"WAITING" BOOK DISCUSSION, the novel by Ha Jin, 10:30 a.m., Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5996.
HITCHCOCK FILM, "North by Northwest" (1959), 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.
"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.
AMERICAN LEGION OPEN HOUSE, watch a World War II Memorial dedication ceremony and associated events on a big-screen TV, beverages and snacks provided, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Sunday, American Legion Post, 400 Cameron St., Alexandria. Free. 703-329-1517.
WORLD WAR II TALK, Bob Welch discusses his book "American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy," 10 a.m., Women in the Military Memorial, gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Free; reservations recommended. 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or www.womensmemorial.org.
HONORING FEMALE SOLDIERS, lunch to honor women who served in World War II, with guest speaker Helen Thomas, former UPI White House correspondent, part of the World War II Memorial celebration, 11:30 a.m., Women in the Military Memorial, gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. $40. 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or www.womensmemorial.org.
CHORAL CONCERT, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School's Mac Chorus and Mac Recorders, 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.
WORLD WAR II NURSES, Evelyn M. Monahan and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee discuss their book "And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II," 2:30 p.m., Women in the Military Memorial, gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Free; reservations recommended. 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or www.womensmemorial.org.
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.
"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.
FARMERS MARKET, vendors sell produce, flowers, art and more, 5-10 a.m. Saturdays, Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-5006.
MARINE BAND, concert, 7 p.m., Marine Corps War Memorial, North Meade Street and Marshall Drive, Arlington. Free. 202-433-4011 or www.marineband.usmc.mil.
VIRGINIA GRAND MILITARY BAND, concert, "Stars and Stripes Forever," 8 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $20; students, $10. 703-281-3331 or www.vgmb.com.
CLARENDON CUP, professional cycling competition, organized by Arlington Sports, noon, 1K course starts and finishes at Clarendon Metro station, Arlington. Spectators, free. 703-351-7200 or www.arlingtonsports.org.
COMPOSTING CLASS, learn how to compost leaves, table scraps and more, led by a park naturalist, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406.
MOUNT VERNON ORCHESTRA, concert, works by Beethoven and others, 5 p.m., Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. $20; seniors and college students, $17. 703-799-8229 or www.mvorchestra.org.
ARLINGTON BELL RINGING, the public is invited to ring a former Pennsylvania church bell to commemorate Memorial Day, sponsored by the Bluemont Civic Association, noon, Constitution Garden, North Wilson Boulevard and George Mason Drive. Free. 703-527-6118.
JAZZ FESTIVAL, music by Larry Brown Quintet, Christina Crerar, Swing Shift, Al Williams and others, bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 1-8 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or www.ci.Alexandria.va.us.
WOMEN'S MEMORIAL CEREMONY, Memorial Day program includes formal military honors, personal tributes to departed comrades and speeches by women who served during World War II, 4 p.m., Women in the Military Memorial, gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. Free. 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or www.womensmemorial.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.
"THE BLUE ROOM," for adults, playwright David Hare's adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler's "La Ronde," about the sexual relationships of five couples, portrayed by two actors, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 11, Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $22-$36. 703-820-9771 or www.signature-theatre.org.
WATERCOLOR EXHIBIT, works by Virginia Watercolor Society artists, 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.
SOCIAL HISTORY BOOK, Chris Colin discusses his work "What Really Happened to the Class of '93: Start-Ups, Dropouts and Other Navigations Through an Untidy Decade," 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Potomac Yard Center, 3651 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Alexandria. Free. 703-299-9473.
"MAHALIA," musical biography of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson played by Bernadine Mitchell, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through July 11, MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. $32-$38. 703-548-9044 or www.metrostage.org.
-- Compiled by SARAH LANE
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