22 things to do this week: March 12-18

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, NOVA Labs’ fifth annual Maker Faire and performance of ‘Cinderella’ by the Moscow Festival Ballet.

Photo courtesy of Visit Alexandria

PERFORMING ARTS
Shen Yun
Monday-Wednesday, Times Vary
Experience the beauty of classical Chinese dance with Shen Yun. The New York-based production keeps traditional Chinese culture alive by exploring 5,000 years of civilization. // GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall: 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax

ART EXHIBITS
Renewal
Opens Tuesday
With the Vernal Equinox on the horizon, the spring season is celebrated at this Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery show. Spring is touted as a time of fresh starts, with dawn arriving earlier, leaves and flowers emerging, and birds returning from winter migrations. // Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery: 105 N. Union St., Studio 29, Alexandria

FOOD + DRINK
Trivia Night: Are You Smarter Than a Catholic Sister?
Tuesday, 6:30-9 p.m.
In a tribute to National Catholic Sisters Week, trivia night at this Irish pub will include bonus rounds about some of the more devout among us. // Ireland’s Four Courts: 2051 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

LECTURE
Great Lives: Coco Chanel
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Was there a greater force in the world of fashion than Coco Chanel? With a lecture led by Rhonda Garelick, learn about this fashion icon, from her start in life as an orphan to her popularizing the little black dress and the mark she made on the fashion industry. The lecture will also delve into the controversy of a romantic relationship she had with a German diplomat during World War II. // University of Mary Washington: Dodd Auditorium, Fredericksburg

MUSIC
The Zombies
Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.
Legendary British rock band The Zombies is bringing its latest tour to the area. Six decades after Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone first formed what would later become one of the greatest bands of all time to emerge from the group-heavy 1960s and ’70s, The Zombies released its latest album Still Got That Hunger in 2015. // The Birchmere: 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria

FOOD + DRINK
Pi Day Pie Celebration
Wednesday, 3 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Pi Day, 3.14, than with a slice of pie? The Sully Historic Site will offer slices of pie baked by 18th-century historical interpreters, who will discuss the history and significance of the notorious number. // Sully Historic Site: 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly

HOLIDAY
Irish Dance Program & Lego Club
Wednesday, 4-5 p.m.
Lego pros can enjoy a special session of Lego Club this week when the Southern Academy of Irish Dance performs during Lego free play. // Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton Branch: 11 Winchester St., Warrenton

SPECIAL EVENT
Book Binding Workshop
Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m.
Forget Moleskine. Make your own journal in this workshop, featuring Val Lucas of Bowerbox Press. Choose from maps or ornate paper for your cover and craft a journal for either text or sketches. // Penny Post: 1201 King St., Alexandria

SPECIAL EVENT
Crosshairs Garage Race
Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.
What can you do in a garage besides park? Throw on a helmet and hop on a bike. In Crystal City’s Crosshairs Garage Races, compete for prizes and gather with friends for a post-race drink at the garage pop-up bar. // 201 12th St. S., G4 Level, Arlington

LITERATURE
The Radical Element Launch Party
Thursday, 7-8 p.m.
Learn about new release The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes & Other Dauntless Girls at a book discussion and wine tasting event. Editor Jessica Spotswood and young-adult authors will be on hand. // One More Page Books: 2200 N. Westmoreland St. #101, Arlington

ART
Fredericksburg Fine Art Show
Friday-Sunday, Times Vary
This weekend, cease a free opportunity to browse the artistic craft of more than 80 local artists as they display their works ranging from paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media and more. // Dorothy Hart Community Center: 408 Canal St., Fredericksburg

PERFORMING ARTS
Cinderella
Friday, 8 p.m.
The Moscow Festival Ballet brings 50 of its most talented dancers to Northern Virginia to perform this ballet based on the favorite tale of the horribly mistreated stepdaughter. Take advantage of special event-night features, such as princess-themed beverages and a photo booth. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas

PERFORMING ARTS
Tuesdays with Morrie
Opens Friday, 8 p.m.
In this play based on the Mitch Albom book, a sports columnist recalls his visits with sociology professor Morrie Schwartz (Brandeis University) as he was dying from ALS. Albom was a former student of Schwartz’s but hadn’t communicated with the professor since college. // Hylton Performing Arts Center: 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas

HOLIDAY
St. Patty’s Day Swing! featuring the Silver Tones
Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
This St. Patrick’s Day celebration will feature a free dance lesson by swing instructor Valerie Pyle and live music from swing band Silver Tones. There will be a raffle with the chance to win prizes, and all proceeds will benefit the Kettle Run High School band program. // Kettle Run High School: 7403 Academic Ave., Nokesville

HOLIDAY
0.5K Couch Potato Run
Saturday, 9 a.m.
You read that right: 0.5K. This is a race anyone can be part of. The only requirement: Don your best St. Patrick’s Day costume as you do any mode of body movement down main street. After the “race,” take part in a Kegs and Eggs breakfast buffet that is included in the entry fee. // Adventure Brewing: 3300 Dill Smith Drive, Fredericksburg

HOLIDAY
St. Patrick’s Day Party at Ned Devine’s
Saturday, 10 a.m.
Grab some party favors and dance along to four live music performances (a ’90s tribute band among them) on Ned’s 1,200-square-foot dance floor. The Boyle School of Irish Dance may show you a thing or two through three periodic performances. // 2465 Centreville Road, Herndon

HOLIDAY
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival
Saturday, Noon-4 p.m.
This traditional parade will include fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching bands, Irish dancers, horses and more. The 16th Annual Jeff Fitzpatrick St. Patrick’s Day Parade will conclude at A. Smith Bowman Distillery, and the festival will start with local vendors, food trucks, live music, entertainment and more.  // Adventure Brewing: 1 Bowman Drive, Fredericksburg

HOLIDAY
St. Patrick’s Day Tea at Oatlands
Saturday, 1-3 p.m.
Celebrate the day of the Irish with a blend of black tea with calendula, scones, tea sandwiches and desserts. While it is not the traditional pint usually thrown back on St. Patrick’s Day, this afternoon tea is a tradition at the historic plantation. // Oatlands Historic House and Gardens: 20850 Oatlands Plantation Lane, Leesburg

HOLIDAY
Irish Whiskey and Fare Cooking Class
Saturday, 2-4 p.m.
Make St. Patrick’s Day a day of learning as you sip on whiskey and learn the traditional techniques of preparing an Irish feast. At the Salamander Resort and Spa’s Cooking Studio, you’ll be trained in making Irish favorites like beer-battered fish, homemade bangers and mash, and more. // Salamander Resort and Spa: 500 N. Pendleton St., Middleburg

FAMILY
Harlem Globetrotters
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
Take the whole family to witness the magic of the Harlem Globetrotters, a word-traveling basketball team that makes the game a truly interactive experience. // GMU EagleBank Arena: 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax

HOLIDAY
The Ballyshaners’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday: Fun Dog Show, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Parade, 1:30 p.m.
The streets of Alexandria give way to the festivities of the 37th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, featuring bands, Irish dancers 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. Don’t miss the Fun Dog Show that precedes the parade and supports the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. // Downtown Alexandria

FESTIVALS & SPECIAL EVENTS
Maker Faire NoVA
Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Engineers, artists, crafters and scientists are setting up shop at George Mason University for NOVA Labs’ fifth annual Maker Faire, where patrons can chat with area residents who are taking DIY to a whole new level. Participants will show off their inventions, and the event menu includes hands-on activities, demonstrations and workshops. // George Mason University: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax

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