Events calendar: Saturday, July 8


Children’s programs

  • The D.C. Public Library will host a special storytime program with a Washington Nationals player. 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • “The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery” will feature professional magician Peter Wood demonstrating the art of misdirection, sleight of hand and other illusions used by skilled spies (for ages 7 and older). 11 a.m. to noon. $9 to $10; reservations required. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • 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 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.
  • “Kids in the Castle” will feature child-friendly, self-guided tours of the Heurich House Museum and its many ornate details, complete with a photo scavenger hunt and a chance to play games in the garden. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
  • 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.

Classes and workshops

  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Ellen Devine. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • Ami Wilber, floral and event decor designer at Hillwood, will lead a hands-on workshop on how to create a lush, textural arrangement inspired by Japanese floral design. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $55 to $65; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • 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.
  • Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • Professor David Hoof will present a drop-in creative writing course on “Creating Irresistible Stories.” 2 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. The course will continue July 22 and Aug. 12.


  • High school participants in the Washington National Opera’s three-week Opera Institute will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Art Garfunkel will visit the Kennedy Center with his latest world tour, featuring guitarist Tab Laven and keyboardist Dave MacKay and encompassing his solo hits, Simon & Garfunkel songs, cuts from his favorite songwriters, and parts of his forthcoming autobiography. 8 p.m. $39 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “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.
  • Soul singer Dale Novella will perform. 9 p.m. $20 to $22. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Roger D. Stone, a former Time correspondent and bureau chief, will discuss his book “The Lives of Dillon Ripley: Natural Scientist, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Toby McIntosh will discuss his book “Apple Picking, Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee: Arlington’s New Deal Murals and Muralist,” which describes the murals located in the Clarendon Post Office and their unusual muralist, Auriel Bessemer. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233.
  • The ASL Book Club will discuss Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer-winning novel “The Underground Railroad” in American Sign Language with facilitator Janice Rosen, deaf services librarian. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Will Bardenwerper, who served as an Airborne Ranger-qualified infantry officer in Iraq, will discuss his book “The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Melissa Scholes Young, professorial lecturer at American University, will discuss her debut novel, “Flood,” which follows Laura Brooks back to the hometown she left a decade before. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Family programs and festivals

  • The National Park Service and the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington will commemorate the 153rd anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens — the only Civil War battle to be fought in the nation’s capital — with a keynote address by Howard University historian Edna Greene Medford; interpretive and educational activities with military and civilian living history re-enactors; hourly musket firings; period music; and Civil War-era programs for children. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and a wreath laying and memorial service at the nearby Battleground Cemetery from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Fort Stevens, 13th and Quackenbos streets NW. 202-895-6070.
  • The Smithsonian Institution’s 2017 Folklife Festival will focus on “Circus Arts,” “On the Move: Migration Across Generations,” “50 Years/50 Objects” and “50th Anniversary.” 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Mall between 7th and 12th streets. 202-633-1000. The festival will continue daily through Sunday; evening dance parties and circus performances will take place most evenings beginning at 5:30.
  • 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. The program will also be offered July 22.


  • “Saluting Canada at 150” will feature Zacharias Kunuk’s 2001’s indigenous epic “Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner,” selected as the best Canadian film of all time in a recent survey of critics and audiences. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The DC Anime Club will screen the Netflix animated series “Castlevania,” a dark medieval fantasy inspired by the classic video game series. 2 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • National Theatre Live will present a recorded performance of J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan,” an inventive co-production with Bristol Old Vic theater. 2 p.m. $10 to $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • The Library of Congress will present the 1960 film “The Good Soldier Schweik,” about the adventures of a Czech soldier during World War I and the absurdity of war. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-0245.
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s summer film series about artists will feature Gustav Deutsch’s 2013 film “Shirley: Visions of Reality,” a film about a woman’s thoughts, emotions and contemplations during 20th-century America. 3 to 6 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber’s “Salomé” from the National Theatre’s stage. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The film will be shown again Sunday at 2 p.m.


  • Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess will present the world premiere of “After 1001 Nights,” a dance about the psychological impact of war on soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan that is inspired by the National Portrait Gallery’s current exhibition “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now.” 2 and 4 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Bishop McNamara High School’s Sankofa African Music and Dance Troupe will perform “Harriet and the Underground,” an original creation celebrating the life of American icon Harriet Tubman. 2 and 7 p.m. $20 to $125. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW.
  • As part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival, musical duo Dr. Dour & Peach will present “Love and Other Lures,” featuring tales of monsters great and small in a unique combination of comedic songwriting, horror movie references and theatrical clowning. 9:30 p.m. $17 plus Fringe Button. Shopkeepers, 1231 Florida Ave. NE. The performance will repeat July 8, 9, 16 and 22.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 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.

Walks and tours

  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the U Street corridor and its legacy as a neighborhood known as the “Black Broadway” for its entertainment offerings and shared by African-American intellectuals, business leaders and families of all economic levels. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the 13th Street NW exit to the U Street/Cardozo Metrorail station.
  • Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery, will lead a tour through the special exhibition “One Life: Sylvia Plath.” 3 p.m. Free. Meet at the entrance to the “Sylvia Plath” gallery space on the first floor, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.