Here are the weekend’s best bets in comedy, music, nightlife, theater and more around the Washington area.
Through Sunday: Have you ever wondered what it might be like if Prince Charles ascended to Britain’s throne? (Yeah, me neither.) But if you love “The Crown” and award-winning theater, this is your first weekend to sample “King Charles III” at Shakespeare Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall. Through March 12. $44-$118.
Friday-Saturday: A living author — and a MacArthur “Genius” honoree — gets the menu treatment this weekend, as mixologist Changal Tseng takes inspiration from the writings of Ta-Nehisi Coates (“Between the World and Me”) for her Literary Cocktails event at the Petworth Citizen‘s Reading Room. (Important note: Coates will not be in attendance.) 7 p.m. Free admission, drinks priced individually.
Friday-Sunday: Swipe that image of your friend’s duck-face photos out of your mind, and forget about that person who changes their Facebook photo every other day. “Selfie: Me, Myself, and Us” at Flashpoint, an exhibition from the Sparkplug Collective, features the work of eight Washington area artists and dives into the exploration of the ancient and ever-evolving art of the self portrait. Opening reception Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. Through March 11. Free.
Friday-Sunday: Perhaps America’s most popular concert violinist, Joshua Bell visits the Kennedy Center for a long and busy weekend. On Friday, Bell will perform in the Concert Hall with pianist Sam Haywood, and on Saturday, Bell plays with and conducts the National Symphony Orchestra. His Sunday family concert pulls together his “The Man With the Violin” story (originally told in The Washington Post) and his music. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. $50-$125. (Saturday and Sunday sold out.)
Friday: The hottest team in the NBA has just two home games left before the All-Star break. To start, the Washington Wizards play host to the Indiana Pacers at Verizon Center, a match up of two seemingly playoff-bound Eastern Conference squads. 8 p.m. $18-$679.
Friday: “Back 2 the ’80s” at Constitution Hall is the concert equivalent of one of those 1980s break-dance cassette collections, cuing up a whole lot more than five minutes of funk. “Back 2 the 80s” features a lineup of hip-hop legends, with Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick and Al B. Sure at the top of the bill, joined by Chubb Rock, Doug E. Fresh and others. 8 p.m. $59-$99.
Saturday: The Savor the Swill Release at DC Brau features the brewery — approaching its sixth birthday — pouring a collaboration with metal band Darkest Hour. Try the 5-percent ABV helles lager and meet the band during growler hours. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.
Saturday: Soup Swap at St. Stephen and the Incarnation is Positive Force D.C.’s annual benefit show and soup potluck, featuring performances by Governess, Pygmy Lush and Trophy Wife. Proceeds will go to So Others Might Eat and Many Languages, One Voice. 4-9 p.m. $10.
Saturday: Politics and Prose hosts a conversation with authors Roxane Gay and Viet Thanh Nguyen at St. Paul’s Church. Gay’s latest is a collection of short stories called “Difficult Women.” (Gay was in the news recently for walking away from a deal with Simon & Schuster after the publisher signed conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.) Nguyen, who last year won the Pulitzer Prize for his first novel, “The Sympathizer,” just released “The Refugees,” a selection of previously published short stories. 7:30 p.m. With one book, $28-$30; with both books, $48-$50.
Saturday: Story District gets an early start on this month’s Hallmark holiday with “Sucker for Love: A Valentine’s Day Special.” Hear tales of adoration, infatuation and hilarity from some of Story District’s best raconteurs. 6:30 p.m. $25.
Sunday: Catch a future comedy star when the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company plays the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue. The New York- and Los Angeles-based improv comedy troupe was founded by a group that included Amy Poehler (perhaps you’ve heard of her) and has produced a number of television and movie stars that have made you laugh over the years. 7 p.m. $20-$25.