“Dogwood” is one of Carie Cole’s watercolors on display as part of her “Joy of Spring” exhibit at the Loft Gallery in Occoquan, through April 5. (Carie Cole/Carie Cole)
THU 05

“Doubt: A Parable” City of Fairfax Theatre Company presents the Pulitzer-winning play about a nun who suspects a priest of sexual abuse. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 15. Main Street Marketplace, 3950 University Dr., Fairfax City. www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org. $17 in advance,$20 at the door.

Gaelic Storm The Celtic band released a greatest-hits album, “Full Irish,” last year. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.

“Much Ado About Nothing” Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is reimagined without words in 1950s Las Vegas. Thursday-Saturday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 22. Synetic Theater, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. 866-811-4111. www.synetictheater.org. $45-$55, seniors $40-$50, students $15-$20.

FRI 06

“Dream On” Local artists use various media to explore their dreams. Opening reception 7- 9 p.m. Through March 29. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827. www.thedelrayartisans.org. Free.

SingStrong A Cappella Festival The weekend includes high school and collegiate singing competitions as well as concerts by professional groups. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association and local music programs. Friday-Sunday, see Web site for schedule. South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston. 888-893-4323. www.singstrong.org. $15-$35.

Washington Antiquarian Book Fair The 49th annual event features rare books, manuscripts, autographs, maps, book appraisals and bookbinding demonstrations. Friday 5-9 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Holiday Inn Rosslyn, 1900 N. Fort Myer Dr., Arlington. 202-363-4999. www.wabf.com. Friday and Saturday $14, Saturday only $8, Saturday only for students and librarians $6.

“Around the World in Eighty Days” VSA Arts of Loudoun County presents the musical based on the 1873 novel by Jules Verne. Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., through March 15. Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, 36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville. 540-338-7973. www.franklinparkartscenter.org. $15, seniors and students $10.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” Prince William Little Theatre’s musical focuses on the last week of Jesus’s life. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., through March 22. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Gregory Family Theater, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 703-993-7759. www.hyltoncenter.org. $25; seniors, military and students $20; children $15.

Tony Deyo The stand-up comedian headlines the Cool Cow Comedy show hosted by Rahmein Mostafavi. 8 p.m. Workhouse Arts Center, McGuireWoods Gallery, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. www.workhousearts.org. $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

SAT 07

St. Patrick’s Day Parade The 34th annual celebration features Irish dance schools, bagpipe bands, Alexandria community groups and more. There will also be car and dog shows in the neighborhood before the parade. 12:30 p.m. Old Town Alexandria, King and Alfred streets, Alexandria. 703-746-3301. www.ballyshaners.org. Free.

“Joy of Spring” An exhibit of watercolors by Carie Cole. Artist reception 1-4 p.m. Through April 5. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. www.loftgallery.org. Free.

The Short Hill Mountain Boys John Bestwick and Sam Kroiz blend bluegrass with Cajun, traditional country and folk. 2-5 p.m. Notaviva Vineyards, 13274 Sagle Rd., Purcellville. 540-668-6756. www.notavivavineyards.com/events. Free.

Peter Mayer The folk singer-songwriter performs as part of the Focus Music Mount Vernon concert series. With Doug Alan Wilcox. 7 p.m. St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 8531 Riverside Rd., Alexandria. 703-380-3151. www.focusmusic.org. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

SUN 08

Tango Buenos Aires: “Song of Eva Perón” Through dance and song, the ensemble portrays the life of Argentina’s first lady. 4 p.m. Hylton Performing Arts Center, Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas. 888-945-2468. www.hyltoncenter.org. $29-$48; youth $14.50-$24.

Jeffrey Siegel The pianist presents “Torment and Triumph: The Romantic Music of Franz Liszt,” a Keyboard Conversations program featuring Liszt’s “Ave Maria,” “Mephisto Waltz” and Piano Sonata. 7 p.m. George Mason University, Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Dr., Fairfax. 888-945-2468. cfa.gmu.edu. $24-$40, half-price tickets for students through 12th grade.

MON 09

Jesse Cook The Canadian guitarist combines flamenco rumba with jazz and other world music. 7:30 p.m. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $35.

TUE 10

Spelman College Glee Club and Jazz Ensemble The performance is part of the Atlanta collegiate musicians’ spring tour. 7 p.m. George Washington Masonic National Memorial, 101 Callahan Dr., Alexandria. 404-270-5501. 703-683-2007. www.gwmemorial.org. Free.

“Soon” As all the water in the world evaporates, a woman holes up in her house to wait out the end. Book, music and lyrics by local actor Nick Blaemire. Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m., through April 26. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org. $40-$95.

Celebration Singers The choral group performs its spring concert, “Love Is in the Air.” 7:30 p.m. Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Dr., Lake Ridge. 703-583-4422. www.celebrationsingersva.org. Free.

WED 11

Buckwheat Zydeco The Grammy-winning Louisiana icon recently launched a YouTube video series, “Buckwheat’s World.” 8 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Rd., Vienna. 877-965-3872. www.wolftrap.org. $28.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane

‘Joy of Spring’

3An exhibit of watercolors by Carie Cole. Artist reception Saturday 1-4 p.m. Through April 5. Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. 703-490-1117. www.loftgallery.org. Free.