FLIP ORLEY -- Today at 8 p.m. The comic hypnotist performs. Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $15. 202-296-7008.


OSTINATO -- Today at 9 p.m. The Arlington-based trio produces complex orchestral prog-rock. With the Willowz. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

JAMES BAZEN BIG BAND -- Monday at 8 and 10 p.m. The 18-piece ensemble plays authentic renditions of swing favorites. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. $18. NW. 202-337-4141.

SKELETON KEY -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. The Ipecac Recordings rhythmic junk-rock masters play with the District shoegaze outfit Alcian Blue. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $7. 202-667-7960.

YOUNGLAO -- Wednesday at 9 p.m. Hip-hop. With Lucky Bastards. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

VERTICAL HORIZON & PAT MCGEE -- Thursday-Friday at 7 p.m. The college rock favorites play with Pepper's Ghost. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $25. 202-265-0930.

DONALD KNAACK -- Friday at 6 p.m. The percussionist plays junk jazz on found objects and recycled materials. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

JASON ROBERT BROWN -- Friday-Aug. 7 at 8 and 10 p.m. Music from the Tony Award-winning vocalist. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. $25. NW. 202-337-4141.

DAVID "FATHEAD" NEWMAN -- Friday-Saturday at 9 and 11 p.m. The former Ray Charles band member has been playing jazz sax for more than 50 years. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. $20. 202-234-0072.


K2 DANCE COMPANY -- Today at 7 p.m. Artistic director Katrina Toews leads the local modern troupe. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $18; seniors, students, teachers and artists $14; children $6. 202-269-1600.


TIM ROLLINS & K.O.S. -- Closes Today. Collaborative artworks by at-risk teens inspired by Haydn's "The Creation" oratorio. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. $8. 202-337-3050.

GILBERT STUART -- Closes Today. A retrospective of 91 pieces by the renowned American portraitist includes 13 of George Washington. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

JET ARTWORKS -- Through Aug. 13. Paintings by Matthew Arnold and Emily Lambert, photographs by Knut Hybinette and sculpture by Jason Robert Bell. Jet Artworks, 2108 R St. NW. Free. 202-232-4407.

TREASURES -- Through Aug. 15. To mark the museum's 25th anniversary, 73 masks and wooden sculptures go on view. Many items have never been exhibited before, including "Helmet Mask with Mother of Twins." National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

DAVID GARRICK (1717 -- 1779), A THEATRICAL LIFE -- Through Aug. 28. Printed texts, manuscripts, images and objects that give insight to the life -- real and staged -- of the 18th-century English actor and writer. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-4600.

SHOMEI TOMATSU: SKIN OF THE NATION -- Through Aug. 29. Prints from the Japanese photographer's collection that comment on historic symbols of Japanese culture. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $8, seniors $6, students $4, younger than 12 free. 202-639-1700.

WALLS OF HERITAGE, WALLS OF PRIDE: AFRIAN AMERICAN MURALS -- Through Oct. 16. Photographs and original art that spotlight historic and contemporary murals created by blacks. Includes works representing the early 20th century, the Harlem Renaissance, the social activism of the 1960s and contemporary hip-hop culture. Anacostia Museum & Center for African American History and Culture, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free. 202-633-4820.

For Children

AMY REICHERT -- Saturday at 3 p.m. The local children's author reads from and signs her new picture book "While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat." Borders, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-686-8270.


LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES -- Opens Friday. Through Sept. 4. The Actors' Theatre of Washington presents Christopher Hampton's version of the 18th-century French tale, this time with an all-male cast. Busboys & Poets, 14th & V streets NW. $26.50-$31.50. 800-494-8497.

D.H.S. PINAFORE -- Closes Saturday. The GLBT Arts Consortium and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop present an adaptation of Gilbert & Sullivan's "Pinafore." Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20. 202-547-6839.

THE PERSIANS -- Through Aug. 14. The Aeschylus classic anti-war play meets modern Mideast politics: Robert Auletta's translation puts the action in a Gulf War setting. Presented by Scena Theatre. Tivoli Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $25-$30, seniors and students $20-$25. 703-684-7990.

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