“[Missed Connections]” Impossible Theater Company asks us to examine what is important in life as four people decide what to do before the end of the world. Opens Thursday at 7 p.m., continues Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m. Through Aug. 19. The Fridge DC, 516 Eighth St. SE. 202-550-2208. www.thefridgedc.com. www.impossibletheater.org. $10.
Mike Birbiglia Catch this stand-up comedian live the same month his Sundance-selected feature film, “Sleepwalk With Me,” comes out. 8 and 10:30 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $30.
“An Autumn’s Tale”The 17th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival continues with two screenings of Mabel Cheung’s popular drama about a romance between distant cousins living in the same New York apartment building. In Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Festival continues through Aug. 19. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-4880. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
“The Great McGinty” Brian Donlevy stars in Preston Sturges’s 1940 film about a shady politician who falls for an honest woman. Noon. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov. Free.
“The Gondoliers” The GLBT Arts Consortium and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop present a new twist on Gilbert and Sullivan’s opera. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday. Closes Saturday. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org. www.dcglbtarts.org. $10-$20.
“Exchange: Sheldon Scott” The storyteller/
actor/writer curates an exhibition of work by local photographers combined with his own narratives. Closes Saturday. Project 4, 1353 U St. NW. 202-232-4340. www.project4gallery.com. Free.
“Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan” More than 150 ancient objects include recently unearthed objects shedding significant new insight into the nomads’ trading practices and relationships with their horses. Opens Saturday. Through Nov. 12. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
Real Estate The indie rock band from New Jersey performs. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.
JJ Damage & the Bandits The D.C. psychobilly band performs. With Facials and the Sniffs. 9 p.m. Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0404. www.cometpingpong.com. $8.
“Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer” Fifty images from some of the most famous moments in sports, including Muhammad Ali’s victory over Sonny Liston, will be on display with synopses by the photographer. Closes Sunday. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. $22, age 65 and older $18, ages 7-18 $13, age 6 and younger free.