Events calendar: Sunday, June 18


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 25.
  • Dumbarton House will host an “English Country Dance” workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. Bellevue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
  • Cheesemonger and expert Alice Bergen Phillips will lead an interactive workshop filled with French cheeses and accompaniments. 4:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.


  • A Klezmer brunch will feature a kosher buffet paired with music by Seth Kibel. 11 a.m. $15 to $30. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.
  • “DC JazzFest at The Yards” will feature Gregory Porter, Black Violin, Youngjoo Song Septet and Sarah Elizabeth Charles & Scope. 2 to 9:30 p.m. $49 to $150. The Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE.
  • Nicholas Capozzoli from Oberlin College will present an organ recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and activist Ani Cordero will perform political protest and love songs from her album “Querido Mundo.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Citizens Association of Georgetown’s annual Concerts in the Parks series will present a Father’s Day performance by The Walkaways. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. 202-337-7313.

Discussions and lectures

  • Martin Walker will discuss his book “The Templars’ Last Secret: A Bruno, Chief of Police Novel.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Jennifer R. Farmer, managing director for communications at PICO National Network, will discuss her book “Extraordinary PR, Ordinary Budget: A Strategy Guide.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Family programs and festivals

  • The second annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will feature a cook-off competition, chef demonstrations and diverse Caribbean cultural performances. Noon to 9 p.m. $24 to $96; free for ages 10 and younger. RFK Stadium Festival Grounds, 2400 East Capitol St. SE.
  • “Father’s Day Kite Flight” will offer a chance to build and fly a mini kite on the grand South Lawn (for families with children ages 6 through 12). 12:30 to 2 p.m. $7 to $10; $5 per adult chaperone. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.


  • Western Presbyterian Church will host an advance screening of the National Geographic film “From the Ashes,” a look at the state of the coal industry and what it means for the future. A discussion will follow. 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Western Presbyterian Church, 24th and G streets NW.
  • “New Waves: Transatlantic Bonds between Film and Art in the 1960s” will feature Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1964 movie “Red Desert.” 1 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Embassy of Sweden’s film series will feature Malin Björkman-Widell’s documentary “Just a Normal Person.” 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 films “These Encounters of Theirs,” “Le Genou d’Artémide” and “The Inconsolable One.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series will feature readings by poets Donika Kelly and Michelle Tokarczyk, as well as an open mic segment. 3 to 5 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 703-820-8113.
  • The 4208 Group will premiere Rahima R. Rice’s seven-episode web series “Room 513,” about guests staying at a swanky downtown D.C. hotel. 3 p.m. $7 to $12. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE.
  • “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.
  • Spooky Action Theater’s Festival of Readings will feature Hallie Cooper directing “Sounds in the Bowery” by Brian M. Doyle. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • Petworth Citizen will host a comedy showcase. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW.

Special events

  • City Tap Penn Quarter will host a U.S. Open watch party and silent auction in partnership with the group ZERO — The End of Prostate Cancer. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. City Tap Penn Quarter, 901 9th St. NW.
  • The Washington Nationals will present “Brunch on the Baselines,” featuring all you can eat and drink while watching the Nationals play the Mets in New York City. Noon to 4 p.m. $35 to $70 for adults; $20 for children. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE.
  • Upshur Street NW gathering places Taqueria del Barrio, Hank’s Cocktail Bar and Petworth Citizen will throw the inaugural Petworth Pride fundraiser, featuring select bites and $5 specialty cocktails, with $1 from each cocktail sold benefiting LGBT charities. 3 to 7 p.m. Free admission. Taqueria del Barrio, 821 Upshur St. NW; Hank’s Cocktail Bar, 819 Upshur St. NW; Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. 202-723-0200.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Mystics will play the Dallas Wings. 3 p.m. $25 to $98. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.