- Discovery Theater will present a performance by the Taratibu Youth Association, an ensemble of young artists representing the performing arts of the African diaspora (recommended for ages 5 through 16). 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The event will repeat Friday at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
- 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 “Despicable Me.” 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.
- A Brown Bag Chamber Concert will feature cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva. Noon. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goethe.de/washington.
- The Star-Spangled American Music Series will feature the U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings. 12:30 p.m. Free. Flag Hall, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. americanhistory.si.edu.
- DowntownDC Live, a lunchtime performance series, will feature Akua Allrich 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.
- The Marine Fusion Jazz Combo will perform. 6 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-433-4011.
- The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District’s “Tunes in the Triangle” concert series will feature Pebble To Pearl performing a mix of funk, rock and blues. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Plaza, 5th and K streets NW. mvtcid.org.
- “Jazz on Jackson Place” will feature the Sarah Hughes Ensemble. 6:30 p.m. $30. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. whitehousehistory.org/jazz. The concert series will continue Aug. 3.
- The Fort Reno concert series will feature Weird Babies, TK Echo and Mock Identity. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW. fortreno.com.
- “Thursday Night Bluegrass” will feature Moose Jaw. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.
Discussions and lectures
- A National Portrait Gallery educator will present a closer look at James Montgomery Flagg’s painting “The Dempsey-Willard Fight.” Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Harvard University researchers Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff will discuss “Discovering the Sussex Declaration,” about the recent identification of a second parchment manuscript of the Declaration of Independence in Chichester, England, dating from the 1780s and written in the hand of a single clerk. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- T.L. Williams, a former CIA operative who ran human intelligence operations in Asia and Europe for over 30 years, will discuss his thriller “Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars.” 6:30 p.m. $8 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- Jeanne Gang, founding principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang, will showcase the firm’s recent projects, including the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo; the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College; and “Hive,” the National Building Museum’s 2017 summer installation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $12 to $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- John Pfordresher, a professor of English at Georgetown University, will discuss his book “The Secret History of ‘Jane Eyre’: How Charlotte Bronte Wrote Her Masterpiece.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Smithsonian Institution’s 2017 Folklife Festival will focus on “Circus Arts,” “On the Move: Migration Across Generations,” “50 Years/50 Objects” and “50th Anniversary.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 12th streets. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue daily through July 9; evening dance parties and circus performances will take place most evenings beginning at 5:30.
- National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” featuring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway. 7:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “Grease.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. capitolriverfront.org.
Performances and readings
- As part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, spoken word artist Ellouise Schoettler will present “Ready to Serve: Remember the Nurses,” a one-woman show about 64 Maryland Army nurses who went to France during World War I. 5:30 p.m. $17 plus Fringe Button. Eastman Studio Theatre, Gallaudet University, Florida Avenue and 8th Street NE. capitalfringe.org. The performance will repeat July 8, 9, 15, 18, 20 and 22; the Capital Fringe Festival will continue through July 30 at various venues.
- As part of the DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival, Truthworker Theatre Company will perform excerpts from its provocative three-part body of work, “Truthworker: Boxed in & Blacked Out in America,” which depicts the prison industrial complex through the lens of a dozen youth directly impacted by mass incarceration (for ages 14 and older). 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- 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.
- “Super Spectacular Comedy Show for a Free Press” — a benefit performance for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — will feature headliner Pierre Bennu, host Matt Dundas and comics Chris Blackwood, Elahe Izadi, Rebecca Silverstein, W. Cody Skinner and Max Wolfson. 7:30 p.m. $12. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. grassrootscomedy.com.
- This month’s “Phillips After 5” installment — “Punk Out,” inspired by Germany’s punk scene — will feature a silent disco with punk, David Bowie, and even some classical music. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday at 7:05 p.m., Saturday at 4:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.
Tours and walks
- “Gardener’s Focus: Summer Designs” will feature a tour led by Hillwood head gardener Jessica Bonilla. 2:45 p.m. $15 to $18; tickets distributed at the Visitor Center upon opening each day. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will also be offered Friday at 2:45 p.m.
- 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.
- The Smithsonian Associates will present “Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington,” a 1.5-mile walking tour led by author and local historian Garrett Peck. The tour will pass by the sites of several 1920s clubs along U Street, including the Club Caverns, Club Bali, Murray’s Palace Casino and the Minnehaha Theatre (later the location of another landmark, Ben’s Chili Bowl). 6 to 8 p.m. $35 to $45. Meet in front of the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-633-3030.
- “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 at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.