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5th Annual Alexandria Film Festival is Seeks Entries - Deadline for submissions is July 15

From the City of Alexandria:

The 5th annual Alexandria Film Festival is soliciting entries from U.S. and international filmmakers. At least three cash prizes will be awarded to top films at the Festival: Best of Show ($500), Jury Prize ($300) and Audience Award ($200). All film genres are accepted in all categories including narrative, documentary, short, animated and experimental. Deadlines for entries are: Early Bird - May 31, 2011; Regular -June 30, 2011; Late - July 15, 2011. Regular fees are $35 for feature-length films and $25 for shorts. Discounts are available for early entries.

A Celebration of Mental Health through Art Tonight

A Celebration of Mental Health through Art Tonight

 

Mental Health Anti-Stigma HOPE Campaign’s 2011 Art Exhibition is opening tonight in Alexandria. The event, Art Uniting People: A Celebration of Creativity and Mental Health, will be held at the Lee Center tonight from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This month is National Mental Health month and this exhibit hopes to reduce the stigma of mental illness. Over 100 local individuals (from ages 3-85) whose lives have been affected by mental illness submitted artwork for the exhibit. They were able to use art as a form of expression to engage the community at large.

Chair of the Anti-Stigma Hope Campaign, Marsharia “Shay” Holman, said, “Art is such a powerful way to express yourself.”

“The artists were so excited to have a forum of expression to be able to tell the community their story,” said Carrie Fesperman Redden of the Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria, who has also been involved in the planning and set up for the evening.

Symphony Orchestra of Arlington Inaugural Concert

From Sarah Haley:

 

  WASHINGTON— Symphony Orchestra of Arlington, conducted by Jeff Dokken, will hold their inaugural concert on Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. EST.

             The concert will feature the works of Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The Washington Mens' Camerata, directed by Frank Albinder, with soloists Laura Wehmeyer - soprano, and Jackson Caesar- tenor are scheduled to participate in the Symphony Orchestra of Arlington debut performance.

Get a role in a local film!

Get a role in a local film!

When I returned to the D.C. area following film school, I auditioned for a number of film projects in order to work on my acting chops and get connected to local filmmakers. One of my first roles was in “The Carry-Out,” which told the story of a restaurant robbery that goes terribly wrong. The writer and director of that film was Alexandria native Chris Kiros.

2011 Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 21 & 22 - Spend a Weekend in the Country!

2011 Loudoun County Spring Farm Tour May 21 & 22 - Spend a Weekend in the Country!

From Loudoun County -- Spring is a beautiful time of year in the Loudoun Valleys, with views of the Blue Ridge, Short Hill and Sugarloaf Mountains.  From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22, enjoy this free self-guided driving tour down tree-lined country roads to working Loudoun County farms. Visit horses, chickens, sheep and alpacas in their natural environment. Take a hayride or have lunch by a scenic pond. Select your own strawberries and orchids. Enjoy the colors, people and products of the Loudoun Valleys!    

Baa-merica! Icons Revisited: Leslie Blackmon's Solo Exhibit of Fiber Sculpture Sheep Opens

Baa-merica! Icons Revisited: Leslie Blackmon's Solo Exhibit of Fiber Sculpture Sheep Opens

Mark your calendars! This is an exhibit you don't want to miss. Leslie Blackmon's solo exhibit of whimsical fiber sculptures of sheep posing as American icons opens in The Art League's solo gallery this Thursday!

Modus Union Uniting Members of Congress, Philanthropic Community, & Fashion Industry for One Night

Modus Union Uniting Members of Congress,  Philanthropic Community, & Fashion Industry for One Night

Members of Congress, local athletes, philanthropists and the fashion industry are assembling for DC’s Modus Union Spring 2011 – a unique event supporting prevention and early detection of cancer in women.

Modus Union Spring 2011 features a full runway show by acclaimed fashion designer Marc Bouwer (www.MarcBouwer.com), a 3-D film presentation previewing Bouwer’s Fall 2011 line, and an art installation and silent auction featuring some of the most talented visual artists in DC. The proceeds from this one-of-a-kind gathering will benefit Cancer Schmancer (www.CancerSchmancer.org), an organization founded by actress Fran Drescher to prevent cancer in women through education and early detection.

WHAT:          Modus Union Spring 2011

WHEN:          Wednesday, May 4