Sharon Needles comes to town in RuPaul’s Drag Race on Tuesday at the 9:30 Club. (Jamie McCarthy)
THU 09

Winternational The seasonal celebration originally scheduled for last month offers cultural performances, gingerbread cookie decorating and exhibitors. 2-5 p.m. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300. Free.

“Vincent in Brixton” The staged reading presents a fictional reimagining of van Gogh’s early years in London. 6 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. $20, students free.

Gary Shteyngart The author of “Absurdistan” and “Super Sad True Love Story” will discuss his memoir, “Little Failure.” 7 p.m. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. Ticket $15, book $27, two tickets and a book $30.

“Minnie the Moocher” Cab Calloway’s music inspires Pointless Theatre’s puppet show about a small-town girl exploring Harlem, accompanied by a live jazz band. Continues Thursday-Saturday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Jan. 25. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. $20-$25, seniors and students $15-$18.

“Identimorph: Identity Portraits” Portraits by Sharon Shapiro and Jessika Dene Tarr add symbolism and animals to human faces. Opens Thursday. Through Feb. 1. Catalyst Projects, 716 Monroe St. NE, Studio 13. Free.

FRI 10

“The Tallest Tree in the Forest” Daniel Beaty stars in the true story of Paul Robeson, the African American singer and actor brought down by accusations during the McCarthy era. 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 Feb. 16. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. $40-120, subject to change.

Capitals The hockey team plays the Toronto Maple Leafs (Friday at 7 p.m., from $59), the Buffalo Sabres (Sunday at 3 p.m., from $53) and the San Jose Sharks (Tuesday at 7 p.m., from $50). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.

Jim Gaffigan One of stand-up comedy’s “nice” acts, Gaffigan covers PG-rated material such as fast food, fatherhood and being fat and lazy. Friday-Saturday at 7 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. $37.75-$47.75.

Brave New World: Music of “The Tempest” Folger Consort’s musical celebration of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” includes music spanning more than three centuries. Free pre-concert discussion with Robert Aubry Davis on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Concerts Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-544-7077. $30-$50.

SAT 11

James Carville and Mary Matalin The husband and wife known for their heavy involvement in politics (Carville on the Democratic side, Matalin on the Republican side) will discuss their book “Love and War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. 202-662-7522. $10, book $29.

David Greilsammer The world-renowned pianist makes his D.C. debut playing alternating sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and 20th-century classical composer John Cage. The Scarlatti sonatas will be performed on a standard piano while the Cage pieces will be played on a “prepared” piano, which has been altered with nails, paper, wood, rubber bands and other objects. 2 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. $35.

SUN 12

“Our Suburb” Two teens of different religions fall in love during the holidays in this homage to Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town.” Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at noon, Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. $30-$65.

Emerson String Quartet The Grammy Award-winning Classical Hall of Famers perform a program of Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. 6 p.m. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. $67.

“Edgar and Annabel” Holly Twyford directs a futuristic espionage story by Sam Holcroft. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 7 p.m. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. $30-$35.

“Here Is a Play Fitted” An exhibition examining scripts and prompt books from Shakespeare’s “Othello,” “Richard III,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream” closes Sunday. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. Free.

“Living Artfully: At Home With Marjorie Merriweather Post” An exhibit exploring the opulence of Post’s homes closes Sunday, after which Hillwood will close through Jan. 31 for cleaning. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Suggested donation $15, seniors $12, college students $10, ages 6-18 $5, age 5 and younger free.

“Pieces of You” Chanel Compton creates layered portraits of friends and famous people with paper, paint, charcoal and other materials. Through Sunday. The Fridge D.C., 516 Eighth St. SE. 202-553-4735. Free.

MON 13

Sue Monk Kidd The novelist will read from her book “The Invention of Wings,” an Oprah’s Book Club selection about a slave maid and the girl she serves. Doors open at 6 p.m., talk at 7 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $15, book and ticket $28, book and two tickets $35.

TUE 14

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons Contestants from the reality TV show take their drag talents on tour. RuPaul will not be present. 9 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $30.

“Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War” This exhibition revisits technologies of the Civil War era, such as the telegraph, the seven-shot repeater Spencer rifle, the USS Monitor, and the hot-air balloon. Opens Tuesday. Through July 6. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. Free-$5.

WED 15

Wizards The basketball team plays the Houston Rockets (Saturday at 7 pm.) and the Miami Heat (Wednesday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. From $10.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports