Thursday 6 "THE MATE MAP" BOOK TALK, Steven Sacks discusses his work "The Mate Map: The Right Tool for Choosing the Right Mate," 7-8 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Clarendon Market Commons, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8244.

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.

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.

ENGLISH DANCE CLASSES, learn popular 18th-century dances, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Ballroom, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $10; reservations required. 703-838-4242.

TECHNOLOGY FORUM, representatives from Veridian Corporation, Plateau Systems and Roam Secure Inc. discuss "Bringing Innovative Technology Ideas to Market," sponsored by Arlington Chamber of Commerce, 5:30-7:30 p.m., National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Conference Center, first floor, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $30; chamber members, $25; preregistration recommended. 703-525-2400 or

ALEXANDRIA ART EXHIBIT, "The Sunday Series: African American Images," by Avis Fleming, opening reception, 6-8 p.m. today; exhibit hours, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through March 31, Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Free. 703-838-4356.

Friday 7

ARLINGTON ART EXHIBIT, "Clark and Hogan: Paintings and Collaborations," 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through March 4, Marymount University, Reinsch Library, Barry Gallery, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-284-1561.

SPANISH PLAY, "La Curva" (The Curve), about two brothers who live near a dangerous and often fatal curve in the road, performed by the Spanish troupe Carro de Baco, in Spanish with English interpretation, part of Teatro de la Luna's International Festival of Hispanic Theater, 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. $25. 703-348-3092 or

"THE ADVENTURES OF ZAK," a musical for ages 4-12, reception follows each performance, to benefit Child and Family Network Centers, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday, George Washington Masonic National Memorial Theater, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20. 703-549-0767 or 703-683-6528.

Saturday 8 "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.

LYCEUM COSTUME LECTURE/EXHIBIT, Alden O'Brien discusses "Teaching Girls to Be Girls: Clothes, Dolls and Other Amusements for 19th-Century Children," 1:30 p.m. Saturday; 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.

CLASSIKA FAMILY THEATRE, "The Blue Crow," about a boy who travels back in time and befriends a prehistoric girl, 1 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through March 23, Village at Shirlington, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200.

ARLINGTON FARMERS MARKET, meat, eggs, cheese, baked goods, fruit and vegetables for sale, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, North Courthouse Road and North 14th Street, Arlington. 703-228-6423.

TAX-FORM PREPARATION ASSISTANCE, for low-income and disabled taxpayers, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, sponsored by IRS, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays, through April 13, Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6330.

ALEXANDRIA HISTORY TOUR, archaeologist Pamela Cressey leads two-hour walk focusing on the city's African American history, 10 a.m.-noon, meet at Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free; preregistration required. 703-838-4399.

VICTORIAN VALENTINES, 6 and older accompanied by an adult, learn about Valentine's Day in the 19th century and make a valentine to take home, 10-11 a.m., Lee-Fendall House Museum, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria. $7; preregistration required. 703-548-1789.

VIRGINIA GRAND MILITARY BAND, concert, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20; students, $10. 703-281-3331.

LE NEON THEATRE FESTIVAL, "Paris on the Potomac II," plays, music, juggling, poetry readings and other cabaret acts, plus food, noon-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through Feb. 16, Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 Kent St., Arlington. $18; seniors, $15; ages 18-20, $12; 17 and younger, free. 703-243-6366 or

ARLINGTON ART SHOW, "Winterlight," works by nine local artists, including paintings, pottery, jewelry and more for sale, raffle proceeds benefit Urban Artists Coalition, 1-8 p.m., Barcroft Community House, 800 S. Buchanan St., Arlington. Free. 703-892-6065 or

Sunday 9 ALEXANDRIA HISTORY TOUR, 15-block guided walking tour of sites associated with George Washington, sponsored by Alexandria Archaeology Museum and George Washington Birthday Committee, 1:30 p.m., meet at Market Square, 301 King St. $5. 703-838-4399.

MOUNT VERNON ORCHESTRA, concert featuring soprano Diana Vera, 7 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. $20; seniors and college students, $17; 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229.

METRO STAGE CABARET, "An Evening With Carol Channing," starring Richard Skipper, 5 and 7:30 p.m., 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $25. 703-548-9044.

AMERICAN YOUTH PHILHARMONIC, concert, 3 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $14; seniors and students, $10. 703-642-8051.

Monday 10 BASKET-WEAVING WORKSHOP, seniors, 11 a.m., Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-6300.

HISTORICAL FICTION TALK, novelist Richard Patton discusses his books about young George Washington during the French and Indian War, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5996.

Tuesday 11 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.

ARMY BAND, music for clarinet quartet, 7:30 p.m., Brucker Hall, Fort Myer. Free. 703-696-3399.

ARLINGTON CLOGGING CLASSES, taught by Old Dominion Cloggers, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through March 11, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Room 122, 125 S. Glebe Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-379-7525 or 202-502-6064.

Wednesday 12 IRANIAN FILM, "Farda," about an ancient land seen through a stranger's eyes, directed by Setsuo Nakayama, part of a film series co-sponsored by Arlington County Community Resilience Project, 7 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-4788.

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES, for seniors, "Survival English" program to learn words and phrases, with Spanish- and English-speaking volunteers, sponsored by Office of Senior Adult Programs of Arlington Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free; preregistration required. 703-228-6300.

-- Compiled by Sarah Lane

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