“Les Miserables” The musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel about a fugitive in 19th-century France returns to the Kennedy Center for its 25th anniversary, with new scenery inspired by the author’s paintings. Continues Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 30. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. $39-$155.
Elvis Costello and the Imposters A giant roulette wheel of 40 song titles from Costello’s extensive repertoire features prominently in the Revolver Tour, an extension of the well-received Spinning Songbook Tour. Audience members will be chosen to spin the wheel and help create the night’s set list. 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. 202-783-4000. www.warnertheatre.com. $69.50-$125.
Fall Into WIT Washington Improv Theater’s six company ensembles and guest troupes put on a completely improvised show. Continues Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 9:30 p.m. Through Oct. 8. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7800. 866-811-4111. www.sourcedc.org. www.washingtonimprovtheater.com. $12-$15.
Michael Beckerman The chairman of New York University’s music department gives a lecture and piano recital as part of the Embassy of the Czech Republic’s Mutual Inspirations Festival, focusing on Czech and American cultural influences, Friday at 1 p.m. at Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. 202-687-2787. Beckerman will also speak at a Mutual Inspirations symposium on the composer Dvorak on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a lecture-recital with tenor Reginald Bouknight singing spirituals at 3:30 p.m. at the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Symposium in the Whittall Pavilion, lecture-recital in the Coolidge Auditorium. www.mutualinspirations.org/events/dvorak-symposium-and-concert. Free, reservations required for the Saturday symposium. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with “Manuscripts” in the subject line.
The Horrors A little bit Goth, a little bit trash, this London group cites the Cramps as a main influence. With the Stepkids. Doors open at 9 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $15.
ZestFest The NoMa neighborhood multi-venue festival closes with concerts, a pop-up bike repair shop, zumba lessons, a game of Rock Band and the painting of a Zipcar. See the Web site for full schedule. Closes Friday. www.zestfest.org. Free.
“SKIN: America in Black & White” Ethiopian artist Solomon Wondimu works with 3,000 colors taken from skin-color swatches to show the “multicoloredness” of people. Closes Friday. International Arts & Artists’ Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. 202-338-0680. www.artsandartists.org. Free.
Mount Vernon Triangle Fun Fair The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District hosts an afternoon of live music, art and craft vendors and children’s activities. Noon-5 p.m. Parking lot, 400 K St. NW. 202-216-0511. www.mountvernontriangle.org. Free.
Cleveland Park Day This street fair features historic reenactors portraying President Cleveland and first lady Frances Cleveland, local authors, live music, restaurant tastings, McGruff the Crime Dog, a moon bounce, dunking booth, firetrucks and more, sponsored by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association. 1-5 p.m. Connecticut Avenue between Macomb and Porter streets NW. 202-244-7731. 202-966-6020. www.cpday.org. Free.
Artsmash party Capitol Hill Arts Workshop hosts a live art auction to support its tuition assistance, outreach and education programs with entertainment by a cappella group Not What You Think and the casts of “CHAWbaret” and “DHS Pinafore.” The event includes dancing lessons, drawing, paper projects and other activities. 7-10 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839.www.chaw.org. $50 in advance, $75 day of auction.
UFC Live Demetrious Johnson fights champion Dominick Cruz for the Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight title. 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. 202-397-7328. www.verizoncenter.com. $50-$250.
Bowen McCauley Dance The company performs the ’80s pop- and rock-infused “Lucy’s Playlist.” Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $22, seniors $17 seniors, age 17 and younger $8.
“Lasting Impressions: Body Art in the Ancient Americas” An exhibit documenting 3,000 years of pre-Columbian body transformations discusses piercings, tattoos, skull modification and more. Opens Saturday. Through March 4. Dumbarton Oaks Museum, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6401. www.doaks.org. Free.
“Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts From the White House” A collection of 93 objects from the presidential residence includes furniture, ceramics, metals, glass and textiles. Opens Saturday. Through May 6. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu. Free.
“Strange Fruit” An exploration of African American identity through photographs and video by Hank Willis Thomas. Opens Saturday. Through Jan. 16. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org. $10, $8 students and seniors, age 11 and younger free.
“Structure of Spirit, Design of the Heart” Washington’s architects and designers are showcased in this photography exhibit. Opening reception Saturday 5:30-10 p.m. Through Oct. 28. American Institute of Architects, 1735 New York Ave. NW. 202-638-3211. www.structureofspirit.org. Free.
“Stop Kiss” Actress Holly Twyford directs No Rules Theater in her directorial debut . Diana Son’s play depicts a budding romance between two women cut short after their first kiss when an onlooker assaults them. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 p.m. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. www.hstreetplayhouse.com. www.norulestheatre.org. $10-$25.
“Oklahoma!” If you missed the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that took home four Helen Hayes Awards when it christened Arena Stage’s Mead Center for American Theater in October, here is your chance to get back to the prairie. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $46-$106.
“Artists at Work” A wide-ranging collection of painting, sculpture, photography and video by Smithsonian staff members, volunteers and interns closes Sunday. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-1000. www.si.edu/museums/ripley-center. Free.
“I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb” Selected photographs from Betty Press’s book of the same name feature pictures of Africa dating back to 1987. Closes Sunday. International Visions, 2629 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-5112. www.inter-visions.com. Free.
“The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back” A collection of more than 70 posters and ephemera made by the Guerrilla Girls, an anonymous collective of artists whose work critiques sexism and racism in today’s culture closes Sunday. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, seniors and students $8, age 18 and younger free.
Theophilus London Brooklyn’s alternative rapper draws inspirations from Michael Jackson, Prince, Kraftwerk and the Smiths. With Ra Ra Rasputin. Doors open at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $20.
“Don’t Bother to Knock” National Theatre’s weekly Marilyn Monroe film series continues with the 1952 thriller, in which Monroe plays a psychologically disturbed babysitter flirting with a neighbor through a window. 6:30 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. 202-628-6161. www.nationaltheatre.org. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show.
“Two Guys . . . Become Interns” In this musical revue, college students discuss their experiences as interns in Washington. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 10. Black Fox Lounge, 1723 Connecticut Ave. NW. 212-252-4233. www.blackfoxlounge.com . $15 in advance, $20 at door, $10 for current interns.
“Little Pictures Big Lives: Snapshots From the Archives of American Art” Get an intimate look at the lives of famous artists through their personal photos. This exhibit of thousands of snapshots of Jackson Pollack, Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo and others closes Monday. It is also viewable online. Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, Donald W. Reynolds Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.aaa.si.edu/exhibitions/fleischman-gallery. Free.
A Hawk and a Hacksaw The Albuquerque duo of accordionist Jeremy Barnes and violinist Heather Trost riffs on Eastern European, Turkish and Balkan folk tunes. With Dark Dark Dark and Pillars & Tongues. Doors open at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m. Red Palace, 1212 H St. NE. 202-399-3201. www.redpalacedc.com. $12.
Robert Pinsky A reading from Pulitzer Prize-nominated “The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems, 1966-1996” is followed by a reception with the former poet laureate. 7:30 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. $15.
Beatallica Beatles songs are transformed into metal anthems such as “All You Need Is Blood” and “Fuel on the Hill” when this Milwaukee band brings its Magical Mastery Tour to town. With Get a Tan. Doors open at 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-7960. www.blackcatdc.com. $10.
Il Volo This Italian trio of teenagers mixes opera and pop music. 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. 202-397-7328. www.dar.org/conthall. $48-$68.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports
3The musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel about a fugitive in 19th-century France returns to the Kennedy Center for its 25th anniversary, with new scenery inspired by the author’s paintings. Continues Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 30. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324. www.kennedy-center.org. $39-$155.