Sarah D. Coffin, curator of the National Design Museum’s exhibit “Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels,” discusses decorative arts, jewelry design in the 20th century, and the legendary jewels of Van Cleef & Arpels. At the S. Dillon Ripley Center; 6:45. Buy tickets ($40) at the Smithsonian Resident Associate Program Web site.
H Street Playhouse’s Hothouse on H Reading Series presents the world premiere of The Trip by Crystal V. Rhodes. Four longtime Chicago friends take a road trip and learn about each other along the way. 7:30; pay what you can. For a look at the rest of the plays in the series, visit the playhouse Web site.
Let your creativity flow at Studio Gallery during One-Hour Magazine. Participants will have an hour to make as much art as they can, then everyone works together to create a digital magazine available for free download. There’ll be light refreshments. 6:30 to 8:30; free.