Alexandria Restaurant Week at multiple locations: Alexandria goes big for restaurant week: 70 restaurants with two dinner options and three lunch price points. Restaurants offer a $35 three-course dinner for one or a $35 dinner for two, giving you multiple ways to check out such old favorites as Vermilion, Restaurant Eve and Cheesetique. It also gives you a chance to sample new restaurants, such as Hen Quarter, Northside 10, Live Oak and Vola’s Dockside Grill. Through Sunday.
Lol Tolhurst Book Reading at Songbyrd Music House: Lol Tolhurst co-founded the Cure with his friend Robert Smith, whom he met when they were 5 years old, and played drums and keyboards in the alternative band through its landmark 1989 album “Disintegration.” His recent autobiography, “Cured,” is the first to be written by a member of the group. He talks about the band and signs copies of the book at Adams Morgan's Songbyrd. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, Feb. 22
Showcase of Academy Award-Nominated Documentaries and Short Films at National Archives: Prepare for your Oscars pool by seeing the nominated documentaries and short films. Highlights of this showcase include the documentaries “I Am Not Your Negro” (Wednesday, 7 p.m.), which is based on an unfinished James Baldwin manuscript, and “Fire at Sea” (Saturday, 7 p.m.), about African migrants’ struggle to cross the Mediterranean Sea. Can’t pay attention for that long? See the nominated live action short films (Saturday, noon), animated short films (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) and documentary short subjects (Sunday, 11 a.m.). Through Sunday. Free. RSVP in advance.
Thursday, Feb. 23
Lisa Hannigan at U Street Music Hall: Five years feels like forever in the music business, but a severe case of writer’s block kept Irish singer Lisa Hannigan from recording her own music for that long. But now she’s back on the road, touring in support of the critically acclaimed “At Swim,” which she made with assistance from the National’s Aaron Dessner. The haunting new tunes show off a maturing but still soothing sound that should play perfectly in the intimate U Street venue. 7 p.m. $25.
Furia Flamenca at Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall: As part of the Shakespeare Theatre’s programming related to its current production of “The Select (The Sun Also Rises),” a riff on Ernest Hemingway’s classic novel, the company is offering a chance to see some of the flamenco dancing that Hemingway’s characters might have watched. The performance from the local dance company Furia Flamenca comes with a complimentary drink, which might give you the courage to try some moves yourself. 6-7 p.m. Free.
‘Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors’ at the Hirshhorn Museum: Beginning Thursday, the Hirshhorn Museum will be a hot spot. That’s when Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity Mirrors” comes to town, plastering its galleries with the artist’s colorful dots and trippy optical illusion installations. Walking through a room of the 87-year-old Japanese artist’s work inspires a sense of childlike glee — and a never-ending stream of Instagrams. But be prepared for crowds: The Hirshhorn has issued free timed tickets to cut down on the many selfie-taking slowpokes. Through May 14. Free.
Friday, Feb. 24
Atlas Intersections Festival at Atlas Performing Arts Center: You'll find something that strikes your fancy at this annual festival on H Street NE. Intersections brings together a number of disciplines — dance, theater, music and film — for a colorful week and a half of programming. To name just a few of the 100 performances: Snark Ensemble's “The Comic Roach: A Roadhouse Picture Show,” combining black-and-white silent movies with a band and emcee; Clown Cabaret's “The Heist,” a physical comedy in which three of the worst robbers ever try to rip off a piggy bank; and French director Serge Zenoun's “Bigoudi,” a small-scale musical making its U.S. premiere. (The Washington Post is a founding media sponsor of the festival.) Through March 5. Prices vary.
ALB's Rock the Stacks at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library: Washington's main public library is about to close for three years of renovations, but there's still time to rock out in the reading room. This event, celebrating the release of a compilation album benefiting the D.C. Public Library Foundation, features musicians performing throughout the building, including Fort Knox Five, Benjy Ferree, Boat Burning and Furniteur, while Room 11 provides cocktails. 7 to 10 p.m. $75.
-- Fritz Hahn, Maura Judkis, Lori McCue, John Taylor