Dispatch The Boston-area indie rock band performs. With Good Old War. 7 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. $44.
Shanghai Quartet The quartet performs works by Schubert, Bartok and Beethoven, and new arrangements of Chinese folk songs by Yi-Wen Jiang. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free, tickets required.
“A Clockwork Orange” Scena Theatre presents Anthony Burgess’s staged take on his famed 1962 novel about indiscriminately violent youth. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 17. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. 703-683-2824. 202-544-0703. www.scenatheater.org. Previews Thursday-Friday $10, Saturday and thereafter $25-$35.
Jason Weems The Baltimore comedian was a semifinalist on “Last Comic Standing.” Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $20.
Jens Lekman The Swedish crooner performs. With Taken by Trees. Doors open at 6 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $30.
Swans The New York no wave band performs. With A Hawk & Hacksaw. Doors open at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $20.
Lindstrom The Oslo-based synth group performs. With Beautiful Swimmers and Venice Beach. 10 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $10.
“Fabulous! Portraits by Michele Mattei” An exhibition of photographs features women who have devoted their lives to the arts. Opens Friday. Through Jan. 13. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 18 and younger free.
Snallygaster A family-friendly Oktoberfest celebration from the team behind ChurchKey and Rustico, Snallygaster features 100 beers to sample, food from various restaurants, live music and lawn games. Proceeds benefit the Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. 1-5 p.m. The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. www.capitolriverfront.org. www.snallygasterdc.com. $25-$50.
Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Guthrie biographer and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli hosts a performance and conversation. Conversation at 1 p.m., concert at 2 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5000. www.loc.gov. Free.
Clannad The Irish folk band celebrates its 40th anniversary. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. www.lisner.org. $49.50-$59.50, GWU students $39.50-$49.50.
Los Lonely Boys The Grammy Award-winning rock-and-roll trio performs. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 in advance, $35 day of concert.
“Heritage Aesthetic” Artist Amy Boone-McCreesh uses cut paper, fabric and found objects to create sculptural installations resembling native ceremonial objects and vestments. Closes Saturday. Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW. 202-332-1116. www.hamiltoniangallery.com. Free.
“A Couple of Blaguards” Keegan Theatre presents the two-man comedy by “Angela’s Ashes” author Frank McCourt and his brother Malachy about their younger years in Ireland and New York. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $35, seniors and students $30.
Celtic Thunder In the group’s Irish and Celtic music showcase “Voyage,” each singer plays an instrument. 7:30 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. www.lisner.org. $65-$75, GWU students $52-$60.
MeShell Ndegeocello The rapper/singer/songwriter/bassist plays songs from her latest album, “Pour Une Ame Souveraine” (“For a Sovereign Soul”), which pays tribute to jazz chanteuse Nina Simone. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 in advance, $35 day of the show.
“Elegance and Refinement: The Still-Life Paintings of Willem van Aelst” A collection of 28 paintings of fruits and spoils of the hunt and the only known drawing by the Dutch artist (1627-1683) closes Sunday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
“Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective” More than 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures form the first major exhibition since the artist’s death in 1997. Opens Sunday. Through Jan. 13. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
“Platero y Yo” Gala Theatre presents a bilingual presentation of the children’s book by Juan Ramon Jimenez. Opens Monday at 10:30 a.m., continues Tuesday-Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Through Oct. 27. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. $8-$10.
Mariinsky Ballet The St. Petersburg company returns to perform Alexei Ratmansky’s “Cinderella,” set to the music of Prokofiev. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 21. For ballet on a budget, an open rehearsal is scheduled for Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $29- $150, open rehearsal $15.
Kids Euro Festival The fifth annual multi-venue event represents more than 25 countries with 160 performances, plus workshops and movie screenings. Opens Wednesday. Through Oct. 25. See Web site for schedule. www.kidseurofestival.org. Free.
“Dirt” Holly Twyford and Matthew Montelongo star in this world premiere by Bryony Lavery in which five characters’ lives intersect in unexpected ways before and after one of the characters dies. Opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 11. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20.
Mavis Staples One of Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, the Grammy-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Famer returns to the Hamilton with a new album, “You Are Not Alone,” under her belt. 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $52-$62.
—Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports