Fairfax County Weekender — March 29-31, 2019

March 29: Providence Players

“August: Osage County”: When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoma family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling mysteries. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best New Play, “August: Osage County” is one of the most riveting and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history. This play contains strong language and adult content. 7:30 p.m. at The James Lee Community Center. $20 (seniors and students, $17). Additional show times. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-425-6782.

Also on Friday:

“Columbinus”: 1st Stage presents a docudrama about Columbine High School that weaves together excerpts of interviews with parents, survivors and leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens. 8 p.m. at 1st Stage. Adults. Additional performances and times. $15 -39. Buy tickets online. For more information call, 703-854-1856.


March 30: Chicken Curriculum

Chickens In Your Backyard: Raising backyard chickens as a source for high quality fresh eggs, meat or as pets can bring the family together, while producing your own locally grown food. Willie Woode, senior conservation/agricultural water quality specialist for NVSWCD will present along with St. Clair D. Williams, senior assistant to the county’s zoning administrator. From 1 to 2 p.m. at Herndon Fortnightly Library. Adults. Free. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-8855.

Also on Saturday:

Meet Author Karen Cleveland: The author will discuss her debut novel, “Need to Know.” Book sale and signing to follow. Adults. Free. From 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Sherwood Regional Library. For more information, call 703-765-3645.

Farm Skills-Animal Caretaker: A behind-the-scenes tour to see all the hard work that goes into raising our farm animals. Tour the feed room, visit animal areas, meet farm animals and learn the different management practices we use to keep the animals happy and healthy. From 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Frying Pan Farm Park. Ages 7 and up. $8. Register online. For more information, call 703-437-9101.

Sketch Hike-Spring Ephemerals: Join park naturalist and artist Margaret Wohler for a hike focusing on spring wildflowers and learn sketching techniques to enhance your observation skills. From 10 a.m. to noon at Huntley Meadows Park. Ages 12 and up. $15. Drawing materials are included in the cost, courtesy of the Running Brook Fund. Register online. For more information, call 703-768-2525.

Two Person Best Ball Tournament: Teams of two compete in a 9-hole, stroke-play tournament (best ball format). 1 p.m. at Jefferson District Golf Course. Ages 8 and up. Cost per team is $75. Fee due at time of registration and includes food and prizes. Rain date is April 6. Call 703-573-0444 to register.

The Marital Misadventures of Henry VIII: Divorced, beheaded, died, beheaded, divorced and survived. Smithsonian scholar and speaker Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger traces Henry VIII’s wild matrimonial journey to secure the succession. Afterward, solve riddles of the king’s many queens at a mystery afternoon tea, where clues are hidden in plain sight! 1 p.m. at Green Spring Gardens. Adults. $45 (program and tea) $22 (program only). Call 703-941-7987 for reservations.

Amphibians After Dark: Assist naturalists with a calling amphibian survey. Learn how to identify frogs and toads by their calls as we explore pools and ponds. From 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Ages 7 and up. $7. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Register online. For more information, call 703-631-0013.

Jazzmeia Horn: With vocal confidence far beyond her years, the young singer arrives with her debut recording on Concord’s Prestige label, “A Social Call,” and is a reflection on the times. 8 p.m., CenterStage at Reston Community Center. All ages. $30 Non Reston, $20 Reston. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-476-4500.

“Antigone”: In the aftermath of her brothers’ bloody war, Antigone is left torn. In this ancient tale, Antigone stands for morality in spite of punishment as one of the earliest heroines in drama. Sophocles’ drama from 441 BC holds startling relevance today, examining divinity, obedience, and law — and how love overcomes them all. 2 p.m., Alden Theater at Mclean Community Center. Ages 13 and up. $40 Non McLean/$30 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

“The Comedy of Errors”: In this rollicking farce, Shakespeare elevates Roman comedy to dizzying heights. Two long-separated twins, their two tricky servants (also twins), a jealous wife and her lovelorn sister romp through this fast-paced comedy filled with mistaken identities and slapstick humor. 7:30 p.m. at Alden Theater at Mclean Community Center. All ages. $40 Non McLean/$30 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.


March 31: Shakespeare Sundays

“The Winter’s Tale”: Shakespeare’s magnificent late play is a roller-coaster ride from romance to tragedy to comedy and finally to a place of transcendent beauty that few other works of art have ever gone. “A sad tale’s best for winter,” but after unleashing a wintry tempest onto his characters, Shakespeare ultimately conjures spring’s miraculous rebirth. 2 p.m. at Alden Theater at Mclean Community Center. Ages 13 and up. $40 Non McLean/$30 McLean. Buy tickets online. For more information, call 703-790-0123.

Also on Sunday:

Rachmaninoff: “All Night Vigil (Vespers)”: VOCE presents an a cappella choral repertoire combining Rachmaninoff’s celebrated orchestral and piano work with the exceptional writing for voices. 4 p.m. at Church of the Holy Comforter. Adults. $10-25. Buy tickets online. For more information call 703-277-7772.

“Peabody Peled Cello Gang”: The Fairfax Symphony presents an ensemble of cello students from Amit Peled’s studio. From 4 to 6 p.m. at Providence Presbyterian Church. All ages. $15-25. Buy tickets online.  For more information call 703-563-1990.

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