Tamara Tunie will participate in a play reading. (Courtesy of Georgetown University's Davis Performing Arts Center)


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.


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.


‘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.


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. See it at the Packard campus of the Library of Congress in Culpeper.


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.


Open house

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.


Mid-City 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 and Flowers on 14th, among others.