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Arts Anniversaries in Alexandria

The Year of Extraordinary Anniversaries

2014 marks the "Year of Extraordinary Anniversaries" in Alexandria, with a staggering number of sites and art organizations reaching major milestones. With special seasons, events and exhibits happening all year long, the celebration will culminate into an art festival on June 14, 2014 at the Old Town Arts & Crafts Fair in collaboration with ArtsFEST.

At Market Square and in the Torpedo Factory Art Center, visitors will enjoy live performances by Alexandria organizations celebrating anniversaries like the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, plus dance performances, live music and theater from local groups like the Alexandria Citizens Band and Ambassador Theater. Also happening throughout the day, visitors can enjoy interactive art activities, food vendors and craft booths, all joining together to recognize the city's artistic achievements. See the full performance schedule here.

In 2014, Alexandria celebrates:

 100 Years

 

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 Old Town Theater

     

 25 Years

 

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 Washington Balalaika Society

 80 Years

 

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 The Little Theatre of Alexandria

     

 20 Years

 

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 First Night Alexandria

 70 Years

 

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 Alexandria Symphony Orchestra

     

 15 Years

 

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 Choreographers Collaboration Project

 60 Years

 

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 The Art League

     

 10 Years

 

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 Performing Arts Center at Episcopal High School

 50 Years

 

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 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association

     

 10 Years

 

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 Durant Arts Center

 40 Years

 

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 Torpedo Factory Art Center

     

 10 Years

 

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 Art in City Hall

 30 Years

 

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 Alexandria Commission for the Arts

     

 5 Years

 

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 Art on the Horizon

 30 Years

 

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 MetroStage

     

 5 Years

 

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 Youth Arts Festival

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  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
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  • Location: Birchmere
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  • Admission: $49.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
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  • October 28, 2014
  • Times: 7 PM Reception and 8 PM Show Time
  • Location: Little Theatre of Alexandria
  • Admission: $25
  • 600 Wolfe Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
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  • October 28, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $45
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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  • October 29, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $49.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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Laurie Anderson

  • October 30, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Birchmere
  • Venue: Birchmere
  • Admission: $39.50
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
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  • October 31, 2014
  • Times: 7:30 pm
  • Location: Birchmere
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  • Admission: $35
  • 3701 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22305
  • Phone: 703-549-7500
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"All Creatures Great and Small" Art Exhibit

  • October 25, 2014 to October 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)
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  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: Free
  • Vola Lawson Animal Shelter - 4101 Eisenhower Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22304
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
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Open Life Drawing Sessions at The Art League

  • October 27, 2014 to November 21, 2014 (Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Recurring weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Times: Mondays, 10:00 am–3:00 pm; Wednesdays, 10:00 am–3:00 pm; Fridays, 1:00–5:00 pm
  • Venue: Art League, Inc.
  • Admission: $55 to $65 for five weeks
  • Phone: 703-683-2323
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Open Life Drawing Sessions at The Art League

Want to practice on your own in a quiet, focused environment? This monitored open studio is for participants of all levels who like to work from a live model using their own media. Five-week sessions ... Learn More

Icons of American Culture by David R. Allison

  • October 25, 2014 to November 09, 2014 (Recurring daily)
  • Recurring daily
  • Times: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 12noon to 4pm; Saturdays 1-4pm
  • Venue: Athenaeum
  • Admission: Free
  • 201 Prince Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-548-0035
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  • Recurring daily
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  • Venue: Circe of Alexandria
  • 123 N. Washington St
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-519-8528
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"Metamorphosis!" Art Exhibit

  • October 25, 2014 to November 02, 2014 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
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  • Times: Thurs/12–6pm; Fri-Sat/12–9pm; Sun/12–6pm
  • Venue: Del Ray Artisans
  • Admission: Free
  • 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue
  • Alexandria, VA 22301
  • Phone: 703-838-4827
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Jewelry Making Classes at The Potomac Bead Company

  • October 25, 2014 to October 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday)
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Classes All Day on Weekends
  • Venue: Potomac Bead Company
  • Admission: $22 - $26
  • 1104 King Street
  • Alexandria, VA 22314
  • Phone: 703-299-8730
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"Art and Story" Art Exhibit at the Shirlington Library

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