Events and Entertainment
Thursday, March 30
■ Hena Khan will discuss her book “Amina’s Voice” (for ages 8 through 12). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead will present a concert by emerging jazz artists and composers from across the world as part of a weeklong residency at the Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
■ As part of “Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras,” Washington Performing Arts will present members of the North Carolina Symphony and singers Shara Nova, Padma Newsome and DM Stith performing “unCHAMBERed,” featuring works for chamber ensemble and voice by Caroline Shaw, Sarah Kirkland Snider and Gabriel Kahane. 7:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. washingtonperformingarts.org.
Discussions and lectures
■ Udo Weilacher, a German landscape architect, and John Beardsley, director of garden and landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks, will discuss 50 years of the land art movement and its impact on the nature of contemporary art. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. The Oak Room, Fellowship House, 1700 Wisconsin Ave. NW. doaks.org.
■ Georgetown Village will present “President Trump — What’s Next?,” a talk by Martin Tolchin, a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former reporter at The New York Times. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. 202-999-8988.
■ Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, will discuss his book “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
■ Jewish Lit Live will present a book talk by novelist and short story writer Sam Lipsyte. 7 p.m. Free. Amphitheater, Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-7470.
■ Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Charles Neville will present a screening of the 2013 documentary “Bayou Maharajah,” about the life and music of New Orleans piano legend James Booker, with whom Neville performed. A Q&A will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free. New South Film Screening Classroom, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
Performances and readings
■ The Hamburg Ballet will present the D.C. premiere of John Neumeier’s “The Little Mermaid,” an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fable. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $125. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will also take place Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
■ The Washington Ballet will present Justin Peck’s “In Creases,” Jirí Kylián’s “Petit Mort” and William Forsythe’s “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $118. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. The performance will also take place Wednesday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 1:30 and 6:30 p.m.
■ Legendary British director Peter Brook will present his latest play — “Battlefield,” in which a family is torn apart by war and tries to make sense of the horrors they’ve experienced and perpetrated. 7:30 p.m. $35. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will also take place Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
■ “Alaska Sesquicentennial: Seward’s Day” will feature the Alaska chamber group Wild Shore New Music performing works by living composers who have found inspiration through their experiences with the natural beauty and indigenous cultures of Alaska. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
■ George Washington University’s Department of Theatre & Dance will present Shakespeare’s “King Lear,” featuring theater professor Alan Wade in the title role and adjunct professor Rick Foucheux as Gloucester. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
■ The Washington Improv Theater’s annual “FIST” tournament will feature performances by Stranger Things, Reina, Ur Mom’s Address and Man Car, Safe Travels, at 7:30 p.m.; and by Trivia Night, Fancy Night Boy, Jos. A Banksy and New World, at 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org. Tournament performances will continue through April 15.
■ American University will present Mary Zimmerman’s “Argonautika,” an imaginative adaptation of Greek mythology. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
■ Georgetown University’s student-run Nomadic Theatre will present Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Village C Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
■ The Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program will present “In the Next Room, or the vibrator play” by Sarah Ruhl. 8 p.m. $7 to $18. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. Performances will continue through April 8.