“Up Close & Too Personal” This exhibit of Suzanne Vigil’s colored pencil portraits portrays individuals at unexpected moments. Reception Thursday 6:30-8 p.m. Through Jan. 7. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Art League Gallery, Room 21, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-1780. theartleague.org. Free.
Yuri Gorbachev exhibit Yuri Gorbachev’s oil and enamel paintings reflect the Russian culture of his boyhood, including folk celebrations, street fairs, circuses, snowy winter landscapes, czars of the Romanov dynasty and the ancient tradition of Russian Orthodox icon painting. Through Dec. 30. Byrne Gallery, 7 W. Washington St., Middleburg. 540-687-6986. www.byrnegallery.com. Free.
“Can’t Stop Singing” In this Sesame Street Live show, the street’s residents can’t stop singing after Elmo uses Abby Cadabby’s magic wand. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 4:30 p.m. George Mason University, Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Cir., Fairfax. 202-397-7328. 703-993-3000. www.patriotcenter.com. $15-$45.
“A Stan Kenton Christmas” The U.S. Army All-Brass Big Band will perform this annual holiday concert featuring Stan Kenton’s music. 7:30 p.m. Fort Myer, Brucker Hall, 400 McNair Rd., Arlington. 703-696-3399. www.usarmyband.com. Free.
Tiffany Thompson This is a CD release show of the pop, Americana and jazz music on Thompson’s about-to-be released album, “One Voice.” With Gideon Grove. 8:30 p.m. Iota Club & Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340. www.iotaclubandcafe.com. $10.
Del Ray Artisans Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market This is the final weekend of the Holiday Market featuring handmade items from local artists, including pottery, ceramics, photography, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts and glass. There will also be a bake sale and a special area for kids to shop on their own. Friday 6-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-501-1736. www.thedelrayartisans.org. Free.
“A Catie Curtis Christmas” This singer-songwriter from Boston has performed holiday shows at the White House. 7 p.m. Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Ave. E., Vienna. 703-255-1566. www.jamminjava.com. $20.
Four Bitchin’ Babes Sally Fingerett, Deirdre Flint and locals Debi Smith and Marcy Marxer are all accomplished and seasoned musician-actress-comediennes who bring their humor and harmonies to their holiday show, “Jingle Babes!” Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.
“The Nutcracker” Loudoun Ballet Company will perform its 23rd annual full-length holiday favorite. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 4:30 p.m. Potomac Falls High School, 46400 Algonkian Pkwy., Sterling. 571-442-4238. www.loudounballet.org. $25, seniors and age 12 and younger $17.
Manassas Ballet Theatre The seasonal favorite “The Nutcracker” is performed by this professional ballet company. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $35-$55.
Choralis The Classical Brass Quintet and Echos vocal ensemble will join the 100-person mixed-voice chorus to present holiday works with a candlelight procession and audience carol singalong. 8 p.m. The Falls Church Episcopal, 115 E. Fairfax Dr., Falls Church. 703-237-2499. www.choralis.org. $30-$55.
Civil War Christmas This family event features costumed interpreters, period music and a Civil War-era Santa in his handmade, festive suit. Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Leesylvania State Park, 2001 Daniel K. Ludwig Dr., Woodbridge. 703-583-6904. www.dcr.virginia.gov. $2, families $6.
“Nutcracker in a Nutshell” The Ballet Arts Ensemble of Fairfax presents a family-friendly, shortened version of the classic ballet. Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Northern Virginia Community College, Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 3001 N. Beauregard St., Alexandria. 703-273-5344. 703-845-6156. www.nvcc.edu/schlesingercenter. www.thecenterforballetarts.com. $22.
“A Victorian Christmas Music Hall” This holiday variety show, by Maryland Renaissance performers, is set in the 1890s and features music and acts that Victorians would have enjoyed. Saturday at 7:30, Sunday at 5 p.m. The Comedy Spot, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-486-4242. www.comedyindc.com. $30.
“Clever Rachel” This Children’s Theater production, set in the late 1800s, is about a girl and boy in a Polish village who face off to determine who is the smartest child. 1 and 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia, 8900 Little River Tpk., Fairfax. 703-323-0880. www.jccnv.org. $15, children and students $8.
Virginia Bronze Handbell Ensemble This concert of English handbell ringing features music celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and winter fun. 4 p.m. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 888-824-2541. 703-683-2007. www.vabronze.org. www.gwmemorial.org. $10, seniors $8, students $5, families $20.
National Chamber Ensemble This classical holiday concert by the National Chamber Ensemble, with oboist Joseph DeLuccio and violinist Rimma Sushanskaya, features works by Bach followed by singalong carols. 4:30 p.m. Spectrum Theatre at Artisphere, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 703-875-1100. www.artisphere.com. $28, students $15.
A Leahy Family Christmas The family of musicians and dancers performs Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. 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. $25-$50, youth through 12th grade with an adult half price.
Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker These two solo artists collaborated on a new holiday album, “The Hymns of Christmas.” 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $25.
Holiday Follies This holiday-themed cabaret features a lineup of guest performers and Signature’s artists. Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., Dec. 22 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Dec. 23 at 2 and 7 p.m. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. $40.
Moscow Ballet A cast of 40 dancers performs “Great Russian Nutcracker,” the Christmas classic in the Russian company’s 20th season touring North America. Wednesday and Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-993-8888. cfa.gmu.edu. $28-$125.
Ahn Trio Chamber music is redefined by Korean-born sisters Maria (on cello), Lucia (on piano) and Angella (on violin), who were all educated at Juilliard in New York City. 8 p.m. CenterStage, Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Rd., Reston. 703-476-4500. www.restoncommunitycenter.com. $15-$30.
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3The family of musicians and dancers performs Celtic melodies and Christmas carols. Sunday at 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. $25-$50, youth through 12th grade with an adult half price.