“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Shakespeare Theatre Company stages the magical romantic comedy. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at noon and 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $43-$105.
“The Aliens” Annie Baker’s play has nothing to do with extraterrestrials but is named after a Charles Bukowski poem. In her play, two slackers (who adore Bukowski) take a teenager under their wing in a Vermont coffee shop. Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Dec. 23. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $39-$72.
. . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead The Austin rock band’s latest album is called “Lost Songs.” With the Coathangers. 8 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.
Conor Oberst The singer from Bright Eyes performs. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $35.
Ray LaMontagne This folk rocker has been compared to Van Morrison. 7 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. $45.
“A Christmas Carol” Edward Gero returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s tale. Opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 30. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $22-$89.
G. Love and Special Sauce The Philadelphia-based hip-hop/blues band performs. With Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $30.
Rosie Flores This rockabilly singer-songwriter has toured with Wanda Jackson and won numerous awards. With Marti Brom. 10 p.m. Hill Country, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com. $15.
Wizards The basketball team takes on the Utah Jazz (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and the Indiana Pacers (Monday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
Aretha Franklin The Queen of Soul was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame over the summer. 7:30 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. From $59.50.
“A Clockwork Orange” Scena Theatre presents Anthony Burgess’s staged take on his famed 1962 novel about indiscriminately violent youth. And this version is nothing like Stanley Kubrick’s film: It’s nearly a musical. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824. 202-544-0703. www.hstreetplayhouse.com. $25-$35.
FotoWeekDC Some of the best photographers from around the world compete for cash prizes, and their works are displayed at venues across the city. Through Sunday. 855-270-3632. www.fotoweekdc.org. Weeklong pass to FotoWeek Central: $5 in advance, $7 at the door.
Flamenco: Territorio Demente Karen Lugo fuses traditional flamenco and modern dance, accompanied by cantaores, flute, saxophone, guitar and harmonica. Thursday-Sunday at 8 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. $18-$30.
fallFRINGETop performers from previous Capital Fringe Festivals are joined by new acts, including “The Brontes,” Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue’s remounted hit rock musical inspired by the romantic English literature of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Redrum at Fort Fringe. This year’s fall offerings have been expanded to 13 productions on three indoor stages. Festival closes Sunday. Fort Fringe, 612 L St. NW. 866-811-4111. www.capitalfringe.org. $20 each or $15 with a 2012 Fringe Button; four-show pass $75.
D.C. Improv at the Millennium Stage The stalwart comedy club curates a night of laughs with some of the area’s funny local comics, including Brian Parise (who snagged the prize in the Pardon the Pundit political comedy festival and who has performed at Montreal’s legendary Just for Laughs festival). Also on tap are Courtney Fearrington and Jimmy Merritt. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Bob Dylan Post music critic Chris Richards hails the folk singer’s new album, “Tempest,” as “his most compelling release in more than a decade.” With Mark Knopfler. Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. From $50.
“Jekyll & Hyde” Tony-nominated American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis and Grammy-nominated R&B singer Deborah Cox star in this pre-Broadway musical production. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 25. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $25.
Caspa The London-born DJ and producer has been playing dubstep for close to a decade. 10 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $30.
Peelander-Z The Japanese punk band puts on an electrified, festive show. With Electric Eel Shock. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports