3Led by Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra plays Beethoven’s first two symphonies and accompanies Christian Tetzlaff in Widmann’s Violin Concerto. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $10-$85.
“Game Changer” Leslie Nolan exhibits her paintings that offer up-close-and-personal looks at mood and emotions. Public reception Thursday 6-8:30 p.m., closes Sunday. Touchstone, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787. www.touchstonegallery.com. RSVP required for reception.
Snugglers Small children in carriers and their parents can take a guided tour of the conservatory garden. 10:30-11:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free, registration required.
Denyse Pearson and the Gentlemen of Distinction The native D.C. jazz singer performs with her male accompanists. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman and former chief executive, will appear with Cohen, Google Ideas director, to discuss their book “The New Digital Age: Transforming Nations, Business and Our Lives.” 6 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $18, includes a copy of the book.
National Symphony Orchestra Led by Christoph Eschenbach, the orchestra plays Beethoven’s first two symphonies and accompanies Christian Tetzlaff in Widmann’s Violin Concerto. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $10-$85.
Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Concert Young opera singers perform popular scenes from Puccini’s “La Bohème,” Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” and more. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $15.
“Rent” The rock musical follows a group of poor artists struggling to survive in New York. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. www.american.edu/cas/katzen. $15, seniors and students $10.
Hopsin The West Coast rapper performs with opening act Cheyne. 9 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. In advance $20, at the door $25, VIP meet-and-greet $50.
“Under the Canopy” Arts on the Horizon presents a nonverbal music show that lets babies and toddlers explore the wonders of the rain forest. Part of the Intersections Festival. Friday and Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Sunday at 11:30 a.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.intersectionsdc.org. $8.
Randy Rogers Band A country music concert with opening acts Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $30.
Slick Rick, Rakim The hip-hop legends perform with opening act NaVon Smith. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $32.50 in advance, $37 at the door.
Bob Marley Tribute: Junior Marvin of the Wailers Marvin performs music from the “Uprising” album and more, with opener Nappy Riddem. Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $33 in advance, $38 day of show.
Listening Party: The Music of Betty Carter Kennedy Center Artistic Adviser for Jazz Jason Moran and special guests present and discuss songs by “Betty Bebop.” 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, African Lounge, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $12.
All Points West The chamber music group performs “DarkCity,” a piece inspired by Washington’s night life and quiet city lulls. Part of the Intersections Festival. 7 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lab Theatre II, 1333 H St. NE, 202-399-7993. www.intersectionsdc.org. $23.50, seniors and youth $18. www.verizoncenter.com
Sheila Blake, Bonnie Ferguson Butler, Michael Francis Displayed in the Monroe and MacFeely galleries, the paintings of Blake, Butler and Francis are shown, with Mattie Schloettzer curating. Closes Saturday. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. www.artsclubofwashington.org. Free.
“The Powerful Strokes of Robert Freeman” An exhibition of figurative paintings by the nationally known artist is on display. Closes Saturday. Zenith Gallery Salon, 1429 Iris St. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.
“Blue Moon/Red River” A new work by dancer Jane Franklin, percussionist Tom Teasley and visual artist Howard Connelly is inspired by the vastness of the Southwest. Part of the Intersections Festival. 2 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. intersectionsdc.org. $22, seniors and youth $16.50.
Julia Bullock The soprano will perform classic Italian and French songs with pianist Renata Rohlfing. The program will also include the D.C. premiere of a new work by Young Concert Artists Composer-in-Residence David Hertzberg. 2 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.kennedy-center.org. $35.
“Rock of Ages” It’s 1987 Los Angeles, and two wannabe stars find love, lose it and reconnect again to a soundtrack of classic rock music. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $39.50-$64.50.
Touche Amore A hard-rock concert. 7 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15 in advance, $18 day of show.
Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch and NaVon Smith“Night of Pharaohs” features performances by the hip-hop artists. 9 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25 in advance, $30 day of the show.
“Bound for Freedom’s Light: African Americans and the Civil War” This exhibit tells the stories of Frederick Douglass, Martin Delaney, Sojourner Truth and others as they sought to end slavery in the United States. Closes Sunday. National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu. Free.
“The Importance of Being Earnest” Two wealthy Englishmen make up tales to entertain themselves in Oscar Wilde’s comedy. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Through March 16. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $20-$110.
“Tribes” A boy who was born deaf and forced to conform to a hearing world gets another perspective when he meets a deaf girl. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through March 16. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org.
Mike Gordon The vocalist and bass player performs a solo show. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $28.
“Mamma Mia!” Abba’s songs provide the soundtrack for a soon-to-be bride trying to figure out who her biological father is before her wedding. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 9. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.thenationaldc.com. $48-$98.
“Water by the Spoonful” The Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows a veteran struggling to get back into civilian life who crosses paths with four recovering addicts. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m., runs through April 13. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $39-$75.
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