Howard Shalwitz in Woolly Mammoth’s production of “The Arsonists.” (Cade Martin/Cade Martin)

DC Shorts Film Festival and Screenplay Competition More than 170 films from 31 countries are screened in blocks of 60 and 90 minutes. The festival also features filmmaker Q&As, parties, workshops and free events throughout the city. The films can also be viewed online until the end of the festival with an all-access pass. Opens Thursday with screenings at 7 and 9:30 p.m. at E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Through Sept. 17. Free-$150; most tickets $12.

Depeche Mode with Warpaint The English electronic band stops by on its Global Spirit Tour. 7:30 p.m. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. $39.50-$235.

"Don Juan Tenorio" Gala Hispanic Theatre presents the world premiere of Nando López's adaptation of José Zorrilla's play about the infamous seducer with vampire-like desires. In Spanish with English surtitles. Opens Thursday at 8 p.m. Through Oct. 1. Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. ­202-234-7174. $20-$55.

Morgan Heritage The Grammy Award-winning reggae band performs. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. $28-$75.

"Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects" The Russian artist couple's exhibition features more than 20 maquettes, or whimsical models, including architectural structures, allegorical narratives and commissioned outdoor works. Opens Thursday. Through March 4. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.


Lumbee Nation Festival The Lumbee Nation of North Carolina shares traditional storytelling, music, social dances, patchwork quilting and more. Opens Friday 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Saturday. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Awesome Sommerfest Goethe-Institut hosts a day of German lessons, German food and drinks, art, '80s karaoke, banner-sewing and button-designing activities, short films, a scavenger hunt, and performances by local punk bands Foul Swoops and Br'er. 3-9 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 1990 K St NW, Suite 3. 202-847-4700. Free.


Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure The 28th annual race raises funds for breast cancer research and advocacy, celebrates breast cancer survivors and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. Racers can choose from a 5K competitive run, a 5K recreational run/walk and a one-mile family fun walk. A celebration village offers food, music and activities for survivors and kids. 9 a.m. Freedom Plaza, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $25-$40.

The Afghan Whigs with Har Mar Superstar The rock band from Cincinnati performs songs from its new album, "In Spades." 6 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. $40.

"Aida" This co-production of Verdi's work by the San Francisco Opera, Seattle Opera, Minnesota Opera and Washington National Opera features sets and costumes by Retna. In Italian with projected English titles. Opens Saturday with an optional lecture at 6 and performance at 7 p.m. Through Sept. 23. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $45-$300.

Apocalyptica The Finnish cello quartet plays Metallica songs. 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 202-888-0050. $35.

"Big Fish" Keegan Theatre presents the D.C. premiere of John August and Andrew Lippa's Broadway musical based on Daniel Wallace's novel and Tim Burton's film about a father's tall tales. Closes Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. $45-$55.


Savannah Smith and Southern Soul The Asheville, N.C., band, helmed by soul singer and guitarist Smith, performs as part of the American Roots Concert Series. 4:30 p.m. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Free.

Jon Bellion with Dizzy Wright The rapper behind the single "All Time Low" performs. 7 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. 202-503-2330. $34.50.


Duane Evans book signing The author discusses and signs copies of his new book, "Foxtrot in Kandahar: A Memoir of a CIA Officer in Afghanistan at the Inception of America's Longest War." Noon. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798. Free.


"The Arsonists" A small-business owner invites two mysterious strangers into his house in Woolly Mammoth's season opener, Max Frisch's cautionary comedy written in response to Nazism and communism. Begins with a "burn party" at 7 p.m. including one free cocktail, spicy snacks and spectacles in the lobby; $20 tickets include entry to the 8 p.m. show. Through Oct. 8. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. $20-$69.

Swervedriver The English alt-rock band performs its albums "Raise" and "Mezcal Head." 7:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $23-$25.


5777: A Year in Review The Washington Jewish Film Festival begins its fall season with a series dedicated to the cinematic contributions of major Jewish artists who passed away in 5777 (the Hebrew calendar year). Opens Wednesday with "1945" at 6:30 p.m. and "Zuzana: Music Is Life" at 8:30 p.m., followed by a Q&A with directors Peter and Harriet Gordon Getzels and producers Frank and Emily Vogl. Through Sept. 17. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400. $13.50.

The Last Revel with Jon Stickley Trio The Minneapolis Americana trio performs. 8 p.m. Gypsy Sally's, 3401 K St. NW. 202-333-7700. $12.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan from staff reports