Correction: An earlier version of this guide included a listing for the D.C. Dragon Boat Festival, scheduled for Saturday and Sunday on the Potomac River. The festival has been canceled because of high water; it has not yet been rescheduled. This version has been corrected.
Vitaminwater Uncapped Live Brightest Young Things and Art Whino have transformed a 20,000-square-foot space into an art and performance venue for a month. View 2,000 works by 500 artists in the “G40” exhibit or take advantage of the WiFi lounge. Events range from rock bands and dance parties to fashion shows, comedy acts, murder mysteries and films. Two dance parties kick off opening week: Fatback Friday at 10 p.m. (free); End of the World Party with Chris Burns, Deep Sugar, Navbox and others Saturday at 10 p.m. ($1 requested donation). Visit the Web site for a complete schedule. Opens Thursday noon-2 a.m., continues Friday-Saturday noon-2 a.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday noon-midnight. Through June 17. Uncapped Live, 2217 14th St. NW. www.brightestyoungthings.com. Most events free; some $5-$10. The Avi Wisnia Quartet The Philadelphia group plays original pop, folk and bossa nova songs and remixes of pop tunes by the likes of Lauryn Hill, Wilco and TLC. 5-8 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
Allan Havey This comedian’s credits include roles on “Seinfeld,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and films “Internal Affairs,” “Checking Out” and “Rounders.” 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. $15-$17.
“This IS Hawai’i” The National Museum of the American Indian and Transformer Gallery present works by Maika’i Tubbs, Solomon Enos, Carl Pao and Puni Kukahiko on what it means to be Hawaiian in the 21st century. Opens Thursday. Through July 4. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nmai.si.edu. Free.
Endangered Species Day Tour the U.S. Botanic Garden’s endangered species and native plant collections. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. www.usbg.gov. Free.
“Young Frankenstein” Mel Brooks’s 1974 spoof of “Frankenstein” (rated PG) has become a classic in its own right. See what happens when you construct a man with a brain called “Abby Normal.” 8 p.m. American City Diner, 5532 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-244-1949. www.americancitydiner.com. Free.
“Traditional Chinese Paintings” A display of a dozen pieces from some of China’s most famous artists, including Qi Baishi and Zhang Daqian. Closes Friday. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. www.democraticwoman.org. Free.
Fiesta Asia Street Fair Asia Heritage Foundation presents music, dance and martial arts on four entertainment stages, plus cooking and lion dance demonstrations, a multicultural marketplace, cultural displays and activities as part of the month-long, multi-venue National Asian Heritage Festival. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 202-470-0899. Pennsylvania Avenue between Third and Sixth streets NW. www.asiaheritagefoundation.org. Free.
DC101 Chili Cook-Off Californian alt-rock band Weezer headlines a show with Seether, Papa Roach, Panic! at the Disco, Neon Trees, Paper Tongues and Middle Class Rut while 101 chefs compete for best-chili bragging rights. Proceeds benefit the National Kidney Foundation Serving the National Capital Area. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-551-7328. www.dc101chilicookoff.com. $35 in advance, $55 day of event.
VSA Start With the Arts Festival The international organization concerned with arts and disability presents its sixth annual event with music, dance, improv and children’s activities. Saturday-Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
“Trojan Women 2.0” The Rude Mechanicals present Charles Mee’s spin on Euripedes’s “Trojan Women,” incorporating stories, songs and poems about the effects of war on women. Friday at 10 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. www.dcartscenter.org. www.rudemechanicals.
com. $15, seniors and students $12.
Shepherd Park Garden Tour Seven gardens in the Shepherd Park, Colonial Village and North Portal Estates neighborhoods are part of a self-guided tour sponsored by the Shepherd Park Citizens Association. Tour 1-4 p.m.; tickets available at 12:45 p.m. in front of Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. 202-829-6886. www.shepherdpark.org. $15.
“Carmen” Georges Bizet’s original score is paired with Picasso-inspired sets for this ballet version of the classic opera. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m., closes Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.washingtonballet.org. $29-$87.
Face to Face The California punk band is reunited and back on tour with a brand-new (as in, just released a few days ago) album, “Laugh Now . . . Laugh Later.” With Strung Out, Cerebral Ballzy and the Darlings. Doors open at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $20 in advance, $23 day of show.
“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Frank Capra’s 1939 film starring Jimmy Stewart, about an honest man standing up to corrupt politicians, starts off the new monthly U Street Movie Series of D.C.-related movies. Gates open at 7 p.m. with deejays and picnicking. A short documentary (“This Chair Is Not Me”) precedes the feature film at sundown. Rain date May 26. Harrison Field, V Street between 13th and 14th streets NW. movies.ustreet-dc.org. Free; donations accepted.
Walt Whitman 192nd birthday concert Soprano Adrienne Danrich, contralto Nicole Mitchell and pianist Thomas Bagwell perform the poet’s words set to music and arias from his favorite operas. 5:30 p.m. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, Ext. 16. www.artsclubofwashington.org. $20.
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” NoMa Summer Screen continues its train-themed series with the 1989 action film starring Harrison Ford as a swashbuckling archaeologist in search of his father and the Holy Grail (rated PG-13). Music at 7 p.m., film at dusk. NoMa Summer Screen, L between Second and Third streets NE. 202-289-0111. www.nomabid.org. Free.
“Lost Islands” In Reshef Levy’s 2008 dramatic comedy, twin brothers fall for the same girl. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org. $11, seniors $8.25, students $9.
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3Brightest Young Things and Art Whino have transformed a 20,000-square-foot space into an art and performance venue for the month-long Vitaminwater Uncapped Live. View 2,000 works by 500 artists in the “G40” exhibit or take advantage of the WiFi lounge. Events range from rock bands and dance parties to fashion shows, comedy acts, murder mysteries and films. Two dance parties kick off opening week: Fatback Friday at 10 p.m. (free); End of the World Party with Chris Burns, Deep Sugar, Navbox and others Saturday at 10 p.m. ($1 requested donation). Visit the Web site for a complete schedule. Opens Thursday noon-2 a.m., continues Friday-Saturday noon-2 a.m., Sunday noon-8 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday noon-midnight. Through June 17. Uncapped Live, 2217 14th St. NW. www.brightestyoungthings.com. Most events free; some $5-$10.