Thursday, March 15
“Le Petit Cirque,” “electro-acoustic” musician Laurent Bigot performs a circus-like show, featuring recycled objects, toys and gadgets in motion. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday-Friday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Small Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-234-7911.
“Benjamin Franklin,” second part of the 2002 PBS documentary about Franklin’s later years as a diplomat and revolutionary leader. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
E-book reader help, librarian Mike Price discusses how to read or listen to free books and other library media using an e-book reader or smartphone and helps visitors download library e-books; take your device and library card number. Noon-2 p.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
“The Reach of Resonance,” Steve Elkins’s 2010 film in which four musicians and sound artists from different backgrounds express their perceptions about music and use their talents. Part of the Environmental Film Festival. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
“We Know D.C.” high school competition, three-student teams display their knowledge of historic and contemporary city elections and government and political milestones. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A-5, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Classical music concert, the National Symphony Orchestra Young Fellows perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Fun That Counts: Beyond the Numbers,” for adults, opening of the “MathAlive!” exhibit, which focuses on math and the areas of design, engineering, technology and science; activities include exploring sound waves as you create a music mix, solving espionage codes and participating in a “fractal” dance party; with hors d’oeuvres and a “math-tini” cocktail. 6:30-9 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $35. 202-633-3030.
Archaeological treasure trove, “Treasure Below: Excavating at the Ancient Port of Constantinople,” Ufuk Kocabas, director of Istanbul University’s Yenikapi Shipwrecks Project, discusses the remains of 36 shipwrecks and other artifacts. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. 202-633-3030.
“Gypsies,” Katona Jozsef Theatre performs the story of love and conflicts of Gypsy musicians and Hungarians in the countryside, in Hungarian with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$50. 202-467-4600.
Friday, March 16
“St. Paddy Party,” Pete Moss and members of the Bog Band (with dancer Shannon Dunne) perform Irish music with traditional dancing; learn to count sheep in Gaelic and more. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Beethoven, Mozart and Faure. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Faulkner and Hemingway rivalry, author Joseph Fruscione, Georgetown University adjunct professor of English, discusses the literary rivalry between William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-2138.
Sahel concert in Georgetown, “Afro-diaspora” music, including zouk, reggae and samba/bossa. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-3838.
Philosophy lecture, David C. Schindler, Villanova University associate professor of philosophy, discusses ”Freedom as Actuality: Hegel’s Critique of the Will to Power to Choose.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.
Discovery of 1718 shipwreck, archaeologist Mark Wilde-Ramsing discusses the 1996 discovery of canons and anchors of the wreckage of Queen Anne’s Revenge, flagship of pirate Blackbeard, in the shoals of Beaufort Inlet in North Carolina. 2:10 p.m., Catholic University of America, Maloney Hall, Room 175, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5080.
“GameFest! Evolution of Video Games,” curator Chris Melissinos moderates two panel discussions on the history of video game design and the future of the games. 3-6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu/taovg.
Hip-hop dance, Groove Theory performs. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O streets NW. $7. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.