DC Shorts Film Festival The multi-venue festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with more than 150 short film screenings from around the world (with a large selection from Russia), a script contest, parties and panel discussions. Many films also will be available for viewing online. Opens Thursday. Through Sept. 29. 202-207-3645. www.dcshorts.com. Screenings $12 in advance, $15 at the door; parties $20 in advance only; online viewing access for the festival duration $20-$40; all-access festival pass $100.
NSO Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie The National Symphony Orchestra plays Khachaturian, Smetana, Wagner and Delibes along with a circus performance by aerialists, jugglers, strongmen and magicians. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $20-$85.
Capitals The hockey team opens its season with a game against the Chicago Blackhawks Friday at 7 p.m., then take on the Nashville Predators Wednesday at 7 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. From $54.
Travis The Scottish mope-rockers took a years-long break that included a pact not to communicate with one another, returning with a tour and the album “Where You Stand.” With Rathbourne. 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. www.thelincolntheatre.org. $45.
Shreya Ghoshal The Bollywood singer primarily sings in Hindi. 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. From $37.
“Growth” While battling slow-growing tumors in her abdomen, Lauren Henkin began photographing vegetation growing in odd places in urban settings. Henkin was inspired by the resilience of the plants in an inhabitable environment, drawing parallels between the plant growth and her illness. Opens Friday with a reception 6-9 p.m. Through Nov. 1. The Gallery at Vivid Solutions Temporary Space, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392. www.vividsolutionsgallery.com. Free.
National Book Festival Scheduled to speak during the two-day event: Margaret Atwood, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson and Natasha Trethewey, among nearly 100 others. Saturday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday noon-5:30 p.m. The Mall, between Ninth and 14th streets. 202-485-9880. www.loc.gov/bookfest. Free.
Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage The event includes games, a petting zoo, an encampment, crafts, discussions and tours of Sherman Tower. Tours of the cottage are available for a fee. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. President Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436. www.lincolncottage.org. Free.
The Big Build Festival Activities aimed at teaching kids about building professions include building a brick wall, stone carving, tree planting and nail driving. The festival also offers a scavenger hunt, a play, storytelling, sidewalk chalk drawing, displays and exhibitors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. Free.
H Street Festival The annual block party has expanded. This year, expect more than 50 artists and 80 regional bands on 10 stages, pie-eating and tattoo contests, boxing matches, a kids’ area, climbing wall, food from 150 local restaurants and food trucks, beer gardens and vodka tastings. Noon-7 p.m. H Street between Eighth and 14th streets NE. 202-543-0161. www.hstreet.org/events/festival. Free.
Steve and Annie Sidley The D.C. singer-songwriter duo performs in the loft. 10:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. Free.
“Abduction From the Seraglio” InSeries presents an English adaptation by Bari Biern of Mozart’s “Abduction,” setting the story in the 19th-century Wild West. Continues Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 3 p.m. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. www.sourcedc.org. www.inseries.org. $40, seniors $37, students $20.
Bumper Jacksons Capital Blues offers a free dance lesson with music by the local band generally known for its old-fashioned jazz and country style, playing the blues for this show. 7 p.m. Tropicalia, 2001 14th St. NW. 202-269-4535. www.tropicaliadc.com. $10.
Michael Bublé The Grammy and Juno Award-winning Canadian singer performs. 8 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.verizoncenter.com. From $59.50.
Twin Forks The Americana quartet performs. With Matrimony. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $13 in advance, $16 day of the show.
“Ellsworth Kelly: Panel Paintings 2004-2009” A display of seven large-scale multi-panel works closes Sunday. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. $12, ages 62 and older and students $10, age 18 and younger free.
Mudhoney The Seattle grunge band has been around for 25 years and recently released its ninth studio album, “Vanishing Point.” With Cheap Time. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $25.
Blood on the Dance Floor Although their name might suggest otherwise, the Orlando electro-rock duo strives to spread a positive message on its new album, “Evolution.” 7 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $16 in advance, $20 at the door.
“Million Dollar Quartet” The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical about a jam session between rock legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins returns to the Kennedy Center for a two-week run. Opens Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., continues Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 6. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. From $59.
The Living Deads The Denver psychobilly band performs. With JJ Damage and the Bandits, and Run Molly Run. 9 p.m. Velvet Lounge, 915 U St. NW. 202-462-3213. www.velvetloungedc.com. $8-$10.
“Latino Americans” The six-hour PBS documentary is celebrated with a screening of the sixth hour, “Peril and Promise,” covering 1980-present. A panel discussion and book signing follow. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8490. www.americanart.si.edu. Free tickets will be distributed in the lobby at 6 p.m.; limit two per person.
Joe Satriani The Grammy Award-winning rock guitarist performs. With Steve Morse. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $47-$87.
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