Monday, June 19
Paella Festival at Jaleo Crystal City: For 15 years, Jaleo has hosted a summer festival honoring paella, offering numerous variations on the famous Spanish rice dish. This year’s Paella Festival begins with a party at José Andrés’ Crystal City restaurant, including unlimited paella and tapas washed down with sangria, cocktails and Spanish wine and beer. Through July 2. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $35.
Tuesday, June 20
Thao Nguyen at Kennedy Center: Falls Church-raised singer songwriter Thao Nguyen fronts San Francisco-based indie pop band Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, but she’s been going it alone on the road of late. On Tuesday, she’ll bring her distinctive voice to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a free solo set in honor of World Refugee Day. 6 p.m. Free.
‘Rent’ 20th anniversary tour at the National Theatre: Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s musical is still rocking. A story about struggling and earnest artists in New York City’s East Village in the 1990s, “Rent” won a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for best musical. Its anniversary tour closes with a week of shows in the nation’s capital. Through Sunday. 7:30 p.m. $48-$108.
John Legend at Merriweather Post Pavilion: John Legend begins his latest album, “Darkness and Light,” by singing, “Some folk do what they’re told/ But baby this time I won’t.” Building on his track record as a progressive soul singer-keyboardist in the mold of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, Legend pushes the limits of his established persona by working with rock producer Blake Mills, recording with Who bassist Pino Palladino and co-writing songs with folk singer Bonnie “Prince” Billy. These experiments don’t dramatically alter Legend’s sound so much as they open it up to more impressionistic lyrics and music. 7:30 p.m. $59-$499.
Wednesday, June 21
Opening night at ‘Game of Thrones’ pop-up bar: After pop-up bars dedicated to Christmas, “Stranger Things,” cherry blossoms and Super Mario Bros., the Drink Company team launches another, based on George R.R. Martin’s novels. Immersive rooms include the House of Black and White (where you’ll find a Wall of Faces made of molds of employees and friends of the bar) and the Red Keep, where you can pose for a photo as House Bolton’s flayed man. Drinks stay on theme, with names like the North Remembers (a scotch-and-sherry cocktail in a horn-shaped tankard), the Dothraquiri (a mix of rums and banana and cocoa liqueurs) and Milk of the Poppy (Armagnac, dark rum, coconut, pineapple, lime and, of course, clarified milk). Through Aug. 27. Free. Cocktails cost $13 to $15.
Sheryl Crow at Wolf Trap: After several cheery hits, the breezy pop-rock of “All I Wanna Do” and the bluesy “My Favorite Mistake,” Sheryl Crow moved to Nashville and dabbled in country music with her 2013 album “Feels Like Home.” But the lure of her pop-rock roots is strong, and her latest album, the aptly titled “Be Myself,” finds her returning to the sound that made her famous. These new songs have a refreshingly mature perspective for someone who seemed so easygoing in her early years. 8 p.m. $45-$95.
Thursday, June 22
‘Ballet, Brass & Song’ at Sidney Harman Hall: Chamber Dance Project kicks off its summer season with a program of five jazz- and tango-inspired ballets, including a brand-new work set to the music of composer Cole Porter, and a male duet choreographed by artistic director Diane Coburn Bruning. The live musical accompaniment, including a jazz trio, should match the warmth of the action onstage. Through Saturday. 7:30 p.m. $30-$45.
UniverSoul Circus at FedEx Field: Now in its 24th year, UniverSoul Circus returns with entertainment under the big top. Among the lineup: aerial acrobatics from China, dancers from Trinidad and Tobago, roller skaters from Ethiopia and contortionists from Guinea. Back for a third year: Fresh the Clowns, a Detroit troupe whose dance moves have attracted millions of viewers on YouTube. Through July 23. $16- $45.
Gov’t Taco Pop-Up at Alfie’s: Chefs Jay Ducote and Alex McCoy both appeared on Food Network Star back in 2015, and they’re getting back together for two nights at McCoy’s Park View restaurant, Alfie’s. Ducote is offering a preview of his restaurant Gov’t Taco, which should open in Baton Rouge this fall, on both Thursday and Friday nights. The menu of five tacos includes Clucks and Balances (smoked chicken thigh, pimento mac and cheese, Nashville hot chicken skins and white barbecue sauce) and sides of roasted Hatch chile queso and chips, while the staff from Alfie’s mixes up drinks. Through Friday. 5 to 10 p.m. Tacos $5; sides $3-$7.
Friday, June 23
‘Revival’ at National Museum of Women in the Arts: Since 1987, the National Museum of Women in the Arts has highlighted works by women artists in various media. Celebrating the museum’s 30th anniversary, this exhibit explores emotions and the unconscious with works by contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists including Louise Bourgeois and Petah Coyne. The show includes large-scale photographs, video projections, hanging sculptures and pieces made from objects such as taxidermied birds, wax, hair and velvet. Through Sept. 10. $8-$10.
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