Jay Z comes to town Thursday. (BENOIT TESSIER/REUTERS)
THU 16

Jay Z On tour with his 2013 ablum “Magna Carta . . . Holy Grail,” the rapper’s offerings include a catalogue of classics stretching back to 1996’s “Reasonable Doubt.” 8 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. www.verizoncenter.com. From $32.50.

“The Importance of Being Earnest” Two wealthy Englishmen make up tales to entertain themselves in Oscar Wilde’s comedy. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at noon and 7:30 p.m. Through March 2. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. From $20.

Todd Glass The stand-up comic is a regular on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Conan.” For age 18 and older. 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.

Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires The soul singer and subject of the 2012 documentary “Charles Bradley: Soul of America” channels the smoothness of Marvin Gaye and the sharp shouts of James Brown. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.

The Big Broadway Singalong: Love & Betrayal Musical director Joshua Morgan and professional performers lead a singalong of classic to contemporary Broadway songs. Lyrics will be provided. Suggested for age 18 and older. 7:30 p.m. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3251. www.washingtondcjcc.org. $15, seniors and students $12.

Encyclopedia Show DC This episode of the smart live comedy show delves into astrology. Music and happy hour at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. The Dunes, 1402 Meridian Pl. NW. 202-436-9118. www.epediadc.com. $8 in advance, $10 at the door.

Oliver Mtukudzi and the Black Spirits The Zimbabwean guitarist leads his Afropop band. With Krar Collective, dubbed the Ethiopian White Stripes by critics. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. www.lisner.org. $25-$32.

“The Powerful Strokes of Robert Freeman” An exhibition of figurative paintings by the nationally known artist is on display. Through March 1. Zenith Gallery Salon, 1429 Iris St. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.

FRI 17

“Everything That Rises” Lindsay Pichaske’s installation features the outline of an animal made from knotted human hair, attached to the ceiling, walls and floor with a web of threads. Opens Friday with a reception
6-8 p.m. Through Feb. 15. Flashpoint,
916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. www.culturaldc.org. Free.

An Officer and an Auction: Stars and Studs The GI Film Group and Sip With Socialites host the second annual charity bachelor auction. The event includes an open beer and wine bar, appetizers, desserts, celebrity guests and a silent auction of dinner dates with bachelors, including Iron Chef Spike Mendelsohn. Cocktail attire suggested. Proceeds will support the GI Film Festival, a festival of films about American GIs. 7-10 p.m. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776. www.gifilmfestival.com. $50-$100 in advance. Prices increase at the door.

A Great Big World Singer-songwriter team Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino are best known for their song “This Is the New Year,” performed on “Glee.” 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.

“La Vie en Rose” The In Series teams up with the Washington Ballet’s Studio Company for a show that combines dance and cabaret. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.inseries.org. $40, seniors $37, students $20.

Rhett Miller of the Old 97’s The rock and roll frontman performs a solo set. With Trapper Schoepp & the Shades. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $22.50 in advance, $27.50 day of show.

“Bojagi and Beyond” An exhibition by seven Korean and American artists using bojagi, the traditional Korean wrapping cloth, closes Friday. KORUS House, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-587-6163. www.koreaculturedc.org. Free.

SAT 18

Bao Bao’s public debut The National Zoo’s giant panda cub, whose name means “treasure,” was born in August. She makes her first public appearance Saturday. No tickets will be required; visitors can see the littlest panda on a first-come, first-served basis. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4888. www.nationalzoo.si.edu. Free.

Jennifer Chiaverini The historical novelist will read from her novel “Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival ” about Kate Chase Sprague, the social nemesis of Mary Todd Lincoln. 3:30 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. www.politics-prose.com. Free, book $26.95.

Georgetown basketball The Hoyas play against Seton Hall (Saturday at noon) and Marquette (Monday at 9 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. www.verizoncenter.com. From $21.

SUN 19

Town Mountain The Asheville, N.C., bluegrass band won band of the year at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association World of Bluegrass convention; lead singer Robert Greer also won vocalist of the year. 8 p.m. Hill Country, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. www.hillcountrywdc.com. $10 in advance, $15 day of concert.

D.C. Restaurant Week Three-course menus at more than 200 restaurants are offered for $20.14 at lunch and $35.14 at dinner. Some recent newcomers include Alba Osteria, Arsenal at Bluejacket and Osteria Morini. Through Sunday. Visit www.ramw.org for a list of participating restaurants and menus.

MON 20

“Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces” This exhibition, featuring large-scale color photography by Michael Freeman, original drawings, patents and advertisements, 3-D-printed scale models and more, highlights the work of Rafael Guastavino Sr. (1842-1908). Closes Monday. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. $8; seniors, students and youth $5.

TUE 21

Capitals The hockey team plays against the Ottawa Senators. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. capitals.nhl.com. From $43.

Shen Yun Performing Arts Classical Chinese dance and music companies present a choreographed summary of 5,000 years of legend and history with grand processions, thunderous drums, and landscapes and ancient buildings on animated backdrops. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 26. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $50.

WED 22

Wizards The basketball team plays against the Chicago Bulls (Friday at 7 p.m.), the Detroit Pistons (Saturday at 7 p.m.), the Philadelphia 76ers (Monday at 2 p.m.) and the Boston Celtics (Wednesday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. www.nba.com/wizards. From $7.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports