, a diverse all-male ballet company based in New York performs. Tickets start at $30 for MCC district residents and $40 for non-residents.

Saturday, Feb. 19

  • Skills for Scouts: Knot Tying — 10 a.m. at Lewinsville Historic House (1659 Chain Bridge Rd.) — This program for people 10 and older will teach everything Boy Scouts need to know about making ropes and tying knots, including squares, half hitches, and a bowline. Enrollment costs $11.
  • Mardi Gras Masks! — 2-4 p.m. at Dolley Madison Library (1244 Oak Ridge Ave.) — Decorate your own mask to prepare for the annual celebration that, for Christians, precedes Lent fasting and, for everyone else, is just an excuse to party. All supplies will be provided, but advance registration is required.
  • Sal Vulcano — 7 p.m. at Capital One Hall (7750 Capital One Tower Rd.) — Get some laughs in from Staten Island native Sal Vulcano, the comedian known for the reality TV show “Impractical Jokers” and game show “The Misery Index.” Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test are required.

Sunday, Feb. 20

  • The Miró Quartet — 3 p.m. at The Barns (1635 Trap Rd.) — The classical string quartet returns to Wolf Trap National Park to perform work by Franz Joseph Haydn, Maurice Ravel, and contemporary composer Kevin Puts. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative test are required.
  • The Marshall Tucker Band — 7:30 p.m. at Capital One Hall — The southern rock band from South Carolina brings its 50th anniversary tour to Tysons with Traffic guitarist Dave Mason as a special guest. Masks and proof of vaccination or a negative test are required.

Photo via Thomas Park/Unsplash

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The musician Sting will perform at Wolf Trap National Park’s Filene Center in September (courtesy Wolf Trap Foundation)

(Updated at 3:55 p.m.) There may still be a few traces of snow on the ground from recent storms, but summer is already in the air at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts released an initial slate of popular and classical programming today (Tuesday) that will kick off on May 28 with the Original Kings of Go-Go.

After the COVID-19 pandemic led to a delayed, scaled-down 50th anniversary season, the summer 2022 season appears to be comparable to previous years, with more national and international artists as well as the return of film screenings accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra.

Wolf Trap Opera will also perform in The Barns again after being limited to the open-air Filene Center last year.

“After the past couple of years it is going to be especially important to gather as a community, experience nature, and just enjoy great music,” Wolf Trap Foundation president and CEO Arvind Manocha said. “We look forward to welcoming patrons back to the Park in May — and stay tuned as more can’t miss shows are announced this spring.”

While Wolf Trap ended its capacity limits in August, the park continues to require face masks and proof of vaccination against COVID-19 at all performances. Those policies could change in the coming months, depending on federal, state, and National Park Service guidelines.

Tickets for the summer season will open to the general public at 10 a.m. on Feb. 19. Pre-sales for Wolf Trap members started today.

Highlights of the newly announced schedule include:

Music

  • May 28: The Original Kings of Go-Go, headlined by Big Tony and Trouble Funk
  • June 4: Black Violin with the Blind Boys of Alabama
  • June 9: The Head and the Heart
  • June 10-11: Bonnie Raitt with special guest Lucinda Williams
  • June 12: Ana Gabriel with special guest Flor de Toloacher
  • June 16-17: Sheryl Crow with Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
  • June 19: A Juneteenth Celebration with Thee Phantom and the Illharmonic Orchestra
  • June 25-26: Steely Dan with Aimee Mann
  • July 17: Barenaked Ladies
  • July 28: Andrew Bird and Iron & Wine
  • Aug. 4: Little Big Town
  • Aug. 7: ABBA the Concert
  • Aug. 13: A.R. Rahman
  • Aug. 19: Fantasia
  • Aug. 24: The Decemberists with special guest Brigid Mae Power
  • Aug. 28: The Beach Boys
  • Sept. 2-4: Sting
  • Sept. 8: Yo-Yo Ma and Paquito D’Rivera with the NSO

Wolf Trap Opera

  • June 18, 24 & 26: Weber’s “Der Freischütz” (“The Marksman”), at The Barns at Wolf Trap
  • July 15: Verdi’s “La Traviata” with the NSO, at the Filene Center
  • Aug. 12 & 14: Floyd’s “Susannah,” at The Barnes

Film, Stage, and Comedy

  • June 21-22: “Beautiful — The Carole King Musical”
  • June 24: Broadway in the Park
  • July 16: Sing-a-Long “Sound of Music”
  • July 22-23: “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” in Concert
  • July 29: “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” in Concert
  • July 30: Disney and Pixar’s “Toy Story” in Concert
  • Aug. 20-21: Steve Martin and Martin Short
  • Aug. 25-26: Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me

The full calendar can be found on Wolf Trap’s website.

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Singers Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black will perform at Capital One Hall (courtesy Clint Black)

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Tuesday, Feb. 1

  • Trivia Tuesdays — 7-9 p.m. at Audacious Aleworks Brewery & Taproom (110 E Fairfax Street) —  Bring your team together for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the brewery and more.

Wednesday, Feb. 2

  • Sam Bush, Mike Marshall Edgar Meyer, George Meyer — 8 p.m. at The Barns (1635 Trap Road) at Wolf Trap — Bluegrass and classical musical acts merge in this special combination. Tickets start at $77. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The show repeats on Thursday.

Thursday, Feb. 3

Friday, Feb. 4

  • Talk Back, Look Forward — 7:30-9 p.m. at McLean Community Center (1234 Ingleside Ave.) — Celebrate Black History Month with a discussion panel featuring the director and subjects of the “Traveling While Black” virtual reality experience, which looks at how racism has limited African Americans’ movement. The event is free, but registration is required.
  • Ana Popović — 8 p.m. at The Barns (1635 Trap Road) at Wolf Trap — Bluegrass guitarist shares her fiery style that’s graced the stage with B.B. King, Gary Clark Jr. and many more. Tickets start at $30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 5

  • Lunar New Year Celebration — 1-3 p.m. at Fashion Court near Nordstrom’s at Tysons Corner Center (1961 Chain Bridge Road) In celebration of Lunar New Year, which is Feb. 1, the mall is partnering with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce on this event, which will feature dance and musical performances as well as prizes.
  • Mostly Hits and The Mrs. — 8 p.m. at Capital One Hall (7750 Capital One Tower Road) — Months after the Tysons venue announced their show, Country music stalwart Clint Black (“Killin’ Time,” “Same Old Train,” “When I Said I Do”) and his wife, fellow singer and actress Lisa Hartman Black, make their debut. Tickets start at $39.50. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 6

  • The Music School Open Mic — 12 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave. East) — Show off your skills at this Vienna venue. Free.
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Branford Marsalis Quartet (via Wolf Trap)

The Weekly Planner is a roundup of interesting events coming up over the next week in the Tysons area.

We’ve searched the web for events of note in Tysons, Vienna, Merrifield, McLean, and Falls Church. Know of any we’ve missed? Tell us!

Monday, Jan. 24

  • Fiber Art Exhibits — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McLean Textile Gallery (6819 Elm St.) — Artists Cindy Grisdela and Eileen Doughty show off their stitching skills in this joint exhibition.

Tuesday, Jan. 25

  • Jessica Stone — 7-8:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library (101 Maple Ave. East) — The author of “Crossing the Divide: 20 Lessons to Help You Thrive in Cross-Cultural Environments” talks about mistakes and triumphs in a talk geared toward high schoolers, college students, and their parents.

Wednesday, Jan. 26

  • An Evening with Branford Marsalis — 8 p.m. at The Barns (1635 Trap Road) — The Branford Marsalis Quarter, led by a saxophonist from the Marsalis jazz family, performs at Wolf Trap. Tickets start at $68, and doors open at 6:30 p.m. The band will also perform on Thursday.

Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Joint Operation — 8 p.m. at Jammin Java (227 Maple Ave East) — With reggae band Harbor Boys and special guest Toby Raps, this Baltimore-based funk-rock band shows a range of influences, from Beck to Sublime. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $15.

Friday, Jan. 28

Saturday, Jan. 29

  • Shop Local Saturday Market — 12-5 p.m. at The PARC at Tysons (8508 Leesburg Pike) — Browse baked goods, artwork, crafts, and goods from more than 25 local small businesses, artisans, and entrepreneurs. This is Celebrate Fairfax’s second market at The PARC this year, with more dates expected to be announced soon.
  • “The Dinner Party” — 8-10:30 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center (120 Cherry St. Southeast) — The Vienna Theatre Company continues staging Neil Simon’s one-act play, a comedy about marriage and divorce that centers around strangers gathering for an unorthodox dinner party. Tickets are $15. Additional performances go through Feb. 6.

Sunday, Jan. 30

  • Virtual Piedmont Wine Dinner — 5-6:30 p.m. through Zoom — Thompson Italia in Falls Church (124 N. Washington St.) is offering a four-course meal for two people with wine pairings and an online experience with a Charlottesville wine importer representative. Customers will pick up food and wine beforehand. Cost is $220.
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