WIT Road Show
Washington Improv Theater takes its show on the road — but not too far — for three weekends at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Each night features improvised sets from several of WIT’s ensemble groups, as well as “The Fourth Estate,” a new improv comedy show that takes aim at the news media (what could be funny about that?). Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE; Thu. through Jan. 27, $15-$20.
Jay Pharoah was one of the most memorable “Saturday Night Live” cast members in recent memory, thanks to his spot-on impressions of JAY-Z, Barack Obama and Denzel Washington. Since leaving the sketch show in 2016, the comedian has popped up in TV and film roles while honing his stand-up, which shows a side he didn’t get to display on “SNL.” Pharoah is currently testing out new material for his second comedy special. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Fri., 8 p.m., $30.
Bobby Thompson Trio
D.C.-area singer/guitarist Bobby Thompson will celebrate the release a new single, “On the Ground,” at Pearl Street Warehouse on Friday with his eponymous power trio. Thompson, who fronts Revelator Hill, released a rootsy acoustic EP last fall but takes a much more electric, bluesy approach with his trio. Thompson will be joined by collaborator and fellow D.C. musician Ron Holloway. The in-demand saxophonist will open the show with his trio, playing a set of funk and jazz music. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW; Fri., 8 p.m., $10-$12.
Nashville singer-songwriter Rayland Baxter wrote his latest album, “Wide Awake,” while holed up in an abandoned rubber band factory-turned studio in rural Kentucky, then he headed to Santa Monica, Calif., to record in earnest. As a result of his surroundings, the album often oscillates between sunny, polished pop rock and more isolating folk songs. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., $15-$20.
Jumping’ Jupiter and the Grandsons
The 9:30 Club is hosting three local acts Saturday for a show dubbed Rockabilooza. Jumping’ Jupiter and the Grandsons close out the night, which also includes sets from Virginia & The Blue Dots and Dingleberry Dynasty. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW; Sat., 8 p.m., $20.
Joshua Harmon, who wrote Studio Theatre’s hit “Bad Jews,” returns with a timely play that follows two white parents who are headmasters at a boarding school. They pride themselves on diversifying the student body, but when their son’s plan to attend an Ivy League college begins to fall through, they start questioning their progressive values, in this drama that originally debuted in New York. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW; Wed. through Feb. 17, $20-$111.