Clockwise from top left, Nicholas Rodriguez as Eilif, Kathleen Turner as Mother Courage, Nehal Joshi as Swiss Cheese and Erin Weaver as Kattrin in “Mother Courage and Her Children” at Arena Stage. (Tony Powell)
THU 30

The 2014 Washington Auto Show A lineup of vehicles on display, celebrity guests, contests and more continues Thursday noon-
9 p.m., Friday noon-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Closes Sunday. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-237-7200. $12, ages 6-12 $5, age 5 and younger free.

Anna Quindlen The Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist will read from her novel “Still Life With Bread Crumbs,” about a photographer whose skills are decaying. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, copies of the book will be available for $26.

“Dyskolos” Ambassador Theater puts a modern twist on the Greek comedy. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. $30-$35, seniors and students $20.

FRI 31

“Mother Courage and Her Children” Kathleen Turner makes her singing debut in Bertolt Brecht’s antiwar play. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through March 9. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. $50-$99, subject to change.

Third Coast Percussion The percussion and instrumental group performs. 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. $31.50 in advance, $35.50 at door.

SAT 01

Chili Cook-off Chilis submitted by amateur teams will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Attendees vote on a fan favorite. Proceeds benefit Cohn’s Kitchen and One City Eats. 1-3 p.m. Hill Country, 410 Seventh St. NW. 202-556-2050. $10 for 10 tasting tickets.

The Spring Quartet with Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese Jazz stars perform a showcase of jazz from its origination to the future. This will be the first of 26 shows on a 21 / 2-month international tour. Presented by the Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. $39-$49.

“Identimorph — Identity Portraits” Portraits by Sharon Shapiro and Jessika Dene Tarr add symbolism and animals to human faces. Closes Saturday. Catalyst Projects, 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 13. Free.

“Kaddish and Narratives” An exhibit of paintings, pastels and drawings by Gerald Wartofsky closes Saturday. Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. 202-234-3030. Free.

SUN 02

U.S. Air Force Band In honor of the Year of Military Women (March 2013-April 2014), instrumentalists from the Air Force Band perform a chamber music concert. Noon. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Capitals The hockey team plays against the Detroit Red Wings (Sunday at 12:30 p.m.) and the New York Islanders (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. From $37, subject to change.

The Washington Ballet The group presents the Jazz/Blues Project, including Trey McIntyre’s “Blue Until June,” Val Caniparoli’s “Bird’s Nest” and a world premiere by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, with music by the Howard University Jazz Ensemble. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. From $29.

“Aquarium” Jack and Calypso lead children and caregivers through a magical and interactive world with props, puppets and music. Thursday-Saturday at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. $8.

“The Gin Game” Two nursing home residents take up a game of cards in D.L. Coburn’s play. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. 202-290-2328. www.anacostia
. $30, east-of-the-river residents $25, seniors and students $20.

“Lions and Tigers and Bears: Through the Lens With National Geographic” Photography by Michael Nichols, Steve Winter and Paul Nicklen focuses on these animals. Closes Sunday. National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW.
. Free.

“Van Gogh Repetitions” The Phillips Collection’s first exhibition devoted to Van Gogh features 35 paintings and other works on paper and examples of 13 repetitions (different versions of the same work), bringing together portraits and landscapes from collections across the globe. Closes Sunday. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. $12, seniors and students $10, age 18 and younger free.

MON 03

Roddy Doyle The Booker Prize winner will discuss his novel “The Guts,” about the later life of the Commitments’ band manager. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Free, copies of the book will be available for $27.95.

TUE 04

“Stomp” Performers use a variety of objects to create rhythms. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 9. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. From $40.

AIA|DC Chapter Design Awards Exhibition The 38 projects selected during the 2013 Chapter Design Awards are displayed through Tuesday. District Architecture Center, 421 Seventh St. NW. Free.

WED 05

Washington Revels Gallery Voices This Valentine’s Day concert of songs about love includes madrigals and songs by P.D.Q. Bach as part of the series Happenings at the Harman. Noon. Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 301-587-3835. Free.

Darkside Psychedelic rock guitarist Dave Harrington and electronic producer Nicolas Jaar perform a stage show with scenography by Children of the Light. With High Water. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. $25.

Clannad The Grammy Award-winning Irish band performs a blend of folk, modern and traditional Irish music. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. $35.

The Ringers The group featuring Jimmy Herring, Wayne Krantz, Michael Landau, Gary Novak and Etienne Mbappe brings together players known for their rock, funk, jazz, blues and African styles. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $26.50-$60 in advance, $32-$60 day of the show.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports