Thursday 20

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. today-Sunday, Torpedo Factory's Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565 or www.torpedofactory.org.

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

ENERGY CONSERVATION PROGRAM, learn how to efficiently use major appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, ovens and washer and dryers, co-sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension, 7-9 p.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6417.

ALEXANDRIA'S LONG-TERM PLANNING, the City Council invites residents to comment on proposed goals to reach by 2015 for producing a good economy, creating livable neighborhoods, maintaining historic areas and more, 7 p.m., Nannie J. Lee Center, Exhibit Hall, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria. Spectators, free; registration required for forum participants. 703-838-4550.

HITCHCOCK COMEDY FILM, "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" (1941), 7:30 and 10 p.m. today-Saturday, 2, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Old Town Theater, 815 King St., Alexandria. Evening shows, $8 (seniors, $6; 8 and younger, $5); afternoons, $6 (seniors, $5, 8 and younger, $4). 703-683-8888 or www.oldtowntheater.com.

CIVIL WAR DANCE CLASSES, Corky Palmer teaches the waltz, polka and other 19th-century dances, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $12; reservations required. 703-838-4242 or www.historicalexandria.org.

"WAITING FOR GODOT," play by Samuel Beckett, performed by Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 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. $25-$32. 703-824-6200.

Friday 21

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.

"VENECIA," a comedy about an elderly woman who seeks forgiveness from a former lover, performed by Teatro de la Luna, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 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). 703-548-3092 or www.teatrodelaluna.org.

AIR FORCE CHAMBER PLAYERS, the Woodwind Quintet performs, 8 p.m., George Washington National Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.com.

Saturday 22

FARMERS MARKET, vendors sell produce, flowers, art and more, 5-10 a.m. Saturdays, Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-5006.

CRAFT AND YARD SALE, to benefit the YMCA's summer camp scholarship program for needy youths, 8 a.m.-noon, YMCA, 420 E. Monroe Ave., Alexandria. Table space, $25; admission, free. 703-838-8085.

COMPOST BINS FOR SALE, Earth Machine compost bins, kitchen scrap containers and compost turners, sponsored by the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. Admission, free. 703-228-7951.

HISTORY WALK, one to 12 miles, visit log cabins, cemeteries and other historic sites, bring lunch and water, sponsored by Center Hiking Club, 9 a.m., meet at Clarendon Metro station, Wilson Boulevard and North Highland Street, Arlington. $1. 703-243-0179.

SENIORS REVERSE MORTGAGES, Phyllis Westall of AARP discusses options for obtaining a loan -- using your house as collateral -- for homeowners 62 and older, sponsored by Arlington County's Office of Aging and Homeownership Program, 10 a.m.-noon, Courthouse Plaza, Room 307, 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-228-3786 or 703-228-1732.

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. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Nicholas Colasanto Center, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.

PUPPET SHOW, "Galapagos George," about a giant tortoise discovered on an island, performed by Barefoot Puppets, 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.

CIVIL WAR PHOTOGRAPHY, Robert Szabo demonstrates the operation of a period camera and discusses the making of 19th-century photographs such as tintypes and ambrotypes, noon-4 p.m., Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4848.

NATURE JOURNALS, for adults and children 7 and older, create a nature journal, sponsored by Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources, 1-2:30 p.m., Madison Manor Park, 6225 N. 12th Rd., Arlington. $5; reservations required. 703-228-4747.

HULA DANCE, performed by members of a Hawaiian hula school, part of Asian Pacific American Heritage month, 2 p.m., Columbia Pike Library, 816 S. Walter Reed Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5710.

COKIE ROBERTS TALK, the political correspondent discusses her book "Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation," part of the "Rooms With a View" lecture series, sponsored by Rosslyn Renaissance, 6-8 p.m., Boeing Conference Center, 1200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-522-6628 or www.rossren.com.

BLUEGRASS CONCERT, Skystone performs, bring a picnic, 7 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Suggested donation, $5-$7. 703-528-5406.

"THE ELIXIR OF LOVE," Bel Cantanti Opera Company performs the comic work by Gaetano Donizetti, 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $20. 703-838-4994 or www.belcantanti.com.

ALEXANDRIA CHORAL SOCIETY, and its children's chorus perform "The Food of Love: Shakespeare in Music," 7:30 p.m., George Washington National Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. $20-$25; seniors and college students, $15-$20; high school students, $5; 13 and younger, free. 703-547-4734 or alexchoralsociety.org.

"LADY CHATTERLEY'S LOVER," play based on the D.H. Lawrence novel, performed by the Washington Shakespeare Company, 8 p.m., Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 800-494-8497 or www.washingtonshakespeare.org.

ALEXANDRIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, concert, "Rebirth: Realms of Rejuvenation for Body and Spirit," featuring soprano Sharon Christman and the National Men's Chorus, 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $35-$65. 703-573-7328 or www.alexsym.org.

Sunday 23

MARINE BAND WIND ENSEMBLE, concert, 2 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. Free. 202-433-4011 or www.marineband.usmc.mil.

Monday 24

CHORAL CONCERT, Blessed Sacrament School Chorus, weather permitting, co-sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 12:15 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

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.

Tuesday 25

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.

BLUES CONCERT, Michael Mulvaney performs, weather permitting, co-sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 12:15 p.m., King Street Gardens, 1806 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

SENIORS BOOK CLUB, discussion of "The Tie That Binds," by Kent Haruf, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

Wednesday 26

HISTORIC FORT CHILDREN'S TOUR, for 9 and older, learn about the fort's Civil War history, 3-4 p.m., Fort C.F. Smith Park and Historic Site, 2411 N. 24th St., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.

USS MONITOR TALK, Jeff Johnston, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration program specialist, discusses the 1862 sinking of the ironclad off Cape Hatteras, N.C., sponsored by the Alexandria Historical Society, 7:30 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-2997.

COVINGTON STRING QUARTET, works by Franz Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms, 8 p.m., George Washington National Masonic Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-2007 or www.gwmemorial.org.

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE

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