Through Sunday: If you haven’t already gotten tickets to “Swan Lake” at the Kennedy Center, you won’t be able to see superstar ballerina Misty Copeland take the stage for American Ballet Theatre’s annual performance: Copeland dances Friday and Sunday, and both of those performances are sold out. You can, however, catch artistic director Kevin McKenzie’s work on the other nights, including the ABT “Swan Lake” debuts of Alban Lendorf and Devon Teuscher. Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.; other performances sold out. $59-$199.
Friday: Two eagerly anticipated hoppy ales pour head to head in the annual Hopslam vs. Nugget Nectar Battle Royale at the Black Squirrel. Each seasonal beer has its proponents, but you can judge for yourself while also enjoying food made for the moment: Citra-hop-seasoned fries and IPA-infused mac and cheese, for instance. 5 p.m. Free admission, beers priced individually.
Friday: What better way to follow a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” than by discussing the film’s finer — or funnier — points with Sir Lancelot the Brave himself? British actor John Cleese visits the Music Center at Strathmore, and he's still making people laugh almost four years after his “Last Time to See Me Before I Die” tour, which must not have been too perilous. He’ll answer questions about his life and career, as well as his famous films. 8 p.m. $55-$250.
Friday-Sunday: The Washington Auto Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center puts visitors up close and personal with concept vehicles, exotic cars and other dream machines. There also will be a number of celebrity appearances, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles this weekend. The auto show runs through next weekend and opens at noon daily, 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. $5-$12.
Saturday: The Smithsonian rings in the Year of the Rooster with a Chinese New Year Festival in the American Art Museum's Kogod Courtyard. In addition to traditional Chinese music being performed throughout the afternoon, there will be calligraphy demonstrations, an art scavenger hunt, paper lantern making and other crafts related to the rooster. There also will be dancing from Johns Hopkins University’s Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe and the Beijing Acrobatic Troupe out of China. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free.
Saturday: Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley bring their co-headlining tour to U street Music Hall. It's part of a big weekend for Le Bon, the Welsh singer-songwriter who produced Presley's album last year; her latest recording, the EP “Rock Pool,” comes out Friday, featuring songs recorded while making last year's record, “Crab Day.” 7 p.m. $15.
Saturday: The annual Sips event at the Newseum is a chance to sample some of Washington’s finest fare — featuring dishes from such restaurants as Alta Strada, China Chilcano, the Fainting Goat and the Riggsby — while also helping D.C. Central Kitchen and Martha’s Table, local nonprofit groups who use food to help those in need. Cookbook author Joan Nathan, chef Alice Waters and the District’s own José Andrés will host the event. 7:30 p.m. VIP 6:30 p.m. $150, VIP $250.
Saturday-Sunday: A new kid-focused exhibition, “Explore! With the National Portrait Gallery,” opens at the museum this weekend, in collaboration with the Explore! Children's Museum of Washington D.C. Kids can draw silhouette portraits or create video self-portraits, among other activities. The exhibition will remain open at least a year. Free.
Saturday-Sunday: Who hasn’t played with lights, waving your hands to create animals, birds and insects on the wall? The modern dance company Pilobolus takes that to another level with its “Shadowland” show at Lisner Auditorium. The performance, presented by Washington Performing Arts and CityDance, uses shadows of dancers moving to a lively score along with projected images and moving screens to create a sort of unique dreamworld. Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. $25-$45.
Sunday: The D.C. Record Fair returns to Penn Social, with 40 East Coast dealers — including a number from the District — stacking crates loaded with vinyl. Start digging and filling gaps in your collection, or just enjoy the scene, which will include DJs spinning tunes and drinks, naturally. Noon to 5 p.m. 11 a.m. VIP; $2, $5 VIP.