A round-up of events happening in and around D.C. through mid July.
“African Cosmos: Stellar Arts,” Ninety works illustrating the historical legacy of African cultural astronomy. Ends Dec. 9. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4600.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, In past years, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival has highlighted cultures from all corners of the Earth from Colombia to Bhutan and Mali to Appalachia. This year, the festival looks closer to home, teaming up with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum to focus on identity and community in Anacostia. Other programs are dedicated to the AIDS Quilt and the 150th anniversary of the USDA and land-grant universities nationwide. Through Sunday, National Mall, between Eighth and 14th streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.festival.si.edu.
Maryland Science Center program, featuring “brain bender” activities. 2 p.m., New Carrollton Library, 7414 Riverdale Rd., New Carrollton. Free. 301-459-6900.
X-Factor, The DC-based funk, R&B band performs. 6:30 p.m. Performances every Thursday through Aug. 31, The Boulevard at the Capital Centre, Capital Centre Boulevard and Arena Drive., Largo. . 301-324-0514 or http://www.x-factorband.com/.
Nationals, vs. the San Francisco Giants. 7:05 p.m., Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.
“Bachelorette,” Prior to their friend’s wedding, three unhappy women indulge in champagne, cocaine and being catty. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $35-$69. 202-332-3300.
“Sleuth,” A husband engages in a battle of wits with his wife’s other lover. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. $39-$54, $34-$49 seniors and children. 301-924-3400.
“Spring Awakening,” The rock musical examines adolescent angst and teenage sexuality. Presented by Keegan Theatre. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $40, $35 seniors and students. 703-892-0202.Friday, July 6
Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival, In honor of the election year, the popular annual film festival just across the river from Georgetown dedicates itself to Hollywood’s political oeuvre, from gripping dramas such as “All the President’s Men” to the light and fluffy “Election” and “Dick.” Begins at dusk Fridays through Aug. 24, Gateway Park, Lee Highway and North Lynn Street, Arlington. Free. 703-276-7759 or www.rosslynva.org/play/calendar/film-festival.
“Romeo and Juliet,” Michael Hartsfield directs the Shakespeare tragedy about young lovers from feuding families. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel. $15; age 18 and younger and seniors, $13. 301-617-9906, Ext. 2 or www.laurelmillplayhouse.org.
Movies on the PotomacPart of the Date Night Fridays series, this week’s outdoor movie selection is “Dirty Dancing.” 8:30 p.m. Continues every Friday through Sept. 28. National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. 877-628-5427. www.nationalharbor.com. Free.Saturday, July 7
“If You Give A Moose A Muffin,” The sequel to “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” features a hungry moose who sets of a chain of events when he requests a muffin. 11 a.m., 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 10:30 a.m. Monday, through Sept. 2. Glen Echo Park, Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $18. 301-634-2270.
University Park computer classes, learn basic skills. Sponsored by On Our Own of Prince George’s County. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 6513 Queens Chapel Rd., University Park. Free, registration requested. Frances Kemper, administrative assistant, 301-699-8939.
Raising sheep: meat, dairy and wool, an in-depth class on raising sheep on a small scale, the strategies for raising and managing them as a small-scale producer and as a homesteader. 1:30-3:30 p.m., The Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. $40. 301-283-2113.
“The Normal Heart,” George C. Wolfe directs the Larry Kramer play about a tight-knit group of friends that refuses to let doctors, politicians and the press ignore the truth about an unspoken epidemic. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, show runs through July 29, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$94. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.
New Releases Choreographer’s Showcase, Dance Place’s annual curated showcase features some of the best new works by established and emerging choreographers. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22, $17 seniors, $10 students, $8 ages 17 and younger. 202-269-1600.Sunday, July 8
Coldplay, Robyn, Wolf Gang, 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $46.50-$107. 202-628-3200. http://verizoncenter.com/
“The Music Man,” A con man turns his life around by convincing a small town to battle trouble caused by a pool hall with a boys’ band. 7:30 p.m., show runs through July 22, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$91, subject to change, based on availability. 202-488-3300. http://www.arenastage.org/Monday, July 9
“Securing the Blessings of Liberty,” Learn how African Americans survived and helped end slavery while working to shape the world as we know it today.10 a.m.-4 p.m. , Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe St., Alexandria. $2. 703-746-4356. http://alexandriava.gov/BlackHistory
Auditions for “Incorruptible,” A play set in 1250 A.D. France, all roles open and unpaid (non-union), come prepared for cold readings from the play, show opens Sept. 21, rehearsals mostly Mondays-Wednesdays. Auditions: 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. Free. 301-441-8770 or Director Stephen C. Yednock Jr., firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swingtopia, the jazz octet performs two sets of 1930s, 40s and 50s swing and big band tunes every Monday night. No cover charge. 8 and 9:30 p.m., Greek Village Restaurant, 13476 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring. Admission, free. 301-879-2877 or www.swingtopiajazz.com.Tuesday, July 10
“The Addams Family,” Gomez, Morticia and the rest of the family take to the stage in a musical comedy. 7:30 p.m., through July 29, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $39-$115. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600. http://www.kennedy-center.org/
Seal, Macy Gray, the Grammy-award winning British soul singer performs with special guest Macy Gray. 8 p.m., Wolf Trap, Filene Center, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $30-$45. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-255-1900. http://www.wolftrap.orgWednesday, July 11
Financing Your College Education, Joel Dearring, a representative from the Admissions and Recruitment office of Prince George’s Community College, gives financial information. 11 a.m., Hyattsville Library, 6532 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville. Free. 301-985-4690.
Incwell, Part of Strathmore’s free summer concert series, the D.C. hip-hop artist blends traditional rap with a rock and roll sound. 7 p.m., Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. Free. 301-581-5100.
NoMa Summer Screen, For 2012 the outdoor film festival explores the end of the world, with films such as “Dr. Strangelove,” “Shaun of the Dead,” “Wall-E” and more. Each week, the festival will feature food vendors, and children and friendly dogs are welcome. 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Wednesdays, through Aug. 8, NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.nomabid.org/event-info/noma-summer-screen/.Thursday, July 12
Capital Fringe Festival, Everything you thought you knew about D.C. theater goes out the window during the annual festival, when zany, shockingly original plays take up residence at theater spaces throughout the city. Through July 29, $17, plus a one-time purchase of a festival button, $5 through July 12, $7 thereafter. 866-811-4111 or www.capfringe.org.
Aaron Nigel Smith, The reggae artist, made famous by PBS’s “Between the Lions,” performs. 10:30 a.m., Wolf Trap, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $8, free for age 2 and younger. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-255-1868.
Pianist Leon Fleisher, 8 p.m., Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. $35, $30 seniors, $10 students, youth. 301-405-2787.Friday, July 13
Seat Pleasant food distribution, bring your own bags and pick up groceries. 1-3 p.m. the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month and 8 a.m.-noon the 2nd and 4th Friday of each month, Seat Pleasant Community Center, 6195 Central Ave.Free. 301-386-2278.
The Jimmies, The kindie pop-rock group performs. 10:30 a.m. Friday-Saturday, Wolf Trap, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, 1551 Trap Rd., Vienna. $10. Tickets, 877-965-3872; information, 703-255-1868.
Outback Steakhouse Summer Jam, featuring big band music from the Atomic Swing Club band. Burgers, chicken and hot dogs, beer and wine garden, moon bounce, face painting and more. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hyattsville Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville. Admission free. Fee for food and beverages. 301-985-5020 or http://hyattsville.org/index.aspx?nid=145.
The Crawdaddies, Part of Friday Night Live, the band plays Cajun and Zydeco. 6:30 p.m., Rockville Town Square, between Rockville Pike, East Middle Lane, North Washington Street and Beall Avenue, Rockville.Free.
Africa Underground, performances by DJ T, Eme and Heteru, and other performers from across the African diaspora. For age 21 and older. 7-11 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. $35, advance purchase required. 202-633-4600 or http://africa.si.edu/underground/index.html.
“Love, Sex and the I.R.S.,” a comedy about two struggling out-of-work with musicians who are discovered by the I.R.S. for filing taxes as a married couple. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays through July 28, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie. $17; students and seniors, $12. 410-757-5700.
Michael Jackson The Immortal, Cirque du Soleil made magic with the music of the Beatles, and now, it takes on the King of Pop with “The Immortal,” a show that revives Michael Jackson’s music and creativity — and of course, his infamous dance moves — with Cirque-style, swinging-from-the-rafters theatrics. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $50-$250. 202-628-3200 or www.cirquedusoleil.com/MichaelJackson.
Comcast Outdoor Film Festival in Alexandria, 8:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Alexandria Waterfront Park, 1A Prince St. Free. 703-746-4343 or alexandriava.gov/Recreation.Saturday, July 14
“Creating Healing Communities for Reentering Prisoners,” a training event for recently released prisoners and the community to help foster healing, hope and wholeness. Learn how to support healthy reintegration and help restore damaged lives and broken relationships. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Randall Memorial United Methodist Church, 1002 46th St. NE, Leesburg. $25, includes continental breakfast, lunch and training material. Registration required. Rev. Brian Jackson at 202-396-0375 or Rev. Sonia King at 410-320-3482 or http://www.randallumc.org/.
Lake Arbor jazz festival, an evening of contemporary, traditional and Latin jazz as well as local R&B groups. 2-10 p.m., Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. Free. 301-333-6561.
“Dream in a Bottle,” Kenny for the King performs a work based on his struggles with life’s demons, vices and decisions set to spoken word written and performed by Stacy Lewis. 3 and 8 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.
Hotter Than July Fish Fry ’n’ Blues, eleven blues bands including Blues Obsession, Tan Man Blues Band, and Joyce Ettingoff. Plus, dancing, fried fish and more food. Sponsored by the DC Blues Society. 4-11 p.m., American Legion Post 41, 905 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. $12 admission includes a fish sandwich. 301-322-4808, www.DCBlues.org or email@example.com.Sunday, July 15
“Goldilocks!,” Everyone knows the story: A sweet girl stumbles into the home of three bears who are out for a walk. She helps herself to something to eat and takes a nap before being caught by the bears when they return home. But what happens then? In the this take, Goldilocks goes on trial for breaking and entering. Ends July 15. Glen Echo Park, Puppet Co. Playhouse, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. $10. 301-634-5380.
Hot! Hot! Hot!, Curated by Tracy Wilkerson and Tamara Wilkerson, the show is inspired by the surface of the sun, steamy dances, ice melting on the sidewalk. Ends July 15. Del Ray Artisans, Nicholas A. Colasanto Center, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-838-4827.
“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” It is wartime in Britain as three siblings go on adventures through a magic wardrobe. Ends July 15, Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda. $10-$22. 301-280-1660.
“The Merry Wives of Windsor,” Two wealthy wives team up when they discover a poor conman’s plan to woo them. Staged by Shakespeare Theatre Company. Ends July 15, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $20-$100. Tickets, 877-487-8849; information, 202-547-1122.Monday, July 16
Money management class, banking professionals discuss smart money handling techniques, including budgeting, checking and saving accounts. 7 p.m., Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. Free, registration required. 301-345-5800.Tuesday, July 17
Sunset Yoga on the Piers, A free hour-long yoga practice gets going on the water with guest instructors from Sun & Moon Yoga Studio and live musical accompaniment. 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, National Harbor, 150 National Plaza, National Harbor. Free. www.nationalharbor.com.Wednesday, July 18
“Fairies in the Garden”Forty-five fairy houses are displayed throughout the garden. Through Oct. 8. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640. www.annmariegarden.org. Reception, $5. Regular admission $3, seniors and children $2, age 4 and younger free.Thursday, July 19
Tribute to Michael Jackson, “By Kids,” “For Kids,” “Not Just for Kids!” perform a high-energy dance show honoring the King of Pop. 10 a.m. and noon, through July 21, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $10. 301-277-1710.
Smooth R&B and funk music concert, Damon Foreman & Blue Funk perform. 6-9 p.m., The Main Street Music Festival 2012, 325 Main St., Gaithersburg.Free. 301-355-8079.
“The Goonies,” Richard Donner’s 1985 film about some ordinary kids who find a secret treasure map that puts their lives on a whole different path filled with wild adventures, starring Sean Astin and Josh Brolin, free popcorn and snow-cones served. 7 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Dr., College Park. Free with museum admission: $4; seniors, $3; age 18 and under, $2. 301-864-6029.