Events calendar: Saturday, June 17


Children’s programs

  • The Rock Creek Nature Center’s planetarium will screen the movie “Zula Patrol Down to Earth.” (for ages 4 and older). 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!” will celebrate Latin culture in a program for kids and families. 10:30 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • The Rock Creek Nature Center will host nature craft activities. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Alliance Française de Washington will present “Do-ré-mi les amis!,” a musical storytime featuring traditional songs and dancing. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • 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.
  • Children will hear a story about Juliette Gordon Low 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.
  • “Creative Spark!” will feature a digital scavenger hunt and an art project as part of a drop-in program exploring innovation and creative expression. 1 to 5 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Children’s author Cynthia Leonor Garza will discuss her picture book “Lucia the Luchadora” (for ages 4 through 8). 2 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • 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.
  • “Living the American Indian Experience” will have participants make a clay pot, practice safety archery and listen to a Piscataway story (for ages 8 and older). 3:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • 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.
  • “Smithsonian Sleepover at the American History Museum” will feature a chance for ages 8 through 12 to participate in an interactive exploration of the museum with quizzes, puzzles, games and craft projects. 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. $120 to $135. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

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.
  • 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.
  • The Petworth Library will host a “Home Buying 101 Workshop.” 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
  • 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.
  • A workshop on personal archiving will share basic concepts and practices for preserving photos, papers, memorabilia, email and other media. Local historian Marya Annette McQuirter will also discuss her current project to produce a history of D.C. in 1968, and will scan items such as photographs, yearbooks, report cards, church bulletins, letters, diaries and holiday cards brought by audience members. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present an “Improv for All” workshop, an introductory, low-stress class designed to explain how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW.


  • As part of the DC Jazz Festival’s “Jazz in the ‘Hoods” program, the Kreeger Museum will host a concert by Cowboys & Frenchmen, known for its novel take on the American musical canon by blending traditional American folk and pop music with elements of contemporary R&B and modern jazz. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations encouraged. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW.
  • The DC Jazz Festival will feature Spanish pianist Chano Dominguez in concert. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations are sold out, but any open seats will be available to non-ticket holders after 11:50 a.m. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.
  • “DC JazzFest at The Yards” will feature the Robert Glasper Experiment, the Kenny Garrett Quintet, Kandace Springs, Jacob Collier and the New Century Jazz Quintet. 2 to 10 p.m. $49 to $150. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • “Hamiltunes DC: Summer in the City” will present a singalong of the Tony Award-winning hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” with a portion of the proceeds benefiting a music education nonprofit. 5 to 10 p.m. $21 to $25. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW.
  • A recital will feature students of Gwyn Jones and Nick Fliakis. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The local choral ensemble 18th Street Singers will present “In the Key of Life,” featuring works by the Dave Matthews Band, Bach, Eric Whitacre, Caroline Shaw, John Legend, Common and more. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20; $10 for seniors; free for students. Luther Place Memorial Church, 1226 Vermont Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m.


  • Richard Swartz will offer a portrait drawing demonstration and explain important considerations when sketching portraits. 10 a.m. Free. Spilsbury Gallery, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.

Discussions and lectures

  • As part of the Explorers Festival, environmental anthropologist Kenny Broad, the Nat Geo 2011 Explorer of the Year, will lead a journey from the surface of Mars to the depths of the ocean as panelists discuss the future of exploration on Earth and across the galaxy. Speakers will include Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard, Col. Chris Hadfield and Ira Flatow. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. $100. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • Artist R. Luke DuBois will discuss his artwork “Hindsight Is 20/20” in the “America’s Presidents” temporary installation. Noon. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Stuart H. Newberger will discuss his book “The Forgotten Flight: International Terrorism, Diplomacy and the Pursuit of Justice,” based on his work representing the families of the seven Americans killed in UTA Flight 772, which was blown up by a suitcase bomb in September 1989. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • A park ranger will present “Perspectives on the Old Stone House,” about middle-class life in Georgetown. 2 p.m. Free. Garden, Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Thomas Wright, director of the Center on the United States and Europe and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss his book “All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the Twenty-First Century and the Future of American Power.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Artist Carl De Keyzer will join American University faculty members Louis Goodman, Sarah Gordon and Leena Jayaswal for a discussion on the state of North Korea and Cuba, as represented in De Keyzer’s series of 60 photographs from the Communist-led countries on view in the new exhibition “States of Mind.” An opening reception for the museum’s summer exhibitions will follow. Gallery talk from 5 to 6 p.m.; reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • Gail Godwin will discuss her 17th novel, “Grief Cottage,” about the ways memory, place and art can shape lives. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Festivals and family programs

  • The Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum will host a Family Garden Day to kick off National Pollinator Week, with hands-on planting to begin restoration of the Butterfly and Pollinator Garden and other fun, educational activities. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE.
  • The Columbia Heights Initiative will present the annual Columbia Heights Day street festival, featuring a children’s carnival, music, dance, fitness classes, a beer garden, and local vendors and businesses. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free; donations welcome. 11th Street from Park Road to Irving Street NW and the nearby Tubman Elementary School field.
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will host its annual Strawberry Festival, featuring fresh strawberries and food for sale, along with music, games, face painting, crafts, pony rides, rock climbing, a moon bounce, and tours of historic Rock Creek Cemetery. 4 to 8 p.m. Free admission. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek Parish, Rock Creek Church Road and Webster Street NW. 202-726-2080.


  • “Arab Cinema Now” will feature Jumana Manna’s 2015 film “A Magical Substance Flows Into Me.” 1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” featuring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Imogen Poots and Luke Treadaway. 2 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The film will be shown again July 6 at 7:30 p.m.
  • “A Pictorial Dream — Directed by Straub and Huillet” will feature the 1991 film “Antigone,” with introductory remarks by Barton Byg, professor of German and film studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of “Obsession,” a chilling tale of passion and destruction, directed by Ivo van Hove and starring Jude Law. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The film will be shown again June 27 at 7:30 p.m.

Performances and readings

  • The Hawaii State Society of Washington DC will present “Songs and Dances of the Pua (Flowers) of Hawaii.” 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company will present an open rehearsal for its upcoming performance of “After 1001 Nights,” about the psychological impact of war on soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Tyler Jackson and Danny Maupin will host “Late Late Breakfast,” a fast-paced, mixed-format comedy show. 3:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. 202-293-1887.
  • “America Now: JFK 100” will feature Citizen Cope and Alice Smith performing songs about justice and freedom, two ideals that Kennedy championed. Other activities will include an interactive experience with artist R. Luke DuBois; summer cocktails and light food in the museum’s courtyard for purchase; and a scavenger hunt through the museum’s galleries, which include portraits of Kennedy, his family and his contemporaries. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Sunset Oasis will present Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Spooky Action Theater’s Festival of Readings will feature Stevie Zimmerman directing “Hot & Cold” by Gwydion Suilebhan. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301.
  • 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 National Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” in a performance conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in his final program as National Symphony Orchestra music director. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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 Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
  • “Halcyon Stage at Dock5” will feature Septime Webre’s one-night-only production of Philip Glass’ “Fall of the House of Usher,” featuring singers from Wolf Trap Opera and dancers from CityDance in a gothic tale based on the masterwork by Edgar Allan Poe. Performance at 8:30 p.m.; meet-the-artist reception at 10 p.m. $40. Dock5, Union Market, 1039 5th St. NE.

Special events

  • Rabbi Mark Novak will present “Minyan Oneg Shabbat: A Prayerful/Playful Jewish Renewal Community,” featuring song, prayer and poetry. A potluck vegetarian lunch will follow. 10 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-362-3270.
  • Levine Music will host an afternoon of celebration, memories and music to mark the 30th anniversary of Camp Levine, its music and arts day camp. 1 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW.
  • As part of National Geographic’s Explorers Festival, a “Celebration of Exploration” will pay tribute to visionaries who push boundaries and change the world for the better. After a reception with food prepared by celebrated local chefs, an awards presentation honoring astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, photojournalist Brian Skerry and clean-energy visionaries Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg of Solar Impulse will feature writer and comedian Mo Rocca, filmmaker and explorer James Cameron, TV host Jason Silva and a special performance by X Ambassadors lead singer Sam Harris. 5:30 to 10 p.m. $250. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • DCanter Wine Boutique will present “The School for Wine,” a sip-intensive workshop on how New World winemakers are using modern techniques to emulate Old World classics. 6 p.m. $35. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • The Humane Rescue Alliance will hold the 30th annual Bark Ball, a black-tie gala for canines and their human companions featuring a reception, auction, dinner, formal program and dancing. 6 to 10 p.m. $250. Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • The National Capital Astronomers will present “Exploring the Sky,” featuring a night of stargazing through the lens of a telescope. 9 p.m. Free. Military Field near the Picnic Grove 13 parking lot, Glover Road near Military Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Teen event

  • Joseph LMS Green will host a youth open mic poetry event with teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

Walks and tours

  • Upshur Street Books will sponsor a nature walk under the tall trees of the Boundary Bridge area of Rock Creek Park, led by Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of “A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, D.C.” 9:30 a.m. $20; $45 for a ticket and a signed copy of the book. Meet in the Boundary Bridge parking lot on Beach Drive NW.
  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the Columbia Heights neighborhood and explain how its history has reflected the ups and downs of American urban history since the original landowners erected the first buildings more than a century ago. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the Columbia Heights Metro station’s north exit by the Columbia Heights Heritage Trail sign.
  • A park ranger will lead a two-mile hike to learn about non-native plant species in Rock Creek Park and their impacts on the ecosystem. 2:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.