Reckless Kelly The Grammy-nominated Austin country band performs. With Shane Gamble. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $15.
Washington Improv Theater Road Show The comedy troupe takes subject matter from audience suggestions. Friday-Saturday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Through May 31. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. $15.
Boz Scaggs The rock singer and guitarist who gained fame with the Steve Miller Band is on tour in support of his latest album, “Memphis.” Doors at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $43-$83.
Le Parody The Spanish duo of Sole Parody (vocals, ukulele, sampler) and Frank Santiuste (trumpet, metallophone, chorus) performs as part of the five-day Forward Festival D.C., celebrating electronic creative culture. 9 p.m. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-269-4535. www.tropicaliadc.com. www.forwarddc.com. Free.
“Making a Modern Museum: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Museum of American History” For the 50th anniversary of the museum, an exhibition looks back at the museum circa 1964. Opens Friday. Through Sept. 7. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu. Free.
Washington Ballet Studio Company The company presents George Balanchine’s “Who Cares?” set to George Gershwin’s Broadway music and David Palmer’s “Green Eggs and Ham,” based on the children’s book. Saturday-Sunday at 1 and 5:30 p.m. Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. www.thearcdc.org. $25-$50.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” Six overachievers compete in this musical, which includes audience participation. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Saturday. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $25-$67.
“Sacred Cows” Crash of Rhinos presents a limited return run of Mario Baldessari and Jim Helein’s 2005 comedy skewering religion. Closes Saturday at 7:30 p.m. National Conservatory of the Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. www.theconservatory.org/rhinos.html. $15.
David T. Little’s “Soldier Songs” This multimedia show combines animation, theater, opera and rock. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $38.50 in advance, $43.50 at the door, students $20.
Paul Barrere and Fred Tackett of Little Feat The guitarists, who first joined forces 35 years ago for the album “Dixie Chicken,” perform as an acoustic duo. With the New Orleans Suspects. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.
“Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera’s Mural at Rockefeller Center” Reproductions of previously unpublished letters, telegrams, contracts, sketches and documents detail the history, creation and ultimate destruction of a controversial New York mural by the Mexican artist. Closes Saturday. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. www.instituteofmexicodc.org. Free.
36th anniversary show: “The Art of Creative Diversity” The show features art by Carol Newmyer, Donna McCullough, Paula Stern and others. Closes Saturday. Zenith Gallery, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.
Cineconcert: Andrew E. Simpson and “Ben-Hur” Pianist and composer Simpson premieres his original score live during a screening of the 1925 silent film. 1 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free tickets, limit two per person, will be distributed at 12:30 p.m.
“Living Out” Gala presents Lisa Loomer’s play about a nanny and her employer finding common ground as working mothers. In English with Spanish surtitles. Continues Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. $38-$42, seniors $26, military and students $20.
“Elling” The Washington Stage Guild mounts a play about two mismatched roommates who find a connection in poetry. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. www.stageguild.org. $40-$50, seniors $30-$40, students $20-$25.
“The Admission” Busboys and Poets presents Motti Lerner’s play, originally performed at Theater J, about a love triangle and the effects of war. Continues Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. theadmission.bpt.me. $35, students $25.
The Capital City Showcase Supports the Troops A variety show to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project features comedy by Pete Bergen, Chris DeBo, Ol Mike B, Pat Riley, Haywood Turnipseed Jr. and music by rock band the Mercy Alliance. 7:30 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-431-4704. www.dcartscenter.org. www.capitalcityshowcase.com. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
“Sylvan Sounds: Freer, Dewing and Japan” Landscapes by American artist Thomas Dewing are juxtaposed with Japanese works acquired by museum founder Freer in the late 1890s, just after his first tour of Asia. Closes Sunday. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
“Degas/Cassatt” This exhibition reveals the artistic connection between Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt. Through Oct. 5. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.
The Woggles The rock-and-roll band from Georgia has been around for 20 years but gets its sound from the ’60s. With Jake Starr & the Delicious Fullness and the Stents. 9 p.m. Comet Ping Pong, 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0404. www.cometpingpong.com. $12.
Tarfia Faizullah The Bangladeshi American poet will read from her collection “Seam.” 4 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. www.loc.gov. 202-707-5677. Free.
Stefan Jackiw The violinist performs works by Mozart, Brahms and others with pianist Anna Polonsky as part of the Washington Performing Arts Society’s Virtuoso Series. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org. $35.
Iveta Apkalna The Latvian organist and winner of the 2005 German Echo-Klassik prize for instrumentalist of the year performs in a recital presented by the National Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $15.
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from staff reports
3The Spanish duo of Sole Parody (vocals, ukulele, sampler) and Frank Santiuste (trumpet, metallophone, chorus) performs as part of the five-day Forward Festival D.C., celebrating electronic creative culture. Friday at 9 p.m. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-269-4535. www.tropicaliadc.com. www.forwarddc.com. Free.