Events calendar: Friday, Aug. 18


Children’s program

  • “Smithsonian Sleepover at the Natural History Museum” will feature a chance for ages 8 through 12 to participate in an interactive exploration of the museum with quizzes, puzzles, games and craft projects. 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. $120 to $135. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Classes and workshops

  • Christian Kloc will present a juggling workshop. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Donation of at least $5 suggested. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
  • Art historian Karin Alexis will focus on ancient Greece and Rome and the Middle Ages to open a two-day course on “The Evolution of Architectural Styles: Ancient Temples to Modern Skyscrapers,” a chronological survey of Western architecture. 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. $140 to $210. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The class will continue Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Artist Will Fleishell will present a drop-in figure drawing class. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present an improv workshop. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. CentroNia, 1420 Columbia Road NW.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Sharon Rae North & SunRae performing R&B and funk. 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 Davina and the Vagabonds performing jazz and blues. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • The Lucky So & So’s will perform their distinctive tropical mix of jazz and hip-hop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature the band Pebble to Pearl. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • “Jazz on the Hill” will feature Cecily. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • Angela P. Dodson, a contributing editor for Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, will discuss her book “Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought for Freedom at the Ballot Box.” Joining her in conversation will be in conversation will be Dorothy Gilliam, former columnist for The Washington Post. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The 11th annual African Diaspora International Film Festival in D.C. will open with the D.C. premiere of “Rosa Chumbe,” a Peruvian film that depicts the multiculturalism and multiracialism present everywhere in Peruvian society, at 4 p.m.; “Mama Africa: Miriam Makeba,” a documentary about one of the first African musicians to win international stardom, at 6:30 p.m.; and the D.C. premiere of “Not Black Enough,” a documentary about class warfare and ostracism within the black community, at 9 p.m. $11 to $35. Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. The festival will continue through Sunday.
  • Reel Affirmations XTRA will present David France’s film “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” about the self-described “street queen” of New York’s Christopher Street and the protests that occurred when the police declared Johnson’s death a suicide without an investigation when she was found floating in the Hudson River in 1992. 7 p.m. $12 to $25. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • American University’s Neighborhood Movie Night will feature an outdoor screening of the animated classic “The Secret Life of Pets.” 8 p.m. Free. Woods-Brown Amphitheatre, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2167.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.

Sporting events

  • The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will present the Mayor’s Cup 2017, an amateur boxing tournament featuring women and men ages 8 through 40. 6 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th St. NW. The tournament will continue Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m.
  • The Washington Mystics will play the Phoenix Mercury. 7 p.m. $25 to $130. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • “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.