After-Work Jazz + Mixer Thursdays Jazz bass player Pepe Gonzalez is self-taught and has recorded with national and international musicians. Music from 5:30-8 p.m., concessions available from 4-7:30 p.m. Artisphere, Lower Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. Free.
“Artful Meanderings” The ValeArts fall art show features more than 150 new works by nine local artists, on exhibit and for sale in the 1888 schoolhouse. Friday through Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Opening reception Friday from 7-9 p.m. Vale Schoolhouse, 3124 Fox Mill Rd., Oakton. 703-860-1888. www.valearts.com. Free.
Stolen Babies The avant-garde metal group released a new album, “Naught,” in September. 5 p.m. Empire, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. 703-569-5940. www.empire-nova.com. $12.
“Explorations: In Copper, Paint, Wood and Steel” Reston artist Roberta Thole paints classical symbols on canvas, copper or panels. Sculptor Philippe Mougne’s steel pieces take on physical shapes between abstraction and figuration. Artists’ talk and reception 6:30-8:30 p.m. Through Oct. 21. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. www.artspaceherndon.org. Free.
Vicente Fernandez A popular ranchera-style singer in Mexico, Vicente Fernandez is on his farewll tour. Known as the king of ranchera music, he has been performing for more than 40 years. With Vicente Fernandez Jr. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. 703-993-3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $69-$254.
Fall for Fairfax KidsFest Families with young children will find lots of fall activities including scarecrow-making, pumpkin-painting, pony rides, a petting zoo, hayrides, model trains and the “KidWay MidWay,” featuring rides and other attractions. Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Pkwy., Fairfax. 703-324-9423. www.fallforfairfax.com. Free.
Occoquan fall arts and crafts show This street fair, where juried local and national crafters and artisans show and sell their wares, offers live entertainment. Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Town of Occoquan. Shuttle buses are available from the Vulcan Quarry, the Gordon Boulevard and Old Bridge Road commuter parking lot and Tackett’s Mill commuter parking lot. Check the Web site for locations. 703-491-1918. www.occoquancraftshow.com. Free, shuttle bus fare $4 round trip.
Leesburg Airshow Check out experimental and antique aircraft displays and educational aviation booths. Danny Clisham will narrate wing-walking and skydiving performances. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Leesburg Executive Airport, 1001 Sycolin Rd., Leesburg. 703-737-7125. www.leesburgairshow.com. Free.
“The Marriage of Maid Marian: Tales of Robin Hood” Take a picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and watch an outdoor performance by Stage Coach Theatre Company. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase. Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 571-477-9444. www.stagecoachtc.com. $12, children $8.
“The Battle of Ox Hill/Chantilly” This Civil War lecture is an event of the Fall for the Book Festival. Authors CharlesMauro and David Welker will discuss the Sept. 1, 1862, battle that was the largest Civil War battle fought in Fairfax County. 2 p.m. Historic Blenheim, Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-591-0560. www.fallforthebook.org. Free.
“Eve of the Centennial” This exhibit of works in oil, pastel and acrylics includes plein-air sketches and large studio paintings by the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, which can be traced back to 1913. The works capture the Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts around the District, Maryland and Virginia. Reception from 5-7 p.m. Through Oct. 21. Workhouse Arts Center, McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. www.workhousearts.org. 703-584-2900. Free.
“For That Which Returns”
Using a 15-foot-tall metal weather vane, Arachne Aerial Arts and In-Flight Theater stages an aerial performance inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone. 8 p.m. Reston Community Center, CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500.www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $15-$30.
Ballet Folklorico de Mexico Folk dancers trace the evolution of Mexican dance from the pre-Columbian era through Spanish colonization and the Mexican Revolution. 7 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $28-$44.
Asleep at the Wheel Ray Benson formed the band in 1970, and although more than 80 members have passed through the band, he is still the frontman. The band, founded in Paw Paw, W.Va., and now based in Texas, continues to play classic-style western swing music. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.
Neil Simon’s “The Good Doctor” The Project ARTS (American Russian Theatre Symposia) is a partnership by Synetic Theater and American University to bring five theater artists from Russia for a two-week residency that will culminate in this presentation based on Neil Simon’s play. 7:30 p.m. Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 800-494-8497. www.synetictheater.org.
Free, reservations required.
Blondie Formed in the ’70s by singer Deborah Harry and guitarist Chris Stein, this American rock band is back. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $57.
“Dying City” A man whose twin brother died in Iraq faces off with his sister-in-law in this play by Christopher Shinn, featuring Thomas Keegan and Rachel Zampelli. Oct. 2-Nov. 25. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. $39-$79.
“Moments in Time” The themes of Lydia Jechorek’s exhibit of oil paintings include modern subjects, those that inspire nostalgic feelings and people doing ordinary things. Tuesdays-Fridays 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sundays noon-5 p.m. Through Nov. 3. Reception Oct. 7 from 1-4 pm. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. www.loftgallery.org. Free.
Eliane Elias, Jacqui Naylor Eliane Elias is known for blending her Brazilian roots and her sensuous voice with her compositional and piano skills. With jazz vocalist and songwriter Jacqui Naylor. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $29.50.
Casey Crescenzo This singer-songwriter and instrumentalist is known for his work with the progressive rock band the Dear Hunter. With indie rock band the Baby Grand. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $15.
— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports