Events calendar: Friday, Sept. 8


Classes and workshops

  • Kellie Cox, professional botanical artist, horticulturist and director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, will lead an “Art in the Garden” workshop focusing on pen and ink techniques (for ages 16 and older). 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. $45 to $50; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host “Mind, Magic, and Merlot,” a monthly workshop presented by mentalist Alain Nu — part performance and part instruction in the mystic arts, with complimentary Merlot wine available until supplies run out. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $35 to $45. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature The Groove Spot Band & Show performing R&B. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • David Lang, artistic director of the Reston Chorale and director of music at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in McLean, Va., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
  • The Yards Park Friday Night Concert Series will feature Covered With Jam. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • “Jazz on the Hill” will feature the Kevin Cordt Quartet. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Italian Cultural Institute and the Washington National Opera will present an overview of the upcoming performance of “Aida,” with stage director E. Loren Meeker giving a presentation on the new production and soprano Amber Wagner performing excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • Danielle Allen will discuss her memoir “Cuz: The Life and Times of Michael A.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The 2017–2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows will present their work collaboratively as part of a three-day performance and presentation series featuring the work of artist and designer Ekene Ijeoma, muralist and community arts educator Michelle Angela Ortiz, El Sistema USA executive director Katie Wyatt, artist and activist De Nichols, poet Hakim Bellamy, violinist and Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta, and composer Reena Esmail. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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

  • “Games, Lunch and a Movie” will feature the movie “Body Heat,” starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. Games at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; film at 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • Goethe-Institut Washington will present “Sommerfest,” featuring German speed courses, karaoke, a photo booth with 1980s costumes, short films, a scavenger hunt and more, with German food and drinks available for sale. 3 to 9 p.m., with a concert by two local punk bands at 7 p.m. Free admission; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Alliance Française de Washington will host a “Wine & Cheese” happy hour. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 1:35 p.m.


  • 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.