This week’s events: mariachi, live theater, chamber music and more


Arlingtoners can get their fix of art and culture all week. Start the week today (Monday) with mariachi and Mexican folk dancing and end it with live theater and chamber music.

Some of the highlights from the local events November 1-7 are below. If you would like your event to be considered, complete the event submission form to submit it to our events calendar.

Monday November 1

“Buying a Home in a Tight Market” * from the Federal Community of Arlington
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Virtual

Buying a home in this region has always been competitive and is becoming even more so. ACFCU Mortgage Officer Sandra Ortecho will teach attendees how to start buying a home and how to make their offers attractive to sellers.

Día de los Muertos at the Arlington Arts Center *
Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Arlington Arts Center (3350 Wilson Blvd)

Bring a blanket, have dinner at local food trucks La Tingeria and 7Moltin, and enjoy Grupo Fénix mariachis and dancing from Ballet Folklorico Mi Herencia Mexicana on this evening picnic supported by Arlington Arts, AVLD Events and the Ballston Business Improvement District.

Wednesday November 3

“Maximize your social security benefits” from ACFCU *
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Virtual

In this episode of the ACFCU webinar series, “Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits,” participants can learn what they need to know to get the most from their benefits.

Thursday, November 4

“Reinventing our homes” from EcoAction Arlington
Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Virtual

Join EcoAction Arlington for the second webinar in our Achieving Carbon Neutrality series. You will learn advice from industry experts on transforming our homes to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality. Visit the EcoAction website to learn more and to register.

Brian Posehn LIVE from Netflix, HBO and Comedy Central
Time: 7 p.m.
Arlington and Drafthouse Cinema (2903 Colombian pike)

Prepare to laugh at the stand-up brought to you by comedian, actor, musician and writer Brian Posehn at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. He will give shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with performances on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Admission before 9 p.m. is 21+ unless a parent or guardian is present. After 9 p.m. it is 21+.

Friday 5 November

Yorktown High School Fall Theater Arts Showcase
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Yorktown HS Auditorium (
5200 Yorktown Boulevard)

All Yorktown performance classes will feature free live theater on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with lighting, sound, costumes and props made by the students. The evenings will feature improvisations, original adaptations of folk tales, and a preview of a one-act play that students will present in a state competition on female dispensing workers during World War II.

Saturday 6 November

“Enchanting Elgar, The English Romantic” by the National Chamber Ensemble *
Time: 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Gunston Arts Center, Theater One (2700 S. Lang Street)

This will be the first live performance of the National Chamber Ensemble since the start of the pandemic and the opening performance of the season. Listeners will hear music by Sir Edward William Elgar as well as Gilbert and Sullivan’s Overture to “The Mikado”. People can attend in person or watch an exclusive concert video a week later from their homes. Tickets cost $ 36 for adults and $ 18 for students, with seasonal subscriptions priced at $ 129 for all five performances.

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