The Going Out Guide recommends free or low-cost things to do this week.
The Goethe-Institut is celebrating 20 years of slam poetry with a discussion led by Split This Rock director Sarah Browning and featuring spoken word artists Bas Böttcher, Pages Matam and Joseph Green, among others. Topics will include opportunities for slam poets to tour internationally, the history of slam poetry in Germany and inspirations for slam poetry in Germany and the United States.
7:45 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de/ins/us/was.
‘A Blossom in Spring’
For one day only, visitors will have the chance to view an exhibit by students from the St. John's Community Services ART Options program, a program that supports people 16 and older who are living with disabilities. The pieces in the show explore the blossoming of life through nature.
Noon to 4 p.m. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org.
Book event: 'Dawn' by Octavia E. Butler
The late novelist Octavia E. Butler was praised for exploring themes of race and gender in her science-fiction novels. The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be discussing her book "Dawn," about a woman who awakes from a centuries-long slumber to find herself aboard a spaceship. Also, the book club is looking for a new name. Visit the D.C. Public Library Web site this month to vote.
7 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. www.dclibrary.org/mlk.
Jazz in the USA
As part of the 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, journalist Soledad O’Brien moderates a discussion featuring festival founder George Wein; Dan Morgenstern, an author, archivist and NEA Jazz Master; and jazz musicians Jonathan Batiste and Christian McBride. Film clips from the 1960 festival will also be shown during the event.
7 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov.
Young women of Cambodia, China, Congo, El Salvador, Egypt, Kenya and other countries from around the globe unite for the musical experience that is the Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus. In recognition of World Refugee Day, the group performs a free concert presented by the United Nations Refugee Agency and the Kennedy Center. Actress-singer Kat Graham will deliver the opening remarks.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Geek Chic Fashion Show
Who said geeks can't be styling? For those of you who agree, here's an event right up your alley. Fantom Comics and PollySue's Vintage Shop are hosting a fashion show featuring styles inspired by Harry Potter, superheroes and "nerdy street" style.
7 to 10 p.m. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. www.facebook.com/events/624163300952813. $5.
As part of Summer Movie Nights at Stonebridge, catch a screening of "Mary Poppins," the classic movie about a magical nanny, followed by a screening of "Saving Mr. Banks," the 2013 movie about the making of the 1964 film. The film series continues on Sundays through September.
7 p.m. Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 14900 Potomac Town Pl., Woodbridge. stonebridgeptc.com.