A look at arts and entertainment in and around Herndon for the weekend of Oct. 8
The weekend is almost here and throughout Herndon there is something to offer everyone seeking arts and entertainment. Whether your interest lies in movies, music, art or theater, there is no shortage of options this weekend.
Starting Friday, Elden Street Players presents the regional premiere of "Murder in Green Meadows," Douglas Post's psychological thriller about two suburban couples who entangle themselves in a web of deceit, lies, and yes, murder. The production is being directed by Adam Konowe and produced by Mary Ann Hall. Parents take note: the play deals with mature subject matter and themes, and is not appropriate for young audience members.
"Murder in Green Meadows" will be presented at the Industrial Strength Theater, 269 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, inside Sunset Business Park. Fridays and Saturdays in October at 8 p.m.; Sunday October 17 at 3 p.m.; Sunday October 24 at 7 p.m.; Thursday October 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19 for adults and $16 for students and seniors. Call 703-481-5930 for tickets.
For film lovers, this weekend offers quite a variety of new releases including "Life as We Know It," "Secretariat" and "My Soul to Take."
"Life as We Know It" stars Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel as seemingly complete opposites who come together to become caregivers to an orphaned baby when their friends are killed in a car accident. "Life as We Know It" is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour 52 minutes.
In "Secretariat," Diane Lane portrays Penny Chenrey, the professional horse breeder famous for breeding and racing Secretariat to the Triple Crown in 1973. "Secretariat" is rated PG and runs 1 hour 56 minutes.
"My Soul to Take" is the new 3-D horror movie from "Nightmare on Elm Street" creator Wes Craven. In Craven's new film, a serial killer returns to his hometown to terrorize seven children whose birthday coincided with the date he was supposedly killed. "My Soul to Take" is rated R and runs 1 hour 47 minutes.
All three of the films mentioned above open this Friday at Phoenix Theaters Worldgate 9.
If music is your thing then make sure to check out Ice House Café, at 760 Elden Street, Herndon. Live jazz is featured every Friday and Saturday night. Regular performing artists include Donna Salter, Bob Meyers Trio Featuring Barbara Fakoury, and the Larry Brown Quartet. Call 703-437-4500.
O'Sullivan's Irish Pub will also feature a variety of live music this weekend, including 2 Much 2 Duo Thursday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m; Buster Brown on Friday night from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Oren Polak Saturday night from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.
If you're looking for something outside the Parkway there are plenty of options. In Vienna, Jammin' Java has a full weekend schedule. Singer/songwriter Tyrone Wells will be playing two sets on Friday, and local hip-hop collective Mambo Sauce is set for Saturday. At the State Theater in Falls Church, local indie rock group Cobra Collective is headlining Saturday along with Bellman Barker, Screen Vinyl Image and Sansyou.
This is also a great weekend if you're in the mood for a little nostalgia. 1980's alternative legends Hoodoo Gurus will be in Arlington Saturday at Iota Club & Café. On a larger scale, Roger Waters will be performing the Pink Floyd opus "The Wall" in its entirety at the Verizon Center.
Finally, the "Expressions" exhibit is still on display at ArtSpace Herndon. The portrait competition will be shown through October 24, and visitors can cast their vote for the exhibit's People's Choice award. One vote can be cast for each visit to the gallery through the end of the exhibit. Call 703-956-6590.