The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.
Film screening: 'Rope'
An Alfred Hitchcock fan? The National Theatre's summer film series features a screening of his 1948 film "Rope," about two roommates who kill their college classmate, then invite his family and friends to dinner.
6:30 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-6161. www.thenationaldc.com.
Town hall on artistry, creativity and civil rights
Aug. 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. To celebrate that anniversary and in conjunction with the March on Washington Film Festival, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will host a town hall discussion featuring artists Faith Ringgold and Avis Collins Robinson and filmmaker Keith Beauchamp.
7 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. www.marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org. Reservations
Listen Local First: Mission South
Listen Local First aims to put the spotlight on Washington's homegrown musicians. One such group is the soul-rock trio Mission South, whose members have known each other since the fourth grade. See them at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Heirloom garden tour
Summer is the perfect time to wander through the Heirloom Garden on the terrace at the National Museum of American History. On this tour, join a horticulturalist and learn about plants that have been passed down from generation to generation, such as moonshine yarrow, butterfly weed and Alaska shasta daisy. The museum offers this tour every other Thursday.
1 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu.
'The Comedy of Errors'
Pack up a lawn chair or blanket and see Shakespeare performed under the stars. As part of Olney Theatre's summer festival, the Olney Theatre National Players stages one of the Bard's early comedic plays.
8 p.m. Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400. www.olneytheatre.org.
Nam June Paik birthday tribute
As part of the "Nam June Paik: Global Visionary" exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, digital video artist Takeshi Murata will discuss Paik's work and how it inspired his career. The exhibit runs through Aug. 11.
6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8490. www.americanart.si.edu.
Living Earth Festival
The National Museum of the American Indian's Living Earth Festival begins Friday and concludes Sunday with family activities, a farmers market, Marimba music, dancing, sculpting workshops and more. The annual festival highlights environmental sustainability, knowledge and activism.
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-6644. www.nmai.si.edu.
- Macy Freeman