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April 2018

Mummenschanz you & me

Saturday, April 7 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110 United States

For more than 45 years, these Swiss entertainers have dazzled and delighted audiences of all ages with their unique form of silent visual and whimsical theater. A playful yet compelling experience, Mummenschanz offers timeless and lighthearted insights into the human condition with the creative use of shadow and light and the ingenious manipulation of common objects. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination. In this brand new creation, you & me, the Mummenschanz troupe brings to life their famous large-scale masks and revives a tradition of acrobatics. The show will also include some of the classic sketches that have stood the test of time. “Mummenschanz succeeds brilliantly because of its originality, exceptional ingenuity, sense of surprise, and deft satirical touches.” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Sunday Sketch

Sunday, April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Venue – National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117

Join us for a free sketching session in the Museum! Artists of all ages are invited to sketch alongside local artist Barbara Sharp. Materials are provided.
Please contact Anne Marie Barnes, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator, to register for this program:, (540) 687-6542 ext. 25

Matinee Idylls: Virginia Opera: A Taste of Opera

Tuesday, April 10 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110 United States

The Virginia Opera, honored by the General Assembly as the “Official Opera Company of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” presents a program of opera favorites performed by the Company’s talented young professionals of the Herndon Foundation Emerging Artists Program. Catch these rising stars in a program featuring highlights from Virginia Opera’s 2017/18 season.

Enjoy lunch by an outstanding local restaurant followed by a one-hour concert and a coffee and dessert reception with the artists.
Lunch 12:30 p.m. / Concert 1:30 p.m.
Dessert Reception (following Concert)

55th Annual Upperville Garden Club Daffodil Show

Tuesday, April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Buchanan Hall, 8549 John S Mosby Hwy
Upperville,, 20184 United States

This is an American Daffodil Society accredited horticultural competition of daffodils.

The public is welcome!
Admission is free.

Kids Art Studio @Windy Knoll Farm

Tuesday, April 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Windy Knoll Farm, 11602 Kettle Run Road
Nokesville, VA 11602 United States

Parents of students age 8 – 14: Allow your child to experience the restorative power of creativity with three artists in the studios at Windy Knoll Farm. Instructors Jean Seelig, Martin Cervantez, and Kimberly Faulkner will guide students in making art in a manner that fosters stress reduction, self-expression, and meditation. Each person will take away new pieces of art, greater confidence, and positive techniques to continue to use in fostering health and wellness! Program held in beautiful art studios at Windy Knoll Farm in Nokesville, VA.

Tuesdays April 10th, 17th, 24th
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Pre-registration required

Tuesday Evening Concert Series presents the Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio

Tuesday, April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabell Hall Auditorium, UVA, VA United States

Three young, international award-winning superstars join forces to perform Schubert, Brahms & Ravel.
NICOLA BENEDETTI returns to the Series after her dazzling solo performance here last season with
Venice Baroque Orchestra, with German cellist LEONARD ELSCHENBROICH and Ukrainian pianist
ALEXEI GRYNYUK. Tickets available beginning March 27; new tickets available daily, so check back
for desired locations.

UVA Arts Box Office:
-OR- 434-924-3376

Les Yeux du Monde presents Expressions in Black and White: Suzanne Tanner Chitwood, David Hawkins, Ivy Naté, Nick Watson

Thursday, April 12 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Les Yeux du Monde, 841 Wolf Trap Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22911 United States

Expressions in Black and White: Suzanne Tanner Chitwood, David Hawkins, Ivy Naté, Nick Watson
30 March – 29 April 2018
Expressions in Black and White features art by Suzanne Tanner Chitwood, David Hawkins, Ivy Naté and Nick Watson.  Although the chosen mediums and colors of these four artists are limited to shades of black and white, their resulting creations in collage, charcoal, monotype, and sculpture are richly diverse in form and expression.

Suzanne Tanner Chitwood is well known not only for her full-scale renderings in charcoal on paper of dogs, cows and other animals, but also for her award winning childrens’ books featuring exquisite torn paper collages. In her work for this show she combines her charcoal and torn paper collage technique with her signature subjects, here over life-sized Black Angus cattle, parts of cattle and a jet-black horse in two parts. These may stand alone or as a herd or diptych. One thinks of Rodin’s use of sculptural body parts to stand for the whole. Each piece is a tour-de-force evoking the dignity and inner life of the subjects through her wide range of textures and hues, impeccable compositions and monumentality of scale.

David Hawkins will exhibit his ink monotypes of dramatic landscapes both real and imaginary. The monotype, or one of a kind print, was first dubbed a “painterly print” by its 17th century inventor and Hawkins treats each of his as a gestural romantic and mysterious painting. Although many bring to mind our Central Virginia landscapes, Hawkins prefers ambiguity of place (for them to be both “anywhere and nowhere”) and for his work to act as “vessels for something…mystic, religious, spiritual, emotional.”
This show  also debuts sculptural creations by New York artist Ivy Naté, who re- creates what  she calls “IFFM” (Inanimate Furry Family Members). She is fascinated by the intense bond between humans and their inanimate loved ones and by what raw human emotion they carry or mask. Her work for the show will include bunnies, owls and her heart-wrenching “Inside Outs,” Teddy Bears sewn literally inside out, revealing the vulnerability of us all.

Nick Watson masterfully manipulates shadow, negative space and movement in his steel sculpture. For this show, he exhibits table mounted pieces as well as wall and ceiling mounted sculptures in steel and other materials such as zinc, acrylic resin and cement, each one activating and calling attention to movement and the space around us. A haiku will accompany each sculpture, adding new layers of association and meaning.

The gallery is open Thursday through Sunday 1 – 5 and by appointment and is located at 841 Wolf Trap Rd in Charlottesville.

Hunter’s Island Magical History Tour

Saturday, April 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friends of the Rappahannock, VA United States

– Join Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and explore the legacy of Hunter’s Island with its owner, local architect and history enthusiast Mary Ellen Wheeler, on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. We’ll meet at the FOR home office and ferry over to the island in canoes. Learn more about Capt. John Smith, who explored the Rappahannock River in 1608, and the Native Americans who greeted him. There are ruins of old mansions on the island which make for great photo opportunities. Bring a bag lunch and water bottle for a scenic picnic. Minimum age is 8 years. The backup date is the next day. The cost is $30 per individual and $90 for group, or $24 and $72 for FOR members. For more information call (540) 373-3448. Please pre-register at

Coffee with the Curator

Saturday, April 14 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Venue – National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg, VA 20117

Join us for an informal coffee reception to celebrate NSLM’s newest exhibition, A Sporting Vision: From the Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA. Colleen Yarger, VMFA’s Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections, will greet guests and lead a tour of A Sporting Vision. Yarger served as a research specialist for the catalog which accompanies the exhibition. A Sporting Vision celebrates Paul Mellon’s gift of British sporting art to the VMFA. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society’s changing habits and customs. Coffee reception in the library at 10:00am, followed by a tour of the exhibition with Colleen Yarger at 10:30am. Cost is $5, Free to NSLM members. Please register to Anne Marie Barnes, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator, at, 540.687.6542 ext. 25

Second Saturday on the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail

Saturday, April 14 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm

Have you ever stayed in a 1700’s mansion, been a wine critic, or listened to a real Italian play a real accordion? Dyed yarn, designed jewelry, or created pottery? Now you can do all these things and more!!! Come to the Rappahannock County Artisan Trail for art, wine, dining, exhibitions, workshops, unique shops and live music. Second Saturday offers great ways for getting out and trying new things. Come and see for yourself! For details:

Activities are throughout the county in Amissville, Sperryville, Washington and Sperryville!

Livingston Taylor – Hylton Center EXTRA!

Sunday, April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110 United States

Livingston Taylor’s music career as a singer-songwriter, pianist, and guitarist spans an impressive 50 years and includes a varied repertoire of Top-40 hits in musical genres from folk and pop to gospel and jazz. He has shared the stage with Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, Jethro Tull, and of course, his brother James, among others. Don’t miss this natural performer in an introspective evening of music peppered with personal stories,anecdotes, and ineffable warmth!

Tickets: $30

VFW Post 2524 Bingo

Friday, April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Friday, repeating until Friday, May 25, 2018

Doors open at 5 p.m., play starts at 6:45 p.m. Guaranteed $1,000 jackpot, regular games pay $100 if over 90 players.  Only upstairs seating available, and the facility is non-smoking.  For further information call 825-3424.  

85th Annual Historic Garden Tour

Saturday, April 21 @ 8:00 am - Monday, April 23 @ 5:00 pm
Castle Hill Ciders Tour Headquarters, 6065 Turkey Sag Road
Keswick, VA 22947

Keswick Hunt Country Garden Tour:
Sunday, April 22, 2018 from10am-5pm.
$40 in ADVANCE. $50 Day of tour.
Step through the columns into the
private gardens of some of the most historic and beautiful properties in Jefferson’s Virginia. See 100 floral arrangements, 1700s era architecture, stunning gardens& lectures by experts.
Enjoy boutique shopping, artwork, live music and more! Includes:
•Castle Hill Home & Gardens c1764
•East Belmont 1,200 acre Estate c1811
•Ben-Coolyn Parterre gardens & arboretum
•Grace Episcopal Church c1896
•Chopping Bottom Contemporary
award-winning farmhouse
•Castle Hill Cider Marketplace & Tour HEADQUARTERS for Sunday April 22nd.
•35 Unique vendors
•Bluegrass & Jazz Musicians
•Painters in the gardens
•Talks by Experts and Authors on History &Architecture: Prof. Ed Lay, emeritus of UVA who has written about the distinctive
architecture in the Keswick area.
Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10-5pm
Morven Home and Gardens
(Separate ticket: $15)

Monday, April 23, 2018 from 10-5 p.m.
University of Virginia (Free)
Attend a free lecture: “Mapping-African-
American History at UVA” and self guided tour of Morea, UVA Grounds & Pavilion residence.

Historic Garden Week 2018: Keswick Hunt Country

Saturday, April 21 @ 10:00 am - Monday, April 23 @ 5:00 pm

Step into the private gardens and homes of some of the most historic and beautiful properties in Jefferson’s Virginia during the 85th Annual Historic Garden Week Tour, Taking place April 21-23. Advance tickets available at Caspari, Folly or at
Saturday visit Morven Estate, Sunday enjoy Castle Hill and 5 properties in majestic Keswick Hunt Country and on Monday see Pavilion Residences and Gardens at the University of Virginia. There will be lectures by experts on architecture and area history, painting in the gardens, plus a marketplace with boutique shopping, live music and a chance to win a $2,600 diamond set.
Proceeds benefit the restoration of Virginia’s historic public gardens and The Charlottesville Garden Club’s local civic projects.
For more information contact: Sarah Hormel Everett or Christy Wenzel

The Fun is coming: The Middleburg Spring Races

Saturday, April 21 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Glenwood Park, 36787 Glenwood Park Ln
Middleburg, VA 20118 United States

Tailgate and Picnic with fashionable Middleburg crowds all while watching the thrilling sport of horse racing. The Middleburg Spring Races is an exciting and fun event in our historic Virginia horse country.

Sheepdog Café Patio Season Kickoff Battle of the Breweries

Saturday, April 21 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Graduate Charlottesville, 1309 West Main Street
Charlottesville, VA 22903 United States

Join us at Sheepdog Café for a battle of the breweries to kick off patio season! Hosted by DJ Be Easy, local breweries will compete for a tap in Sheepdog for the summer. Taste test of 8 of the best local brews and be sure to vote for your favorite to stay on tap all summer. Every purchase of a flight or beer gets you one vote to vote for your favorite beer! Participating breweries include Starr Hill Brewery, South Street Brewery, Basic City Beer Co., Champion Brewing Company, Reason Beer, Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, and Wild Wolf Brewing Company.

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel Beethoven and Friends

Saturday, April 21 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110 United States

Virtuoso pianist Jeffrey Siegel closes our season at the Hylton Performing Arts Center with three 18th century musical masters who were contemporaries of each other. In Beethoven and Friends, Jeffrey Siegel performs Haydn’s delightful Sonata in D, Mozart’s brooding, contemplative Fantasy in D minor, and Beethoven’s passionate, stormy Sonata Pathétique, while offering witty and insightful commentary about the music and composers before playing each piece. Piano music enthusiasts and newcomers alike cherish Jeffrey Siegel’s beloved “concerts with commentary” series that makes everyone feel like a classical music insider. An interactive Q&A will conclude this program.

Bunny Mellon: The life of an American Style Icon

Sunday, April 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
National Sporting Library & Museum, 102 The Plains Road
Middleburg, 20117

This Spring, Paul Mellon’s British Sporting Art collection comes home to Middleburg in A Sporting Vision, NSLM’s feature exhibition. It is only fitting that during Garden Week we also pay homage to his wife, Bunny Mellon, whose legacy lives on at the Oak Spring Foundation, in the White House Rose Garden, and countless other places around the world. Author Meryl Gordon will speak about Mrs. Mellon’s life, especially in and around Middleburg, as presented in her book Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Icon. Copies will be available for purchase at the event. Gordon is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor to Vanity Fair. 10:00 coffee and mimosas, 10:30 talk presented by Meryl Gordon. Admission is $10, free to NSLM members. Please register to Anne Marie Barnes, the Clarice & Robert H. Smith Educator, at, 540.687.6542 ext. 25

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Presented by Bay Area Children’s Theatre

Sunday, April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Circle
Manassas, VA 20110 United States

April 22, 2018 at 2:00 pm
April 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm

Bedtime is approaching, and this team of construction vehicles needs to get their rest. But Crane Truck is getting cranky, Cement Mixer takes too long with bath time, and Dump Truck just isn’t sleepy! Excavator and Bulldozer find that preparing for bed is a job in itself! Will they ever get some shut-eye before tomorrow’s day of work? A world premiere musical based upon the New York Times best-selling picture book about construction vehicles by author Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrator Tom Lichtenheld demonstrates the importance of teamwork, follow-through, hard work, and bedtime rituals. Founded in 2004, the Bay Area Children’s Theatre works to enrich children’s lives, inspire their imagination, and introduce them to lifelong enjoyment of theater.

Recommended for ages 3–8; Pre-K–Grade 3

Tuesday Evening Concert Series presents Les Violons Du Roy Chamber Orchestra

Tuesday, April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Cabell Hall Auditorium, UVA, VA United States

This renowned, much-loved Canadian ensemble returns to the Series for founder Bernard Labadie’s farewell tour with an all-Bach program. The group specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era, and has always been one of the Series’ most sought-after experiences.
Tickets available beginning April 10; new tickets available daily, so check back for desired locations

UVA Arts Box Office:
-OR- 434-924-3376
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