The Cherry Blossom pop-up bar, through April 15
If your Instagram feed was full of flashing “Stranger Things” lights and cocktails served in Santa mugs this holiday season, you can blame Derek Brown and Angie Fetherston, the duo behind the lavishly decorated “Miracle on Seventh Street” bars in Shaw. But because whimsical theme bars are popular year round, Brown and Fetherston are turning Southern Efficiency and the adjacent Mockingbird Hill into hosts of a series of pop-ups. First on the list, in time for cherry blossom season: a tribute to all things Japanese — think paper cranes, maneki-neko cat statues and Super Mario Bros. — with drinks and snacks to match. 1843 Seventh St. NW. Free, drinks priced individually. — Fritz Hahn
The Washington Ballet’s “Giselle” at Kennedy Center, through March 5
Given the ambition, variety and sheer number of works the Washington Ballet will offer, this is a season of historic reach and artistic significance. The company kicks off the spring season with “Giselle,” the beloved romantic-era ballet steeped in heartbreak and the supernatural, featuring a welcome luxury: the return of the Washington Ballet Orchestra, conducted by Charles Barker of the ABT and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. $33-$130. — Sarah L. Kaufman
Sounds of the City at multiple area locations, through March 5
Since 2012, D.C. Music Download has been a tastemaker and cheerleader for the District’s music scene, covering local bands and staging showcases. This weekend, the website is hosting its first festival: Sounds of the City, a four-day event that features panels, a record fair and concerts. The main showcase doubles as D.C. Music Download’s fifth birthday party, and it features District bands Den-Mate, Nag Champa, Fellow Creatures and Stronger Sex at the Black Cat on Saturday night. Prices vary. — Rudi Greenberg
“Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing” at Signature Theatre, through March 26
Google Elva Miller. Take a few seconds to listen to the 1960s housewife stiffly trying to swing through pop hits like “Downtown.” Imagine what playwright James Lapine, a Pulitzer winner for the book of the musical “Sunday in the Park With George,” will make of Miller’s story in the premiere of his comedy “Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing.” Tony and Emmy Award winner Debra Monk plays Mrs. Miller in the show, directed by Lapine. $40-$100. — Nelson Pressley
What’s special about a high school gym floor? To Theaster Gates, that seemingly ordinary floor represents the art and craftsmanship that constantly surrounds us. So he transformed it into a geometric installation, with wood panels sparsely scattered with streaks of colors. Forming part of an exhibition in one of the National Gallery of Art’s towers, there are also relics from a Chicago church (a slate roof and a marble floor, the latter forming part of a library with old issues of Ebony magazine), all part of what Gates calls “modern castoffs,” everyday objects that often get overlooked. Free. — Emily Codik
At Studio Theatre, a revival of Anton Chekhov’s peerless “Three Sisters” is being paired with a world-premiere play by Aaron Posner that dances, in metatheatrically Stoppardian fashion, with the classics. “No Sisters” is its title, and the conceit — at least on paper — sounds coolly of the moment. Although “Three Sisters,” directed by Jackson Gay, begins performances a week earlier, the two works will run concurrently once “No Sisters” opens March 16. $20-$75. — Peter Marks
“George Condo: The Way I Think” at Phillips Collection, March 11-June 25
Some will recognize the work of George Condo from the album covers he has designed for Kanye West and Phish, while others will know him as a productive and often provocative artist who still finds things to say in such traditional media as drawings and paintings. With “George Condo: The Way I Think,” the Phillips Collection will explore the artist’s work in a large exhibition of about 200 works, surveying his career of some three decades. Free on week days; $10-$12 on weekends. (Also free for members and age 18 and younger on weekends.) — Philip Kennicott
Priests at the Black Cat, March 11
As natives of the nation’s capital, the six-year-old punk band Priests makes music that’s often political and rebellious. In January, they released their debut album “Nothing Feels Natural,” featuring such tracks as “Pink White House,” which came out the week before the presidential election. This concert celebrates the release of their latest record along with a new one by Washington natives Coup Sauvage & the Snips. Also performing is Virginia-based group Atta Girl. $16. — Macy Freeman
The Environmental Film Festival — in its 25th year and kicking off March 14 at more than 50 area venues — has never been more timely. But don’t expect all the films to deal with global warming. Among the more than 180 offerings are “Kedi,” a charming documentary about Istanbul’s street cats, and “Peter and the Farm,” a profile of a cantankerous yet charismatic organic farmer in Vermont. Prices vary. — Michael O’Sullivan
It was 1965 when a 19-year-old Cher joined her late ex-husband Sonny Bono in releasing the iconic song “I Got You Babe.” You could say that duet laid the groundwork for Cher’s successful solo career, one that has spanned a whopping five decades and featured a bevy of hit songs, including “Believe” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” plus film roles in “Mermaids” and “Moonstruck.” Her last album “Closer to the Truth” was released four years ago. Now, following her run in Las Vegas, she’s kicking off a residency at MGM, where she’ll be performing through September. $109.09-$254.55. — Macy Freeman
For two decades, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage has been one of the most important cultural institutions in Washington. Where else can you find classical ensembles, world-music groups, ballet troupes, hip-hop artists, jazz quartets or tap dancers performing free every day of the year? The Kennedy Center marks the stage’s anniversary this month with a dance party featuring the infectious Irish/klezmer/bluegrass stew of Scythian and the unstoppable New Orleans funk and rock of Big Sam’s Funky Nation.
If you can’t make the big event, mark your calendar for March 22, when local soul and hip-hop artists pay tribute to the Soulquarians, the turn-of-the-millennium musical collective that included Erykah Badu, J. Dilla and D’Angelo, before Common takes the stage at the Concert Hall. Some of the best young jazz musicians in the country perform daily from March 29 to 31 as part of the annual Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program, as well. Free. — Fritz Hahn
Shift Festival at Kennedy Center, March 27-April 1
The Kennedy Center and Washington Performing Arts are teaming up to present a festival designed to highlight not only concert performances, but also a range of offstage activities of four orchestras from across the country. This inaugural season will include the Boulder Philharmonic leading guided nature hikes, the Atlanta Symphony holding choral workshops and the North Carolina Symphony focusing on the meaning of “Americana.” Prices vary. — Anne Midgette
Peter Brook’s “Battlefield” at Kennedy Center, March 29-April 2
Legendary director Peter Brook returns to familiar turf with “Battlefield,” a 70-minute piece drawn from his famed nine-hour adaptation of “The Mahabharata.” The 91-year-old Brook distills his meditation on war down to four actors and one musician; the production from Brook’s Paris-based troupe, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, has already triumphed in London and New York. There will only be five performances in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater – and no late seating. $35. — Nelson Pressley
This post has been updated.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that the Theaster Gates exhibition at the National Gallery of Art included a library from a Chicago church. Only the marble floor in the library is from the church.