“40 Under 40” screening The Smithsonian Channel documentary takes a look behind the scenes as the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery brings together 40 young artists for the “40 Under 40: Craft Futures” exhibition, celebrating the gallery’s 40th anniverary. 4-5 p.m. American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level. Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8490. www.americanart.si.edu/exhibitions. Free.
“Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys” Author Kitty Kelley and National Public Radio commentator Scott Simon share photos from Kelley’s book about Stanley Tretick’s extensive photo documentation of JFK and his family, at a book signing. 7 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov. Free.
“Tryst” Washington Stage Guild presents Karoline Leach’s play, set in 1912, about a handsome man’s romantic pursuit of a rich spinster. Continues Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Through Jan. 27. Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-347-9620. www.stageguild.org. $40-$50, seniors $30-$40, students $20-$25.
“Contractions” A manager and an employee differ over the definition of an office relationship in Mike Bartlett’s dark comedy. Thursday-Saturday and Wednesday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Through Jan. 27. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $30-$35.
David Murray Big Band and Macy Gray Triple-platinum-selling R&B singer Gray joins the big band led by Grammy-winning saxophonist Murray. 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 in advance, $35 day of show.
New Paintings by Ed “Bear” Miller Bear’s subjects include Washington’s natural beauty, still lifes and nudes. Through Jan. 27. Foundry Gallery, 1314 18th St. NW. 202-463-0203. www.foundrygallery.org. 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. Freer Gallery of Art, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-1000. www.asia.si.edu. Free.
Washington Winter Show The theme of this year’s antiques show is “The Thrill of the Chase,” featuring lectures and antiques related to the sporting life. Friday and Saturday 11-8, Sunday 11-5. American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-248-7159. www.washingtonwintershow.com. $20.
Yellowcard The L.A. pop punk band performs. With Young Blood and the Assembly Line. 5 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $22.
Wizards The basketball team plays the Atlanta Hawks (Saturday at 7 p.m.) and the Orlando Magic (Monday at 7 p.m.). Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 202-628-3200. www.nba.com/wizards. From $10.
“Boged: An Enemy of the People” Theater J presents Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez’s play about an Israeli mayor who attempts to cover up a chemical leak until his brother exposes him, based on a play by Henrik Ibsen. Opens Saturday at 8 p.m., continues Sunday at 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Through Feb. 3. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 800-494-8497. 202-687-3838. performingarts.georgetown.edu. www.washingtondcjcc.org. $30-$60.
George Lopez The stand-up comedian and erstwhile star of the “George Lopez” sitcom talks about the Mexican American experience. 8 p.m. DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. 202-628-4780. www.dar.org/conthall. $58.
“The Poetic Dimensions of Symbols and Shapes” Zenith Gallery presents sculpture by Pattie Porter Firestone and paintings by Andrea Barnes. Closes Saturday. Zenith Gallery at Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-2963. www.zenithgallery.com. Free.
“An Iliad” Scott Parkinson stars in a one-man show based on Homer’s epic. Continues Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., closes Sunday at 7 p.m. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $35-$72.
“Curvature: Paintings in Encaustic & Mixed Media by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard” An exhibit of paintings in hot wax and mixed-media pieces by Marcie Wolf-Hubbard closes Sunday. Politics & Prose Coffeehouse, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-0724. www.politics-prose.com. Free.
“Fabulous! Portraits by Michele Mattei” This selection of portraits, which features women who have devoted their lives to the arts, closes Jan. 22. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org. $10, seniors and students $8, 18 and younger free.
“Picturing the Sublime: Photographs From the Joseph and Charlotte Lichtenberg Collection” Eleven photographs document how artists use the camera to capture the beauty and destruction of the natural world. Includes works by Ansel Adams, Josef Koudelka, Edward Burtynsky, Lynn Davis, Richard Misrach, Francis Frith and Carleton Watkins. Closes Feb. 17. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. www.phillipscollection.org. Weekdays by donation. Weekends $10, seniors and students $8, younger than 18 free.
“The Ripple Effect: Currents of Socially Engaged Art” The exhibit features 10 artists who use a diverse set of practices to engage social and political issues and effect change. Closes Sunday. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016. www.museum.oas.org. Free.
Washington Jewish Film Festival The 23rd annual festival, featuring 55 films from 15 countries screened at 10 venues, continues through Sunday and ends with the D.C. premiere of “Hava Nagila (The Movie),” a documentary by Roberta Grossman about the popular Jewish song, and a closing night reception, Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW, $25-$30. Visit the Web site for a complete schedule. 800-494-8497. www.wjff.org. Most screenings $6-$25.
“The Age of Innocence” Resident playwright Karen Zacarias presents readings of her stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion. Monday-Wednesday at 7 p.m. Arena Stage, Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org. $10.
Jessie Ware The English singer-songwriter performs. With Rochelle Jordan. 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. 202-265-0930. www.930.com. $18.
Eric Benet The R&B crooner’s latest album is called “The One.” Doors open at 6 p.m., show at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $55 in advance, $60 day of show.
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3Triple-platinum-selling R&B singer Macy Gray, right, joins the big band led by Grammy-winning saxophonist David Murray. Thursday at 8 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $30 in advance, $35 day of show.