“A Woman’s Place” This exhibit explores the role of women and their environment, through prints by Andrea Kraus and handmade clay pieces by Yonina Blech-Hermoni. Through Feb. 11. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703-323-0880. www.jccnv.org. Free.
“Winter Soulstice” Formerly known as “Santa Jam,” this benefit blues concert features Cathy Ponton King, the Nighthawks, Soul Gravity, blues guitarist Linwood Taylor and young performers from School Of Rock. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Children’s National Medical Center. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $10.
“Christmas Cabin of Carnaween” Creative Cauldron’s production is the traditional Irish folktale about a tinker’s child who longs to have a home of her own. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. 703-593-5697. www.creativecauldron.org. $15, seniors and students $12.
Christmas Cookies and Fireside Tales StageCoach Theatre Company’s Laura J. Bobrow will tell Christmas stories around a cozy fireplace in the Carriage House. Friday-Sunday, 5:30-7 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org. $10, ages 2-12 $8.
Winterbloom Singer-songwriters Meg Hutchinson, Antje Duvekot, Natalia Zukerman and Anne Heaton perform music from their album “Winterbloom: Traditions Rearranged” and new arrangements of traditional holiday songs. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $15.
American Festival Pops Orchestra This holiday program of Christmas classics features the AFPO Holiday Brass Quintet. Friday at 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $32-$48. Saturday at 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $24-$48, youth through grade 12 with an adult half-price.
Cool Cow Comedy This stand-up performance features Erin Jackson, who performed on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” with host Rahmein Mostafavi. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. www.coolcowcomedy.com. $20.
“Altar Boyz” 1st Stage presents this pop-rock musical comedy, which follows a fictitious boy band. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 30. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. www.1ststagespringhill.org. $30, students $15.
Eric Brace and Last Train Home This roots-rock band began in 1997 as a part-time D.C. band and is now a full-time touring group based in Nashville. Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340. www.iotaclubandcafe.com. $14.
Rocknoceros Holiday Singalong Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie will have kids and everyone else singing along in their annual holiday show. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $10.
Vienna Choral Society’s “Welcome Yule!” concert The group performs traditional carols edited and arranged by David Willcocks and John Rutter. Hot chocolate and treats will be served following the concert. 4:30 p.m. Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna. 703-255-5508. www.viennachoralsociety.org. $20, seniors and students $15, families $35.
Five Dollar Comedy Night Stand-up comics Kyle Martin, Rahmein Mostafavi, Sara Armour, Randolph Terrance, Elton Howard Jr. and Pete Bladel perform. With host Tyler Richardson. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $5.
The X-Mas Battle of the Bands Rock band performers in this show include a Cast of Shadows, Bartees, Tom Maxwell, Doublethink, Living Testimony, Taylor David Band, Where Is Calvin and Rob, and Soulville. 4-9:30 p.m. Empire, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. 703-569-5940. www.empire-nova.com. $10.
Christine Lavin This singer-songwriter and guitarist has recorded 20 albums featuring sentimental and funny songs. With folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $25.
“Good for the Jews” New York’s Rob Tannenbaum and David Fagin, on their “Putting the Ha! in Hanukkah Tour,” return to Northern Virginia for an evening of music and comedy. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $20.
J Fest Bring the family for a day of activities, including arts and crafts, music, games, a moon bounce, a community service project, face painting and more. Kosher food available for purchase. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-537-3000. www.jccnvarts.org. Families $20.
“Fiddler on the Roof” singalong Watch the film and camp it up singing the classic songs, such as “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker,” from the 1971 Academy Award-winning film. 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880. www.jccnvarts.org. Free.
Winter Walk of Lights Stroll through the gardens and see more than 500,000 LED lights and displays that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, a two-story animated fountain, a gingerbread village and more. 5:30-9:15 p.m. daily. Through Jan. 6. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. 703-255-3631. nvrpa.ticketfly.com. $7-$13.
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3This singer-songwriter and guitarist has recorded 20 albums featuring sentimental and funny songs. With folk-pop trio Uncle Bonsai. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $25.