“Cafe Variations” by SITI Company features vignettes in a cafe. 8 p.m. Friday at George Mason University Center for the Arts. (MICHAEL BROSILOW)
THU 21

Bull Run Festival of Lights and Holiday Village A 2.5-mile drive-through holiday light display is open Monday-Thursday 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Friday-Sunday 5:30-10 p.m. Through Jan. 5. The holiday village with carnival rides, food and bonfires will be open Dec. 5-8 and Dec. 12-29, 5:30-10 p.m. Bull Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville. 703-631-0550. www.nvrpa.org/parks/brfestoflights. $15-$55 per vehicle, carnival rides $1.50 per single ticket, ride-all-you-want wristband $25.

Winter Walk of Lights Walk on a paved trail to see more than 500,000 LED lights and displays that transform the gardens into a winter wonderland, including a flowing stream of softly glowing lights, a two-story animated fountain, a gingerbread village and more. Daily 5:30-10 p.m. Through Jan. 5. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna.
703-255-3631. www.nvrpa.org/park/
winter_walk_lights
; $7-$13.

Fall Solo Exhibitions Jungmin Park’s mixed-media works and Ajat Leister’s abstract sculptures are on exhibit. Reception Thursday 6-8 p.m. Through Jan. 4. Greater Reston Art Center, 12001 Market St., Reston. 703-471-9242. www.restonarts.org/exhibitions. Free.

“Finding Gus” Storyteller Ellouise Schoettler tells the never-told tale of her grandfather, a forgotten 1905 Southern football hero. 7 p.m. the Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. $10.

“A Broadway Christmas Carol” The show mixes the Dickens tale with parodies of Broadway songs. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Dec. 22. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 800-494-8497. www.metrostage.org. $35-$50, Thursday pay-what-you-can (minimum $10).

FRI 22

“A Musical Little Women” Run Rabbit Run Theatre stages a musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s classic story. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Through Dec. 1. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. www.rrrtheatre.org. $16-$20, seniors and students $14-$16, age 12 and younger $12-$14.

“Black ’n’ Blue Boys” Dael Orlandersmith portrays multiple male victims of violence. 8 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $20-$40. “Cafe Variations” SITI Company, an award-winning theater company, combines vignettes set in a cafe with music that includes works by George and Ira Gershwin. 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $22-$44.

Love Canon This group plays songs from the ’80s with typical bluegrass instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. 8 p.m. Tally Ho Theatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg. 703-777-1665. www.tallyholeesburg.com. $10.

Mozart’s “Requiem” In remembrance of John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his death, the Schiller Institute Chorus, with an orchestra and soloists, presents a performance of the Requiem in D Minor. Sponsored by the Schiller Institute. 8 p.m. St. Mark’s Catholic Church, 9970 Vale Rd., Vienna. 703-771-8390. www.schillerinstitute.
org
. Free.

Shanghai Ballet The classical ballet company from China performs “La Sylphide,” about a young man who loses his heart on his wedding day to a mysterious spirit. Friday at 8 p.m. (Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.
org
. $40-$56) and Sunday at 4 p.m. (George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $28-$56.)

“Wonderland” The International Festival of Hispanic Theater presents the play by Omar Varela of Uruguay. In Spanish with live English dubbing. Sponsored by Teatro de la Luna. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-548-3092. 703-998-4555. www.teatrodelaluna.org. $30-$35.

SAT 23

“Noises Off” In this comedic play-within-a-play, things go awry as a cast prepares for its opening night. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Dec. 29. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. www.1ststagetysons.org. $12-$27.

The Cashore Marionettes The lifelike marionettes perform “Simple Gifts,” portraying familiar scenes of daily life set to the music of Vivaldi, Strauss and Beethoven. 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $15, children $5.

Gustafer Yellowgold This multimedia performance of live music and animated illustrations tells the story of a friendly creature who came to Earth from the sun. 3 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $5-$10.

The Travelers This bluegrass group includes Norman Wright and John Miller on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Kevin Church on banjo, guitar and vocals; and Mike Conner on bass and vocals. 7 p.m. Lucketts Community Center, 42361 Lucketts Rd., Leesburg. 703-771-5281. www.luckettsbluegrass.com. $15.

Klezmer Nutcracker holiday concert Boston’s Shirim Klezmer Orchestra recasts Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” as a Hanukkah classic with images of a dancing Latkes Queen and marching Maccabees. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-537-3000. www.jccnvarts.org. $29, seniors and members $24, students $19.

SUN 24

Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers This bluegrass group received the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Emerging Artist of the Year” award in 2012. 7 p.m. Frying Pan Farm Park, Bluegrass Barn, 2709 W. Ox Rd., Herndon. 703-437-9101. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp. $18, in advance $15.

Acoustic Alchemy This group originated in England in the 1980s. Its instrumental music covers a range of styles. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.

MON 25

The Kin This pop group features Australian brothers Thorald and Isaac Koren with percussionist Shakerleg (Mark Nicosia). With Stargroves. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $10-$15.

TUE 26

“Small Works” This juried photography exhibit, featuring small-scale works less than 12 square inches in size, opens Tuesday. Holiday Open House Dec. 6, 6:30-9 p.m. Through Jan. 5. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 31, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-2205. www.multipleexposuresgallery.com. Free.

Simone and the Spectrum This quartet of indie-pop musicians consists of Simone Sattler on piano and vocals, guitarist John Nugent, bassist Troy Tyrer and drummer John Werthmann. With Starryville and Edy Blu. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $10-$15.

WED 27

The Fresh Beat Band Kids will recognize this band from the show on Nickelodeon by the same name. The four members are Shout, Marina, Kiki and Twist. 6:30 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. 703-993-3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $39.50-$49.50.

— Compiled by Jean Mack from staff reports

‘Cafe Variations’

3SITI Company, an award-winning theater company, combines vignettes set in a cafe with music that includes works by George and Ira Gershwin. Friday at 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $22-$44.