“The Old Masters” Washington Stage Guild presents the District premiere of Simon Gray’s story of an art critic and an art dealer who face off over a painting’s origins. Opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 26. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. stageguild.org. $40-$50, seniors $30-$40, students $20-$25.
“Staples and Gravy” Ed Bear Miller blends realism and expressionism in his landscape paintings. Continues through Feb. 2. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. 202-463-0203. www.foundrygallery.org. Free.
Timothy Howard The former Fannie Mae chief financial officer will discuss his exposé “The Mortgage Wars: Inside Fannie Mae, Big-Money Politics, and the Collapse of the American Dream.” 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com. Free, copies of the book available for $30.
Wizards The basketball team plays games against the Toronto Raptors (Friday at 7 p.m.) and the Golden State Warriors (Sunday at 6 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. www.nba.com/wizards. From $24.
Modern Moves Festival Twelve District-based contemporary dance companies are showcased. Saturday: Alight Dance Theater, Bowen McCauley Dance, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Company, Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround and Human Landscape Dance. Sunday: Company E, Dance Exchange, Jane Franklin Dance, Naoko Maeshiba/Kibism, Rebollar Dance and VTDance/Vincent E. Thomas. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. Per day: $25 in advance, $30 day of show; age 17 and younger $12 in advance, $15 day of show.
“G-Men and Journalists” An exhibit exploring the FBI’s effort to combat crime features almost 300 photographs and more than 200 artifacts such as the Unabomber’s cabin, Patty Hearst’s coat and gun, and plane parts from Sept. 11, 2001. Closes Saturday. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. $21.95; seniors, military and college students $17.95; ages 7-18 $12.95; age 6 and younger free.
Three Kings Day Celebration Each child gets a gift at this event with performers, live animals and a walk through the neighborhood. 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. Free.
“A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” Alan Paul directs Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. From $20.
“Just the Two of Each of Us” Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, the Pajama Men, return to Washington with a fast-paced new improv comedy. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $50-$82.50.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” Malcolm-Jamal Warner stars in this production of the comedy set in the 1960s in which a liberal white couple have their beliefs challenged when their daughter introduces them to her African American fiance. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 6 p.m. Closes Sunday. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. From $85, subject to change.
“Elf: The Musical” A man raised as an elf at the North Pole discovers his biological family and sets out to spread the Christmas spirit to them. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $35.
“Edgar & Annabel” Holly Twyford directs a futuristic espionage story by Sam Holcroft. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Extended through Jan. 12. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $30-$35.
JFK exhibits The Newseum looks at Kennedy’s assassination in “Three Shots Were Fired” and family life in “Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe.” The film “A Thousand Days” highlights the president’s youthful image and newsworthy moments of his time in office. All three close Sunday. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. $21.95; seniors, military and college students $17.95; ages 7-18 $12.95; age 6 and younger free.
“Northern Mannerist Prints From the Kainen Collection” This exhibition is the first in a trio devoted to works bequeathed to the National Gallery by collector Ruth Cole Kainen, wife of artist Jacob Kainen. The show spotlights about 50 pieces that demonstrate the talents of printmakers in Prague and the Netherlands during the late 16th century. Closes Sunday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
Wagner Revisited The series about the composer concludes with two Werner Herzog films: “The Transformation of the World Into Music: Bayreuth Before the Premiere” and “Lessons of Darkness.” In German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was. $7, seniors and students $4.
Zora Neale Hurston birthday celebration The novelist, who would have turned 122 this year, is celebrated with poet E. Ethelbert Miller, Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy and author A’Lelia Bundles reading excerpts from Hurston’s writings. 6:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-442-7601. www.dclibrary.org. Free.
Ana Maria Martinez The Grammy-winning soprano who played the title role in “Madama Butterfly” with Washington National Opera gives a solo recital of works by George Frideric Handel, Clara Schumann, Claude Debussy, Pablo Casals, Manuel DeFalla and Joaquin Rodrigo. Presented by Vocal Arts D.C. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $50.
“Tribes” In Nina Raine’s play, a deaf man begins to communicate on his own terms when he meets another deaf person. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Feb. 23. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $39-$59.
“Jessica Cebra: Cave” The local artist and MFA graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design has transformed a gallery space into a cave plastered with museum postcards from her personal collection. Continues through Jan. 25. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. 202-483-1102. www.transformerdc.org.
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