Martha Stewart America’s most-recognized homemaker discusses her influences and inspirations and gives a presentation on entertaining in the home. A copy of her book “Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations” is included. 7 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 800-745-3000. www.dar.org/conthall. $35.
“Jersey Boys” Hits “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” feature prominently in the musical chronicling the rise of the Four Seasons. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 7. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-447-7400. www.nationaltheatre.org. $35-$275.
Flamenco Algarabia Ana Gonzalez, Jose Barrios and other internationally acclaimed flamenco artists perform as part of a collaboration with Madrid’s Fundacion Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. $30, seniors and students $18.
Mingus Dynasty Quintet Compositions by Charles Mingus live on through the quintet directed by his widow, Sue Mingus. Thursday-Friday at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $25.
“Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt” Mummification and ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife are the themes of an exhibit opening Thursday. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu. Free.
The Shakedowns Two local bands who haven’t been active for some years — rock and roll Shakedowns and psychobilly Alphabet Bombers — get back together for reunions. With Nervous Impulse and the Do Likes. Doors open at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.
“A Christmas Carol” A musical version of Charles Dickens’s classic Christmas story is staged with Edward Gero returning as Scrooge. Opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 2 p.m. Through Dec. 31. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $30-$75.
“Equivocation” In this Oregon Shakespeare Festival production, the Bardand his troupe attempt to find a balance between art and politics in 1605 London. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at noon and 7:30 p.m. Through Jan. 1. Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $70-$100.
Doc Severinsen and the Airmen of Note The trumpeter who led the NBC Orchestra on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” performs with the U.S. Air Force’s jazz band. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-767-5658. www.lisner.org. Free.
“Photo Finish: The Sports Photography of Neil Leifer” Muhammad Ali’s victory over Sonny Liston and other sports moments are captured in this exhibition. Opens Friday. Through March 18. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 888-639-7386. www.newseum.org. $21.95, $17.95 seniors, military and students, $12.95 for ages 7 to 18, free for age 6 and younger.
“7.4.11” Photographs by the nonprofit group Facing Change: Documenting America show different groups celebrating Independence Day. Through Friday. Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St. NW. 202-624-8643. www.carrollsquare.com/gallery.html. Free.
The Great Vazquez The life of Spanish cartoonist Manuel Vazquez Gallego is the basis of Oscar Aibar’s 2010 comedy, shown as part of the Festival of New Spanish Cinema. In Spanish with English subtitles. Saturday at 12:45 p.m., Sunday at 7:10 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720. www.afi.com/silver. $12.
Armin Van Buuren The Dutch trance producer and DJ performs. 5 p.m. D.C. Armory, 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-547-9077. www.ticketmaster.com. $40-$70.
Ravi Coltrane Quartet The son of legendary John Coltrane plays tenor saxophone. Saturday-Sunday at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. www.bluesalley.com. $30.
Suzanne Vega The singer and songwriter known for her single “Tom’s Diner” performs. 8 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. 202-397-7328. www.sixthandi.org. $35.
“Unbuilt Washington”An examination of what Washington, D.C., could have looked like if some of the proposed designs for its most prominent buildings were realized. Opens Saturday. Through May 28. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. $8; seniors, students and ages 3-17 $5; military and children 2 and younger free.
Cirque du Soleil In the new circus production “Quidam,” a young girl creates a fantasy world where the anonymous find their identities. Acts include aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and more. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Closes Sunday. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. www.cirquedusoleil.com. $45-$115, seniors and student $39-$102, children $35-$96.
“Arms and the Man” Constellation Theatre takes a break from the epic fairy tale genre for George Bernard Shaw’s quirky farce. Continues Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497. www.constellationtheatre.org. $10-$40.
“Earth 2100” The Washington Ethical Society screens the 2007 ABC documentary envisioning an uninhabitable world by the year 2100, followed by discussion. 7 p.m. Washington Ethical Society, 7750 16th St. NW. 202-882-6650. www.ethicalsociety.org. Free, donations welcome.
The Ivy League Comedy Show Ivy League-educated comedians Shaun Eli Breidbart, Steve Hofstetter and Karen Bergreen promise a night of smart, clean laughs. 7 p.m. Riot Act Comedy Club, 801 E St. NW. 202-697-4900. www.riotactcomedy.com. $22.
“Gamushara” Yamato, a 17-member taiko drum act, returns with drums made of animal skin and wood. The group’s name is an ancient word for Japan, where they are from. 7 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. 202-397-7328. www.lisner.org. $25-$45.
fallFringe The Capital Fringe Festival’s fall lineup continues through Sunday. See the Web site for titles and times. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. www.capfringe.org. $20, $15 for those with a 2011 Fringe Festival button.
The Smoker’s Club Tour Part Deaux Rappers Method Man, Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA, Fiend and Corner Boy P are brought together by their shared enthusiasm for medicinal marijuana. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-
0930. www.930.com. $35.
Technicians The D.C. band plays punk, indie rock and metal. With Club Scout. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $8.
Red Stick Ramblers Arrive early for a 5 p.m. dance lesson on a specially installed dance floor, followed by a concert by this Louisiana band playing Cajun, country, string band and swing. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-
4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
Miri Ben-Ari A dance floor will be installed for this concert by the Grammy Award-winning Israeli violinist whose style blends jazz, R&B and hip hop. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. Free.
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3In the new circus production “Quidam,” a young girl creates a fantasy world where the anonymous find their identities. Acts include aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and more. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Closes Sunday. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. www.cirquedusoleil.com. $45-$115, seniors and student $39-$102, children $35-$96.