Events calendar: Monday, July 31


Children’s program

  • Margot Bevington will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.

Classes and workshops

  • The weekly “Yoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free; tickets distributed at the second-floor reference desk beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the first 30 people who arrive. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.


  • The Washington International Piano Festival will present a final concert featuring participants in the festival. 1 p.m. Free. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE.
  • The Washington International Piano Festival will present solo and ensemble performances by program participants. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Fort Reno concert series will feature Numbers Station, Bacchae and Makeup Girl. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW.
  • The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol.
  • Singer-songwriter Gillian Welch and guitarist David Rawlings will perform all of the songs on their album “The Harrow & the Harvest,” featuring their trademark blend of Appalachian music, bluegrass, and Americana. 8 p.m. $38. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


  • Sarah Menkedick will discuss her book “Homing Instincts: Early Motherhood on a Midwestern Farm.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 1986 film “Stand by Me,” about four 12-year-old boys who search for a dead body in the woods near where they live. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

Special events

  • Alliance Française de Washington will host “Jouons!,” a French game night. 6:30 p.m. $5; free for members. Reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • The World Affairs Council will host the WorldQuest Pub Quiz, a team-based international affairs and current events trivia contest. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per team (up to four people). Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Politics and Prose will celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Where’s Waldo?” with a costume contest, trivia contest, games, crafts and the announcement of winners in a monthlong scavenger hunt. 7 p.m. Free. The Den, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • Area teens will lead a theatrical tour bringing the National Portrait Gallery’s collection to life through an original play about the people featured in artwork on display. Noon and 1:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Tuesday through Friday at noon and 1:30 p.m.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer docent Nancy Ragsdale will discuss the history of the National Garden, plants butterflies like, native plants of the middle Atlantic area and roses that grow well in the Washington environment. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Meet by the entrance to the National Garden on the Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.