Thursday 22

ART EXHIBIT, "Permission Granted," works by artists who received awards through the Arlington Commission for the Arts grant program, opening reception, 6-8 p.m. today; regular gallery hours, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through Sept. 11, Ellipse Arts Center, 4350 N. Fairfax Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-7710 or www.arlingtonarts.org.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, 7 p.m. Thursdays, through August, Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Free. 202-433-4011, 703-289-2500 or www.marineband.usmc.mil.

ALEXANDRIA HARMONIZERS, barbershop music concert, weather permitting, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 7 p.m., Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Rd. Free. 703-883-4686.

"MACHINAL" PLAY, Sophie Treadwell's work about Ruth Snyder, who was electrocuted in 1928 for killing her husband, performed by the American Century Theater, 8 p.m. today and Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday,Gunston Arts Center, Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. Thursday and Saturday matinee, $23 (seniors and students, $18); Friday and Saturday evenings, $26 (seniors and students, $20). 703-553-8782 or www.americancentury.org.

"WAITING FOR GODOT," Samuel Beckett's tragicomedy performed by Firebelly Productions, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 8, Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington. $15; seniors and students, $12. 703-908-8520 or www.firebellyproductions.net.

Friday 23

HISTORIC TAVERN TOURS, 30-minute tours of candlelit 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.

"GIRLFRIENDS" MUSICAL, about members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force of Great Britain during World War II, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 1, Women in the Military Memorial, gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. $27. 800-372-7299 or www.girlfriendsthemusical.com.

Saturday 24

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

KAYAK SWAP, buy and sell used equipment for kayaking, proceeds benefit the Potomac Conservancy, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Kayak Station, 1041 S. Edgewood St., Arlington. Free. 703-521-0200 or www.kayakstation.com.

FAMILY THEATER, for adults and children, "The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish," based on a poem by Aleksander Pushkin, performed by Classika and Synetic theaters, noon Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 14, Classika, 404 S. 28th St., Arlington. $15; in advance, $12. 703-824-6200 or www.classika.org.

SEASHELL PROGRAM, for ages 6-12, learn about different types of shells and decorate a picture frame to take home, bring shells if you have them, 1-2:30 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. $5; reservations required. 703-228-4747.

AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL, dancers, musicians, performing arts groups, crafts, souvenirs and food, sponsored by the African American Heritage and Cultural Festivities Committee and the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 1-7 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686 or www.ci.Alexandria.va.us.

BUTTERFLY PROGRAM, learn about native butterflies and butterfly gardening, then collect, examine and release them, 2 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-528-5406.

"CABARET" MUSICAL, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 14, the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $17-$20. 703-683-096 or www.thelittletheatre.com.

Sunday 25

OIL PAINTINGS EXHIBIT, "AerialScapes," by Paula Klare Wachsstock, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 2, Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Art League, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT, Trinity Chamber Players, 6 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $10; 11 and younger, free. 301-881-8969.

Monday 26

VIETNAMESE COOKING, nutrition educator Ana Moran demonstrates how to make spring rolls, 10 a.m., Langston-Brown Senior Center, 2121 N. Culpeper St., Arlington. Free; registration required. 703-228-4839.

FIBER ART EXHIBIT, "Athens 2004," works inspired by the Olympics, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Aug. 15, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Potomac Craftsmen Fiber Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-549-0935.

WORLD WAR II EXHIBIT, information on the war's impact on Alexandria and more, including photographs, "Sons in Service" flags, a Mark XIII torpedo and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

CLASSIC ROCK CONCERT, Midnight Flyer Band, weather permitting, sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, 7 p.m., Waterfront Park, Strand Street, between Prince and King streets, Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

Tuesday 27

SENIORS BOOK CLUB, discussion of "Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women," by Geraldine Brooks, 1:30 p.m., Culpepper Garden Senior Center, 4435 N. Pershing Dr., Arlington. Free. 703-228-4403.

MARINE CORPS PARADES, featuring the Marine Band, Marine Drum and Bugle Corps and the Marine Silent Drill Platoon, 7-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Aug. 17, Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Free. 703-289-2500 or 703-289-2553.

Wednesday 28

CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBIT, "In2Words: Words," works by 31 artists focusing on the use of text, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays, through Aug. 22, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4.

-- Compiled by SARAH LANE

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