Some weekend highlights
Two events tomorrow night (Friday, May 1) to note: RAAC’s Friday movie at 8 at the Theatre at Washington, “The Trip to Italy” ($6), and RAWL’s “Mutt, Mix & Mingle” fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. on the patio at Flint Hill Public House, including a doggie fashion contest and Maypole dance ($20, includes a build-your-own pasta dinner, live music by Sixling Twin and a door prize ticket) . More details about both — and many more happenings — in the Event Calendar on page A8.
RAAC Theatre’s production of the Kaufman/Hart comic gem, “You Can’t Take It With You,” also hits the stage for three performances this weekend at the Gay Street theater.
The cast of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, which looks in on the Sycamore family and their houseful of fellow eccentrics, includes Sam Clifton, Mimi Forbes, Howard Coon, Bob Hurley, Andy Platt, Mike Mahoney, Brendan Martyn, Lakota Coon, Gary Grossman, Stephanie Mastri, Patty Hardee, Dontez Harris, Carolina Leonard, Dawn Schimke, Carolyn Thornton, Sharon Kilpatrick and Brian Donegan.
Shows are Friday and Saturday (May 1-2) at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3. For tickets ($15), visit raac.org or call 800-695-6075.
El Quijote, Sperryville’s Spanish/tapas restaurant, has another fab flamenco scheduled this Saturday (May 2) at 8 p.m., with Spanish dance stars Estela Velez and her husband, Daniel Peredez, performing with renowned guitarist Torcuato Zamora. Reservations are strongly suggested; their appearances in December were to packed houses. Call 540-987-8187 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. El Quijote is open 3 to 9 Thursday-Friday, noon to 10 Saturday and noon to 9 Sunday.
For “The Art Speaks,” an exhibit sponsored by the Living Sky Foundation at River District Arts’ Confluent Gallery May 1-June 28, there’s an opening reception at the gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. this Saturday (May 2). Meet Rappahannock’s visionary artist Kahler, whose extraordinary drawings will be accompanied by guest artist Nol Putnam’s forged-metal works. Kahler’s drawings have been acquired by renowned collectors around the world, and are in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum.
For more information on the show, call 540-987-8770. RDA is open 11 to 6 p.m. Friday-Sunday.
On Sunday at 3, as part of the 23rd season in the Smithsonian at Little Washington chamber music series, Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society, presents a special program with Boston’s vibrant Excelsa Quartet that includes Schubert’s Quintet in C Major and Bedřich Smetana’s Quartet in E Minor, “From My Life.” Boston Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Benjamin Zander has said of the Excelsa Quartet: “They explode all the depressing clichés about the state of classical music and tell us that music has a universal message of love and community . . . your heart will sing and you will be reminded what it is to be fully alive.”
Tickets ($25, $10 ages 17 and younger) available at theatrewashingtonva.com or 540-675-1253.
RCHS band coffeehouse
The RCHS Band’s annual fundraiser Coffee House starts at 6:30 next Friday (May 8) at the Rappahannock County Elementary School auditorium. For endless deserts and beverages, and music by Ace Strings, Bobby “G” and Friends, the Gold Top County Ramblers, singer-songwriter Ben Mason and the award-winning RCHS Jazz Band and soloists, the cost is $15 ($5 students, ages 4 and younger free).
The event is made possible by (not including the work of tireless volunteers) Fauquier Hardwoods; Green Mountain Horticulture; Lilac Farm Interior Design; Jan Makela, BH&G Real Estate III; Rappahannock Lions Club; and Cheri & Martin Woodard Realtors.
Tickets at the door or in advance from the Hair Gallery in Washington (or from Jan Makela at 540-675-1313 ext. 2 or email@example.com). For more information, call the RCHS band room at 540-227-0745.
PEC’s Chris Miller speaks
At 8 p.m. Friday, May 8, Piedmont Environmental Council president Chris Miller is the featured speaker at RAAC’s Second Friday at the Library lecture series. A veteran of many battles over land use and conservation, Miller in 1993 spearheaded the successful fight against Disney’s America, the 3,000-acre theme park that you would have had to pass through in Haymarket to get here from D.C. A lawyer specializing in environmental and transporation policy, Miller will talk about new threats to land conservation in Rappahannock and the surrounding area. The talk is free and open to all; call 301-246-0022 for more information.
Artists in residence at the park
Over the last century, national parks have inspired artists to create and share art that not only motivates and encourages millions of people to visit and explore, but also helps build awareness and develop stewardship of these beautiful public lands. Shenandoah’s Artist-in-Residence program provides a way in which artists can continue to do so today.
Shenandoah National Park is offering two residencies this year. During each residency, one selected artist will have the opportunity to live, work, and contemplate the park’s wonders. The residencies will take place during a two-week period in the months of June and September; works completed during the program will serve, through the creativity of the selected artists, to deepen the public’s understanding and appreciation the park.
Applications for the June residency due by next Wednesday (May 6), and the June residency is open to visual artists in the genre of video production (videography, editing, animation). The September residency will focus on creative writing focus with applications due from June 29 through July 17.
For more information about the program, visit nps.gov/shen/supportyourpark/artist-in-residence.htm.
Free OB classes
UVA Culpeper Hospital is offering free Parenting and Childbirth Education classes at its Family Birth Center. The include sessions on breastfeeding, infant CPR and car seat safety, infant care and prepared childbirth. By eliminating the price tag for these classes, which ran between $20 and $90, the hospital aims to provide interested individuals with useful education to answer general prenatal concerns.
Currently, the classes are offered every six to eight weeks, but later this year, the hospital says it plans to offer each class every month. To sign up for one or more of the free courses, call 540-829-4114.