Thursday, March 10, 2011;
"Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" Landless Theatre Company performs a stage version of the Internet musical comedy created by Joss Whedon ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Firefly") and others in which a wannabe super-villain sees the woman he loves become involved with his nemesis, Captain Hammer. Thursday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 27. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. www.landlesstheatrecompany.org. $25.
Eli Paperboy Reed & the True Loves A 26-year-old Boston native leads this '70s-inspired soul band, which released its third album, "Come and Get It," on Capitol Records. With the Electricutions and Thee Lexington Arrows. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $15.
Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament Washington Improv Theater presents a 47-team competition. Opens Thursday at 8 and 9:30 p.m., continues Friday at 9:30 and 11 p.m., Saturday at 8, 9:30 and 11 p.m. Through April 16. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. 866-811-4111. www.washingtonimprovtheater.com. $10.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo The African men's chorus formed in 1960 and rose to fame when Paul Simon featured the group on his "Graceland" album in 1986. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. 202-397-7328. www.lisner.org. $25-$55.FRI 11
Parikrama This rock band uses traditional Indian instruments and counts Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix as influences. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Washington Capitals The hockey team plays the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday at 7 p.m. and the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. 202-397-7328. www.verizoncenter.com. capitals.nhl.com. $70-$325.
"WAM 2!" The In Series and the Washington Ballet team up once again to pay tribute to Mozart, this time with performances of "Don Giovanni" and "Cosi Fan Tutte" as part of the Intersections Festival. Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.inseries.org. $20-$39.
Wye Oak The Baltimore folk-and-indie rock duo performs. With Lower Dens and Lands & Peoples. Doors open at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. 877-725-8849. www.blackcatdc.com. $12.
"Calder's Portraits: A New Language" Three-dimensional wire portraits of Josephine Baker, Babe Ruth, Charles Lindbergh and others, created by famed mobile-maker Alexander Calder, are suspended from ceilings and walls. Opens Friday. Through Aug. 14. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu.SAT 12
"Basra Boy" The Keegan Theatre performs the world premiere of Rosemary Jenkinson's story about the impact of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their effects on two friends in Ireland. Closes Saturday at 3 and 5 p.m. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $25, seniors and students $20.
Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Jazz Band The Grammy-winning band led by congo-playing, salsa-singing Sanchez performs. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatre.com. $27-$57.SUN 13
Mamak Khadem Ensemble The Iranian-born singer performs classic Nowruz songs and original music with her band, which includes musicians on santur, clarinet, sorna, duduk, bass and percussion. Noon and 3 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free; tickets required.
The Spilling Ink Project The group combines contemporary and traditional Indian dance in "Godavari." Part of the Intersections Festival. 5 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $20, seniors and students $15.
"Blair Witch Project" The D.C. Independent Film Festival concludes with a screening of the original Sundance cut of the 1999 horror pseudo-documentary filmed in Burkittsville, Md. Director Eduardo Sanchez will field questions. A reception follows. 7 p.m. Regal Cinemas Gallery Place Stadium 14, 707 Seventh St. NW. 202-717-0700. www.dciff.org. $50.
Apocalyptica Metal meets classical in this cello-heavy rock ensemble from Helsinki. With Caverns. 10 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. 877-435-9849. www.930.com. $25.
"Colors of the Oasis: Central Asian Ikats" Bundled fibers are dyed several times before they are woven to make these ornate 19th-century robes and other textiles. Closes Sunday. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. www.textilemuseum.org. Suggested donation $5.MON 14
"Under the Sun" Baran bo Odar's 2006 coming-of-age film involves a young boy who is sent on a weekend visit to his aunt's house. In German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/enindex.htm. $7, seniors and students $4.TUE 15
Poetry readings Janee Baugher, Sarah Crossland and Elisavietta Ritchie read their works about reversals of fortune, both good and bad. Noon. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5394. www.loc.gov. Free.
Environmental Film Festival The 19th annual event includes 150 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children's films from 40 countries, plus talks by 55 filmmakers and 94 special guests at 60 venues. Among the festival's opening-day offerings is "The Pipe," Willy Corduff's 2010 documentary about farmers' and fishermen's clash with Shell Oil in his home town of Rossport, Ireland, over a proposed pipeline. 7 p.m. at Carnegie Institution of Washington, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St. NW. Festival continues through March 27. Visit the Web site for a complete schedule. 202-342-2564. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org. Prices vary; most, including "The Pipe," are free.WED 16
"On the Waterfront" Marlon Brando stars in Elia Kazan's 1954 film about an ex-fighter who becomes a longshoreman and stands up to his corrupt union bosses. It won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 7 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5677. www.loc.gov. Free; reservations recommended.
"Penelope" New Ireland: The Enda Walsh Festival begins with this twist on Homer's "Odyssey" by the group Druid, Ireland. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. (sold out), continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (pay-what-you-can, available at the door two hours before showtime). Through April 3. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. Regular tickets $44-$65. Multi-event passes available.
"Moolaade" Female circumcision is questioned by one Burkina Faso mother in this 2004 film, which won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Shown as part of the Francophonie Cultural Festival. In Bambara and French with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org. $11, seniors $8.25, students $9, military and children $8.
- Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reportsShamrock Fest
3The Dropkick Murphys headline Shamrock Fest, Saturday's Irish rock concert with more than 50 national and local acts, DJs and roving performers. Expect multiple stages, crafts, games, carnival rides, Irish Football National Champion Tournament games and lots of beer. 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. www.shamrockfest.com. $24.99-$84.99, age 12 and younger free. Prices are subject to change.