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buy tix offSaturday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m.
$20/$15 MCC district residents

Hanukkah comes early this year, but Seth Kibel and the Kleztet keep the party going with festive Klezmer tunes and a little jazz thrown in. Chag Sameach!

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 - Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022
Wednesday-Saturday, Noon–8 p.m. and Sunday, Noon–6 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. 
This experience will be closed on 12/23, 12/24, 12/25 and 12/31 in observance of County holidays.

Our gift to you! The experience is being offered for free with registration through December 2021. You can register for a one-hour timeslot by clicking here.

 

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.

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. 

 

Please register for a timeslot. We will sign in participants at the top of the hour, with a short introduction to the Occulus VR set, followed by the film that lasts approximately 20 minutes.

Wednesday, Dec. 15, 12:30 p.m.

In the MCC Community Hall

Free admission

Bring an indoor picnic and introduce your kids to the animated movies that you love.

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Episodes Five and Six

Wednesday, Dec. 22, 1 p.m.

Free admission; registration is required.

Register here.

 

Come explore the history of the Broadway musical in this six-part documentary.



Featuring members of the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia
Wednesday, Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 7 p.m.
Free admission. Registration is required. Register here.


To make sure we hold on to and deepen the knowledge we gained during Native American Heritage Month in November, join us for 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 this 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.


The Pocahontas Project is a collaborative effort between the County of Gloucester Virginia, the Rappahannock Indian Tribe and Replenish Richmond that presents native Virginian history around the time of European contact through the lens of Pocahontas’s life and legacy. This course also discusses the history and culture of Virginia’s Native American Tribes, with special attention to the eight Virginia tribes that were aligned with paramount Chief Powhatan, father of Pocahontas.


To participate, you must register. You will receive free access to the 10-session course as well as links to all five discussion groups (which will be emailed out the day of the event). If you wish to attend a discussion group, you must register at least two hours before the start time, but we recommend much more time so that you can review the course materials in advance.

 

buy tix offPresented by Dark Horse Theatre Company and (the) Unruly Theatre Project
Saturday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

$20/$15 MCC district residents

This event is a real deal competition of multiple improv groups throughout Northern Virginia. The show will feature host Jack Reda, Fools Improv Comedy, Home Improv Mints, (the) Unruly Theatre Project and Calamity Improv. Who will walk away with the title of Improvicon champion of 2022? The Alden’s own (the) Unruly Theatre Project will be the only teen group participating!

 

 

This class is suitable for both beginners and those who have taken improv classes in the past. Improv comedy is a great way for kids and teens to express themselves and gain confidence. Focusing on creativity and teamwork, The Alden’s improv comedy classes for youth teach improv fundamentals such as “yes, and” in a supportive environment.

Session I: Class participants will perform during (the) Unruly Theatre Project’s show on Friday, March 4, at The Old Firehouse Center.

Session II: Participants will perform a class showcase at MCC on the last day of class.

Session I

8-11 years

8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3001.322          M, 1/10-3/14          6:30-7:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/17 and 2/21.


12-16 years
8 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3002.322          M, 1/10-3/14          7:30-8:30 p.m.
No lesson on 1/17 and 2/21.

 

Session II

8-11 years
7 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3003.322          M, 4/11-5/23          6:30-7:30 p.m.

12-16 years
7 lessons @ 1 hr, $145/$125 MCC district residents
3004.322          M, 4/11-5/23          7:30-8:30 p.m.

 

buy tix offSunday, Jan. 23, 4 p.m.
$15/$10 MCC district residents

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 blends 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. D’DAT has been featured on NPR, Yahoo, MIC.com, SiriusXM and TEDTalks.

"The swing of the Navajo Heartbeat and the improvisation of Navajo Chants." — Smithsonian Magazine

 

 

Friday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.
$40/$30 MCC district residents

Couldn’t you use a good laugh? “The Trocks” recreate the glories of the Russian Imperial ballet in the biggest pointe shoes you’ll ever see.

“The all-male dance parody troupe is still the funniest and most sophisticated act around.” — San Francisco Chronicle

 

Sunday, March 27, 2 p.m.
$25/$15 MCC district residents. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, Dec. 10. 

Maybe you know her from 20 years on National Public Radio’s “Jazz Inspired” or as one of the world’s best stride pianists. But until you experience her brilliant combo of musicianship on the Great American Songbook, sultry vocals, comedic stories and interplay with her saxophonist/guitarist, you don’t really know Judy Carmichael. Plus, she’s John Eaton recommended!

“Her playing is masterly, and her linking material show her to be a raconteur in the Ustinov mold.” — BBC Radio

“astounding, flawless and captivating” — New York Times