National Cherry Blossom Festival, This week’s highlights include April 5: Party with the artsy at Cherry Blast -April 6: Fireworks light up the Southwest Waterfront -April 13: Japanese Street Festival and National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Festival runs daily through April 14 at various locations around Washington. www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org. Most events are free.
“Animala,” Hobey Ford’s Golden Rod Puppets bring to life animals and insects with puppets, storytelling and detailed scenery. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. 301-277-1710. www.pgparks.com. $3-$4.
Piccadilly Circus, The producers of the Ice Capades present the “fun circus,” featuring animal acts, acrobatics, clowns and more. Thursday and Friday at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1, 3:30 and 6 p.m., Plateau at National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., Oxon Hill. 877-628-5427. www.TheFunCircus.com. $10-$48.
MLK lecture The Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright gives a talk about Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of nonviolence and civil rights leadership. This event is part of the National Conference in Commemoration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture Thursday 5-7 p.m., at Bowie State University, Fine and Performing Arts Center, main stage, 14000 Jericho Park Rd., Bowie. Conference Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at the University’s Center for Learning and Technology. 301-860-3600. www.bowiestate.edu. Free. Registration required for conference.
Former SNL Stars: Jon Lovitz, Chris Kattan and Tim Meadows, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $69.50.
John Scofield John Scofield’s Hollowbody Band also includes Mike Stern, Ben Street and Bill Stewart. 7:30 and 10 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehoward theatre.com. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.
Melvin Jones The jazz trumpeter performs live. 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $12.
Melvin Jones, 8 and 10 p.m., Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $12.Friday, April 5
Rachelle Ferrell, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500. www.birchmere.com. $59.50.
“Never the Sinner,” A pair of murderers go on trial for what they thought would be the perfect crime. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through April 14, 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd., McLean. 703-854-1856. www.1ststagespringhill.org. $25, $15 students.
Incognito, U.K. Jazz-Funk. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $35 In Advance / $40 Day of Show.
Fats Waller Dance Party: Dance Lesson, The creative director and associate choreographer of “FELA!” Maija Garcia teaches a dance class, blending jazz, contemporary dance and Afro-Latin rhythms. 8:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Get Ready! Howard County Fair is April 13. Meet real estate agents, mortgage lenders, housing specialists and county personnel. Learn about buying or renting a home, mortgage programs, incentive programs and more at our signature education sessions. Long Reach High School: 6101 Old Dobbin Lane Columbia, MD 21045. 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. For more information: http://www.howardcountyhousing.com/housing-fair/
Dreaming of a new home? Enter the fair’s housing lottery with a chance to buy a home in Howard County at a substantially reduced price. Deadline for entering is April 10. For more information: http://www.howardcountyhousing.com/housing-fair/housing-lottery/Saturday, April 6
Build /Renovate Your Own Castle, A seminar for current and future homeowners and renters. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. 703-746-4356. www.alexblackhistory.org. Free.
Speaking Wiri, Split This Rock hosts the launch of Dan Vera’s book of poems. 5-7 p.m., Busboys and Poets, 1025 Fifth St. NW. 202-789-2227. www.busboysandpoets.com. Free.
Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion, The New York-based company presents “Pavement,” inspired by urban culture. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, $10 for college students, $18 for children 17 and younger.
“Murder on the Nile” Based on Agatha Christie’s novel, the search is on for the killer after a murder happens aboard a steamer carrying honeymooners Simon Mostyn and his wealthy socialite wife. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through April 28. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. 301-617-9906. www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. $15; seniors, military and students $12. Reservations suggested.
“Stop Kiss” Diana Son’s poignant play follows two friends-turned-lovers, Sara and Callie, whose first kiss causes them to be assaulted and their lives transformed. 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick campus, Flagship Building, Room 119, 115 J.W. Williams Rd., Prince Frederick. 443-550-6000. www.csmd.edu/arts. $5.
Jazz Festival The College of Southern Maryland hosts musicians from across the community on the big stage. Special performance by Solid Brass with guests Pete BarenBregge on sax and the Randy Runyon Trio. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Rd., La Plata. 301-934-2251. www.csmd.edu/Arts. $5 in advance, $7 day of show.
Soulive, 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $20.
“Show Me What You’re Working With!,” A group exhibition by members of The Black Artists of DC. Closes April 6, Brentwood Arts Exchange at Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood. 301-277-2863. arts.pgparks.com.Sunday, April 7
Bell Biv Devoe, Yes, the three New Edition veterans perform “Do Me!” and “BBD (I Thought I Was Me)” and “Above the Rim,” even if everyone really just wants to hear 1990’s “Poison” over and over again. The show starts at 8 p.m. 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $47.40.
Trio Ode, 8 and 10 p.m. Sundays, through April 25, Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $10.
“Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s,” A D.C.-centric show about the city’s graffiti and street art during the rise of the go-go, punk and hardcore music scenes in the 1980s. Closes April 7, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. $10, $8 for students and seniors, free for children 12 and younger.Monday, April 8
The Harmonious Art GroupThe artists exhibit their work in traditional and contemporary Chinese styles at Gaithersburg’s 18th Annual Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting. Through May 19. Bohrer Park Activity Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350. www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.Tuesday, April 9
Fleetwood MacThe Grammy-winning British/American rock band stops in Washington for its North American tour. 8 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $49.50-$149.50.Wednesday, April 10
Diana Krall, 8 p.m., Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100. www.strathmore.org.