“Portent” This exhibit features works by Sukey Bryan, Freya Grand, Kate Kertz, Amy Marx and Ryan McCoy that reflect the magnitude of natural events such as volcanoes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods and surf. Opens Thursday. Through Dec. 8. Opening reception Sunday 4-6 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. Free.
“The Merchant” The Mason Players give a commedia dell’arte spin to the story of a father and son fighting over one woman. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., through Nov. 2, plus Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $20, seniors and students $15.
Ghosts and Folklore of Alexandria Hear stories of Alexandria’s haunted history by Betty Ward of Footsteps to the Past and author Michael Lee Pope. A dessert reception and a short ghost walk follow the stories. 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. $10.
Shocktober Tour Leesburg’s haunted mansion and descend into the basement for more scary fun. Attractions for ages 13 and older include Paxton Manor, the Funhouse and the Haunted Well of Souls. Friday-Sunday 7-10 p.m. Through Nov. 2. Paxton Manor, 601 Catoctin Cir. NE, Leesburg. www.shocktober.org. $5-$50.
“Dracula” Prince William Little Theatre stages the tale of the bloodthirsty creature of the night. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Nov. 3. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $15, seniors and active military $12, age 11 and younger $8.
“The Music of Nevermore” The cabaret performance features Matt Conner’s musical interpretations of Edgar Allan Poe’s poems, stories and characters. Friday, Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theatre, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. $25, students, $20.
“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” Vienna Theatre Company’s fall production is Steve Martin’s comedy about Picasso and Einstein meeting in a bar in Paris in 1904, surrounded by a cast of colorful characters. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Nov. 3. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. 703-255-6360. www.viennatheatrecompany.org. $13.
“Putting on Britches” Week 2 of the International Festival of Hispanic Theater features a play from Colombia written by Piedad Bonnett. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. Performances are in Spanish with live English dubbing. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-548-3092. 703-998-4555. www.teatrodelaluna.org. $30-$35.
Lar Lubovitch Dance Company The ensemble performs the Washington premiere of “Segundo,” plus “Transparent Things,” “Crisis Variations” and other works. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $23-$46.
“The 39 Steps” The comedy that lampoons spy thrillers opens Saturday at 8 p.m. and continues Sunday at 3 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 16. Little Theatre of Alexandria, 600 Wolfe St., Alexandria. 703-683-0496. www.thelittletheatre.com. $17-$20.
All-breed dog show The Middleburg Kennel Club has sponsored dog shows at Oatlands Plantation since 1983. Saturday-Sunday 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org. www.middleburgkc.com. Free, parking $5.
Magpie The Wammie-winning folk duo was formed in 1973. 7:30 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-255-1900. www.wolftrap.org. $20-$22.
Manassas Ballet Theatre The ballet company presents “Dracula,” with live music by the Kim Reynolds Band. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $25-$45.
“Coffee House Concert” Vienna Choral Society performs familiar tunes from every decade in the last half of the 20th century. With local singer-songwriter Mark Corfman. A reception with coffee and tea by Caffe Amouri and goodies from Whole Foods Vienna follows the concert. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. 703-255-5508. www.viennachoralsociety.org. $25, seniors and students $20, age 14 and younger free.
“Not So Silent Cinema Presents ‘Nosferatu’ ” Mark Shreck’s 1922 silent vampire film is accompanied by the gypsy sounds of the Not So Silent Cinema’s Klezmer Quintet. 8 p.m. Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. $15.
“The Wonder Bread Years” Pat Hazell had baby boomers in mind when he wrote his one-man comedy show. 8 p.m. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. www.aldentheatre.org. $20-$30.
Fairfax Symphony Orchestra Christopher Zimmerman leads the orchestra in a performance of Haydn’s “Symphony No. 60,” Theofanidis’s “Virtue” and Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite.” 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. www.fairfaxsymphony.org. $25-$60.
New Dominion Chorale The choir performs works by Purcell, Handel and Beveridge. 4 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-442-9404. www.newdominion.org. www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter. $30, seniors $25, students with ID and children $5.
Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic This concert features works by J.N. Hummel, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Eduard Lalo. 7 p.m. Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Rd., Alexandria. 703-799-8229. 703-751-7606. www.wmpamusic.org. $20, age 18 and younger free.
After Dark Paranormal Tours Guides will recount ghostly legends and spotlight unexplained happenings at the mansion. Daily at 7 and 8 p.m. through Oct. 31. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org. $20, ages 8-12 $5, not recommended for age 7 and younger.
“Fresh Out of the Oven” An exhibit featuring handmade, oven-safe pottery by Ceramic Guild artists opens Monday. Through Dec. 1. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Scope Gallery, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-548-6288. www.torpedofactory.org. Free.
Superstition and Magic in the Classical World Historian Lauren Hammersen’s lecture addresses the superstitions and magic in the lives of ancient people, and how many modern myths and legends are founded on them. 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. Free.
“Crossing” This musical tells the story of the lives and music of eight people who cross paths in a train station. Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The show continues through Nov. 24. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. $29-$94.
“The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” This 1920 German film about a doctor who manipulates a sleepwalker to commit a series of crimes is accompanied live by pianist-composer Ben Model. Film historian and preservationist Bruce Lawton will discuss silent film history and answer questions. 7:30 p.m. McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. 703-790-0123. www.mcleancenter.org. $6-$10.
“A Flower Is a Lovesome Thing” The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet and multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter Nellie McKay present a concert of cabaret music from the 1920s. 8 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $20-$40.
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3The Manassas Ballet Company performs the vampire’s story, with live music by the Kim Reynolds Band. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hylton center.org. $25-$45.