Johansen International Competition World-class string players ages 13 to 17 perform in front of judges and the public as they compete for $66,000 in prize money. The 34 semifinalists represent six countries at this event, held once every three years. Thursday-Friday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. 301-946-9531. www.fmmc.org. Free.
Anne Lamott and Sam Lamott The author of the bestselling “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” reads from and discusses her new book, “Some Assembly Required: A Journal of My Son’s First Son,” written with son Sam Lamott. A book signing follows. 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919. www.politics-prose.com. Free.
Miniature Tigers The Brooklyn-based indie band performs. With the Chain Gang of 1974, Geographer and Pretty & Nice. For age 18 and older. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. www.dcnine.com. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
Pablo Francisco This popular comedian is known for his spot-on impressions and observational humor about pop culture. For age 18 and older. 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. $28.
“The Charlie Visconage Show” A show created by improv actors reprises the idea of old-school, late-night talk shows (think Jack Paar on “The Tonight Show”) as live theater. As with real talk shows, the performances begin with opening monologues, feature interview guests plucked from across the D.C. arts scene and include musical guests. Closes Thursday at 10 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. $15.
Kabuki dance Bando Kotoji performs four traditional dances with live music by four shamisen players, one chanter and one percussionist. In Japanese with English surtitles. Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Center (Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW, 202-467-4600, www.kennedy-center.org, $39), and Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Freer Gallery of Art (Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW, 202-633-1000, www.asia.si.edu, free).
Fatboy Slim This British DJ spins “big beats” and has won 10 MTV Video Awards. Doors open at 9 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $45.
Kites of Asia Day Watch demonstrations of a variety of kites and decorate one of your own as curators explain how kites work and their influence on aviation. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nasm.si.edu. Free.
National ShamrockFest This year’s lineup features Boston’s Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, plus dozens of other DJs and bands, Irish dancers and fiddlers, crafts and sports, all on the field at RFK. 1-9 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. www.shamrockfest.com. $20-$40, VIP admission (includes beer and additional access) $70-$120.
“Shining City” A Dublin therapist and his widower patient wrestle with issues of guilt and losing faith in Conor McPherson’s play, mounted by the Capital City Players. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m. Closes Saturday. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. www.chaw.org. www.capitalcityplayersdc.org. $20, seniors and students $18.
“Cryos” Iwan Bagus photographs himself, encases the film in ice and then takes a picture of the ice block. Closes Saturday. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. 202-232-8734. www.studiogallerydc.com. Free.
“Petrushka” New York-based puppeteer Basil Twist presents a distinctive rendition of the classic tale set to Igor Stravinsky’s music. Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m., Sunday at noon and 4 p.m. Closes Sunday. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $22.50-$50.
Environmental Film Festival The 20th annual event with 180 films from 42 countries concludes Sunday. Among this week’s offerings: “The Whale,” Michael Parfit’s 2011 documentary about a lost young orca near Vancouver Island (Friday at 4 p.m., Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, free); and a sneak preview with clips of “The Dust Bowl,” a 2012 look at how farmland was rendered useless in the 1930s by human actions, followed by discussion with filmmakers Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan and Julie A. Dunfey (Sunday at 2 p.m., National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, special events entrance, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, free). Visit www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org for a complete schedule. Prices vary.
Ron Suskind The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist discusses his most recent book, “Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President,” and signs copies. 2:30 p.m. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. Free with museum admission: $21.50; seniors, military and students $17.95; ages 7-18 $12.95; age 6 and younger free; online tickets 10 percent off.
“2:46 and Thereafter” Transformer Gallery and DanDans, a Tokyo-based arts collective, host an exhibition of 18 Japanese artists’ responses to the March 2011 earthquake and resulting tsunamis. “2:46” refers to the time the earthquake occurred. Closes Sunday. Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth St. NW. 202-483-1102. www.transformerdc.org. Free.
Wizards The basketball team plays the Indiana Pacers on Thursday at 7 p.m., the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday at 7 p.m., and the Detroit Pistons on Monday at 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
Kevin Seconds The frontman of hardcore punk band Seven Seconds performs solo. With Vic Ruggiero (of the Slackers), Franz Nicolay (World/Inferno Friendship Society, Guignol and others) and Kepi Ghoulie (the Groovie Ghoulies). Doors open at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.
Capitals The hockey team plays the Winnipeg Jets on Friday at 7 p.m., the Minnesota Wild on Sunday at 5 p.m., and the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-397-7328. capitals.nhl.com. From $60.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds The Manchester rock band features the former lead guitarist and songwriter of Oasis. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $39.50-$79.50.
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