Jimmy Cliff performs Friday night at the Howard Theatre. (Gino DePinto/AOL Music)
THU 26

“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-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 13. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20.

National Symphony Orchestra Pops: Wayne Shorter Quartet With Esperanza Spalding Jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter celebrates his 80th birthday with a show featuring his quartet, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding and the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Vince Mendoza. 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org. $20-$85.

Henry Santos The New York-based Dominican bachata singer, formerly of the group Aventura, performs. 9 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $25 in advance, $32 at the door.

FRI 27

Fall Festival of Indian Arts Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company’s 10th annual festival concludes with Sheejith Krishna & Dancers on Friday at 8 p.m. and Shanta & VP Dhananjayan on Saturday at 8 p.m. Harman Center for the Arts, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. From $27.50.

Wine Riot Samples of more than 250 wines, tips on wine tasting, music and more. Friday and Sunday 7-11 p.m., Saturday 1-5 p.m. The Sphinx Club, 1315 K St. NW. 202-733-5223. www.secondglass.com/wineriot/washington-dc-2013/tickets. $60.

“The Laramie Project” In the play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project, a town reflects on a hate crime in which Matthew Shepard, a gay man, was murdered. Opens Friday at 7:30 p.m., continues Saturday-Sunday and Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 27. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fordstheatre.org. $20-$33.

Jimmy Cliff The Grammy-winning reggae star’s latest album, “ Rebirth ,” was produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid. With Ethan Tucker. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com . $32 in advance, $37 at the door.

Fishtank Ensemble The Hollywood ensemble plays Romanian folk music. 8:30 p.m. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000. www.thehamiltondc.com. $14 in advance, $16 day of the show.

“Cardboard City” In this exhibit, Artemis Herber, Steve Keene and Valery Koshlyakov explore themes of sustainability and urban culture by making cityscapes out of cardboard. Closes Friday. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was. Free.

SAT 28

“The Sunshine Boys” In Neil Simon’s comedy, two estranged comedians reunite for a retrospective that features their 40-year career as a team. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 3 p.m., Tuesday at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 19. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com. $35, seniors and students $30.

Rock the Bells Festival The 10th incarnation of this hip-hop festival has expanded to two days. Among this year’s performers: Wale; Kendrick Lamar; Tyler the Creator; and Earl Sweatshirt. Saturday-Sunday at 10 a.m. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. www.rockthebells.net. Single-day passes from $86.50, two-day passes from $128.

D.C. VegFest The annual vegetarian celebration includes more than 100 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, speakers, free food samples and a children’s activity area. It’s also dog-friendly. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. www.yardspark.org. www.dcvegfest.com. Free.

KT Tunstall The Scottish singer, best known for the bopping 2005 radio number “Suddenly I See,” is back with a new album, “Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon.” 7 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. www.thelincolntheatre.org. $35.

Nicholas Sparks The best-selling author of “The Notebook” discusses his latest novel, “The Longest Ride,” with NBC Washington’s Angie Goff. 7 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. Single admission and one pre-signed copy $35; two tickets and one pre-signed copy $50.

Nuit Blanche DC Alliance Francaise, Art Soiree Productions, Eighty Eight DC, Spain Arts & Culture, Art All Night and Cultural Tourism DC have teamed up for a huge art party with four floors of visual arts, performance art, music and dancing. 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Wonder Bread Factory, 641 S St. NW. www.wonderbread-es2.eventbrite.com. Free, registration required.

Latin Sizzle Festival A celebration of Latin dance with DC Casineros, Furia Flamenca, Maru Montero Dance Company, Nego Gato Afro Brazilian Music and Dance Ensemble and the Latin jazz of the Duende Quartet. Saturday’s show is a sampler of all participants; Sunday is a full-length Nego Gato performance. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. www.atlasarts.org. $25 in advance, $30 day of event; children $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Electric Six The Detroit rock band performs. With My Jerusalem and Les Sans Culottes. 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.

SUN 29

Earth, Wind & Fire The Grammy-winning band has a new album out, “Now, Then & Forever.” 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. $51-$86.

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. Through Sunday. 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.

District Improv Festival Thirty-two troupes from across the continent include Weekend of Regret, Jimmy Fedora, Dial M for Nasty and Haroldo Rivera. Visit www.districtimprov.org for a full list of performers. Through Sunday. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. www.sourcedc.org. $15 per show, $40 for a festival pass.

“War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” The exhibit of photography from the past 165 years, from the Mexican-American War through present-day conflicts, showcases more than 200 photographers from 28 nations. Closes Sunday. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 11 and younger free.

MON 30

Richard Dawkins The evolutionary biologist will discuss his memoir, “An Appetite for Wonder: The Making of a Scientist,” with On Faith editor Sally Quinn. 6:30 p.m. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. 202-662-7522. www.press.org. $10, copies of the book $28.

Har Mar Superstar Sean Tillman’s groovy one-man band is named after a mall in Minneapolis. With Reputante and Lizzo. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $15.

TUE 01

“The World Is Funny”The film weaving reality and fantasy, humor and sadness, was nominated for 15 Israeli Academy Awards. In Hebrew with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400. www.washingtondcjcc.org. $11.

WED 02

Managing Great Estates Lecture Series The four-part series on the inner workings of estates like Hillwood begins with historian Estella Chung’s presentation, “DC’s Downton Abbey in a Mad Men Era,” followed by a book signing of “Living Artfully,” about Marjorie Merriweather Post’s three residences, a companion to Hillwood’s current exhibition of the same name. Members’ reception and tours at 6 p.m., lecture seating opens at 6:45 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m., book signing at 8 p.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org. $20 per lecture, students $7; series $70, students $25.

Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg with Andrew W.K. The punk band led by Ramones drummer Marky Ramones has recruited notable party rocker Andrew W.K. to sing on its world tour. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.

Daryl Hall & John Oates The Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees are Billboard’s most successful rock-and-roll duo. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatredc.com. From $63.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports