Smithsonian Folklife Festival This year’s event focuses on China and Kenya, with performances, workshops and demonstrations to share cultural traditions such as music, art, stories, language, food, games and crafts. Thursday-Sunday 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Evening concerts will be held Thursday and Saturday nights at 6 on the Moonrise Pavilion and Ngoma Stage. The Mall, between the U.S. Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. 202-633-1000. www.festival.si.edu. Free.
“’Murrica” Dana Fleitman hosts the all-American comedy show/theme party with David Tveite, Elahe Izadi, Simone Shiz, Dylan Meyer and Hillary Joyce. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Bier Baron, 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-293-1887. www.inlovewithbier.com. www.murrica.brownpapertickets.com. $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
George Beard The artist displays his abstract paintings made from recycled materials. Opens Thursday with a reception at 6 p.m. Through Aug. 2. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. Free.
“The BIG Maze” This large-scale maze made of plywood was inspired by ancient labyrinths and modern corn mazes. Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, the maze stands approximately 18 feet high and measures 60 feet by 60 feet. Opens Friday. Through Sept. 1. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. $16; seniors, students and ages 3-17 $13; 2 and younger free.
“One Life: Grant and Lee: ‘It Is Well That War Is So Terrible . . .’ ” The lives of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are explored through paintings, photographs and historic objects. Opens Friday. Through May 25, 2015. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. npg.si.edu. Free.
“Happy Days” In Scena Theatre’s staging of Samuel Beckett’s play, Nancy Robinette plays a woman trapped in a mound of earth and struggling with her place in life. Thursday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.scenatheater.org. $35-$40, students $20-$25.
Kenny Lattimore The Grammy-nominated R&B singer-songwriter is best known for hits “Never Too Busy” and “For You.” 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $35-$70.
White Ford Bronco The D.C. party band plays hits from the ’90s. With the 19th Street Band. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $15.
“Yellow Wallpaper” Pallas Theatre Company stages a feminist musical based on a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman about a depressed woman obsessed with the wallpaper in the room where she is confined. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. www.pallastheatre.org. $20, students $15.
“Freud’s Last Session” Sigmund Freud and C.S. Lewis debate life’s big questions in Mark St. Germain’s play. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m. Closes Sunday. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. www.theaterj.org. $35-$65, seniors $30-$60, military $20-$50, 35 and younger $15-$25.
“Abraham Lincoln and the Technology of War” An exhibit exploring technological advances, their impact on the war and Lincoln’s interest in them closes Sunday. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fords.org. Free-$5.
Audrey: Her Life in Film A series of eight Audrey Hepburn films begins with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Monday at 6:30 p.m. Through Aug. 25. National Theatre, Helen Hayes Gallery, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.nationaltheatre.org. Free.
“In the Library: Documenting Loss and Preservation of Art and Architecture During the Second World War” Images from the Department of Image Collections at the National Gallery of Art Library show works destroyed during the war and tell the story of the efforts taken by the “Monuments Men” to preserve art. Opens Monday. Through Sept. 26. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
“Territories and Subjectivities: Contemporary Art From Argentina” An exhibition featuring 33 artists exploring trends from regions of the country closes Monday. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-370-0147. www.museum.oas.org. Free.
“Happy Accidents: Stories About Unexpected Outcomes” SpeakeasyDC hosts a night of storytelling. 7:59 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW. 202-234-8696. www.speakeasydc.com. $15.
“Carrie: The Musical” Studio Theatre’s 2nd Stage presents a rock-and-roll version of Stephen King’s story about a telekinetic teen, with music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Aug. 3. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. www.studiotheatre.org. $20.
NoMa Summer Screen NoMa’s weekly movie screenings include music, giveaways, food trucks and picnicking outdoors. This week’s film: “The Muppets.” Picnicking at 7 p.m., film at dark. 7 p.m. Through Aug. 20. Field at Second and L streets NE. 202-810-0088. www.nomabid.org/noma-summer-screen. Free.
“Rodney King” Roger Guenveur Smith explores King’s life from the police beating to his drowning death through improvised poetry. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through July 20. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $35.
Kim Scott The flutist from Alabama plays smooth jazz. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $20.
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3Studio Theatre’s 2nd Stage presents a rock-and-roll version of Stephen King’s story about a telekinetic teen (Emily Zickler, above), with music by Michael Gore and lyrics by Dean Pitchford. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Aug. 3. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. www.studiotheatre.org. $20.