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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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