Monday, May 15
Angaleena Presley at Jammin’ Java: Country music’s Angaleena Presley — whose first solo album, “American Middle Class,” came out in 2014 — is one third of Pistol Annies, the country music trio she formed with Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe in 2011. Presley released her latest solo album, “Wrangled,” in April, featuring tracks that tackle such topics as gender roles and the country music genre. 7:30 p.m. $15-$18.
Thievery Corporation at Kennedy Center: The D.C. duo’s electronica and world music fusion gets even weirder with the addition of a 22-piece orchestra for these two performances. Kennedy Center composer-in-residence Mason Bates also contributes his own instrumental piece to the evening. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $29-$59.
Joan Nathan at Library of Congress: For her book “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World,” James Beard award winner Joan Nathan, well, explored Jewish cooking from around the world. At the Library of Congress, she’ll share some stories she collected along the way. Noon-1 p.m. Free.
Tuesday, May 16
Colm Tóibín: ‘House of Names’ at Politics and Prose: In addition to writing the novel on which the Oscar-nominated 2015 film “Brooklyn” was based, Colm Tóibín has imagined the private lives of Henry James and the Virgin Mary in his works. In his new book, he gives a voice to Clytemnestra, who murdered her husband, King Agamemnon, in Greek myth. 7 p.m. Free.
Wednesday, May 17
The Jon Gibson Ensemble at Logan Fringe Arts Space: Jon Gibson is a minimalist who’s made magic alongside some massive names. Across the decades, the New York-based composer has collaborated with Philip Glass, Terry Riley, Arthur Russell, Ravi Shankar and Steve Reich — and his 1973 debut recording, “Visitations,” was tracked at the home studio of John Lennon. When the Jon Gibson Ensemble performs “Visitations” on modular synthesizers in Washington next week, expect big-time serenity. 7:30 p.m. $15.
Dumpstaphunk at the Hamilton: Fresh off performing in a variety of settings during the annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, singer, keyboardist and guitarist Ivan Neville — of the city’s royal musical family the Nevilles — brings his long-running funk band Dumpstaphunk back to D.C. 7:30 p.m. $23-$28.
Thursday, May 18
Expedition Raw at National Geographic: Ever wonder what it would be like to hike and paddle-board 1,000 miles along the Baja California peninsula or come face-to-face with hippos and meerkats in Africa? Find out from people who've done those things and more at National Geographic's Expedition Raw, where four of the society's explorers will give short talks about their research and experiences around the globe. The evening begins with a happy hour and games before the talks begin. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $15.
Friday, May 19
Jazz in the Garden at National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden: Washington’s favorite first date is back: Kicking off the weekly Jazz in the Garden summer concert series is the group Matuto, known for a mash-up of bluegrass and Brazilian sounds. The following week’s act is the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band, a seven-piece group that performs New Orleans classics around the country. Through Aug. 25. 5 p.m. Free.
‘Trolley Car Mail’ at National Postal Museum: In 1892, St. Louis began delivering mail by trolley. By 1908, such cities as Boston, Chicago and the District had followed suit. The move allowed the Postal Service to deliver mail three or four times a day in some urban areas. This exhibit looks at how trolley cars helped to revolutionize the mail system before they fell out of favor when the Postal Service began using trucks. Through Sept. 10. Free.