“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. Through Dec. 23. MetroStage, 1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-548-9044. www.metrostage.org. $48-$55, students $25.
“Net Worked” Abstract painters Timothy Horjus, Adam Lister and Steven Pearson interpret the concept of “network” in this new exhibit curated by J.T. Kirkland. Opens Thursday. Reception Sunday 4-6 p.m. Through Jan. 6. The Athenaeum, 201 S. Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org. Free.
After-Work Jazz + Mixer Bossalingo’s specialty is jazz with Cuban and Brazilian rhythms. Music 5:30-8 p.m., concessions 4-7:30 p.m. Artisphere, Town Hall, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. Free.
“Dreamgirls” The musical follows the rise of a Motown girl group in Chicago. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 6. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. $62-$86.
International Festival of Hispanic Theatre This week’s Teatro de la Luna production is an Argentine comedy, “First-Time Mother,” by Mariel Rosciano. In Spanish with live English dubbing. Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Gunston Arts Center Theater II, 2700 S. Lang St., Arlington. 703-548-3092. 703-998-4555. www.teatrodelaluna.org. $35, seniors $30.
Alexandria Film Festival More than 40 local and international films will be screened, including features, documentaries and shorts, plus programs with film-makers. Events take place Friday-Sunday at the Charles Beatley Library, 5005 Duke St., Alexandria, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, 600 Dulany St, Alexandria and the Cherry Blossom Boat, Alexandria Dock, 3 Cameron Street. Find the complete schedule on the Web site. 703-549-5250. alexandriafilm.org. Free-$15.
43rd annual “Treasury of Art” This exhibition features original works by artists from across the region, including Vienna’s Artist of the Year, Pauline Davis Lorfano. Meet juror Peter Ulrich at the awards reception Friday 7-9 p.m. The show continues Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday noon-4 p.m. Vienna Community Center, 120 Cherry St. SE, Vienna. 703-319-3971. www.viennaartssociety.org. Free.
“Oliver Twist” Creative Cauldron stages Charles Dickens’s classic tale. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church. 703-593-5697. www.creativecauldron.org. $15, seniors and students $12.
Ellis Paul Paul is a singer-songwriter who began his career in the Boston folk scene and has bridged the gap between traditional folk music and the modern folk sound. 7:30 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $20.
“Cinderella: Once Upon a Time” The Sterling Playmakers perform this musical fairy tale about Cinderella and her Prince Charming. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Sterling Middle School, 201 W. Holly Ave., Sterling. 703-437-6117. www.sterlingplaymakers.com. $12.
Howard Levy A founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, this Grammy Award winner is a master of the diatonic harmonica. With guitarist Chris Siebold. 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 703-938-2404. www.wolftrap.org. $25.
“Mame” BITWC Theater presents the musical set in New York from the Great Depression through World War II. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-554-8889. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $20.
“Crazy Bet: Elizabeth Van Lew” Filmmaker Bert Morgan, currently working on a full-length film about “Crazy Bet,” will present his research on the Civil War spy. Elizabeth Van Lew nursed Union prisoners at Richmond’s Libby Prison and was part of network of Union spies in the Confederate capital. 2 p.m. Historic Blenheim, Civil War Interpretive Center, 3610 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-591-0560. www.fairfaxva.gov. Free.
Edgeworks Dance Theater Formed in 2001, this all-male, predominately African American contemporary dance company breaks down stereotypes about men. 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703-323-088. www.jccnv.org. $27, seniors $22, students with ID $18.
Virginia Grand Military Band concert Band members are current or retired members of the four U.S. service bands or hand-selected musicians. 7:30 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-426-4777. www.vgmb.com. $15, age 17 and younger free, parking $6 (cash only).
“Cyrano de Bergerac” Aquila Theatre performs the 19th-century French play about a romantic — but ugly — man. 8 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $24-$40.
Lez Zeppelin This New York-based, all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band was formed in 2004. 9 p.m. State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church. 703-237-0300. www.thestatetheatre.com. $20 in advance, $22 at the door.
Claude Debussy — Clair de Lune and Beyond A concert with commentary by pianist Jeffrey Siegel. 7 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $19-$38, youth through 12th grade with an adult half-price.
Maybach Music Group tour Rap artists Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Wale unite on stage for the first time. With Machine Gun Kelly. 7:30 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. 703-993-
3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $39.75-$99.75.
Hootenanny, a folk-music party Sing and play with the cast of “Woody Sez: The Words, Music & Spirit of Woody Guthrie.” 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703-537-3000. www.jccnvarts.org. $10, $5 if you bring an instrument.
Chrisette Michele The Grammy-winning R&B singer Chrisette Michele is on track to release her next album, “Better,” in 2013. With jazz singer Alex Boyd. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $59.50.
Christmas at Oatlands Tour Oatlands and see toys and dolls from different eras, historic and handcrafted decorations, greenery and decorated Christmas trees. Events include an art show, theater performances, candlelight tours, centerpiece-making workshops and a gingerbread house contest. 1-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Through Dec. 30. Oatlands Plantation, 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-3174. www.oatlands.org. $12, seniors $10, age 6-16 $8, age 5 and younger free.
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3Formed in 2001, this all-male, predominately African American contemporary dance company breaks down stereotypes about men. Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax. 703-323-088. www.jccnv.org. $27, seniors $22, students with ID $18.