Nationals The baseball team plays a home game against the New York Mets. 12:35 p.m. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. www.nationals.com. From $10.
Justin Trawick and the Common Good The bluegrass/folk band plays outdoors. 5 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.
Alexandra Horowitz The professor of psychology at Barnard College will discuss her book “On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes,” about how to be more observant. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.politics-prose.com. Free.
“The Fall of the House of Usher” The Pallas Theatre Company stages Molly Fox and Sarah Hirsch’s new musical spin on Edgar Allan Poe’s story. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Through Aug. 24. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. www.anacostiaartscenter.com. www.pallastheatre.org. $20, students $15; Thursday pay-what-you-can.
Beres Hammond The Jamaican reggae star performs. With DJ Inferno. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $39.50 in advance, $45 day of show.
Jake Johansson The Iowa comedian is a regular on late night TV, with more than 35 appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” alone. He also recorded an HBO comedy special, “This’ll Take About an Hour.” Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $17-$20.
Tiny Ruins New Zealand-based singer-songwriter Hollie Fulbrook’s band’s first album, “Some Were Meant for Sea,” was named one of the top five albums of 2011 by the BBC World Service program “The Strand.” 9 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $10 in advance, $12 day of the show.
Jazz in the Garden The series continues with Brazilian jazz trio Origem. 5-8:30 p.m. Series continues through Aug. 29. National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360. www.nga.gov. Free.
Cesar Orozco and Kamerata Jazz The quartet combines jazz with the music of their home countries, Cuba and Venezuela. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds The contemporary pop/ R&B recording artist, producer and label owner performs. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. From $70.
Kathy Sledge Her show, “The Brighter Side of Day,” is a musical tribute to Billie Holiday. Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $30.
Presidents of the United States of America The Seattle pop band performs. With In the Whale. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.
Steve Lauri The singer, songwriter and guitarist and current member of the Hollies celebrates the release of his solo album “Curfew.” With Ben Mason. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700. www.gypsysallys.com. $25 in advance, $30 day of concert.
The 9: Songwriter Series Nine singer-songwriters from the D.C. area perform in rotation. 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.
Karin Tanabe A former Politico reporter will discuss her novel “The Price of Inheritance,” about a disgraced young woman who falls in love with an Iraq war veteran. 6 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.politics-prose.com. Free.
“Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride” Capitol Hill Arts Workshop stages another slightly twisted Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Saturday. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org. $20.
Glo Run An untimed 5K fun run offers a “dreamworld” of glowing props and glowing gear for every runner. Registration 7-8:10 p.m., race starts at 8:40 p.m., DJ dance party at 9 p.m., costume contest at 9:50 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. www.theglorun.com/washingtondc/index.html. $50.
“Shining City” In Scena’s staging of Conor McPherson’s play, a therapist’s first patient might be haunted by his wife’s ghost. Previews Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Sept. 21. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. www.scenatheater.org. Previews $10, regular run $20-$40.
“Once Upon a Time in Shanghai” Star Philip Ng answers questions after a screening of the film, a throwback to old-school kung fu movies in which a martial artist finds work with a crime lord, as part of the 19th annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival film series. 2 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-0519. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
Step Afrika! Washington Performing Arts presents the touring step troupe along with 140 student dancers. 2 p.m. National Building Museum, Great Hall, 401 F St. NW. www.nbm.org. Free.
Cardinal Sons This band of brothers from New Orleans plays indie rock, folk and pop. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Audrey: Her Life in Film A free cinema series of Audrey Hepburn films continues with “The Children’s Hour,” co-starring Shirley MacLaine and James Garner, about harmful rumors regarding a friendship between teachers. Tickets distributed at 6 p.m., film at 6:30 p.m. Films continue weekly through Aug. 25. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.nationaltheatre.org. Free.
D.C. Restaurant Week Make reservations for special three-course, prix-fixe meals at more than 200 participating restaurants Monday through Aug. 17. See Open Table’s list online. www.opentable.com. Lunch $20.14, dinner $35.14.
Crimes and Misdemeanors: Stories About Breaking or Enforcing Laws and Moral Codes SpeakeasyDC hosts a night of storytelling. 8 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW. 202-234-8696. www.speakeasydc.com/events/item/crimes. $15.
Marty Nau The D.C. jazz saxophonist continues his residency at Twins Jazz. 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $10.
NoMa Summer Screen NoMa’s weekly movie screenings include music, giveaways, food trucks and picnicking outdoors. This week’s film: “The Sandlot.” Picnicking at 7 p.m., film at dark. Through Aug. 20. Field at Second and L streets NE. 202-810-0088. www.nomabid.org/noma-summer-screen. Free.
Agnes Obel The Danish singer-songwriter, whose debut album, “Philharmonics,” went platinum in Denmark, Belgium and France, performs a seated concert. With Gem Club. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.
“Unintended Journeys” Images and video by Magnum Photos examine the plight of those displaced by natural disasters and global climate change within the past decade. Closes Wednesday. National Museum of Natural History, Second Floor, Special Exhibits Gallery, Hall 25, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
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