“The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century” This exhibit, part of the Washington, D.C., International Design Festival, explores innovation in product designs. Opening reception 7-10 p.m. Through May 19. Artisphere, Terrace Gallery, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. Free.
“The Tempest” A silent take on Shakespeare’s story of power, sorcery and a violent torrent on a set that features a stage swirling with water. Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Through March 24. Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 800-494-8497. www.synetictheater.org. $35-$55, seniors and military $30-$50, students $15-$20. Splash zone tickets $40, students $15.
Dada Michael Gurley, Joie Calio and Phil Leavitt are on a U.S. tour to celebrate their 20th year together as Dada. With Jerad Finck and 7Horse. 8:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $18 in advance, $21 at the door.
Third Day Christian rock band Third Day released its latest album, “Miracle,” in November and begins its Miracle Tour in Fairfax. With Colton Dixon and Josh Wilson. 7 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 703-993-3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $15-$35.
“See How They Run” Set in Britain during World War II, the comedy, performed by the Mason Players, follows a well-intentioned woman trying to please everyone, including three unexpected visitors. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Performing Arts Building, TheaterSpace, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-2787. cfa.gmu.edu. $15, seniors and students $10.
Huey Mack and OCD The Up to No Good Tour features rapper Huey Mack and OCD: Moosh and Twist. With Cullen Bonham, Koncept, PJ Murda, Scuba and Zen. 6 p.m. Empire, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. 703-569-5940. www.empire-nova.com. $12.
C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band C.J.’s father, Clifton, was known as the King of Zydeco. Since his father’s death in 1987, C.J. and the band have added modern funk, blues, R&B, swamp pop and more to Clifton’s traditional zydeco. Dance lesson 7:30 p.m., open dancing 8:30- 11 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. www.artisphere.com. $20.
Last Ham Standing This improvisational theater troupe takes suggestions from the audience to create comic scenes. 8 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.lastham.com. www.franklinparkartscenter. org. $12, students $10, children $8.
Piano Ensemble Festival About 200 students ages 6-18 will perform classical, spiritual, jazz, patriotic, rock and contemporary duets and trios on six grand pianos in combinations of 12-18 students playing at the same time. This festival is sponsored by the Fairfax-Loudoun Music Fellowship, a professional organization of music educators. 7 p.m. Tuscarora High School, 801 N. King St., Leesburg. 703-867-7718. www.flmf.org/ensemblefestival.html. Free, donations accepted.