“The Cocoon Series” An exhibit of black-and-white photographs by E.E. McCollum, exploring the human figure encased in a cocoon of nylon. Artist reception Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. Through April 9. The Art League Gallery, Art League Gallery, Studio 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780. www.theartleague.org. Free.
Michele Murray & Buck Stone The duo performs a selection of original and cover songs, including bluegrass, country and folk music. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. $10.
The Campagna Center’s 15th annual Toast to Fashion The event includes a runway show, vendors from local boutiques, a raffle and a cocktail reception to benefit Campagna Center programs, such as Early Head Start and before- and after-school programs. 6:30-10 p.m. Belle Haven Country Club, 6023 Fort Hunt Rd., Alexandria area. 703-549-0111. www.campagnacenter.org. $65.
“Ella Fitzgerald, First Lady of Song” Freda Payne stars as the legendary singer in the stage adaptation of Lee Summers’s book. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7 p.m. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 800-494-8497. www.metrostage.org. $55-$60.
Solas The Irish-American band performs songs from its latest album, “Shamrock City.” Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org . $22-$25.
“Moonshine Murders” StageCoach Theatre Company presents the murder mystery set in a 1920s speakeasy. Dinner prepared by Amphora Catering. Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 571-477-9444. www.stagecoachtc.com. $68.
“Hamlet . . . the Rest is Silence” Shakespeare’s tragedy is staged without words. Synetic’s production was first performed 10 years ago and has won several Helen Hayes awards. Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through April 6. Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 866-811-4111. www.synetictheater.org. $20-$75.
Comedy Improv Comedians turn audience suggestions into scenes and games. 8 p.m. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. $10.
Rhodes Tavern Troubadours The rock band, which won a 2001 Wammie for rock/pop duo/group, is named for the D.C. tavern built in 1799. 9 p.m. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340. www.iotaclubandcafe.com. $12.
“The Art of Women and the Sporting Life” In conjunction with Foxcroft School’s centennial celebration, the National Sporting Library and Museum exhibits 30 paintings and sculptures highlighting women and their role in sporting life and art. Opens Saturday. Exhibit open Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 24. Foxcroft School, Foxcroft School Road, Middleburg. 540-687-6542. www.nsl.org. $10
St. Patrick’s Day Parade The event, which begins at the corner of Quarry Road and Prescott Avenue, features pipe and drum bands, Irish dance groups, floats and more. 11 a.m. Old Town Manassas. 703-782-6948. www.stpatparade.net. Free.
“Beauty and the Beast” Mestey Films Productions presents director and actress Vianlix Mestey’s adaptation of the classic fairy tale. 1 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. $9-$12.
Model train open house Hosted by Northern Virginia Model Railroaders, the exhibit features trolleys, trains and Thomas the Tank Engine and friends. 1-5 p.m. Vienna Railroad Depot, 231 Dominion Rd. NE, Vienna. 703-938-5157. www.nvmr.org. Free.
St. Patrick’s Day tea and concert Traditional sandwiches, sweets, scones and tea followed by a tour of the home (2-4 p.m.) and a Celtic music concert (8 p.m.). Cherry Hill Farmhouse, 312 Park Ave., Falls Church. 703-248-5171. www.fallschurchva.gov. Tea $30, concert $20. Reservations required for tea.
World Children’s Choir “A Celtic Celebration” features music from Canada, Ireland and Scotland, and African djembe drumming. Event includes reception and silent auction. 6-10 p.m. The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax St., Falls Church. 703-883-0920. www.worldchildrenschoir.org. $10-$20.
“Great Escapes!” An exhibit of original works inspired by travel, sponsored by the Vienna Arts Society. Artist reception 6-9 p.m. Through March 29. Vienna Art Center, 115 Pleasant St., NW, Vienna. 703-319-3971. www.viennaartssociety.org. Free.
Ballroom Social Dance A lesson in swing precedes the dance. Lesson at 7:30 p.m., dance at 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center,
9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. Lesson $5, dance $10.
Harlem Globetrotters The exhibition basketball team has been playing and entertaining for 88 years. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. www.patriotcenter.com. $23.50-$148.50.
Tom Mindte and Patuxent Partners The traditional bluegrass band will perform from its latest album, “Seven or Eleven.” The concert is part of the church’s bluegrass concert series. 7:30 p.m. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1090 Sterling Rd., Herndon. 703-435-8377. www.holycrosslutheranchurch.net. $12, 12 and younger free.
Leahy The Canadian Celtic band of eight siblings was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org . $34-$50.
The Chieftains The Irish band has earned six Grammy Awards and collaborated with the Rolling Stones, Madonna and Luciano Pavarotti. 4 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu . $30-$60.
David Wilcox The singer-songwriter’s latest album, “Blaze,” includes singles “Oil Talking to Ya,” “Bail My Boat” and “Single Candle.” 5 and 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $25.
St. Patrick’s Day Local Scene: The Homespun Ceilidh Band The local band performs traditional and contemporary Celtic music. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $10-$15.
Design and Wine: Fun With Sketching Artist Martin Steinhobel leads an introduction to sketching. 7-9 p.m. ArtSpace, 750 Center St., Herndon. 703-956-6590. www.artspaceherndon.org. $30, includes supplies and two glasses of wine; registration required.
Don Williams The country icon released “And So It Goes” in 2012, with vocal and instrumental backing by Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Vince Gill. With Colm Kirwan. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $59.50.
The Marshall Tucker Band The Take the Highway Tour marks the band’s 43rd year on the road. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $45.
From Indian Lakes The five-man band performs on its Able Bodies tour. With the American Scene, Naive Thieves and Pendrifter. 8:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com . $10-13.
3 The Irish-American folk band, together since the mid-1990s, performs songs from its latest album, “Shamrock City.” Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org . $22-$25