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PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center of Manassas, Va. are hosting their fourth annual ARTS ALIVE Festival, a free, family-fun event that features local, Prince William County dancers, singers, artists, and performances, on Sat., May 3 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, at 10960 George Mason Circle Manassas, Va. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule of events, call 703-221-2150 or go to www.pwcartscouncil.org.

Sun., Apr. 6, Metropolitan School of the Arts Benefit Concert

Sun., Apr. 6, Metropolitan School of the Arts Benefit Concert

Lorton, Va.-based Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA), a non-profit performing arts academy, is hosting their annual Spring Benefit Concert on Sun., Apr. 6 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at The George Washington Masonic National Memorial at 101 Callahan Drive in Alexandria, Va. There will be performances by Metropolitan Youth Ballet, Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, MSA’s Impulse Jazz Company, MSA Academy vocalists and live music by local musicians, like Voices of Liberty. Tickets are $75 per person or $100 per couple with proceeds benefitting MSA’s Alexandria studio’s Black Box Theater Project. A reception will immediately follow at 5:30 p.m. For tickets and information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

The MSA Benefit Concert ends at 5:30 p.m. with a reception immediately following at the George Washington Masonic Temple from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Concert tickets include entrance to the reception.

Nominations open for Prince William Poet Laureate

Nominations are now open for the first ever Prince William Poet Laureate, a two-year position to be selected and filled under an exciting new Laureate program of the Prince William County Arts Council. The program is being administered by a special committee of the Arts Council under the leadership of June Forte, a member of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

Nominations for the position, which will receive an annual $500 honorarium, are due by MAY 10, 2014. Guidance and forms for nominations may be downloaded here: http://www.writebytherails.org. Mail completed submission forms to: June Forte, 12702 Valleywood Drive, Woodbridge, VA 22192

If you have any questions, please contact Laureate Program Chair June Forte at home1270@msn.com or 703-585-6396.

Underground Railroad Quilt Codes on Display at NOVA-Manassas

Underground Railroad Quilt Codes on Display at NOVA-Manassas

Quilts designed and created by master quilter Sharon Tindall will be on display at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College Feb. 3 to 28 in honor of Black History Month. The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu or 703-257-6657.

The exhibition is called “The Underground Railroad Quilt Codes, Fact or Fiction?” Tindall has performed considerable research into how African-American slaves used patterns in quilt blocks to pass along Underground Railroad routes. Her examination of these quilt codes has taken her to such places as Charleston, S.C., and Monrovia, Liberia.

 “The Underground Railroad quilt codes are about the freedom of African-American slaves and their daring escape,” Tindall said.

Tim Federle, Broadway Performer and Author Visits Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria

Tim Federle, Broadway Performer and Author Visits Metropolitan School of the Arts in Alexandria

Tim Federle is best known for working on the choreography for Broadway’s Billy Elliott, performing in Broadway’s Little Mermaid, and he most recently wrote Amazon’s Best Book of Jan. 2014, Five, Six, Seven, Nate. Federle is coming to Northern Virginia, teaching “Tips and Tricks to Nail a Broadway Dance Audition” at MSA’s Alexandria studio at 5775 Barclay Drive on Wed., Feb. 5 for middle and high school students from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Workshops are open for advanced dance, theatre and music students. Cost is $50 per student.  Go to www.metropolitanarts.org to register.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS HOSTS New Year Eve's BENEFIT GALA; FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS HOSTS New Year Eve's BENEFIT GALA; FOR FAMILIES, SUPPORTS SCHOLARSHIP FUND

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. will host A New Year’s Eve State of Mind Benefit Gala on Tues., Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Waterford at Springfield at 6715 Commerce Street, Springfield, Va. The family-fun gala will provide entertainment for the whole family. Tickets are $120 per adult for ages 21 years old and older; $79 for youths, 13 years old to 20 years old; $49 for children, 6 years old to 12 years old; and 5 years old and younger are free. Cost includes cabaret performances, live band, pre-dinner reception, holiday buffet, silent auction, dessert buffet, New Year’s Eve toast, party favors and all beverages.