Nordic Cool 2013 Festival More than 700 artists from countries including Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Greenland share theater, music, dance, visual arts and food from their homelands. One of this week’s highlights is Nanook, one of Greenland’s best-known bands, Thursday at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. Festival continues through March 17. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Nanook performance free, other prices vary.
The Postelles The New York pop rock band performs. With the Arkells and the Ambassadors. 6 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.
Capitals The hockey team plays the Florida Panthers (Thursday at 7 p.m.), the New York Rangers (Sunday at 12:30 p.m.) and the Carolina Hurricanes (Tuesday at 7 p.m.) Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.capitals.nhl.com. From $44.
Sweet Honey in the Rock This world-famous D.C. women’s a cappella ensemble was founded in 1973. 7 and 9:30 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $39.50 in advance, $45 day of concert.
Francophonie Cultural Festival The 13th annual citywide event celebrates the creativity of French-speaking countries with concerts, theatrical performances, films, culinary tastings, literary salons, children’s workshops and more. This week’s highlights include the clown duo of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell of Happenstance Theater in “Pinot and Augustine,” for children 5-10, Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. at Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW ($8, children $6, younger than 2 $3); a reading and egg-painting workshop by children’s book author and illustrator Catherine Pineur on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW ($35); and a performance by “desert rock” band Terakaft Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. ($25, seniors and students $15). Through April 13. www.francophoniedc.org. Prices vary.
“Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah From Slave Ship to Pirate Ship” Gold and silver coins, cannons and swords from the 18th century recovered from the Whydah — a pirate ship sunk in U.S. waters off Cape Cod in 1717 — are among items on display. Opens Friday. Through Sept. 2. National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588. www.nationalgeographic.com/museum. $8; seniors, military and students $6; ages 5-12 $4.
“Searching for the Seventies: The Documerica Photography Project” An Environmental Protection Agency photography project undertaken from 1971 to 1977 depicts the fashions, trends and cultural shifts of the decade throughout America. Opens Friday. Through Sept. 8. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov. Free.
D.C. United The soccer team hosts Real Salt Lake in its home opener. 7 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. www.dcunited.com.
“Three Points” ClancyWorks Dance Company performs new choreography by Adrienne Clancy, Bill Evans and Sandra Lacy. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22; seniors, teachers and artists $17; college students $10; age 17 and younger $8.
Gretchen Parlato The jazz singer won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004 and has since toured worldwide. In the past year, she won best female vocalist award from the Jazz Journalists Association. Ticket holders to her evening concert may also attend a free talk with Parlato and her bandmate Alan Hampton about songwriting. 8 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. www.wpas.org. Concert $30. Talk free with concert ticket, reservations due noon Friday by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line PARLATO MASTERCLASS.
“Canterbury” Pointless Theatre Company uses puppets and actors to tell the classic tales from the perspective of drunken taverngoers. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. www.culturaldc.org. www.pointlesstheatre.com. $20, seniors and students $15.
Wizards The basketball team plays the Charlotte Bobcats (Saturday at 8 p.m.) and the Milwaukee Bucks (Wednesday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
Steve Kimock The storied rock guitarist performs with Bernie Worrell, Wally Ingram and Andy Hess. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $27.50.
Steven Cushner “The Shaped Paintings, 1991-1993” is an exhibition of abstract work on non-rectangular canvases created by the acclaimed Washington painter in the early 1990s. Closes Saturday. Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. www.hemphillfinearts.com. Free.
“Wearing Ethereal” Artist Jimmy Miracle creates installations from found objects such as air conditioners and furniture. This series of photographs and sculptures closes Saturday. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. www.culturaldc.org. Free.
Left Bank Concert Society The ensemble performs works by Paul Moravec, Janacek and Dvorak. 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free tickets are available in the G Street lobby 30 minutes before the program.
“Henry V” Folger veteran Robert Richmond directs Zach Appelman in Shakespeare’s story of war and leadership. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday, and limited tickets are available at the box office. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. $30-$68.
“Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill” The In Series tracks Kurt Weill’s career from Germany to America. Continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. www.sourcedc.org. www.inseries.org. $38, seniors $35 , youth $19.
“La Casa de los Espiritus (The House of the Spirits)” Isabel Allende’s novel about a family surviving social turmoil in Chile gets a turn on the stage. In Spanish with English surtitles. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. $20-$40.
DC Independent Film Festival A multi-venue showcase of more than 50 films from throughout the world in almost every genre continues through Sunday with features, documentaries, experimental and animated shorts, panel discussions, filmmaking seminars and more. The final film of the festival is the D.C. premiere of “Shouting Secrets,” about a Native American family reunited by a mother’s stroke, followed by a question-and-answer session with director Korinna Sehringer and cast member Q’orianka Kilcher (Sunday at 7:30 p.m. $15), followed by a closing night party included with tickets. www.dciff-indie.org. Prices vary.
“Orchids of Latin America” The National Museum of Natural History takes a look at orchids in Latin American folklore, scientific research and conservation efforts in this exhibit with orchids from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection. Through April 21. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu. Free.
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital The 21st annual event screens 190 films from around the world at 75 D.C. area venues, many of them Washington and world premieres, such as Lizabeth Rogers and Kevin Flint’s uranium mining exposé, “Hot Water,” showing Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St. NW (free, reservations required at www.hotwater.bpt.me). Through Thursday. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. Prices vary.
Shakers ’n’ Bakers Jazz musicians riff on 18th-century Shaker “vision songs.” 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. www.atlasarts.org. $25, students $15.
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