Violinist Ray Chen performs Thursday at the Kennedy Center. (Julian Hargreaves)

Correction: An earlier version of this Going Out Guide incorrectly stated that Ray Chen will perform works by Bach, Prokofiev, Mozart and Sarasate. The program will be Mozart, Sarasate and Beethoven.

THU 09

Tim and Eric and Dr. Steve Brule Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim are known for their “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” which led to a spinoff starring John C. Reilly called “Check It Out With Dr. Steve Brule.” 10 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-888-0050. $39.50.

Ray Chen The young violinist with a million followers on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud is joined by pianist Julio Elizalde in a program of Beethoven, Mozart and Sarasate, presented by Washington Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $25.

VelocityDC Dance Festival Back for a sixth season, the festival presents performances from more than 20 ensembles and individuals in styles including ballet, hip-hop, tap and flamenco, shown in rapid succession in 10-minute intervals. Thursday-Saturday. See Web site for full program. Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. $18.

“Degas’s Little Dancer” The famous wax ballerina is on view in connection with the Kennedy Center’s upcoming world premiere of Susan Stroman’s musical “Little Dancer,” inspired by the statue (opening Oct. 25). Through Jan. 11. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

FRI 10

Anders Osborne and the Mother Hips The New Orleans singer-songwriter was hailed by Guitar Player magazine as “the poet laureate of Louisiana’s fertile roots music scene.” 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $22.50-$60.

Second Hand Rose China’s first rock band puts on a theatrical stage show a la David Bowie, with a Chinese twist. 8 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

The Black Lillies This independent Americana band’s latest album, “Runaway Freeway Blues,” ranked No. 18 on the Americana Music Association’s Top 100 Albums of 2013. With Justin Trawick. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. $20-$25.

“ApocalyptiCAT” Franca Bartholomäi’s contemporary German woodcuts and papercuts are displayed through Friday. Goethe-Institut, FotoGalerie, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. Free.

“Richard Estes’ Realism” An exhibition featuring 46 paintings by the photorealist includes privately owned paintings that are rarely displayed publicly. Opens Friday. Through Feb. 8. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-7970. Free.

SAT 11

Doktor Kaboom Comedian/mad scientist David Epley returns with a commissioned world premiere show for young audiences (7 and older) about the power of electricity. Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $20.

Taste of D.C. 2014 Food from area restaurants, specialty wines and craft beers are served along with live music and chef demos. Saturday-Sunday noon-7 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets NW. 202-618-3663. $10, ages 6-12 $5, age 5 and younger free.

“Alma Thomas: Thirteen Studies for Paintings” An exhibition of works by Thomas, an African American expressionist painter who died in Washington in 1978, opens Saturday with a reception 6-8 p.m. Through Dec. 20. Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW. 202-234-5601. Free.

SUN 12

“The Tiny House Plays” Three small houses in Northeast Washington provide the settings for five site-specific plays presented by Pinky Swear Productions and Boneyard Studios. Saturday-Sunday at 1, 3, 6 and 8 p.m. Closes Sunday. Boneyard Studios, 21 Evarts St. NE. $20.

“Marie Antoinette” David Adjmi’s play, which puts a contemporary spin on the story of the queen of France, gets its area premiere. 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-$78.

The Screws The longtime D.C. punk band plays an early show. With the Phuss, Never Wrong and Babies With Rabies. 4 p.m. Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. 202-462-3213. $8.

“Belleville” A married American couple living in France confront the imperfections in their relationship. 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. $44-$78, seniors $39-$73, students $20.

Citizen Cope Singer-songwriter Clarence Greenwood celebrates the 10th anniversary of his album “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings” by performing it with a full band in its entirety, plus a second set of favorites. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $46.

Cassandra Wilson The jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter and producer from Jackson, Miss., incorporates blues, country and folk music into her style. Doors open at 6 and 9:30 p.m., shows at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $39.50-$75 in advance, $45-$75 day of the show.

“New Paintings by Sheep Jones” Paintings depicting motifs of shed-like structures, roots and vegetables, fanciful characters, birds and bees, and floating chandeliers remain on view through Sunday. Gallery Plan B, 1530 14th St. NW. 202-234-2711. Free.

MON 13

“This Land Is Your Land” and “Amber Waves of Grain” Two seasonal exhibits close Monday at the U.S. Botanic Garden. One showcases plants from all over the United States in photographs by members of the Garden Club of America; the other focuses on research into curing wheat disease. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

TUE 14

“Do-Gooders Gone Bad: Stories About Trying to Do the Right Thing, but Getting It Wrong” SpeakeasyDC hosts a night of storytelling by eight to 10 storytellers on a central theme. 8 p.m. Town Danceboutique, 2009 Eighth St. NW. 202-234-8696. $15.

Taylor McFerrin The Brooklyn-based DJ, producer, keyboardist, beatboxer and son of Bobby McFerrin performs. With Jahsonic and Lance Neptune. 10 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. $10.

WED 15

Dick Morgan memorial concert The D.C. jazz pianist who died last October is honored with performances by Steve Abshire (guitar), Tadataka Unno (piano), Bruce Swaim (saxophone), David Jernigan (bass), and Nasar Abadey (drums), emceed by WPFW radio personality Rusty Hassan. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Little Dragon The Swedish electronica band performs. With Shy Girls. 7 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. $31.

Marco Ciampi Following his Carnegie Hall debut, the pianist performs a concert co-presented by the Italian Cultural Institute. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7:30 p.m. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. 202-338-3552. $25

“The Wolfe Twins” Things don’t go according to plan when two siblings travel to Rome in hopes of restoring their relationship in Rachel Bonds’s commissioned play. Opens Wednesday at 8 p.m., through Nov. 2. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. $25, seniors and students $20.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports

Ray Chen

3The young violinist with a million followers on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud is joined by pianist Julio Elizalde in a program of Bach, Prokofiev, Mozart and Sarasate, presented by Washington Performing Arts. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $25.