Tuesday, Jan. 16
'Stranger-er Things': Live scoring at Union Stage: Half the fun of Netflix’s ’80s nostalgia bomb “Stranger Things” is its soundtrack. The synthesizer epics by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein evoke memories of John Carpenter and Tangerine Dream scores like a bite of Proust’s madeleine (or Eggo waffle, as it were). With that in mind, head to Union Stage for “Stranger-er Things,” an evening where members of D.C. acts Tomato Dodgers, Humbalaya, Nag Champa, Raygunomics, Zack Be and Cartoon Weapons will live-score some equally iconic shows — “The Twilight Zone,” “Dr. Who” and “Twin Peaks” — and turn TV nostalgia into an experimental, audiovisual experience. 8 p.m. $12-$20.
'4,380 Nights' at Signature Theatre: This world premiere by local playwright Annalisa Dias tells the story of Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid, who has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for the past 12 years — or 4,380 days — in the wake of 9/11. Through Feb. 18. $40-$89.
Wednesday, Jan. 17
'Whiskey Brothers: Robbie Burns & Favorite Drams' at Petworth Citizen: Scots worldwide will raise glasses of Scotch to toast national poet and hero Robert Burns on Jan. 25. If you're planning to host a Burns Night party, or just like to enjoy a wee dram now and then, head to Petworth Citizen's Robbie Burns-themed event. D.C. mixologist and cocktail author Dan Searing leads a tasting of favorite new and old whiskys discovered in 2017. 7 to 9 p.m. $47.50.
Mary Lambert at Songbyrd: Singer-songwriter Mary Lambert got a big break in 2012 when she helped write “Same Love,” a song about marriage equality on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s debut album, “The Heist.” Lambert’s own debut album, “Heart on My Sleeve,” dropped in 2014. 8 p.m. $20 in advance, $22 day of show.
Thursday, Jan. 18
'Americans' at the National Museum of the American Indian: An Indian Chief motorcycle, a Tomahawk flight-test missile and hundreds of other objects emblazoned with the name and image of American Indians will be on display at the National Museum of the American Indian’s new long-term exhibition. “Americans” dives into the many ways American Indians have shaped the nation’s history, identity and pop culture. The exhibit also challenges visitors to reexamine the stories they thought they knew about the Trail of Tears, the Battle of the Little Bighorn and the life of Pocahontas. Through 2027. Free.
Ultimate Megafort at National Building Museum: Apparently “kidulthood” is still a thing: The centerpiece of the National Building Museum's latest after-hours party is a chance to design and build a cardboard fort, then participate in a foam-ball battle against other grown-ups. There's a “Game of Thrones” component, too: a chance to take a picture on the Iron Throne, medieval food and drinks, and talks by a Smithsonian researcher on historic “golden and jewelry-laden thrones” from Persia and the tallest stone columns in the world. 6 to 9 p.m. $35-$45, includes one drink.
Friday, Jan. 19
American Opera Initiative Festival at the Kennedy Center: There's more to opera than war horses such as “Carmen” and “The Magic Flute.” The Washington National Opera's American Opera Initiative Festival is focused on the next generation of opera, with premieres of four new works, including a trio of 20-minute operas for those with very short attention spans, over the course of three days. The main attraction is two performances of the hour-long “Proving Up,” from the duo behind the acclaimed 2016 opera “Breaking the Waves.” Times vary. $19-$49.
Bruery Store at Union Market Grand Opening: This is a day local beer geeks have been waiting for: The Bruery, a California brewery known for its barrel-aged imperial stouts and fruit-forward sour ales, is opening its first shop outside of the Golden State near Union Market. Owner Patrick Rue will be on hand to meet shoppers, and giveaways for early arrivals include T-shirts and gift packs of beers (no purchase required). Can’t take the day off work? Rue will host an after-party at Anxo (300 Florida Ave. NW) beginning at 5 p.m., with rare Bruery beers on tap. 11 a.m. Free.
'I Never Dreamed It Could Be Like This: Leonard Bernstein at 100' at the Kennedy Center: D.C.-based contemporary dance group Company | E’s “I Never Dreamed It Could Be Like This: Leonard Bernstein at 100” will premiere at the Kennedy Center, exploring the life and work of the composer, conductor and American icon. It’s a crash course in all things Bernstein through dance and spoken word. This performance is part of the local arts community’s year-long celebration of Bernstein’s impact on arts and culture in the United States. Through Jan. 20. $25.
Xosar at Flash: Instead of relying on a laptop, this California-born, Berlin-based producer-DJ can transform the entire atmosphere of a room with drum machines, samplers and synths. Her techno sound is best characterized as disquietingly experimental — filled with deep bass tones and industrial sounds that reflect her interest in the paranormal and occult. It’s creepy at times, but also enchanting. 8 p.m. $8-$15.
— Fritz Hahn, Adele Chapin, Chris Kelly, Winyan Soo Hoo and Briana Younger