Poetry reading, poets Al Young and Holly Bass will read from the work of Paul Laurence Dunbar, and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division will present materials from the Dunbar collection. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.
Library of Congress lecture, Kluge Fellow Jason Blokhuis discusses “Public Educational Authority and Children’s Rights.” Noon, Library of Congress, Room 113, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
Los Masis in concert, the Bolivian ensemble performs traditional Andean music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
U.S. Navy Band jazz concert, the Commodores ensemble performs. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-433-2525.
Films of Nam June Paik, curators John G. Hanhardt and Michael Mansfield introduce a series of curated film and video works by the artist and his contemporaries. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
U.S. Marine Band concert, a performance of works by Karl King, Engelbert Humperdinck, James Barnes, Michael John Mackey, Ron Nelson and Louis Saverino. 7:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-433-4011.
U.S. Army Band Concert, on the west front plaza. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-399-7993.
“The Hulk,” Ang Lee’s 2003 action-adventure film starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly; coolers, friendly leashed dogs and picnic cooler welcome, bring a blanket. 8:35 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org.
“The Real Thing,” a play by Tom Stoppard about a celebrated playwright, his actress wife and his latest play, a Coward-esque take on relationships and adultery. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre, Milton Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $39-$82, discounts for students, senior citizens and military members. 202-332-3300 or www.studiotheatre.org.
“Twenty Feet From Stardom,” Morgan Neville’s film about the lives and careers of the backup singers for some of the musical legends of the 21st century, a tribute and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others, includes interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting and others. Call theater for showtimes, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
Pollinator party! Jim Willmott, plant health care specialist, discusses what butterflies, bumblebees and honeybees bring to the environment; help him release selected species into the Butterfly Garden; take sunscreen, protective clothing and water. 10:30 a.m. and noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
“Defending the Old Dominion: Virginia and its Militia in the War of 1812,” author and archivist Stuart Butler discusses the war and examines how Virginia’s militia was organized and supplied by the Commonwealth, and the story of the nearly 2,000 slaves who joined the British forces to fight in Virginia. Noon, National Archives, Jefferson Room, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Pipe organ concert, Charles Miller performs works by William Mathias, John Stanley and Louis Vierne. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
U.S. Air Force concert, the Airmen of Note perform. 12:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble in concert, a performance of music that combines contemporary African American musical styles, jazz and traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Indie rock music, a performance by the Reserves. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.
“Being There,” Hal Ashby’s 1979 film about a gardener who is thrust into society for the first time when his employer dies unexpectedly, starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
“Cold War,” Leung Longman and Sunny Lok’s 2012 thriller about the kidnapping of five officers in plain sight of the police department’s surveillance system; in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Curator talk, guest curator Merry Foresta discusses photographs selected from the museum’s permanent collection as they uncover recurring motifs of American life. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Rabbit Hole,” Kerri Rambow directs the Keegan Theatre’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about a suburban couple whose calm existence is shattered by the loss of their child. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. July 1 and 2; through July 21, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30. 703-892-0202 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.keegantheatre.com.
U.S. Marine Parade, U.S. Marine Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; guests with reservations are admitted at 7:15 p.m.; visitors must arrive no later than 8 p.m. Parade, 8:45 p.m. Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free, reservations required. 202-433-4011 or 202-433-6060 or www.barracks.marines.mil.
Ward 8 Farmer’s Market, free Zumba lesson, music, activities, fresh produce and meats from local vendors. 9 a.m.-2 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901.
Children’s theatrical music and dance, Cantare leads a magical world tour of European and African culture. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.
“Beautiful U Yes U” workshop series, for ages 11-17, a self-esteem and literacy camp focusing on positive body image, self-awareness and healthy relationships while incorporating reading and writing each week. Topics including bullying, self-love, saying “no,” suicide prevention and more. Noon, through Aug. 3, Francis A. Gregory Interim Library, 2100 36th Pl. SE. Free, registration and signed permission slips required. 202-698-6373.
“Leonardo Live” (2012), Phil Grabsky’s high-definition film version of the live simulcast from the opening celebrations surrounding the National Gallery, London’s landmark 2011 Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan, the largest ever assemblage of the artist’s surviving paintings. 12:45 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Portrait Story Days: Alexander Calder, listen to a story about the American sculptor and create a wire sculpture. 1-4 p.m. Saturday and 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, First floor, education center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Mandala making workshop, for age 18 and older, artist Lorraine Land leads a workshop to create the symbols that are drawn, sketched or painted in a circular frame, used globally as a process of self-expression for personal growth and spiritual well-being. 1-3 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10, registration requested. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Digging In: Clearing Clutter, Judy Tiger, founder of Just That Simple, discusses the basics of getting and staying organized. 1:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
The Civil War on the Mall, National Park Service rangers lead 150th anniversary tours of the park’s homages to Civil War heroes. 2-5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
“The Bad Seed” (1956), a film drama about a murderous child who is not who she appears to be, starring Eileen Heckart, Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack. 2 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, Large Conference Room, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1225.
”The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln,” authors C.R. Gibbs and Steve Dryden and culinary historian Michael Twitty read excerpts from Stephen L. Carter’s book and discuss the African American community in post-Civil War Washington. 2:30 p.m., Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K St. NW. Free. 202-249-3955.
”Hunky Blues–The American Dream” (2009), Peter Forgacs’s film about the passage to America of thousands of Hungarians who arrived between 1890 and 1921, weaving a vast visual epic, combining clips from found footage, American cinema, and interviews revealing hard moments of arrival and assimilation. In Hungarian with English subtitles. 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
”Gebo and the Shadow” (2012), master filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira’s most recent work transforms a 1923 Dostoevsky-influenced drama into a taut cinematic chamber piece with a small but fascinating cast of five including Jeanne Moreau, Claudia Cardinale and Michael Lonsdale, shown with English subtitles. 4:45 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
The Originators in concert, the Las Vegas band performs supercharged Ska punk reggae music; beach chairs welcome, come early and try our Hula Hoops. 5-7 p.m., public plaza at the corner of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW, in front of BB&T Bank. Free. 202-997-0783.
Heveder Hungarian Folk Ensemble, a performance of Hungarian, Romanian and Roma music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
The 18th Street Singers concert, a performance of American music from legends including Louis Armstrong, George and Ira Gershwin and others. 8 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $20; in advance, $15. 800-745-3000 or www.sixthandi.org/flikeevent.
Dance Place performance, two new works by artistic director Angella Foster and resident artist Wayles Haynes, with live music by local artists Harp 46. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and teachers, $17; college students, $10; ages 2-17, $8. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org.
Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, a portrayal of flag maker Mary Pickersgill, who created the “Star-Spangled Banner” that was hoisted over Fort McHenry in 1813. The reenactor will enlist visitors’ help in assembling a “garrison flag.” 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., most Sundays through Thursdays, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour in the footsteps of politicians and protesters, revealing some of the avenue’s famous and lesser-known events, places and people. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
L’Enfant and the five pillars of the Mall, a guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the common thread among the Washington Monument and Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
House exchange workshop, house exchanger Beth Millemann discusses how to participate in and prepare for house exchanges, including how to find the right exchange, safety, pets, cancellations, successful listings and more, sharing stories from decades of house exchanging throughout the United States and Europe. 3-5 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Max Impact ensemble performs. 5 p.m., Rose Park Recreation Center, 26th and O streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil.
Kam Grand Choir, a multipart polyphonic choir, unique to the Dong nationality, mainly from southwest China. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Mendelssohn Piano Trio concert, a performance of works by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, National Park Service rangers in Civil War attire present an interpretive living history and children’s programs relating to life in 1863 America. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Matt McNamer 202-426-6841.
Beneath the Surface Art Club, explore groundbreaking artists, art forms and art works each week and create some of your own in a summer-long contest on Aug. 12. 5 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Lyric Workshop — Examining the truths of today’s radio artists, for ages 13-19, a creative workshop led by local spoken-word poet Candice Danielle Iloh to explore the backgrounds of favorite artists and singers, and to encourage and provide the tools for using your own voice. 5:30 p.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
Albus Cavus wheatpasting and poster-making, for ages 13-19, artists, scientists and educators from the international collective teach this public art technique. 5:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
The Gettysburg Factor, a National Park Service ranger discusses what history books are reluctant to tell about the Battle of Gettysburg and how it marked a sea change in American history. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Military band concert, the U.S. Army 257th Reserve Band performs. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-399-7993.
“Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” Frank Capra’s 1939 classic film about a first-time U.S. senator who does not understand how he is being pushed to support a corrupt project, starring James Stewart, Jean Arthur and Claude Rains. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.
“Merry Christmas” (Joyeux Noel), Christian Carion’s 2005 film about German, French and Scottish soldiers during a World War I Christmas Eve who decide to stop the war long enough to celebrate the holiday; based on a true story. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
“In Haste, Laura Keene,” and “The Road from Appomattox,” short plays about Civil War characters, part of the gallery’s “Cultures in Motion” series. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free, reservations strongly recommended. 202-633-8520 or www.acivilwardoublefeature.eventbrite.com.
Yoga class, 7 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26 and 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 28, Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.
U.S. Navy Concert Band performance, on the west steps. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.
“Thurgood Marshall Remembered,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the Supreme Court associate justice on the 105th anniversary of his birth. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.
Guided garden tour, across 5.5 acres and two centuries of landscape design, learn how it reflects its Federal period origins and changes in land use over time, how orchards, vegetable gardens, stables and grazing land made way for lawns, rose gardens, fountains and the various garden “rooms” of an urban estate. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10, registration encouraged: http://tudorplacehistoricandgrowing.eventbrite.com/. 202-965-0400.
“March Point,” a film about three teenagers from Washington’s Swinomish reservation who are asked to make a film about two oil refineries that are harming the health of the people, the land, the water and the traditional way of life. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays through July, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Libaya Baba in concert, the family ensemble performs Garifuna music and dance from California and New York. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.
Garifuna performers, from California and New York perform their traditional music. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.
Japan-in-a-Suitcase, an interactive presentation that teaches about Japanese culture, counting in Japanese, Japanese greetings and more, traditional Japanese games follow. 1:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
D.C. Beat Club, for ages 13-19, a digital music workshop that gives participants the opportunity to create music together in a welcoming environment, no musical experience necessary. 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Sketching workshop, take pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Flag folding, learn how to fold a full-size replica of the 30-foot-by-42-foot banner. 2:30 p.m. most Tuesdays through Saturdays, National Museum of American History, second floor, Flag Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Marc Tyler Nobleman talks superheroes, for ages 13-19, the author discusses his books about superheroes and the mysteries behind them. 4 p.m., Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
Lyric Workshop — Examining the truths of today’s radio artists, for ages 13-19, a creative workshop led by local spoken word poet Candice Danielle Iloh to explore the backgrounds of favorite artists and singers, and to encourage and provide the tools for using your own voice. 5:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
Albus Cavus wheatpasting and poster-making, for ages 13-19, artists, scientists and educators from the international collective teach this public art technique. 5:30 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.
Conscious Moves chess club, for ages 10-16, learn the game or come to improve your skills. 6 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707.
U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Max Impact ensemble performs on the west steps. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-767-5658 or www.usafband.af.mil.
Art workshops, for children and their families to learn drawing techniques and all about African art, then practice drawing in the galleries. 1-3 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4632.
Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead an hour-long cathedral highlights tour followed by tea in the Pilgrim Gallery. 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or www.allhallowsguild.org.
What the Tower Sees, a National Park Service ranger discusses the city’s geography, architecture and history; take a camera. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Tower, Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
Hip-Hop workshop with Lewis Ford, for ages 13-19 to learn about the positive power of hip-hop. 5:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Southeast D.C. meets Southeast Asia, Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj perform genres of music reflecting hip-hop, go-go and Hindustani classical; the audience will have an opportunity to learn about the specific techniques and components that result in uniting both styles of music. 5:30 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.
“The Fugitive,” the 1993 film about a wrongly accused man who seeks his wife’s killer, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones; coolers, children and leashed dogs welcome. Opens 7 p.m. Film. 8:20 p.m., NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.nomasummerscreen.com.
Palisades July 4th parade, featuring the Washington Scottish Bagpipers, Alma Boliviana, the D.C. Different Drummers Marching Band, D.C. Police Pipes and Drums, Miss D.C., and school, church and political groups (and anyone else who wants to march along); followed by a free picnic with hot dogs, juice and watermelon, vintage cards, hosted by the Palisades Citizens Association. 11 a.m., starts at Whitehaven Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard, goes along MacArthur and ends at the Palisades Park and Recreation Center, Sherier and Dana places NW. Free. 202-363-7441.
Independence Day at the National Archives, presentation of colors by the Continental Color Guard and Fife and Drum Corps, remarks by David S. Ferriero, archivist of the United States, readings of the Declaration of Independence by people portraying Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Ned Hector, 10-11 a.m.; family activities. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Fourth of July at Washington Cathedral, cathedral organists Christopher Betts, Benjamin Straley and Jeremy Filsell lead this year’s performance including a prelude performed by the Washington Brass and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Michael McCarthy hosts the program with music critic and master of ceremonies Michael Barone. Music includes Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” a march by John Philip Sousa and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Early arrival recommended. 11 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Constitution Avenue parade, featuring representatives from all branches of the armed forces, marching bands, floats, balloons and more. 11:45 a.m., starts at Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, proceeds along Constitution, ends at 18th Street and Constitution. Free. 202-619-7222.
U.S. Air Force Band jazz concert, the Airmen of Note perform. 6 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.
A Capitol Fourth, Tom Bergeron hosts this year’s festivities: entertainment, fireworks, appearances by Barry Manilow, Candice Glover, Jackie Evancho, Megan Hilty and John Williams conducting the National Symphony Orchestra, the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and other performers including the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, U.S. Army Ceremonial Band and members of the armed forces carrying the State and Territorial flags with the Armed Forces Color Guard, followed by spectacular fireworks. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, West Lawn, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-619-7222.
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