Events calendar: Sunday, Aug. 20


Classes and workshops

  • Local yoga instructors Alia Peera and Amy Mitchell will present “Sunday Serenity: Yoga in the East Park.” 10 to 11 a.m. $5 donation suggested; reservations encouraged. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The program will repeat Aug. 27.
  • The Kadampa Meditation Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 10 a.m. $6 to $12. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.
  • Master Gloria DuBissette of DC Gentle East Martial Arts will present a self-defense class for women on power kicks, strikes and hitting targets (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Large Meeting Room, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122. The four-session series will conclude Aug. 27.


  • The National Building Museum will present Grupo Gato performing Cuban Rumba songs and drumming as part of its summer concert series. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Alif Laila will present a sitar recital, accompanied by Nitin Mitta on tabla. A lecture on Indian classical music and a master class with Sitar Niketan students will precede the performance. Master class at 5:30 p.m.; concert at 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • U.S. Botanic Garden science education volunteer Todd Brethauer will discuss “The Botany and Chemistry of Brewing — Barley,” about the botanical inputs and the chemical transformations that occur as grain is brewed into ale and beer. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • National Gallery of Art imaging scientists John Delaney and Kathryn Dooley will discuss “Beyond What the Eye Can See: Using the Technology of NASA’s Rovers to Explore Paintings.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • “Gaumont at 120: Twelve Unseen Treasures” will feature Max Ophüls’ 1940 movie “De Mayerling à Sarajevo.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • “Sunday Kind of Love,” a monthly program, will feature readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special event

  • The National Park Service and the Rock Creek Conservancy will host a Beach Drive Block Party — a chance to walk, run or bike along the fully reconstructed section of Beach Drive and the wider, smoother multi-use trail. Featured programs will include a nature hike, a ranger-led bike tour, children’s activities and information booths. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. Near the National Zoo entrance on Beach Drive at Harvard Street NW. 202-895-6070.

Sporting event

  • The D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will present the Mayor’s Cup 2017, an amateur boxing tournament featuring women and men ages 8 through 40. 2 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th St. NW.


  • “Visit Dupont Underground” will offer a chance to explore the city’s newest art space — a former trolley station with 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels. Hourly from noon to 5 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.