Alec Agayan of Herndon tests settings on a 3-D printer he made out of Lego bricks. He and over 100 other makers will showcase their inventions at Maker Faire NoVa on Sunday. (Ann Cameron Siegal)
THU 16

Vanessa Carlton with Tristen and Skye Steele The singer-songwriter released a live mini album, “Earlier Things Live,” in February. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. birchmere.com. $29.50.

“The Taming of the Shrew” A modern retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy features Hollywood socialites. 8 p.m. Through March 19. Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 866-811-4111. synetictheater.org. $15-$60.

FRI 17

“Tarzan” VSA Loudoun stages the musical based on Disney’s animated film. Opens at 7 p.m. Through March 26. Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. franklinparkartscenter.org. $10-$15.

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” Hans Christian Andersen’s tale is adapted and directed by Denise Perrino and Ellen Selby. Sponsored by CommuniKids language-immersion preschool. Opens at 7:30 p.m. Through April 9. Creative Cauldron, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. ­703-436-9948. creativecauldron.org. $11-$16.

Danu Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Celtic music by this traditional Irish band, including bagpiper and former Riverdance member Ivan Goff. 8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $30-$50.

Russian National Ballet Theatre Using Marius Petipa’s classic choreography, a cast of 50 dancers performs “Giselle,” about a peasant girl’s search for true love. 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. hyltoncenter.org. $34-$56.

“Twelve Angry Men” The drama about 12 jurors deliberating a murder charge is presented by Fauquier Community Theatre. Opens at 8 p.m. Through April 2. Fauquier Community Theatre, 4225 Aiken Dr., Warrenton. 540-349-8760. fctstage.org. $14-$16.

“Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” Prince William Little Theatre performs Christopher Durang’s comedy based on Anton Chekhov’s play “Uncle Vanya.” Opens at 8 p.m. Through March 26. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. hyltoncenter.org. $12-$20.

SAT 18

The Blarney Blowout A traditional Irish breakfast kicks off the St. Patrick’s Day party, followed by beer and bagpipes. Wear green, and prizes will be awarded for costumes. 8 a.m. Various locations in Arlington; check website for details. ­703-524-7455. theblarneyblowout.com. $25-$40.

Russian National Ballet Theatre Double-bill ballet featuring “Chopiniana,” inspired by Chopin’s Seventh Waltz, and “Carmen,” based on the opera by Georges Bizet. Saturday at 8 p.m. The group will also perform “The Sleeping Beauty,” with choreography by Marius Petipa and music by Tchaikovsky, on Sunday at 4 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $34-$56.

Twisted Knickers Burlesque A burlesque show performed to music by the New Orleans-inspired jazz band Tongue in Cheek. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. thestatetheatre.com. $12-$15.

SUN 19

Maker Faire NoVa More than 100 makers, including engineers, scientists and artists, share hands-on projects, demonstrations and workshops. The annual event features a speaker series in the areas of art, engineering, robotics, drones, 3-D printers and more. Food trucks will also be on-site. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston. 703-437-5780. nova.makerfaire.com. $2-$15.

John Eaton The singer, pianist, humorist and musicologist performs “Hooray for Hollywood.” 2 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 877-965-3872. wolftrap.org. $25-$27.

St. Lawrence String Quartet The ensemble is especially dedicated to the music of Haydn. The concert is the first in the 2017 Waterford Concert Series. 4 p.m. Through Nov. 12. Waterford Old School Auditorium, 40222 Fairfax St., Waterford. 571-510-0128. waterfordconcertseries.org. $15-$35.

MON 20

Art of Ballroom Dance Instructor Gary Stephans teaches the fox trot, waltz, tango and more. Beginners at 7 p.m., advanced dancers at 7:45 p.m. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. nvfaa.org. $15.

TUE 21

Cocktails by Candlelight Sip period cocktails as you learn to make 18th-century mixed drinks and snacks in the heart of the historic property at George Mason’s Gunston Hall. 6 p.m. 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck. 703-550-9220. gunstonhall.org. $25-$35.

Design & Wine Participants can sip wine while painting in a workshop led by Ronni Jolles. 7 p.m. ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. artspaceherndon.com. $35.

Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival Preview Night The 17th annual festival for contemporary Jewish-themed and Israeli-made feature films gets a jump-start with the 2016 documentary “For the Love of Spock.” 7:30 p.m. Festival runs through April 2. Reston Community Center, CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. restoncommunitycenter.com. Free.

WED 22

The Second City: “We’re All in This Room Together” A new revue from the popular sketch group. 8 p.m. Through March 26. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 877-965-3872. wolftrap.org. $27-$32.

— Compiled by

Sarah Lane

from staff reports