- A puppet show will feature adaptations of three stories by children’s author Ashley Bryan — “The Story of Lightning and Thunder,” “Beautiful Blackbird” and “The Dancing Granny.” Hands-on puppet-making workshops will follow. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Young Readers Center, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1950.
- Living Art Collective Ensemble will perform works by Boccherini and Mozart as well as Anne Louise Brillon de Jouy, renowned as one of the most brilliant keyboard players of her time. 2 and 4 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The concert will repeat Saturday at 2 and 4 p.m.
- The National Gallery of Art will present a “Ciné-Concert” screening of King Vidor’s 1928 expressionistic masterwork “The Crowd.” The screening will feature pianist Stephen Horne in performance. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
Performances and readings
- Kansas City Ballet will present the D.C. premiere of its opulent production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” with elaborate sets, sparkling costumes and impressive choreography. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $59 to $175. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- The Kennedy Center will present the a cappella show “Gobsmacked!,” an all-singing, all-beatboxing show direct from sellout engagements in London, Hong Kong and Edinburgh. 4 and 8 p.m. $29 to $79. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 10 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Nov. 25 at 10 p.m.
- Busboys and Poets will host an open mic night for American Sign Language users to recite poems, songs, short skits or jokes. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- The 27th annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, home accessories, clothes, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-550-7060. The sale will continue Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, Dec. 22 and Dec. 23.
- The Lightscape Foundation’s World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 will feature images that cover everything from contemporary issues and general news to nature and sports. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The inaugural Black Friday Family Reunion will feature a community summit with a networking brunch, a discussion on the “State of Black D.C.,” training sessions, a youth forum and a marketplace for black-owned businesses. 1 p.m. Free admission. R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center, 2730 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. blackfrifamreunion.eventbrite.com.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
- The Washington Capitals will play the Tampa Bay Lightning. 5 p.m. $41 to $308. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Angels and Monsters Tower Climb” will feature a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers. 10:15 a.m. $50; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Combination Tower Climb” will present both the “Gargoyle Tower Climb,” featuring a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers, and the “Classic Tower Climb,” offering a look at the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the central tower with scenic views of Washington. 12:15 p.m. $75; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org. The tours will also be offered Dec. 8 at 1 p.m.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Bell Tower Climb” will feature scenic views of Washington from the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the central tower. 3:15 p.m. $40; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org. The tour will also be offered Dec. 2 at 10:15 a.m.