Events calendar: Saturday, May 20


Book sale

  • A used-book sale will feature CDs and DVDs as well as books. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Lower level, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.

Children’s programs

  • The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050.
  • Swedish artist and art teacher Karin Lithell will lead a workshop for children. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. The workshop will repeat June 3.
  • Children will hear a story about Maya Lin and then create a special piece of art (presented in ASL and translated into English). 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program (presented in English) will repeat Sunday from 2 to 5 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

  • Freelance botanical artist Carol Woodin will present a workshop on “Painting Roses in Watercolor on Vellum.” 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $190 to $210; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The class will continue Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Ori Z. Soltes, a teaching professor at Georgetown University’s Center for Jewish Civilization, will present a seminar on “Paths to God: Heresy and Belief in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $110 to $160. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Photography teacher Amanda Archibald will present “Connecting Photos to Stories,” about how to translate the themes and tone of your favorite passage or poem into meaningful photographs. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Jessica Bonilla, head gardener at Hillwood, and Marshall Paquin, senior gardener, will lead a hands-on workshop on how to create a herb garden container. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. $55 to $65. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • Janetta Rebold Benton, a distinguished professor of art history at Pace University, will present a seminar on “Home Is Where the Art Is: Connecting Creativity and Place,” about the private residences and private lives of painters, sculptors and architects from Fra Angelico to Philip Johnson. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. $110 to $160. 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. 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.
  • Staff members from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the D.C. Public Library’s Washingtoniana Division will host an orientation session for the joint research services available while the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library undergoes renovation. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Library, 801 K St. NW.


  • Cellist Tobias Werner and pianist Carlos Cesar Rodriguez will perform a recital of works by Beethoven, de Falla and Piazzolla. 1 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • The Embassy Series will present violinist and composer Ustad Dilshad Hussain Khan and his ensemble performing Sufi and Pakistani music with national instruments. 4:30 p.m. $80. Embassy of Pakistan, 3517 International Court NW. 202-625-2361.
  • The Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series will feature Hollertown performing bluegrass and old-time music. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Corner of 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. 202-997-0783.
  • The Thomas Circle Singers will present “From Discord to Harmony: The Struggle for Peace,” featuring works by Blake Henson, Michael Fili, Randall Thompson and more. 5 p.m. $20 to $30. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-232-3353.
  • The Gandhi Memorial Center will present “Parampara: An Evening of Indian Classical Music.” 5 p.m. $15. Golden Lotus Temple, 4748 Western Ave. 301-320-6871.
  • National Symphony Orchestra violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, pianist Tony Nalker, bassist Charles Nilles and percussionist Joseph Connell will perform Bolling’s “Suite for Violin and Jazz Piano Trio.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will present Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1” and Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” in a performance led by Ton Koopman. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The jam band Breaking Biscuits will perform. 9 p.m. $25 to $27. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • The “Coffee & Conversation” series will feature artist Joan Belmar and curator Vivienne Lassman discussing the techniques, materials, inspirations and challenges behind the making of “Cambalache.” 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-5180.
  • Yascha Mounk — a Slate columnist, Harvard University lecturer on government and fellow in the New America political reform program — will discuss his book “The Age of Responsibility: Luck, Choice, and the Welfare State.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Journalist Garrett M. Graff will discuss his book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself — While the Rest of Us Die.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Dennis Lehane will discuss his 11th novel, “Since We Fell.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Festivals and family programs

  • Sibley Memorial Hospital will host its second annual Family Fun Festival featuring games, health screenings, live music, snacks, Zumba, giveaways and more. 9 a.m. to noon. Free. Parking Lot 2, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5255 Loughboro Road NW.
  • Cathedral Commons will host a spring festival with a live performance by the 8 Ohms Band, children’s activities, a local artisan market, a sampling of wines from local vineyards, and food and beverages from neighborhood establishments. Noon to 4 p.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue and Newark Street NW.
  • Powell Bilingual Elementary School’s third annual Spring Community Carnival will feature a dunk tank, climbing wall, moon bounces, carnival games, a raffle, food and live performances. Proceeds will fund field trips. technology and classroom supplies. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Football field, Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th St. NW.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present Andrea Simon’s 2017 film “Angel Wagenstein — Art Is a Weapon.” Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Reel Trans Film Festival will feature Annalise Ophelian’s “Major!: A Documentary Film,” about the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Studio Theatre, 1504 14th St. NW.
  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present two films about President John F. Kennedy — the 1961 documentary “Adventures on a New Frontier,” about how Kennedy handled the daily life of the presidency following his inauguration, and the 1963 documentary “Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment,” about the University of Alabama segregation crisis. A discussion will follow. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • “Reinventing Realism — New Cinema From Romania” will feature Corneliu Porumboiu’s 2015 film “The Treasure,” at 2 p.m.; and Adrian Sitaru’s 2016 film “Illegitimate,” at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • As part of a residency at Dane Place, Japanese performance artist Eiko Otake will present “A Body in Places.” 11 a.m. Free. Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE. 202-269-1600. Another performance will take place at 7 p.m., beginning outdoors on 8th Street NE and concluding in Dance Place’s Cafritz Foundation Theater at 3225 8th St. NE.
  • Poet Emmanuel Kane will read from his book “Growing Flames: Fury & Lavender.” 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Alliance for New Music-Theatre will present Czech playwright Václav Havel’s play “Protest,” about the power of a society that spies on its citizens and the thin line between acquiescence and culpability. 3 and 8 p.m. $35. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.
  • The Dance Institute of Washington will present “Timeless,” featuring various genres of dance and eras of music. 6 p.m. $15 to $25. Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th 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 Silk Road Dance Company will present “Dances From the Heart of Asia.” 8 p.m. $15 to $22. Jack Guidone Theatre, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Special events

  • Esther Productions Inc. and author Jonetta Rose Barras will present the first in a series of “Fatherless Daughters Speak Out” events providing an opportunity for girls ages 13 to 17 to learn more about father absence and how to overcome its negative consequences. Participants will have the chance to tell their stories using visual arts and performance poetry activities. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-829-0591.
  • The Deanwood Citizens Association and the Nannie Helen Burroughs Project will celebrate Deanwood Day and the life and legacy of Nannie Helen Burroughs, a pioneering educator, spiritual leader and civil rights advocate. The event will include D.C. history exhibits, vendors, music, food, fun and prizes. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Deanwood Recreation Center, 1350 49th St. NE.
  • The Acton Children’s Business Fair will feature an outdoor market where children ages 6 to 14 will become entrepreneurs for a day, creating a business, selling to real customers for real money, and keeping the profits. The event will feature over 90 children’s businesses offering original artwork and photography, homemade bread, hand-drawn comic books, natural soaps and body scrubs, greeting cards, and more. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park commercial strip, 3400 block of Connecticut Avenue NW.
  • Invention Day 2017 will spotlight new technologies and leading-edge military inventions that will impact daily life in the future, including breakthroughs in prosthetics, robots, night vision, mapping, portable energy, body armor, emergency medicine and more. Noon to 5:30 p.m. Free, Innovation Wing, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Girls in Gis, an organization dedicated to building and strengthening the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu community for females, will present a training event for all ages and skill levels. 2 to 5 p.m. $15 donation required. BETA Academy, 1353 Florida Ave. NW.
  • Opera Lafayette will present a preview of its upcoming performance of Part IV of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes,” a multinational love story inspired by an 18th-century visit of American Indian chiefs to France. The program will include a discussion by Opera Lafayette founder and artistic director Ryan Brown and a performance of excerpts by young artists and musicians from the company. 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • 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.

Sporting events

  • A “SwimJitsu” event presented by USA Swimming and the North American Sports Group will have participants seek to complete entertaining obstacles such as balancing across beams, swimming through trenches and cannonballing off the top of Mount Swimja. 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Free; registration required. Takoma Aquatic Center, 300 Van Buren St. NW.
  • D.C. United will play the Chicago Fire. 4 p.m. $20 to $200. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.

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.

Tours and walks

  • Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a “Sweet Georgetown” walking tour with stops at Beard Papa’s, Olivia Macaron and The Pie Sisters. 1 to 3 p.m. $28 to $30; reservations required. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW.
  • A tour on “Service and Sacrifice” will feature iconography in the Washington National Cathedral’s sculpture, stained glass and needlework that pays tribute to significant events in U.S. history and honors those who have served and sacrificed for their country. 2 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.