Thursday, May 24

Tom “Pohaku,” Hawaiian Carver, the legendary surfer from O’ahu Hawaii demonstrates his skill and techniques as he carves a traditional Hawaiian surfboard and lashes together a traditional Hawaiian sled. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through May 25, National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium, 1st Level, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Fitness Book Talk and Signing, Dr. Joey Jones, author and principal at Robert Frost M.S., discusses his motivational book, “100 Percent, The Power of Giving Your All: 31 Ways to a Better You.” Learn to develop a good attitude and practical strategies and concepts to propel you to your next success. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Barnes and Noble, 12089 Rockville Pike, Rockville.Admission, free. 877-793-3538, or

WSC Avant Bard Plays, featuring “The Bacchae” and “The Tooth of Crime.” 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. For a complete schedule of previews and performances, visit the Web site. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25-$35. 703-418-4808 or

“God of Carnage,” After their sons get into a fight, two sets of parents confront each other and quickly begin acting like children themselves.Through June 6, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $55-$79. 703-820-9771.

“Hum,” Theater Alliance presents a play in which a couple explores true feelings in a world that keeps people from thinking. Through June 2, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $20-$35, $20 students and seniors. 202-399-7993.

“The Music Man,” A con man turns his life around by convincing a small town to battle trouble caused by a pool hall with a boys’ band. Through June 6, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$91, subject to change, based on availability. 202-488-3300.

“Xanadu,” A forbidden relationship blooms in 1980 Venice. Through June 6, Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. $62-$86. 703-820-9771.

Michael Colyar, 8 p.m. Thursday, 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Riot Act Comedy Theater, 801 E St. NW. $22-$25. 202-697-4900.

Friday, May 25

Movies at the Waterfront, watch a family-friendly movie outdoors. Dusk-9:30 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg. Free. 301-779-0371.

Drake, J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, French Montana, 7 p.m., Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. $59.75-$109.75. 202-628-3200.

The Ciroc After Party, keep the good times going after the Drake, J.Cole, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz concert at one of D.C.’s hottest nightclubs. Special guest appearances. Must be 21 or older. Doors open at 5 p.m., The Park at 14th, 920 14th St. NW. Call or visit website for guestlist information. Admission varies. 202-737-7275 or

Friday Night Fights, Every Friday night, the Black Cat shows two episodes of “Tales From the Crypt” on the backstage, paired with drink specials. 7-8:30 p.m. Fridays and Jun. 1, Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960.

“The Bacchae,” Euripides’s Greek tragedy is presented by WSC Avant Bard. 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Sundays, Thursdays and Jun. 2, 2 p.m. Saturdays and Jun. 3, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10-$35. 703-418-4808 or

Amel Larrieux, 8 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35 in advance. 202-588-5595.

Lady Gaga and Madonna vs Katy and Britney, a dance night with DJ Lil’e. 9 p.m., 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930 or

Saturday, May 26

War of 1812 Bus Tour, for age 18 and older, a bus and boat tour to experience the routes and waterways the British Army traveled on their way to burn the capital. Lunch included. 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Gov. Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro. $65, registration required. 301-952-8010.

Linganore Wine Festival Trip, for age 21 and older, live bands, winery tour and samples, food, jewelry, art and more. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Bus departs from: Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington and Lake Arbor Community Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville.$66; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $79. Includes admission, wine tour and tastings. Registration required. 301-203-6000.

Bowie Holiday Parade, featuring marching bands, veterans groups, active service members and other local organizations. 11 a.m., Bowie High School, 15200 Annapolis Rd. Free. 301-809-3078 or

1970s Bike Show, a display of “muscle bikes,” including Sting-Ray, Fastback, Gray Ghost, Western Flyer and Ross Apollo Racer models restored to original conditions. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., A&M Cycle, 13002 9th St., Bowie. Free. Michael DeNardo at 301-262-4343.

Sunset Boat Cruise, enjoy a pontoon-boat ride on the Patuxent River; light refreshments served. 5-5:45 p.m., Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Rd., Upper Marlboro. $3; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $4. Reservations required. 301-627-6074.

Baysox 1K Beer Run, run three laps around the warning track circling the field, receiving a 12 oz. Beer at the end of each lap. Then stay and watch the home team take on the Altoona Curve. Race begins at 5:45 p.m.; game begins at 6:45 p.m., Bowie Baysox, 4101 NE Crain Hwy., Bowie. Call or visit website for ticket prices. 301-464-4865 or

Men in Black Movie Trip, for ages 10-17, catch the 3rd installment of the action movie at Bowie Theater Complex. 7-10 p.m., South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane. $11, must have signed permission slip. 301-249-1622.

Eric Roberson, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. 703-549-7500.

Dick Morgan, the piano legend performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

New Edition, 8 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. $57-$125. 202-628-4780.

George Acosta w/ Justin Sheppard, the Las Vegas and Miami deejays spin popular tunes. With opening set by Roberto Gonzalez. 10 p.m., Fur Nighclub, 33 Patterson St. NE. $20-$50. 202-842-3401 or

Sunday, May 27

The Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 p.m., The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $35 in advance, $45 at the door. 202-588-5595.

Mortgage Burning Celebration, to mark the historic church paying off its mortgage. With guest speaker Bishop Adam Jefferson Richardson Jr. of the Second Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. 3:30-5:30 p.m., Seaton Memorial AME Church, 5507 Lincoln Ave., Lanham. Free. 301-794-6476, or

1964: The Tribute, 7:30 p.m., Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. 703-549-7500.

“The Park” Beach Bash, in celebration of Memorial Day. Doors open at 8 p.m., The Park at 14th, 920 14th St. NW. Call or visit website for guestlist information. Admission varies. 202-737-7275 or

Sharon Clark, the jazz vocalist performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Monday, May 28

“Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play,” If you ever watched the Simpsons as a form of escapism, you may sort of relate to this plot line. This play follows a group of Armageddon survivors who, in order to weather post-apocalyptic doldrums, escape into Matt Groening’s cartoon universe of yellow-skinned oddballs by recounting favorite episodes. Through July 1, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$67.50. 202-393-3939.

Go Go: Lissen Band, 8 p.m. Mondays and Jun. 4, Takoma Station, 6914 Fourth St. NW. 202-829-1999.

Tuesday, May 29

Toni Redd, the jazz vocalist performs. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $20. 202-337-4141.

Tuesday Night Open Mike Poetry at Busboys and Poets, treat yourself to a fiery slam poetry, heartfelt spoken word, even rap and live music. To participate: Purchase a wristband on the day of the event. 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Jun. 5, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Wednesday, May 30

“Suicide, Incorporated,” No Rules Theatre Co. presents a tragicomic about a business that helps people write perfect suicide notes. Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through June 23, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20-$25. 202-544-0703.

Scripps National Spelling Bee, watch 277 spellers from across the country compete for the championship title. 8 a.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Thursday, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor. $20-$40. 301-965-2000 or

“Double Indemnity,” A wife woos an insurance agent into helping her get rid of her husband. 7:30 p.m. Through June 7, Round House Theatre, 4545 East West Hwy., Bethesda. 240-644-1100.

Vocal Arts DC, Bass-baritone Gidon Saks is joined by pianist Roger Vignoles in a performance of Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Ibert, and Richard Rodney Bennet. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45.00. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600, TDD:202-416-8524.

Fabian Almazan, 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $18. 202-337-4141.

U.S. National Soccer Team vs. Brazil, cheer on iconic U.S. players Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan and goalkeeper Tim Howard as they vie against Brazilian soccer legends Neymar and Ronaldinho for some serious soccer street cred. 8 p.m., FedEx Field, 1600 FedEx Way, Landover. $40-$345. 301-276-6000 or

Thursday, May 31

Vincent Chapman, the soul and contemporary jazz artist is back by popular demand. For age 60 and older. 7:30-8:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Rd., Laurel. $5; nonresidents of Prince George's and Montgomery counties, $6. 301-206-3355.

“Home of the Soldier,” The play follows an American soldier in wartime. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Jun. 2 and Jun. 7, 7:30 p.m. Jun. 6, Synetic Theater at Crystal City, 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington. $30-$80, $30-$50 seniors, $10-$25 students. 800-494-8497.

Jeff Bradshaw and Sandra St. Victor, the R&B/soul singers perform. 8 and 10 p.m., Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $35. 202-337-4141.

Friday, June 1

Nationals vs. the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. Fridays, 4:05 p.m. Saturdays, 1:35 p.m. Sundays, through June 3, Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287.

Dr. John’s Voodoo Music, he’s long been the musical embodiment of New Orleans, having created his own brand of voodoo music out of the city’s native gumbo of jazz, R&B, rock and other swampy sounds. A late-career renaissance, which continues in full with new album “Locked Down,” finds his grab bag of sounds just as broad, sharp and funky. 7:30 p.m. Jun. 1, Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $35. 703-549-7500.

Afrojack, 8 p.m. Jun. 1, The Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $39.50. 301-960-9999.

Frederic Yonnet, The jazz harmonica virtuoso always puts on a dazzling display. 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through June 2, Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). $25. 202-337-4141.

Saturday, June 2

Celebrating African American Heritage at Fort Ward, a commemorative program recognizing the post Civil War African American community who began settling on the property and working in the nearby Seminary area. Today, descendants of the 19th- and 20th-century residents of Fort Ward and Seminary area still live in Alexandria. Activities include, a public tour, wreath-laying ceremony, choir performance and more. 1-4 p.m. Fort Ward Park, 4301 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria. Admission free. 703-746-4848.

“DanceAfrica, DC 2012,” Performances by the African Heritage Dancers, Ezibu Muntu, Ammamre Mma Dance Theatre and Coyaba Dance Theater in honor of Griot Chuck Davis and other notables from the world of pan-African dance. Saturdays-Sundays, through June 3, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600.

“Spring Awakening,” The rock musical examines adolescent angst and teenage sexuality. Presented by Keegan Theatre. 8 p.m. Jun. 2, 4 and 7, 3 p.m. Jun. 3, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $40, $35 seniors and students. 703-892-0202.

Sunday, June 3

Sunday Supper, a dinner to benefit the James Beard Foundation and FoodCorps features a cadre of local chefs, including R.J. Cooper of Rogue 24, Bryan Voltaggio of Volt, Jamie Leeds of Hank’s Oyster Bar, Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve and Tiffany MacIsaac of Neighborhood Restaurant Group. Joining the chefs: mixologists Derek Brown of Columbia Room and Gina Chersevani. 6 p.m. Jun. 3, Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. $240. 301-347-3294.

Monday, June 4

“Invisible Man” A Conversation Encouraging Black Men to Strengthen their Community, Krystal Glass, community advocate, moderates this all-male panel discussion about the challenges black men face and  encouraging black men to be more politically visible, paternally visible, and actively visible in their community. 7-9 p.m. Jun. 4, Busboy & Poets, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington DC 20001. $20. Krystal Glass Empire.

DC Jazz Festival: Jazz Meets the Classics, 7:30 p.m. Jun. 4, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$65. Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, Tickets, 800-444-1324; information, 202-467-4600, TDD:202-416-8524.

Thursday, June 7

“Puerto Rico.. Fua!,” The island’s history is told through a satirical musical. Jun. 7, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.

Lanham Bearevement Support Group, for those who have lost loved ones. 10-11:30 a.m. the first and third Thursday of each month, Doctors Community Hospital, First floor conference room, 8100 Good Luck Rd., Lanham. Free. Cathy Cooper at 301-883-0866.

Jimmy Cliff, 7 p.m. Jun. 7, 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $40. 202-265-0930.

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