- “Reptiles Alive!” will offer a chance to meet live animals and learn funny stories and facts about them. 4 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- The Georgetown Library’s July film series will feature “Alice Through the Looking Glass.” 4 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 “Mulan.” 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 West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- Consultant Kathryn Buford will present “Transform the World Inside Out: An Experiential Workshop on Creative Business Development for Social Impact and Personal Growth.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- The Star-Spangled American Music Series will feature live performances by the Marine Jazz Ensemble. Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. americanhistory.si.edu.
- DowntownDC Live, a lunchtime performance series, will feature bassist Tarus Mateen performing in conjunction with the Capital Fringe Festival. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW. downtowndc.org/event/downtowndc-live-2017.
- An American roots concert series will feature Forlorn Strangers performing Americana and country music. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- Students of Jenny Mondie, Jamie Roberts, David Murray and Eugena Change studying at the National Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Music Institute will perform works by Dvorák, Barber and Persichetti. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The “Dupont Live” weekly music series will feature a surprise act from the D.C. area. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Bar Dupont, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-797-0169.
- The Fort Reno concert series will feature Lunamvtic, Tempercrush and Furniteur. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com.
- The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
- “Thursday Night Bluegrass” will feature Dan Wolff performing Americana. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.
- Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present “Tomato Burst,” featuring new recipes paying homage to the summer’s favorite fleeting flavor. Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
Discussions and lectures
- Author Rachel Braun will discuss “New Designs in Judaic Needlework,” about how Jewish and biblical texts can be embroidered — literally and figuratively — in original needlecraft designs. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Author, editor and former diplomat Javed Amir will discuss “Islam and Modernity in Pakistan,” about the intellectual history of different visions of Pakistan’s future. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free. Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-2666.
- “New Voices: The 2017 Fulbright-National Geographic Storytellers” will feature Christiana Botic, Lauren Ladov, Tim McDonnell, Kevin McLean and Ishan Thakore discussing the challenges and rewards of creating compelling stories from around the world. 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Geographic Museum, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- A gallery talk on “Val Lewton: From Hollywood to Breezewood” — about the life and work of Washington artist Val Lewton, longtime exhibit designer for the Smithsonian Institution — will feature panelists Claudia Minicozzi, Benjamin Forgey and Jack Rasmussen. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- Five curators from around the Smithsonian will share their insights into the compelling photographs on view in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s exhibition “Down These Mean Streets.” 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Edward Lengel, chief historian for the White House Historical Association, will discuss “Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bring Revolution to the Western Front, 1917-1918,” about the American Expeditionary Forces of World War I. 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. societyofthecincinnati.org.
- Pamela Heyne will discuss her book “In Julia’s Kitchen: Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child,” about how the American chef, author and television personality influenced the modern home. 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
- Biographer Donald Dewey will discuss “James Stewart: The Many Faces of a Prolific Actor.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Sabrina Baron, assistant research professor of history at the University of Maryland, will discuss “Monarchs for the Ages: Elizabeth I and Victoria.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Monica Hesse, a feature writer for The Washington Post, will discuss her book “American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land,” about a rash of fires in Virginia’s rural Accomack County. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Teresa Bruce will discuss her book “The Drive: Searching for Lost Memories on the Pan-American Highway,” about her 2003 road trip through Mexico, in conversation with journalist and author Sarah Wildman. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW. 202-726-0380.
- “President Kennedy and His Legacy” — about the accomplishments and challenges of John F. Kennedy’s presidency and its impact on following administrations — will feature historians Edward L. Widmer, director of the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, and Fredrik Logevall, professor of international affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a memoir and essay writing workshop led by Maura Policelli. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The Phillips Collection will present German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s 1974 film “Ali: Fear Eats the Soul,” about an unlikely relationship between an elderly woman and a Moroccan migrant worker in postwar Germany. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- The Library of Congress’ outdoor summer film series will feature the 1987 film “The Princess Bride,” which was added to the National Film Registry in 2016. 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 the 2016 animated film “Moana.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. capitolriverfront.org.
- The group Friends of Mitchell Park will continue its summertime “Films in the Field” series with a screening of Steven Spielberg’s 1981 adventure film “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” starring Harrison Ford, Karen Allen and Paul Freeman. 8:40 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. 202-546-4293. The series will continue on Aug. 10.
- Comedian and actress Margaret Cho will perform at a benefit show for the George Washington University’s LGBT Health Policy & Practice Program. 7 p.m. $55 to $75. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. gwutickets.com.
- The Washington Improv Theater’s will present “Summer School,” featuring performances by Bottom Shelf, Man Feelings, Stovetron and Jive Turkey. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org. Performances will continue through Aug. 6 with various ensembles for each show.
- Miguel Lancha, cocktail innovator for José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup restaurants, and Joe Yonan, food and dining editor of The Washington Post, will present “Mezcal: Small Batch, Big Flavor,” featuring a conversation and tasting. 6:45 p.m. $40 to $50. Smithsonian Castle, The Commons, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Georgetown Library’s monthly Trivia Night will offer a chance to team up with friends or join fellow nerds to take home a prize (for adults and savvy teens). 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Alliance for Justice will host a monthly “Justice Trivia” night, testing knowledge of topics such as Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s workout routine and “Law & Order” episodes. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave. NW. afj.org/trivia.
- U.S. Botanic Garden facility manager Ian Donegan will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the operations of the U.S. Botanic Garden growing facility, the largest greenhouse complex supporting a public garden in the United States. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility, 4700 Shepherd Parkway SW. 202-225-8333.
- “Dupont Underground Historic Tour” 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. $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The tour will also be offered Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various times.
- A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques (for ages 10 and older). 6:30 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org. The tour will also be offered Saturday at 2 p.m.