- A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
- “Beans, Basil, and Bees: A Family Gardening Workshop” will offer a chance to learn about container gardens, composting and urban beekeeping (for ages 3 and older). 2 to 4 p.m. $15 per family; reservations required. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. edcjcc.org.
- The Embassy of France will host “Music of Friends,” a benefit concert for Friendship Place featuring musicians Carole Tafoya Evans, Eric DeWaardt, Mark Evans, Charles Nilles and Cecilia Cho performing works by Ravel, Schumann and others. 3 p.m. $10 to $50. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. friendshipplace.org.
- The Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir’s spring concert will feature English composer John Rutter’s “Requiem” as well as spirituals with soloists and orchestra. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202.
- The Children’s Chorus of Washington will present its season finale, “Voices of Change: A Tribute to Nelson Mandela.” 4 p.m. $5 to $50. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. childrenschorusdc.org/tickets.
- A recital will feature piano and guitar students of Brock Holmes. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
- Trumpeter Chuck Seipp and organist Randall Sheets will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- The Citizens Association of Georgetown will open its annual Concerts in the Parks series with a performance by roots rock/Americana band The Walkaways. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. 202-337-7313. The series will continue July 15 at Rose Park with a performance by Southern rock band EP Jackson and The Last Well.
- Portuguese soul singer Áurea Isabel Ramos de Sousa, more frequently known as Áurea will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Actors and musicians Lea Michele and Darren Criss will perform songs from Broadway, “Glee” and original songs from their recent solo albums. 8 p.m. $59 to $499. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- Christopher C. King will discuss his book “Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey Into Europe’s Oldest Surviving Folk Music.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, president and senior lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, will discuss his work as co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. 1 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Children’s book author Hena Khan will read passages from her books and talk about her writing life. 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Elizabeth C. Economy will discuss her book “The Third Revolution: XI Jinping and the New Chinese State.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Caroline Weber will discuss her book “Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin de Siècle Paris.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Profs & Pints will present “The Life of a D.C. Beer King,” a biographical portrait of brewing magnate Christian Heurich, with Mark Benbow, associate professor of American history at Marymount University. 6 p.m. $10 to $12. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. profsandpints.com.
Performances and readings
- The DanceAfrica, DC Festival will present a performance with Usuthu Arts Productions (from South Africa), Sankofa Dance Theater and Soul in Motion Players, at 2 p.m.; and a performance with Bambara Drum and Dance Ensemble and Ezibu Muntu African Dance and Cultural Foundation, at 7 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
- The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by Rosemary Winslow, Miles David Moore and young poets Rida Ali, Sofia Flynn and Michaela Lacy. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113.
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts will hold its monthly Community Day, featuring an opportunity to explore current exhibition and the museum’s newly reinstalled collection. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.
- The Colonial Dames of America Chapter III will present an open house at the historic Abner Cloud House, the oldest original building along the C&O Canal. Noon to 5 p.m., with a talk at 2 p.m. by noted author Philip Bigler on his book “Scandalous Son: The Elusive Search for Dolley Madison’s Son, John Payne Todd.” Free. Abner Cloud House, Canal and Reservoir roads NW. CDAChapterIII@gmail.com.
- The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host a “Fierce Women” tour highlighting artists, activists and innovators who refused to let men define their place and rejected the limited roles provided by society. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Meet at the information desk in the lobby, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.