THU 04

(E)merge Art Fair Now in its second year, this contemporary art fair hosts works by 152 international artists and a Thursday night party (7-11 p.m., $45 in advance, $60 at the door) with Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation on the turntables. Regular fair hours: Friday-Saturday noon-7 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St SW. $15, seniors and students $10.

“Reckless” Spooky Action Theater stages the dark comedy about a Christmas Eve gone wrong. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 28. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. $25, seniors $20, students $10.

Walk This Way Prominent local athletes put on a fashion show to raise awareness of domestic violence. 6:30 p.m. Kastles Stadium at the Wharf, 800 Water St. SW. $40.

FRI 05

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion One of the most explosive bands of the ’90s brings back its blues-punk madness with “Meat and Bone,” its first studio album in eight years. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. $22.

“One Night with Janis Joplin” Playwright-director Randy Johnson presents a stage show featuring more than a dozen singers and band members, profiling Joplin and the singers who influenced her. Continues Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 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 Nov. 4. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. $64-$109.

SAT 06

Columbia Heights Day The festival serves up bands, art displays, a petting zoo, a moon bounce and a cupcake-eating contest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Harriet Tubman Elementary School, 11th and Kenyon streets NW. Free.

Columbia Heights Day Oktoberfest As part of Columbia Heights Day, Meridian Pint will close off 11th Street between Park Road and Monroe Street for an Oktoberfest Block Party. German beer will flow from taps, a polka band will play and chefs will grill Oktoberfest favorites. Noon-6 p.m. Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St. NW. 202-588-1075. Free.

“Orchids Jubilee — Celebrating 65 Years” The arboretum’s annual orchid show and sale features thousands of orchid plants in bloom, displays, expert advice, the “Orchid Doctor,” drop-in lectures and a sales tent full of plants and supplies. Vendor tent open Saturday-Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; exhibits Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Monday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-2726. Free.

SUN 07

“Taking Steps” Mayhem ensues as six Brits run around a former brothel. Staged by Constellation Theatre Company. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Closes Sunday. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7741. $20-$45.

“Black Watch” The National Theatre of Scotland presents a show by Gregory Burke about what it is like to be a soldier in Iraq. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. $75-$90.

“The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” Kristoffer Diaz’s Pulitzer Prize finalist comedy takes a look at pro wrestling. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Closes Sunday. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. $35-$67.50.

Easy Star All-Stars The reggae band performs. With the Aggrolites. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $15 in advance, $18 at the door.

MON 08

Public Image Ltd. The English post-punk band formed by Johnny Rotten in 1978 comes to town in support of its first album of new music in 20 years, “THIS IS PiL.” Doors open at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $35.

Melvins Lite King Buzzo and Dale Crover from the Melvins are joined by Trevor Dunn. With Tweakbird. Doors open at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $16.

“George Bellows (1882-1925)” An exhibit of paintings of tenement children, boxers and New York City circa 1911 closes Monday. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

“Savage Gardens: The Real and Imaginary World of Carnivorous Plants” An exhibit of carnivorous plants, including the famed Venus flytrap, closes Monday. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

TUE 09

The Wiggles The children’s music group goes on a world tour for the final time with Anthony, Murray, Jeff and Greg. 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. $17.50-$82.

Mint Condition Their Saturday show sold out, but the Howard Theatre added a second night for this chart-topping R&B band to play. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

WED 10

“Our Class” The play, based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne and inspired in part by Jan Gross’s book “Neighbors,” Tadeusz Slobodzianek’s play follows 10 Polish classmates over 80 years as war rips apart their country and their friendships. Opens Wednesday with a pay-what-you-can preview at 7:30 p.m. Through Nov. 4. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 800-494-8497. $30-$60, age 35 and younger $15.

“The Poetic Dimensions of Symbols and Shapes” Zenith Gallery presents sculpture by Pattie Porter Firestone and paintings by Andrea Barnes. Opens Wednesday with a reception at 5:30 p.m. Exhibition runs through Jan. 12. Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 703-790-9018. Free.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports