Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival The 10-show festival features Tig Notaro, Ira Glass, Nick Kroll, Megan Mullally, Kate Flannery, Doug Benson, Wyatt Cenac, Moshe Kasher and 30 more at five venues: 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, U Street Music Hall, Sphinx Club and Howard Theatre. An afterparty Saturday at 11:30 p.m. at Howard Theatre will include DJ sets by Animal Collective, They Might Be Giants and NPR’s Bob Boilen ($10). There will also be a happy hour showcase of local comedians Saturday at 5 p.m. at Howard Theatre ($5 or free with another show). See the full lineup online. Thursday-Sunday. www.bentzenball.com. $15-$30.
VelocityDC Dance Festival Thirty companies perform a variety of dance styles during this three-day festival presented by Dance Metro DC, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Washington Performing Arts Society and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org. $18.
Capitals The hockey team plays the Carolina Hurricanes (Thursday at 7 p.m.), the Colorado Avalanche (Saturday at 7 p.m.), the Edmonton Oilers (Monday at 7 p.m.) and the New York Rangers (Wednesday at 8 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. capitals.nhl.com. From $35.
Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival The festival continues with Ben Urwand on his book “The Collaboration: Hollywood’s Pact With Hitler” (Thursday at 7:30 p.m.); sex columnist Dan Savage (Saturday at 8 p.m.); a children’s fair (Sunday 10-11:30 a.m.); a local author fair (Sunday 7-8:30 p.m.); author Alan Salkin on his book “From Scratch: Inside the Food Network” (Monday at 7:30 p.m.); author Jonathan Schanzer on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict (Tuesday at noon); the film “Tiger Eyes” with director Lawrence Blume (Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.), and closing night with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.). All events at the Washington, D.C., Jewish Community Center (1529 16th St. NW) except the Dan Savage talk, which will take place at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th St. NW). See complete schedule at www.washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/literary/jewish-literary-festival. Free-$100.
DC Drive-in Union Market’s drive-in movie series continues with “Julie and Julia,” about a food blogger’s fascination with Julia Child. Those without cars are welcome to spread out on the picnic area. Gates open at 6 p.m., film at 8 p.m. Through Nov. 8. Union Market, 1309 Fifth St. NE. www.unionmarketdc.com/
ACS Jazz pianist Geri Allen, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington and bassist Esperanza Spalding recently collaborated on Carrington’s Grammy-winning album “The Mosaic Project.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $38.
Modern Life Is War The Marshalltown, Iowa, punk band performs. With Night Birds, Wet Witch and Nervous Impulse. 7:30 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $16.
“The Marriage of Maria Braun” Scena Theatre brings the 1979 German film — which follows a woman’s struggles to maintain her relationships during World War II — to the stage. Continues Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m. Closes Friday. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $35-$40, students $20-$25.
“A Bloody Good Time” Washington Improv Theater improvises a teen slasher flick. Different guest comedians and troupes are featured. Continues Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Closes Saturday. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. www.washingtonimprov theater.com. $12-$30.
D.C. United The soccer team hosts the Philadelphia Union. 7 p.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. www.dcunited.com. $26-$55.
They Might Be Giants The rock duo of John Linnell (vocals, keyboard, accordion) and John Flansburgh (vocals, guitar) writes music for adults and children and has been in the habit of performing twice a day (see Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival, above). With Moon Hooch. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $32.
“Van Gogh Repetitions” The Phillips Collection’s first exhibition devoted to van Gogh features 35 paintings and works on paper and examples of 13 repetitions (different versions of the same work), bringing together portraits and landscapes from collections around the globe. Saturday-Wednesday, through Jan. 26. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $12, seniors and students $10, age 18 and younger free.
Washington Performing Arts Society Fall Arts Fair The Washington Performing Arts Society’s second annual Fall Arts Fair will feature food trucks, an instrument petting zoo and live performances by the WPAS Children of the Gospel Choir, Step Afrika!, storyteller Arianna Ross, folk singer Bruce Hutton, classical string duet Marcolivia, opera singer Karin Paludan, Latin music group Cantaré, jazz trio Imani Gonzalez, CityDance Ensemble and go-go band Mambo Sauce. 1-4 p.m. Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. www.thearcdc.org. Free.
Taste of H This fundraiser for J.O. Wilson Elementary School offers food from H Street restaurants, music, wine, beer and silent auctions. 5-9 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. www.tasteofh.org. $35.
“Red Speedo” In Lucas Hnath’s play, a swimmer with Olympic dreams has his hopes dashed when performance-enhancing drugs are found in his team’s locker room. Continues Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20.
Dan Croll The British singer-songwriter performs. 9 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $10-12.
“Out of Southeast Asia: Art That Sustains” An exhibit of contemporary and historic Southeast Asian textiles, including Indonesian batiks and Laotian brocades and ikats, closes Sunday. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. www.textilemuseum.org. $8.
George Porter The bass player’s long career includes his ’60s funk band, the Meters, session work and a touring jam band called the Runnin’ Pardners. With Tim Reynolds & TR3. 7:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com . $27.50 in advance, $29.50 day of show.
Hey Marseilles The six-piece “folkestral” folk pop band includes trumpet, viola, cello and accordion. With Apache Relay. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $15 in advance, $18 day of concert.
Steve Hofstetter The comedian has appeared on TV shows and in movies and ads, and his last album reached No. 1 on iTunes’ comedy charts. Proceeds benefit City of Hope. 9 and 11 p.m. Hard Rock Cafe, 999 E St. NW. 202-737-7625. www.stevehofstetter.com. $10-$20.
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