Events calendar: Saturday, June 10


Children’s programs

  • The Petworth Library will host a performance of “Miss Gracieux’s Garden,” a play about a young triangle who feels alienated in a world full of squares (for children of all ages and their families). 11 a.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • Friends of Peirce Mill will present a family workshop, with opportunities to play with traditional 19th-century toys and games, and make crafts such as cornhusk dolls, baskets and candles. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. The event will repeat June 24.
  • Children will hear a story about Rachel Carson and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 1 to 4 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.

Classes and workshops

  • Independent scholar and Rome expert George Sullivan will present a seminar on “‘Roman Holiday’: A Cinematic Introduction to the City’s Architecture,” about some of the spots featured in William Wyler’s 1953 romantic comedy that was filmed entirely on location in Rome. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center will hold a weekly conversational practice circle for adults who already have some English speaking ability. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Instructor Lauren Kingsland will present “On Balance: Symmetry in Qulitmaking,” an intermediate-level workshop. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $65 to $85. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Atticus Mooney. 10:15 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • Heather Markowitz, founder of WithLoveDC, will lead a “Practice With Love” yoga class. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Conservatory West Gallery, 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.
  • University Legal Services will present a First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit Seminar (in English and Spanish). Noon. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis will present a class on “Ballet 360°: New York City Ballet.” 4 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


  • The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature singer-songwriter Michele McTierney with her edgy pop rock and confessional lyrics. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. 202-997-0783.
  • National Symphony Orchestra members will perform music for flute, violin and harp by Telemann, Vaughan Williams, Shaposhnikov, Wilson and Ibert. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • A recital will feature students of Gjinovefa Sako. 6 and 7 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will present “International Influences in Jazz: Rhythm and Tradition.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $40. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • The Washington Men’s Camerata will present “Vive la France!,” featuring soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, pianist Joel Ayau, and pianist and violinist Cheng-Yin Lin performing works by Fauré, Debussy, Poulenc, Gounod and more. 8 p.m. $30. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-364-1064.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Mason Bates in a performance conducted by Edo de Waart and featuring pianist Alice Sara Ott. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The DC Jazz Festival will feature a concert by Jane Bunnett and Maqueque with Aaron Myers. 8 p.m. $22.50 to $27.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.

Discussions and lectures

  • Lawrence M. Kearney, director of the fine Oriental rugs and carpets department at Skinner Inc. auctioneers and appraisers, will discuss “Art Deco Hooked Rugs.” 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The BeatsNBeans discussion series will feature singer-songwriter Sara Curtin and Rare Essence member Killa Cal discussing their creative process. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Ellen Prentiss Campbell will discuss her debut novel, “The Bowl With Gold Seams,” an intimate story inspired by an unusual chapter in the long history of Pennsylvania’s Bedford Springs Hotel — its use in 1945 as a detainment center for the Japanese ambassador to Berlin, his staff and their families. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233.
  • Maile Meloy will discuss her novel “Do Not Become Alarmed,” a taut psychological thriller and a penetrating exploration of the limits of safety and privilege. 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Geologist, author and filmmaker Victoria Bruce will discuss her book “Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America’s Technological Soul, and One Man’s Fight to Bring It Home” in conversation with Jim Kennedy, the man profiled in her book. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Festivals and family programs

  • D.C.’s 10th annual “Truck Touch” will feature nearly 30 vehicles used by D.C. government agencies to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide emergency services and administer mobile health care, with a free box lunch for children and teens. The event will include tennis, basketball and fitness activities for all ages, as well as the Electric Grand Prix with local high schoolers competing against one another in battery-powered electric cars they’ve constructed. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Lot 7, RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE, with entrance off Benning Road NE. 202-673-6833.
  • Highlighting gardening tips and tricks for novice and expert gardeners alike, the “You Can Grow It! Celebration” will showcase activities for people of all gardening comfort levels. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Garden, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.


  • “A Pictorial Dream — Directed by Straub and Huillet” will feature the 2003 film “A Visit to the Louvre” and the 1989 film “Cézanne: Conversation With Joachim Gasquet,” at 2 p.m.; and the 1998 film “Sicilia!,” with introductory remarks by Sally Shafto, at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The annual Capital Pride Parade — celebrating the diversity of the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities and featuring floats, vehicles, walkers and entertainment among more than 180 contingents — will proceed along P Street, New Hampshire Avenue, R Street, 17th Street and 14th Street NW. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free.

Performances and readings

  • Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will present an open rehearsal for its upcoming performance of “After 1001 Nights.” 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat June 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • “Halcyon Stage Pop-Up @ Union Market” will feature 20 short opera and chamber music pop-ups by the Wolf Trap Opera and The Experiential Orchestra. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. Meet in front of Union Market, 1039 5th St. NE, to receive a map of the afternoon’s performances.
  • The New York City Ballet will present “Balanchine, Peck & Wheeldon,” featuring the D.C. premiere of “American Rhapsody” and “The Times Are Racing.” 1:30 p.m. $29 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Gandhi Memorial Center will present “The Power of Poetry & Dance,” featuring a reading of “A Himalayan Poem” by Nishi Chawla and a performance of “The Goddess Descends” by scholar dancers Anila Kumari and Nilimma Devi. 4 p.m. Free Golden Lotus Temple, 4748 Western Ave. 301-320-6871.
  • The Capturing Fire International Queer Spoken Word Summit & Slam will present the preliminary slam round, at 6 p.m.; and the finals, at 9 p.m. $20 to $30. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • The New York City Ballet will present “Balanchine, Peck & Ratmansky,” featuring the D.C. premiere of “Odessa” and “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes.” 7:30 p.m. $29 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade, the resident theater company of Grace Episcopal Church and a project of the nonprofit arts group Fractured Atlas, will present an outdoor production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” with three actors taking on all of the characters in the Bard’s canon in 97 minutes. 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat at 8 p.m. June 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24.
  • The In Series will present “Oberon,” a new English adaptation of Carl Maria von Weber’s fairy-tale opera featuring a 14-piece chamber orchestra and singers Aurelio Dominguez, Katherine Fili, Sammy Huh, Alex Alburqueque, Cara Gonzales and Anamer Castrello. 8 p.m. $23 to $47. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat June 11 and 18 at 2:30 p.m. and June 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Choreographer Princess Mhoon will present “In Jazz We Trust: Music in Motion,” an evening of jazz-influenced dance works as part of the DC Jazz Festival. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.

Special events

  • The National Building Museum’s “Frank Lloyd Wright Day” will celebrate the architect’s 150th birthday with a series of half-hour talks, including sessions on “Prairie Skyscraper” and “Usonians — The Small Houses of Frank Lloyd Wright”; a hands-on activity exploring Wright’s use of the cantilever; and a chance to create a faux stained-glass sun-catcher inspired by the geometric glass windows Wright included in many of his homes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will celebrate its 150th anniversary with an Open House in the Yard, featuring an alley-naming ceremony with Mayor Muriel Bowser and other elected officials; reflections from renowned opera singer Jessye Norman, who was a soloist with the St. Mary’s choir as a student at Howard University; historical displays; music; light refreshments; and docent-led tours of the church. 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 728 23rd St. NW. 202-333-3985. The celebration will continue Sunday at 10 a.m. with a festive service with Norman’s rendition of “Sanctus” from the “St. Cecilia Mass” and a sermon by the Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland.
  • As part of Capital Pride Weekend festivities, VIDA Fitness and Athlete Ally will host a “Meet the Athletes” photo op reception with seven star LGBT Olympic, professional and collegiate athlete in lacrosse, swimming, soccer, water polo and tennis. Noon. Free. Lobby, VIDA Fitness, 1612 U St. NW.
  • Tenley-Friendship Library’s monthly “Game On!” event will feature a bevy of board games and video games, including Operation and Simon. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Sarah Dwyer, owner of Chouquette Artisan Chocolates and Confections and a chocolatier trained at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu, will present a chocolate tasting as part of a workshop on how to make your own infused caramels. 4:30 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • “The Origins of Wine Civilization: From Ancient Vines to Modern Expressions Grand Tasting” will feature opportunities to meet winemakers from the Eastern Mediterranean and the Caucasus and to sample products from their vineyards. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. $50 to $60. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Texas Rangers. 12:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Sunday at 4:05 p.m.


  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the Sheridan-Kalorama neighborhood. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet at 22nd Street and Decatur Place NW by the old police and fire call boxes.