Monday, May 16
DISCUSSION: Hear local thinkers explain how they would change and improve DC in a variety of ways—from sustainability to new iPhone apps—at the Redesign DC Vol. II: Remix DC event at Cobalt. Each presenter has ten minutes to talk about a challenge in the District and his or her ideas to fix it. There will also be music and $5 martinis. Get tickets at Event Brite ($8) or at the door ($10).
Tuesday, May 17
THEATER: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Old Times, starring DC-theater veteran Holly Twyford, opens tonight at the Lansburgh Theatre. The 1971 play by Harold Pinter is an exploration of relationships and memory that thwarts straightforward interpretations. Through July 3; tickets ($37 to $88) are available at Shakespeare Theatre’s Web site.
Wednesday, May 18
DANCE: The Washington Ballet is staging the classic Carmen at Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Sidney Harman Hall. Septime Weber’s presentation uses Bizet’s original operatic score. Through May 22; get tickets ($20 to $87) at Shakespeare Theatre’s Web site.
Thursday, May 19
MUSIC: The Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival comes to the Kennedy Center for the weekend. The acts include singers Dianne Reeves and Cassandra Wilson, saxophonist Tia Fuller, and multi-instrumentalist Corky Hale. Get tickets ($38 to $75) and see a complete schedule of performances at the KenCen’s Web site.