Events calendar: Monday, May 15


Children’s programs

  • Mr. Banjo Man 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.
  • “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!” will celebrate Latin culture in a program for kids and families. 10 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.

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.
  • 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 D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will present a workshop on “The Regulatory Process of Starting a Small Business.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.


  • The award-winning Vocal Music Program at Wilson High School, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, will present the Concert Choir, Women’s Choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble and Wilson Singers performing a varied repertoire. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox: Thievery Corporation” will feature the D.C.-based duo joined by a roster of talented musicians to perform some of its own bossa nova-inspired works plus new orchestral arrangements from today’s leading young composers. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $29 to $59. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a presentation on retirement communities, successful aging and downsizing. Social time at 12:30 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. Free. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
  • William C. diGiacomantonio, chief historian of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, will discuss “The Public/Private Initiative That Created Washington, D.C.” 5 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Panelists Gary Hilderbrand, Elizabeth K. Meyer and Bradford McKee will discuss “Modernist Landscapes Reconsidered,” about how 20th-century urban landscapes can, or should, respond to contemporary expectations for public space. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.
  • Emily J. Lordi and Tony Fletcher will discuss their respective books “Donny Hathaway Live” from the 33 1/3 collection and “In the Midnight Hour: The Life and Soul of Wilson Pickett.” The event will feature live music by members of former Pickett backing band the Midnight Movers. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • “Reshaping the Haiti Narrative: A Movement in the Making” will feature a conversation with Paul G. Altidor, Haiti’s ambassador to the United States, and Andy Shallal, artist, social entrepreneur and owner of Busboys and Poets. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The Japan Information and Culture Center will host a talk by curator James Abbott and expert Rosemary Bandini on “Netsuke’s Journey — Across Time, Across Borders,” about the earliest netsuke collectors, the role of netsuke in teaching people about the culture of Japan, and the collection of mask netsuke at Johns Hopkins University’s Evergreen Museum & Library. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of Anzia Yezierska’s “Salome of the Tenements” to conclude a four-session course on “Reading the Gilded Age Authors.” 6:45 p.m. $25 to $35 per session. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Pamela Paul, editor of The New York Times Book Review, will discuss her memoir “My Life With Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book of Books, Plot Ensues.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 1996 film “Mother,” starring Debbie Reynolds and Albert Brooks. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.


  • Young Playwrights’ Theater will present the third and final night of its annual New Play Festival, featuring works by high school students. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.
  • Laugh Index Theatre will present “Improv Wars,” a friendly competition among improv troupes, with the audience voting for the winner. 8 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

Special events

  • An “After Hours” program will explore the wine and stories of five Latino winemakers from California. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • The 33rd annual Helen Hayes Awards will feature hosts E. Faye Butler and Lawrence Redmond, a tribute to veteran actor Ted van Griethuysen, and a post-ceremony dance party. 7:30 p.m. $150 to $275. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW.