Second Thursday Art Night Meet gallery artists, tour studios and listen to live performances. This month’s theme is “The Future Is . . . ” 6-9 p.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-4565. torpedofactory.org. Free.
Jane Franklin Dance Forty+, a group of Jane Franklin dancers older than 40, performs short works as part of the Athenaeum’s Second Thursday Live series. 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. nvfaa.org. $15.
“The Fantasticks” The Mason School of Theater’s production tells the musical tale of a boy and girl who fall in love and grow apart. 8 p.m. Through March 11. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. hyltoncenter.org. $10-$20.
Appetite for Destruction The Guns N’ Roses tribute band performs. 8:30 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. thestatetheatre.com. $15.
Wil Haygood The former Washington Post reporter and author discusses “The Butler: An Author’s Journey to a Blockbuster Film.” 6:30 p.m. BASIS Independent McLean, 8000 Jones Branch Drive, McLean. 703-854-1253. basisindependent.com/haygood. Free.
“Carmina Burana and More!” Manassas Ballet Theatre performs original works and excerpts from “Coppélia” accompanied by the Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Voce Chamber Singers. 7:30 p.m. Through March 12. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. hyltoncenter.org. $15-$55.
“Rock of Ages” The Reston Community Players stage the Tony-nominated musical that channels the big hair and rock bands of the 1980s. 8 p.m. Through April 1. Reston Community Center, CenterStage, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. restoncommunitycenter.com. $21-$25.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade The 18th annual event, which begins at Quarry Road and Prescott Avenue, features pipe-and-drum bands, Irish dance groups, floats and more. 11 a.m. Old Town Manassas, Center Street. 703-782-6948. stpatparade.net. Free.
Northern Virginia Ceili An evening of Irish country dancing sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts. Marilyn Moore leads dance instruction, with music by Shepherd’s Pie. 6:30 p.m. Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Rd., Fairfax. 703-273-6090. fairfaxva.gov. $15-$25.
Vienna Choral Society “Requiem for the Living” features music inspired by Emily Dickinson and Dolly Parton, and compositions by Dan Forrest, Sarah Quartell and Craig Hella-Johnson. 7:30 p.m. Vienna Baptist Church, 541 Marshall Rd. SW, Vienna. 703-349-7150. viennachoralsociety.org. Free-$25.
Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra featuring New York Voices Swinging big-band sounds performed by the orchestra and the vocal jazz quartet. 8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $30-$50.
The Young Irelanders This Irish band features former members of Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. 8 p.m. St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 18825 Fuller Heights Rd., Triangle. 703-221-4044. theyoungirelanders.com. $25-$35.
Nowruz Festival Celebrate the Persian New Year and Iranian traditions with an outdoor festival of arts, crafts, a bazaar and food. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tysons Corner Center, outside Bloomingdale’s, 8100 Tysons Corner Center, McLean. 202-369-1515. nowruzfestival.org. Free.
Arlington Philharmonic Pianist Michael Sheppard joins the orchestra for a program of works by Benjamin Britten, Maurice Ravel and Ernst von Dohnányi. The Arlington Artists Alliance will host an art show in the lobby outside the auditorium before the concert and during intermission. 4 p.m. Wakefield High School, 1325 S. Dinwiddie St., Arlington. 703-910-5161. arlingtonphilharmonic.org. $20.
“Dona Nobis Pacem” The poetry of Walt Whitman and the liturgical prayer “Dona Nobis Pacem” (“Grant Us Peace”) are set to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This concert features soloists selected through the City Choir of Washington’s Young American Artists program and the James Madison High School Madrigals. 4:30 p.m. St. Luke Catholic Church, 7001 Georgetown Pike, McLean. 571-206-8525. saintlukemclean.org. $25-$35.
Jammin Java Local Scene Bands include Birds for Eyes, Woody Woodworth & the Rebel City, and Strong Water. 7 p.m. Jammin Java, 227 Maple Ave. East, Vienna. 703-255-1566. jamminjava.com. $10-$18.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo The South African a cappella group’s album “Walking in the Footsteps of Our Fathers” received a Grammy nomination for best world-music album of 2016. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. birchmere.com. $49.50.
“Midwestern Gothic” A new musical from Royce Vavrek about a woman’s mission to leave her isolated rural community. 7:30 p.m. Through April 30. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. sigtheatre.org. $40-$100.
“The Costumes of PBS’s Mercy Street” An exhibit of costumes, sketches, photographs of the actors in costume and historical artifacts. Through Sept. 1. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-746-4994. alexandriava.gov. Free.
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