Swell sharks will be among the stars at the National Aquarium Shark Weekend. (National Aquarium/KEN STANEK PHOTOGRAPHY)
THU 25

Nationals The baseball team plays the Pittsburgh Pirates (Thursday at 12:15 p.m.) and the New York Mets (Friday at 1:35 p.m. and 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 3:05 p.m., Sunday at 1:35 p.m.). Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. www.nationals.com. From $10.

Capital Fringe Festival The annual festival of performances from local and national groups continues through Sunday. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. www.capfringe.org. Fringe button (required for all shows for age 13 and older) $7. Individual tickets $17.

Flip Orley The comic hypnotist performs for age 18 and older. Two-item minimum. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $15-$17.

FRI 26

Music for the Phoenix: Washington Guzheng Society Members of the ensemble perform music inspired by a Chinese legend on a traditional 21-stringed guzheng zither. Friday at 1 p.m., Saturday at 1 and 3 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.

Incendio The instrumental world fusion band from Los Angeles performs. 5 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

Loretta Lynn The humble country singer with a 50-year career is best known for her hit “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” With Sarah Haze. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $55.

Carbon Leaf The Virginia group calls its style “ether-electrified porch music.” Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $33 in advance, $35 day of concert.

“High Art,” “Searching for Goldilocks” and “Suited for Space” Three small exhibits include 50 conceptual works, portraits and history-themed pieces acquired by the National Air and Space museum in the past decade (“High Art: A Decade of Collecting”); a layered-glass sculpture by Angela Palmer representing space surveyed by the Kepler Space Observatory (“Searching for Goldilocks”); and a traveling photo and X-ray exhibition of astronaut attire (“Suited for Space”). Opens Friday. Through Jan. 14. National Air and Space Museum, National Mall Building, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nasm.si.edu. Free.

SAT 27

Shark Weekend The aquarium showcases several shark species, including swell sharks, and hosts leading experts on shark history and behavior. There will also be a scavenger hunt, face painting and shark teeth to touch. Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. National Aquarium,
1401 Constitution Ave. NW. 202-482-2825. www.aqua.org. $9.95, seniors and military $8.95, ages 3-11 $4.95.

National Dance Day A day-long program includes a wide variety of dance performances (flamenco, hip-hop, jazz, ballet, Indian and Persian), instruction, live music and opportunities for visitors to dance. Organizers from the Dizzy Feet Foundation have posted instructional videos for those who wish to practice in advance. 1-11:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.

Soaring Phoenixes Make a kite inspired by the exhibit “Nine Deaths, Two Births: Xu Bing’s Phoenix Project” and take it for a spin on the Mall. Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.

D.C. United The soccer team plays the New England Revolution. 7 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. www.dcunited.com. $31.70-$62.95.

Choreographers Collaboration Project Dance collaborations were inspired by sites around Alexandria. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22; seniors, teachers and artists $17; college students $10, children $8.

SUN 28

Kankouran West African Dance Company Dances and instruments from Senegal, Ghana and Mali are highlighted. 2 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. Free.

“Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute” The exhibition of 20 paintings by the Norwegian artist includes “Two Women on the Shore” and “Madonna,” an unusually amorous 1895 depiction of the Virgin Mary. Closes Sunday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

“The Talking Walls of Buenos Aires” An exhibit of paintings, video and photography from 21 members of the Argentine collective Graffitimundo closes Sunday. The Fridge D.C., 516 Eighth St. SE. 202-664-4151. www.thefridgedc.com. Free.

MON 29

Screen on the Green This week’s film, 1979’s “Norma Rae,” stars Sally Field as a textile worker who unionizes her factory. 8 p.m. Series continues through Aug. 12. The Mall, between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. www.hbo.com/screenonthegreen . Free.

Plain White T’s The band rocketed to fame in 2007 with its hit “Hey There Delilah.” With the Wind and the Wave. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.

TUE 30

Paul Weller The English rock singer and guitarist formerly of the Jam comes to town on one of only six East Coast stops. With Matthew Ryan. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $45.

WED 31

“The Hunger Games” NoMa Summer Screen continues with the sci-fi film about a group of children and teens fighting to stay alive in a televised game. 7 p.m. NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. www.nomasummerscreen.com. Free.

The Alien’s Guide Short Film Festival The exhibit “Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.” provides inspiration for short films. 7 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1770. www.corcoran.org. Free, registration encouraged.

Vagabond Opera The six-piece cabaret group from Portland, Ore., offers songs in foreign tongues, belly dancing, Yiddish theater and neoclassical opera. 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $17 in advance, $19 day of show.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Dawn McCarthy Actor-turned-musician Will Oldham (a.k.a. Bonnie “Prince” Billy) and Dawn McCarthy of Faun Fables are on tour to promote their album “What the Brothers Sang,” a tribute to the Everly Brothers’ lesser-known works. With the Murphy Beds. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $30 in advance, $35 day of show.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports