Monday, April 17
Dyngus Day at Biergarten Haus: Dyngus Day is an Easter Monday ritual for cities with large Polish-American populations: a day to dress up in red and white, eat Polish doughnuts called paczki, dance to Polish music and drink Polish beer. Buffalo has the most famous Dyngus Day party in the country, but you can get a taste of the holiday at Biergarten Haus, with live polka music and dance lessons, kielbasa and pierogi platters and Okocim beer specials. 4 to 10 p.m. Free.
Ballet Across America at Kennedy Center: This popular week-long showcase gets a new twist: celebrity curators. Misty Copeland has selected the first program, spotlighting four troupes that emphasize diverse casting, including Nashville Ballet and the Black Iris Project. New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck has curated the second, choosing groups that feature favorite dance makers, such as the Joffrey Ballet, L.A. Dance Project’s Benjamin Millepied and Abraham.In.Motion’s Kyle Abraham. Through April 23. 7:30 p.m. $29-$149.
Pilsner Urquell night at Fado: Pilsner Urquell is a classic beer, but if you haven't tasted the unfiltered, unpasteurized version, which is commonly found in the Czech Republic and throughout Europe, then you haven't tasted the best Urquell. It's hoppier and spicier, with a more intense and delicious flavor. Pilsner Urquell was planning to send a keg to Washington last week for the Craft Brewers Conference, but had to reschedule. Head to Fado in Chinatown for happy hour, where the first keg will be tapped at 4 p.m.
Tuesday, April 18
‘Fun Home’ at National Theatre: The musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic memoir of the same name follows the artist’s life, from growing up in a dysfunctional family to coming to terms with her sexuality as a college student. “Fun Home” won five Tony Awards in 2015, including best musical. Through May 13. 7:30 p.m. $48-$98.
Wednesday, April 19
Tinariwen at the Barns at Wolf Trap: Tinariwen, a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of Mali, formed in 1979. Since then, the group has made a name for itself with its blend of traditional sounds and swirling rhythms. The group won a Grammy for best world music album for its 2011 release, “Tassili.” For its latest album, “Elwan,” released in February, the ensemble worked with Kurt Vile, Mark Lanegan and Matt Sweeney. 8 p.m. $38.
Ryan Montbleau Band at Gypsy Sally's: Northeast-based folkie Ryan Montbleau is celebrating the release of his new album, “I Was Just Leaving,” with a show at Gypsy Sally’s on Wednesday. The album’s 12 songs are (mostly) downcast and simple acoustic guitar numbers, though there are a few occasions — like the bombastic “Abigail” — where he showcases the power of his full band, which will be in tow in D.C. 8:30 p.m. $15.
Thursday, April 20
Filmfest DC at multiple area locations: The 31st annual Filmfest DC gets underway Thursday with a screening of “This Is Our Land” at AMC Mazza Gallerie. In a nod to divisions that have recently roiled the United States and other countries, the focus of this year’s festival will be topical, starting with the French drama about an apolitical nurse who’s being groomed as a candidate for a far right political party. Other films, which take places at multiple venues around town, address issues of immigration, social justice and the free press. Through April 30. Most screenings are $14; festival passes are available.
Oddisee & Good Compny at 9:30 Club: Amir Mohamed, the District-born rapper who performs as Oddisee, has made a political album that isn’t topical. That’s right: You won’t hear any Trump rants or not-my-president screeds on “The Iceberg,” released in February. “What is there to fear?” Oddisee raps on “NNGE,” whose chorus includes a shout out to the D.C. suburbs. “I’m from black America, this is just another year.” 7 p.m. $25.
‘In the Heights’ at GALA Hispanic Theater: Call this a pregame for 2018’s “Hamilton” at the Kennedy Center, but also call it long overdue. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical won a Tony Award in 2008; the upcoming production at GALA Hispanic Theatre will not only be the show’s D.C. premiere, but also the American premiere of the Spanish-language version. Through May 21. 8 p.m. $35-$60.
Friday, April 21
Periphery at the Fillmore: The members of the D.C.-based band Periphery are pioneers in the djent movement, a style within the progressive-metal genre. The group, founded in 2005 by guitarist Misha Mansoor, released its latest album, “Periphery III: Select Difficulty,” in July. 7 p.m. $22.
‘Born in China’ at multiple area locations: Disneynature’s track record includes successful big-screen releases “Earth” and “African Cats.” Now comes this documentary, centering on three animal families — snow leopards, which are rarely caught on camera; pandas; and golden monkeys — as they raise their young in China’s often extreme environments. John Krasinski (“The Office”) narrates.