"Sax" from the Hill Center assemblages show "Excavation" by artist Renee Lachman. (Photo by Gregory Staley)
THU 24

Capitals The hockey team takes on the Montreal Canadiens (Thursday at 7 p.m.) and the Buffalo Sabres (Sunday at 3 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. capitals.nhl.com. From $44.

“3 by Samuel Beckett: ‘That Time,’ ‘Embers’ and ‘Rough for Theatre II’ ” Arcturus Theater Company kicks off its first season with three short plays by avant-garde playwright Beckett. Opens Thursday at 7:30 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m., Through Feb. 3. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. www.dcartscenter.org. www.arcturustheater.com. $15, seniors and students $10.

“Excavation” Takoma Park artist Renee Lachman exhibits 20 assemblages of common domestic items such as piano keys, shoes and hinges. Artist reception at 6 p.m. Exhibit continues through Feb. 24. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. www.hillcenterdc.org. Free.

FRI 25

“Our Town” Thornton Wilder’s 75-year-old Pulitzer Prize-winning drama follows a couple through their lives. Opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., through Feb. 24. Ford’s Theatre, 514 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $20-$50.

Big Daddy Kane The’80s MC is bringing along a band for his show at the Howard Theatre. Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

SAT 26

“Cabaret” Keegan Theatre stages Kander and Ebb’s musical set in the German Kit Kat Klub. Suggested for audiences 16 and older. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday at 8 p.m. Through Feb. 23. Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $40, seniors and students $35.

Brooklyn Rider A string quartet made up of jazz musicians and indie rockers performs works from the commissioned collection “Brooklyn Rider Almanac.” 8 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.sixthandi.org. www.wpas.org. $30.

Cowboy Mouth The New Orleans rock band performs. With the All Mighty Senators. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.

“Orchids of Latin America”The National Museum of Natural History takes a look at orchids in Latin American folklore, scientific research and conservation efforts in this exhibit with orchids from the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection. Opens Saturday. Through April 21. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu. Free.

SUN 27

“Tryst” Washington Stage Guild presents a battle of wits between a handsome gold digger and a spinster. 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. Through Feb. 10. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. www.stageguild.org. $40-$50, seniors $30-$40, students $20-$25.

Rachel Barton Pine The world-famous violinist plays Paganini’s 24 Caprices for solo violin, Op. 1, in two concerts at two galleries. The first 12 pieces will be performed in view of the Phillips Collection’s portrait of the composer by Eugene Delacroix, which will be hung in the Music Room (4 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $20, students and children $8). The second set of 12 will be performed in conjunction with the National Gallery’s exhibit “Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac” (6:30 p.m., West Building, West Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.).

Chelsea Wolfe This Los Angeles-based doom-folk singer’s new album is titled “Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs.” For this tour, she’s reworked her older tunes for an entirely acoustic set. With Starred. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

“Desert Air: Photographs by George Steinmetz” An exhibit of sweeping desert photographs captured with help from a paraglider closes Sunday. National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. 202-857-7588. www.nationalgeographic.com/museum. Free.

“Every Four Years: Presidential Campaigns and the Press” On display: A “fireside chat” microphone used by Franklin D. Roosevelt, the “Florida, Florida, Florida” white board used by Tim Russert in 2000, and the suit, flag pin and glasses worn by Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. Closes Sunday. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. $21.95; seniors, military and students $17.95; ages 7-18 $12.95; 6 and younger free.

MON 28

Wizards The basketball team plays the Minnesota Timberwolves (Friday at 7 p.m.), the Chicago Bulls (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and the Sacramento Kings (Monday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200.www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.

TUE 29

“Fela!” Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child takes the stage in this musical about the Ni­ger­ian musician Fela Kuti. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 10. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $45-$100.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis This annual concert featuring the trumpet star tends to sell out. 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.kennedy-center.org. www.wpas.org. $35-$85.

WED 30

Reel Big Fish You may remember them from their heyday in the ’90s, when their first hit, “Sell Out,” was all over the radio and MTV. Now the Huntington, Calif., band is touring in support of its seventh studio album, “Candy Coated Fury,” an assemblage of frantic ska songs about love gone bad. With the Pilfers and Dan P from MU330. 5:30 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.

“The Motherf---er With the Hat” In Stephen Adly Gurgis’s play, a recovering addict loses his composure when he discovers an unfamiliar hat at his girlfriend’s home. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through March 10. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $39-$82.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports