Events calendar: Friday, Aug. 11


Children’s program

  • “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!” will celebrate Latin culture in a program for kids and families. 10 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.


  • Washington Improv Theater will present an improv workshop. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Third Floor, 4200 9th St. NW.


  • The U.S. Army Band will perform bluegrass at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Farmers Market Celebration. 11 a.m. Free. Lawn, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW.
  • The “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” series will feature Burn the House performing classic rock. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art will feature Zili performing world soul. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • Saxophonist, bandleader and composer Sharel Cassity will perform a blend of soul, jazz, rock, gospel, hip-hop and electronica as part of her latest project, Elektra. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature Sam Grow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • The U.S. Army Jazz Orchestra will perform as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, one of the major stars of African pop, will perform. 8 p.m. $55 to $75. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.
  • “Jazz on the Hill” will feature the Kevin Cordt Quartet. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.
  • “Hoedown Showdown” will feature the Americana/country band Girls, Guns & Glory as well as The Highballers and Run Come See. 8:30 p.m. $12 to $14. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Emily Schulz Parsons, deputy director and curator of the Anderson House, will discuss Ralph Earl’s portrait of Maj. James Fairlie, depicting the Revolutionary War officer in his military uniform and Eagle insignia of the Society of the Cincinnati. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Paul Kingsnorth, former deputy editor of The Ecologist and co-founder of The Dark Mountain Project, will discuss his books “Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and Other Essays” and “Beast.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • “Cinéma de la révolution: America Films Eighteenth-Century France” will feature Jack Conway’s 1935 movie “A Tale of Two Cities,” starring Ronald Colman and Basil Rathbone in the cinematic adaptation of Charles Dickens’ historical novel. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “Finding Dory.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. The series will continue Aug. 18 with “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”


  • Busboys and Poets will present “11th Hour Poetry Slam,” hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special event

  • In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 105th birthday, “Cooking Up History: Julia Child’s Kitchen Classroom” will feature Sur La Table chef Lynne preparing dishes from Child’s collaborations with master chefs in the 1990s. 2 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the San Francisco Giants. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.


  • The American University Museum will present a docent-led tour of one of its summer exhibitions. 11:30 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • The Heurich House Museum will host a “Brewmaster Tour,” featuring a one-hour guided tour through the mansion and a half-hour craft beer tasting in the conservatory. 4 to 5:30 p.m. $25. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW.
  • “Visit Dupont Underground” will offer a chance to explore the city’s newest art space — a former trolley station with 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.