Events calendar: Saturday, Sept. 9


Children’s programs

  • “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature Bright Star Theatre’s “Alice in Wonderland.” 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania 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 Alexander Calder 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.
  • 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

  • National Geographic photojournalist and conservationist Brian Skerry will present a master class. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $200. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • Gayla April will present a weekly dance/exercise class. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • 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.
  • The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a tai chi class. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Chinatown Park, 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-727-3120.
  • 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.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Civil War Roundtable will feature Civil War historian Hari Jones on “Why Victors Have Been Portrayed as Victims: America’s African Descent Soldiers in the War of Rebellion.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6000.
  • Collector Austin Doyle will discuss “Antique Carpets From Northwest Persia and Southeast Caucasus.” 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “The Fascinating World of Carnivorous Plants.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Author and furniture historian Oscar P. Fitzgerald will discuss “A Closer Look: American Furniture, 1650 to the Present.” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW.
  • Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, will discuss “Burning Sky Over Washington,” about the events of Aug. 24, 1814, and Sept. 11, 2001. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233.
  • Todd C. Peppers and Margaret A. Anderson will discuss their book “A Courageous Fool,” about South Carolina native Marie Downs’ efforts to abolish the death penalty and exonerate the innocent. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Karim Sultan and Mandy Merzaban, curators from the Barjeel Art Foundation, will discuss the ideas and inspiration behind the current exhibition “Between two rounds of fire, the exile of the sea” and the methods Arab artists employ to expose and comment on mechanisms of conflict. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • Vanessa Grigoriadis will discuss her book “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power, and Consent on Campus.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Zoë Quinn will discuss her book “Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate.” 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The DC Shorts Film Festival and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present a family showcase of short films by national and international directors (for ages 3 and older). 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. The same program will take place at 12:30 p.m. at Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, and at Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW.
  • “From Vault to Screen: Recent Restorations From the Academy Film Archive” will feature four of Les Blank’s films, including “Running Around LIke a Chicken With Its Head Cut Off,” at 2 p.m.; and Gus Van Sant’s 1986 short comedy “Five Ways to Kill Yourself,” Paul Bartel’s 1966 film “The Secret Cinema” and Ben Maddow, Joseph Strick and Sidney Meyers’ 1959 film “The Savage Eye,” at 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The 2017–2018 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows will present their work collaboratively as part of a three-day performance and presentation series featuring the work of artist and designer Ekene Ijeoma, muralist and community arts educator Michelle Angela Ortiz, El Sistema USA executive director Katie Wyatt, artist and activist De Nichols, poet Hakim Bellamy, violinist and Street Symphony founder Vijay Gupta, and composer Reena Esmail. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Spilling Ink will present “Symphony of Temple Bells,” an evening of poetry, music and dance celebrating Indian classical and contemporary expression. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $20 to $30. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW.

Special events

  • Presented by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the family-friendly 202 Arts & Music Festival will celebrate D.C. through visual arts, performance art and interactive cultural experiences. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Free; reservations requested. 4th and M streets SW. 202-724-5613.
  • Dance Place Family Day will feature introductory children’s classes and family activities. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE.
  • 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. The day’s activities will include family workshops and craft programs. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sept. 23.
  • Celebrate Petworth 2017 will feature children’s activities, music, arts programs, history events, a dog show and fitness classes. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. 800 block of Upshur Street NW.
  • The Colonial Dames of America Chapter III will host an open house at the historic Abner Cloud House, the oldest original building along the C&O Canal and a primary example of Federal architecture in Washington. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Abner Cloud House, Canal and Reservoir roads NW.
  • DC Wine Fest will feature more than 65 wines to sample, as well as a performance by Katie Hargrove and food from Red Hook Lobster and Sweeter Hue. Noon to 10 p.m. $35 to $60. National Union Building, 918 F St. NW.
  • The fourth annual VinoFest Wine & Music Festival in Ivy City will feature wine and spirits tastings and a concert lineup including electro funk duo Chromeo, soul singer Allen Stone and eight-piece funk band Aztec Sun. 2 to 10 p.m. $49 to $150. 1350 Okie St. NE.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Philadelphia Phillies. 7:05 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.
  • D.C. United will play Orlando City SC. 7 p.m. $20 to $200. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.


  • Camille Ann Brewer, curator of contemporary art, will lead a tour of the exhibition “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.” Noon. Free; reservations required George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.