Events calendar: Friday, June 16


Classes and workshops

  • Melissa Mahle — former CIA intelligence officer and author of “Anatolia Steppe: Lost in Petra” and “Camp Secret” — will present “Spy Fiction Writer’s Workshop.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Artist Will Fleishell will present a drop-in figure drawing class. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.


  • The Friday Noon Concert series will feature pianist Shaun Tirrell. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
  • Alan Hommerding of Chicago will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
  • Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art will feature the Michael Thomas Quintet. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • The DC Jazz Festival will present “Bass-ically Yours,” featuring TrioVera. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • As part of the DC Jazz Festival, the Italian Cultural Institute will present recording artist Debora Petrina with an unreleased version of “BeBlind” for voice, piano and drums. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature vocalists Ola Onabulé and Lori Williams as part of the DC Jazz Festival. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • A pizza party and singalong will feature a chance to sing songs from “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” “Oklahoma,” “My Fair Lady,” “Brigadoon,” “West Side Story,” “Annie” and other classic Broadway musicals with pianist and teacher Ann Glendinning. Pizza party at 6:30 p.m.; singalong at 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The Embassy Series will present harpist Emmanuel Ceysson. 6:30 p.m. $195. Belmont Mansion, 1618 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-625-2361.
  • “Violine En Face” will feature compositions by Gabriele Proy as well as Fritz Kreisler, Eugène-Auguste Ysaÿe and Johann Sebastian Bach played by Russian violinist Elena Denisova. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • The U.S. Army Concert Band and Army Voices will present a patriotic evening of music celebrating the Army’s 242nd birthday as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • “Atlas Presents” will present Slavic Soul Party! performing Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite.” 8 p.m. $28 to $32. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.

Discussions and lectures

  • Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe series will feature Sally Bedell Smith, author of “Prince Charles: The Passions and Paradoxes of an Improbable Life.” 11:30 a.m. $35, with lunch included. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-9330.
  • Leslie Buhler, executive director of Tudor Place from 2000 to 2015, will discuss the book “Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here,” about the people, collections, architecture and landscape of the historic Georgetown estate. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. White House History Shop, 1610 H St. NW.
  • Society of the Cincinnati executive director Jack Warren will discuss the history of “George,” a rare American-made bronze cannon that spent more than 200 years in Charleston, S.C., before becoming the centerpiece of the Great Stair Hall of Anderson House in 2016. 12:30 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Eric Spana, an assistant professor of the practice of biology at Duke University, will discuss “Captain America’s Super-Soldier Serum: 1940s Fantasy Meets Modern Biotechnology.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Jonathan Safran Foer will discuss his third novel, “Here I Am,” which unfolds over just four weeks in contemporary Washington. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Gem Lapidary & Mineral Society of Washington D.C. will present an illustrated lecture by Frank Roddy on “The Last Ice Age and the Catastrophic Flooding of the Northwestern United States.” 7 p.m. Free.  Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • In conjunction with the current production of David Ives’ “The School of Lies,” Shakespeare Theatre Company dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg will discuss the adaptation of Moliére’s classic comedy “Le Misanthrope,” Molière’s significance in modern theater, Ives’ “translaptation” process and political satire through the ages. 7 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.


  • “Movie Night” will feature Andreas Dresen’s film “As We Were Dreaming,” about a lost generation that unknowingly became the victim of German reunification. 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • “Reel Affirmations XTRA: Washington, DC’s International LGBTQ Monthly Film Series” will feature Sara Jordenö’s movie “Kiki,” about a artistic activist subculture of LGBTQ youth in New York City. 7 p.m. $12 to $25. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “Moana.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.
  • National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of David Leveaux’s new production of “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead,” starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The film will be shown again June 30 at 8 p.m.

Performances and readings

  • Politics and Prose will host a mini-marathon reading of James Joyce’s “Ulysses.” 4 to 5:15 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade, the resident theater company of Grace Episcopal Church and a project of the nonprofit arts group Fractured Atlas, will present an outdoor production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” with three actors taking on all of the characters in the Bard’s canon in 97 minutes. 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat at 8 p.m. June 22, 23 and 24.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” in a performance conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in his final program as National Symphony Orchestra music director. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Choreographer Meghan Abadoo will present “Octavia’s Brood: Riding the Ox Home,” an evening of multi-genre dance inspired by the narratives of female activists from the African diaspora. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Washington Women in Theatre will present Iona Sun’s “Reminder,” about the unraveling of one woman’s deplorably twisted vengeance, and Lisa B. Thompson’s “Mother Nature & Watch,” a dynamic pair of Afrofuturist feminist short plays. 8 p.m. $12. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Special events

  • Awesome Con, a three-day pop culture convention, will feature a wide assortment of comic books, collectibles, toys, games, original art, cosplay, and more. Special events will include discussion panels, costume contests, trivia contests, gaming tournaments and children’s activities. Noon to 8 p.m., with panels, screenings and special events until 11 p.m. $35 to $75; $10 for ages 10 and younger. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The convention will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with some activities until 11 p.m.) and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Presented by National Geographic and Brightest Young Things, “BYT & Nat Geo’s Excellent Adventure” will feature music, bars, museum access, lasers, and explorer talks and experiences. 8 p.m. to midnight. $30 to $35. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden curator Bill McLaughlin will lead a “Curator’s Perim-a-Tour of the National Garden,” focusing on the perimeter of the garden featuring plants from throughout North America. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet on National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The Heurich House Museum will host a “Brewmaster Tour,” featuring a one-hour guided tour through the mansion and a half-hour craft beer tasting in the conservatory. 4 to 5:30 p.m. $25. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW. The tour will also be offered June 30.
  • “Dupont Underground Historic Tour” will offer a chance to explore the city’s newest art space — a former trolley station with 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.