“Pret-a-Papier” dresses made from paper by Isabelle de Borchgrave, at Hillwood through Sunday. (Alain Speltdoorn, Courtesy Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens)
THU 17

Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblahs The kindie rocker performs. Thursday-Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-8700. www.nasm.si.edu. www.discoverytheater.org. $8, children $6.

Max Major Mind-Reading and Magic Show The magician, who regularly sells out shows at Hotel Helix, will perform at LivingSocial’s downtown event space. Formerly known as Josh Norris, this mind reader was voted Washington’s Best Performing Artist by the Washington City Paper in 2011. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 6 and 9 p.m., Saturday at 5 and 8 p.m. 918 F Street, 918 F St. NW. 202-695-8983. www.918fstreet.com. $29-$49.

“The Bald Soprano” A quiet English tea party turns chaotic in Eugene Ionesco’s play staged by Nomadic Theatre. One of the best-known plays of the absurdist movement, “The Bald Soprano” skewers polite conversation. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Jan. 26. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-3838. performingarts.georgetown.edu. $12, students $10.

Huggy Lowdown and Chris Paul Tom Joyner morning show personality Lowdown and writer Paul present their stand-up material. Thursday and Sunday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $20-$22.

FRI 18

Blonde Redhead The New York alt-rock trio of Simone and Amedeo Pace and Kazu Makino performs. With Exitmusic. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $25.

Aboulia! inaugural ball There’s nothing formal about this improv show, which is only tenuously connected to the upcoming inauguration. Instead, park yourself far from the Mall and check out improv sketches from 13 troupes performing over two nights. Friday-Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. $10.

“The Minotaur” Rorschach Theatre and Atlanta-based Synchronicity Theatre team up for the world premiere of Anna Ziegler’s modern retelling of the myth. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Through Feb. 17. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $25.

Cheick Hamala Diabate and Sahel Dubbed the “African Inaugural Ball,” this show features the Sol Power DJs and West African multi-instrumentalist griot Diabate. For age 21 and older. 8 p.m. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-269-4535. www.tropicaliadc.com. $5.

Lalah Hathaway The daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway sings soul and R&B. With Russell Taylor. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $55 in advance, $60 day of concert.

SAT 19

“Boged: An Enemy Of the People” Theater J presents Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez’s play about an Israeli mayor who attempts to cover up a chemical leak until his brother exposes him, based on a play by Henrik Ibsen. Continues Saturday at 8 p.m. Through Feb. 3. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 800-494-8497. 202-687-3838. performingarts.georgetown.edu. www.washingtondcjcc.org. $30-$60.

SUN 20

“An Iliad” Scott Parkinson performs Homer’s epic as a one-man show. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $35-$72.

Nevermind the Inauguration: A Punk-Rock Counter Inaugural Ball and Festival of Resistance This benefit for civil-liberties causes begins with a day of film screenings and workshops about democracy and the suppression of social movements (noon-4 p.m.). By night, swing over for a punk and hardcore show featuring Catharsis, Magrudergrind, Trophy Wife, Dead in the Dirt and Los Gatos Negros (doors at 6 p.m.). Warehouse, 645 New York Ave. NW. www.frontlinesofnowhere.com. Films and workshops free, concert $16.

Smokey Robinson and the Let Freedom Ring Choir The honey-voiced Motown legend and the District’s Let Freedom Ring Choir perform at this annual tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Kennedy Center that the Obamas attended last year. Robinson’s career highlights include Grammy Awards and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Patrons must be seated by 5:40 p.m., concert at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. www.kennedy-center.org. Free tickets (limit 2 per person) will be distributed in the Hall of Nations beginning at 4 p.m.

“Pret-a-Papier: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave” The Belgian artist creates life-size gowns, including a look-alike of a Marie Antoinette dress, out of papier-mache. Through Sunday. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $15. Seniors $12, college students $10, ages 6-18 $5, age 5 and younger free.

MON 21

“The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck” An exhibition of sketches by the German-born Confederate propagandist and lithographer closes Monday. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu. Free.

TUE 22

“Henry V” Folger Elizabethan Theatre presents Shakespeare’s historical play about an ambitious young king. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 3. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. Pay-what-you-can Tuesday, regular tickets $30-$68.

“Fabulous! Portraits by Michele Mattei” This selection of portraits features women who have devoted their lives to the arts. Closes Tuesday. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, seniors and students $8, 18 and younger free.

WED 23

Jerseyband This band describes its sound as horn-driven metal or “lungcore.” Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $25, students $15.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports