The September Guide


September 13 through 19


By Ric Grossman. | Photo courtesy of the Leesburg Fine Art Festival


Leesburg Fine Art Festival
Graciously hosted by the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, this unique festival features nationally- and internationally-acclaimed fine artisans from across the United States and abroad. As you walk the quaint streets of downtown Leesburg be awed by breathtaking creations in painting, jewelry, sculpting, photography, woodworking, ceramics, glass, fiber art, mixed-media – and more. Meet and interact with these talented artisans, learning how your specific artwork was created.

Sept. 14-15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. / 101 South King Street, Leesburg;; Free.


‘Dancing in the Wings’
Sept. 14 and 15, times vary. Debbie Allen takes audience members through the story of how Sassy, a young ballerina, overcomes her self-doubt and nails an audition for an important dance festival. / Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas;; $15/advance adults, $17/at door adults, $10/advance students and seniors, $12/at door students and seniors.

DC Shorts Film Festival

Sept. 19-29, times vary. The hotly anticipated DC Shorts Film Festival returns to Mosaic and Angelika Film Center for its 10th year running. This year, expect eclectic foreign films and tons of locally-sourced cinema. / 3002 District Ave., Fairfax.; 703-385-4647;; Prices vary.

2nd Annual Pink Boa 5K Run/Walk
Sept. 15, Join the Tigerlily Foundation and WUSA9  Anchor Lesli Foster in supporting young women dealing with breast cancer. The Tigerlily Foundation assists women ages 14-40 with all aspects of their cancer journey with support, care and money. Bring friends along and help a fellow woman in need./11901 Grand Commons Avenue, Fairfax; 888-580-6253;

19 Holes for Hospice

Sept. 14, 1 p.m. Come for a relaxing game on the green while helping those in need. 19 Holes for Hospice is a charitable event benefiting Leesburg Capital Caring. The LCC team serves people with serious, progressive illness in Loudoun County as well as Herndon, Reston, Great Falls and Chantilly. The goal of hospice is to prevent and relieve suffering and, more importantly, improve the quality of life for people facing serious illness. Take a swing and help a good cause!/ Westpark Golf Course, 59 Clubhouse Drive SW, Leesburg.;; $75 per golfer.

“Magic and Illusion” Gala Reception
Sept. 15, 7 p.m. Enjoy a family dress-up night out with the Kaleidoscope Festival’s “Magic and Illusion.” The event will feature a gala reception, a stunning exhibit of kaleidoscopes from artists across the country and music by members of the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Pops. The enchanting, full orchestra concert will include music from magical favorites such as Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and Sorcerer’s Apprentice!/ U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, 600 Dulany St., Alexandria.; 703-799-8229; http:/; $8 for children, $25 for adults, $60 for a family pass.

The 2012 Wolf Trap Ball
Sept. 15, 7 p.m. The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts presents its largest annual fundraising event. This year’s special event celebrates Terre Jones, Wolf Trap President and CEO, who throughout his tenure has positioned the organization as a premier center for the integration of performing arts, education, technology and environmental sustainability. The event will take place on the stage at the Filene Center , which is one of the largest in the country./ Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, 1645 Trap Road, Vienna.; 703-255-4030;; Prices vary.

Ballroom Social Dance
Sept. 15, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Come out for a casual evening of ballroom dancing led by instructors from the Workhouse Arts Center. Enjoy complimentary refreshments and a cash bar in the Workhouse Gallery. A 30-minute dance lesson begins at 7:30 p.m. and the main event begins at 8 p.m. All skill levels are welcome!/ W-16-McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton. 703-584-2900;; $5 for lesson, $10 for dance.

Princess Day with Mrs. Virginia and Mrs. D.C.
Sept. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mrs. Virginia joins Dr. Scott Gerrish and the Bellini Salon staff in support of Mothers Against Drunk Driving for a ‘Princess Day Event’ to help MADD raise money in support of their cause. Young princesses are invited, while accompanied by their family and friends, to make an appointment at Bellini Salon. Each girl will receive an upstyle hair design that will also include a tiara, with all of the proceeds donated to MADD. Bonus service options offered by the Bellini team will include makeup and a manicure. Mrs. Virginia will be accompanied by Arika Burton, Mrs. Washington, D.C. at Bellini to pose for photographs, sign autographs and to be the guest celebrities./ Bellini Salon and Medesthetics, 112 Pleasant St., SW, Vienna.; 703-255-2555;; $25 for hair, $10 for makeup and nails.

A Taste of Wine and Jazz
Sept. 16, 2-6 p.m.
A convenient, metro-friendly addition to the Virginia wine festival scene, enjoy sips of wine from Spain and South America provided by Jaleo and tempting tapas from local restaurants. Free Salsa dancing lessons from The Salsa Room, Latin Jazz from Trio Caliente and wine tasting classes from the Washington Wine Academy round out the sixth installment of this local favorite./ Courtyard at 220 20th St., Arlington.;; $20.

A Grand Piano Celebration
Sept. 16, 3 p.m. Join George Mason University’s School of Music for an afternoon of music! The program for the concert features Linda Apple Monson performing in collaboration with faculty artists, including pianist Anna Balakerskaia, soprano Lisa Berger and trumpeter Dennis Edelbrock. Several talented students in the School of Music will also perform. This concert raises funds for the Dr. Linda Apple Monson Music Endowment Fund supporting student scholarships and programs in the School of Music./ George Mason University’s Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123, Fairfax; 888-945-2468;; $20 general admission, $15 for seniors, $5 for students. Free to Mason students with a valid Mason ID.

The Ninth Annual Military Heroes Golf Classic Sept. 17, 1 p.m. This popular charity golf tournament raises money for programs which help the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation) provide wounded service members with free day care while they are undergoing medical treatment, give no-interest loans to service members in emergency situations and offer military personnel and their families grants for down payments and closing costs when buying their first home. Sign up will begin at 10:15 a.m., lunch will be at noon and the tournament will be followed with an awards dinner at 6 p.m. / Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, 1 Turtle Point Drive, Gainesville.;; Prices vary.

The CenterStage Presents: Luis J. Rodriguez
Sept. 18, 8 p.m.  Luis J. Rodriguez has emerged as one of the leading Chicano writers with fifteen published books in memoir, fiction, nonfiction, children’s literature and poetry. Luis’ poetry has won a Poetry Center Book Award, a PEN Josephine Miles Literary Award and a Paterson Poetry Book Prize, among others. The CenterStage at Reston Community Center welcomes this renowned author to its Professional Touring Artist Series./ 2310 Colts Neck Road, Reston; 703-476-4500;; $15 for Reston residents, $30 for non-residents.