"WAITING FOR GODOT," play by Samuel Beckett, performed by Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m. today and May 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. May 22, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.
"MASTER AND MARGARITA," a stage adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov's novel, told through movement, dance and pantomime, by Synetic Theater and Classika Theatre, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 20, Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 Kent St., Arlington. Today, pay-what-you-can; other performances, $25-$32. 703-824-6200.
HISTORIC TAVERN TOURS, 30-minute tours of candle-lit rooms led by costumed guide, 7-9:15 p.m. Fridays, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $5; ages 11-17, $2; 10 and younger, free; reservations recommended. 703-838-4242.
WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT, works by Virginia Watercolor Society artists, opening reception, 7-9 p.m. Friday; regular gallery hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through July 2, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710.
"A GENIE NAMED KHATAB," play based on Lazar Lagin's story about a young boy who frees a genie, 7 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through June 6, Classika Theatre, 4041 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200 or www.classika.org.
PLANETARIUM SHOW, "Larry, Cat in Space," a story about a cat that travels to the moon, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Sundays, Arlington Planetarium, 1426 N. Quincy St., Arlington. $2.50; seniors and 12 and younger, $1.50. 703-228-6070.
"LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER," play based on the D.H. Lawrence novel, performed by the Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m. Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.
"NANCY" OPERA, about the scandal-ridden life of Nancy Randolph, a colonial Virginian, performed by the Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Gunston Arts Center, Theater One, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Friday, $30; Sunday, $25. 703-528-1433 or www.novaopera.org.
"VENECIA," a comedy about an elderly woman who seeks forgiveness from a former lover, performed by Teatro de la Luna, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Saturdays (beginning May 22), Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Thursday evenings and Saturday matinees, $18 (seniors and students, $15); Friday and Saturday evenings, $25 (seniors and students, $20); May 15, fundraising night, $35. 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.
FARMERS MARKET, vendors sell produce, flowers, art and more, 5-10 a.m. Saturdays, Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-5006.
NINE-MILE NATURE HIKE, from Potomac Overlook Regional Park to Donaldson Run, across Key Bridge, to the C&O Canal, across Chain Bridge and back, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., meet at Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406.
STUDENT ART SHOW, works by sixth- through 12th-graders, after a yearlong collaboration between Alexandria school art departments and Del Ray Artisans, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through May 23, Nicholas Colasanto Center, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.
CLASSIC CAR MEET, Orphans in Alexandria event, featuring cars made by manufacturers no longer in business, such as Hudson, Packard and Studebaker, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Lyceum parking lot, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.
PUPPET COMEDY, "The Barker of Seville," a 45-minute musical performed by Blue Sky Puppet Theater, 10:30 a.m. and noon, Old Town Theater, 815 King St., Alexandria. $7; 8 and younger, $5. 703-683-8888 or www.oldtowntheater.com.
ARMENIAN FESTIVAL, folk dancers, musicians, paintings, arts and crafts, exhibits on earthquake and relief projects, food and more, sponsored by the Alexandria-Gyumri Sister City Committee and the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, noon-6 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St. Free. 703-883-4686.
INDIAN DANCE, dancers from Indian Dance Educators Association demonstrate regional dances of India and discuss Indian customs, part of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, 2 p.m., Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710.
TEEN OPEN MICROPHONE, rap, recite poetry or sing, proceeds benefit the YMCA's summer camp scholarship program for needy youths, 7-10 p.m., YMCA, 420 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria. $5. 703-838-8085.
ESPIONAGE TALK, former CIA officer Fredrick P. Hitz discusses his book "The Great Game: The Myth and Reality of Espionage," 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Potomac Yard enter, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria. Free. 703-299-9473.
ART EXHIBIT, "Origins: 30 Years at the Torpedo Factory Art Center," works by 33 of the center's founding artists, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, through May 23, Torpedo Factory's Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.
TASTE OF ARLINGTON, street festival featuring food from area restaurants, live entertainment, a planetarium, a rain forest exhibit and more, proceeds benefit Community Residences, noon-5 p.m., 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Eight tasting tickets, $25. 703-841-7768 or www.tasteofarlington.com.
ASIAN COOKING DEMONSTRATION, library staff members prepare dishes from India, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam, part of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, 1 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6545.
GEORGETOWN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, concert with the Columbia Flute Choir, 5 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. $15; seniors and students, $10; 15 and younger, free. 202-298-1084 or www.georgetownsymphony.org.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES, register for English as a Second Language classes taught by the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia in Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Springfield. $25. 703-575-7900, Ext. 111, or www.lcnv.org.
BLACK HISTORY EXHIBIT, "A Century of Just Women: Alexandria's African American Women," about their roles throughout the 20th century; biographies, photographs and mementos of Lorraine Funn Atkins, Miriam Bracey, Patricia Broussard and others, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Free. 703-838-4356.
GENEALOGY TALK, Katherine Vollen of the National Archives discusses using non-population census records, such as agricultural, manufacturing and industrial schedules, to search for ancestral information, sponsored by the Mount Vernon Genealogical Society, 1 p.m., Hollin Hall Senior Center, Room 112, 1500 Shenandoah Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-360-0920.
GARDEN SHRUBS, Tom Tyler, extension agent for Environmental Horticulture, discusses how to select, plant, care for and prune azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias and other shrubs, 7-8:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.
SENIORS SAFETY, an Arlington police officer discusses con artists, identity theft and crime prevention, 10:45 a.m., Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.
ELECTION POLLS LECTURE, polling specialist Kellyanne Conway discusses political polls and the presidential election, 6:30 p.m., Marymount University, Reinsch Library, 2807 N. Glebe Rd., Arlington. $20; reservations required. 703-526-6981.
TALKS BY AUTHORS, Jonathan Luckett, Rique Johnson, Lee Hayes, Laurinda Brown and A.J. White discuss their books, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Potomac Yard Center, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria. Free. 703-299-9473.
-- Compiled by SARAH LANE
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