This Thursday through Sunday at Verizon Center, more than 25 Marvel comic book characters come to life in “Marvel Universe Live,” a show about a quest for fragments of the Cosmic Cube. (Marvel Entertainment/Associated Press)
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Handi-Hour In partnership with Fantom Comics, the Smithsonian American Art Museum presents an “all-you-can-craft” evening for fans ages 21 and older featuring craft beers and live music by FarAway. 5:30-8 p.m. Luce Foundation Center for American Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8490. $20, includes two drink tickets.

InTheCapital’s DC Fest 2014 This festival highlights local businesses and food trucks, with lawn games and music by Party Like It’s . . . 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. 202-244-0592. $18-$65.

Heffron Drive Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt named their pop duo after the street they both lived on when they met. With Ariana and the Rose. Doors open at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $25.

Marvel Universe Live More than 25 Marvel comic book characters are represented in this live-action stage show about an epic quest for fragments of the powerful Cosmic Cube. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m., Sunday at 1 and 5 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW.
202-628-3200. From $20.

Buzzcocks Performance by the English punk band, which formed in 1976. With Loud Boyz. 8 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $25.

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“The Shoplifters” Delaney Williams of HBO’s “The Wire” and Tony Award-nominated Jayne Houdyshell of Broadway’s “Romeo and Juliet” and “Follies” star in the world premiere of Morris Panych’s comedy about a zealous new security guard and a career shoplifter. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 19. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. From $45.

St. George Mediterranean Food Festival, Bazaar and Health Fair The 42nd annual event features Middle Eastern food, live music and dance, church tours, health screenings, fitness classes, giveaways, community exhibitors, children’s games, a moon bounce and an obstacle course. Friday 5-10 p.m., Saturday noon-10 p.m., Sunday noon-3 p.m. St. George Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4335 16th St. NW.
. Free.

Crowded Streets The Dave Matthews tribute band performs. 6:30 p.m. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free.

Mary Mary The multiple-Grammy-winning contemporary gospel and R&B duo are sisters Tina and Erica Campbell. 7:30 and 10 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $45-$80 in advance, $50-$80 day of show.

“King Lear” Joseph Marcell, known as Geoffrey the butler from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” stars as the king in the Shakespeare play. Opens Friday at 8 p.m., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 21. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $60-$85.

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Be in Brookland community open house Classes, performances, tours and activities are offered throughout the day at locations along Eighth Street NE in Brookland: Dance Place, Brookland Artspace Lofts, Edgewood Arts Center, Studio 21 and the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. D.C. Casineros perform at a dance party in the evening (7-10 p.m.). 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Eighth Street NE, with most events at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. Most events free; registration suggested for dance classes; dance party $12.

The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants Science volunteer Todd Brethauer talks about the evolution, history, ecology and physiology of carnivorous plants and how to care for them at home. 10:30 a.m.-noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free, registration required.

Marc Kaufman The former Washington Post science reporter will discuss his book “Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission,” co-written with Elon Musk, chief executive of SpaceX. 6 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

“New Paintings by Sheep Jones” The artist’s fourth solo exhibition at Gallery plan b features her signature motifs — sheds, roots and vegetables, fanciful characters, birds and bees, and floating chandeliers. Opens Saturday with a reception 6-8 p.m. Through Oct. 12. Gallery plan b, 1530 14th St. NW. 202-234-2711. Free.

Charlie Murphy The “Chappelle’s Show” cast member and star of the Adult Swim hit “Black Jesus” stops by on his Acid Trip Tour. Saturday-Sunday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $30-$55 in advance, $35-$55 day of the show.

The Cole Porter Project The In Series condenses 35 Cole Porter tunes into one two-hour tribute. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Through Sept. 21. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. $40, seniors $37, students $20.

Ruthie and the Wranglers The D.C. Americana band performs. With Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert at 9 p.m. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700. $15-$18.

The Capital City Showcase Christian Hunt hosts this variety show of local comedians, musicians and other performing artists. This month’s lineup features comedians Franqi French, Leo Lytel, Donnie Sengstack and Alexx Starr, as well as singer-songwriter Rachel Levitin and rock band Spencer Joyce & the Record Machine. 10 p.m. D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-431-4704. $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

“Between Fact and Fiction”Adam Hager disassembles and reassembles mechanical objects, transforming them into art. Closes Saturday. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305. Free.

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Money The Manchester rock band performs. With pop singer Lowell. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., concert at 9 p.m. DC9, 1940 Ninth St. NW. 202-483-5000. $10 in advance, $12 day of show.

“American Cool” One hundred photographic portraits of cool American artists, musicians, actors and other iconic figures, including Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday, by photographers Carl Van Vechten, Annie Leibovitz, Cass Bird and others. Closes Sunday. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963” A collection of photos and artifacts commemorating two major events in American history closes Sunday. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

MON 08

Paul Roberts The author of “The End of Oil” and “The End of Food” will discuss his book “The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification.” 7 p.m. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free.

TUE 09

Mutual Inspirations Festival The annual festival, this year honoring Franz Kafka, continues with Drew Valins’s one-man stage adaptation of Kafka’s short story “A Report to an Academy,” about a humanized ape (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. Free, RSVP required by Monday), and a musical version of the classic “Metamorphosis” with animated projections, staged by New Music-Theatre (opens Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Sept. 21. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D Street, NW. $30, students $20). 202-274-9105.

“Great Moments in Mexico’s Golden Age of Cinema” Cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa’s work is remembered with film clips, photographs, posters and personal documents in this exhibit presented by the Embassy of Mexico and the Televisa Foundation. Opens Tuesday. Through Nov. 3. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-728-1628. Free.

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“Fatal Song: The Great Opera Murders” InSeries presents an operatic satire with music from Bizet, Donizetti, Massenet, Mozart, Puccini and Verdi. Opens Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Sept. 21. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7762. $40, seniors $37 , students $20.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan

from staff reports