Force/collision The D.C.-based interdisciplinary performance ensemble presents the U.S. premiere of “Trust me,” created in collaboration with German playwright Falk Richter. The piece uses dance, theater, video and music to explore the body and psyche in Western culture. Thursday-Sunday at 8 p.m. Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $10.
Source Festival The festival featuring 10-minute shorts, full-length plays and “blind dates,” in which pairs of artists from different disciplines collaborate together to create a new work, continues through June 30. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. www.sourcedc.org. www.sourcefestival.org. $10-$32.
New Kids on the Block The Boston boy band responsible for “Hangin’ Tough” brings its Package Tour to town. With 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $29.50-$92.50.
Rev. Peyton’s Big Damn Band The Americana and blues band from Indiana performs. With Jimbo Mathus and Alvin Youngblood Hart. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $18.
The Brubeck Brothers Quartet Jazz composer Dave Brubeck, a Kennedy Center honoree, died in December at age 91. The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, featuring sons Chris and Dan Brubeck, pays him tribute as part of the DC Jazz Festival. Dan (drums) and Chris (bass, trombone) are joined by guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $22.50-$32.
Super Art Fight Teams of artists compete, pro wrestling style. 9:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.
“Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code” An exhibit about gene sequencing and its impact on health care opens Friday. Through Sept. 1. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu. Free.
“Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography” Daguerreotypes by 19th-century studio photographers Charles R. and Henry W.M. Meade are displayed. The National Portrait Gallery’s holdings are supplemented by objects on loan including a large-scale daguerreotype of Sam Houston and two of Louis Daguerre. Opens Friday. Through June 1, 2014. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.npg.si.edu. Free.
Barbecue, Beer and Bourbon Event All-you-can eat barbecue and other Southern cuisine is served up with bourbon samples, beer from Port City Brewing Co. and music from Honky Tonk Confidential with “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. Ten percent of proceeds go to the MicroGreens project. Noon-3 p.m. Occidental, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-1475. www.occidentaldc.com. $55 in advance, $60 day of event, age 14 and younger $35.
“Fresh”An all-media, group exhibition featuring new and gallery artists opens Saturday with an artist reception 2 to 6 p.m. Through Aug. 31. Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.
“The Soldier’s Tale” and “Gianni Schicchi” The InSeries presents a pocket opera double bill. Stravinky’s “L’Histoire Du Soldat” is a Russian folktale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future and will make him rich. Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi,” retold American-style by Bari Biern, follows a family in 1960s South Philadelphia fighting over who will inherit their deceased relative’s cheese-steak shops. Opens Saturday at 3 p.m., continues Monday at 7:30 p.m. Through June 24. GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. www.inseries.org. $42, seniors $38, students $21.
The Roots The Philadelphia hip-hop band comes to town as part of the DC Jazz Fest. The Grammy-winning, longtime house band of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” was named one of the greatest live acts by Rolling Stone Magazine. With Snarky Puppy. 6 p.m. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. www.dcjazzfest.org/the-roots-at-kastles-stadium. $35-$75.
“Wait Til Your Father Gets Home” SpeakeasyDC hosts a night of of storytelling with fatherhood as the focus. 7 and 9 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22.
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company The best comedians from the troupe’s New York and Los Angeles theaters make up the road show. 7 and 10 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $20-$25.
“The Salon of Little Deaths” An exhibit of contemporary takes on still life and landscape by Milana Braslavsky and Matthew Mann closes Saturday. Hamiltonian Gallery, 1353 U St. NW. 202-332-1116. www.hamiltoniangallery.com. Free.
DC Jazz Festival The annual festival, encompassing 125 performances in more than 40 venues across the city, includes local and national performers. Through Sunday. www.dcjazzfest.org. Prices vary; many concerts are free.
“Waterworks” Approximately 50 works of water-based paintings by 10 local artists are on view through Sunday. Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 301-215-7652. www.american.edu/cas/katzen. Free.
Low The indie rock band from Duluth, Minn., recently recorded its 10th album, “The Invisible Way.” With Mike Doughty. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $25.
Marshall Keys The D.C. sax player continues his residency. Tuesday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Through June 25. Bohemian Caverns, 2003 11th St. NW. 202-299-0800. www.bohemiancaverns.com. $15.
Swing Shift The 18-piece big band plays standards. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $20.
“Caesar and Dada” WSC Avant Bard stages the world premiere play-within-a-play. Opens Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m. Through July 14. Catholic University, Callan Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. 703-418-4808. wscavantbard.org. $25-$50, seniors and students $20-$25.
Steve Berry The author reads from his latest thriller, “The King’s Deception,” about a CIA operation that could shake the British monarchy. A book signing will follow. No outside books allowed. 6:30 p.m. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. 202-662-7522. www.press.org. $5.
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