D.C. community calendar, April 18 to 25, 2013

April 18, 2013
Thursday, APRIL 18

“Shalom Bollywood: Untold Story of Indian Cinema,” filmmaker Danny Ben-Moshe discusses the role of Jews in the Indian movie business and shows clips of his new documentary, along with archival footage featuring Jewish stars of Indian film including Sulochana, India Pramila, Nadira and India’s favorite film “uncle,” David Abraham. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.

Author talk, journalist M. Stanton Evans discusses his new book,Stalin’s Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt’s Government about the infiltration of the U.S. government during World War II. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Civil War-era women’s fashion, heirloom clothing collector Mary D. Doering discusses original garments from 1855-1870, with an emphasis on the Northern states, the evolution of styles, the accompanying foundations, related technology and media marketing. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-0945.

All About Old Garden Roses, the Potomac Rose Society’s April meeting and rose growing program; classes range from delicate chinas and teas to noisettes, damasks and albas to hardy hybrid perpetuals; light refreshments served. 2 p.m., Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. Free. 301-869-4948.

War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay, a National Park Service ranger discusses the British fleet’s repeated plundering of American towns along the bay and how Baltimore was defended. 2 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.

Take 5! The Music of Pepper Adams, Frank Basile, Leigh Pilzer and Brad Linde perform original arrangements celebrating the baritone saxophonist and composer who played with Charles Mingus, Donald Byrd and Thad Jones. 5-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.artjamzdc.com.

“Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” Jack Corn, Lyntha Scott Eiler, Tom Hubbard, Michael Philip Manheim and John C. White discuss their exhibited work. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Tattoos: Your Body of Art, science writer Sam Kean moderates a program that includes presentations by Smithsonian staff members Lars Krutak, who shows clips from his Discovery Channel series “Tattoo Hunter” and displays some of the Smithsonian’s collection of tattoo implements, and Allison Jessing, who discusses her body tattoo inspired by images in the Freer and Sackler galleries and the Postal Museum. 7-8:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $30. 202-633-3030.

“Shakespeare in Hollywood,” Ken Ludwig’s 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play; on April 26, come at 7 for a pre-show reception and meet the playwright. Play, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. April 26, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. 202-319-5358 or www.drama.cua.edu.

Pavel Haas Quartet, a performance of works by Schnittke, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky; come at 6:15 for a talk by top American instrument makers, luthiers and scholars on the Library’s “Betts” Antonio Stradivari violin. Concert. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.

“The Lady Becomes Him,” Faction of Fools Theatre Company performs a comedy based on a classic farce that includes acrobatics, live music, sign language, slapstick and sleight-of-hand; appropriate for age 13 and older. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; all performances with open caption; ASL interpreted on Friday, April 25, May 4 and May 12, Gallaudet University, Elstad Annex, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $25; students, seniors and military, $15. 202-503-9760 or www.factionoffools.org/lbh.

“DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story,” Written and directed by Luis Caballero, a bilingual musical with surtitles about the baseball legend, starring Modesto Lacen, Josean Ortiz and Xiomara Rodriguez. Call about the special performance and reception Saturday. Regular shows: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, continues through May 26, GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Saturday play and reception, $50 per person, $90 per couple; other shows, $38, Thursday and Sundays; $42, Fridays-Saturdays; discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.

Friday, aPrIL 19

Debate, two public debate teams face off on the 2012-13 policy resolution “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its investment in transportation infrastructure,” followed by a panel with museum curators Roger White and Susan Tolbert, educator Omar Eaton-Martinez and conservator Richard Barden, co-sponsored by the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. 10:45 a.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Dick Cavett, the celebrated late-night talk show host shares some of his best stories and discusses his book “Talk Show.” Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Pipe organ recital, Latvian organist Kristine Adamaite and saxophonist Artis Simanis perform a program that opens with the Widow “Toccata from Organ Symphony #5,” Galina Grigorjeva’s “Prayer,” for saxophone and organ, Peteris Vasks’s “Te Deum,” and Emils Darzins’s “Melanchoic Waltz.” 12:15-1 p.m., 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Lincoln haunts jaunt, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of areas associated with the 16th president. 6 p.m., Washington Monument, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Mike Dillon in concert, the New Orleans-based percussionist and his quartet perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Bill Drayton: The power of social entrepreneurship, the founder of Arlington-based Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, and recipient of the Smithsonian Associates’ 13th annual Benjamin Franklin Creativity Laureate Award, discusses how his work has challenged and expanded the definition of traditional social philanthropy in a conversation with David Bornstein, author of “How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.” 7 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-3030.

American University Chamber Singers and Orchestra concert, a performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and George Frideric Handel’s “Psalm 110.” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $10; seniors, $5. 202-885-2787 or auarts@american.edu.

“CHAWbaret 10: Take a Chance on Me,” an evening of pop songs, standards and show tunes focusing on taking chances, gambling and more; light refreshments served. 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; in advance, $15. 202-547-6839 or victor@chaw.org.

“Backyards and Frontiers,” a modern and jazz dance concert choreographed and performed by university faculty, students and guest artists; Saturday performance includes a pre-concert panel discussion with distinguished alumni, followed by a reception. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10. 202-885-2787 or auarts@american.edu.

Saturday, APRIL 20

Jackie Urbanovic: It’s a duck! No, a hamster!, the children’s illustrator and author sings, growls and quacks up a storm as she reads from her best-selling books, discusses how a picture book is created and draws a special character imagined by the kids in the audience. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

“The Civil War in the West: Struggle for the Heartland” all-day seminar, Stephen D. Engle, a professor of history and director of the Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency at Florida Atlantic University, discusses the assessment that the Civil War was “fought in the East but won in the West.” 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Master gardener plant clinic, D.C. master gardeners will help diagnose problem plants and lawn samples you bring. 10 a.m.-noon, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4521.

National Archives espionage book event, Michael J. Sulick discusses his book “Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War,” 10:30 a.m.; Randall B. Woods on “Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA,” noon; Richard L. Holm on “The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA,” 1:30 p.m.; and Sandra Grimes on “Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames and the Men He Betrayed.” 3 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Gilbert and Sullivan auditions, for August performances of “The Pirates of Penzance,” be prepared to sing 16 bars or a musical excerpt of one minute and read from a script. 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Saturday, 7-9:30 p.m. Tuesday or by appointment, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or jill@chaw.org.

Cathedral wildflowers walk, horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer leads a walk in the Olmsted Woods and discusses their history and characteristics; wear sturdy waterproof shoes. 1 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, meet at Garfield and 35th streets NW. Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Portrait story days: Gertrude Stein, listen to a story about the American writer of novels and poetry and create a special piece of art to take home. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Wit and wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, a National Park Service ranger leads a discussion of the third president. 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.

Poetry readings, by John Koethe, Guggenheim Fellow and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner; Yousef Komunyakka, Pulitzer Prize–winner; and Paul Muldoon, Pulitzer Prize–winner. 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

”Knit and Lit,” informal group of knitters and readers, take knitting or needlework project to work on as you share patterns and stories. 3 p.m. Saturdays, Georgetown Library, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-724-8783.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, “Side by Side,” features performances by the Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers ensembles with selections of Broadway, pop and classical music. 5 and 8 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $35. 202-293-1548.

21st Century Consort: Dance the Night Away, an homage performance of Derek Bermel’s “Mulatash Stomp,” Eugene O’Brian’s “Three Songs from Algebra of Night,” David Froom’s “To Dance to the Whistling Wind,” Snorri Sigfus Birgisson’s “Dance for Solo Cello,” George Crumb’s “Night of the Four Moons” and Donald Crockett’s world premiere “Dawn Dance”; a reception follows. 5 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. $20. 202-633-3030.

Molly Brown’s Titanic journey, a National Park Service ranger discusses her heroism and how she survived the Titanic sinking. 7 p.m., Titanic Memorial, Fourth and P streets SW. Free. Call Kathy Kagle, 202-438-5377.

Left Bank Society concert, works by Brahms, George Walker and Dina Koston, pre-concert talk at 6:15 p.m. Concert. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.

Sunday, APRIL 21

Environmental conversation, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Cathedral Dean Gary R. Hall discuss the importance of water. 10:10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

The art of poetry, Fred Joiner discusses the written word and the visual arts, a creative writing session follows with inspiration from artworks in the Luce Foundation Center. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Poetry readings, by John Koethe, Guggenheim Fellow and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner; and Pulitzer Prize winners Yusef Komunyakaa and Paul Muldoon. 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Marine Chamber Ensembles performance, features works by Mozart, Brahms and Osvaldo Golijov. 2 p.m., John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, Seventh and K streets SE. Free. 202-433-4011.

Broadway tunes, Adventure Theater Children’s Group performs. 3 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Choral concert, The City Choir of Washington and the Shenandoah Conservatory Choir celebrate the pageantry of a coronation with works by John Tavener, composed to honor the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and selections of works performed at her 1953 coronation. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$80, discounts for seniors, students and groups. 202-537-2228 or tickets.cathedral.org.

Classical music concert, pianist Mykola Suk performs works by Beethoven with National Gallery of Art and Phillips Collection resident musicians. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday, APRIL 22

Washington DC International Music Festival, performances by top high school and community music ensembles from across the United States and around the world. 1 and 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Afternoon show, $20; evening show, $30. 202-467-4600.

Suddenly, Last Summer,” Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1959 film about a girl who witnesses her cousin’s violent death, starring Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Flutar in concert, the duo performs world music, classical, jazz, folk and their own critically acclaimed compositions in celebration of Earth Day. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

New play festival, the Young Playwrights’ Theater hosts professional actors, dramaturges and directors collaborating with 12 student writers and their plays. 7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free. 202-387-9173.

Tuesday, APRIL 23

Mozart concert, the Avanti Orchestra, led by founder Pablo Saelzer and violinist Gloria Ferry Brennan perform an all-Mozart program. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead an hour-long tour of the highlights of the building’s Gothic architecture and art, followed by a traditional English tea. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or www.allhallowsguild.org/what/tourtea_about.html.

National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: “LOL–Comedians at the NPG,” find the punch line to “20 comedians walk into a museum” and try your hand at trivia; snacks and beverages available. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Allan Pinkerton and Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Stashower, author of “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War,” and actor Scott Sedar in a fascinating evening of history, conspiracies and intrigue detailing the actions of the noted detective Pinkerton, as he raced to uncover hard evidence of the looming 1861 murder conspiracy, before the president’s first inauguration. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Showcasing Craft: Displaying Your Pieces at Home, interior design expert Judith Weisman discusses how to integrate art and craft in residential settings, examining the principles of designing spaces that showcase collections of decorative art and contemporary craft. 7 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $35. 202-633-3030.

Medicare Meltdown: How Wall Street and Washington are Ruining Medicare and How to Fix It,” author Rosemary Gibson discusses her book with Jenny Gold, of Kaiser Health News. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. RSVP to hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Flag folding, learn how to fold a full-size replica of the 30-foot-by-42-foot banner. 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, National Museum of American History, second floor, Flag Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Tippi toes hip-hop dance class, for ages 7 and older; learn choreography and dances. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays through May 7, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $75 per month plus $30 registration fee. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Wednesday, APRIL 24

Genealogy research, National Archives specialist Nancy Wing leads a hands-on workshop on navigating www.archives.gov. 9:30 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Register: nancy.wing@nara.gov. 202-357-5000.

Poetry reading, Maurice Manning and author Alan Cheuse celebrate the birthday of Robert Penn Warren by reading selections from his work and discussing his influence on their own writing. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

Gallery talk, Clark Evans discusses dime novels and Redpath Publishers. Noon, Library of Congress, Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

Classical piano recital, Evgeny Kissin performs works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$125. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Classical cello and piano recital, the duo Leroy-Moubarak performs works by French composers from 1815 to 1915, in honor of the exhibit “Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac.” 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Ground Floor, Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Azalea collection tour, Curator Barbara Bullock leads a tour through thousands of blooming azaleas and discusses their history, arboretum research, growing tips and the ongoing Glenn Dale Hillside renewal project. 10 a.m.-noon, registration required. $15. 202-245-4521 or www.usna.usda.gov.

The Films of Nam June Paik, curators John G. Hanhardt and Michael Mansfield discuss film and video works by Nam June Paik and his contemporaries. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Evgeny Kissin, classical pianist, a performance of works by Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Liszt, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-785-9727.

Thursday, APRIL 25

FDR’s Wild Side, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the wildlife that inhabits the area around the former president’s memorial, binoculars and bird guides provided. 10 a.m.-noon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.

Enlist in the 1863 Union Army, and drill with the 1863 Union Army and Civil War-era attired National Park Service Rangers. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

Walk with a National Park Service Ranger, stroll around the memorials and hear about their history. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Religion and Colonial Mesoamerica, a panel discussion exploring how different native groups in Mesoamerica, from the 16th to 18th centuries, creatively responded to Christian evangelization. 2-4 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 113, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-7223.

Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the 16th president. 2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.

Wartime in April 1943, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the role of Franklin Roosevelt in the Allies desire to defeat the Axis powers. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

The Peruvian Amazon forest: a tropical hotspot, conservation biologist Alfonso Alonso, leader of the Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment Program of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, discusses studies in ocelots and primates aimed at understanding their biology and how these animals cope with development projects in the species-rich and biologically diverse forests of Peru. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Molly Brown’s Titanic Journey, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the heroism that began when she survived the Titanic sinking. 7 p.m., Titanic Memorial, Fourth and P streets SW. Free. Call Kathy Kagle, 202-438-5377.

An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call

National Symphony Orchestra concert, Jaap van Zweden conducts the orchestra and pianist Andreas Haefliger in a performance of works by Wagenaar, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

“The Elder Statesman,” the Stage Guild performs T.S. Eliot’s final play, about a respected politician who is retiring — when an old friend from his youth turns up with some uncomfortable truths that may bring tragedy or relief. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; regular shows, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, continues through May 19, Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday/Saturday evenings, $50; Thursday and matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount, students, half price. 240-582-0050.

Christine Brewer, soprano, sponsored by the Vocal Arts Society, with pianist Craig Rutenberg in a performance of works by Copland, Barber and Bolcom. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.

Concert of Spanish songs, American dramatic soprano Christine Brewer performs songs by Spanish composers Turina, Mompou, Toldra and Obradors and American works by Copland, Barber and Bolcom with pianist Craig Rutenberg, sponsored by Vocal Arts DC. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-669-1463.

“The Lady Becomes Him,” Faction of Fools Theatre Company performs a comedy based on a classic farce that includes acrobatics, live music, sign language, slapstick and sleight-of-hand; appropriate for age 13 and older. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays; all performances with open caption; ASL interpreted on Friday, May 4 and May 12, Gallaudet University, Elstad Annex, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $25; students, seniors and military, $15. 202-503-9760 or www.factionoffools.org/

“DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story,” Written and directed by Luis Caballero, a bilingual musical with surtitles about the baseball legend, starring Modesto Lacen, Josean Ortiz and Xiomara Rodriguez. Call about the special performance and reception Saturday. Regular shows: 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, continues through May 26, GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Saturday play and reception, $50 per person, $90 per couple; other shows, $38, Thursday and Sundays; $42, Fridays-Saturdays; discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org

Theatrical Performance: Senior Theatre Capstone, two new one-act plays written, performed and designed by university graduating seniors each night, each a creative new work based on outside source material. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, American University, Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10. 202-885-2787 or auarts@american.edu.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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