Ron Naveen, subject of documentary “The Penguin Counters,” counts a rookery of chinstrap penguins in Antarctica. The film follows Naveen and his team’s research on penguin populations and their strategies for coping with climate change. The film by D.C. filmmakers Harriet and Peter Getzels is a highlight of the 23rd annual Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. (Photo by One Ocean Expeditions). (Photo by One Ocean Expeditions/Photo by One Ocean Expeditions)
THU 19

“Legends” Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey’s newest show features a unicorn, a pegasus and a woolly mammoth. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 11:30 a.m., 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. $7.50-$75.

Cheikh NDoye and Friends The Senegalese bassist performs a “Cultural Affairs” concert with Baaba Maal, Manami Morita, Raul Pineda, Eliel Lazo and Karen Briggs. Thursday-Saturday at 8 and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141. $45.

FRI 20

Story League Masters Championship: NYC vs. D.C. Comedian David Tveite hosts a comedic storytelling contest in which four storytellers from New York and four from Washington compete for audience votes and $500. 9:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. 202-667-4490. $15 in advance, $20 day of show.

“User Error” Larry Lairson displays his latest abstract paintings made with glue. Opens Friday with a reception 6-8 p.m. Through May 1. Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-365-8392. Free.

National Cherry Blossom Festival The annual celebration includes Japanese-themed art shows, performances, classes, tours, discussions, parties, outdoor workouts, picnicking, kite flying, a parade and paddle boat rides. Check the Web site for specific events and prices. Opens Friday. Through April 12. 877-442-5666.

SAT 21

Grand opening of GWU museum The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum (two names, one address) open with a weekend-long celebration including gallery tours and hands-on craft activities both days. On Saturday there will be live music, dance and international snacks. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. Free.

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital The country’s largest environmental film festival continues with more than 150 films at multiple venues throughout the Metro area through March 29. See the Web site for complete listings. This week’s highlights include the D.C. premiere of “The Penguin Counters,” about how Antarctic penguins cope with climate change, followed by a panel discussion with subject Ron Naveen, filmmakers Harriet Gordon Getzels and Peter Getzels, and Andrea Kavanagh from Pew Charitable Trusts. (Saturday at 4 p.m., National Museum of History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.) 202-342-2564. . Free-$25.

Ledisi The Grammy-nominated R&B singer performs. With Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James. 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. $77.50-$97.50.

Macedonian party The ambassador will be present for this party celebrating the Republic of Macedonia with food, drinks, a music and dance performance, a film about the country, art and a DJ dance. Sponsored by Things To Do. 8:30 p.m. Embassy of the Republic of Macedonia, 2129 Wyoming Ave. NW. 301-519-8030. . $54, subject to increase.

SUN 22

“The Metromaniacs” In the French farce, a man mistaken for a female poet uses the confusion to attempt to divert his daughter’s romantic interests from the son of his enemy. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Closes Sunday. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122. 877-487-8849. $20-$115.

Kazuo Ishiguro The Man Booker Prize-winning author of “The Remains of the Day” discusses his new novel, “The Buried Giant,” about memory and forgetting. 5 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. . $17, ticket and book $30, two tickets and a book $40.

MON 23

Improv Wars A 90-minute improv competition hosted by the Laugh Index Theatre showcases D.C. improv troupes. Monday at 7:30 p.m. Flashpoint, Mead Theater Lab, 916 G St. NW. 202-527-9607. $10, two for $15.

“Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination” An exhibition of items that were at the theater or carried by Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination — including his coat, top hat, carriage and John Wilkes Booth’s derringer pistol — opens Monday. Through May 25. Center for Education and Leadership, 514 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. Purchase of Acoustiguide required: $5 in advance, $7.50 at the door.

TUE 24

Tobias Jesso Jr. The Vancouver singer-songwriter and pianist’s “True Love” was named Best New Track by Pitchfork last year. With Okay Kaya. 8 p.m. Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100. In advance $12, day of show $15.

Iberian Suite: global arts remix The Kennedy Center’s festival of Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking cultures continues with shows, talks and exhibitions, supplemented by additional events offered by the embassies of Spain, Portugal and Mexico, ends Tuesday. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Prices vary.

— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
from staff reports