“Elling” The Washington Stage Guild presents the area premiere of this comedy about two mismatched roommates who find a connection in poetry, based on a novel by Ingvar Ambjørnsen. Opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Through May 18. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. www.stageguild.org. $40-$50, seniors $30-$40, students $20-$25.
“Living Out” Lisa Loomer’s play about a Salvadoran nanny and her employer finding a common connection as working mothers opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through May 18. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. Opening night $10. Saturday night (includes gala reception) $50, couples $90. Other tickets $38-$42, seniors $26, military and students $20.
Brad Mehldau Trio Washington Performing Arts Society presents the rock- and classical-influenced jazz trio of pianist Mehldau, drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.sixthandi.org. www.wpas.org. $35.
USA Science and Engineering Festival The third annual event features notable scientists, celebrity speakers and performers such as Bill Nye the Science Guy, Mike Rowe, They Might Be Giants and many more. Try the schedule app to decide in advance which presentations to see. There will be more than 3,000 hands-on activities for all ages, 150 stage shows, a career pavilion and college fair, book fair and exhibits. Preregistration is required for a sneak peek on Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m., open to K-12 students, home-schoolers and military families. The main expo runs Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3400. www.usasciencefestival.org. Free.
Georgetown French Market The 11th annual event hosted by the Georgetown Business Improvement District features live music, French food, street performers, vendors and more than 30 participating shops, galleries and cafes. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wisconsin Avenue NW, between P Street and Reservoir Road. www.georgetowndc.com. Free.
“Botanica” The Connecticut-based dance company Momix performs to an eclectic score ranging from birdsong to Vivaldi with costumes, projections, and custom-made props and puppetry. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. www.lisner.org. www.wpas.org. $28-$48.
“Pictures of the Year” A showcase of news images capturing people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013, from Pictures of the Year International, opens Friday. Through Sept. 1. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. $22.95, seniors $18.95, ages 7-18 $13.95, age 6 and younger free.
Ron Suskind The Pulitzer Prize-winning author will discuss his book “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism,” about raising a son with autism, in conversation with the writer Howard Norman. 1 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.politics-prose.com. Free, copies of the book $26.99.
The Washington Ballet Septime Webre’s “Peter Pan” concludes. Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $25.
“Just Folk” In its last concert of the season, the 21st Century Consort presents a tribute to two American Art Museum exhibitions, “Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection” and the upcoming “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget.” 4 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu. Free.
D.C. Public Opera The company performs a “House of Cards”-inspired version of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” in Italian with English translation. 8 p.m. Renaissance Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-524-0445. www.dcpublicopera.org. $25, seniors and students $20.
So Percussion The Brooklyn percussion quartet performs “Where (We) Live.” 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $35.50 in advance, $38.50 at the door, students $20.
Jackson Art Center Open Studios Visitors can explore more than 30 working artists’ studios, meet the artists and pick up original paintings, photography and pottery. There will be music, refreshments and a children’s painting workshop. Noon-5 p.m. Jackson Art Center, 3050 R St. NW. 202-349-9778. www.jacksonartcenter.com. Free.
Georgetown Chorale Proceeds from this concert — a program of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and Gerald Finzi’s “Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice” — will benefit the Washington School for Girls. Boy soprano Constantine Desjardins and organist Andrew Jonathan Welch join the group’s sopranos and altos in selections from Johannes Brahms’s “Songs for Women’s Chorus.” 3 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Dr., Bethesda. www.georgetownchorale.org. $22 in advance, $25 at the door. Students and children $10 at the door or in advance.
“Jarman (All This Maddening Beauty)” Filmmaker Derek Jarman’s life provides the basis for Force/Collision’s show, which incorporates video projections. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 4 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. www.atlasarts.org. $20, students $10.
Elliot Fisk and Paco Peña The guitarists perform classical and flamenco music. 6:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Constitution Avenue and Sixth Street NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
“New York Avenue Sculpture Project” and “Workt by Hand” Chakaia Booker’s outdoor installation of rubber tire sculptures and a showcase of 35 quilts from the Brooklyn Museum’s decorative arts collection close Sunday. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 18 and younger free.
Filmfest D.C. The 28th annual festival of new features, documentaries and short films from around the world continues at nine venues through Sunday. www.filmfestdc.org. Most tickets $12.
Summit The three-part series of panel discussions about the theater industry, hosted by Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks, concludes with regional playwrights and directors. 7 p.m. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. www.arenastage.org. Free.
Strunz and Farah The acoustic guitar duo of Jorge Strunz from Costa Rica and Ardeshir Farah from Iran plays jazzy world music. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25 in advance, $30 day of the show.
Mark Leibovich The New York Times reporter will discuss his book “This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral — Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking! — in America’s Gilded Capital.” Doors open at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. www.sixthandi.org. $14, one ticket with a book $18, two tickets and a book $24.
“Down and Derby” An exhibition of horse paintings by Meg MacKenzie. Through June 1. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. 202-463-0203. www.foundrygallery.org. Free.
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