Events calendar: Friday, Aug. 4


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.


  • 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.


  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art will feature world music ensemble Incendio. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • The Embassy of Italy will host the Maryland Lyric Opera Young Artist Institute Gala Concert, featuring arias and ensembles from the core Italian opera repertory. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • Middle C Music will host a final concert by participants in the third week of its Rock Band Camp. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature the band Party Like It’s. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • “Jazz on the Hill” will feature Dial 251 for Jazz. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • A discussion about the U.S. Navy B-1 Band — the first group of African-Americans to serve in the U.S. Navy during World War II in non-servile ranks or positions — will feature three of the band’s original members and Alex Albright, the band’s official historian and author of “The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of Modern Navy.” 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of the United States Navy, Building 76, Washington Navy Yard, 805 Kidder Breese St. SE. 202-433-4882.
  • Tareq Baconi — author of “Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance” and a U.S.-based fellow for al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network — will discuss “Media in Gaza: Misrepresentation of a Humanitarian Crisis.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
  • “Passion and Prose” will feature a discussion of romance novels with Mary Burton, author of “The Hangman”; Tracey Livesay, author of “Love on My Mind”; Sarah MacLean, a prolific historical romance writer and author of a monthly review of romances for The Washington Post; and Alisha Rai, author of “Hate to Want You.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • Union Market will present “Chef” as part of its monthly drive-in movie series. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; film begins at 8 p.m. $10 per car; free for walk-up fans in the picnic area. Parking lot, Union Market, 1305 5th St. NE.
  • The 22nd annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival will feature Stephen Chow’s 2004 movie “Kung Fu Hustle,” both an homage to and parody of classic martial arts movies. 7 p.m. Free. Warner Bros. Theater, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature the 2016 film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.


  • City at Peace will present “All Eyes on Media,” about young people’s experiences with the ever-changing digital landscape. 11 a.m. $8; reservations required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.
  • Esosa E. will present her one-woman show “Woman Who Would Be King,” which chronicles the journey of Hatshepsut, the first female pharaoh of Egypt. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • GALA Hispanic Theatre’s Paso Nuevo and Summer Youth Program will present a performance in English with some Spanish of “Tell ’Em What’s Really Wrong,” which uses original poetry, music, dance and scenes to address coming-of-age issues. 8 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.
  • The Washington Improv Theater will present “Summer School,” featuring performances by The Lodge, Both Sides, Prettier Than You and October Issues. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Performances will also take place Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., with various ensembles for each show.
  • Beny Blaq will host the “Live! From Busboys Talent Showcase.” 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.


  • 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.
  • Area teens will lead a theatrical tour bringing the National Portrait Gallery’s collection to life through an original play about the people featured in artwork on display. Noon and 1:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • “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.