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Northern Virginia Weekend Events

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, May 4th, 2012

We’ve got a few weekend events heading down the pipeline for you.

First up, local ballet. We have exceptional talent out here in the ‘burbs. The Cuppett Performing Arts Center in Vienna is throwing a “Golden Gala” this Saturday, May 5.

Cuppett Center Golden Gala Williams

The Cuppett Center’s founder, Alzine Cuppett, was a former Rockette and even received tutelage from Gene Kelly. She started the dance school in 1962, and it’s become one of the premier schools in the area.

The “Golden Gala” features pieces from several classic ballets, including “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty.” Saturday holds two exclusive performances: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 at the door. The venue is Kenmore Middle School’s theater at 200 S. Carlin Springs Road in Arlington.

If that doesn’t strike your fancy, try a heartstopping airshow. The Flying Circus’ first show of the 2012 season takes off this Sunday, May 6. The show begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.

Airshows are something of a lost art. They used to be a classic, popular form of entertainment. But The Flying Circus is a throwback, and is now 42 years old.


The show features stunts galore, including formation patterns, aerobatics and wing-walkers. Anyone can sign up for a calm sight-seeing trip aboard one of the planes, too.

Bealeton, Va., the show’s location, is to the slight south but easily accessible. Simply take Route 28 south and you’re there in an hour. Tickets are just $10, but don’t worry if you miss this show–there’ll be another airshow every Sunday until October.

Bealeton Flying Circus airshow Gates

If you’re looking for something a little more down to earth, Prince William’s “Arts Alive!” celebration springs to life this Sunday afternoon in Manassas.

“Arts Alive!” is a massive celebration featuring dozens of performances, demonstrations and readings by local authors, all happening simultaneously in various sections of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. If you don’t want to watch, you can interact. Authors will provide writing exercises and kids can take part in art projects.

The food is as unique as the performers. Options include Cajun and crepes.

Best of all, there is no charge for general attendance. That’s right–it’s free. “Arts Alive!” happens from noon to 6 p.m.

Matt Basheda