Thursday 13 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. today-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. Friday and Saturday, $25; today and Sunday, $20. 703-527-6000, Ext. 2.

ALEXANDRIA ART, work inspired by jazz, by artists from across the country, reception, 6-9 p.m. today; gallery hours, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Feb. 28, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565.

ALEXANDRIA ART EXHIBIT, "The Sunday Series: African American Images," by Avis Fleming, 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.

ARLINGTON CANDIDATES DEBATE, regarding the special election for the County Board seat vacancy resulting from the recent death of Charles Monroe, 7:30 p.m., Washington-Lee High School, 1300 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-534-4024 or

BLACK HERITAGE ORAL HISTORIES, discussed by members of five families descended from slaves at Arlington House and from residents of Freedman's Village, sponsored by the Black Heritage Museum and Arlington Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St. Free. 703-228-7696.

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.

LATIN AMERICAN BOOK GROUP, discussion in English of "El targua" (The Targue Tree), by Fabian Dobles; "Frio en Caliente" (Hot and Cold), by Virgilio Pinera; and "No Somos Nada" (Dust to Dust), by Mirta Yanaz, 7-8:30 p.m., Barrett Branch Library, 717 Queen St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4555, Ext. 223.

ARMY BAND CONCERT, the New World Symphony performs musical stories for children and adults, 7:30 p.m., Brucker Hall, Fort Myer. Free. 703-696-3399.

AFRICAN VIOLETS WORKSHOP, for seniors, learn how to grow and maintain the flowering plant, 10:30 a.m., Carver Community Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.

Friday 14

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, "Entre el Amor y los Genios" (Between Love and Genius), performed by the Puerto Rican troupe Laberuchy Inc. Teatro, 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

Saturday 15

"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.

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.

TAX-FORM PREPARATION ASSISTANCE, for low-income and disabled taxpayers, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, sponsored by the 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.

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 and 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

ALEXANDRIA 10K RACE, on a certified course through Eisenhower Valley and along Holmes Run, rain or shine, sponsored by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee to benefit Camp Virginia Jaycees, T.C. Williams High School Band Boosters and Alexandria Police Youth Camp Foundation, 8 a.m., 2500 Eisenhower Ave. $22. 703-683-5561 or

POTOMAC BLACKSMITHS, members of the Guild demonstrate how to make tools and other objects, noon-4 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3403.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE FEST, featuring a harambee (Swahili for "Let's push together") ceremony honoring selected community elders, entertainment and food, noon-5 p.m., Carver Community Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5706.

ALEXANDRIA ANTIQUES SHOW, sale of silver, china, paintings, jewelry, furniture and more by 80 dealers from 12 states, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Lee District Community Center, 6601 Telegraph Rd., Alexandria. $6; 14 and younger, free. 703-922-3692 or 301-933-9433.

Sunday 16 REVOLUTIONARY WAR, camp life reenactments, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; battle reenactment, 2 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4848.

MOUNT VERNON ORCHESTRA, concert featuring soprano Diana Vera, 7 p.m., West Potomac High School, 6500 Quander Rd., Alexandria. $20; seniors and college students, $17; 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229.

MARINE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, concert, 2 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4011.

Monday 17

ALEXANDRIA PARADE, celebrating Washington's birthday, bands, floats, fire engines, carriages, wagons, horses, llamas and more than 1,000 members of local youth groups, 1-3 p.m., start at South St. Asaph and Wilkes streets, through Old Town Alexandria. Free. 703-838-9270 or

ARLINGTON BELL RINGING, the public is invited to ring a former Pennsylvania church bell to celebrate Presidents' Day, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association, noon, Constitution Garden, North Wilson Boulevard and George Mason Drive. Free. 703-527-6118.

SHAKESPEARE TALK, Shakespearean James Jackson discusses the Elizabethan playwright and how he is perceived today, sponsored by Beatley Central Library and Friends of Talking Book Services, which aides blind and physically disabled readers, 1-3 p.m., Goodwin House, 4800 Fillmore Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-519-5911.

Tuesday 18

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.

HISTORY OF THE WHITE HOUSE, for seniors, members of the White House Living History Program discuss the presidents and the residence; favorite presidential desserts served, 10 a.m., Aurora Hills Senior Center, 735 S. 18th St., Arlington. $3; preregistration required. 703-228-5722.

Wednesday 19

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES, for seniors, "Survival English" program to learn words and phrases, with Spanish- and English-speaking volunteers, sponsored by the Office of Senior Adult Programs of the 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

Items are accepted on a space-available basis from public and nonprofit organizations only and must be received at least 14 days before the Thursday publication date. Submit information to Community Events, The Washington Post, 526 King St., Suite 515, Alexandria, Va. 22314. Include event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable contact phone number.