Actress Connie Britton has spent the last year busy with the revival of her country music soap opera Nashville and her delightfully twisted take on Faye Resnick in American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson. But Britton still finds time to support the causes she believes in, be it by appearing in videos presented at the Democratic National Convention or working as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme. In that capacity, Britton works to empower women and promote economic development, and at the Natural History Museum she’ll focus on her work off camera. Read more >>> Connie Britton speaks at 6:45 p.m. at the National Museum of Natural History Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $35. (202) 633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org(Caroline Jones)

EAT THIS

The Smith is now open and serving dinner. Think Le Diplomate meets Pennsylvania 6. One of their signature dishes is a comforting bowl of ricotta gnocchi in truffle cream sauce ($14/$19). For something more fun try the crab cake tots with Alabama tartar sauce and green apple ($13). Doors open at 5 p.m. The Smith, 901 F St. NW. (202) 868-4900. thesmithrestaurant.com/location/washington-d-c. (Laura Hayes)

OH AND ALSO

The Harlem Gospel Choir tries something different and performs the music of Adele at the Howard Theatre. 8 p.m. at 620 T St. NW. $22–$45

Popular Danish pop act Lukas Graham performs at the Fillmore in advance of the Grammys, where it’s nominated for two awards. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $29.95.

The Mariinsky Ballet arrives at the Kennedy Center Opera House for its annual engagement and presents Alexei Ratmansky‘s The Little Humpbacked Horse. 7:30 p.m.at 2700 F St. NW. $49–$150.

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