“The Eagle Huntress” at Landmark E Street Cinema: Fresh off its big win at the Middleburg Film Festival, where it took the audience award for best documentary, “The Eagle Huntress” -- the story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Kazakh girl who wants to be the first female eagle hunter in 12 generations of her family -- is now available to those who didn’t want to haul themselves all the way out to rural Virginia. $9-$12.
Tuesday, Nov. 15
Maryland vs. Georgetown at Verizon Center: One year after renewing their dormant college basketball rivalry, Maryland and Georgetown will square off again as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games. The Terps are ranked 25th in the Associated Press preseason poll. The Hoyas, coming off their worst season (15-18) since Coach John Thompson III took over the program more than a decade ago, return with all but one starter from last year. 6:30 p.m. $27-$250.
Samantha Fish at the Hamilton: After a summer packed with festival gigs, 27-year-old blues guitarist Samantha Fish is back on the road. Her 2015 album, the Luther Dickinson-produced “Wild Heart,” showed off her songwriting chops. But it’s in concert where Fish truly shines, ripping jaw-dropping guitar solos and covers of standards like “I Put a Spell on You.” 7:30 p.m. $24.75-$29.75.
Wednesday, Nov. 16
The National's Bryce Dessner in conversation at the Hirshhorn Museum: The guitarist and composer for the National will chat with Stéphane Aquin, curator at the Hirshhorn, and Nigel Boon, the Kennedy Center’s director of artistic planning, about his work. Dessner collaborated with artist Ragnar Kjartansson for one of the video installations on view at the museum and will be performing with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center on Friday. 7 p.m. Free.
Thursday, Nov. 17
“Into the Blue” at the National Portrait Gallery: Celebrating the opening of the Bill Viola exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery (see below), this after-hours event presented by Brightest Young Things includes an open bar, music by Nuex and DJs Chris Burns and Junior Boys, face painting, photo booths and food from the likes of SKWR and Cuba Libre. 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. $45-$50.
CatVideoFest 2016 at AFI Silver: Had a stressful start to the week? Unwind by sharing a few cat videos with fellow feline-loving friends at this festival, which promises to bring “the joy of cat videos to the masses.” Through Sunday. 7 p.m. $9.50-$13.
Friday, Nov. 18
“Gene Davis: Hot Beat” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum: When he finally decided to become an artist in his 40s, Gene Davis went big, painting perfect, colorful stripes of all sizes on wide canvasses. This exhibition showcases 15 of those outsize paintings from the 1960s. A few of the works by Davis, who died in 1985, have not been on public display for decades. Through April 2.
“Moby Dick” at Arena Stage: Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre Company has embarked on a three-stop tour of “Moby Dick,” their acclaimed three-act adaptation of Herman Melville’s novel. Adapted and directed by Lookingglass’s David Catlin, the show features trapeze and acrobatic work alongside philosophical speculation and a bit of old-fashioned harpooning. Through Dec. 24. 8 p.m. $40-$90.
“Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait” at the National Portrait Gallery: It's a familiar scene: a bunch of strangers standing around, reading books and staring at the ground like they're waiting for the Metro. Then comes the water — a gushing rush of liquid that completely soaks the crowd. Video artist Bill Viola has said the piece, “The Raft,” symbolizes how war or natural disasters can affect people with sudden force. That work, and others, will be exhibited in the Portrait Gallery's first all-media-art exhibition, showcasing Viola's distinct take on portraiture. Through May 7.
-- Emily Codik, Rudi Greenberg, Kristen Page-Kirby, Harrison Smith, John Taylor