Shakura S’Aida will be headlining the DC Blues Festival at Carter Barron Amphitheater. (Photo by Denise Grant/Photo by Denise Grant)
THU 28

“The Winter’s Tale” Shakespeare Theatre Company concludes its run of the play, this season’s Free for All selection. Thursday at noon and 8 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. Free tickets distributed through an online lottery and at the ticket line two hours before curtain, limit two per person. Line forms about 4 p.m.

U.S. Air Force Band Air Force Strings The ensemble plays music by American composers and songwriters in a variety of styles as part of the museum’s Star Spangled American series. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-767-5658. Free.

Salla Simukka and Emmi Itaranta Two Finnish writers discuss their books: Simukka’s young adult novel “As Red as Blood,” about a teenager who stumbles upon a drug cartel’s cash, and Itaranta’s novel “Memory of Water,” about a Chinese-controlled Europe where water is a precious commodity. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free.

“Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage” The musical based on the film about summer romance celebrates its 10th year with a new North American tour, opening in Washington, starring Samuel Pergande and Jillian Mueller. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 14. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849. From $48.

“Yentl” A girl dresses as a man in order to study Jewish writings. Her plan backfires when she falls in love in this musical based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl, the Yeshiva Boy” adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and Singer, with music and lyrics by Jill Sobule and additional music by Robin Eaton. Opens with a pay-what-you-can preview Thursday at 7:30 p.m., $30 previews Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and another pay-what-you-can preview Monday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 5. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. $10-$50.

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: Crowds inside the Pavilion of The States at the 13th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, September 21, 2012 in Washington, DC.People could "visit" their home state and learn about its literary heritage.(Photo by Mark Gail/For The Washington Post) (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)
FRI 29

Jazz in the Garden The series concludes with a zydeco concert by the Dixie Power Trio. 5-8:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360. Free.

Jackopierce Jack O’Neill and Cary Pierce formed their alt-rock acoustic duo in Dallas in 1988, broke up for five years and have been back together since 2002. With Emily Hearn. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. $22-$27.

“Flow: Economies of the Look and Creativity in Contemporary Art From the Caribbean” A showcase of works by 27 artists from 14 countries closes Friday. IDB Cultural Center Art Gallery, Art Gallery, 1300 New York Ave. NW. 202-623-1410. Free.

SAT 30

National Book Festival The 14th annual event hosted by the Library of Congress features more than 100 authors, poets and illustrators at several pavilions 10 a.m.-6 p.m., plus evening programs starting at 6 p.m.: Poetry Slam, a Graphic Novels Super Session and a Great Books to Great Movies panel featuring Paul Auster, E.L. Doctorow, Alice McDermott and Lisa See. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3400. Free.

D.C. Blues Festival Shakura S’Aida, 2013 Blues Music Awards nominee for contemporary female artist of the year, headlines the 26th annual flagship event of the D.C. Blues Society. The festival also features performances by Selwyn Birchwood, the Eddie Turner Band, Hardway Connection, Shirleta Settles and the Stacy Brooks Band, music workshops, and children’s activities. Noon-7:30 p.m. Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. 301-322-4808. Free.

Chinese Menu Comedy The D.C. improv troupe breaks down into groups of two, then comes together as a full ensemble. 10 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. $10.

“Amen: A Prayer for the World” For the sixth year, Washington National Cathedral partners with the interfaith arts nonprofit Caravan to display fiberglass sculptures (life-size figures in one of four prayer poses) personalized by 48 artists from Christian, Muslim and Jewish backgrounds. Opens Saturday. Through Oct. 6. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. $10; seniors, military, students and children 5-12 $6; age 4 and younger free.

“50 Egg Tempera Paintings” Started with a Kickstarter campaign, the exhibition shows off 50 paintings in egg tempera, a medium that has been used for more than 1,000 years. Through Saturday. Susan Calloway Fine Arts, 1643 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-965-4601. Free.

SUN 31

National Symphony Orchestra Steven Reineke conducts the annual outdoor Labor Day Capitol concert of American film, TV and Broadway music with Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Nicole Parker and actor-singer Christopher Johnstone. Gates open at 3 p.m., open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, 100 Constitution Ave. NE. 202-226-8000. Free.

Spoonboy The D.C. singer-songwriter performs. With Bellows and Eskimeaux. 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $10.

MON 01

FLOfest D.C. This music, wine and literary festival offers workshops, cooking demos, wine tastings and performances by Marcus Johnson, Rudy Gonzalez Latin Band, the Donvonte McCoy Latin Jazz Orchestra and Beverly McClellan. Bring a blanket or folding chair. Tickets include two food samples and at least four wine tastings. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Gateway D.C. at St. Elizabeths Pavilion, 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. $45.

The BIG Maze Inspired by ancient labyrinths, garden and hedge mazes from 17th- and 18-century Europe and modern American corn mazes, this large-scale maze made of birch plywood features several twists and turns for visitors. Closes Monday. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. $16; seniors, students and ages 3-17 $13; age 2 and younger free. Admission includes museum exhibitions.

“Modern American Prints and Drawings From the Kainen Collection”
The third of three exhibitions of art donated to the museum by Ruth Cole Kainen focuses on 20th-century American art, including a 1946 pictograph by Adoph Gottlieb, a 1951 drip painting on paper by Jackson Pollock, a black-ink drawing by David Smith from 1957 and a gestural painting on newspaper from 1976 by Willem de Kooning. Opens Monday. Through Feb. 1. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

TUE 02

“Imagining Deep Time” Featured artists Alfredo Arreguin, Diane Burko, Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, David Maisel, Semiconductor and others create artwork to explore the concept of deep time. Continues through Jan. 15. National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-334-2436. Free, ID required.

WED 03

“Belleville” In Amy Herzog’s thriller, a seemingly perfect marriage becomes one of mistrust. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 12. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. $44-$78, seniors $39-$73, students $20.

Perfect Liars Club See whether you can tell which one of four storytellers is lying. 7:30 p.m. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-293-1887. $10.

“Wilderness Forever: Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting America’s Wilderness” The Wilderness Act is celebrated with a juried photography exhibition of approximately 50 award-winning large-format images, presented in collaboration with “Nature’s Best Photography” magazine and Wilderness50, a coalition of conservation organizations, academic institutions and government agencies. Opens Wednesday. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports