Photo courtesy of Wolf Trap

SPOTLIGHT:

Riverdance
June 23-26, times vary
These toe-tapping Irish dancers will be performing at Wolf Trap as part of their 20th anniversary world tour. They’ll be bringing timeless music from Ireland, and the whole family will be mesmerized as they glide across the stage in perfect rhythm. 

 

 


 

RESPECT: Unsung Heroes in Uniform
June 3-26, times vary
When one is in uniform, people tend to see the uniform but not the individual. In this exhibit, Del Ray Artisans express their point of view by depicting something funny or thought-provoking or by honoring a loved one. There will also be a small memorial section in the gallery where visitors can reflect, contemplate or remember. // Del Ray Artisans Gallery: 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

The History of Boys
June 4-25
A roaring performance, The History of Boys is a rendition of the 2006 Tony Award-winning Best Play of the Season about an unruly bunch of British boarding school boys. As they prepare for college entrance exams, they battle with the dichotomy of two teachers: one eccentric and innovative, the other logical and Socratic. It is a performance about boys becoming men and the purpose of education. // The Little Theatre of Alexandria: 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria

Tabletop
June 8-July 3, times vary
This international juried exhibit will feature a display of ceramics and other functional art forms designed for food, drink and the table. // Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

Watermarks
June 8-July 3, times vary
Alex Tolstoy studies water from an artistic sense, whether it is the serene view of a reflecting pool or the tempestuous sea. Tolstoy’s works in watercolor often look as if they were splashed upon the page with an unfurling array of pigment and edge that often looks similar to tidemarks. // Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

Kinky Boots
June 14-July 10, times vary
This high-heeled hit is a heartwarming musical celebration about the friendships we discover and the belief that you can change the world when you put your mind to it. Based on true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a men’s shoe factory in Northampton to the glitzy catwalks of Milan. // The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC

The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America
June 19-July 31, times vary
The Second City’s Almost Accurate Guide to America is a humorous look at how freedom came to be and an examination of its current state. This performance contains crude humor and recommended for ages 16 and up. // The Kennedy Center: 2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC

Riverdance
June 23-26, times vary
These toe-tapping Irish dancers will be performing at Wolf Trap as part of their 20th anniversary world tour. They’ll be bringing timeless music from Ireland, and the whole family will be mesmerized as they glide across the stage in perfect rhythm. // Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

Josh & the Jamtones
June 24-25, Times vary
Get ready to rock with Josh & the Jamtones in this interactive, ultra-powered dance party. Featuring stadium rock choruses and a cappella sing-alongs, this band is guaranteed to get any crowd moving their bodies and laughing out loud regardless of age, height or shoe size. // Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

Collegium Cantorum Chorale
June 25, 7 p.m.
Collegium Cantorum, performing in the Metro-D.C. area since 1986, draws most of its repertoire from the masterworks of medieval and Renaissance Europe. The presentation, Looking Back–Looking Forward: The 30th Anniversary Musical Celebration of Collegium Cantorum, showcases maestro Timothy Kendall as conductor and maestro Elizabeth Pontiff as associate conductor and will feature choral masterworks by Hildegard von Bingen, Guillaume DuFay, Johannes Ockeghem and more. // ArtSpace Herndon: 750 Center St., Herndon

Three Dog Night
June 26, 7:30 p.m.
If you know Jeremiah and his bullfrog (“Joy to the World”), then you’ll want to make some plans to head into Alexandria for a night filled with ’60s and ’70s throwbacks. Though not all the original members of the band will be on stage (just last year the band lost Jimmy Greenspoon and Cory Wells), David Morgan is joining the band on the road. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

Paul Simon
June 27-28, 8 p.m.
He came up as part of Simon and Garfunkel, making waves in the folk music world, but when the duo made a split in the ’80s, his solo career kept him in the minds and ears of many. Paul Simon makes his Wolf Trap debut. As one of the most distinguished American musicians of all time, the creator of classic rock hits like “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” and “Graceland” puts ona performance not to be missed. // Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; wolftrap.org

Enchantment Under the Sea
June 27-July 31, times vary
Potters contemplate on aquatic relaxation and leisure. They riff on fish, invent invertebrates and give the beach top billing. What’s washed up and wet is welcome in this spectacle of whales, seabirds, seaweed and driftwood. // Torpedo Factory Art Center: 105 N. Union St., Alexandria

SOLE Defined
June 28, 10:30 A.M.
With performances  both nationally and internationally, SOLE Defined brings a fusion of tap dance, sand dance and body percussion to the stage with spirited performers creating a free-flowing conversation through music and movement. // Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; wolftrap.org

123 Andrés
June 29, 10:30 A.M.
Dance along with 123 Andrés as he takes the audience on a melodic journey to the Latin music world. Songs like “¡Salta, Salta! (Jump, Jump)” and “Oh Papa” seamlessly transition from Spanish to English lyrics while sharing the joy of language and culture. // Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; wolftrap.org

El Arte de Flamenco
June 30, 10:30 A.M.
Combining fiery percussive footwork and passionate music, Furia Flamenca will take audience members on a lively exploration through the history and culture of Spain and the thrill and elegance of flamenco. // Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna; wolftrap.org

Dreamworks Animation Concert with National Symphony Orchestra
June 30, 8:30 p.m.
Experience musical masterpieces from animated classics like Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and more. With some of DreamWorks Animation’s greatest stories and beloved characters, this performance will be a delight to all ages. Projected in HD onto the big screen, iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, Alexandre Desplat and others are performed live by symphony orchestra. // Filene Center: 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

The French Horse from Géricault to Picasso
Through July 31, times vary
“Omnipresent in 19th-century France, the horse was portrayed in every manner and style by all types of artists,” note organizers of The French Horse From Géricault to Picasso: Works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. More than 40 major paintings, sculptures and works on paper by artists as comprehensive as Pablo Picasso, Antoine-Louis Barye, Edgar Degas and Théodore Géricault exemplify every major movement in French art from Romanticism to Fauvism. // National Sporting and Library & Museum: 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg

Junior Farmer Family Fun
Through June, 4 p.m.
Kids can sample the life of a farmer, participating in everything from milking cows to gathering hay with this family-friendly event. Children must be accompanied by an adult registered in the program. // Frying Pan Farm Park: 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon

Doggie Happy Hour
Throughout June, 5 p.m.
Dogs on a leash are allowed at the outdoor tables in the courtyard. The happy hour is open to dogs of all sizes on Tuesdays. You don’t have to stay at the hotel to visit the Happy Hour. // Hotel Monaco: 480 King St., Alexandria