“Much Ado About Nothing” Shakespeare Theatre stages the Bard’s romantic comedy about the skeptical-but-made-for-each-other couple, Beatrice and Benedick. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 1. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $39-$105.
American Corpse Flower The L.A. doom metal band performs. With Throwdown Syndicate and Sister Ex. Doors open at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.
com. $15 in advance, $20 day of show.
Nat King Cole tribute As part of the Kennedy Center’s Swing, Swing, Swing series, Grammy Award-winning guitarist and singer George Benson joins the NSO Pops under conductors Randy Waldman and Steven Reineke in a tribute to Cole with songs like “Mona Lisa,” “Route 66,” “Looking Back” and “Nature Boy.” The evening will also include some of Benson’s hits. Friday at 1:30 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $20-$85.
Zoo Lights The zoo lights up with animal-themed sculptures made from thousands of LED lights. A farm-themed model train will be set up in the Visitor Center auditorium and an iceless skating rink will be located at the picnic pavilion. Opens Friday 5-9 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday 5-9 p.m. Through Jan. 1. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4888. www.nationalzoo.si.edu. Free admission, 30-minute skate session $5, skate rental $2.
“The Nutcracker” The Washington Ballet performs a D.C.-themed version of the Christmas classic as the ballet’s founder, Mary Day, staged it in 1961 — with George Washington as the Nutcracker and King George III as Rat King. Opens with a dress rehearsal Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 5:30 p.m., Sunday at 5:30 p.m.THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-362-3606, Ext. 605. www.washington
They Might Be Giants
New York’s funny, quirky alt-rock band has won two Grammys and recorded 15 albums in its nearly 30 years together. It has also delved into children’s music in recent years, so patrons should be advised this concert is for age 14 and older. With Jonathan Coulton. Doors open at 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $30.
Agnes Bolt The exhibit “Dealing” is the result of Bolt’s week-long residency inside one art collector’s home and a connection to another collector via audio feed and other means. Photos, videos and installation pieces created for, during and in response to the artist’s interactions with collectors Philippa Hughes and Philip Barlow are on display in the gallery through Saturday. Project 4, 1353 U St. NW. 202-232-4340. www.project4gallery.com. Free.