“Stars and Stripes: The American Flag in Contemporary Art” A flag-themed group show by 21 artists is exhibited in connection with the publication of an art book of the same name compiled by E. Ashley Rooney and Stephanie Standish. Rooney will sign copies and answer questions at the opening reception Thursday 5-8 p.m. Through Sept. 5. Zenith Gallery Salon, 1429 Iris St. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.
Jimmy Carter The former president will sign copies of his new book “A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety.” There will be no presentation. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Red Tail Ring The Michigan folk duo of Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp has toured internationally. 7 p.m. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-255-2180. www.cornerstorearts.org. $20, in advance $15.
“Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street — Prog Metal Version!” Landless Theatre Company gives a metal twist to Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s play about a murdering barber. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., through Aug. 2. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $29.
Wood & Wire The four-piece bluegrass band performs. With the Honey Dewdrops and Caleb Stine. 8:30 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700. www.gypsysallys.com. $10 in advance, $14 day of show.
Capital Fringe Festival The festival celebrates its 10th year with more than 120 theater performances, live music and a beer garden. Opens Thursday and runs through July 26. Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. 866-811-4111. www.capitalfringe.org. $17 per show, plus a one-time purchase of $7 admission button.
Evening at the Embassy of Ghana Embassy Experiences presents a dinner and diplomatic reception with the ambassador of Ghana, featuring a cultural presentation, an African top 40 DJ, a film and an open bar. 7:30-10:30 p.m. Embassy of Ghana, 3512 International Dr. NW. 301-519-8030. www.embassyexperiences.com. $40, subject to increase.
“Dear Evan Hansen” The world premiere musical follows Evan Hansen (Ben Platt from “Pitch Perfect”) as he keeps secrets in hopes of fitting into an ideal family and getting a perfect girl. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., through Aug. 23. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $40-$90.
Yacht Rock Revue Part original rock band, part tribute group, Yacht Rock Revue puts a comedic spin on ’70s light rock. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $20-$25.
Janeane Garofalo The comedian, actress and radio show host performs stand-up. With Dave Hill. 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $25.
Sports Family Festival Players from Washington’s professional sports teams join the Washington Nationals Racing Presidents for a sport-themed event with games, crafts, scavenger hunts and activities for all ages. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8442. americanart.si.edu. Free.
All American Beer Fest Don your red, white and blue for the festival that includes pours from more than 45 breweries, food trucks, photo booths and live entertainment. VIP tickets allow early admission. 1-4 p.m. or 7-10 p.m. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. www.allamericanbeerfest.com. $25-$35.
Stiff Little Fingers The Northern Irish punk band performs. With Government Issue. 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $20.
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones The Boston ska-punk band stops by on its Eastern Run Tour. With Street Dogs and the Interrupters. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.
Taylor Swift The pop star shows the nation’s capital never goes out of style by giving two shows for her “1989” World Tour. 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 202-675-6287. www.nationals.com. $134.50-$479.
“Vietnam’s Ceramics: Depth and Diversity” The museum’s first exhibit since 2005 focused on Vietnamese ceramics shines a light on 23 works that exemplify the art of ceramics in Southeast Asia. Opens Saturday, on view indefinitely. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-4880. asia.si.edu. Free.
“The Big Friendly Giant” Based on Roald Dahl’s children’s book, the tale of an orphan and a friendly giant who go to Buckingham Palace in hopes of saving the children of England is staged. Tuesday-Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Through July 25. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.thenationaldc.org. $14-$38.
NoMa Summer Screen The outdoor film series continues with “Singin’ in the Rain.” The event includes music, giveaways and food trucks. Films are shown with subtitles. Event starts at 7 p.m., film at sunset. Through Aug. 12. Storey Park, 1005 First St. NE. 202-810-0088. www.nomabid.org/noma-summer-screen. Free.
Cheers or Sneers Short films that didn’t make the cut for the DC Shorts Film Festival are screened. 7:30 p.m. Penn Social, 801 E St. NW. 202-393-4266. cheers.dcshorts.com. $10.
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