The Capital Fringe Festival opens Thursday with "1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera." (Courtesy of the Capital Fringe Festival)
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Capital Fringe Festival The annual festival, featuring 18 days of performances from local and national groups, opens with “1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera” featuring area musicians. Thursday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Festival begins Thursday and continues through July 28. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. Fringe button (required for all shows for age 13 and older) $7. Individual tickets $17.

UnStill Life In honor of the exhibition of still life paintings by French artist Georges Braque, the Phillips Collection hosts an early Bastille Day celebration with gallery talks, tours, cake, cocktails, music and a photo booth 5–8:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW, followed by a Brightest Young Things after-party with live synthpop performances 9 p.m.–2 a.m. at Malmaison, 3401 K St. NW. 202-387-2151. UnStill Life $22, after party $10, combined ticket $30.

Washington KastlesThe tennis team plays Missouri’s Springfield Lasers on Thursday and the following Wednesday at 7 p.m. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. $10-$85.

Music, Painting and Wine with Rikki Schmidle The artist instructs guests during an evening of painting. Wine and snacks provided. Art supplies optional. 7 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. $30, $45 with supplies provided.

Souls of Mischief The hip-hop band performs its 20-year-old album “93 ’til Infinity.” With the F.A.R. Exp. 9 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. $16 in advance, $18 day of the show.

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The Persuasions The a cappella group has released 18 albums since it formed in the 1960s. 7 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $25 in advance, $30 day of show.

Paul McCartney For his Out There tour, Sir Paul has been filling three-hour sets with Beatles tunes (including several he’s never performed before), Wings songs and material from his solo career. 8 p.m. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. From $49.50.

NRBQ The rock quartet formed in 1967. With the Rhodes Tavern Troubadours. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. $25.50-$27.50.

“16th Illustrators Club Juried Exhibition” The Illustrators Club of Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia, presents 300 illustrations by 90 artists. Closes Friday. Pepco’s Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth St. NW. 202-872-3396.
. Free.

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“War/Photography” event The Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturdays continue with a lemonade and cookie reception, views of the exhibit “War/Photography,” a counseling workshop, sympathy card writing and reflective children’s book readings. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. Free.

Photo Family Day Families can learn more about photography by exploring the “Democracy of Images” and “Landscapes in Passing” exhibits, making your own cyanotype and taking a quiz. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Crayon-resist Postcards Kids can explore the Indonesian art technique batik with crayons and watercolors. 2-4 p.m. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. Free.

Mooks The alt-rock band from Montgomery County performs. With Molehill and Vinny Vegas. 9:30 p.m. Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. 202-462-3213. $10.

SUN 14

“Baby Universe” New York-based Wakka Wakka Productions uses puppets to tell the story of a government’s attempts to create another hospitable planet after its is destroyed. Continues Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. $39-$62.

“Caesar and Dada” WSC Avant Bard stages the world premiere of the play-within-a-play. Continues Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Catholic University, Callan Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. 703-418-4808. $25-$50, seniors and students $20-$25.

“The Hitchcock 9” A series of silent films by Alfred Hitchcock, as well as films written by his wife, Alma Reville, begins with screenings of Miles Mander’s film “The First Born,” written by Reville, followed by a restored version of Hitchcock’s “Easy Virtue.” Pianist Stephen Horne provides live accompaniment. 4 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Cody Simpson The Australian teenage pop singer was discovered on YouTube. 7 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. $37.50.

PJ Morton The singer-keyboardist for Maroon 5 gives a solo performance and celebrates the release of his soulful pop album “New Orleans.” 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

“External Memory” A group exhibition introduces new members of the DCAC artist collective Sparkplug, including Amy Hugues Braden, Lisa Herman, Radio Sebastian and Lee Gainer. Closes Sunday. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7834. Free.

MON 15

Tidal Basin Paddle Boat Rides Two- and four-person boats can be rented for an hour between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the last boat out at 5. Groups may reserve boats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Open daily, through Sept. 3. Tidal Basin Boathouse, 1501 Maine Ave. SW. 202-479-2426. $12 per hour for two-seater, $19 for four-seater.

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Mystics The women’s basketball team plays the San Antonio Silver Stars. 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. From $17.30.

The Wild The Atlanta punk band performs. With Michael Cantor. 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $10.

WED 17

“Moonrise Kingdom” Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Bill Murray star in writer-director Wes Anderson’s comedy set at a scout camp on a remote island. Part of NoMa Summer Screen 2013. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Series runs through Aug. 14. Loree Grand Field, Second and L streets NE. 202-289-0111. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports