- 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.
- The Air Force Strings will perform. 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Free. National Air and Space Museum, 600 Independence Ave. SW. usafband.af.mil.
- “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature December performing indie folk. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
- The eight-piece R&B band Nobody’s Business will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature Burnt Sienna. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. capitolriverfront.org.
- The Labor Day Weekend Music Festival — featuring three nights of jazz, blues, rock, pop and more, presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities — will include sets by Flo Anito, Margot MacDonald and Laura Tsaggaris. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. dcarts.dc.gov/page/labor-day-weekend-music-festival.
- The Diderot String Quartet will present “Haydn in Plain Sight,” featuring two masterworks by the German composer. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $40; $10 to $15 for students. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- “Jazz on the Hill” will feature Dial 251 for Jazz. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.
Discussions and lectures
- The Hay-Adams Author Series will feature a luncheon and discussion with historian David McCullough, author of “The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For.” Noon to 2 p.m. $90; reservations required. Top of the Hay, The Hay-Adams Hotel, 800 16th St. NW. hayadams.com/author-series/events.
- Novelist Chris Bohjalian will discuss “Echoes of Anatolia: An Armenian-American novelist Discovers His Literary DNA,” about the impact of ethnic identity on literary creativity. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Northeast Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-5680.
- James Atlas will discuss his book “The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer’s Tale.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Union Market will present “Days of Thunder” 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. unionmarketdc.com.
Performances and readings
- We Happy Few will present a reading of “Cyrano de Bergerac,” the classic French tale of love, heroic bravado and deceitful poetry. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Black Box Theatre, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. email@example.com.
- 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.
- The D.C.-based Museum of Science Fiction will present the second annual “Escape Velocity,” featuring panel discussions, exhibits, films, speakers and other activities for adults and kids that combine science fiction with real science. 8:30 a.m. to 2:45 a.m. $25 to $30 for a single-day pass, with a $10 add-on for ages 11 to 16 and free add-on for ages 10 and younger. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. escapevelocity.events. The expo will continue Saturday and Sunday.
- The Washington Mystics will play the Seattle Storm. 7 p.m. $18 to $107. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.