17 things to do this week: Feb. 26-March 4

An art exhibit that uses Venn diagrams to represent the melding of cultures, a St. Patrick’s Day parade and a celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.

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Image courtesy of Barbara Januszkiewicz // Metro Micro Gallery

ART
Halo-Halo
Now-April 7
Named for a well-known dessert in the Philippines, Nico Fertakis’ Halo-Halo employs Venn diagrams to represent the melding of cultures, inspired by her own Filipino-Greek-American heritage. // Metro Micro Gallery: 3409 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

ART
America: From Sea to Shining Sea
Opens Monday; Reception Friday 6-9 p.m.
Artist Carol Waite displays paintings inspired by her childhood years in Asia, employing Asian-influenced techniques yet showcasing American landscapes. // Brush Strokes Gallery: 824 Caroline St., Fredericksburg

MUSIC
Matinee Idylls: Soprano Soiree
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.
For $47, enjoy a salad, salmon, beef medallions, potatoes and bread and butter for lunch before taking in a 1:30 p.m. performance from three noteworthy sopranos. Coffee and dessert will follow the musical matinee. Those not interested in lunch can purchase a $27 ticket that covers the performance admission dessert reception. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas  

SPECIAL EVENT
Daughter of the Struggle: An Evening with Ayana Gregory
Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m.
Honoring her father, civil rights activist Dick Gregory, Ayana Gregory tells his story via songs and stories. The free evening will start with a 30-minute reception followed by an hour-long presentation from 7-8 p.m. // NoVA Manassas’ Colgan Theater: 10950 Campus Drive, Manassas

EDUCATION
Great Lives: George Orwell
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Big Brother. 1984. Though the character and novel made their debut in 1949, the resurgence of the two are as mainstream today as they were shocking back then. In the ongoing Great Lives series at the University of Mary Washington, Michael Shelden discusses the life of author George Orwell, from a volunteer soldier in the Spanish Civil War who was shot in the neck by a sniper bullet to his completion of 1984 just before he died at 46 from tuberculosis. // UMW Dodd Auditorium: 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg

MUSIC
Cherish the Ladies
Wednesday-Thursday, 8-11 p.m.
The Grammy-nominated Irish-American female ensemble fuses music and step dance to deliver an unforgettable performance. With more than 30 years of experience, Cherish the Ladies is hailed as one of the top Celtic groups in the world. // The Barns at Wolf Trap: 1635 Trap Road, Vienna

EDUCATION
Great Lives: Prince Charles
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
The Crown fans should mark this date on their calendars; Sally Bedell Smith will discuss the struggle of writing about this British figure, who has gained more interest of late, as she works through the juxtaposition of Prince Charles’ true character and the stereotypes that surround him. // UMW Dodd Auditorium: 1301 College Ave., Fredericksburg

PERFORMING ARTS
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Thursday-Sunday, Times Vary
Celebrate Women’s History Month with a play centered on jazz great Billie Holiday. Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Iyona Blake revisits one of Holiday’s final performances from 1959. // Creative Cauldron: 410 S. Maple Ave., Falls Church

FOOD + DRINK
Celebrating National Pig Day at Effingham Manor
Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
March 1 is considered National Pig Day, and to celebrate, this winery is offering up pork BBQ sliders and mini BLTs. And in a move perhaps motivated by carnivore guilt, donations and a portion of the event proceeds will benefit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  // 14325 Trotters Ridge Place, Nokesville

HOLIDAY
The Ballyshaners’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday
The streets of Alexandria give way to the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day with parades of dogs, classic cars and this year’s Grand Marshals, Bernadette and Pat Troy, who are founders of the parade and long-time business owners of the Irish Walk. This tradition is in its 37th year and is one of the city’s largest community events. // Downtown Alexandria

FOOD + DRINK
Holi: Festival of Colors
Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate Holi, the Hindu festival of colors, by “throwing colors” (or in this case, rose petals) at Narmada Winery. Wines will be specially priced to pair with an Indian sampler platter, and a local band Anderson Paulson Project will play from 2-5 p.m. // Narmada Winery: 43 Narmada Lane, Amissville

PERFORMING ARTS
LAST CHANCE: Young Abe Lincoln
Saturday, Noon
Before it closes, catch a musical that takes a look at the young man who became one of our nation’s greatest presidents. With book and lyrics by John Allen and music by Jeffrey Lodin, the story is set in the 1830s when Abraham Lincoln was just a farm boy and follows him through his struggle to become a lawyer and politician. // Riverside Center for the Performing Arts: 95 Riverside Parkway, Fredericksburg

FAMILY
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Extravaganza
Saturday, 2-3:30 p.m.
Some of Dr. Seuss’ famous tales are revisited by naturalists at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, and guests are given the chance to interact with live animals and make crafts to carry home. // Hidden Oaks Nature Center: 7701 Royce St., Annandale

MUSIC
Women Composers Over the Centuries: A Piano Recital
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Pianist Sophia Subbayya Vastek celebrates Women’s History Month with works by female composers. Proceeds benefit the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter. // Emmanuel Episcopal Church Parish House: 105 E. Washington St., Middleburg

MUSIC
Silver Jewels
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Part of the Silver Anniversary concert series, this performance stars Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 played by pianist Carlos Ibay. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas  

FOOD + DRINK
Penny Tastings at Tarara Winery
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-Noon
Sampling six Tarara Winery wines costs only 1 cent during an affordable 60-minute weekend special. Pack a lunch—or enjoy a cheese and charcuterie board—and either eat in the bistro area or have yourself a little picnic on the 21+ deck. Saturdays feature live music performances. // Tarara Winery: 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg

EDUCATION
The Feminine Side of Taverns Tour
Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Staff at Gadsby’s Tavern Museum spotlight women with an event honoring Women’s History Month, including 45-minute tours that discuss the roles women played in tavern life and the contributions they made. Tours will happen every hour. // Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria

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