- The Washington Winter Show will feature antiques and fine arts with the theme “The Charm of Chinoiserie.” Special activities will include guided walks, dealer talks, book signings and a loan exhibit on “In the Chinese Style.” 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. $25. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com. The show will continue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Discovery Theater will present “Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly,” a program led by arts educator Ryan Sellers on aeronautics and the joy of flight (for ages 3 through 7). 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue between 4th and 7th streets SW. 202-633-8700.
- The Georgetown Library will host “Song and Dance,” a weekly 20-minute program of music and movement (for ages 5 and younger). 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Tots and Toys Playdate,” during which children can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle (for ages 3 and younger, with parent or caregiver). 11 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The Mount Pleasant Library’s weekly “Friday Films” program will feature a family movie. 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- U.S. Botanic Garden education specialists will present a “Night Adventure” with hands-on science experiments and a flashlight tour spotlighting night-blooming flowers, night pollinators and the cool of the night desert. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The U.S. Air Force Band’s Strolling Strings ensemble will perform. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 6th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring works by Dutilleux, Handel and An-Ming Wang. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- Jupiter & Okwess will highlight the Congo’s unexplored musical heritage in a performance infused with Jupiter Bokondji’s own mode of musical expression. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale will perform works by Schubert and Mozart. 8 p.m. Free. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-333-2075.
Discussions and lectures
- The Washington Winter Show will feature a luncheon and lecture on “32 Years of Designing and How Travel Has Influenced It All” by interior designer, author and philanthropist Charlotte Moss. A book signing will follow. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $150. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com.
- Legal historian Paul Finkelman will discuss his book “Supreme Injustice,” which highlights the three most important Supreme Court justices before the Civil War — John Marshall, Roger B. Taney and Joseph Story — and the proslavery positions they upheld in ruling after ruling. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
- David DeSteno will discuss his book “Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
Performances and readings
- “Act Two @ Levine” will present students in its Pre-Professional Program performing the musical “Chicago.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $17 to $19. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. levinemusic.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Director Fernando Gomez will present “Atú: Drum King,” a vibrant interpretation of an African folktale passed down for generations, delivered with a modern perspective that incorporates contemporary issues. 7:30 p.m. $65. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- 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.
- Guy Mason Recreation Center’s “Friday Free for All” will feature board games at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; and a screening of the Swedish film “A Man Called Ove,” at 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The West End Library will host its twice-weekly program “Between the Lines: Coloring Club for Adults.” 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Orlando Magic. 7 p.m. $11 and up. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.