Going Out Guide for the District of Columbia, March 17-23
NCAA Tournament March Madness returns to Verizon Center for the fourth time. There will be six men's basketball games this week: four on Thursday and two on Saturday featuring Pittsburgh, Butler, Old Dominion, Missouri, Connecticut, Bucknell and either North Carolina-Asheville or Arkansas-Little Rock. Sessions begin Thursday at noon and 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.ncaa.com. $252.
Les Nubians French sisters Helene and Celia Faussart make up the singing duo. Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. 202-944-6090. www.ambafrance-us.org. $25.
Flip Orley The comic hypnotist has mesmerized guests on the "Today" show, "Entertainment Tonight" and other programs. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $15-$17.
Taal India Dressed in traditional garb, this percussion ensemble plays both rare and popular instruments. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
"Plastic Planet" Director Werner Boote will field questions after a screening of his globe-trotting 2009 documentary about the perils of plastic, shown as part of the Environmental Film Festival. 7:30 p.m. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776. www.acfdc.org/events-registration. Free; reservations required.
Family Day - Kites of Asia Highlights of this event are Indian and Nepalese kite displays and folk dances. There will also be indoor kite-flying demonstrations, stories and kite crafting. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nasm.si.edu. Free.
First Day of Spring Ball The second annual Federal period affair offers candlelit country dancing, gaming with a Dolley Madison impersonator and cake made from Martha Washington's recipe. Participants are asked to wear period costumes or "after five" attire. Dance lesson at 7 p.m., ball 8-11 p.m. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288. www.dumbartonhouse.org. $50.
D.C. United season opener Major League Soccer's Rookie of the Year, Andy Najar, and new coach Ben Olsen, the former United star, lead the team against the Columbus Crew. 7:30 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. www.dcunited.com. $23-$52.
"The Weir" Keegan Theatre presents the story of a woman who is new to town and able to top the ghostly stories of a pub's regulars. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $35, seniors and students $30.
"Walls Speak: The Narrative Art of Hildreth MeiÃ¨re" The first major retrospective of the Art Deco muralist (1892-1961) is a traveling collection of sketches, studies, cartoons, models, mosaics and altarpieces. Opens Saturday. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. Free; $5 suggested donation.
"Finn McCool" Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue presents a rock-and-roll musical based on an Irish folk legend. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 7 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 800-838-3006. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. www.getdizzywithlizzie.com. $20.
"Celebrating 100 Years at the National Museum of Natural History" A photographic exhibition recalls the museum's evolution from the time its doors opened in 1910 to the present day. Closes Sunday. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu. Free.