Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott The author of the bestselling “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” reads from and discusses her new book, “Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son,” written with son Sam Lamott. A book signing follows. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com. Free.
Miniature Tigers The Brooklyn-based indie band performs. With the Chain Gang of 1974, Geographer and Pretty & Nice. For age 18 and older. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
Pablo Francisco This popular comedian is known for his spot-on impressions and observational humor about pop culture. For age 18 and older. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $28.
“The Charlie Visconage Show” A show created by improv actors reprises the idea of old-school, late-night talk shows (think Jack Paar on “The Tonight Show”) as live theater. As with real talk shows, the performances begin with opening monologues, feature interview guests plucked from across the D.C. arts scene and include musical guests. Closes Thursday at 10 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. $15.
Kabuki dance Bando Kotoji performs four traditional dances with live music by four shamisen players, one chanter and one percussionist. In Japanese with English surtitles. Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org, $39), and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art (Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW, 202-633-1000, www.asia.si.edu, free).
Fatboy Slim This British DJ spins “big beats” and has won 10 MTV Video Awards. Doors open at 9 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $45.
Kites of Asia Day Watch demonstrations of a variety of kites and decorate one of your own as curators explain how kites work and their influence on aviation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nasm.si.edu. Free.
National ShamrockFest This year’s lineup features Boston’s Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, plus dozens of other DJs and bands, Irish dancers and fiddlers, crafts and sports, all on the field at RFK. 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. www.shamrockfest.com. $20-$40, VIP admission (includes beer and additional access) $70-$120.
“Shining City” A Dublin therapist and his widower patient wrestle with issues of guilt and losing faith in Conor McPherson’s play, mounted by the Capital City Players. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. www.chaw.org. www.capitalcityplayersdc.org. $20, seniors and students $18.