“Convenience” at Stage Door Productions (Fredericksburg), FINAL WEEKEND. A musical by Gregg Coffin. “Convenience” is a musical about family, the ties that bind, and the ones we struggle to break. A mother and son learn from their broken past that the promise of a better future is always present, if not elusive.

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“Hairspray,” presented by Loudoun Centre Theatre, at the Franklin Park Arts Center (Purcellville), FINAL WEEKEND. The big musical hit that will sweep you away to 1960’s Baltimore. Queen-sized teen Tracy Turnblad turns her passion for dancing into a spot on the local TV dance program. Transformed into an overnight teen celebrity, Tracy teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration and fair

Pianist Emile Pandolfi, at the Louisa Art Center (Louisa), Fri., Feb 12. Emile performs lush arrangements of standards, Broadway, a dash of classical and new gems as part of a special Valentine’s Day show. Joining Emile’s musical stylings is talented guest vocalist Dana Russell. All ladies receive a rose.

Thomas Jefferson’s Gadgets, at the Woodland Pavilion, David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello (Charlottesville), Sat., Feb. 13. Join Charles Morrill, Monticello guide and woodworker, to hear of Jefferson’s passion for gadgets from folding ladders to orreries. Morrill has replicated a number of such items for Monticello and will have them on hand. Light refreshments provided.

Valentine’s Weekend – Wine and Truffles, at Granite Heights Winery (Warrenton), Sat., Feb. 13. Opened for tastings for a special Valentine’s Day pairing of our wines with our delicious chocolate truffles. Hours are from 1 – 5 p.m. This is the only date we will be open for tastings in February.

Be Mine with Wine: A Special Wine & Dessert Pairing at Keswick Vineyards (Keswick), Sat., Feb. 13. Join us in our wine cellar for this special tasting of Keswick Vineyards wines paired with delicious desserts, then enjoy the romantic setting while savoring a glass of wine by the fireplace on our enclosed porch. $10 for Keswick Vineyards Wine Club Members; $20 for non-members. Please call ahead for reservations (434-244-3341 x105) or email tastingroom@keswickvineyards.com. Walk-ins welcome based upon availability.

Waterford Foundation Valentine’s Sweetheart Ball, at Belmont Country Club (Ashburn), Sat., Feb. 13. Dress up and have a ball in 1940s festive finery to celebrate 73 years of preserving Historic Waterford. Champagne, cocktails, sumptuous dinner, silent and live auctions (of highly prized items), followed by dancing in the Grand Ballroom to the Big Band sounds of the 17-piece Martinsburg Jazz Orchestra.

Portraits of a Marriage: James and Dolley Madison, Presidents’ Weekend at Montpelier (Orange), Sun., Feb.14 at 2 p.m. Have you wondered about James and Dolley Madison’s love life? On Valentine’s Day, Hugh Howard, author of Houses of the Founding Fathers and Mr. And Mrs. Madison’s War: America’s First Couple and the War of 1812, will discuss the couple’s private relationship and public partnership. Grand Salon in the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.


Starr Hill Presents: Dr. John and the Nite Trippers with Red and the Romantics, at The Paramount (Charlottesville), Sun., Feb 14. Legendary Dr. John is a six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, known throughout the world as the embodiment of New Orleans’ musical legacy. A true icon in American culture, who introduced to the world his unique blend of voodoo mysticism, funk, rhythm & blues, psychedelic rock and Creole roots.

“Love is in the Air” with cellist Amit Peled, at Grace Episcopal Church Concert Series (The Plains), Sun., Feb. 14, from 5 – 8 p.m. Israeli cellist Amit Peled, a musician of profound artistry and charismatic stage presence, is acclaimed as one of the most exciting instrumentalists on the concert stage today. Mr. Peled has performed as a soloist with many orchestras and in such world-acclaimed concert halls as Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, New York; Salle Gaveau, Paris; Wigmore Hall, London; Kanzerthaus, Berlin; and Tel Aviv’s Mann Auditorium.

Piedmont Landscape Association Annual Seminar, at The Paramount (Charlottesville), Wed., Feb. 17. This event strives to bring gardening enthusiasts and landscape professionals together in an educational setting. Lectures include: “Planting in a Post-Wild World – Creating Resilient and Thriving Landscapes”; “Designing Plant Communities: The Art and Science of Successful Native Planting”; “To Bee or Not to Bee”; “Surround Yourself with Shady Characters.”