Thursday 19

ART EXHIBITION, "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

CONTEMPORARY ART, "In2Words: Words," works by 31 artists focusing on the use of text. Noon-5 p.m. today-Sunday, Torpedo Factory Art Center, Target Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4565, Ext. 4.

ARLINGTON COUNTY FAIR, carnival rides, competitive exhibitions, arts and crafts, live entertainment, pony rides and a petting zoo. 5-10 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday. Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. Free admission; free shuttle bus from Ballston, Clarendon and Court House Metro stations. 703-920-4556 or

PHOTOGRAPHY AND PAINTING, works by Kathryn A. Brown and Marlin G. Lord. 6-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Del Ray Artisans Gallery, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4827.

MARINE BAND CONCERT, 7 p.m. today and Aug. 26. Marine Corps War Memorial, Marshall Drive, next to Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington. Free. 202-433-4011, 703-289-2500 or

"THE TEMPEST," Shakespeare's final play. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Sept. 5, Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington. $22-$30. 800-494-8497 or

Friday 20

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.

BARBERSHOP CONCERT, 1950s rock, modern jazz and more sung a cappella by the Sweet Adelines International Blue Ridge regional champions. 8 p.m., Arlington County Fair, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 S. Second St., Arlington. Free. 703-764-3896 or

Saturday 21

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

AMERICAN INDIAN FESTIVAL, performances by Indian dancers, instrumentalists, soloists and groups; refreshments will be sold. Sponsored by the Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities and the American Indian Inter-Cultural Organization. 1-6 p.m., Market Square, 301 King St., Alexandria. Free. 703-883-4686.

NETHERLANDS CARILLON RECITAL, by Robert Grogan. 6-8 p.m., Netherlands Carillon, next to Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington. Free. 703-289-2500.

MARINE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, free concert. 7:30 p.m., Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 202-433-4011 or

NATURE PRESERVE NIGHT HIKE, led by a park naturalist. 8 p.m., Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd., Arlington. Free; reservations required. 703-528-5406.

Sunday 22

CHAMBER MUSIC, Trinity Chamber Players perform Jan Bach's "Skizzen" and Franz Lachner's Octet for Winds, Op. 156. 6 p.m., the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. $10; 12 and younger, free. 301-881-8969 or

Monday 23

LANDSCAPE ART, paintings by winners of the Jay and Helen Risser award, the Potomac Valley Watercolorists 30th anniversary award and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters award. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 6, Art League Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. Free. 703-683-1780.

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

WORLD WAR II EXHIBITION, includes information on the war's impact on Alexandria, "Sons in Service" flags and a Mark XIII torpedo. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 1-5 p.m. Sundays, through Sept. 6, the Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. Free. 703-838-4994.

BOOK DISCUSSION, "The Known World: A Novel," by Edward P. Jones. 7:30 p.m., Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. Free. 703-228-5996.

Tuesday 24

"ONE RED FLOWER," by Paris Barclay, a musical inspired by letters written home by American soldiers serving in the Vietnam War in 1969. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 3. Signature Theatre, 3806 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. $30-$47. 703-820-9771 or

-- Compiled by KATHY ORTON

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