Events calendar: Friday, July 28


Children’s programs

  • Discovery Theater will present a “Percussical” by the ensemble SOLE Defined — a twist on percussive dance and the traditional musical, with performers turning their bodies into human drums (recommended for ages 5 through 16). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700.
  • “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!” will celebrate Latin culture in a program for kids and families. 11 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.


  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art will feature 3Divas performing instrumental jazz. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • The group Friends of Forest Hills Playground will present the band Crush Funk Brass performing as part of the third annual “Picnic in the Park” series. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Outdoor amphitheater, Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake streets NW.
  • Heroes Are Gang Leaders — a contemporary merger of spoken word and free open jazz, flavored with pulsating funky grooves that pay tribute to literary tradition — will present “This Funk Ain’t William Faulkner’s Fault,” featuring “Artificial Happiness Button,” “Letters From the Locked Away” and “Internet Kill Switch.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Middle C Music will host a final concert by participants in its Summer Songwriting Camp. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature Covered With Jam. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • The U.S. Army Chorus and Army Voices 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 Aaron L. Myers II. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.
  • “Sounds of the Underground” will feature D.C.-based blues band Kino Musica. 9:30 p.m. $20 to $22. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a panel discussion on the challenges that World War II veterans faced during and after the war. Panelists will include Col. Charles E. McGee, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen; Harry Miller, an Army veteran of the Battle of the Bulge; and Col. James Riffe, an Army veteran of the Battle of Okinawa. 11:15 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW.
  • Art historian Jenni Sorkin will discuss the work of artists Peter Voulkos and June Schwarcz and how these two members of the same San Francisco art community pushed the boundaries of their mediums. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Rubenstein Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Session also hosted at frisør frogner.
  • Noor Wazwaz, a producer for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and the “Up First” podcast, will discuss “Media’s Distortion and Misrepresentation of the Palestinian Issue.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
  • The Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a panel discussion with members of the American World War II Orphans Network on the challenges that the children of fallen World War II service members. 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center, 3800 Reservoir Road NW.
  • Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic at The New York Times, will discuss his book “Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • “Kaypi Perú” — highlighting Peru’s rich and diverse cultural heritage and traditional arts — will feature an art market, music and dance performances, children’s activities, documentary screenings and Peruvian cuisine. 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday.


  • “Cinéma de la révolution: America Films Eighteenth-Century France” will feature George Sidney’s 1952 movie “Scaramouche,” the last gasp of the opulent, electrifying swashbuckler genre. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • “Movie Night” will feature Sebastian Grobler’s 2011 film “Lessons of a Dream (Der ganz grosse Traum),” about the beginnings of football in Germany. 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Reel Affirmations XTRA will present Chanelle Aponte Pearson’s series “195 Lewis,” about a group of friends navigating the realities of being black, queer and polyamorous in New York City. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $25. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.


  • Dance group Light Switch Dance Theatre will present the premiere of “Red/Lines,” a multi-disciplinary work using dance, theater and film to examine racial discrimination through structural and perceived boundaries. Artist talk at 6:30 p.m.; performance at 7 p.m. $12 to $20. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. The performance will repeat July 29 with a community forum on “Inclusive Diversity in Communities” beforehand.
  • As part of the last weekend of Capital Fringe Festival 2017, the Wandering Theatre Company will present “The Laramie Project,” about a group of New York City artists as they journey to Laramie, Wyo., in an attempt to learn more about what led to the brutal murder of Matthew Shepard, an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming. 7 p.m. $17 plus Fringe Button. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. The performance will repeat Saturday at 6:45 p.m. and Sunday at noon; the festival will continue through Sunday at various venues.
  • The Kinsey Sicks will present “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” a searing journey into Trumpism, racism, AIDS, giraffes, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables and more. 8 p.m. $11.50. Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun. 7 p.m. $25 to $130. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Nationals will play the Colorado Rockies. 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.


  • A guided garden tour will trace two centuries of landscape history reflected in 5.5 acres of heritage trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • 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.
  • “Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Garden’s Bounty” will feature a tour led by Drew Asbury, Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. 1 p.m. $15 to $18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • 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.