“Roman Holiday” This installment of the Phillips After 5 series, presented in conjunction with a citywide celebration of Italy (La Dolce DC), includes singing by members of the Washington National Opera. 5 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. Price for a special exhibition is $12, seniors and students $10, age 18 and younger free. .
The Choir of St. Martin-in-the-Fields The choir of London’s royal parish church presents a program of choral music that spans five centuries. A reception follows in the Parish House Parlors. 7 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766. www.stjohns-dc.org. Suggested donation $10.
Yefim Bronfman The Grammy Award-winning pianist plays Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the National Symphony Orchestra. Also on the program are works by Prokofiev and Glazunov. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $45-$85.
Musicians from Marlboro II I In the final installment of a three-part concert series, string players from Vermont’s Marlboro Music Festival perform pieces by Mozart, Haydn and Dvorak. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
Harland Williams The Canadian comic and actor has appeared in films such as “Dumb and Dumber” (1994), “There’s Something About Mary” (1998) and “Employee of the Month” (2006). Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. For ages 18 and older. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $22.
12th Planet John Dadzie, a Los Angeles native more commonly known as 12th Planet, is rising in popularity as a DJ and producer of electronic dance music, specifically in the subgenre of dubstep. 9 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $13 in advance, $15 at the door.
National Cathedral Flower Mart The annual festival, which started in 1939, includes plant sales and displays, food and crafts vendors and children’s activities. Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationacathedral.org. Free.
“A Time to Kill” In the pre-Broadway world premiere of John Grisham’s novel, a man struggles for justice in a racially divided town after a crime is committed against his daughter. Adapted for the stage by Tony Award-winning playwright Rupert Holmes. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through June 19. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $55-$70.
Colin Jacobsen The New York-based violinist is a member of Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert and performs frequently at Lincoln Center. He is joined by pianist Bruce Levingston in a world-premiere program of works by composers Sebastian Currier, David Bruce and Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky. 8 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5507. www.loc.gov. Free; reservations required.
The O’Jays The soul and R&B group formed in 1958 and had its first hit, “Soul Drifters,” in 1963. In 2009, the group was honored with BET’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 9 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. $65-$85.
Shortcut to Europe: Embassy Open House Embassies of the European Union open their doors to the public to kick off Europe Week, a series of cultural events such as speeches and film screenings in celebration of the continent’s cultures. The event is part of the annual Passport D.C. Visit the Web site for a list of venues. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 202-661-7581. www.europe-in-dc.com. Free.
“Off in a Corner” An exhibit of gouache paintings and ink drawings by Adam Dwight and Dana Jeri Maier explores the effects of drinking and the transition from childhood to adulthood. Closes Saturday. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. www.flashpointdc.org. Free.
“Sketch” In an effort to illustrate varying approaches to the creative process, 16 D.C. artists created sketchbooks that represent how they develop their work. The sketchbooks will be displayed on shelves for audiences to flip through. Closes Saturday. Transformer Gallery, 1404 P St. NW. 202-483-1102. www.transformergallery.org. Free.
“Symphony Stories” The Capital City Symphony presents a concert that explores the influence of art and storytelling on classical music. Works include Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” and Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition.” 5 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $20-$25, seniors and students $16-$20, ages 16 and younger free.
“Run Through the Unquiet Mind” In this play by theater artists the Rootstock Field, two brothers get lost in a world where the laws of nature cease to exist. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 9:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 p.m., closes Sunday at 8 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 866-811-4111. www.capfringe.org. $15-$25.
Angela Johnson The soul singer and Utica, N.Y., native released her sixth album, “It’s Personal,” in April 2010. 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW (rear). 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $25.
“A Fable for Tomorrow”A self-described pop artist, Alexis Rockman was one of the first painters to depict environmental issues in his work, illustrating what he predicts the future might look like with the impacts of climate change and deforestation. Closes Sunday. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu. Free.
“As Time Goes By” As part of the Phillips Collection’s 90th anniversary celebration, “90 Years of New,” this exhibit features two 20-foot-long hand-painted etchings by British artist Howard Hodgkin. The museum hosted Hodgkin’s first U.S. show in 1984. Closes Sunday. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. Weekdays by donation. Weekends $12, seniors and students $10, age 18 and younger free.
Chor Boogie Internationally renowned spray-painter Jason Lamar Hailey, a.k.a. Chor Boogie, has designed graphics for mobile devices and painted walls at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art and San Francisco’s Hotel des Arts. He presents a solo show of his wildly colorful and imaginative murals. Closes Sunday. The Fridge DC, 516 Eighth St. SE. 202-664-4151. www.thefridgedc.com. Free.
DC Design House For the fourth annual event, 20 area interior designers had one month to redecorate a room in the six-bedroom, 71 / 2-bath 1925 Tudor fieldstone house surrounded by more than an acre of formal boxwood gardens, a koi pond, a carriage house and a Beverly Hills-style swimming pool. Proceeds benefit Children’s National Medical Center. Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday noon-5 p.m. Closes Sunday. DC Design House, 3134 Ellicott St. NW. www.dcdesignhouse.com. $20.
“Liberty Smith” This musical comedy follows a fictional character as he grows up in Revolutionary America, befriending George Washington and apprenticing Benjamin Franklin. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at noon and 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through May 21. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $25-$55.
“Cyrano” Playwright Michael Hollinger presents his adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s classic tale about Cyrano, who loves Roxane but worries she could never love a man with such a large nose. Tuesday-Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through June 5. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. $30-$60.
“Dinka: Legendary Cattle Keepers of Sudan” Photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher discuss their latest book, which documents the vanishing people of Sudan. The book illustrates 30 years of the authors’ work throughout 40 African countries. 7:30 p.m. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. www.events.nationalgeographic.com. $18.
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3Embassies of the European Union open their doors to the public Saturday to kick off Europe Week, a series of cultural events such as speeches and film screenings in celebration of the continent’s cultures. The event is part of the annual Passport D.C. Visit the Web site for a list of venues. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 202-661-7581. www.europe-in-dc.com. Free.