DC Fest The festival showcases D.C. businesses with a marketplace, coolest company competition, food trucks, cornhole games and live music by Filligar and Jeff From Accounting. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. 508-942-8066. www.fairgroundsdc.com. inthecapital.streetwise.co/series/dc-fest. $20, $75 VIP.
“Potted Potter” The Harry Potter book series provides the basis for this family-friendly parody written and performed by Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. Opens Thursday at 7 p.m.; continues Friday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at noon, 3 and 7 p.m.; Sunday at 2 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Through Sept. 15. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org. $45-$95.
Hank 3 There will be no opening act, but the pedigreed outlaw country singer will have plenty of new material to share. He recently recorded four new albums. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $25.
Godfrey The stand-up comedian has appeared in “Zoolander,” “30 Rock” and more, and was the iconic 7Up Guy. With Josh Nassir. Thursday at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m. DC Improv, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. www.dcimprov.com. $20.
Night Beds Winston Yellen sings folk with an operatic sensibility. With the Sweater Set. 8 p.m. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. www.blackcatdc.com. $12.
“Berliner Liste in D.C.” See works by the six artists that the Alex Gallery will represent at the Berliner Liste Art Fair in September. The artists are Rosana Azar, Marian Bingham, Judith Judy, Dee Levinson, Hannu Palosuo, and Otto Scherer. Reception Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Exhibition continues through Oct. 30. Alex Gallery, 2106 R St. NW. 202-667-2599. www.alexgalleries.com. Free.
“The Velocity of Autumn” Academy Award winner Estelle Parsons and two-time Tony Award winner Stephen Spinella play an aging, homicidal mother and her mediating son, respectively. Opens Friday at 8 pm., continues Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 20. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $40-$90.
“Canstruction” Structures made from cans by architecture and construction teams remain on view until Saturday morning (10 a.m.), when they will be “de-CANstructed.” The canned food will then be donated to the Capital Area Food Bank. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. go.nbm.org/canstruction. Free.
Shake Up Your Saturdays: Back to School With Shakespeare A family program aimed at ages 6-12 features Elizabethan games and activities. 10-11 a.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-675-0395. www.folger.edu. Free.
Arts for Families: Kawung Design Bandanas Kids can learn about and then try their hand at making the design that includes intersecting circles. 2 p.m. Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. 202-667-0441. www.textilemuseum.org/calendar. Free.
“After the Revolution” In this regional premiere by Amy Herzog, a family secret forces a politically minded young woman to reconsider her future. Opens Saturday at 3 p.m., continues Sunday at 7 p.m., Monday-Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Oct. 6. Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. www.theaterj.org. $30-$65, pay-what-you-can Monday and Tuesday.
Chuck D The Public Enemy MC receives the Hung Tao Choy Mei Leadership Institute’s 2013 Paul Robeson Here I Stand Award. With performances by the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers, Wrhatnala USA, BlackNotes, Dragon Princess Olivia Zhang, Hung Tao Choy Mei “Lucky Lions,” Russell Ferguson, and Head Roc. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-328-6000. www.thelincolntheatre.org. $25.
U.S. Royalty The D.C. rock band performs. With Sunwolf. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $20.
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company Comedians from the group’s New York and L.A. theaters stop by. 7 and 10 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
Dirty South The Grammy-nominated house producer performs. With Morgan Page. For age 18 and older. Doors open at 9 p.m., sets start at 11 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. www.echostage.com. $30.
Mystics The women’s basketball team plays the Chicago Sky. 4 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. www.washingtonmystics.com. From $12.
“Abduction From the Seraglio” The In Series sets this English adaptation by Bari Biern of Mozart’s “Abduction” in the 19th-century Wild West. Opens Sunday at 7 p.m. Through Sept. 22. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. www.inseries.org. $40, seniors $37, students $20.
“Broke-ology” Theater Alliance’s season opener is Nathan Louis Jackson’s drama about an ailing father in need of care from the two sons he raised alone. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 7 p.m. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. www.anacostiaplayhouse.com. $25, seniors and students $15.
“Over, Under, Next: Experiments in Mixed Media, 1913-Present” The exhibition features about 100 pieces that explore various forms of collage, including the room-sized installation “Palimpsest” by Ann Hamilton. The piece features newspaper, beeswax tablets and snails, among other things. Closes Sunday. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.hirshhorn.si.edu. Free.
“Whistler’s Neighborhood: Impressions of a Changing London” Etchings, watercolors and small oil paintings offer James McNeill Whistler’s quick impressions of London’s Chelsea neighborhood from 1863 to his death in 1903. Together, the works form a panorama of Chelsea in the late 1880s. Closes Sunday. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
“Clown Cabaret” The monthly show offers instruction in the art of clowning. 8 p.m. Through Dec. 9. The Shop at Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. NW. 866-811-4111. www.capfringe.org. $12, Fringe button holders $10.
Butch Walker The indie pop rocker comes up from Georgia. With the Whiskey Gentry. 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115 U St. NW. 202-588-1880. www.ustreetmusichall.com. $25.
Pere Ubu The 38-year-old rock band’s new album is called “Lady From Shanghai.” With Gagarin. 8 p.m. Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. 202-388-7625. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com. $16 in advance, $18 day of the show.
Dear Prudence Advice columnist Emily Yoffe sits down with Slate editor David Plotz for a discussion about her career. 7 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. www.sixthandi.org. $20.
Hot Club of DC The Gypsy jazz band plays two sets at 8 and 10 p.m. Twins Jazz, 1344 U St. NW. 202-234-0072. www.twinsjazz.com. $10.
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