Out On the Town: D.C. Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Films, theaters, plays, live music, art galleries and more events in Washington and nearby Maryland and Virginia


FILM

HOLLYWOOD ON TRIAL: INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
This season's "Seeing Red Film Series" at the Hill Center, with hosts New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot and movie critic Nell Minow, concludes with the 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which has been called the most frightening film ever made. Based on a novella by Jack Finney that has been remade multiple times, Don Siegel's original film is about the biggest threat of them all, greater than any non-human, extraterrestrial monster: Fellow citizens you thought you could trust. In this case, the emotionless pod people reflect the obsessions of the Cold War -- and could be seen as representing Communists or McCarthyite conformists, depending on your point of view. Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m. Hill Center, Old Navy Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Call 202-549-4172 or visit HillCenterDC.org.

NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING
Neighbors was something of a surprise hit, both critically and commercially, in 2014. This second entry sees the main cast return, but really, was anyone else that eager for more fraternity and sorority-related antics? Opens Friday, May 20. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr)

THE NICE GUYS
If you had to pick an ideal pairing for a mystery comedy, would Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe be anywhere on that list? Despite (or, perhaps, because of) their odd couple stature, The Nice Guys looks to be genuine fun, with Crowe a hired enforcer and Gosling a private eye teaming up to solve the case of a missing girl in 1970s L.A. Opens Friday, May 20. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)


STAGE

AN AMERICAN DAUGHTER
Keegan Theatre takes on the late Wendy Wasserstein's angry, daring play about a political woman, daughter of a U.S. Senator, who gets caught up in a scandal after being nominated to a Cabinet post. Company co-director Susan Marie Rhea plays the title role in this production directed by Brandon McCoy. To May 28. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 703-892-0202 or visit keegantheatre.com.

BARD IN THE PARK: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, WEST SIDE STORY
As part of its "400 Years of Shakespeare" celebration, Folger Theatre teams up with the Capitol Riverfront BID to offer two free outdoor screenings of Hollywood's best takes on the Bard. First up, Al Pacino's bold, uncompromising 2014 take on The Merchant of Venice, the first full-length filmed version of Shakespeare's "problem play" since the silent era. The next night offers one of the greatest musicals, Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins's 1961 West Side Story, a take on Romeo and Juliet with classic, glorious music by Leonard Bernstein and a book by Stephen Sondheim. The Merchant of Venice screens Saturday, May 21, and West Side Story on Sunday, May 22. Actors from Folger's upcoming production of District Merchants will introduce each film, which screen at sundown (a little after 7:30 p.m.) Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. Free. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.

BLACK PEARL SINGS!
Over 20 American folk and spiritual songs factor into Frank Higgins' story inspired by the real-life discovery of Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter by folklorist John Lomax. Sandra Holloway directs this MetroStage production featuring Roz White as Alberta "Pearl" Johnson and Teresa Castracane as Susannah Mullally. To May 29. MetroStage, 1201 North Royal St., Alexandria. Tickets are $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit metrostage.org.

BROUHAHA
Local theater company Happenstance Theater presents another run of its devised clown-esque piece focused on an ensemble of eccentrics on the precipice at the end of the world. Happenstance co-founders and married team Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster direct and perform among the cast. "What we actually do, nobody is doing ...and it's hard to describe," Mandell told Metro Weekly two years ago. Each devised theater show is built from scratch by the entire ensemble, working as a collective from script start to finished performance. Closes Sunday, May 22. Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston St. Baltimore. Tickets are $22. Call 410-752-8558 or visit happenstancetheater.com.

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
Virginia's fledgling theater company Creative Cauldron presents a production of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's coming-of-age musical set in racially and politically charged 1960s Louisiana. Now in previews. To May 29. ArtSpace Falls Church, 410 South Maple Ave. in Falls Church. Tickets are $26, or $50 for opening night. Call 703-436-9948 or visit creativecauldron.org.

DISGRACED
Arena Stage offers a production of Avad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prize-winning incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs -- of American identity and South Asian culture. Timothy Douglas directs Felicia Curry, Joe Isenberg, Nehal Joshi, Samip Raval and Ivy Vahanian. To May 29. Kreeger Theater in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

EMPEROR'S NIGHTINGALE
Adventure Theatre MTC presents a re-imagining of the Hans Christian Anderson fairytale about an aimless prince who ultimately becomes king. Natsu Onoda Power directs Damon Chua's adaptation. To May 30. Adventure Theatre MTC, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Tickets are $19. Call 301-634-2270 or visit adventuretheatre-mtc.org.

HEDDA GABLER
Mark O'Rowe's contemporary adaptation of Henrik Ibsen's classic intends to provide a nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in modern drama, with a mesmerizing study of power, control and self-deception. Matt Torney directs Julia Coffey in the title role in this Studio Theatre production, also featuring Avery Clark, Kimberly Schraf, Michael Early, Kimiye Corwin, Shane Kenyon and Rosemary Regan. To June 19. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.

JOURNEY TO THE WEST
Constellation Theatre Company's Allison Arkell Stockman directs the fanciful global tale adapted by Mary Zimmerman from an ancient Chinese novel about a Buddhist monk who travels in search of sacred scriptures, meeting a monkey, a pig, a river monster and a monk along the way. Tom Teasley returns to Constellation to provide his percussive-based world music style of live accompaniment. Closes Sunday, May 22. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 202-204-7741 or visit constellationtheatre.org.

ORSON WELLES' WAR OF THE WORLDS
SCENA Theatre's Robert McNamara directs the stage version of the historic American classic. The original radio broadcast terrified America on Halloween 1938, depicting giant green Martians invading Earth in a series of "News bulletins" portraying mass destruction, military battles and vast chaos. To May 28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $20 to $40. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

PHAETON
Taffety Punk Theater Company, whose tagline is "We Will Rock You" and styles itself as a theatrical rock band, presents Michael Milligan's retelling of the classic Greek myth, exploring the failure of society to live up to the promise of its visionaries and the repercussions of that failure. Marcus Kyd directs a large cast featuring company members Dan Crane and Helen Hayes Award-winner Kimberly Gilbert and James Flanagan in the title role, with choreography by Kelly King. To May 28. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. Tickets are $15. Call 202-547-6839 or visit taffetypunk.com.

THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN
Theater J presents the regional premiere of Dan O'Brien's breathtakingly provocative drama, based on a true story, about the friendship that develops between a playwright and a photographer and traverses Rwanda, Afghanistan and the Canadian Arctic. Jose Carrasquillo directs a production featuring Eric Hissom and Thomas Keegan. Closes Sunday, May 22. The Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington, D.C.'s Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Call 202-777-3210 or visit theaterj.org.

THE MAN IN THE MASK
Although known for its dialogue-free, movement-focused fare -- most notably its "silent Shakespeare" productions -- Virginia's Synetic Theater offers a rare show with dialogue, an adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' follow-up to The Three Musketeers. Husband-and-wife duo of director Paata Tsikurishvili and choreographer Irina Tsikurishvili lead this swashbuckling and high-pageantry bombastic adventure, following hero D'Artagnan and the corrupt King Louis XIV. To June 19. Theater at Crystal City, 1800 South Bell St., Arlington. Tickets are $15 to $55. Call 800-494-8497 or visit synetictheater.org.

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
After a ravishing production last fall of Cole Porter's musical take on Shakespeare's classic, the Shakespeare Theatre Company ends its season with Ed Sylvanus Iskandar's provocative, new, all-male production that features the pop music of Tony- and Grammy-winning composer Duncan Sheik (Broadway's Spring Awakening), including a 30-minute musical intermezzo. Stage and screen actors Maulik Pancholy (Weeds, 30 Rock) and Peter Gadiot (Once Upon A Time in Wonderland) will play Katherina and Petruchio, respectively, in a cast that also includes Andre De Shields, Telly Leung, Gregory Linington, Matthew Russell, Tom Story, Oliver Thornton and Bernard White in featured performances. Now in previews. Opens Tuesday, May 24, at 7:45 p.m. To June 26. Sidney Harman Hall, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St. NW. Call 202-547-1122 or visit shakespearetheatre.org.

TRANSMISSION
A three-year-old D.C.-based playwriting collective, and one of this year's Helen Hayes Award winners as Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, the Welders offers its latest production, an immersive, participatory "performance play" written and performed by Gwydion Suilebhan. Devised for a small audience of 20 people, all seated in 1930s armchairs clustered around period radios, Transmission focuses on the viral evolution of culture, from the radio age to the present day. Touted as part-jazz, part-science lecture and part-"ritual invocation", the show investigates what it means to be inundated in our always-connected, always-sharing culture, which demands skepticism and inquisitiveness. To May 28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

WHEN JANUARY FEELS LIKE SUMMER
Serge Seiden transports Cori Thomas' Off-Broadway romantic urban comedy to the Anacostia and H Street neighborhoods in the inaugural season-closing production of Mosaic Theater Company. When January Feels Like Summer follows five ordinary lives that collide in one extraordinary January as characters navigate immigration, gender transition, interracial relationships, coming of age, homophobia, racism, death and divorce -- all relayed through comedy. Lynette Rathnam, Shravan Amin, Jason B. McIntosh, Jeremy Keith Hunter and Vaughn Ryan Midder comprise the cast. Opens in previews Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m. Opening night is Sunday, May 22, at 7:30 p.m. Runs to June 12. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $40 to $60. Call 202-399-7993 or mosaictheater.org.


MUSIC

BIZ MARKIE: FILLMORE FLASHBACK
"The Clown Prince of Hip-Hop," as MTV once called him, will once again relive his glory days, hosting and spinning for the third "80s vs 90s Dance Party" at the Fillmore Silver Spring and presented by radio station Hot 99.5. Local cover bands New Romance (the '80s) and Here's To The Night (the '90s) join Markie, a Maryland resident known for "Just A Friend." Saturday, May 21, at 8 p.m. Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $15.50. Call 301-960-9999 or visit fillmoresilverspring.com.

CAPITAL REEDS AT GOURMET SYMPHONY'S SALOON CONCERT SERIES
Created last year partly to shake up how people experience and engage with classical music, the Gourmet Symphony presents another culinary-inspired concert. "American Roots & Reeds," part of the Saloon Concert Series, features barbeque on the garden patio at Beuchert's Saloon on Capitol Hill paired with artisanal craft beers and meads from Atlas Brew Works and Charm City Meadworks. D.C. chamber ensemble the Capital Reeds performs and shares insights into a few short pieces by American composers. Wednesday, May 25, starting at 6 p.m. Beuchert's Saloon, 623 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Tickets are $45, including spirits tastings paired with custom small plates. Call 202-733-1384 or visit gourmetsymphony.org.

DIGITALISM
Over the course of a decade-long career, this duo has churned out some playful and charming tunes, including break-out instrumental dance single "Zdarlight" and the New Order-influenced "Pogo." Digitalism tours in support of its first new set in five years, Mirage, set for release on Friday, May 13. Local juggernaut Nadastrom opens for this 9:30 Club-presented concert. Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.

JMSN, TIFFANY GOUCHE
Usher proclaimed Albanian-American singer-songwriter Christian Berishaj, better known as JMSN, as "his favorite new act" in 2012. He's touring in support of his third solo set It Is. Queer indie jazz/R&B artist Tiffany Gouche opens. Wednesday, May 25. Doors at 7 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.

JOHN PIZZARELLI
John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and early rock and pop, putting jazz guitar spins on tunes from Rodgers, Gershwin, Lennon and McCartney, and Jobim. But Nat "King" Cole is his biggest inspiration. Thursday, May 19, through Sunday, May 22, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $45, plus $12 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit bluesalley.com.

MAGNETIC ZEROS WITH PRESERVATION HALL JAZZ BAND
Wolf Trap kicks off its outdoor season with an unexpected and intriguing double-bill, featuring a quirky, unconventional psychedelic-folk 10-piece band from L.A. led by Edward Sharpe and an exuberant yet tradition-minded big-band jazz septet from New Orleans. Wednesday, May 25, at 8 p.m. The Filene Center at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $25 to $50. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT
Now in its 27th year, this concert on the U.S. Capitol grounds, airing live on PBS, features the National Symphony Orchestra led by Jack Everly performing patriotic classics. Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) co-host for the 11th year, and Colin L. Powell also returns for a special tribute to our men and women in uniform. Sunday, May 29, at 8 p.m. U.S. Capitol Building - West Lawn. Free. Call 202-467-4600 or visit pbs.org/memorialdayconcert.

PREAKNESS INFIELDFEST: THE CHAINSMOKERS & FETTY WAP
Before the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes comes performances, this year headlined by the Chainsmokers -- the relatively new hitmaking duo of EDM producers Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall -- and Willie Maxwell, the "Trap Queen" rapper better known as Fetty Wap. Also on the Mainstage will be Frank Walker, with All Time Low, Chris Janson and Corey Smith on the smaller Jagermeister Stage. Saturday, May 21. Starting at 8 a.m. -- yes, a.m. Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. Tickets are $85 in advance, or $95 day-of. Call 877-206-8042 or visit preakness.com.

PRINCE GEORGE'S PHILHARMONIC
For the final concert of its 50th Anniversary Season, the local symphony, led by resident director Blair Skinner, performs Mahler's Symphony No. 2 in C Minor "Resurrection" featuring soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, mezzo-soprano Laura Zuiderveen, the Heritage Signature Chorale, and the Chesapeake Chorale. Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. Dekelboum Concert Hall in the Clarice at the University of Maryland, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive. College Park. Tickets are $30. Call 301-405-ARTS or visit theclarice.umd.edu.

SIMONE DINNERSTEIN
Widely renowned, eclectic American pianist Simone Dinnerstein closes out the season of shows presented by Washington Performing Arts with a recital of works by her favorite composer Franz Schubert, plus selections from Metamorphoses by Philip Glass. Glass has called Dinnerstein "one of the most exciting interpreters of music from the Baroque to the very modern." Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $50 to $90. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.

STEVEN BLIER, WOLF TRAP OPERA SOLOISTS
In the recital "From Lute Song to the Beatles," Wolf Trap Opera soloists join pianist/organizer Steven Blier of the New York Festival of Song to perform a survey of four centuries of music from the British Isles, from a bawdy Renaissance song to a quirky Gilbert and Sullivan farce to many ballads in all styles. Summer Hassan, Clarissa Lyons, Jonas Hacker and Shea Owens are the soloists for this Memorial Day Weekend run of concerts. Saturday, May. 1, and Sunday, May 29, at 3 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $46. Call 877-WOLFTRAP or visit wolftrap.org.

WORD OF MOUTH
Live at 10th and G presents the Spring A Cappella Showcase from Word of Mouth, a D.C. co-ed, post-collegiate a cappella group, as well as other area all-vocal groups Pitches Be Crazy and Capital Blend. Expect to hear new vocal arrangements of songs by Rihanna, Adele, Lake Street Drive and Fleetwood Mac. Saturday, May 21, 7:30 pm. Live! at 10th and G, 945 G ST. NW. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 at the door. Call 202-628-4317 or visit facebook.com/liveat10thandg.


DANCE

DEVIATED THEATRE WITH DANCETHOS
Known for dance works with spellbinding choreography and led by husband-and-wife duo Enoch Chan and Kimmie Dobbs Chan, Deviated Theatre perform a few fan favorite pieces as well as new works in development. The performance will include a guest appearance by DancEthos. Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m. Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College's Silver Spring campus, 7995 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring. Tickets are $25. Call 301-362-6525 or visit deviatedtheatre.org.

PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
World-renowned choreographer Paul Taylor returns with his company to the Kennedy Center for two programs featuring six masterworks from his six-decade career, including Esplanade, Arden Court, Promethean Fire and more. Wednesday, May 25, through Friday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m. The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra accompanies. Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Tickets are $39 to $79. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.


GALLERIES

A COLLECTOR'S VISION: WASHINGTONIANA COLLECTION
In addition to incorporating the Textile Museum, the recently opened George Washington University Museum also houses the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. The exhibition A Collector's Vision serves as a perfect introduction to the collection, featuring maps and prints, rare letters, photographs and drawings documenting the history of Washington, D.C. and donated by Small in 2011. Ongoing. The George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Call 202-994-5200 or visit museum.gwu.edu.

ART OF THE AIRPORT TOWER
The images of Smithsonian photographer Carolyn Russo offer a journey examining contemporary and historic air traffic control towers in this exhibition at the Air and Space Museum. Through November. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave at 6th St. SW. Call 202-633-2214 or visit airandspace.si.edu.

EXPLORING YELLOWSTONE'S GREAT ANIMAL MIGRATIONS
Part of the National Park Service's centennial celebration. This Invisible Boundaries exhibition, in conjunction with the May issue of National Geographic, uses stunning photographs, immersive video, interactive migration maps, cultural objects, and original artwork to explore the compelling story behind some of the most amazing animal migrations on the planet. To Sept. 30. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. Free. Call 202-857-7588 or visit ngmuseum.org.

EYE POP: THE CELEBRITY GAZE
Many never publicly displayed portraits of 53 luminaries at the top in their fields is the focus of this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, Serena Williams and Kobe Bryant are among the works, ranging from drawings to sculpture, paintings to video portraits, and all recent additions to the museum's collection. Through July 10. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.

KONSTANTIN MAKOVSKY: THE TSAR'S PAINTER
The Hillwood Museum presents a special exhibition on the 19th Century Russian painter who captured the color, romance and extravagance of the feudal Russian elite. Konstantin Makovsky's A Boyar Wedding Feast will serve as the exhibition centerpiece, with exquisite objects and details from the painting brought to life through groupings of 17th Century objects drawn from Hillwood's collection, as well as loans from other museums including the Met and Baltimore's Walters museums. Through June 12. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Suggested donation is $12. Call 202-686-5807 or visit HillwoodMuseum.org.

LUMINOUS LANDSCAPES: PHOTOGRAPHS BY ALAN WARD
The National Building Museum offers an exhibition focused on large-format photographs, mostly in black and white, by Alan Ward, a renowned practitioner of both landscape architecture and photography. Ward has combined his dual interests in these works, visually deconstructing the fundamental elements of the landscape in stunning ways. The museum also displays some of his photography equipment and large-format cameras. Through Sept. 5. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Call 202-272-2448 or visit nbm.org.

OUT OF THE ASHES
Subtitled New Library for Congress and the Nation, this exhibition marks the 200th anniversary of the acquisition of Jefferson's library of books, the foundation of the modern Library of Congress. The Jeffersonian concept of a universal library covering all subjects is the basis of the library's comprehensive collecting policies. Through May. Second Floor of the Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Call 202-707-8000 or visit loc.gov.

RE-BALL!: RAISE/RAZE IN THE DUPONT UNDERGROUND
The long-shuttered, former streetcar station -- and one-time food court -- below Dupont Circle reopens after two decades. This site-specific installation features the 650,000 translucent plastic balls from last summer's Beach exhibit at the National Building Museum. The New York architecture and design studio Hou de Sousa has assembled them into a fully reconfigurable block system -- like sand in a giant sandbox -- that visitors are encouraged to refashion into their own objects and spaces. To June 1. The Dupont Underground, Dupont Circle NW. Admission by reservation only, in small groups. Visit dupontunderground.org.

RENWICK GALLERY: WONDER
As part of the immersive exhibition Wonder, nine leading contemporary artists, including Gabriel Dawe, Patrick Dougherty and Maya Lin, have each taken over different galleries in the newly renovated Renwick Gallery, the first building in the U.S. designed expressly as an art museum. Through July 10. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW. Free. Call 202-633-1000 or visit renwick.americanart.si.edu.

STORIES OF MIGRATION: CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS INTERPRET DIASPORA
The George Washington University Museum presents this extremely timely juried and invitational exhibition, through which 44 artists share personal and universal stories of migration. Through Sept. 4. The George Washington University Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Call 202-994-5200 or visit museum.gwu.edu.

TENNESSEE LOVELESS: THE ART OUTSIDERS
The Chicago-based drag and contemporary artist will unveil a new exhibit at Reston's ArtInsights Gallery. The Art Outsiders is a portrait collection of influential creators who have changed the world with their genius, a growing list of 40 names that includes Divine, Coco Chanel, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, David Bowie and Judy Garland. Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. ArtInsights Animation and Film Art Gallery, 11921 Freedom Drive. Reston, Va. Call 703-478-0778 or visit ArtInsights.com.

THE BIG HOPE SHOW
Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum offers its 21st annual exhibition, featuring over 25 artists offering works in various media that champion the radiant and transformative power of hope. It's an original and unabashedly idealistic exhibition, curated by Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, founder and director of this original and unabashedly unusual 20-year-old museum. Through Sept. 4. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. Baltimore. Tickets are $15.95, or $20 for the preview party. Call 410-244-1900 or visit avam.org.

THE GREAT INKA ROAD: ENGINEERING AN EMPIRE
One of the monumental engineering achievements in history, the Great Inka Road is a network of more than 20,000 miles, crossing mountains and tropical lowlands, rivers and deserts, linking the Inca capital Cusco with the farthest reaches of its empire -- and it still serves Andean communities today in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina and Chile. This exhibition explores the legacy of the Inka Empire and technological feat of the road, recognized by the United Nations as a World Heritage site in 2014. Through April 2018. National Museum of the American Indian, Independence Avenue at 4th Street SW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit nmai.si.edu.

THE OUTWIN 2016: AMERICAN PORTRAITURE TODAY
Every three years the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery presents finalists of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, named for a late volunteer and benefactor. The portraits are works drawn from all over America, mostly featuring unheralded, everyday citizens and generally presented in innovative ways through various media, from standard photography to three-dimensional installation. This year's winner is a stunning, slightly surreal painting of a young African-American girl by Amy Sherald of Baltimore. Among the 43 finalists, more than a half-dozen are LGBT-themed, including: Jess T. Dugan of St. Louis and her masculine self-portrait; a print of two transgender teenagers in love by Evan Baden of Oregon; an oil painting focused on a recently married, older gay couple by Paul Oxborough of Minnesota; and a flamboyant, patriotic painting by D.C.'s Tim Doud featuring his spouse, cultural theorist Edward Ingebretsen, in full plume. Through Jan. 8. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.

TOUCHSTONE GALLERY'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Artist-owned collective Touchstone Gallery celebrates its 40th year with a monthlong show, featuring mixed-media works by 50 current and 40 former gallery artists. Through May 29. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW Call 202-347-2787 or visit touchstonegallery.com.

TWISTED TEENAGE PLOT
Named after the band featuring artist Kevin MacDonald, the Apler Initiative for Washington Art offers this exhibition at the American University Museum showcasing other local visual artists who also played in bands in the late '70s and early '80s. Represented in the exhibition -- which includes sound recordings, posters and videos -- are Dick Bangham, Michael Baron, Jay Burch, Kim Kane, Clark Vinson Fox (aka Michael Clark), Steve Ludlum, Michael McCall, JW Mahoney, Michael Reidy, Robin Rose, Judith Watkins Tartt and Joe White. Through May 29. American University Museum's Gallery 252 at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Call 202-885-1300 or visit american.edu/cas/museum.

VASEFUL VOCABULARY: THE FRAMEWORK OF FORMS
Potters with the Washington Ceramic Guild offer a show in Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center focused on an electic mix of pottery, inspired by techniques from China, Greece and Japan. Through May 29. Scope Gallery in Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 North Union St. Alexandria. Free. Call 703-838-4565 or visit torpedofactory.org.

WINDOW TO WASHINGTON
Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW is an exhibition at Washington's Carnegie Library that traces the development of the nation's capital from a sleepy Southern town to a modern metropolis, as documented through the works of artists. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., exhibition was made possible by a donation from the Kiplinger family. It's also an early step in a reorganization effort by the society, which has struggled to revive ever since its short-lived effort a decade ago to run a City Museum of Washington proved too ambitious. Open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., at the Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW. Call 202-393-1420 or visit dchistory.org.


ABOVE AND BEYOND

A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION
Public radio star Garrison Keillor makes his annual Memorial Day weekend trip to Wolf Trap, including a live broadcast on Saturday, May 28. This year's stop brings special guests Chris Thile, Heather Masse, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, in association with Minnesota Public Radio and WAMU. Friday, May 27, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 28, at 5:45 p.m. Wolf Trap, 1645 Trap Rd., Vienna. Lawn seats are available for $30 to $80. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolftrap.org.

ANJAL CHANDE AT SMITHSONIAN'S CROSSLINES: CULTURE LAB
As part of a celebration of its multi-genre convening "Crosslines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality," the Smithsonian presents an original dance piece by contemporary Indian dance artist Anjal Chande. A commission of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center, Out of the Shadows: A Colored Solidarity is a contemporary bharatanatyam dance work that spotlights two feminist figures, based on the research of Nico Slate: Indian activist Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and often-overlooked American queer activist Pauli Murray, who exemplifies the cross-pollination between India's independence movement and America's civil rights movement from the late 19th century to the 1960s. All told, more than 40 artists and scholars will offer performances, lectures and activities presenting new perspectives on identity, including internationally renowned painter Roger Shimomura and local artists SuperWaxx and No Kings Collective. Crosslines runs Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Dr. SW. Call 202-633-1000 or visit smithsonianapa.org.

BALTIMORE'S AMERICAN TREASURES: CARROLL MANSION
Partly in cooperation with official Baltimore boosters, the nonprofit Made: In America offers a celebration of "American Treasures" centered on the Carroll Mansion, named after 18th-century Maryland patriot and Baltimore entrepreneur Charles Carroll III. Over the next two months, the Mansion is open for tours and hosts design competitions and culinary experiences highlighting Baltimore's role in shaping various aspects of American culture and commerce, with an emphasis on furniture, textile, tableware and fashion design. To July 12. Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St. Baltimore. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Call 410-605-2964 or visit carrollmuseums.org.

CAPITAL CITY SHOWCASE
The Capital City Showcase, which bills itself as "the variety show that features the DMV's best comedians, musicians and performing artists," returns for another installment, this time at the Columbia Heights restaurant Acre 121. Danny Rouhier, co-host of "Grant & Danny" on radio station 106.7 The Fan, Nicki Fuchs, and Pat Riley bring the funny while nationally touring, locally based hip-hop artists Bo Jankans and DJ Ragz bring the beats. Saturday, May 21, at 9 p.m. Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. NW. Tickets are $10. Call 202-431-4704 or visit capitalcityshowcase.com.

IRELAND 100: CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF IRISH ARTS & CULTURE
The Kennedy Center presents this major festival commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising that led to Ireland's independence. Curated by Alicia Adams, the center's vice president of international programming and dance, some of Ireland's best contemporary musicians, dancers and theater companies will be on tap, as well as other events, from a literature series to documentary screenings to installations. Upcoming highlights include: Uilleann pipe players Gay McKeon, Emmett Gill and Amy Campbell with Irish flutist Catherine McEvoy, on Friday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; world-class opera singers mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught and Anthony Kearns of the Irish Tenors, on Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m.; a multidisciplinary solo show from Riverdance dancer/co-choreographer Colin Dunne, on Tuesday, May 24, at 6:45 p.m.; a culinary demonstration and lecture drawing on the Irish roots of Restaurant Eve's Cathal Armstrong, on Wednesday, May 25, at 6 p.m.; and a full-length duet between Riverdance dancer/co-choreographer Jean Butler and composing cellist Neil Martin, on Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, at 7 p.m. Festival runs to June 5. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

LUCREZIA BLOZIA'S UNDERWATER BIRTHDAY BURLESQUE
Lucrezia Blozia aka Chris Griffin turns another year older this month and will celebrate a life in drag with a Little Mermaid-inspired party featuring Philanthrotease performance artists including carny man Charlie Artful, clown Jim Dandy, and burlesquers Isabelle Epoque, Aaron "Bowie of Boylesque" Spaace and Victoria Vixen. And each performer is giving at least 10 percent of earnings to the Anacostia Watershed Society to help cleanup of D.C.'s waterways. Sunday, May 29, at 8 p.m. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. Tickets are $12 in advance, or $15 day-of show. Call 202-293-1887 or visit inlovewithbier.com.

NORTHERN VIRGINIA FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
More than 200 artists from around the nation will take part in this 25th annual event drawing over 30,000 people and organized by the Greater Reston Arts Center. In addition to artworks in a variety of media, from painting to photography to jewelry, the festival also includes performances and family art-making activities. Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Reston Town Center, 11900 Market St. Reston. Suggested donation of $5 provides festival program with dining certificates inside. Call 703-471-9242 or visit restonarts.org.

RUBY CORADO, MESHELL NDEGEOCELLO AT ASTRAEA FOUNDATION AWARDS
Aa part of its multi-year, multi-million dollar global grassroots funding campaign Fueling the Frontlines, the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice will honor the LGBT women of the Obama Administration as well as Casa Ruby founder Ruby Corado. Grammy-nominated Meshell Ndegeocello will offer a special performance. Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. LongView Gallery, 1234 9th St. NW. Individual tickets are $200, or $100 for Next Generation attendees under 35. Call 202-232-4788 or visit astraeafoundation.org.

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS
The 2016 Extravaganza Tour features most of the drag acts who have become famous thanks to RuPaul's hit show. Michelle Visage hosts and Pearl offers an opening DJ set for this all-queen show, including Adore Delano, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney Act, Ginger Minj, Miss Fame, Phi Phi O'Hara and Violet Chachki. Saturday, May 21. Doors at 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $37.50. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.