Weekend Guide: Jan. 17-20

THURSDAY 17

Opening Reception — Night; The Railroad: Terron Cooper Sorrells

Join artists and art lovers to celebrate the opening of “Night: The 28th Annual Strathmore Juried Exhibition” and “The Railroad: Terron Cooper Sorrells.” Artists explore nocturnal themes in this year’s juried exhibition. Whether it be the night sky, darkness or the transformative nature of nightfall, Night delves into the beauty, mystery, and sometimes phobic qualities of the hours from dusk to dawn. FREE, 7 p.m., Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.

School of Rock the Musical

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. $64-$104, 7:30 p.m., National Theatre Washington, D.C.

FRIDAY 18

Peter Pan: Presented by the Vienna Theatre Company

This is not your grandmother’s Peter Pan. Based on the original J.M. Barrie script, Peter (formerly known as Petra), will be portrayed as a girl by a female actress. The dynamics change, but the story remains the same. It will awaken memories in adults and create them in children. When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Ones, loses her shadow, the headstrong Wendy helps her to reattach it. In return, Wendy and her brothers are invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell, the fairy, the Lost Ones and the vengeful Captain Hook await. $14, 8 p.m., Vienna Theatre Company, Vienna, VA.

School of Rock the Musical

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. $64-$104, 8 p.m., National Theatre Washington, D.C.

SATURDAY 19

Reading to Dogs

Practice reading aloud while you make a new friend by reading to a therapy dog at the library. Reading to dogs helps young readers improve their skills in a relaxed, friendly environment. Bring your own book or read one of theirs. For readers in grades K-5. Free, 11 a.m., Dale City Neighborhood Library, 4249 Dale Blvd, Dale City, VA.

Parent & Me Class: Winter Wonderland Cupcakes at Fran’s Cake and Candy Supplies

Learn how to work with fondant and create six Woodland fondant cupcake toppers. Each team will receive six cupcakes ready to be decorated with a buttercream swirl and their fondant toppers. Toppers include: owls, foxes, acorns and deer. The workshop will include a box to take the cupcakes home in. Ticket includes admission for both parent and child. Ages 4-9. $90, 11 a.m., 10927 Main St., Fairfax, VA.

Face Painting, Fun and Brews at VANISH

Join Miss Angela, the “Flower Cart Face Painter” at VANISH Brewery in Lucketts, VA for some family fun including face painting, henna, glitter tattoos and more. Enjoy live music, great barbecue and for the adults, enjoy some delicious VANISH beer. Noon, VANISH Brewery, Leesburg, VA.

SUNDAY 20

Shen Yun

Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. $85+, 1 p.m., George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, Fairfax, VA.

We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Hear the compelling words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr. interwoven with incredible music created by African-American artists during the Civil Rights movement in this inspired production. Conceived and created by the accomplished musical artist Damien Sneed, “We Shall Overcome” blends actual recordings of Dr. King’s speeches with music from African-American traditions, tying together a lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. $26-$44, 3 p.m., Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir, Manassas, VA.

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