The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.
Go behind the scenes and see how a dance troupe creates a piece when the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company rehearses a work Burgess choreographed in conjunction with the National Portrait Gallery's "Dancing the Dream" exhibition. Guests are encouraged to provide feedback; some of their notes may be used to tweak the piece, which premieres at the gallery Saturday.
4 to 7 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8300. www.npg.si.edu.
As part of its"Play Ball! Hollywood and the American Pastime" film series, AFI Silver is screening "42," the 2013 biopic about Jackie Robinson's integration of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, the movie stars Howard University alum Chadwick Boseman as Robinson.
4:20 and 7 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6700. www.afi.com/silver. Free tickets required.
In honor of D.C. Emancipation Day, BET is sponsoring a concert on Freedom Plaza. The lineup includes Doug E. Fresh, Black Alley, Raheem DeVaughn, Talib Kweli, DJ Kool and Arrested Development. Stick around after the show for a fireworks display. The concert is the last event in a series of D.C. Emancipation Day celebrations.
4 p.m. Freedom Plaza, 1455 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. www.emancipationdc.com.
This exhibit features work by light sculptor Craig Kraft, whose art was inspired by the graffiti-covered Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale, Miss. Kraft blends graffiti with other techniques, including the use of neon. The show closes Sunday.
Noon to 4 p.m. VisArts at Rockville, 155 Gibbs St., Rockville. 301-315-8200. www.visartsatrockville.org.
Head to the South Bowie Library for day two of the three-day Heritage Film Festival. The theme of the independent film festival is "Looking to the Future/Honoring the Past," and the second day is dedicated to viral videos. Guests are encouraged to bring non-perishable foods to donate to the Bowie Interfaith Food Pantry.
2 p.m. South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Rd., Bowie. 240-374-1405. www.heritagefilmvideo.wix.com.
Expand your musical horizons with this performance by University of Maryland students and professional artists. The ensemble will perform a traditional type of Korean percussion known as Samulnori.
7:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University Boulevard and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.
For a youthful take on jazz, head to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage for a performance of big-band music by teenage students of the genre.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.