Free & Easy
By — Brandon Weigel,
Children of the Gospel Choir
After participating in the Washington Performing Arts Society’s two-week gospel music camp, a choir of local children will show off their new skills in a concert at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage.
6 p.m. 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
Live the good life
Tired of the same old DJ nights? Head to Recess Lounge for Good Life Tuesdays, where dubstep, house, hip-hop and indie all get thrown into the mix.
10 p.m. 727 15th St. NW. 202-637-7667. www.recessdc.com.
‘History Matters/Back to the Future’
To mark the accomplishments of female playwrights, luminaries from the stage and screen — Tony winners Kathleen Chalfant, Maryann Plunkett and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” actress Tamara Tunie — read scenes from works by Jane Bowles, Alice Childress, Rachel Crothers and others.
7:30 p.m. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787. performingarts.georgetown.edu .
Catch the original
With a remake starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Bryan Cranston set for release Friday, now is as good a time as any to rewatch “Total Recall,” the 1990 sci-fi film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a factory worker who discovers his past life as a secret agent after having memories implanted in his mind.
7:30 p.m. Library of Congress Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-5840. www.loc.gov .
A blues institution
For nearly 40 years, the Nighthawks have been a staple of Washington’s blues and roots music scene, and there’s no sign of letting up. Catch the band for free at the Rockville Town Square.
6:30 p.m. Maryland Avenue and East Middle Lane, Rockville. www.rockvilletownsquare.
Head to Signature Theatre for a full day of concerts, cabaret performances, master classes, the ever-popular Signature Idol competition and more. Plus, get a sneak peek at the upcoming season’s shows.
From noon to 8:30 p.m. 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-820-9771. www.signature-theatre.org.
MidCity Dog Days
The dog days of summer get a little cooler, as retailers in the 14th and U street corridors host a street festival featuring great deals and free samples. Participants this year include Lettie Gooch, Miss Pixie’s, Gallery Plan B, Vastu and Flowers on 14th, among others.
Saturday and Sunday. 14th and U streets NW. 202-727-1000. www.midcitydogdays.com .
— Brandon Weigel