D’DAT Brings Its Unique Native American Fusion Music to The Alden in McLean on January 23
The Alden in McLean is proud to present a family concert featuring Native American fusion band D’DAT at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23. The band, which has been featured on NPR, Yahoo, MIC.com, SiriusXM and TEDTalks, will perform an eclectic mix of original, traditional and popular tunes. Tickets are $15, 10 for MCC district residents. The Alden is located inside the McLean Community Center, which is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
D’DAT is a multicultural group that mixes the uniquely American musical traditions of the native southwest, jazz and hip-hop. National touring artist Def-i's intelligent, poetic lyrics and hip-hop style blend with the hard-driving instrumental fire of trumpet player Delbert Anderson, the deep funk of drummer Nicholas Lucero and the explorative and expanding groove of Mike McCluhan on bass. D’DAT combines it all to give audiences an experience like no other. This modern sound not only attracts listeners but also tells a story of cultural tradition. “The swing of the Navajo Heartbeat and the improvisation of Navajo Chants.” — Smithsonian Magazine.
McLean Community Center’s 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Features Blues Musician, Author and Lecturer Daryl Davis
The McLean Community Center (MCC) has expanded its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration over the weekend this year by offering two events featuring musician and race relations expert Daryl Davis. The Daryl Davis Band will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, in The Alden Theatre and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16, Davis will return to The Alden to speak on his experiences confronting Ku Klux Klansman on their racist beliefs. Tickets to Friday’s concert are $30/$20 for MCC district residents. Tickets to Sunday’s event are $10/$5 for MCC district residents. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
MCC Director Daniel Singh said, “Our anchor staff members have been instrumental in celebrating the legacy of Dr. King for over 15 years at our center. In many ways, their pioneering work anticipated the trajectory of awareness and need for dialogue around our country’s troubled founding and current systemic disparities around race. Our MLK celebrations also closely align with our board of directors’ commitment to diversity in the McLean community. Our work also brings to life the vision of Fairfax County’s One Fairfax Policy. I hope the community will join us to commemorate Dr. King’s life work and continue the conversation on how we can be advocates for his dream.”
McLean Community Center Calendar of Events for January 2022
The McLean Community Center (MCC) offers the following activities in January. Due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, many Center programs and events have been adjusted to virtual (online) or in-person, socially distanced formats. Please check the Center's website, www.mcleancenter.org, for up-to-date information. Residents of the Center’s tax district, Small District 1A-Dranesville, are eligible for discounts on fees. The center is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
“Traveling While Black” VR Experience
On exhibit through Feb. 12, 2022
Wednesday-Saturday, Noon–8 p.m. and Sunday, Noon–6 p.m.
Free admission; registration required.
In “Traveling While Black VR,” the immersion of 360° footage draws viewers into living history lessons told around a booth in Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Washington, D.C. restaurant has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. The Traveling While Black VR experience/film was directed by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams. The experience was funded with support from the Québec Government Offices in New York and Washington as well as the Embassy of Canada to the United States and in cooperation with the Fairfax County Public Library.
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1
The McLean Community Center and the Old Firehouse Center will be closed on Friday, Dec. 31, and Saturday, Jan. 1, for the New Year’s Day holiday. The centers will reopen on Sunday, Jan. 2, at regular operating hours.
Sponsored by The Alden
The Pocahontas Project Virtual Discussion Group (Virtual)
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Free admission. Registration is required.
In order to retain and deepen the knowledge patrons gained during MCC’s Native American Heritage Month Celebration in November, The Alden is hosting an in-depth discussion group (via Zoom) on the history of indigenous Virginians using The Pocahontas Project Online Course as a guide. Each discussion will cover two sessions of the 10-session, online course and be co-facilitated by a Rappahannock Tribe Member as well as members of The Alden’s staff. The final session will be facilitated by The Pocahontas Project developers, Chief Anne Richardson of the Rappahannock Tribe and Rick Tatnall.
Virtual Reality Experience, “Traveling While Black,” comes to McLean Community Center in December
Documentary Explores Black America Past and Present
The McLean Community Center (MCC) will have the virtual reality (VR) experience “Traveling While Black,” which features a film by Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams, in its main lobby starting in December. The VR experience is free and open to the public until Friday, Dec. 31. Starting on Wednesday, Dec. 15, and continuing through Saturday, Feb. 12, patrons can sign up for hour-long appointments Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 6 p.m. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave. The experience was funded with support from the Québec Government Offices in New York and Washington as well as the Embassy of Canada to the United States and in cooperation with the Fairfax County Public Library.
“Traveling While Black connects technology, art, and social justice in a palpable and powerful manner. MCC is proud to present this first virtual reality exhibit in our center and will be hosting several discussions to help us consider the different questions this exhibit raises,” said MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh. “As we near Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month events, we hope our patrons will take the time to come learn with us and become change agents in creating the world that Dr. King envisioned in his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech.
In “Traveling While Black VR,” the immersion of 360° footage draws viewers into living history lessons told around a booth in Ben’s Chili Bowl. The Washington, D.C., restaurant has been a mainstay of the African American community since 1958, bearing witness to significant Civil Rights milestones that are woven into the film in powerful snippets of footage. From the stirring memories of Civil Rights leader Courtland Cox to the heartbreaking words of Samaria Rice, whose young son Tamir was killed by police in 2014, VR allows Williams to connect the parallels of the past to the present.
On its 39th Anniversary, the McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival Is Back In Person for a Full Weekend at the McLean Community Center
The McLean Community Center (MCC) is pleased to present its 39th annual holiday crafts show in person the first weekend of December. As patrons have come to expect, the McLean Holiday Art & Crafts Festival will feature a wide variety of high-quality handmade items just in time for the holidays.
Produced by MCC in conjunction with the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild, the juried show will be held Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3 through 5. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 5. Admission is $5 and free for children ages 12 or younger. The admission price is good for all three days of the show. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Avenue.
MCC Special Events Manager Catherine Nesbitt is excited to be able to bring the show back. “This is a fun and festive community event that is sure to inspire holiday cheer! Esteemed jurors have carefully selected artists who have created extraordinary and affordable treasures. Come support your community and shop locally,” she said. Proceeds from the show benefit the Northern Virginia Handcrafters Guild, a 501(c)3 that offers scholarships and supports the arts.
As McLean Community Center Works to Develop a New Strategic Plan, It Asks Residents to Provide Useful Input through a Survey and a Listening Session
The McLean Community Center (MCC) has engaged AMS Planning & Research, a nationally renowned consulting firm, to assist the center’s Governing Board and staff in their efforts to develop a new strategic plan. MCC is seeking input from residents of Dranesville Small District 1A, who support the center, through an online survey and virtual listening session. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
“Hearing from the diverse members of our community is essential to the success of any planning we undertake,” said MCC Executive Director Daniel Singh. “We want to be sure our residents have the opportunity to express their desires as we shape our strategy and future direction and as we look ahead to our 50th anniversary in 2025.”
The survey can be accessed online at: qrco.de/MCCsurvey. All responses will be kept confidential. As an incentive to encourage participation, five random survey entries will be selected to win a $60 voucher to use toward any MCC-sponsored activity, such as a class, summer camp, OFC day trip, dance or Alden Theatre performance.
“Joy to the World” and “A Klezmer Hanukkah” Bring Holiday Cheer to The Alden in December
The Alden at the McLean Community Center (MCC) in McLean is bringing holiday joy to its stage in December by offering a pair of holiday music concerts. “Joy to the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” with Damien Sneed, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, offers a soulful mix of original and traditional Christmas music. Tickets are $30, $20 for MCC district residents. “A Klezmer Hanukkah” with Seth Kibel and the Kleztet, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11, features traditional klezmer music as well as jazz favorites. Tickets are $20, $15 for MCC district residents. The Alden is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
A multi-genre recording artist and instrumentalist, Damien Sneed is a pianist, vocalist, organist, composer, conductor, arranger, producer and arts educator whose work spans multiple genres. “Joy To the World: A Christmas Musical Journey” will take the audience through Sneed’s original arrangements of gospel, jazz and classical favorites. The performance features a cast of 10 singers and musicians performing well-known holiday classics such as “Silent Night,” “This Christmas,” “O Come Emmanuel,” “Little Drummer Boy” and “The Christmas Song,” as well as excerpts from “The Messiah.” “Damien is an extraordinarily talented, intelligent and well-rounded musician as well as a human being of depth and passion.” – Jessye Norman.
Hanukkah comes early this year, but Seth Kibel and the Kleztet keep the party going with festive klezmer tunes with a little jazz thrown in. Chag Sameach! Kibel is one of the Mid Atlantic’s premier woodwind specialists. Working with some of the best bands in klezmer, jazz and swing, he also wows audiences on saxophone, clarinet and flute. A featured performer with the Kleztet, Bay Jazz Project, Music Pilgrim Trio and The Natty Beaux, he has won 28 Washington Area Music Awards (Wammies), including “Best World Music Instrumentalist” and “Best Jazz Instrumentalist.”
McLean Community Center’s new podcast series “MCC in Conversation with . . .” begins with Capital One’s Mason Young on November 17
Mason Young, Capital One’s Managing Vice President of Corporate Development, will be the featured guest on McLean Community Center’s (MCC) new podcast, “MCC in Conversation with …,” the first episode of which will be recorded at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 17. Hosted by MCC’s Youth & Instructional Programs Manager Christian Hayes, the podcast will be recorded at MCC’s Alden Theatre with a live audience in attendance. Admission to the event is free; registration is required. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
In this podcast series, patrons are invited to join Hayes for some in-depth conversations with community leaders, ranging from business owners to athletes to politicians. The goal of the conversation series is to bring together local and nationally accomplished individuals for discussions that get to the heart of intriguing topics and reflect MCC’s commitment to serving as a marketplace of ideas within the community.
Hayes, who is also the co-host of the WGN Podcast, encourages the community to attend the event. “Come be a part of something unique. This conversation series will be different from any discussion or interview you have seen.”
Featuring a wide variety of precious goods, McLean Antiques Show & Sale returns to the McLean Community Center for Its 45th Year in November
More than 30 dealers from all over the East Coast will participate
The McLean Antiques Show & Sale is back at the McLean Community Center (MCC) in November, and it is better than ever! The show is Saturday, Nov. 13, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Admission is $10, and free for children ages 17 and younger. The admission price is good for both days and a $1 off coupon is available on the center’s website, www.mcleancenter.org. Proceeds from the show benefit the James C. Macdonald Scholarship Fund. MCC is located at 1234 Ingleside Ave.
Featuring an exceptional group of dealers representing American, Continental and Asian antiques, the show has returned after a one-year postponement due to COVID-19. Shoppers will find decorative accessories, furniture, folk art, ceramics, silver, paintings, prints, Oriental rugs, jewelry, vintage clothing, fine glassware, inkwells, steins, bronzes, rare books and much more! In addition, an onsite café will provide delicious snacks, beverages and lunch options for shoppers.
We need your voice!
The McLean Community Center is seeking public input as it develops its strategic plan.
MCC Invites Residents to Participate in A Virtual Community Listening Session
McLean Community Center is seeking residents of Dranesville Small District 1A to participate in upcoming Community Listening Sessions hosted by consultant AMS Planning & Research. These sessions will inform the center as it works to improve the programs and services it provides to district residents.
The second session will be held virtually on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.
This is an opportunity for MCC district residents to give valuable input and express their ideas about the future programming and strategic priorities of the center. As an agency of Fairfax County, MCC is accountable to taxpayers of Small District 1A-Dranesville. Your opinion is important!
High school youth (9th through 12th grade) through adults, who reside in Dranesville Small District 1A, are invited to share their ideas whether they are regular participants in our activities or have never or rarely come to MCC.