Monday, May 14
April Showers Bring May Flowers at the Royal: Edible flowers are everywhere now, including in your drinks at the Royal. The latest installment of the LeDroit Park bar's Royal Nights series finds Emily Filkins, the head bartender at Republic Restoratives' tasting room, joining the staff to make floral cocktails, such as the Coming Up Roses (vodka, rose syrup, cucumber water and lemon). Cocktails cost $8 all night, while beers from Atlas Brew Works are only $3. 9 p.m. Free admission, drinks priced individually.
Tuesday, May 15
‘Waitress’ at National Theatre: Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles penned sweet-but-not-too-sugary tunes for a Broadway musical version of the 2007 film “Waitress,” which starred Keri Russell. Like the movie, this critically acclaimed show revolves around a diner employee named Jenna with a passion for baking pies. Can Jenna’s talent for whipping up desserts help her escape a loveless marriage and the malaise of her small town? Broadway’s first all-female creative team translates this tale of empowerment to song and dance. Through June 3. $48-$108.
Wednesday, May 16
The Voices of Now Festival at Arena Stage: Arena Stage's free theater festival puts the spotlight on young artists from the D.C. area. Over four nights, the Voices of Now Festival will host nine ensembles, each of which wrote and will perform a one-act play. The participants range in age from 11 to 18, and their works focus on such topics as gun violence, self-image and what it's like to lose a loved one. 7:30 p.m., through Saturday. Free, reservations required.
'The Frederick Douglass Project' at the Yards Marina: To commemorate the bicentennial of Frederick Douglass's birth, nonprofit Irish theater group Solas Nua commissioned a site-specific musical about Douglass's 1845 visit to Ireland. The two shorter works that make up “The Frederick Douglass Project” — “An Eloquent Fugitive Slave Flees to Ireland” and “Wild Notes” — are being staged on a pier on the Anacostia River, right across the river from Douglass's home, Cedar Hill. 8 p.m. $35.
Thursday, May 17
La Reyna y La Real at the Kennedy Center: La Reyna y La Real, the female rap duo of Reyna Mercedes Hernandez Sandoval and Yadira Pintado Lazcano, blends musical styles to create a performance that is distinctly feminist and decidedly Cuban. Join them for a show in the “Cubano Club” in the Terrace Gallery, which has been transformed by artist Roberto Diago as part of the Kennedy Center's “Artes de Cuba” festival. 7 p.m. $20-$25.
Washington Nationals Trivia at Port City Brewing: Think you're the biggest Nationals fan in the area? Know enough about the team that you could fill in for Bob Carpenter or F.P. Santangelo at a moment's notice? Prove it at Port City Brewing Company, where the theme for the monthly trivia night is Your Washington Nationals. There will be prizes for the smartest team, as well as the group with the most spirit and flair, which sounds like the perfect excuse to break out your Screech costume. Teams are limited to six people, and there's plenty of beer on tap. 7 p.m. Free.
'Before the Freedom Riders: The Fight to Integrate Glen Echo Amusement Park' at the National Archives: In the summer of 1960, years before the March on Washington, a group of Howard University students and a multiracial group of neighbors worked together to desegregate the Glen Echo Amusement Park. This event features clips from filmmaker Ilana Trachtman's documentary “Ain’t No Back to a Merry-Go-Round,” which is scheduled to be released next year, and a discussion with former protesters. 7 p.m. Free, reservations required.
Friday, May 18
Jazz in the Garden at National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden: There are few D.C. summertime staples as enduring as Jazz in the Garden. Every Friday from mid-May to late August, office drones, interns and tourists alike gather at the National Gallery of Art’s Sculpture Garden to sip sangria and listen to live jazz. Sometimes, the music plays second fiddle to the scenery and the hum of conversation. But at this year’s opening show, you should pay special attention to the band, the JoGo Project. Led by former Chuck Brown Band saxophonist Elijah Jamal Balbed, the group fuses go-go and jazz (and a little funk and hip-hop) into something you’d find only in the District. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Through Aug. 24. Free.
'Leonard Bernstein's America' at the Library of Congress: The Library of Congress’s biggest contribution to the Bernstein centennial can be found online: In April, the library posted 3,700 items from his archive online, including manuscripts, scrapbooks and recordings. Its Bernstein centennial concert also seeks to shed light on the less-known, bringing in strong vocalists, including the soprano Julia Bullock, to perform excerpts of three stage works: the operas “Trouble in Tahiti” and “A Quiet Place” and the White House musical “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” the composer’s attempt at a definitive American statement. (It flopped on Broadway in 1976.) 8 p.m. Free.
Greek Festival at St. Sophia's Cathedral: The annual three-day celebration of Greece is best known for its food, including gyros made with lamb cooked on spits, and booths preparing spanakopita, vegetarian casseroles and loukoumades (cinnamon doughnuts drizzled with honey). But the festival at St. Sophia's, located near Washington National Cathedral, also includes live music and dancing, vendors selling jewelry and religious icons, family activities and tours of the cathedral. Noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Free.
ChiKo After Dark with Himitsu's Kevin Tien and Carlie Steiner: The latest in ChiKo's guest chef series finds Kevin Tien and Carlie Steiner of Petworth's acclaimed Japanese restaurant Himitsu joining Danny Lee and Scott Drewno in the cramped kitchen on Capitol Hill. Tien and Steiner create special dishes and drinks just for the evening — all $8 each — and no reservations are necessary. All you have to do is show up. 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Dishes $8 each.
— Adele Chapin, Rudi Greenberg, Fritz Hahn, Peggy McGlone