Past Events
October 5, 2014 - 6:00pm

Please join us for an evening in La Zona Rosa. With bold Latin flavors, enticing libations, spicy music, and a lively crowd of locals, this party is our chance to show our deep gratitude to our members and to celebrate the Athenaeum in all of its pinkness!

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September 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

Library Survivor is a game where we pretend that the library is on fire and the trucks are loaded with books! Five books remain but there is only room on the truck for one more book. What book will we choose to save? Five banned books (played by five actors) will defend their importance to you, the audience, who will decide their fate! Free.

September 25, 2014 - 7:00pm

Did you know that The Grapes of Wrath, Animal Farm, and The Picture of Dorian Grey were all banned? Celebrate your right to read with the NVFAA and Alexandria Library. The public is invited to read 3 to 5 minute selections from banned or challenged books. Please email to reserve a spot to read….or just come and...

September 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

David Allison is a master photographer and has created a series of portraits of the objects he considers icons of American culture. The images in this show not only reflect American culture, but the photographer’s personal interpretation of our culture. Some of his images are...

September 25, 2014 - 10:30am

Also September 26, 28 & October 1, 2, 3, & 5
Imagine a theatrical world designed especially for babies and young toddlers to explore – a world inspired by the wonders of the rainforest! That’s what’s in store for our very youngest audiences and their caregivers when the innovative, wordless style of Arts on the Horizon targets our very youngest fans....

September 22, 2014 - 7:00pm

Burned and Buried: The Sordid History of Books. As long as people have been putting ideas down on a physical, tangible medium, others have been intent on the utter destruction of them. Occasionally the authors of these works are eliminated along with their ideas. Come learn about the origins of the written word and how far back its destruction goes, from the ancient civilizations of the...

September 21, 2014 - 2:00pm

Our personalities are molded by genetics and interpersonal interactions. In every situation we decide what to show and what to hide. ACW Dances presents Optimal Distinctiveness, a group dance about the search for inclusion, control and affection. Set to music by classical guitarist Mark Charles Smith, the dance presents human interactions at both their best and worst. Free.

September 19, 2014 - 6:30pm

The best mash-up of Oktoberfest and a board game night ever!

Come enjoy your fill of festive German fare, board games, music, and of course, the latest Portner Brewhouse beers in the heart of Old Town, Alexandria.

Each ticket includes:

- 1 Door Prize Entry (bring your own...

September 15, 2014 - 7:00pm

Sweet of the Sun, Tears of Moon: Gold, Silver, and Other Forms of Ornamentation and Decoration in the Classical World. Learn how and why people of the Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Celtic worlds adorned themselves. Discover how ornamentation and decoration figured into status, religion, and ritual. Experience the beauty and craftsmanship of jewelers and lapidarists in the ancient world. Lecture by...

September 11, 2014 - 7:00pm

Singer/guitarist Bill Thomas performs his distinctive “blues plus” with Larry Tapper on harmonica. Bill toured Europe for 20 years before returning home – don’t miss this performance by an Alexandria blues legend! $10