has been in Peru for the past week, missing the beat in Washington but trekking across Inca territory to a very different beat. Yet there is something coming up today (June 18) queued for a quick mention here. In mind of the way that some DC residents deliberately dare not cross the vast Potomac for Arlington arts, it can come as a surprise that such community organizations are quite often the most vital and innovative new work coming to light on any given night in the greater Washington area. You might find this to be true if you can make it to the Arlington Arts Center on Friday, June 18 anytime between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for the opening reception of their new exhibit Art Scouts, which runs through August 21. The concept behind the exhibit is that six local artists present other artists who use the same materials or methods of each six: Zoe Charlton (drawing), Mary Early (sculpture), J.J. McCracken (performance and installation), Maggie Michael (painting), Jefferson Pinder (video), and Kerry Skarbakka (photography). If you've never visited Arlington Arts Center, it's within walking distance of the Virginia Square Metrorail station on the Orange Line, at 3550 Wilson Boulevard, and there is ample lot parking. Apart from the opening reception, normal gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.