“Common Ground, Our American Garden” tour A look at plants that were found here, brought from other countries, passed down through seeds or shared with neighbors. These plants now represent a shared American heritage. 9:30 a.m. Meet on the Mall side of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History entrance, Madison Drive NW between 12th and 14th streets. americanhistory.si.edu. 202-633-1000. Free.
“Rhythm & Beats” with Max Bent For ages 5-12. This beatbox show includes audience participation and improvisation, and covers topics of hip-hop culture, language, math and music. Thursday at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m., Friday at 10:30 a.m. and noon. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. discoverytheater.org. 202-633-3030. $3-$8.
Marine Jazz Ensemble The group performs jazz favorites at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. Free.
“James Stewart: The Many Faces of a Prolific Actor” Biographer Donald Dewey discusses the actor’s life. 6:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.
Mezcal: Small Batch, Big Flavor Miguel Lancha of José Andrés ThinkFoodGroup joins Joe Yonan of The Washington Post to explore the booming popularity of this Mexican import with a tasting. 6:45 p.m. Smithsonian Castle, the Commons, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $50.
“Monarchs for the Ages: Elizabeth I and Victoria” Sabrina Baron, an assistant research professor in the department of history at the University of Maryland, illuminates the lives and legacies of two extraordinary women. 6:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW.smithsonianassociates.org. 202-633-3030. $45.
Adult ballet class The Washington Ballet presents a beginner-friendly class to promote good technique, strength and flexibility. Thursdays at 7 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org. $12; residents of 20020 or 20032 $6.
Child safety seat inspections DC Safe Kids in partnership with the Children’s Health Project of DC, offers weekly car seat inspections. Fridays 10:30-3:30 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-476-3618. thearcdc.org. Free.
Free food market Sponsored by Martha’s Table and the Capital Area Food Bank, these community markets provide no-cost fresh fruits, vegeteables and nonperishable items. 3-5 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org. To volunteer, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It Takes Us” The D.C. Chapter of Moms Demand Action presents a photography exhibit to raise awareness about the effects of gun violence. Book donations will be accepted on behalf of the Charnice Milton Bookstore. 6-9 p.m. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-232-5483. ittakes.us. Free.
Touchstone Gallery reception: Claudia Samper’s “Connecting the Dots” A gallery member exhibition, plus selections from Touchstone@ArtSpace, continues with a reception Friday 6-8:30 p.m. Through July 30. Touchstone Gallery, 901 New York Ave. NW. 202-347-2787. touchstonegallery.com. Free.
The 24th Bach Festival at Grace Church Guitarists Yuri Liberzon and Piotr Pakhomkin perform works by Bach. 7:30 p.m. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. $10-$25.
“Equilibrium” A spotlight exhibition features five paintings and more than 30 preliminary drawings by Colombian artist Fanny Sanín. Opens Friday. Through Oct. 29. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. Free-$10.
Fitbit Local launch Trainers Chris Perrin and Cynthia Lorena lead an all-levels workout combining a body weight boot camp and yoga flow. The workout series kickoff includes music from a DJ, snacks, beverages, free T-shirts, a raffle and product giveaways. 9-11:30 a.m. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. capitolriverfront.org. Free.
Yoga for insomnia Bring a mat for this workshop taught by Robin Glantz. 10 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1224. To register, email email@example.com. Free.
Interactive Sound Experiences Cross-cultural percussionist Steve Bloom reveals how the original master masons of the National Building Museum created musical spaces that seem to be beautiful only to the eye. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. nbm.org. Free.
Adult Zumba The Washington Ballet leads a dance workout class featuring radio pop and Latin rhythms. Saturdays 8:30 a.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org. $12; residents of 20020 or 20032 $6.
Adult African dance class The Washington Ballet leads a class consisting of the dance of “Balant,” from the ethnic group that inhibits the Casamance region of Senegal. Saturdays at 2:15 p.m. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. thearcdc.org. $12; residents of 20020 or 20032 $6.
“Mr. Lincoln Goes to Washington” A one-mile ranger-led walk focuses on the life and death of Abraham Lincoln. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Washington Monument, base, 2 15th St. NW. 202-716-5692.nps.gov. Free.
Real estate information session A question-and-answer session with real estate agent Ebony Bates. 2:30 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1224. dclibrary.org/tenley. Free.
“Presidents and Indians” This 1.5-mile ranger-led walk focuses on historical interactions between U.S. presidents and Native Americans. 7-8:30 p.m. Washington Monument, base, 2 15th St. NW. 202-438-9603. nps.gov. Free.
“Every Girl Pulling for Victory” A park ranger discusses the role of American women in World War I. 1-2 p.m. Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument, 144 Constitution Ave., NE. 202-407-9654. nps.gov. Free.
The 24th Bach Festival at Grace Church The festival’s final concert features organist Lawrence Molinaro and tenor Joseph Regan in Bach’s “Clavier-Übung III.” 1:30 p.m. Grace Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. $10-$25.
An Afternoon with the D.C. Chamber Orchestra A string quartet concert of selected classical pieces. 2 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1224. dclibrary.org/tenley. Free.
Make/Fix Anything Project Bring in anything broken (toasters, umbrellas, bicycles, etc.) during Petworth Library’s monthly fix-it sessions, and work with a group to come up with solutions. Assistance, tools and support are provided. 6-8 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. bit.ly/labsclasses. Free,; registration required.
Movies at THEARC A free weekly series for kids and teens includes healthy snacks. “Zootopia” at 10 a.m.; “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” at 2 p.m. Through Aug. 1. THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901. Free; print tickets online at thearcdc.org. For group ticket reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Summer Magic With Dave Thomen” The show includes illusions with boxes, hoops, a rabbit and magic hat. For ages 5-12. 10:30 a.m. and noon. Through July 21. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. discoverytheater.org. $3-$8.
“Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself” Author Garrett Graff discusses his book about government bunkers and secret government Doomsday plans for evacuating and protecting the nation’s historic artifacts and leaders. Noon. William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 866-272-6272.archives.gov. Free.
D.C. Movie Matinee “The Big Chill,” starring Kevin Kline and Glenn Close; rated R. 1:30 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1224.dclibrary.org/tenley. Free.
“Readers, Writers & Books with the March on Washington Film Festival” The Museum of American History presents an afternoon devoted to artists, authors and poets whose work honors and informs civil rights and social justice. The program includes panel discussions on graphic novels and comics, as well as spoken word and poetry, with book sales and signings available all day. Co-hosted with the March on Washington Film Festival. 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wallace H. Coulter Performance Plaza, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. Free.
“Andrew Wyeth: An Appreciation at 100” Art historian Bonita Billman highlights works from Wyeth’s extraordinary output, placing them in the context of his career and his life. 6:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.
“Remembering John Glenn: The Man and the Legend” Panelists David Pryor, Kathy Sullivan and Bob Schieffer discuss the life and legacy of the first American to orbit the Earth. 8 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Ave. and Sixth St. SW. 202-633-2214. airandspace.si.edu. Free, tickets required.
Chesapeake Bay preservation talk Alix Murdoch, federal policy director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, discusses the issues the Chesapeake Bay has encountered over the years and its current status. 5:30-7 p.m. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. Email email@example.com or go to democraticwoman.org. $10-$25.
Cooking demonstration Glenn Roberts, founder of Anson Mills, explores the history and preservation of heirloom grains, especially rice. A cooking demonstration from culinary historian Michael Twitty will focus on the preparation of dishes from geographic areas in which rice is a staple. Co-hosted with the March on Washington Film Festival. 2-3 p.m. Wallace H. Coulter Demonstration Kitchen, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000. americanhistory.si.edu. Free.
“George Orwell in the 21st Century” Learn why Orwell scholar Andrew Rubin is not at all surprised that everything Orwellian seems new again. 6:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $45.
Marine Band Program highlights include a tribute to Louis Armstrong and an Ella Fitzgerald medley. 8 p.m. Through July 20. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol, East Capitol St. NE and First St. SE. 202-433-4011. Free.
Slavery and John Quincy Adams The U.S. Capitol Historical Society presents a book talk and signing by David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason, authors of “John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary.” Noon-1 p.m. Ketchum Hall, Veterans of Foreign Wars Building, 200 Maryland Ave. NE. uschs.org. Free, registration requested.
Author appearance Best-selling author Stephen A. Tillett signs copies of “Stop Falling for the Okeydoke: How the Lie of ‘Race’ Continues to Undermine Our Country” at the church he attended while growing up. 12:30 p.m. Asbury United Methodist Church, 926 11th St. NW.
— Compiled by Carrie Donovan
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