(“Neverwhere” poster by Emily Dere)
THU 15

Nationals The baseball team concludes a homestand against the San Francisco Giants. Fans entering through the Center Field can pick up a free Nationals baseball cap while supplies last. 4:05 p.m. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. www.nationals.com. From $10.

Caz and the Day Laborers The D.C. rocksteady reggae band performs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.

Food in the Garden The five-week series featuring tastes, tours and talks concludes with a tribute to Julia Child and a screening of “Julie & Julia.” 6-9 p.m. National Museum of American History, Victory Garden (east side of the museum), 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3317. www.americanhistory.si.edu. $20, includes two cocktails.

Jason Wright In his exhibition “The Great Escape,” the painter strips landscapes down to crisp geometric shapes and shades of gray. Opens Thursday with a reception 6:30-8 p.m. Through Sept. 15. Long View Gallery, 1234 Ninth St. NW. 202-232-4788. www.longviewgallerydc.com. Free.

War Stories and Free Beer War veterans share stories. Proceeds benefit the Green Beret Foundation. 7 p.m. Rhino Bar and Pumphouse, 3295 M St. NW. www.goruck.
com/events/warstoriesandfreebeer
. $10.

Dive-In Movie: “Airplane!” Watch the classic disaster-movie spoof from the pool at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Dress as a character or compete in a game of “Airplane!” trivia. Presented by Sixth & I Synagogue. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St SW. Venue 202-488-7500, tickets 877-987-6487. www.sixthandi.org. $10, includes one drink.

Henry Butler The pianist, a 10-time Blues Music Award nominee, plays boogie-woogie, jazz, blues and classical. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $25.

FRI 16

Truckeroo The monthly food truck festival returns with more than 20 food trucks, live music and games. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. 202-646-0045. www.truckeroodc.com. Free.

Doc Scantlin’s Palmettos The local big band plays an outdoor concert of hits from the ’20s and ’30s as part of the Jazz in the Garden series. 5 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sculpture Garden, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

“Neverwhere” Rorschach Theatre stages Neil Gaiman’s story in which chance encounter exposes a man to a darker side of London and turns him into a hero. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Sept. 15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. www.rorschachtheatre.com. Pay-what-you-can Friday-Sunday. Regular tickets $30, seniors and students $20.

Thievery Corporation The socially conscious, genre-bending band anchored by D.C.’s Eric Hilton and Rob Garza adds upwards of 15 musicians for its stage show. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday. A Thursday show has already sold out. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $45.

SAT 17

Trillectro The grass-roots event featuring hip-hop and electronic artists includes performances by Wale, Nadastrom, Carnage, Salva, Gent & Jawns, King Chip, DJ Sliink and more. Doors open at 11 a.m., show noon-9 p.m. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. 202-646-0045. www.dctobc.com/trillectro. From $39 in advance, subject to change; advance purchase strongly recommended.

NoMa Beer Fest As part of D.C. Beer Week, NoMa Business Improvement District presents an outdoor festival featuring local brews by DC Brau, Chocolate City Brewing Co., District Chophouse, Capital City Brewing Co., Three Stars, Right Proper Brewery (opening soon in Shaw) and the Brewer’s Art (Baltimore). The event includes live music by the D.C. roots rock band Mission South, DJ Grey Goon, games for adults and kids, food by Union Kitchen and local food trucks, children’s crafts and sprinklers. Children and friendly leashed dogs welcome. 2-8 p.m. Parking lot at 1250 First St. NE. Entrance at First and N streets NE. 202-289-0111. www.nomabid.org/beerfest. Free; $10 for two beers or $10 for four sample tastings. Beer tickets may be reserved online in advance. For a comprehensive list of all DC Beer Week events through Sunday, visit www.dcbeerweek.net.

Rock & Roll Hotel Seven-Year Anniversary With Kevin Seconds The founder of the punk band 7 Seconds headlines. With Kepi Ghoulie from the Groovie Ghoulies and John Stabb sharing Government Issue Stories & Songs. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $10.

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies The Eugene, Ore., big band plays songs from its latest album, “White Teeth, Black Thoughts.” Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $27.50 in advance, $29.50 day of concert.

“The Gibson Girl’s America: Drawings by Charles Dana Gibson” An exhibition of drawings by the artist who created the Gibson Girl, an iconic representation of the late 19th- to early 20th-century all-American woman, closes Saturday. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Graphic Arts Gallery, ground floor, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-9779. 202-707-4604. www.loc.gov. Free.

SUN 18

“America All Better” The Second City comedy group lampoons American politics. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $35-$67.50.

The Original Wailers The roots reggae band performs. With Elikeh. 7:30 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $20 advance, $25 day of show.

“As You Like It” Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade performs Shakespeare under the stars. Thursday-Sunday, opens at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Closes Sunday. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. www.fgcitizens.org. Free.

MON 19

Restaurant Week More than 200 area restaurants participate in the promotion featuring three-course meals at set prices. Monday-Aug. 25. www.ramw.org/
restaurantweek
. Lunch $20.13, dinner $35.13.

TUE 20

Mystics The women’s basketball team takes on the Chicago Sky. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. www.washingtonmystics.com. From $12.

“Much Ado About Nothing” The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s annual Free for All reprises the group’s 2011 production that sets the Bard’s romantic story in Cuba. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 1. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. Free tickets are distributed at the door about two hours prior to curtain, limit two tickets per person; an online ticket lottery is also available.

WED 21

“Awake in the Dream World: The Art of Audrey Niffenegger” A lunchtime gallery talk led by Associate Curator Virginia Treanor will focus on this exhibit of paintings, drawings, prints and book art by the artist and author of the best-selling novel “The Time Traveler’s Wife.” Noon. Exhibit continues through Nov. 10. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, ages 65 and older and students $8, ages 18 and younger free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports