Events calendar: Monday, Sept. 18

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Children’s program

  • Busboys and Poets 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.
  • 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.
  • Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will begin a four-week class on Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. dcinfo@sos.org.

Concerts

  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Groove Quest 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.
  • Pianist and vocalist Christopher Linman and his jazz ensemble will perform songs from the Great American Songbook. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Gospel Music Heritage Foundation will present “Evolution of Gospel 2017,” featuring performances by world-renowned gospel artists Earnest Pugh, J.J. Hairston and Youth Praise, Geneva DeVaughn, and the Allen Chapel AME Church Choir. 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • “Conversations at The Kreeger Museum,” a program for those with memory disorders and their caregivers, will feature a discussion of the architecture of Philip Johnson’s building, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050, ext. 318.
  • Independent scholar Candace Shy Hooper will discuss “Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War — for Better and for Worse.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Lorena Bradford, head of accessible programs in the education division of the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “The Art of Working With Visitors With Memory Loss: A New Gallery Program.” 12:10 and 1:30 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a Fraud Watch Network training session, featuring tools and resources to avoid fraud and scams. 12:30 p.m. Free. National United Methodist Church (formerly Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church), 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
  • “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 — Gregor Mendel” will feature a talk by Holocaust survivor and renowned Czech-American geneticist Renata Laxova on “Mendel Under Communism.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required by Sept. 15. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. renatalaxova.eventbrite.com.
  • Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes and Patricia Park will discuss their respective novels, “The Sleeping World” and “Re Jane.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
  • “The Architecture of Healing” — about the incorporation of evidence-based design principles in mental health treatment and what contemporary facilities have in common with past approaches — will feature Eric Kern, principal and senior project director at EYP; Samira Pasha, medical planner; and Marc Shaw, owner of Marc Shaw Architect LLC. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Col. Rose Mary Sheldon will discuss her book “Ambush: Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare and Espionage in the Ancient World.” 6:30 p.m. $16 to $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Reshma Saujani will discuss her book “Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World.” 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Daniel Mendelsohn will discuss his book “An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Writer, performer and visual artist Patti Smith will discuss her book “Devotion,” an exploration of the nature of creative invention. 7 p.m. $30 for one ticket and one book. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-838-3006.

Films

  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 2002 film “Valentin.” 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • “RSC Live” will feature a screening of director Blanche McIntyre’s “Titus Andronicus,” Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy. 7 p.m. $20. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.

Tour

  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer docent Nancy Ragsdale will discuss the history of the National Garden, plants attractive to butterflies, 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.