- “Reptiles Alive!” will offer a chance to meet live animals and learn funny stories and facts about them. 3 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- “Pajama Movie Night” will feature “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
Classes and workshops
- Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a weekly clinic for individuals and families searching for rental housing in D.C. 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. housingetc.org.
- The D.C. Small Business Development Center will present a seminar on how to start your own business. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. dcsbdc.org.
- DowntownDC Live, a lunchtime performance series, will feature Black Alley performing a blend of hip-hop, soul and rock. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW. downtowndc.org/event/downtowndc-live-2017.
- Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra of Mount Rainier, Md., and the Queen’s Royal College Steelpan Ensemble of Trinidad and Tobago will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- As part of the Washington National Cathedral’s Summer Concert Series, soprano Laura Choi Stuart, pianist and harpsichordist George Fergus and violinist Grace Brigham will perform works by Mendelssohn and Purcell. 6:30 p.m. Included in $5 discounted admission for summer evening hours. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- “Jazz on Jackson Place” will feature the Marty Nau Quartet. 6:30 p.m. $30. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. whitehousehistory.org/jazz.
- The Fort Reno concert series’ “Night of 1000 Cakes” will feature Weird Babies, Aaron Leitko and Herschel Hoover. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com.
- “SiriusXM’s Coffee House Live Tour” will feature singer-songwriters Joshua Radin, Rachael Yamagata and Brandon Jenner. 7:15 p.m. $29.50 to $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- “Summer Sing With Encore Chorale” — a musical evening open to anyone over 55 who loves to sing and is interested in meeting new friends — will offer a chance to perform songs from “Phantom of the Opera” and “Showboat” as well as the repertoire of George and Ira Gershwin, led by Encore conductors Jeanne Kelly and Jeff Dokken. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $15. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 301-261-5747.
- The Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival will present Carrie Krause on baroque violin, Dongsok Shin on harpsichord and Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance and baroque flutes in “Baroque in Transition,” highlighting the contrasts and evolution in Italian and French music from 1600 to 1700. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25 donation suggested; free for ages 18 and younger. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. 202-543-0053.
- The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
- “New Voices at Mr. Henry’s” will feature Rhonda Atkins, Piero Bonamico, Serena Dib, Kathy Farmer, Jesus Jordan and Huy Ngo, backed by the Wayne Wilentz Trio. 8 to 11 p.m. $12 to $15; reservations required. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. mrhenrysdc.com.
Discussions and lectures
- Raymond Senuk, a collector and board member of Friends of the Ixchel Museum, will discuss Mayan textiles that date prior to 1940 as well as current-day Guatemalan textiles. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Labor organizer Jonathan Rosenblum will discuss his book “Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Kathleen Barber will discuss her psychological thriller “Are You Sleeping,” about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case — and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Physician John Whyte, author of “AARP New American Diet: Lose Weight, Live Longer,” will discuss “Boost Your Nutritional IQ,” about the latest scientific information about what foods can help you prevent disease and live longer, and which foods might increase your risk of certain diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Essayist, fiction writer and playwright Heather Harpham will discuss her book “Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Mexican writer, activist and professor Jimena Vergara will discuss “Mexico in the Trump Era.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- The “Beat the Heat Summer Film Series” will feature “Mechanic: Resurrection,” about a highly skilled assassin who must come out of retirement to save the love of his life. 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler museums will preview this fall’s Korean film festival with a screening of Ryoo Seung-wan’s forthcoming movie “Battleship Island,” about an uprising of Korean conscripts forced to work in the coal mines of Hashima Island during World War II. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; doors open 30 minutes before showtime. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. asia.si.edu.
- The Library of Congress’ outdoor summer film series will feature the 1985 movie “Back to the Future,” starring Michael J. Fox as accidental time-traveler Marty McFly, who must find his way home after being stranded in 1955. 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. North Lawn, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. loc.gov. The series will continue weekly through Aug. 17.
- The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “La La Land,” starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling as two young people pursuing their dreams in Hollywood. Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. capitolriverfront.org.
Performances and readings
- City at Peace will present “All Eyes on Media,” about young people’s experiences with the ever-changing digital landscape. 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. $8; reservations required. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The performance will repeat Friday at 11 a.m.
- The Georgetown Library will host its monthly First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading, followed by an open-mic event. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Dance Place will present a concert showcasing the talent of its Energizers Creative Arts Camp students in dance, music and more. 7 p.m. $15. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 p.m.
- The Washington Improv Theater will present “Summer School,” featuring performances by The Lodge, Both Sides, Prettier Than You and October Issues. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org. Performances will also take place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m., with various ensembles for each show.
- Nardi Media will present “Dog Days of Summer Yappy Hour & Silent Auction,” featuring food and drink specials in addition to auction items from donors such as the Washington Capitals, District Taco and Washington Sports Club. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Rescue Alliance. 4 to 7 p.m. Free admission. Sudhouse DC, 1340 U St. NW. nardimedia.com.
- This month’s “Phillips After 5” installment — “Trukfest,” an annual food truck event — will feature opportunities to grab a bite to eat at any of the participating food trucks; to create a collage inspired by the artwork of Markus Lüpertz with the Heurich House Museum; and to listen to jamming music from Granny & The Boys. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- The Ford’s Theatre Society will host “Under 35: Museum Night,” a chance to mix and mingle in the Ford’s Theatre Museum, see historic artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and assassination, and explore the 19th-century theater where President and Mrs. Lincoln attended performances (for ages 21 through 35). 6 to 8 p.m. $20; reservations required. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. fords.org.
- Area teens will lead a theatrical tour bringing the National Portrait Gallery’s collection to life through an original play about the people featured in artwork on display. Noon and 1:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Friday at noon and 1:30 p.m.
- “Close-up Tour: Earthquake” will examine the damage incurred by the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that rocked the Washington National Cathedral on Aug. 23, 2011 (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Meet at the west-end docent station, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Alexandra Torres, an education specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and Claire Alrich, a staff member at the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a guided nature walk focusing on “Nature in Motion” and incorporating stretching and calming exercises. 5 to 5:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- 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. 5 p.m. $75; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- “Visit Dupont Underground” will offer a chance to explore the city’s newest art space — a former trolley station with 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The tour will also be offered Friday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.