The List for Thursday, May 23

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Entertainment

Best Music

1. "A Prairie Home Companion": The Wolf Trap season opens with Garrison Keillor and his radio variety show cast featuring his monologue, "The News from Lake Wobegon."

Where: Wolf Trap Filene Center, 1551 Trap Road, Vienna

When: 8 p.m. Friday, 5:45 p.m. sharp Saturday

Info: $42-$60 in-house; $25 lawn; 877-965-3872; wolftrap.org

2. "Company": The Stephen Sondheim classic about a bachelor seeking love is directed by Eric Schaeffer.

Where: Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave. Arlington

When: Through June 30

Info: $50-$80; 703-573-SEAT, 703-820-9771; signature-theatre.org

3. National Symphony Orchestra: Memorial Day Capitol Concert: Concert of patriotic favorites, classical masterworks and more.

Where: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

When: 8 p.m. Sunday; gates open 5 p.m.; rehearsal 8 p.m. Saturday

Info: Both Free

4. The Tempest Trio: Pianist Alon Goldstein, violinist Ilya Kaler and cellist Amit Peled, all noted artists, make their D.C. debut in this configuration with an evening of works by Antonin Dvorak.

Where: Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium, Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW

When: 6:30 p.m. Thursday

Info: Free and open to the public

5. National Memorial Day Choral Festival: Great American music with civilian choristers and Armed Forces musicians with special commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg featuring the premiere of Peter J. Durow's "Gettysburg," Copland's "Lincoln Portrait," and Air Force Band arranger Floyd Werle's "The Story of the Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Where: Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW

When: 3 p.m. Sunday

Info: Free, but tickets required; 800-395-2036; musiccelebrations.com/may26kc, kennedy-center.org

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6. Washington National Opera: The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists perform a special program of favorite opera scenes and arias.

Where: Kennedy Center Opera House, 2700 F St. NW

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Info: $15; 202-467-4600, 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

Best Theater

1. "The Guardsman": Finn Wittrock, Sarah Wayne Callies, and Shuler Hensley star in thisKennedy Center production of Ferenc Molnar's play, directed by Gregory Mosher, andfeaturing a new translation by Richard Nelson.

Where: Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW

When: Saturday through June 23

Info: $54 to $95; 202-467-4600; kennedy-center.org

2. "The Real Thing": Henry is a celebrated playwright, his wife is an actress, and his latest play is a Coward-esque take on relationships and adultery. But as the intricate web of off-stage infidelities unfolds, relationships prove much more demanding than a droll retort. A distinguished play about the complexities of commitment, the power of great writing, and the mysterious ways of love from one of the world's most celebrated playwrights.

Where: The Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW

When: Through June 30

Info: $39 to $72; 603-332-3300; studiotheatre.org

3. "Blithe Spirit": In the midst of covert research for a forthcoming novel, writer Charles Condomine and his second wife, Ruth, host a seance with local and quite eccentric medium, Madame Arcati. The Condomines think it allbogus -- until Elvira, Charles' first wife, drops in from the afterlife.

Where: 1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Road, McLean

When: Friday through June 16

Info: $15 to $25; 703-854-1856; 1ststagespringhill.org

4. "No Man's Land": Three generations of WSC Avant Bard Artistic Directors converge for this Harold Pinter favorite, an acting vehicle of stunning depth and resonance.

Where: Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run, Arlington

When: Through Saturday

Info: $25 to $35; 703-418-4808; wscavantbard.org

Best Outdoors

1. Washington Nationals vs. Philadelphia Phillies: Children under the age of 2 are admitted free and must sit in the lap of an adult.

Where: Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE

When: 7:05 p.m. Friday

Info: $25 to $350; 202-675-6287; washington.nationals.mlb.com

2. Huntley Meadows Park Monday Birdwalk: This walk takes place every week, rain or shine. No reservation required, open to all. Questions should be directed to park staff during normal business hours.

Where: Meet at park's entrance, 3701 Lockheed Blvd., Alexandria

When: 7 a.m. Monday

Info: Free; 703-768-2525; friendsofhuntleymeadows.org

3. Visit the grounds of the Botanic Garden: The U.S. Botanic Garden maintains more than 65,000 plants. These are used for exhibition, study and exchange with other institutions. The garden's noteworthy collections include economic plants, medicinal plants, orchids, carnivorous plants, cacti and succulents, bromeliads, cycads and ferns. Historic specimens include several that date from the original 1842 founding collection.

Where: U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily

Info: Free; 202-225-8333; usbg.gov

4. Yarn bombing at Artisphere: Trees, fences and bike racks in Rosslyn have been covered with artwork made of yarn, thanks to knitters who have been working on the project for the past five months.

Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

When: On view through the summer

Info: Free; 703-875-1101; artisphere.org

5. Civil War Defenses of Washington: A bike tour starting in Dupont follows the off-road trails to Civil War-era remains in the city, remnants of a complex system of fortifications built by Union forces.

Where: Fort Dupont Park, Randle Circle and Fort Dupont Drive

When: 10 a.m. Saturday

Info: Free; nps.gov

Best Gatherings

1. Richard Breitman and Allan Lichtman: The American University history professors will examine the public debate addressed in their book "FDR and the Jews," which asks if FDR did everything possible to save European Jews during the Second World War.

Where: Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

When: 4 p.m. Friday

Info: Free; 202-364-1919; politics-prose.com

2. Alegrias and Fan Flamenco workshops with Carmela Greco: Joy of Motion Dance Center welcomes Carmela Greco and Alejandro Granados, who will give a series of classes.

Where: Jack Guidone Theater, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW

When: Through Saturday

Info: $30 to $35; 202-399-6764; joyofmotion.org

3. Investigating Where We Live: Produced by area teenagers in conjunction with the museum staff, this exhibition features photographs and writings documenting Washington's Anacostia neighborhood.

Where: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

When: Through Sunday

Info: Free; 202-272-2448; nbm.org

4. Satsuki bonsai azaleas of old Japan: Don't miss these stunning bonsai, miniature in form but covered with multicolored, full-sized flowers. Late-blooming Satsuki azaleas have been hybridized in Japan for hundreds of years; many of the museum's azalea bonsai were started from cuttings collected in Japan in the last century. Based on individual bloom times, trees may be on display in the outdoor pavilions before and after the weeklong indoor exhibit.

Where: National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through June 2

Info: Free; 202-234-2726; usna.usda.gov

Best Brainfood

1. Ertai Gao: A Chinese aestheticist, artist, poet and philosopher will discuss Chinese literature and ancient Buddhist works found in Dunhuang in Gansu province in 1990.

Where: Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Bluilding, 10 First St. SE

When: Noon Friday

Info: $20 to $35; 202-707-4604; loc.gov

2. The Kirov Academy of Ballet: The Kirov Academy presents its 2013 Spring Performance Series featuring "La Sylphide Act II," the romantic piece that forever changed ballet, and George Balanchine's vigorously paced and technically demanding Allegro Brillante.

Where: George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW

When: Thursday through Saturday

Info: $16 to $30; 202-994-6800; lisner.org

3. Shen Wei Dance Arts: The dancers perform "Undivided Divided," in which they interact with sculpture and video.

Where: Kennedy Center Atrium, 2700 F St. NW

When: Thursday through Saturday

Info: $35; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

4. New World Natives: Bromeliads Lecture: You can find bromeliads just about everywhere these days. Come learn about the evolution of this plant family, why some of them are known as "air plants" and how they survive, their close relationship with their pollinators and the role that Christopher Columbus had in bringing pineapple to your grocery store produce section.

Where: U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW

When: 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday

Info: Free; pre-registration required; 202-225-8333; usbg.gov

5. "A Winter's Tale": Traveling through time, visiting the austere court at Sicilia and the bright sea shore of Bohemia, two generations transcend torment and obsession in this compassionate and dazzling Shakespearean saga.

Where: Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW

When: Through June 23

Info: $55 to $95; 202-547-1122; shakespearetheatre.org

Best Family

1. Let's Go Camping in the Mountains!: Ready to kick your camping experience up a bit? Your family is invited to join a great "primitive" campground about an hour from Arlington. You'll make camp, then have time for lazing about or exploring the woods. After a delicious dinner cooked over the campfire, enjoy the embers with song and story (and of course, s'mores). The next morning you'll cook breakfast before breaking camp. BYOT (tent) if you have one. If not, we have some to rent. For families with children ages 6 and up.

Where: Bluemont. Directions will be sent to registered participants.

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday to 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Info: $25; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 632853-F

2. "James and the Giant Peach": Young orphaned James Trotter is sent to live with his two wicked aunts on a hillside by the sea. Life with Aunts Sponge and Spiker is lonely and sad. But James' luck begins to change. One giant peach, five oversized bugs and many seagulls later, James and his new friends are off on an exciting adventure across the Atlantic. Best for ages 4 to 10.

Where: Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda

When: Saturday and Sunday

Info: $12 to $22; 301-280-1660; imaginationstage.org

3. Snakes are Super Campfire: The whole family will enjoy this campfire at Gulf Branch, where you will learn all the best about slithering snakes!

Where: Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington

When: 7 to 8 p.m. Friday

Info: $5; registration required: 703-228-4747; program No. 632853-D

4. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: The Millennium Stage presents a performance featuring Asian traditional music to K-pop and Gangnam Style.

Where: Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW

When: 6 p.m. Monday

Info: Free; 202-467-4600; 800-444-1324; kennedy-center.org

5. Nature Detectives: Skulls and Bones: Learn how to identify the secretive skulls and bones of some of the most common animals in Arlington.

Where: Gulf Branch Nature Center, 3608 N. Military Road, Arlington

When: 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday

Info: $5; registration necessary: 703-228-4747; program No. 632823-L

Best Galleries

1. Edvard Munch: A 150th Anniversary Tribute: Norway's most celebrated painter and printmaker gets a 150th birthday party from the National Gallery. The 20-plus works featured are culled from the NGA's permanent collection and include two of his most iconic pieces, "The Scream" and "The Madonna," both from 1895.

Where: National Gallery of Art, West Building, Seventh Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

When: Through July 28

Info: Free; 202-737-4215; nga.gov

2. Nam June Paik: Global Visionary: This 67-piece career overview of the "father of video art" is drawn from Nam June Paik's personal archive (acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2009), with contributions from many other public and private sources.

Where: The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW

When: Through Aug. 11

Info: Free; 202-633-1000; americanart.si.edu

3. A Grand Exhibition: The painter Freya Grand has focused since 2000 on emotionally resonant landscapes. These new works seek to capture her internal perception of a place as much as its outward appearance.

Where: Gallery plan b, 1530 14th St. NW

When: Through June 16

Info: Free; 202-234-2711; galleryplanb.com

4. Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge: Six artists pushing the boundaries of representational portraiture -- Mequitta Ahuja, Adam Chapman, Mary Borgman and others -- invite a fascinating debate on what "drawing" means in the 21st century.

Where: National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW

When: Through Aug. 18

Info: Free; 202-633-1000; npg.si.edu

5. Connect 4: Brian Davis + Nekisha Durrett: Brian Davis' site-specific installation, Circuit, consists of a ring of chairs that trigger a lattice of lights when occupied, while Nekisha Durrett's vivid illustrations take their inspiration from the library's collection of graphic novels.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW

When: Through June 9

Info: Free; 202-315-1305; flashpointdc.org

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