This weekend, D.C. residents and visitors can experience France (in an animated film), Sweden (in a musical) and Rhode Island (people-to-people). Saturday is for art lovers, with an opening on 14th Street and the launch of Second Saturdays on Georgetown’s Book Hill. Musicians in town: Renée Fleming and Christian McBride on Friday, Lee Konitz on Saturday, Sarah Chang and Zuill Bailey on Saturday and Sarah Chang and Santiago Rodriguez on Sunday. Also on Sunday, the 50th annual Dupont Circle House Tour.
‘Ma vie de courgette!’
The Alliance Française of Washington, D.C., 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, presents a screening of “Ma vie de courgette,” a stop-motion animated film, Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. The story follows Zucchini, who, after losing his mother, is sent to a foster home. There, with other orphans his age, he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love. The film is suitable for children age 6 and older. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit francedc.org or call 202-234-7911.
‘A Wild Life’
At this Friday evening program at National Geographic Society headquarters, 1145 17th St. NW, attendees will meet the photographer who changed the way we see animals. Over his career, former National Geographic Editor at Large for Photography Michael “Nick” Nichols has pioneered techniques to create genre-bending wildlife photography, combining elements of fine art with photojournalism. The event, in conjunction with “Wild,” the upcoming retrospective of Nichols’s work, will take place Friday, Oct. 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25. For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7700.
Renée Fleming and Christian McBride
As part of the Kennedy Center’s Renée Fleming Voices series, Fleming pairs her radiant vocals with the jazz sounds of four-time Grammy Award-winning bassist Christian McBride, Friday, Oct. 13, at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $69 and $79. The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F St. NW. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Rhode to DC
On Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m., the State Society of Rhode Island will host its first annual #RhodetoDC event to celebrate Rhode Island in the District. Showcasing Rhode Island businesses and cultural organizations, the event, at the historic Homer Building in Metro Center, 601 13th St. NW, is also an opportunity for Rhode Islanders to meet one another. Tickets are $25. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz at 90
The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, celebrates the 90th birthday of saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz — born Oct. 13, 1927 — as his trio performs selections from two recently released Impulse! Records. Shows are Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets are $30. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Opening Reception: ‘Painting with Pencils’
Gallery Neptune & Brown, 1530 14th St. NW, hosts a free opening reception for an exhibition of works by David X Levine, Saturday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m. Levine’s vivid, labor-intensive colored pencil drawings range in size from the intimate to the monumental. Mixing popular and high culture, he creates a formal vocabulary that inhabits a subtle but richly optical space. Levine’s palette comprises colors favored in different art-historical periods, from the clear symbolic hues of Giotto frescoes to the bright acids of 1960s Pop. For details, visit galleryneptunebrown.com or call 202-986-1200.
Second Saturday on Book Hill
On Saturday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., the art galleries on and near upper Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown will launch a series of free “Second Saturday” events. The exhibitions on view include the group show “We the Immigrants” and a selection of sketches by Andrea Ponsi called “Face It!” The participating venues are Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Artist’s Proof Gallery, Susan Calloway Fine Arts, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Klagsbrun Studios, Maurine Littleton Gallery and Washington Printmakers Gallery. For details, visit georgetowngalleries.com.
Dupont Circle House Tour
Participants in this 50th annual event, Sunday, Oct. 15, from noon to 5 p.m., will explore the 16th Street corridor’s varied architecture, ranging from three- and four-story row houses and apartment buildings to embassies, institutional buildings and churches. Tea will be served at the Temple of the Scottish Rite. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door. For details, visit dupont-circle.org.
Violinist Sarah Chang and Pianist Santiago Rodriguez
For the National Philharmonic’s season-opener, Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m., Piotr Gajewski will conduct Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1,” with soloist Sarah Chang, Dvořák’s “Cello Concerto in B Minor,” with soloist Zuill Bailey (Saturday only) and Grieg’s “Piano Concerto in A Minor,” with soloist Santiago Rodriguez (Sunday only). Tickets are $25 to $82. The concerts will take place at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland. For details, visit nationalphiharmonic.org or call 301-581-5100.
Final Performances: ‘A Little Night Music’
Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece, which won four Tony Awards, returns to Signature, 4200 Campbell Ave. in Arlington, Virginia, in a brand-new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning D.C. actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith. In turn-of-the-century Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student and a buffoonish count find themselves entangled in a web of love affairs. Songs include “A Weekend in the Country,” “Liaisons” and “Send in the Clowns.” Final performances are: Thursday, Oct. 12, and Friday, Oct. 13, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $72 to $101. For details, visit sigtheatre.org or call 703-820-9771.