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


SPOTLIGHT

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.

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. Opens Saturday, April 30. Runs to June 1. The Dupont Underground, Dupont Circle NW. Admission by reservation only, with priority given to those who donate $25 to the Indiegogo campaign Open These Doors. Due to the interactive nature of the installation, small groups only. Visit dupontunderground.org.


FILM

FEMALE TROUBLE
It doesn't get much trashier or campier than this, and if it's not a perfect fit for the Cine-Insomnia series of cult-popular midnight movies at Landmark's E Street Cinema, then I don't know what is. The "sublimely sordid saga" of Dawn Davenport (Divine), the 1974 Female Trouble is considered by some to be John Waters's Citizen Kane. Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, at midnight. Landmark's E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. Call 202-452-7672 or visit landmarktheatres.com.

KEANU
While Key & Peele may have ended, fans can look forward to more from Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele in Keanu. Here, Rell (Peele) adopts a kitten, Keanu, after a painful breakup, only for him to be stolen. Rell and Clarence (Key) then set out to find him, posing as drug dealers to infiltrate a notorious gang, while trying to prevent their suburban identities from being discovered. It's an absurd premise, but if anyone can make a movie about finding a kitten hilarious, this duo can. Opens Friday, April 29. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (Rhuaridh Marr)

MOTHER'S DAY
Here's a starry cast, with Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Jason Sudeikis, Timothy Olyphant and Margo Martindale, among others. They're starring in another of those holiday ensemble films from Garry Marshall (Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, etc.) we all know and loathe love. Mothers and daughters clash, have problems, and worry about their lives while surrounded by cliches. Opens Friday, April 29. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)

RATCHET & CLANK
Call us crazy, but we're totally on board with Sony adapting their hit PlayStation game series into a feature animated film. The titular duo has always enjoyed some of the funniest, prettiest cutscenes in gaming, with rich characters, intriguing lore, and plenty of opportunity for expansion into a full-length product. It retells the events of the first game in the series, as Ratchet, a Lombax mechanic, and his robot friend Clank set out to save the galaxy from destruction. Expect absurd weapons and beautiful animation. Opens Friday, April 29. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)

THE MEDDLER
Susan Sarandon is an aging widow who moves to Los Angeles with her daughter (Rose Byrne), only to end up meddling incessantly in her life. The film was conceived by writer/director Lorene Scafaria as a love letter to her mother, and Sarandon is drawing praise for her performance as Marnie. Opens Friday, April 29. Area theaters. Visit fandango.com. (RM)

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW AT THE EAGLE
The DC Eagle is getting into the business of screening films. The leather and fetish complex plans to screen The Rocky Horror Picture Show the last Saturday in April, when local performers The Sonic Transducers shadowcast the iconic cult film with props and lighting effects -- just as they've done the second weekend of every month for more than seven years at Landmark's E Street Cinema. Patrons are encouraged to dress up in costume -- and not just the usual leather or gear. Saturday, April 30, at midnight, preceded by social hour starting at 10 p.m. The Exile in DC Eagle, 3701 Benning Rd. NE. Tickets are $10, or $15 for guaranteed seating, $40 for a VIP Frank N Furter Package including premium seating, a prop goodie bag, and wristband for open bar. Call 202-347-6025 or visit dceagle.com.


STAGE

110 IN THE SHADE
Marcia Milgrom Dodge directs and choreographs a new production of this old-fashioned musical, set during a sweltering Texas summer in the mid-1950s and featuring a lively score from the creators of The Fantasticks. The focus is on a self-proclaimed rainmaker who promises to reverse fortunes in the drought-stricken town, to say nothing of its leading spinster, played by Tracy Lynn Olivera. To May 14. Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Tickets are $28 to $69. Call 800-982-2787 or visit fordstheatre.org.

ALL THE WAY
Robert Schenkkan's 2014 Tony-winning drama examines the red, white and blue-blooded leadership of President Lyndon B. Johnson. Now in previews. To May 8. Fichandler Stage in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Tickets are $40 to $70. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

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.

CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD
Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novella is the source for another stage adaptation, though this time as a straight play, unlike the 1995 Tony-nominated musical. Jose Zayas directs GALA Theatre's production of the tale about a murderous mission of revenge by a band of brothers in Colombia, adapted by Jorge Triana and performed in Spanish with English surtitles. To May 8. GALA Theatre at Tivoli Square, 3333 14th St. NW. Tickets are $20 to $42. Call 202-234-7174 or visit galatheatre.org.

DETROIT '67
Center Stage offers a production of Dominique Morisseau's sharp-eyed drama about racial and generational differences during the riots of the Motown era. Kamilah Forbes directs this co-production with Detroit Public Theatre and offered at Towson University, while Center Stage renovates its downtown Baltimore venue. To May 8. Mainstage at Towson University's Center for the Arts, 1 Fine Arts Dr., Towson, Md. Tickets are $10 to $59. Call 410-986-4000 or visit centerstage.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.

HKEELEE (TALK TO ME)
As part of its Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival, Mosaic Theater presents this one-woman show by Leila Buck, an interactive exploration of what it means to be American in this probing portrait of a young woman's Lebanese grandmother. Performances are Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Kogod Cradle in the Mead Center for American Theater, 1101 6th St. SW. Tickets are $60. Call 202-488-3300 or visit arenastage.org.

HUGO BALL: A SUPER SPECTACULAR DADA ADVENTURE
A one-of-a-kind performance loosely based on the life of one of the founders of the Dada anti-art movement. Pointless Theatre Company's latest experimental, multi-disciplinary puppet theater piece explores art, love and faith -- and contains "puppet sexuality, profanity and violence." To May 14. Logan Fringe Arts Space's Trinidad Theatre, 1358 Florida Ave. NE. Tickets are $20 to $25. Call 202-733-6321 or visit pointlesstheatre.com.

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. To May 22. Source Theatre, 1835 14th St. NW. Tickets are $35 to $45. Call 202-204-7741 or visit constellationtheatre.org.

MOMENT
Director Ethan McSweeny makes his Studio debut with Deirdre Kinahan's Irish tale about a family reunion and long-simmering sibling resentment. With a cast of eight, including Dearbhla Molloy, Emily Landham, Peter Albrink, Caroline Bootle Pendergast, and Ciaran Byrne. Extended to April 30. Studio Theatre, 14th & P Streets NW. Call 202-332-3300 or visit studiotheatre.org.

PROOF
Alex Levy directs actors Katrina Clark, Ray Ficca, Sam Ludwig and Liz Osborn in Virginia's 1st Stage production of David Auburn's 2001 Pulitzer Prize winner. To May 8. 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd. Tysons, Va. Tickets are $30, or $200 for 2016 1st Stage benefit performance on Friday, May 6, which includes food and drink and starts at 6 p.m. Call 703-854-1856 or visit 1ststagetysons.org.

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. Now in previews. Opens Tuesday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. Pride Night is Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. Runs to 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 ELECTRIC BABY
Known for ambitious stagings of eccentric or out-there tales, Rorschach Theatre presents Stefanie Zadravec's lyrical play exploring the theme of loss with humor and folklore. Reviewing another production, a critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was both "charmed" and "enthralled" by "its delicacy and its strength." Randy Baker directs a production featuring William Aitken, J. Shawn Durham, Jennifer J. Hopkins, Cam Magee, Kiernan McGowan and Sarah Taurchini. Now to May 15. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX
Signature Theatre offers this play from Bathsheba Doran, a writer better known for his work on premium cable, from HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex. The Mystery of Love & Sex is an unexpected story of an evolving friendship between a man and a woman, who aren't quite straight and aren't quite in love with each other -- but they consider romance anyway, for the sake of the parents. Pride Night is set for April 29. Runs to May 8. Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. Call 703-820-9771 or visit signature-theatre.org.

THE NETHER
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company presents Jennifer Haley's modern crime drama, exploring themes of desire, technology and morality in a futuristic Earth wasteland. Shana Cooper directs a cast led by Edward Gero, in his Woolly debut, supported by Woolly company members Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey and Tim Getman. To May 1. Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW. Call 202-393-3939 or visit woollymammoth.net.

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. Opens in previews Thursday, April 28, and Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m. Runs to May 28. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $15 to $30. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE'S LONG LOST FIRST PLAY (ABRIDGED)
The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns to Folger Theatre with this world premiere written and directed by two of the world's most famous Shakespearean comedians, Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, who throw themselves into a funny, punny physical frenzy. Joining Tichenor and Martin to perform the work as a comedic trio is Teddy Spencer. To May 8. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tickets are $35 to $75. Call 202-544-7077 or visit folger.edu.


COMMUNITY STAGE

THE LION IN WINTER
Baltimore's Vagabond Players offers this story of the battle for the royal crown from James Goldman. Steve Goldklang directs Eric C. Stein as King Henry II and Cherie Weinert as his estranged Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in this witty political drama. Weekends to May 5. Vagabond Theatre, 806 S. Broadway, Baltimore. Tickets are $10 to $20. Call 410-563-9135 or visit vagabondplayers.org.


MUSIC

ARTURO SANDOVAL
A protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, the Cuban-born Sandoval was granted political asylum in the U.S. decades ago. He's revered as one of the world's best jazz trumpeters and flugelhorn players, as well as a renowned pianist and composer. Thursday, May 5, through Sunday, May 8, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Tickets are $50 to $55, plus $10 minimum purchase. Call 202-337-4141 or visit bluesalley.com.

BALTIMORE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Dariusz Skoraczewski performs Tchaikovsky's cheerful and demanding cello showpiece, Variations on a Rococo Theme, as part of a program led by Andrey Boreyko that also features Prokofiev's triumphant Symphony No. 5 -- a work about "the greatness of the human spirit" written in the midst of World War II. Also includes Victoria Borisova-Ollas' The Kingdom of Silence. Friday, April 29, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St., Baltimore. Also Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $10 to $99. Call 410-783-8000 or visit bsomusic.org.

BEN FOLDS WITH YMUSIC
Six months after his performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, extraordinary classical crossover artist Ben Folds returns to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, this time with the extraordinary contemporary classical ensemble yMusic. The focus will be on his stellar 2015 solo album So There. Tuesday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $25 to $55. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

BOB BOILEN
Your Song Changed My Life ...35 Beloved Artists on Their Journey and the Music That Inspired It is an oral history written by the arbiter of pop music. The host and creator of NPR's All Songs Considered podcast and Tiny Desk Concerts, one-time musician Bob Boilen was in the band that first played the original 9:30 Club 35 years ago. He'll be in conversation at Sixth and I with Carrie Brownstein, co-creator of Portlandia and a former featured guest on All Songs Considered. Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. 600 I St. NW. Tickets are $35 for one ticket, one book, or $50 for two tickets and one book. Call 202-408-3100 or visit sixthandi.org.

CAPITAL CITY SYMPHONY
"Great Masters, Young Stars" features Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major and Brahms' Violin Concerto in D Major, the latter performed with Lara Boschkor, the winner of the Johansen International Competition. Sunday, May 8, at 5 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $15 to $25. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

CHRISTOPHER HOULIHAN
National Symphony Orchestra presents this gifted young American organist who will take to the Rubenstein Family Organ to play a recital of Bach, Franck, Bach, Alain, and Vierne. Wednesday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

ESTELLE
"I've felt so much love and acceptance, it's overwhelming," Estelle told Metro Weekly in 2012. "[And] gay people, it's a whole different level." The love has only grown stronger since then, especially after her guest-starring turn as a duet partner with Jussie Smollett on Fox's Empire, performing her hit "Conqueror." The Grammy-winning British soul singer continues to tour in support of her latest release True Romance. Special guest Familiar Faces. Thursday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave. Tickets are $55 to $75. Call 240-330-4500 or visit bethesdabluesjazz.com.

FAIRFAX SYMPHONY WITH AWADAGIN PRATT
Peabody Conservatory graduate, one of Ebony Magazine's "50 Leaders of Tomorrow," will perform Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in a program led by FSO artistic director Christopher Zimmerman and headlined by the German giant's Symphony No. 3, known as "Eroica." Also on the bill is the East Coast premiere of Bresnick's The Way It Goes. Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. George Mason University Center for the Arts, 4373 Mason Pond Drive, Fairfax. Tickets are $34 to $58. Call 888-945-2468 or visit fairfaxsymphony.org.

GEORGETOWN CHORALE
Live at 10th and G presents Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, blending the poetry of Walt Whitman with a cry for peace, is the centerpiece of a spring concert that also includes classic choral works by Handel and Parry and features soprano Laura Choi. Saturday, April 30, at 3 p.m. Live! at 10th and G, 945 G ST. NW. TIckets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door, which includes post-concert dessert reception with wine and beer. Call 202-628-4317 or visit facebook.com/liveat10thandg.

ITZHAK PERLMAN AND EMANUEL AX
Washington Performing Arts presents a concert by two celebrated statesmen of classical music, touring in support of a new Deutsche Grammophon recording of Faure and Strauss violin sonatas. This is the rescheduled date for the concert, originally scheduled in September but postponed due to Perlman's emergency gallbladder surgery. Tuesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $55 to $135. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

JOHN EATON
A regular at the Barns at Wolf Trap, this local jazz veteran and pianist offers one of his "Jazz Masters" themed educational concerts, this time at McLean's Alden theatre. The focus is on the work of jazz master Hoagy Carmichael. Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. Alden Theatre at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Ave., Mclean, Va. Tickets are $12. Call 703-790-0123 or visit mcleancenter.org/alden-theatre.

MIAMI HORROR
Although named after the city, this indie-electronica band hails from Australia and now calls Los Angeles home. The resulting music is a melting pot reflecting all three locales: A slightly hazy, sunny, trippy, uptempo sound. After debuting in its space last year, U Street Music Hall presents the four-piece at the 9:30 Club in support of their eclectic new record All Possible Futures -- though three months later than originally intended, yet another victim of January's Snowzilla. Friday, April 29. Doors at 10 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW. Tickets are $20. Call 202-265-0930 or visit 930.com.

MURRAY PERAHIA
Washington Performing Arts presents a concert by this Grammy-winning classical pianist, described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the most satisfying, illuminating and all-around impressive pianists of any generation." Murray Perahia will perform a program of sonatas by Mozart and Beethoven and several intermezzos by Brahms. Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $45 to $100. Call 301-581-5100 or visit strathmore.org.

NATIONAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Allison Silberberg, Mayor of Alexandria, guest hosts a Mother's Day Concert, "All About Dvorak," featuring music by one of the most enchanting composers of all time, including "Songs My Mother Taught Me" and his Piano Quintet in A Major. Saturday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. Rosslyn Spectrum Theater, 1611 North Kent St., "LL" Level. Arlington. Tickets are $33. Call [703-276-6701 or visit nationalchamberensemble.org.

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WITH STORM LARGE, HUDSON SHAD
Pink Martini vocalist Storm Large will sing a concert version of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's delightful work The Seven Deadly Sins, about a transgressive young woman tempted by the gentlemen of the vocal quartet. Large makes her NSO classical subscription debut with the program, led by young American conductor James Gaffigan, and also including Rodgers' Carousel Waltz, Dvorak's American Suite, and Ravel's La valse. Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $15 to $89. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

OPERA LAFAYETTE
" Opera and the French Revolution" is a fully staged program, directed by Mirenka Cechova, with three dramatic scenes from classical Greek tragedies set by Martini, Cherubini and Sacchini and staged during the revolution. Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. GW Lisner, The George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. Tickets are $30 to $50. Call 202-994-6851 or visit lisner.org.

SUEDE
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop presents a return concert by the lesbian cabaret artist. Suede has spent decades wowing crowds with her rich contralto voice and playful, charismatic stage presence. She also occasionally plays the trumpet, guitar and piano in her performances of jazz standards, along with some pop and a lot of blues. Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $30 to $50. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

THE INSERIES: COSI FAN TUTTE GOES HOLLYWOOD
In Cosi Fan Tutte Goes Hollywood, Nick Olcott offers a funny English retelling of Mozart/DaPonte's masterpiece, turning it into a tale about two sisters from Sandusky, Ohio, who venture to Hollywood in search of movie stardom and escorted by their fiancés, a vaudeville duo. Shirley Serotsky directs this InSeries production with maestro Stanley Thurston and a cast including Melissa Chavez, Samuel Keeler, Sasha Olinick, Erin Passmore, Sean Pflueger and Randa Rouweyha. Remaining performances are Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. Lang Theater in the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $22 to $45. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

THE RE-LIVES: A TRIBUTE TO LUTHER VANDROSS
William "Smooth" Wardlaw, said to be the spitting image and sound of the man known as "The Velvet Voice," will lead this tribute performance to the late R&B superstar. Friday, May 6, at 8 p.m. Amp by Strathmore, 11810 Grand Park Ave. North Bethesda. Tickets are $25 to $35. Call 301-581-5100 or visit ampbystrathmore.com.

THE WASHINGTON CHORUS
The Rubenstein Family Organ at the Kennedy Center will sound for a "Parisian Spring" program featuring French organist Thierry Escaich, accompanying the chorus led by music director Julian Wachner and the Washington National Cathedral Choir of Boys and Girls. The program showcases glorious gems of the French repertoire, including the sumptuous Requiem by Maurice Durufle, considered one of the great choral masterworks, Louis Vierne's Kyrie and Gabriel Faure's Cantique de Jean Racine. Also on the bill is Wachner's At the Lighting of the Lamps, written in the French choral style. Sunday, May 1, at 5 p.m. Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Tickets are $18 to $72. Call 202-467-4600 or visit kennedy-center.org.

WILD BELLE
"Nobody move, nobody get hurt," Natalie Bergman sings in a slow, reggae-inflected drawl on "Thrown Down Your Guns," drawn from new album Dreamland by Bergman and her multi-instrumentalist brother Elliot. Wild Belle's first single "Keep You" was featured in the original Pitch Perfect in 2013. Since then the band, whose music is as psychedelic as it is soulful and thoroughly steeped in the Caribbean, has worked with Diplo and Major Lazer. Sunday, May 1. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. Tickets are $15. Call 202-667-4490 or visit blackcatdc.com.

X AMBASSADORS
After opening for Muse at the Verizon Center in January, the upstate New York quartet returns to town to offer another round of its emotional, bluesy, syncopated chants ("Renegades," "Hang On," "Nervous") that you've no doubt heard in commercials. Maybe you've seen images of the band's lead singer Sam Harris, whose as easy on the eyes -- bald and bearded -- as his voice is on the ears. Los Angeles-based dance-pop provocateur Robert DeLong opens along with Sara Hartman. Thursday, May 12, at 7 p.m. Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE. Tickets are $35. Call 202-503-2330 or visit echostage.com.

YUNA
Malaysia's first international pop star has been making the rounds of area concert venues, hitting roughly one a year in recent years, from GW Lisner to Rams Head on Stage. Now the 9:30 Club presents the most intimate venue yet for this 29-year-old artist, whose engaging voice, similar to Feist and Lorde, is matched by a melodically rich blend of pop, folk and R&B and songs you feel you've heard before -- and often, you have, accompanying performances on So You Think You Can Dance, for example. Atlanta-bred hip-hop/house artist Bosco opens. Friday, April 29, at 7 p.m. U Street Music Hall, 1115A U St. NW. Tickets are $25. Call 202-588-1880 or visit ustreetmusichall.com.


DANCE

CITYDANCE'S DREAMSCAPE
CityDance presents its annual gala performance co-produced with Rasta Thomas, in which Thomas and dancers with the CityDance Conservatory and students from its Dream program appear alongside guest artists: Matthew Golding of the Royal Ballet, Anna Tsygankova of the Dutch National Ballet, Pete Walker of Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Anna Gerberich of the Joffrey Ballet, Cartier Williams Dance Theatre, Gallim Dance and more. Saturday, May 7, at 8 p.m. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. Tickets are $25 to $38. Call 202-328-6000 or visit citydance.net.

NEJLA YASEMIN YATKIN DANCE/NY2DANCE
What Dreams May Come is a multi-media dance solo from the Chicago-based choreographer, exploring oppression, freedom, identity and anonymity, and incorporating contemporary movement with traditional Turkish dance elements and video projection body mapping designed by video artist Enki Andrews. Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, May 1, at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. Tickets are $25 in advance, or $30 at the door. Call 202-269-1600 or visit danceplace.org.


COMEDY

LEWIS BLACK
Known for crotchety delivery and acerbic satire from his former "Back in Black" segments on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, the Silver Spring native returns to the area for a run of stand-up on his "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour." Thursday, April 28, through Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. Call 202-783-4000 or visit warnertheatredc.com.

WOLF TRAP'S 28TH ANNUAL EVENING OF COMEDY
Will Durst, Bob Nelson and Maureen Langan are the stand-up comedians who will provide the laughs at this year's annual event in the Wolf Trap Barns. Friday, May 1, at 8 p.m., and Saturday, May 2, at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Barns at Wolf Trap, 1635 Trap Road, Vienna. Tickets are $25 to $28. Call 703-255-1900 or visit wolftrap.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.

BEN CARVER: NEW ORLEANS
Local photographer/filmmaker Ben Carver spent three months walking the neighborhoods of New Orleans to capture the city as it exists 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. White Room DC hosts two showings of selections from the 600-plus images that comprise the collection. Showings Saturday, April 30, and Monday, May 2, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. White Room DC, 1240 9th St. NW. Visit whiteroomdc.com.

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.

NO SHARPS, NO FLATS
Alex Braden curated this group sound art show at the Transformer Gallery in Logan Circle, featuring over 30 original compositions by D.C.-based musicians. It's housed within a sculptural installation, constructed from the fragments of cassette-player boom boxes, created by Braden, Emily Francisco and Adam Richard Nelson Hughes. Through April 30. Transformer, 1404 P St. NW. Call 202-483-1102 or visit transformerdc.org.

ONE LIFE: DOLORES HUERTA
The National Portrait Gallery offers its first exhibition devoted to a Latino figure. Dolores Heurta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association with Cesar Chavez in 1962 and fought for the passage of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975. Taina Caragol curated an exhibition that vividly traces the 13 years between those two actions. Through May 15. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets. NW. Call 202-633-8300 or visit npg.si.edu.

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.

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.

SEEING NATURE: LANDSCAPE MASTERWORKS
Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen has organized an exhibition with several museums to display the 39 masterpieces from his family's collection exploring the evolution of European and American landscape art. Spanning five centuries, the exhibition features works, among others, by Jan Brueghel, Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O'Keeffe, Edward Hopper and David Hockney. Through May 8. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Tickets $12. Call 202-387-2151 x247 or visit phillipscollection.org.

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.

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.

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.

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

GAY DAY AT THE ZOO
On Sunday, May 1 -- otherwise known as International Family Equality Day -- the National Zoo will be overrun with the figurative taxonomy of the gay kingdom: bears, otters, pups, social bees. A fundraiser for The DC Center, Gay Day at the Zoo returns for its fourth annual year. Sunday, May 3, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. Visit thedccenter.org for more information.

THE ASK RAYCEEN SHOW
Rayceen Pendarvis hosts this monthly LGBT event, a combination panel discussion and variety show. The May edition features a discussion on health and wellness featuring Nicole Cutts, Lanada Williams, Candice Camille, Dr. Linda Spooner, Eleasa Du Bois, and Ruby Lathon. Performances will come from music group AfloCentric and poet/burlesque performer Rae Monet. Curt Mariah will be the announcer, with tunes spun by DJ Honey. Wednesday, May 4. Doors at 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. Visit facebook.com/AskRayceen.

THE EVASONS
Circus of Wonders, an area presenter of magic and variety shows, welcomes to Baltimore an act billed as a "World Famous Mind Reading Duo." Jeff Evason and Tessa Evason are said to offer mind-blowing feats of telepathy and ESP, even enticing skeptics with promises of a $100,000 reward for proof of advanced scouting or sleuthing of information beforehand -- they promise they do no such thing. Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Baltimore Theatre Project, 45 West Preston St. Baltimore. Tickets are $50, or $100 for a bonus show after the main show, or $80 to $120 for VIP options. Call 410-752-8558 or visit theatreproject.org.