Kaija Saariaho The Finnish composer’s works combine live musicians and electronics. With the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. 6:30 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $20.
John Heffron The winner of the second season of “Last Comic Standing” performs. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. D.C. Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $17-$20.
“Intersections: A New America Arts Festival” More than 100 groups take part in the incredibly ambitious, wide-reaching collection of music, theater, dance, film and spoken word at five Atlas venues. Opens Friday. Through March 10. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. Prices vary.
D.C. Shorts Wins Screenings of the best of former D.C. Shorts film festivals. Each show lasts 90 minutes. Friday-Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m., Sunday at noon and 2 p.m. U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.navymemorial.org. www.dcshorts.com. $12.
Wizards The basketball team plays the Denver Nuggets (Friday at 7 p.m.), the Houston Rockets (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and the Detroit Pistons (Wednesday at 7 p.m.) Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
Super Art Fight Brandon J. Carr, Baron Von Sexyful, Ghostfreehood, Henry Alexander, Dann Malihom, the Stompadons and Jamie Noguchi take part in a show that is part performance, part art competition. 9:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $12.
Orchids of Latin America Family Day The “Orchids of Latin America” exhibit provides the inspiration for crafts and face painting. Pot an orchid to take home. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Exhibit continues through April 21. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu. Free.
“Twelfth Night, or What You Will” Shakespeare’s story of a shipwreck and subsequent love triangle is staged by Taffety Punk Theatre Company. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Saturday. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-355-9441. www.chaw.org. www.taffetypunk.com. $10.
“Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill” The In Series tracks Kurt Weill’s career from Germany to America. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 3 p.m. Through March 10. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. www.sourcedc.org. www.inseries.org. $38, seniors $25, youth $19.
Puppet Stand-up Former Cherry Red Productions collaborators join forces for a comedic and adults-only puppet show. 8 and 10 p.m. Warehouse Theater, 645 New York Ave. NW. www.warehousetheater.com. www.puppetstandup.com. $20-$75.
“Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s”A D.C.-centric show about graffiti and street art during the rise of the go-go, punk and hard-core music scenes in the 1980s opens Saturday. Through April 7. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 12 and younger free.
“Our Town” Thornton Wilder’s 75-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows a couple through their lives. Thursday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 514 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $20-$62.
D.C. Funk-Punk Throwback Jam Timed with the Corcoran Gallery’s “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s” exhibition and AFI’s screenings of “The Legend of Cool ‘Disco’ Dan,” the 9:30 Club serves up the music-makers of the era. D.C. punk hero Henry Rollins hosts performances by punk and go-go groups from back in the day: Trouble Funk, Scream, Shady Groove, Black Market Baby, DJ Kool, Junkyard, Youth Brigade, Static Disruptors, Worlds Collide and more. 3 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.
“Kafka on the Shore” Haruki Murakami’s dreamlike book is staged by Spooky Action Theater. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. www.spookyaction.org. $20-$25, seniors $15-$20, students $10.
Ai Weiwei The Chinese contemporary artist and political activist’s indoor retrospective, “According the What?,” and an outdoor installation of 12 zodiac-inspired animal heads by Weiwei close Sunday. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu. Free.
“Excavation” Takoma Park artist Renee Lachman exhibits 20 assemblages of common domestic items such as piano keys, shoes and hinges. Closes Sunday. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. www.hillcenterdc.org. Free.
“In the Tower: Barnett Newman” An installment of the In the Tower series, which spotlights artists working from mid-century to present day, includes the abstract expressionist’s linear paintings and drawings from the 1940s. Closes Sunday. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
A Taste of Norway As part of Nordic Cool 2013, the Norwegian Embassy hosts a session on the food of Norway and a buffet dinner featuring the country’s cuisine. Shuttle service takes attendees to the embassy from the Kennedy Center and back. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $100.
New Nordic Cuisine Demonstration As part of Nordic Cool 2013, chefs Petteri Luoto of Finland and Hakon Mar Orvarsson of Iceland perform a cooking demonstration. Attendees can also watch on large screens in the Grand Foyer. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Capitals The hockey team plays the New Jersey Devils (Thursday at 7 p.m., Saturday at noon) and the Carolina Hurricanes (Tuesday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. capitals.nhl.com. From $44.
“Gute Aussichten: Young German Photographers 2012/2013” A photo exhibition by seven winners of Germany’s annual competition for graduate photography students opens Wednesday with a reception and discussion of trends in photography at 6 p.m. Through April 12. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/enindex.htm. Free.
The Skatalites The Jamaican ska band, formed in 1964, performs. With Gallo and Lucky Dub. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $17.50 in advance, $22 day of show.
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