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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Doors at 6:30 pm

Event 7 – 9 pm

Appetizers served until 7 pm

Tickets $10


Come enjoy a nice summertime evening with KaNikki Jakarta, the Athenaeum Inaugural Poet In Residence, as she presents: AUTHORS AND APPETIZERS featuring author reads/performances by:


  • Asha Watson

  • Betty Jo Middleton

  • Purvanilla

  • Tyauna Bruce


She'll host a mini panel discussion and an audience Q&A after the readings. Enjoy appetizers, network with authors, and find out how these awesome writers became professional authors. If you're a book lover, writer, reader, and aspiring author, then this is a great event and opportunity for you.

Be one of the first ten (10) attendees to arrive and receive a $5 coupon towards any author’s book title at an event perfect for book lovers, writers, readers, and aspiring authors.


Ticket admission is $10.

Please email KaNikki for the ticket link.


Masks required for COVID safety.

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Jane Franklin Dance

Watch the River Flow

Saturday, August 6, 7 pm

Tickets $20


Jane Franklin Dance returns to the Athenaeum with new dance works that respond to the current exhibit Potomac River Life with movement that is inspired by artworks from the exhibit. Artworks by Eric Jackson, "Large Mouth Bass", Elizabeth Matthews, "Great Falls at Dusk", Alison Sigethy, "Freshwater Microverse" and David Whitmore, "Extant", motivate a response in movement.


Also included in the performance: 


Robert J. Priore’s new work for Jane Franklin Dance, Knew is a trio that frames fractured partnership. Surprising movement responds to music: "The Poet" Bachar Mar-Khalife, "Misty Blue" Dorothy Moore, "O mes theatres" Barbara Alexander Tharaud.


Whatever Floats Your Boat - The Forty+ Projectdancers set sail for a whimsical cruise choreographed by Emily Crews and set to a jaunty sea shanty by Nathan Evans and a timeless old standard tune by Bobby Darin.


This Is - The exciting premier by Ryan Carlough explores the relationship between employees. Individual perspectives are relayed when an “incident” occurs. Original music composition layers sound and text and is by local artist Violet Barnhart.


Chat one-on-one with the choreographers and performers following the performance.


For more information and to purchase tickets click HERE!


Creative Neighborhood Grant Program Presents

Filmmaking Essentials Workshop

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Morning class: 10 am - 1 pm

Afternoon class: 2 - 5 pm



Learn the essentials of film directing and cinematography from experts with years of industry expertise! We welcome you to participate in “Filmmaking Essentials,” a free interactive workshop with local artist and filmmaker Al Hallak and cinematographer Austin Reeves, who are collaborating with the Athenaeum, recipient of a Creative Neighborhood Grant Program grant award, for this special workshop at the Durant Center in Alexandria, VA. 


Sign up for the filmmaking essentials workshop and learn the fundamentals of cinematography. Choose the morning or afternoon session.


In addition to the “Filmmaking Essentials” workshop, there will be an art installation and exhibit titled “Faces” created by Al Hallak, on display at the Durant Center from September 22 through September 28, 2022. 

About the workshop:


This intensive, hands-on workshop will give you the information and skills you need to create quality narrative content. You will rotate among crew positions and collaborate with others to film a one-page script. You will learn key information about producing, directing, working with actors, cinematography, and sound mixing. Participants will learn how to operate a camera, and use the lights and sound gear to film. 

Workshop topics:


  • Planning your shoot

  • Working with actors

  • Essentials of producing and directing

  • Fundamentals of cinematography



Durant Center

1605 Cameron St, Alexandria, VA 22314


Date and times:


Morning class: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 10 to 1 PM

Afternoon class: Saturday, September 10, 2022, 2 to 5 PM

RSVP required.

Seating is limited for the workshop and RSVP is required. 

Register here for the 10 am to 1 pm workshop

Register here for the 2 pm to 5 pm workshop

About the instructors:


Al Hallak is a producer, director, educator, and entrepreneur. For over a decade, Hallak has produced and directed numerous award-winning film projects. In 2013, he started his own film production company in Burbank, California, received a certificate of recognition from the Mayor of Burbank, and was commended by The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.


As an educator, Hallak has taught at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles and The New School in New York City. He also has served as a consultant at the United States Agency for Global Media in Washington, DC. Hallak has served as a judge and critic at competitive film screening events including The Washington West Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival. He founded Pitch to Screen Awards in 2017 to promote innovative cinematic works from both celebrated filmmakers and emerging talent.


Austin Reeves is a cinematographer with a combined 20-year background in film, video production, and broadcast television.  Working in a wide range of genres throughout his career, he’s been fortunate enough to work for networks, television shows, musicians, corporate clients, and non-profits on a variety of projects in both long and short forms.


He loves the variety of skill sets one needs as a successful cinematographer. It’s his diverse background that he enjoys calling upon to create a vivid and emotional story.

About this project:


The Athenaeum is a proud recipient of a Creative Neighborhood Grant Program grant award. The Creative Neighborhood Grant Program is made possible by the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts and an Arts Project grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Creative Neighborhood grant program will help underwrite the cost associated with “Faces” and the “Filmmaking Essentials Workshop.” 


  • To learn more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit 

  • To learn more about other programs and services of the Office of the Arts visit:

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Yoga at the Athenaeum

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

The Last Saturday of the Month at 10:00 am


Join Barbara Douglass and Jeneen Piccuirro for gentle flowing yoga classes that will build flexibility, strength and balance, and also bring a sense of peace and calm to your soul.


$10 cash, Venmo, PayPal, pay at the door

Please bring a yoga mat

For more information about yoga classes click HERE!


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Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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