Through Sunday: "The Gabriels" trilogy closes at the Kennedy Center this weekend. Politics is the backdrop for Richard Nelson's trio of plays, subtitled "Election Year in the Life of One Family." The plays take place around the kitchen table on three nights during an election year (March, September and the actual election night). "Women of a Certain Age," Part 3 of the trilogy, is Thursday at 8 p.m., followed by the full-day marathons on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1:30 p.m. (Post critic Peter Marks says seeing all three is "worth the extra effort.") $49-$120.
Through Sunday: Vibrophonist Roy Ayers returns to Blues Alley this weekend for eight shows, one of which (Saturday's early performance) is already sold out. It's a familiar haunt for the legendary singer and bandleader, a.k.a. the Godfather of Neo-soul. Over the years, he has worked with a number of artists — including a few who have sampled his material — including Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli and Fela Kuti. 8 and 10 p.m. $43-$48.
Thursday-Saturday: Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss performs at Drafthouse Comedy this weekend. He's toured the world and sold out shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, while appearing stateside on television with Conan O'Brien and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." (Drafthouse Comedy also is hosting a set from the "What A Joke" festival on Thursday.) $20.
Friday-Saturday: Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder returns to the Birchmere this weekend. Tickets for Saturday's show are already sold out, but if you're looking for an inaugural party alternative, Friday tickets to see the multi-Grammy Award-winning mandolin player remain available. 7:30 p.m. $39.50.
Friday-Sunday: The National Museum of the American Indian is bringing "Out of Many: A Multicultural Festival" to the museum on the Mall this weekend, loosely tied to the ongoing presidential inauguration activities. The three-day festival will feature music, dance, storytelling and more, highlighting cultures from all over the world. Daily at 10:30 a.m. Free.
Saturday-Sunday: The National Museum of Women in the Arts will open its doors for free this weekend, giving you a chance to explore the new "Wanderer/Wonderer: Pop-Ups by Colette Fu" exhibition, as well as the permanent collection. Expect the museum to be busy on Saturday, the day of the Women's March on Washington. Opens Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at noon. Free.
Saturday-Sunday: Director Aaron Posner brings Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning masterpiece "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" to the Ford’s Theatre stage, with Holly Twyford starring as boozy Martha and Gregory Linington as her husband, George, a college professor. The toxic and troubled pair takes theatergoers — and an unsuspecting younger couple — down a dark road during a nightcap that won’t end. (Believe it: The play lasts about three hours.) Through Feb. 19. $15-$62.
Sunday: The PBS Civil War drama “Mercy Street” kicks off its second season Sunday at 8 p.m., and the city that inspired the scripted television show (it’s filmed in Petersburg and Richmond) is ready with its living-history accompaniment. There are a number of ongoing exhibitions and tours throughout Old Town Alexandria — most notably, “Who These Wounded Are: Extraordinary Stories of Mansion House Hospital” at Carlyle House, the site where the hospital featured on the television show stood. On Sunday, a costume station, “Mercy Me! Get Into Character,” opens at the Alexandria Visitor Center, giving you a chance to look your Civil War-surgeon-best on Instagram. For more information on these and other "Mercy Street" related events, go to visitalexandriava.com.
Sunday: What do you get when you combine ballet dancers, jugglers and a string ensemble onstage? The Strathmore's “4x4: Ephemeral Architectures,” directed by juggler Sean Gandini and choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela of the Royal Ballet, explores that shared space, featuring dancers interacting with and moving around jugglers tossing clubs, balls and rings. 7:30 p.m. $28-$68.