“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” The Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series continues with the 1971 film. Picnicking at 7 p.m., film at sundown. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. 202-465-7093. www.capitolriverfront.org. Free.
U.S. Air Guitar Conference Finals Author and comedian Bjorn Turoque hosts the show in which competitors battle for the title of U.S Air Guitar 2015 Conference Champion, with bonus performances by 2008 World Champion Hot Lixx Hulahan and 2012 World Champion Nordic Thunder. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.
25/40 Celebration Award-winning blind bluegrass fiddler Michael Cleveland performs with his band Flamekeeper Thursday at 6 p.m. on the Millennium Stage as part of the Kennedy Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s continuing celebration of 25 years of the Americans With Disabilities Act and 40 years of VSA arts programming. Events continue through Sunday; last exhibition closes Dec. 17. Visit the Web site for full listings. 202-416-8898. www.2540celebration.com. Free.
Mars Day! NASA scientists and museum staff discuss the planet at this annual event, which includes hands-on activities with robots, art projects, model spacecraft and a planetarium show. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. nasm.si.edu. Free.
Screeching Weasel The Chicago punk band performs. With the Queers and Mr. T Experience. 7:30 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $24.99 in advance, $35 day of the show.
Dave Siegel The former Improv doorman and current CNN writer headlines a show in the lounge. With Rahmein Mostafavi and Max Rosenblum. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $17.
Brass-a-Holics The New Orleans band plays “go-go brass funk.” 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $20-$30.
Flo Rida The Floridian rapper performs. For age 18 and older. 9 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. $42.60-$118.
“The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)” Sophie and Big Friendly Giant team up to help stop other giants from eating children. Thursday at 10:30 a.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., closes Saturday at 2 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.thenationaldc.org. $14-$38.
Ariana Grande The pop star stops by on the Honeymoon Tour. With Prince Royce. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $29.50-$79.50.
The Dead Milkmen The punk band best known for “Punk Rock Girl” performs. With Ego Likeness and Bastards of Fate. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.
The Paul Reed Smith Band The funky rock band based in Annapolis features guitarist and guitarmaker Paul Reed Smith. With Dennis Chambers and Junior Marvin of the Wailers. 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $15-$20.
Capital Fringe Festival The festival celebrates its 10th year with more than 120 theater performances, free live music and a beer garden. Closes Sunday. Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE, and other venues throughout the city. 866-811-4111. www.capitalfringe.org. $17 per show, plus a one-time purchase of a $7 button.
Exhibit closings at the National Gallery of Art Two exhibits close Sunday: “Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns,” which examines the history of metalpoint from the Middle Ages to the present, and “In Light of the Past: Twenty-Five Years of Photography at the National Gallery of Art,” which features 175 images from the gallery’s collection. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
Screen on the Green The outdoor film series continues with “The Poseidon Adventure.” Dusk, at about 8 p.m. The Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets. 877-262-5866. www.hbo.com/screenonthegreen. Free.
Juried Open Regional Art Exhibition One hundred-four contemporary works by 96 artists curated by Mark Leithauser from the National Gallery of Art are displayed and available for purchase. Through Sept. 29. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. www.hillcenterdc.org. Free.
Brandon Flowers The lead singer of the Killers performs solo. 7 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. $35.
NoMa Summer Screen The outdoor film series continues with “Moulin Rouge.” The event includes music, giveaways and food trucks. Films are shown with subtitles. Event starts at 7 p.m., film at sunset. Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. www.nomabid.org/noma-summer-screen. Free.
“The Beach” Spanning the Building Museum’s Great Hall, this interactive architectural installation brings the summer experience of going to the beach to downtown Washington with an ocean made of nearly 1 million recyclable translucent plastic balls. A Late Night event takes place Wednesday 5-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 7. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. $16; seniors, students and youths $13.
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