“Katie Runnerstrom” Botany, marine science and astronomy inspire this exhibit of whimsical drawings and paintings. Through March 16. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. Free.
“Orlando” Virginia Woolf’s gender-bending novel is adapted for the stage by Sarah Ruhl and presented by WSC Avant Bard. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 23. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-228-1850. www.wscavantbard.org. $25-$45.
“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes” Encore Stage & Studio presents the humorous mystery led by Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., through March 9. Thomas Jefferson Community Theatre, 125 S. Old Glebe Rd., Arlington. 703-548-1154. 703-548-1154. www.encorestage.org. $10-$12.
“The Scarlet Letter” Lean & Hungry Theater performs Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel of Hester Prynne in puritanical Massachusetts. 8 p.m. Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. $15.
Finesse Mitchell The former “Saturday Night Live” comedian and actor performs. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Arlington Cinema ’N’ Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. www.arlingtondrafthouse.com. $20.
HAPA Barry Flanagan and Ron Kuala’au lead the group performing music influenced by ancient chants and contemporary Hawaiian songs. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $25-30.
“Next Fall” New York couple Adam and Luke test the notion that opposites attract. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., through March 15. Port City Playhouse, 1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria. www.portcityplayhouse.org. $16-$18.
“Leading Ladies Cabaret” Well-known female leads from Broadway, opera and contemporary music are the subject of this cabaret that celebrates Women’s History Month. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. $25.
Jammin Java’s Mid-Atlantic Band Battle Finals Bands from up and down the East Coast compete for prizes, including cash and recording studio time. 8 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $12-$15.
Country-western dance The Northern Virginia Country-Western Dance Association hosts the dance for couples and singles. Bring your own refreshments. Lessons 6:30-7:30 p.m., open dancing 7:30-10 p.m. Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss St., Lincolnia area. 703-860-4941. www.nvcwda.org. $12, children $5 with a paying adult.
The Edge Performance Company The contemporary dance company, sponsored by the Ballet Theatre of Ashburn and the Ashburn Academy of Dance, performs. 7 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 703-723-8089. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $10-$15.
The Pickwick Singers “A Love-ly Evening” includes dinner in the vintage private dining room and performances of songs such as “Just the Way You Are” and “The Long and Winding Road.” 7 p.m. Tuscarora Mill, 203 Harrison St. SE, Leesburg. 703-771-9300. www.thepickwickplayers.com. $30.
“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” The Acting Company stages Tom Stoppard’s play about two minor characters in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” 8 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $22-$44.
Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan The American-Brazilian group draws inspiration from Brazilian maracatu drumming, New Orleans second line, Appalachian music, funk and country-blues. With Alma Tropicalia and DJ Neville. 8 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. $15.
Melodime The Northern Virginia rock band performs from its latest album, “Where the Sinners and the Saints Collide.” Proceeds from album sales benefit the nonprofit Now I Play Along Too. With Courrier and Pretty Gritty. 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $15-$18.
Leland Faulkner’s “World of Wonder” The show begins with a menagerie of hand shadows, then moves to classical Japanese magic. 2 p.m. McLean Community Center, Alden Theatre, 1234 Ingleside Ave., McLean. www.aldentheatre.org. $15.
Franklin Park Big Band This 17-piece band with vocalists was formed in 2009 by Gil Paist and Isaiah McPeak. 3 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $10.
“Hamlet” The Acting Company stages Shakespeare’s tragedy in which the Prince of Denmark struggles to stay sane after the death of his father and his mother’s remarriage. 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $28-$44.
“The Golden Age” This new production from singer Max Raabe and his orchestra, Palast Orchester, features dance hall, swing and cabaret songs from the 1920s and ’30s. 4 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $23-$46, half-price for youth through 12th grade.
Cowboy Junkies Founded by Michael Timmins and Alan Anton, the band combines traditional country with blues and folk. Its latest album, “The Wilderness,” was released in 2012. 8 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. www.thestatetheatre.com. $40.
“The 9 Songwriter Series” Nine solo artists come together for a show to benefit former Strathmore artist-in-residence Ted Garber and his family. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. www.jamminjava.com. $20-$25.
Fat Tuesday Party with M.H. & His Orchestra Celebrate Mardi Gras with the orchestral pop group featuring Max Holiday. With These Future Saints and the Walking Sticks. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. www.jamminjava.com. $10-15.
“American Women: The Long and Winding Road” The third lecture in the series is “Years of Hope, Turmoil and Anger (1960s and ’70s).” Guest panelists include Sharon Bulova, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Sherry Hutt, national program manager for the Interior Department’s North American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act, and Carol Shapiro, plastic surgeon. 7:30 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. Free, $10 suggested donation.
Zappa Plays Zappa In honor of the 40th anniversary of his father’s album, Dweezil Zappa performs the entire “Roxy and Elsewhere” album in sequence. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $65.
Alan Kelly Gang The Irish quartet performs Celtic music. 8 p.m. Artisphere, Dome Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com . $18.
3The Northern Virginia rock band performs from its latest album, “Where the Sinners and the Saints Collide.” Proceeds from album sales benefit the nonprofit Now I Play Along Too. With Courrier and Pretty Gritty. Saturday at 10 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $15-$18.