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Thursday/May 8

"Brave New World" with the Woodson High School Theater Department. 7:30 p.m., weekends through May 10 at the Woodson Auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. $6 pre-sale and online, $8 at the door, $5 seniors. Call 703-503-4759 or visit www.wtwdrama.org.

Don Cobert, through May 10 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Death Angel, God Forbid, Arsis, Soilent Green, Light This City, Live to Die, Adversary. All ages. $18 in advance, $20 day of. 6:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Friday/May 9

"Les Misérables," Robinson Secondary School’s spring musical, combines the music and drama departments. Tickets are $10, visit www.RobinsonDrama.org. For information, call 703-426-2123. Performances are 7:30 p.m. at the school, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, weekends May 1-10.

Concert. The Cure performs 8 p.m. at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, Fairfax. $57.50. Tickets at Ticketmaster outlets, Patriot Center box office, at www.ticketmaster.com or at 703-573-SEAT.

Art Notes Series. Lorton Arts Workhouse presents pianist Lynne Mackey 6:30 p.m., with wine and gourmet dinner, at Madigan's Waterfront, 201 Mill St., Occoquan. Tickets: call Kevin Sheehan at 703-495-0001 or e-mail kevinsheehan@lortonarts.org.

"Brave New World" with the Woodson High School Theater Department. 7:30 p.m., weekends through May 10 at the Woodson Auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. $6 pre-sale and online, $8 at the door, $5 seniors. Call 703-503-4759 or visit www.wtwdrama.org.

Don Cobert, through May 10 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 N. Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Special Promotions Night: Split, Jealousy Curve, Dreaming of Eden, Not-Liable, Bitter, Olympus Shall Burn, Another Empty Box. Ages 18 and up, no exceptions. $10 in advance, $12 day of. 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Ponderings – Romp in the Swamp. Explore the Peeper Swamp with a naturalist, net and identify what you find. Dress to get muddy. $5 each, reservations required. 4-5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588.

Saturday/May 10

"Les Misérables," Robinson Secondary School’s spring musical, combines the music and drama departments. Tickets are $10, visit www.RobinsonDrama.org. For information, call 703-426-2123. Performances are 7:30 p.m. at the school, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax, weekends May 1-10.

Masterworks 6. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs Debussy, Bruch and Prokofiev 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. See www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

"Brave New World" with the Woodson High School Theater Department. 7:30 p.m., weekends through May 10 at the Woodson Auditorium, 9525 Main St., Fairfax. $6 pre-sale and online, $8 at the door, $5 seniors. Call 703-503-4759 or visit www.wtwdrama.org.

Don Cobert at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Baby Jayne, Bloodlines, Hate the Day. Ages 21 and up. $20 in advance, $23 day of. 8 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Tree Preservation Workday with the Invasive Management Area volunteers. Learn to identify native and non-native plants. Participants under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. 10 a.m.-noon at Accotink Creek. Call 703-324-8681.

Walk with a Naturalist. See what animals are out and about in May. Canceled if rain. Free, but reservations required. 10:30 a.m.-noon at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588.

Can You Canoe? Beginners ages 8 and older will learn the basics of canoeing with an emphasis on safety and enjoyment. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Canoes and life jackets provided, bring water bottle and snack. $10 per person. 1-3 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 703-569-3464.

Sunday/May 11

Mother’s Day.

Meet the Artist. Linda Larochelle and her exhibit, ‘In My Arms,’ 1-4 p.m. at The Loft Gallery, 313 Mill St., Occoquan. Show is on display through June 2. 703-490-1117.

Karaoke at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Mother’s Day Cruise. Listen to an interpretive history of the park, lake and surrounding area on a cruise on Lake Accotink, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 703-569-3464. Refreshments served. Prepaid reservations required: $4 for moms and children, $7 for adults, free for babies riding on laps. Cruises leave the dock at 12 noon, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Monday/May 12

Nature at Mason Neck. Come learn what nature has to offer at Mason Neck State Park. Ages 6-12. 4-4:45 p.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton, 703-339-7385.

Open Mic at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Thursday/May 15

Golf Tournament. Lorton Arts Workhouse Classic golf tournament is 9 a.m., at Laurel Hill Golf Club, 8701 Laurel Crest Drive, Lorton. Registration 8 a.m. Call 703-517-4548 or 703-495-0001 or see www.lortonarts.org.

Rocky Gutterman, through May 17 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Friday/May 16

Rocky Gutterman, through May 17 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Dying Fetus, Sworn Enemy, Origin, Thy Will Be Done, Fallen Martyr, Headache, Suffer No More. All ages. $15 in advance, $18 day of. 6:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Nature Night Hike. Nighttime stroll over wooden terrain and look for nightlife. Participants will learn about nocturnal activities of forest residents. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. Hike is appropriate for children 7 and older. $5 per adult, $3 for children under 16, prepaid reservations required. Meet at the Visitors Center Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 703-569-3464.

Ponderings – Scavengers. A naturalist unveils the strange world and diet of scavengers. $4 per person, prepaid reservations required. 4-5 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588.

Saturday/May 17

Arthritis Walk. The Arthritis Foundation’s signature event features a three-mile and one-mile course at Robinson Secondary School, 5035 Sideburn Road, Fairfax. Registration is 9 a.m. and walks are 10 a.m. For more see http://arthritiswalk.kintera.org/fairfax.

Rocky Gutterman at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Battle of the Bands with more than 15 groups. All ages. Noon at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Joint Concerts by Messiah and Aldersgate United Methodist Churches, featuring Rutter’s Manificat and smaller works. Two performances: 3 p.m. at Messiah UMC, 6215 Rolling Road, Springfield, 703-569-9862 and 8 p.m. at Aldersgate UMC, 1301 Collingwood Road, Alexandria, 703-765-6555.

Big Band Dinner Auction with the West Springfield High School Band boosters, including live music, silent auction and games. 6 p.m. at the school cafeteria, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Admission includes dinner and is $20 for adults, $10 for children 5-12. Visit www.wshsband.org/auction.

Nature Nook with a Book – Reptile Love. Hidden Pond’s naturalist presents a free, all-ages program about reptiles. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce St., Springfield. For reservations, call 703-451-8055.

World Children’s Choir seasonal concert featuring selections from Mozart’s "The Magic Flute" and music from Austria, Canada, China, Korea, Italy, Japan, Turkey and the United States. 7 p.m. at the Ernest Cultural Center Theater, NOVA Community College, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for children, students and seniors. Visit www.WorldChildrensChoir.org or call 703-883-0920.

Sunday/May 18

Karaoke at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 N. Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Up In Smoke Fest featuring A Life Once Lost and others. Rescheduled from May 4. All ages. 1 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Monday/May 19

Art in Lorton. Learn about Lorton’s Workhouse Arts Center. View a sideshow on the former Lorton Prison site’s history and hear about the artist studios, art gallery, events center, museum, restaurants and more. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway, Lorton, 703-339-7385.

Open Mic at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Candlemass, Daylight Dies, Twister Tower Dire, Withersoul, Wisteria. All ages. $25 in advance, $28 day of. 7:30 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Tuesday/May 20

Shapes and Sizes. Stories, Activities and a craft. Age 2-5 with adult. 10:30 a.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Highway., Lorton, 703-339-7385.

Spring Concert by the West Springfield High School Band, 7:30 p.m. at the school, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Free. Additional concert Wednesday. Visit www.wshsband.org.

Wednesday/May 21

Book Club. "The Mayor of Casterbridge" by Thomas Hardy. Adults. 7:30 p.m. at the Lorton Library 9520 Richmond Hwy., Lorton, 703-339-7385.

Scum of the Earth, Ekotren, Rikets. All ages. $12 in advance, $14 day of. 7 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Spring Concert by the West Springfield High School Band, 7:30 p.m. at the school, 6100 Rolling Road, Springfield. Free. Additional concert Tuesday. Visit www.wshsband.org.

Thursday/May 22

Jack Hidle, through May 24 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Friday/May 23

Jack Hidle, through May 24 at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Ponderings – Pond Explorations. Net tadpoles and other critters and watch a Mondo Pondo presentation. Dress to get messy. $5 per person, reservations required. 4-5:30 p.m. at Hidden Pond Nature Center, 8511 Greeley Blvd., Springfield, 703-451-9588.

Saturday/May 24

Jack Hidle at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

MAYHEM show featuring 10 bands. All ages. $10 in advance, $12 day of. 2 p.m. at Jaxx Night Club, 6355 Rolling Road, Springfield. Tickets available at the club or through Ticketmaster. Call 703-569-5940 or visit www.jaxxroxx.com.

Sunset Cruise. Admire the sunset and relax cruising the lake shoreline. An interpretive history of the park and area is included. Beverages served on board. $5 per person, reservations required. 7:30 p.m. at Lake Accotink Park, 7500 Accotink Park Road, Springfield, 703-569-3464.

Sunday/May 25

Karaoke at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Monday/May 26

Open Mic at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Wednesday/May 28

An Evening of Jazz 2008: Jazz Through the Decades at South County Secondary School, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. 6:15 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. performance. $8 per person for dinner and show, pre-order only. $3 for dessert and show with admittance at 6:45 p.m. Hosted by the SCSS Band Boosters. Visit www.southcountyarts.org.

Thursday/May 29

Springfield Days Festival. This annual community celebration has expanded to four days of family fun, featuring a parade through downtown Springfield, children’s rides and games, food, an art show, an entertainment stage, outdoor movie and more. Burger King Family Festival with Children’s Rides and Games, 4-9 p.m. at the Springfield Mall. Visit www.springfielddays.com.

Friday/May 30

Springfield Days Festival. This annual community celebration has expanded to four days of family fun, featuring a parade through downtown Springfield, children’s rides and games, food, an art show, an entertainment stage, outdoor movie and more. Burger King Family Festival with Children’s Rides and Games, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. at the Springfield Mall; Old-fashioned barbecue at American Legion Post 176, 5-9 p.m. Visit www.springfielddays.com.

Saturday/May 31

Car, Truck and Motorcycle show to benefit the South County Secondary School Automotive Tech Center. Show includes all make/models of cars, trucks and motorcycles, as well as a chili cook-off and automotive flea market. Early registration by May 15 is $5-$15 in different categories, day-of registration is 9 a.m.-noon. Event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the school, 8501 Silverbrook Road, Lorton. Visit www.southcountycarshow.org or contact frank.cannon@fcps.edu or scott.saylor@fcps.edu.

Springfield Days Festival. This annual community celebration has expanded to four days of family fun, featuring a parade through downtown Springfield, children’s rides and games, food, an art show, an entertainment stage, outdoor movie and more. Events 9 a.m.-11 p.m., for a full list visit www.springfielddays.com.

Sunday/June 1

Karaoke at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Springfield Days Festival. This annual community celebration has expanded to four days of family fun, featuring a parade through downtown Springfield, children’s rides and games, food, an art show, an entertainment stage, outdoor movie and more. Events 10 a.m.-11 p.m., for a full list visit www.springfielddays.com.

Monday/June 2

Open Mic at Kate’s Irish Pub, 6131 North Backlick Road, Springfield. Call 703-866-0860 or visit www.katesirishpub.com.

Thursday/June 12

George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) announces the first Mason Festival of the Arts June 12-29 on GMU’s Fairfax campus, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. This three-week festival includes performances by Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, The Fairfax Choral Society, the Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra and the World Children’s Choir. Ticket prices vary. Tickets: 888-945-2468, www.tickets.com. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa.

Saturday/June 14

Concert. The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra performs "Dream of America" with Theatre of the First Amendment actors 8 p.m. at the George Mason University Center for the Arts Concert Hall, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax. See www.gmu.edu/cfa or www.fairfaxsymphony.org.

Saturday/June 21

Civil War Bus Tour. The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society hosts a tour through northern Virginia’s Civil War history, starting 8:30 a.m. at the Truro Rectory, 10520 Main St., Fairfax. Led by Don Hakenson and Gregg Dudding with Thomas Evans. E-mail dhakenson@cox.net, wdudding@cox.net or call 703-971-4984 to register.