George Clinton will play as part of the Folklife Festival. (William Thoren)


Play reading

Playwright Thomas Arzt gives a staged reading of his play “Chirping Hill,” about employees of an Austrian company whose retreat with foreign investors is interrupted by a mysterious huntsman.



Mexican figurines

In conjunction with the Mexican Cultural Institute exhibit “Hina/Jaina: On the Threshold of the Mayan Underworld,” Mary Miller, dean of Yale College and an art history professor, gives a lecture titled “The Courtly World of Jaina Figurines,” about the Mayan statues.



“Bring Back the Funk”

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival gets funky with a George Clinton-headlining show that also features bass player extraordinaire Meshell Ndegeocello and Ivan Neville & Dumpstaphunk. The concert is hosted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the future home of Clinton’s iconic Mothership.



NBA Draft party

Who will the Washington Wizards take with the third pick in this year’s NBA draft? You can celebrate the arrival of the newest Wizard with a party at Verizon Center featuring analysis from the front office, autographs from alumni, photos with the Bullets’ 1978 championship trophy and more.


Amelia Earhart exhibition

The National Portrait Gallery opens the exhibition “One Life: Amelia Earhart,” which focuses on the famous pilot’s achievements and how she broke barriers for women before her mysterious disappearance 75 years ago.



Souad Massi

The Algerian singer blends rock, country and the Portuguese style of fado, and often drifts among languages over the course of one song.



Marking history

Local elected officials will dedicate a sign at Lewinsville Park that marks a Civil War skirmish that occurred Sept. 11, 1861. The marker is part of the Civil War Trails program, which denotes many of the more than 2,000 sites of military events in Virginia during the war.