Smithsonian Craft Show This juried show and sale features American sculptural objects and design. On Thursday at 6 p.m., Michael Monroe, former curator at the Renwick Gallery, moderates a conversation with artists Wendell Castle and Albert Paley ($50, includes show admission, registration required). Saturday at noon, Washington Post writer Roxanne Roberts talks about life as a journalist ($50, includes show admission, registration required). Sunday at 2 p.m., interior designer David Mitchell leads a panel discussion of emerging designers (free for show attendees). Thursday-Friday
10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 888-832-9554. www.smithsoniancraftshow.org. www.nbm.org. In advance $13 a day or $23 for two days, at the door $15 a day or $25 for two days.
Barbara Ehrenreich The author will discuss her book “Living With a Wild God: A Nonbeliever’s Search for the Truth About Everything.” 7 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $14, book with two tickets $26.
Miley Cyrus The pop star’s latest tour is in support of her latest album, “Bangerz,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard top 200 album chart. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. From $22.50.
“Golda’s Balcony” Tovah Feldshuh stars in this one-woman Broadway production by William Gibson about former Israeli prime minister Golda Meir. Saturday night will be a VIP night with a reception; Wednesday’s performance will be followed by a question-and- answer session. Opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through April 27. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. www.theaterj.org. $35-$85, seniors and military $35-$80, age 35 and younger $35-$40.
“Brief Encounter” Three romances occurring at a train station are the subject of Kneehigh Theatre’s stage show based on Noël Coward’s play “Still Life.” Live actors appear to “jump” in and out of film screens. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. From $30.
Lewis Black The angry comedian’s latest tour is called “The Rant Is Due.” Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. www.warnertheatredc.com. $43-$73.
Tamagawa University Taiko Drumming and Dance Troupe Nearly 30 drummers and dancers from the Tokyo university perform on the Mall as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Noon. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
Emmylou Harris The singer-songwriter’s latest release, “Old Yellow Moon,” with Rodney Crowell, won a Grammy this year. Her current tour, however, is in support of another Grammy-winning album — the reissue of her 1995 “Wrecking Ball.” With producer Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jim Wilson. 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. www.thelincolndc.com. $75.
Louis Lortie The French Canadian pianist performs works by Chopin and Wagner in this concert presented by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.kennedy-center.org. www.wpas.org. $49.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade Lavish floats, giant helium balloons and bands march down Constitution Avenue from Seventh to 17th streets NW. 10 a.m.-noon. 877-442-5666. ncbf.tunestub.com. Free to stand between Ninth and 15th streets, $20 grandstand seating between 15th and 17th streets.
Sakura Matsuri: Japanese Street Festival The 54th annual festival features food, arts and culture, and live music on four stages. 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-833-2210. www.sakuramatsuri.org. $10, age 12 and younger free.
American Art Cherry Blossom Family Celebration Japanese culture is celebrated with floral-themed craft activities, live music and a gardening demonstration. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
The Sounds The Swedish indie rock band performs. With Blondfire and Ghost Beach. 5 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.
Lantern Making Family Day Activities include lantern making for both kids and adults, martial arts demonstrations, a moon bounce and traditional Japanese food. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-465-7080. www.yardspark.org. Free.
Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion The Washington Performing Arts Society presents a program of Indian classical music. 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org. $20-$65.
“Water by the Spoonful” Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows a veteran struggling to get back into civilian life who crosses paths with four recovering addicts. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20-$75.
“Loveland” Ann Randolph stars in the one-woman comedy about airplane passengers, including one dealing with death. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $25-$40.
Native Sun The London-based duo blends hip-hop and African rhythms. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Six overachievers compete in this musical, which includes audience participation. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through May 17. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $25-$67.
Rufus Wainwright The singer-songwriter performs. With Lucy Wainright Roche. 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. www.thelincolndc.com. $45.
“Peter Pan” The Washington Ballet’s new production is choreographed by Septime Webre. Opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., through April 27. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $25.
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