Learn the myths and the science behind nature’s best light show, aurora borealis, at physicist Paal Brekke’s multimedia lecture “Northern Lights: A Message From the Sun.” It runs from 6:45 to 9 at the National Museum of the American Indian’s Rasmuson Theater. Tickets ($40) are available here.
The “Through the Looking Glass” open-mike event showcases the best undiscovered comedic talent in Washington. Happy-hour drink specials will get you warmed up before the show. Aspiring comedians can register between 7 and 7:45, and the show starts at 8. At the Looking Glass Lounge. Free.