Friday: A week before the President-elect takes the oath of office, the National Portrait Gallery will display a 1989 photograph of Donald Trump. Photographer Michael O’Brien captured the image, featuring the real estate developer tossing an apple against a blue sky, for the cover of the 1990 book “Trump: Surviving at the Top,” and the museum acquired the piece — one of four in its Trump collection — in 2011. This isn’t the portrait that eventually will hang in the museum’s “America’s Presidents” exhibition. (The Smithsonian works with the White House to create those lasting images.) It’s a traditional nod to the new president: The museum displayed Shepard Fairey’s “Hope” portrait of Barack Obama before inauguration in 2009 and 2013. The Trump portrait will be on display through inauguration. Free.
Friday: Start your weekend with some belly laughs, courtesy of veteran comedians Bruce Bruce and Rickey Smiley at the Warner Theatre. The two have branched out from the stage, acting in movies and television shows and, in Smiley's case, hosting a daily morning radio show, but they'll be getting back to their comedy roots on Friday. 8 p.m. $55-$85.
Friday-Saturday: After years of telling jokes on “Late Night With Seth Meyers” and “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” in addition to Comedy Central shows, Nick Turner, who is playing Drafthouse Comedy this weekend, released a live comedy album last year, “Yelling.” The New York-based comedian grew up in Virginia, attended George Mason University and peppers his routine with riffs on food, pets and significant others — yours, not his. Friday at 8 and 10 p.m., Saturday at 7 and 9 p.m. $20.
Friday-Sunday: The China Performing Arts Agency brings its new "Confucius" dance drama to the Kennedy Center this weekend, directed by Kong Dexin, a 77th-generation descendant of the ancient Chinese philosopher. "Confucius," which features traditional Chinese music, costumes and choreography, is part of Image China's cultural exchange initiative. Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. $30-$150.
Friday-Monday: The exhibition "Louder Than Words" at the Newseum will explore the intersection of music, politics and media, highlighting performances, instruments — including Bill Clinton’s saxophone — and other artifacts from such notable musicians and rock rabble-rousers as Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Bob Dylan and Madonna. The exhibition, a partnership with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, also examines music’s impact on the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement. Through July 31. $13.95-$22.95.
Saturday: With its first big show of the year, Story District's Top Shelf at the Lincoln Theatre puts the top eight storytellers of the year (as chosen by judges) onstage, sharing true-life tales guaranteed to make you laugh, think and applaud. 6:30 p.m. $25.
Saturday: Veteran partystarter DJ Dredd is looking backward and forward at "We the People," his first Black Cat gig of the new year. Dredd and special guest Adrian Loving will honor artists who died in 2016 — Prince, David Bowie, Phife Dawg — while also spinning the records that will have everyone dancing in the months ahead. 9:30 p.m. $10. — Fritz Hahn
Sunday: If you've got the day off on Monday, you might as well enjoy yourself Sunday night. The Old-School Hip-Hop Bar Crawl returns to U Street, with DJs spinning themed sets — think "Roc-A-Fella vs. Ruff Ryders" or the Dirty South tribute "Ridin' Dirty" — at Provision No. 14, Red Lounge, Cloak and Dagger, Pure and Ben's Next Door from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. A variety of drink specials are offered at each bar. Everything winds up with an after-party at Amsterdam Lounge, where four DJs are on the decks from 8 p.m. until late. $10 in advance for access to all bars and happy hour deals. — Fritz Hahn
Monday: You can kick off the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with a free screening of the 1970 documentary from directors Sidney Lumet and Joseph L. Mankiewicz, “King: A Filmed Record. Montgomery to Memphis," at AFI Silver. The box office opens 30 minutes before showtime for distribution of the tickets. 11 a.m. Free.
Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. Day also serves as the first National Park Service fee-free day of 2017. That means you can hit any national park or battlefield — locally, for instance, the Antietam and Manassas battlefields, Fort McHenry or Great Falls — and not pay a dime. (A little further out, you can even take a free pass on Skyline Drive.) For a complete of parks, go to nps.gov. Free.
Monday: The annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Anacostia starts marches from the RISE Demonstration Center at St. Elizabeth's East to Anacostia Park, the site of a festival and health fair. The parade starts at noon. Free.
Monday: After a slow start to the season, the Washington Wizards have played their way back into the playoff picture in the NBA's Eastern Conference. For this Monday matinee, the Wizards will play host to the Portland Trail Blazers at Verizon Center, as two of the NBA's best young backcourts square off. 2 p.m. Tickets start at $17.
Monday: A concert benefiting We Are Family D.C. at St. Stephen’s Church will feature Ted Leo, the Max Levine Ensemble, Trophy Wife and other acts. (We Are Family D.C. is an organization that serves the city's low-income seniors.) 5 p.m. $10.
Monday: This year’s “Let Freedom Ring!” concert at the Kennedy Center features Grammy Award-winning singer Gladys Knight and the Let Freedom Ring Choir along with music director Nolan Williams Jr. Ticket distribution in the Hall of Nations begins at 4:30 p.m. with a limit of two per person. 6 p.m. Free.