Polish rail worker Romek (Filip Piotrowicz) in Michal Rogalski’s film "Summer Solstice,” one of this year's Jewish Film Festival offerings. (Robert Palka/Wide Management)
THU 18

Evening at the Embassy of Croatia The Croatian ambassador and other diplomats greet guests at the party, which features Croatian cuisine, folk music, wine, beer, art and film. 7 p.m. Embassy of Croatia, 2343 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-519-8030. www.thingstododc.com. $48, subject to change.

Freakwater The alt-country duo released its eighth album (the first in more than 10 years), “Scheherazade,” this month. With Jaye Jayle. 9 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $12.

FRI 19

D.C. Shorts Wins The D.C. Shorts Film Festival showcases its best short films from 2015. Two showings are offered, Friday-Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-393-4266. wins.dcshorts.com. $15 per showcase, $25 for both.

Anders Osborne The roots singer and guitarist performs. With Andy Helm & the Handsome Strangers. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.

David Cross The actor, best known for his roles in “Todd Margaret” and “Arrested Development,” performs political stand-up on his Making America Great Again tour. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $35.

GlobalFest “Creole Carnival” The New York-based world music festival — featuring Haitian singer Emeline Michel, samba dancer Casuarina and Jamaican guitarist Brushy One String — kicks off its first-ever tour. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. $35.

Yandel The Puerto Rican reggaeton singer of Wisin & Yandel released his solo album “Dangerous” late last year. 9 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. $31.

SAT 20

“#thisiswhyimsingle” Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner and Jenny Walton’s dating-themed exhibition, inspired by their own experiences with dating apps and social media, opens Saturday. Through March 19. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. www.culturaldc.org. Free. The artists will give a talk about the exhibition Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu. Free.

“Kabarett & Cabaret” This In Series musical revue focuses on stars of the ’40s who fled Nazi Germany, such as Marlene Dietrich, Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Through March 6. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. www.inseries.org. $42, seniors $39, young professionals 35 and younger $25, students $22.

Brooke Waggoner and the Cowards Choir The singer-songwriter performs with her band. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $12, $15 day of show $15.

SUN 21

“Sweat” In this world premiere, crime rocks a Pennsylvania town after rumors spread of layoffs at a nearby steel mill. Continues 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. $55-$110.

“St. Nicholas” Washington Stage Guild performs Conor McPherson’s play about an Irish theater critic who follows a young actress to London, where he has a chance meeting with a vampire. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 240-582-0050. www.stageguild.org. Friday-Saturday evenings $50; other shows $40; discounts for seniors, students and groups.

“The Sisters Rosensweig” Three very different sisters confront their life choices when a birthday weekend goes awry. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. theaterj.org. $10-$67.

“Living the Dream . . . Singing the Dream” The Choral Arts Society of Washington and Washington Performing Arts Gospel Choirs perform their annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. 7 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $25-$70.

MON 22

Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen The New Orleans funk group performs. 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $20.50-$25.50.

TUE 23

R5 The L.A. pop band performs in support of its latest album, “Sometime Last Night.” With Ryland and Parade of Lights. 6 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-888-0050. www.thelincolndc.com. $35-$199.

“Othello” Faran Tahir stars in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s performance. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 27. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $20-$118.

A Conversation With Pussy Riot Ksenia Zhivago and Maria Alyokhina, members of the Russian feminist punk band who were imprisoned on charges of hooliganism after a protest performance at a cathedral in Moscow, talk about their experiences in conversation with Piper Kerman, author of “Orange Is the New Black.” 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

WED 24

The Electric Grandmother The D.C. “sitcom core” (think electronica with lyrics about TV) duo performs. With Psychic Subcreatures and the Sniffs. 7:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.

Washington Jewish Film Festival The festival features 150 screenings of 69 independent and international films, plus talkbacks and panel discussions with more than 50 filmmakers. This year’s themes include gender, migration, the supernatural, Arab citizens of Israel, artists’ lives and LGBT issues. Events will be held at eight theaters in the District and Montgomery County. Opens Wednesday. Through March 6. 202-777-3250. www.wjff.org. $13 per film in advance, $15 day of show, passes $150-$250.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports