DC Shorts Film Festival The 11-day film celebration, which opens Thursday, showcases 125 short films from 24 countries. Off-site parties include Der Biergarten, a showcase of nine German films, snacks, drinks and dancing to G-Pop (Friday 9-11 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW), and City View Party, a roof-deck party with music by Ocho de Bastos (Saturday 9-11 p.m. The Roof at Carroll Square, 975 F St. NW). Through Sept. 20. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. www.dcshorts.com. $12-$15 per showcase, online access $30, Biergarten and City View parties $20, all-access pass $100.
DC Fest This culture and innovation celebration includes live music, food trucks, cocktails, lawn games and a Coolest Companies Competition. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Half Street Fairgrounds, 1201 Half St. SE. www.dc-fest.com. $18 includes one drink ticket; VIP (unlimited drinks) $65.
“Women Laughing Alone With Salad” Sheila Callaghan’s play, which follows three image-conscious women who love salad, gets its world premiere as part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. Suggested for age 16 and older. Thursday-Saturday at 8p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m.,Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 4. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net. $43-$78, students and age 30 and younger $20.
“Chimerica” A photographer who captured an iconic Tiananmen Square image sets out to reconnect with the subject of the image. Meanwhile, another person is attempting to further his agenda. Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 18. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20-$81.
“Yerma” The sometimes opposing pulls of motherhood and society are explored in this premiere adaptation of a story by Federico Garcia Lorca. In Spanish with English surtitles. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m., continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Through Oct. 4. Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org. $38-$42, seniors $26, military and students $20.
“Destiny of Desire” The telenovela-inspired comedy by local playwright Karen Zacarías tells the story of two newborn girls who are switched at birth. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. 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 Oct. 18. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $40-$100.
Ethiopian New Year with Mahmoud Ahmed Ethiopia’s golden-era singer blends Amharic music, pop and jazz. With Tineshu Tilahun. 8 p.m. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800. lisner.gwu.edu. $35.
Mac Sabbath The fast-food parody metal band performs. With Rote. 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.
“Science Under Glass” More than 1,000 scientific glassware pieces from the 1770s to the 1970s are on display in an exhibition exploring the development of the domestic glass industry and laboratory science in America. Opens Friday. Through Sept. 11, 2016. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. Free.
Free for All Festival Shakespeare Theatre Company’s 25th annual event features performances of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 2 and 8 p.m. plus abridged performances for kids, stage combat and effects demonstrations, backstage tours, maskmaking, crafts, face painting, a costume display and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. plus a dramaturgy discussion at 5:30 p.m. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. Free, tickets required for plays.
Celebrating Family Community Festival The 48th annual event features live music, food vendors, information tables, art activities, storytelling and live go-go, Irish step dance, steel drumming and Panamanian dance performances. Noon. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. anacostia.si.edu. Free.
Madonna The pop star stops by on her Rebel Heart tour. Online ticket purchasers get a free digital version of her new album. 8 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. $43-$358.
Celebration of the Great Inka Road Family Day Bilingual offerings include music, dance, hands-on craft activities and a pop-up planetarium of Inka constellations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. nmai.si.edu. Free.
Josh Groban The multi-platinum pop recording artist performs as part of his North American tour in support of his latest album, “Stages.” 7:30 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. 202-397-7328. www.dar.org/conthall. $49-$173.
Reverend Horton Heat & the Adicts The Texas psychobilly trio and the English punk band co-headline. With horrorpunk band the Creepshow. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $20-$45.
The Doubleclicks The nerd-folk sister duo performs as part of the #NerdNightOut tour with comedian Joseph Scrimshaw and ukulele songwriter Molly Lewis. 7:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. In advance $12, day of the show $15.
“Queens Girl in the World” Set in Queens during the summer of 1962, Caleen Sinnette Jennings’s play tells the story of a preteen girl whose world is turned upside down when her parents suddenly transfer her to a progressive Greenwich Village school where she’s one of four black students. First preview Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 11. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. www.theaterj.org. Pay-what-you-can at the door Wednesday, other tickets $10-$67.
B.B. King Birthday Bash D.C. blues musicians Ron Holloway, Linwood Taylor, Bobby Thompson, Eli Cook and Sol Roots pay homage to King. 8 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700. www.gypsysallys.com. In advance $12, day of the show $16.
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