Events calendar: Friday, June 23


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.


  • The Arts Club of Washington will present its Friday Noon Concert series. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
  • Sondra Goldsmith Proctor of Canton, N.Y., 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 blues singer Juanita Williams. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • “Hometown Sounds” will feature a performance by Will Eastman, a D.C.-based DJ and the founder, owner and operator of the U Street Music Hall nightclub. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Middle C Music will host a concert by participants in its Chamber Music 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 Moose Jaw. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • The U.S. Army Band Downrange will perform as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • NSO Pops will present “The Music of John Williams,” featuring conductor Steven Reineke and the Choral Arts Society of Washington performing Williams’ movie scores for the “Star Wars” series and other films. 8 p.m. $24 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.


  • Julia Fierro will discuss her second novel, “The Gypsy Moth Summer.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will present a screening and discussion of the documentary “Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria,” about an idyllic city in Greece where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for more than two millennia until Germany took control of the city with Italy’s surrender to the Allies during World War II. The post-screening discussion will feature Larry Confino, producer and co-director; Larry Russo, executive producer and co-director; and Leslie Swift, chief of film, oral history and recorded sound at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 2 p.m. Free. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-488-0460.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “The Princess Bride.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.

Performances and readings

  • Spooky Action Theater’s Festival of Readings will feature Kate Bryer directing “Shoah Business” by Jennie Berman Eng. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301.
  • “DC Shorts Laughs” will feature comedic short films interspersed with live stand-up performances. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $20 to $30. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. The event will repeat Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
  • The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade, the resident theater company of Grace Episcopal Church and a project of the nonprofit arts group Fractured Atlas, will present an outdoor production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” with three actors taking on the Bard’s entire canon in 97 minutes. 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Chamber Dance Project will present “Ballet, Brass & Song,” featuring the world premiere of “Songs by Cole,” a ballet with a live jazz trio performing the music of Cole Porter; the New Orleans rhythms of “Rue Noir” by New York choreographer Jennifer Archibald; the sultry tangos of “Sur” by Argentine choreographer Jorge Amarante; the provocative beauty of “Arranged”; and the soaring athleticism of the poignant male duet “Exit Wounds” by Diane Coburn Bruning. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $45. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.

Special events

  • U.S. Botanic Garden plant health care specialist Jim Willmott and gardener Eric Leavitt will share the wonders of what butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees bring to the environment, and then attendees to the “Pollinator Party!” will help release select butterflies into the U.S. Botanic Garden Butterfly Garden. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Free. National Garden Butterfly Garden, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “Games, Lunch and a Movie” will feature the documentary “Pavarotti Forever,” featuring performances by Luciano Pavarotti. Games at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; film at 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • Hera Hub DC will host a reception with art, food and drinks to mark the opening of a new exhibit showcasing local artists Kathy J. Karlson, Rachel Ann Cross, Nora Simon, Imani Pierre and Katie Jett Walls. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Hera Hub DC, Suite 100, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Cincinnati Reds. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 4:05 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.