Events calendar: Sunday, June 11


Children’s program

  • Connect the Dots Dance Company will present the family-friendly ballet “My First Sleeping Beauty,” featuring an interactive performance, a craft activity and a meet and greet with dancers (for ages 3 through 10 and their families). 2 and 5 p.m. $15. Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW.

Classes and workshops

  • The Kadampa Meditation Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $6 to $12. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.
  • 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 class will also be offered June 18 and 25.


  • The National Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir will present “Doxology.” 10:30 a.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.
  • The DC Jazz Festival will present a concert by the Nicole Saphos Trio. 1 to 3 p.m. $15 to $20. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • “Music of Friends,” a chamber music concert in support of Friendship Place, will feature Carole Tafoya Evans on violin, Eric deWaardt on viola, Mark Evans on cello, Charles Nilles on bass and Cecilia Cho on piano. 2 p.m. $35 to $50; $10 for students. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • In honor of the JFK Centennial, the Steinway Series will feature the Serendip Piano Trio with a musical selection celebrating John F. Kennedy’s support of the arts. 3 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby at 2:30 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • A recital will feature students of Magdalena Duhagon. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • Christopher Keady from Yale University will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The DC Jazz Festival will present “Bass-ically Yours,” featuring upright bassist Amy Shook. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Philippe Bordes, professor emeritus of art history at Université Lyon 2, will discuss “When No One Liked Jacques-Louis David,” about the dramatic shifts in taste and perception regarding the painter who is now hailed as the creator of a commanding neoclassical style and a persuasive Napoleonic imagery. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Author Ingrid Anders will facilitate a monthly reading group for writers, with participants reading a celebrated short story aloud and discussing the literary devices used by the author. 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Jorie Graham will discuss her book “Fast: Poems.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Joseph Kanon will discuss his latest literary spy thriller, “Defectors.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The Capital Pride street festival will feature a variety of entertainment and activities, including three stages of national and local talent. Headliners will include Miley Cyrus, Tinashe, The Pointer Sisters, Vassy, Tracy Young and two of the top three winners from Season 9 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Noon to 7 p.m., with musical entertainment continuing until 10 p.m. Free admission. Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th streets NW.


  • “Arab Cinema Now” will feature Francois Verster’s film “The Dream of Shahrazad,” which draws on the stories in “The Arabian Nights” to contextualize recent upheavals across the Middle East within a broader historical and cultural legacy. 2 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • The Embassy of Sweden’s film series will feature “Becoming Ann-Christine.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • “A Pictorial Dream — Directed by Straub and Huillet” will feature the 1974 film “Moses and Aaron.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • The Jones-Haywood Dance School will present its 76th annual dance concert. 2 and 5:30 p.m. $35. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587.
  • 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. 2:30 p.m. $23 to $47. GALA Theater, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat June 17 at 8 p.m. and June 18 at 2:30 p.m.
  • The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by poets David Eye and William Notter, as well as an open mic segment. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113.
  • Poet and educator Matt Gallant will host a Jazz & Verse Open Mic event. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Upshur Street Books will host a Pride Reading featuring authors Julie Marie Wade, Dan Vera, James Allen Hall, Gowri Koneswaran and Gregg Shapiro. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.

Special events

  • Reading Is Fundamental, a 50-year-old nonprofit committed to inspiring a passion for reading among all children, will host “Books & Brunch,” an afternoon with children’s activities and readings from favorite authors. Proceeds will help fund books for children in need. Noon to 2:30 p.m. $100 per adult; $25 per child. Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • The Poetry and Peace Cafe will feature the Arabic Poetry Game, with MC Tosha Terry and special guest Heba Salem. 5 to 7 p.m. $5 to $15. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Mystics will play the Indiana Fever. 3 p.m. $25 to $130. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Nationals will play the Texas Rangers. 4:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.