“Think Outside the Box” In this exhibit, artists began with a cardboard box, then cut, squashed, painted, glued and re-formed it to create an array of new works. Through Nov. 25. Gateway Gallery, Hill High Orchard Building, 35246 Harry Byrd Hwy., Round Hill. 540-338-3001. www.roundhillartscenter.org. Free.
Eric Church Country music singer-songwriter Eric Church received five nominations for CMA Awards this year. He is on the “Blood, Sweat and Beers” tour with Justin Moore and Kip Moore. 7:30 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. 703-993-3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $37.50-$47.50.
“Into the Woods” The Stephen Sondheim musical featuring characters from Grimms’ fairy tales gives new meaning to the stories we tell our children. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $20; seniors, students, faculty and staff $15.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” The Castaways Repertory Theatre performs the Oscar Wilde comedy, which was first performed in London in 1895. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 4. Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15941 Donald Curtis Dr., Woodbridge. 703-508-5418. www.castawaystheatre.org. $14; seniors, students and military $11.
Cool Cow comedy night Host Rahmein Mostafavi presents Danny Rouhier of the “Holden and Danny” radio show and stand-up comedian Jared Stern. 8 and 10 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, W-3 Theater, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-495-0001. www.workhousearts.org. www.coolcowcomedy.com. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Mount Vernon Fall Harvest Family Days Celebrate autumn with activities including horse-drawn wagon rides, wheat treading in the 16-sided barn, a straw bale maze, early American games and more. Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Mount Vernon, 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Alexandria. 703-780-2000. www.mountvernon.org. $15, seniors $14, age 6-11 $7, 5 and younger free.
“The Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Later” The Cold War Museum, in conjunction with GMU’s Department of History and Art History, will convene a panel of historians, authors and firsthand participants to discuss and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Speakers include Sergei Khrushchev, Dino Brugioni, Col. Buddy Brown, Lt. Cmdr. Tad Riley, Michael Dobbs, Martin J. Sherwin and Svetlana Savranskaya. A book signing and reception will follow the discussion. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. George Mason University, Harris Theater, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-786-8226. www.coldwar.org. Free, registration required.
“Forty + or Minus” Jane Franklin Dancers older than 40 stage a performance featuring a the premiere of a work by Emily Crews. 7 p.m. Theatre on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr., Arlington. 703-933-1111. www.janefranklin.com. $20.
“Standing Room Only” The Choreographers Collaboration Project performs modern dance in the Athenaeum gallery space to encourage the audience to see the dances and artwork from different perspectives. 7 p.m. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. 703-683-2070. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. www.ccpdance.org. $10, age 12-17 $5, 11 and younger free.
Manassas Ballet Theatre The company performs “Frankenstein,” an original ballet based on Mary Shelley’s story with music composed by Kim Reynolds and performed live by Reynolds’s band. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $25-$45.
“Swing! Music You Can Dance To” The Vienna Choral Society’s high-energy concert of swing, disco and ballroom dance music will have an open dance floor. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. 703-255-5508. www.viennachoralsociety.org. $20, seniors and students $15, families $35.
Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra This swing band performs music of the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s. This is a benefit concert for the Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna. 3 p.m. Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE, Vienna. 703-281-0538. www.docscantlin.com. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
Loudoun Symphony Chamber Orchestra The orchestra returns to Franklin Park for a concert of chamber music by Charles Huguenin, Mozart, Haydn and others. 3 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. www.loudounsymphony.org. $13, seniors and students $10.
New Dominion Chorale The program includes “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, “Choral Dances” by Alexander Borodin and Charles Gounod’s “Waltz From Faust.” 4 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-845-6156. www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter. $30, seniors $25, children and students with ID $5.
“Dia de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance” The Target Gallery will host an exhibit of artist-made altars and Day of the Dead-inspired artwork, on display in the Main Hall through Nov. 4. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Main Hall, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-838-
4565. www.torpedofactory.org/dayofthedead. Free.
Hope Operas The Hope Operas are five short musical performances that feature robots, pirates, Greek myths, “confused Caucasian-sploitation” and wrestling — complete with body slams. Each performance is for a local charity. Vote for your favorite show and the winner’s charity will get the profits from the door. 8 p.m. The Comedy Spot, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-294-5233. www.comedyindc.com. $13.
Boy Hits Car The band’s fourth album, “Stealing Fire,” was released last year. It is on the “Embrace the Fire” tour with mathcore band Exotic Animal Petting Zoo. 6 p.m. Empire, 6355 Rolling Rd., Springfield. 703-569-5940. www.empire-nova.com. $10.
Banjo Summit The show, highlighting a variety of banjo styles, features Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Noam Pikelny, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg and Pete Wernick, accompanied by guitarist Russ Barenberg, Jesse Cobb on mandolin, Alex Hargreaves on fiddle and Corey DiMario on bass. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $49.50.
“Streams and Spaces in Between: Arlington, Virginia and Washington, D.C.” Arlington artist Roberto Bocci’s 100-foot experimental panorama is a portrait of the distance between Arlington and Washington. Reception Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 5. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. Free.
American Contemporary Music Ensemble ACME is dedicated to performance of masterworks from the 20th and 21st centuries, primarily the work of American composers. 8 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. www.acmemusic.org. $15-$30.
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3The company performs “Frankenstein,” an original ballet based on Mary Shelley’s story with music composed by Kim Reynolds and performed live by Reynolds’s band. Choreographed by Vadim Slatvitskiy, above, who also plays Herr Doktor. Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $25-$45.