The former National Symphony Orchestra cellist performs a piece that combines music and storytelling. “In Search of the Perfect G-String” is a depiction of Caruthers’s life and the journey that led her to the NSO. Caruthers will portray different characters and play the cello. Tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery around 5:30 p.m.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org . Best for mature audiences.
In conjunction with the “Cultural Exchanges” exhibit at the Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, a panel discussion featuring Maryland state Sen. Jamin B. “Jamie” Raskin (D-Montgomery) and artists Shanye Huang and Pauline Jakobsberg will focus on cultural identity in American society. Susan Jenkins, chief executive of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, will moderate the discussion. “Cultural Exchanges” closes Feb. 7.
6 p.m. Silver Spring Civic Building, Betty Mae Kramer Gallery, One Veterans Place, Silver Spring. www.creativemoco.com/kramer-gallery .
Members of the American Art Museum’s conservation team present a gallery talk and tour of the “Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art” exhibit with commentary on some of the pieces. The exhibit, which features work by Carmen Herrera, Ruben Trejo and others, closes March 2.
Noon. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanart.si.edu .
At the National Museum of Natural History, Chris Scholz, professor of earth sciences at Syracuse University, discusses his research in Africa and how climate change has affected the Great Rift Valley.
4 p.m. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu .
The Library of Congress hosts a screening of the 2001 film “Inside Out in the Open ,” a documentary exploring free jazz with appearances from musicians Alan Silva, Joseph Jarman and Roswell Rudd. Visitors also can watch the 2013 film “The Breath Courses Through Us,” a documentary featuring the 1960s jazz group The New York Art Quartet, which featured Rudd, John Tchicai, Milford Graves and Reggie Workman, with controversial poet Amiri Baraka. Both films were directed by Alan Roth.
7 p.m. Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. www.loc.gov .
As part of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s “Civil War to Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation” series, this production combines Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” and playwright Keith Antar Mason’s “For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When The Streets Were Too Much.” This adaptation forms one choreo-poem that explores the lives of African Americans. The program repeats Sunday at 3 p.m.
3 and 7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu .
Members of the U.S. Air Force Band perform a 90-minute show as part of the U.S. Navy Memorial’s “Year of Military Women” exhibit, which runs through April. The event celebrates the contributions of women in the military.
Noon. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org .