Events calendar: Saturday, Aug. 26


Children’s programs

  • Culture Queen 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.
  • The National Building Museum will present “Professor Giuseppe, Master Concatenator!,” an aural journey with cross-cultural percussionist and museum creative-in-residence Steve Bloom exploring how the original master masons instilled the museum building’s geometry with distinctive sound dimensions. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.

Classes and workshops

  • Photography teacher Amanda Archibald will present a class on “Architecture Photography,” on how to take interesting photos of buildings. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations suggested. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
  • Instructor Joanne Wasserman will lead a class on “Pictures That Speak: Word Art from Ancient ‘Alphabets.’” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $85 to $105. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Heather Markowitz, founder of WithLoveDC, will lead a “Practice With Love” yoga class. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a tai chi class. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Chinatown Park, 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-727-3120.
  • Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.


  • The Petworth Jazz Project will present a children’s show by Baba Ras D, at 5:30 p.m.; and a collaborative concert by the Washington Bach Consort and the Art Munks, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Lawn, Petworth Recreation Center, 8th and Taylor streets NW.
  • The Kyrgyz American Foundation will present “Sounds of Kyrgyzstan in Washington, D.C.,” featuring concert pianists Aza Sydykov and Jonathan Levin, soprano Nikoleta Rallis, cellist Nurmira Greenberg, komuz instrumentalist Perizat Kopobaeva and renowned jazz pianist Joel Martin. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Jazz@Wesley will present a concert by Verny Varela & Friends. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-5144, ext. 325.
  • “Ladies of Jazz” will feature Maija Rejman performing Brazilian jazz. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $15 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.


  • A teach-in on the nation’s K-12 public education system will feature Jane Dimyan Ehrenfeld, executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching; David Osborne, author of “Reinventing America’s Schools” and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute; Dawn Williams; interim dean at Howard University School of Education; and moderator Valerie Strauss, an education writer at The Washington Post. 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Family programs and festivals

  • CityDance POP! will present an open house to meet teachers and sample dance classes. 9 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Free; reservations required. CityDance POP! Dance + Fitness, 4435 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • Dumbarton House’s “Dolley Days” will feature free museum admission, historic lawn games, children’s activities, ice cream and a special tour of the historic house in celebration of first lady Dolley Madison’s stop there on Aug. 24, 1814, during the burning of Washington. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with an open rehearsal and performance by Dumbarton House’s English country dance group from noon to 3 p.m. in the Bellevue Room.
  • Miller Jeanne Minor and the Friends of Peirce Mill will host “Run of the Mill,” a chance to see Washington’s only surviving gristmill in action. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070.
  • “Military Family Appreciation Day” will feature opportunities to create art, learn about American heroes, design your own exhibition, have your photo taken and listen to live music in the courtyard. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The eighth annual 17th Street Festival celebrating the shops, restaurants and services in the area will feature an entertainment stage with DJs, dance troupes, bands and drag performances; art displays by 50 artists, ranging from fine art to jewelry; children’s activities, including a moon bounce, ball crawl, face painting and games; and a pet zone for area pooches and other four-legged creatures. Noon to 6 p.m. Free admission; $10 passes provide food and drink discounts at participating restaurants and taverns. 1500 and 1600 blocks of 17th Street NW.
  • Arena Stage will host a Community Day with live music, dance performances, face painting, a photo booth, historic and cultural presentations, storytelling, poetry readings and a costume sale. Noon to 6 p.m. Free. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-488-3300.


  • “Gaumont at 120: Twelve Unseen Treasures” will feature Max Ophüls’ 1939 movie “Sans lendemain,” at 2 p.m.; and his 1936 movie “La tendre ennemie,” at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Prayer Summit International will present the film “Providence and Destiny: The Nicholas Duncan-Williams Story,” about the archbishop’s journey from the roughest parts of Ghana in West Africa to become a global force for God and humanity. 7 p.m. $75. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


  • The Washington Improv Theater will present “Improvapalooza,” its annual celebration of experimental improv. Noon and 6 p.m. $15 to $40. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The five-day festival will continue Sunday at noon.
  • “Sahara Dance Carnival” will feature an evening of revelry, music and dance. 7 p.m. $15 to $20. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW.

Special event

  • Politics and Prose will host “Nerds! Trivia Night,” challenging competitors of all ages to three rounds of mind-bending trivia. Signup at 7 p.m.; game at 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Sporting events

  • D.C. United will play the New England Revolution. 7 p.m. $20 to $200. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Mystics will play the Dallas Wings. 7 p.m. $18 to $116. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Nationals will play the New York Mets. 4:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and 8:08 p.m.

Tours and walks

  • A park ranger will lead “Seasonal Discovery Nature Walk: Rapids Bridge Loop.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Meet at the Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6000.
  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will feature “Washington Is Burning! August 1814.” 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet at Freedom Plaza by the equestrian statue of Gen. Casimir Pulaski, Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW.
  • Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a walking tour of Georgetown Heights, featuring a look at the mansions, servants’ quarters and cemeteries of the apogee of Georgetown. 1 to 3 p.m. $18. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW.