Thursday 5

ART EXHIBIT, "Permission Granted," works by artists who received awards through the Arlington Commission for the Arts grant program, 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

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.

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

ALEXANDRIA GUITAR FESTIVAL, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association, concerts, 8 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday; guitar-playing seminars, 11 a.m.-5:20 p.m. today and Friday, 11:30 a.m.-5:20 p.m. Saturday, Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. Concerts, $15-$40; seminars, total $40. 703-548-0035 or

"CABARET" MUSICAL, the Little Theatre of Alexandria, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 14, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. $17-$20. 703-683-0496 or

"WAITING FOR GODOT," Samuel Beckett's tragicomedy performed by Firebelly Productions, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. 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

"THE TEMPEST," Shakespeare's tale of civilization's struggle with nature; previews, 8 p.m. today, Friday, Saturday and Monday; opens, 8 p.m. Tuesday; continues, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 5, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-30; previews, pay what you can. 800-494-8497 or

"ROCKY HORROR SHOW" MUSICAL, Northern Virginia Community College Visual and Performing Arts Division, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. $7; seniors and students, $5. 703-845-6166.

Friday 6

PHOTOGRAPHY, PAINTING EXHIBIT, works of Kathryn A. Brown and Marlin G. Lord; opening reception, 7-10 p.m. Friday; continues, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 22, Del Ray Artisans gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.

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.

HONDURAN ART SHOW, paintings, woodcarvings, jewelry and handmade leather shoes for sale, 7-9 p.m. Friday, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Art for Humanity Inc., 635 S. 25th St., Arlington. Free. 703-282-5365 or

Saturday 7

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

FIREHOUSE FESTIVAL, for all ages, displays of crafts and antique firefighting equipment; children receive free fire helmets and balloons, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Friendship Firehouse, South Alfred Street, between Prince and King streets, Alexandria. Free. 703-751-6416.

BALLSTON ART MARKET, handmade arts and crafts, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Welburn Square, between Stuart and Taylor streets and Wilson Boulevard and Fairfax Drive, Ballston. Free. 703-528-3527.

MODEL TRAIN EXHIBIT, plus Thomas the Tank Engine, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

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

IRISH FESTIVAL, musicians, dance groups and pipe bands, sponsored by the Ballyshaners of Alexandria, noon-7 p.m., Waterfront Park, Alexandria. Free. 703-237-2199 or

Monday 9

POTTERY SHOW, works by ceramic artists from the Kiln Club, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-548-6288.

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.

BRIDGE LESSONS, for seniors, 10:45 a.m., Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.

SENIORS CICADA TALK, a park ranger discusses the life cycle of cicadas and what happens after the eggs are submerged in soil, 11 a.m. Monday, Dawson Terrace Senior Center, 2133 N. Taft St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-6300.

Tuesday 10

CHILDREN'S HIKE, PICNIC, for ages 10-12, a park naturalist leads a leisurely 1.5-mile hike to Potomac River, bring water and lunch, wear sunscreen, hat and hiking boots, trail has stairs and crosses a stream, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-228-4747.

BOLIVIAN CULTURE PROGRAM, for seniors, Flor Fiallos, a social worker, discusses Bolivian history, music and more, 10:15 a.m., Carver Senior Center, 1415 S. Queen St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5700.

SENIORS BOOK CLUB, discussion of the "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency," by Alexander McCall Smith, 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. Tuesday and Aug. 17, Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Free. 703-289-2500 or 703-289-2553.

POETRY READING, Men Maa Aim Ra reads from his work "Paut Neteru: Company of the Gods," 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8251.

Wednesday 11

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.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "What Was She Thinking? [Notes on a Scandal] : A Novel," by Zoe Heller, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2800 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-248-8251.

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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