Events calendar: Friday, June 2


Children’s programs

  • Mr. Lilo will present an interactive, bilingual musical performance on his guitar. 11 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • “Smithsonian Sleepover at the American 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 American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Classes and workshops

  • 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.
  • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host “Mind, Magic, and Merlot,” a monthly workshop presented by mentalist Alain Nu — part performance and part instruction in the mystic arts, with complimentary Merlot wine available until supplies run out. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $35 to $45. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.


  • John Nothaft of Bloomington, Ind., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art will feature saxophonist Leigh Pilzer. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • A recital will feature students of Esther Haynes. 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 Morrison Brothers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present “Sing We and Chant It: Music for Chamber Voices,” featuring conductors Scott Tucker and Brandon Straub, the Choral Arts Chamber Singers and the Choral Arts Youth Choir. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • The U.S. Army Rock Orchestra will kick off the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” concert series with classic rock tunes by The Who, Led Zeppelin, Boston, The Police, Queen and more. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will present “Sound Health in Concert: Music and the Mind,” featuring neuroscientists Daniel Levitin and Charles Limb, soprano Renée Fleming, singer-songwriter Ben Folds and special guests in both classical music and improvisation. 8 p.m. $39. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • “Babel Through Latin-American Jewish Eyes” will feature artist Mirta Kupferminc and psychoanalyst Tova Shvartzman discussing art, Judaism and psychoanalysis in conversation with University of Maryland professor Saul Sosnowski. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Dining Room A, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-9897.
  • Gaye Hammond, chair of development for the American Rose Society, will discuss “Low Maintenance Roses: The Earth Kind Way.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Bart Devolder, painting conservator and onsite coordinator of the Ghent Altarpiece restoration team at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage, will discuss “Restoration/Revelation: The Exterior Wings of the Ghent Altarpiece.” 3:30 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Heinz Fischer, president of the Republic of Austria from 2004 to 2016, will discuss “Austria 1918-2018.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • Katherine Heiny will discuss her debut novel, “Standard Deviation,” a witty and utterly realistic exploration of marriage, parenting, and the ever-changing dynamics of family life. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Alexander Reid Ross, a freelance journalist and a lecture at Portland State University, will discuss his book “Against the Fascist Creep,” about the history and influence of the forces that helped make Donald Trump the 45th president. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Author and museum educator Charlotte Perret will discuss “At Their Doorstep,” her new coffee table photo book on the street fairs and carnival folk of Paris in the 1900s. 7 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.


  • A summer film series will feature Tom Hayes’ 2015 documentary “Two Blue Lines,” an examination of the human and political rights situation of Palestinian people living under Israeli rule. A post-screening Q&A will feature Hayes, a lecturer in the film division at Ohio University. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • The Woman’s National Democratic Club’s “Cinema Night” will feature Nicholas Hytner’s “Lady in the Van,” based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in playwright Alan Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Dinner at 6 p.m.; film at 7 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • Union Market will present “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” 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 outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” about a team of African-American female mathematicians that helped NASA put John Glenn into orbit. Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.
  • The Library of Congress will present the 1990 film “Paris Is Burning,” which explores the complex subculture of fashion shows and vogue dance competitions among black and Hispanic gay men, drag queens and transgender women in Manhattan. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502.

Performances and readings

  • As part of the Free Folger Friday series, the Street Sense Theatre Workshop will present “Timone of DC,” a contemporary exploration of the impulses behind giving and receiving. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • Murch Elementary School will present its spring musical, “Lion King Jr.” 6 p.m. $5. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
  • GALA Hispanic Theatre will present the D.C. premiere of “Silenced Within Me/Callado Conmigo,” developed by Elia Arce with Latinas and Latinos in the community to tell their stories as survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse (presented in Spanish with some English). A post-performance discussion with the artist will follow. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • D.C.-based recording artist Corbin Butler will perform with comedian Talib Babb and the band Djembe Jones. 9 p.m. $10 to $12. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.
  • 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.

Special events

  • As part of the monthly First Friday Dupont art event, the Heurich House Museum will open its first floor and will feature Off on a Tangent and Zayna’s Delight pop-up shops in the conservatory. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894.
  • “Savor: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience” will feature 172 beers from 86 small and independent breweries from around the country, each one paired with a small plate to dazzle the palate. 7:30 to 11 p.m. $135. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. The event will continue Saturday from 7:30 to 11 p.m.
  • A Gun Violence Prevention Vigil will feature the Washington National Cathedral’s west front bathed in orange light to raise awareness about gun violence in the United States. 8 p.m. to midnight. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.