- David K. Houston of College Park, Md., will present a 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 the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
- Journalist Jack Ewing will discuss his book “Faster, Higher, Farther: The Volkswagen Scandal.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- As part of “JFK Centennial Week,” the Kennedy Center will present “(IN)SECURITY,” a work of dance, music, film, narrative and history that will use two stages to tell the story of the Kennedy/Khrushchev relationship from both points of view simultaneously. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Washington Ballet will present the world premiere of artistic director Julie Kent’s commissioned work with choreography by Ethan Stiefel — “Frontier,” inspired by President John F. Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural and intellectual excellence. The program will also include Antony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden” and Sir Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $140. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- 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.
- The Washington Mystics will play the Chicago Sky. 7 p.m. $25 to $130. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- The Washington Nationals will play the San Diego Padres. 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. tudorplace.org.
- The Heurich House Museum will host a “Brewmaster Tour,” featuring an hourlong 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. heurichhouse.org.