Events calendar: Saturday, June 24


Children’s programs

  • “Weekend Tudor Tots: Welcome, Summer!” will feature songs, stories and movement (for ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Benjamin Franklin 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.
  • “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. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
  • 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

  • D.C.-based entrepreneur Danielle Tate will present a class on “From Idea to IPO: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Success.” 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.
  • The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Kelly Carnes. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • Park ranger and certified yoga instructor Anna Claire Eddington will lead an outdoor yoga class focused on flowing from pose to pose and connecting to the environment around us. 10 to 10:45 a.m. Free. Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden St. NW. 202-895-6070.
  • 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 8, July 22 and Aug. 12.


  • The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature the Batida Diferente quartet performing Brazilian classics and American jazz. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. 202-997-0783.
  • Tim Mislock of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will perform solo ambient guitar compositions from his upcoming record “Now Is the Last Best Time,” which explores the role of a primary caretaker aiding an Alzheimer’s patient. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Jazz@Wesley will present the Fred Foss Ensemble, featuring bassist Luke Stewart, pianist Hope Udobi, drummer Kelton Norris and saxophonist Fred Foss. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Wesley United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • The Petworth Jazz Project will present a children’s show by Baba Ras D, at 6 p.m.; and a jazz concert by the band Colonies, from 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Lawn, Petworth Recreation Center, 8th and Taylor streets NW.
  • Internationally acclaimed performer Ani Choying will present her interpretations of Buddhist mantras and songs. 7 p.m. $20 to $100. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • NSO Pops will present “The Music of John Williams,” featuring conductor Steven Reineke and the Choral Arts Society of Washington performing Williams’ movie scores for the “Star Wars” series and other films. 8 p.m. $24 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • A tribute to singer-songwriter Bob Dylan and iconic roots rock group The Band will feature The The Band Band. 9 p.m. $20 to $22. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.


  • Artist Frederic Kellogg will give a demonstration of watercolor painting en plein air using a sketchbook and easel, with a focus on finding composition through sketches to develop larger watercolor paintings. Participants of all levels are invited to bring a sketchbook or easel and take part. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “When Guys Talk,” a chance to discuss health issues with other men and a representative from the Men’s Health Network. 9:30 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • A symposium on “Urban Transformations: Development, Demographic Change & Gentrification” will explore the experiences of diverse populations in gentrifying neighborhoods and whether community redevelopment can be pursued in an equitable manner. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • 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.
  • Don Winslow will discuss his latest thriller, “The Force.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Michael Frank will discuss his book “The Mighty Franks: A Memoir.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Festivals and family programs

  • 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 fourth annual Kennedy Street Festival, hosted by the Kennedy Street Development Corporation, will feature children’s activities, fitness classes and more. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kennedy Street between 3rd Street and Georgia Avenue NW.
  • The 25th annual Giant National Capital Barbecue Battle, benefiting USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capital Area Food Bank, will feature cooking demonstrations, musical performances, a hot dog eating contest, a mobile Wahl barbershop and more. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. $12 to $20; free for ages 12 and younger. Pennsylvania and Constitution avenues between 3rd and 7th streets NW. The festival will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


  • “New Waves: Transatlantic Bonds Between Film and Art in the 1960s” will feature Jean-Luc Godard’s 1965 film “Pierrot le Fou,” about the adventures of countercultural heroes Ferdinand and Marianne Renoir. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s summer film series about artists will feature two shorts — 1978’s “Notes on the Popular Arts” and 1968’s “Why Man Creates.” A post-screening discussion will feature Lola Landekic and Will Perkins, editors from The Art of the Title, an online publication on film design. 3 to 5:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • “A Pictorial Dream — Directed by Straub and Huillet” will feature the 2000 film “Workers, Peasants,” featuring a group of amateur actors reciting passages from a Marxist novella in a verdant forest. 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The group Friends of Rose Park will present “Movie Night @ Rose Park,” featuring the 2014 animated feature “The Lego Movie.” Ballfield open for picnicking starting at 7 p.m., with ice cream and popcorn available for sale from 7 to 9 p.m.; film starts at 8:30 p.m. Free. Rose Park, 26th and O streets NW.


  • A riotous performance of the wildly inventive “Steampunked Stories” by Tom Howell will include an imaginative slideshow, punctuated throughout with eruptions from his time machine. 3 p.m. $6 to $8. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • “America Now: JFK 100” — honoring President John F. Kennedy’s vision and commitment to the arts — will feature dancers from The Washington Ballet performing the newly commissioned work “Who When Why” by choreographer Mimmo Miccolis and the music group Liner Notes staging a multimedia performance with poetry and video projection. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Chamber Dance Project will present “Ballet, Brass & Song,” featuring the world premiere of “Songs by Cole,” a ballet with a live jazz trio performing the music of Cole Porter; the New Orleans rhythms of “Rue Noir” by New York choreographer Jennifer Archibald; the sultry tangos of “Sur” by Argentine choreographer Jorge Amarante; the provocative beauty of “Arranged”; and the soaring athleticism of the poignant male duet “Exit Wounds” by Diane Coburn Bruning. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • 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 the Bard’s entire canon in 97 minutes. 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Special events

  • Georgetown Lutheran Church will collect donations for D.C. food banks of peanut butter and jelly for hungry D.C. kids while school is out this summer. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9070. Food also will be collected Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The DC Anime Club will host an Anime Swap Meet to trade items related to anime, manga, comics and video games (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • 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.
  • “Celebrate Carla,” an event celebrating the legacy of Carla Perlo as she leaves her role as founding director of Dance Place, will feature performances by artists such as Christopher Mateer, Coyaba Dance Theater, Dance Place Step Team, Nejla Yasemin Yatkin and Triana Brown. Dancing to music by DJ Glowstick will follow. 7 p.m. $150. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1601.
  • The National League of American Pen Women will celebrate its 120th anniversary with music performances, readings and art presentations by members from around the country. As part of the event, a special display will feature a former member’s sketches of celebrities who appeared on “Meet the Press” in the 1980s. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Parlor, Pen Arts Building, 1300 17th St. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Cincinnati Reds. 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

  • Biochemist and U.S. Botanic Garden docent Beth Burrous will lead a tour on “Toxic Plants — Friend or Foe?” 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Meet in the center of the Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • A park ranger will lead a Georgetown Waterfront Walk and discuss the history of how Georgetown evolved from an active port town into a vibrant community (for ages 7 and older). 11 a.m. Free. Meet at the water fountain in Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070.
  • The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will present a guided tour of the D.C. Fire and EMS Museum on the third floor of historic Engine Co. 3, featuring artifacts and memorabilia of firefighting that date back more than 125 years. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5; reservations required. 439 New Jersey Ave. NW.
  • Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the Buzzard Point area of Southwest, where the D.C. United soccer stadium is now under construction. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the Waterfront Metro station.
  • Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead an “Off the Beaten Path” walking tour of Georgetown that will stroll past seldom-visited spots such as the former residences of cabinet officers, U.S. generals, movie stars, and world-renowned authors and journalists. 1 to 3 p.m. $18 to $20; reservations requested. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW.
  • A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.