Events calendar: Friday, June 9


Classes and workshops

  • Kellie Cox — professional botanical artist, horticulturist and director of buildings, gardens and grounds at Tudor Place — will lead an outdoor “Art in the Garden” workshop focusing on pencils and pastels. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. $45 to $50; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • Christian Kloc will present a juggling workshop. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Donation of at least $5 suggested. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
  • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will present “Paint & Sip,” an evening of painting and wine. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.


  • The Friday Noon Concert series will feature violist Carrie Castleton, violinist Paul Bagley, flutist Grace Want, oboist Michael Homme and pianist Christopher Koeler performing “Harold in Italy” by Berlioz. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
  • Michael Britt of Baltimore will present a Capital Pride concert featuring favorites such as “On Broadway,” “Cookin’ Breakfast for the One I Love” and “Over the Rainbow.” 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 Czech group Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio. 5 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Sculpture Garden, National Gallery of Art, 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-289-3360.
  • Palaver Strings, a musician-led string orchestra dedicated to the collaborative interpretation of classical masterworks, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature Jeff From Accounting. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • The “Music With the Angels” Concert Series will highlight local young talent with a concert by soprano Grace Atiyeh and pianists Mason Ishida, Aaditya Singh and Trey Mohler performing works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Grieg, Chopin and others. 7 p.m. Free; $10 donation suggested. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Mason Bates in a performance conducted by Edo de Waart and featuring pianist Alice Sara Ott. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform with the winner of the 2017 National Collegiate Solo Competition as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • The 2017 East River JazzFest will feature “Mad Monk,” performed by Hope Udobi Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15. We Act Radio, 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

Discussions and lectures

  • Stanislav Markus, associate professor of international business at the University of South Carolina, will discuss “State-Business Relations in Putin’s Russia.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
  • As part of the Free Folger Friday series, Georgetown University professor Maurice Jackson will delve into Duke Ellington’s album “Timon of Athens: Incidental Music for Shakespeare’s Play.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • John R. Bohrer will discuss his book “The Revolution of Robert Kennedy: From Power to Protest After JFK.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • In conjunction with International Archives Day and the JFK Centennial, the National Archives will present short films from President John F. Kennedy’s U.S. Information Agency. Noon to 1:15 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from the United States, France, Germany, the Philippines, China, Korea, Italy, Spain and Japan. A discussion and an international appetizer reception will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Italian Cultural Institute, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • The outdoor Golden Cinema series will feature “500 Days of Summer.” Sunset. Free. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW.

Performances and readings

  • The New York City Ballet will present “Balanchine, Peck & Wheeldon,” featuring the D.C. premiere of “American Rhapsody” and “The Times Are Racing.” 7:30 p.m. $29 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Composer Lembit Beecher and The Aizuri Quartet will present works from Beecher’s interdisciplinary opera “To Hide in a Tree of Sound,” for string quartet, soprano and one-of-a-kind sound-generating sculptures. 7:30 p.m. $60; reservations required. Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect St. NW.
  • 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 10, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24.
  • Busboys and Poets will present “11th Hour Poetry Slam,” hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • Teatro de la Luna’s 25th annual Spanish-language poetry marathon, “La Pluma y la Palabra,” will open with a presentation of the participants’ books and a dialogue on Hispanic poetry today. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Mary Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-882-6227. The event will continue Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. with readings and an open mic event at the Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.
  • A two-day celebration with film screenings, salsa dancing and conversation will highlight the social and cultural contributions of New York’s Latino community and the Puerto Rican diaspora. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Alliance Française de Washington will host a wine and cheese event. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 to $20; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • The Smithsonian Associates will kick off a two-day event on “The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions” with an opening reception at the Embassy of Georgia featuring specialists from all areas of the winemaking process. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $275 to $325. Embassy of Georgia, 1824 R St. NW. 202-633-3030. The event will continue Saturday with a seminar from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and a grand tasting from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW.
  • Festival Afro Bahia, a celebration of Brazil’s African heritage, will present “Taste of Bahia: A Scrumptious Brazilian Experience,” featuring authentic cuisine and dancing. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $30; reservations required. FICA, 733 Euclid St. NW. The festival will continue Saturday and Sunday with workshops, performances and concerts at various venues.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Mystics will play the Minnesota Lynx. 7 p.m. $25 to $130. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Nationals will play the Texas Rangers. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 12:05 p.m. and Sunday at 4:05 p.m.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden curator Bill McLaughlin will lead a “Curator’s Cura-Tour of the National Garden,” highlighting its design concepts and environmentally friendly, forward-thinking approach to gardening. 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.