Thursday 23 ALEXANDRIA ART SHOW, "Heartscapes," landscapes by gallery artists, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday, Gallery West, 205 S. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-644-0786 or www.gallery-west.com.

ALEXANDRIA ART SHOW, annual new members show of local painters and photographers, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday, Gallery West, 205 S. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-644-0786 or www.gallery-west.com.

AFRICAN CURRENCY, "The Artistry of African Currency," presented by Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today, Friday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4356 or 703-519-3391.

"THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH," American Century Theatre performs George Axelrod's comedy about a lonely man and his fantasies about a woman, 8 p.m. today-Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Today and Saturday matinee, $17-$22; Friday-Saturday evenings, $19-$24. 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.

ALEXANDRIA WATERCOLOR, "Tidal Shards," by Rachel Collins, inspired by sculptural forms of worn and broken sea shells, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

ARLINGTON PLAY, "Son of a Distant Moon," about two very different sisters, by Zebra Stage, a new theater company, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Jan. 30, Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $16. 202-583-9766 or 800-494-8497.

TRAGICOMEDY, "The Hostage," by Irish playwright Brendan Behan, about a British soldier taken hostage by the IRA and the pending execution of an Irish youth, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 16, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Fridays-Saturdays, $25; Thursdays and Sundays, $20. 703-527-6000, Ext. 2.

ARLINGTON CHAMBER CONCERT, Friday Morning Music Club, noon-1 p.m., Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710 or www.arlingtonarts.org.

SINGING VALENTINES, two songs, a box of candy and a card delivered in person or by phone by nonprofit Potomac Harmony Chorus women's barbershop quartet members, order by Feb. 5 for delivery Feb. 12-15. $50; by phone, $20. 703-764-3896.

FORT WARD PHOTOGRAPHY, "Civil War Alexandria Through the Camera's Eye," images of Alexandria as a military base and Union Army transportation center 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays, Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Free. 703-838-4848.

MULTIMEDIA OPERA, "The Nitrate Hymnal," about a young couple who hope to preserve youth by compulsively filming their lives, created by local writer and musician Robert Massey, presented by Washington Performing Arts Society, 8 p.m. today, Friday-Saturday, George Washington Masonic National Memorial auditorium, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Today, pay what you can; Friday-Saturday, $15. Information: 202-833-9800 or www.wpas.org; tickets: www.nitratehymnal.net.

ARLINGTON BUTTERFLY SLIDES, Pat Durkin of Washington Area Butterfly Club, 7:30 p.m., Long Branch Nature Center, 625 S. Carlin Springs Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6535, 703-354-9668 or users.sitestar.net/butterfly.

ALEXANDRIA ART, work inspired by jazz, by artists from across the country, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Feb. 28, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565.

Friday 24 ALEXANDRIA MUSICAL COMEDY, "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," lyrics and music by Stephen Sondheim, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 1, Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St. Fridays-Saturdays, $17; Wednesdays-Thursdays and Sundays, $14. 703-683-5778, Ext. 2, or www.thelittletheatre.com.

ALEXANDRIA NAVY BAND CONCERT, "Symphonic Celebrations" series, 7:30 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, Garwood Whaley Auditorium, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4777.

ARLINGTON LEARNING IN RETIREMENT, 50 and older, informational meeting about college-level courses offered by the institute in spring, 10 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 3829 N. Stafford St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4755.

Saturday 25 LYCEUM SCOTTISH CONCERT, Auld Acquaintance group plays fiddle, piano, cello and harp, honoring birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns; Scottish food and whisky tasting, 7 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $10; reservations recommended. 703-838-4994.

CIVIL WAR DOCUMENTARY, "Civil War Minutes," about average soldiers, 2 p.m., Fort Ward Museum library, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free; reservations recommended. 703-838-4848.

LYCEUM COSTUME LECTURE/EXHIBIT, A. Newbold Richards, costume specialist and textile conservator, discusses "Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall: The Impact of Climate on 19th- and 20th-Century Clothing Choices," 1:30 p.m. Friday; in conjunction with the exhibit "Generations: Costume in Alexandria," a look at what clothing says about a community, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 23, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free; lecture reservations recommended. 703-838-4994.

"MACBETH," Tapestry Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Lee Center, Kauffman Auditorium, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. $10; seniors and students, $9. 703-960-3398.

FIBER ART SHOW, "Beads, Bangles and Baubles," 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Feb. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Studio 18, Alexandria. Free. 703-548-0935.

ALEXANDRIA ART, new and established member artists, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nicholas Colasanto Center, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-836-0035 or 703-838-4827.

"WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF," Classika Theatre performance of Edward Albee's classic, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 4 p.m. Sundays, through March 9, Village at Shirlington, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. Thursdays and Sundays, $20 (in advance, $17); Fridays and Saturdays, $22 (in advance, $20). 703-824-6200.

Sunday 26 MARINE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, concert, 2 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4011 or www.schlesingercenter.com.

Monday 27 ARLINGTON RUBBER STAMP CLUB, for seniors, make Valentine's Day cards, 1 p.m., Lee Senior Center, 5722 Lee Hwy., Arlington. $1; preregistration required. 703-228-0555.

Tuesday 28 SIGNATURE MUSICAL, "110 in the Shade," musical version of "The Rainmaker" by N. Richard Nash, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 2, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $20-$38. 703-218-6500 or 800-955-5566.

COLONIAL HOME COLORS, "A Sundry Assortment of Color," exhibit on vivid images, hues and patterns of wallpaper and paint in Colonial homes, how pigments were ground and mixed and how modern technology can detect paint layers applied over time, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, noon-4:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 30, Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. $4; ages 6-17, $2; 5 and younger, free. 703-549-2997.

ARLINGTON BOOK CLUB, seniors, discussion of "The House of Sand and Fog" by Andre Dubus III, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

CLARENDON SWING DANCE, music by Blue Sky Five, 9-11 p.m., Clarendon Ballroom, 3185 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-359-9882 or www.gottaswing.com.

Wednesday 29 ARLINGTON PARK PARTY, Potomac Overlook Regional Park introduces its 2003 theme "A Watershed Year," with music, games, live animals, exhibits, refreshments and more, co-sponsored by Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, 7 p.m., Taylor Elementary School, 2600 Stuart St. Free. 703-528-5406.

-- Compiled by Sarah Lane

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