Events calendar: Sunday, May 28


Children’s program

  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about animal constellations and star stories, as well as how animals use the night to migrate, survive and thrive (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.


  • 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.


  • Music Celebrations International will present the National Memorial Day Choral Festival 2017, featuring the U.S. Air Force Orchestra and a 350-voice choir. 2 p.m. All tickets have been distributed, but the balconies will be open to the public with no ticket required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 800-395-2036.
  • The National Memorial Day Concert will feature the National Symphony Orchestra and singers Renée Fleming, Vanessa Williams, Scotty McCreery, John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting, Ronan Tynan and Russell Watson, among other entertainers. Gates open at 5 p.m.; performance starts at 8 p.m. Free. West Lawn, U.S. Capitol. 202-416-8114.
  • Jazz pianist and composer George Burton will perform selections from his debut album, “The Truth of What I Am > The Narcissist.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present British filmmaker Terence Davies’ movie “Sunset Song,” a meditative musing on the outbreak and aftershock of World War I inspired by Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 novel of the same name. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • “Reinventing Realism — New Cinema From Romania” will feature Cristian Mungiu’s 2012 film “Beyond the Hills,” based on Tatiana Niculescu Bran’s nonfiction novel about a demonic possession that allegedly occurred in northwestern Romania. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The closing night of the 27th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival will feature the Mid-Atlantic premiere of Lola Doillon’s 2016 film “Fanny’s Journey,” a tale of bravery, strength and survival during World War II, centered on a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fears no one. A reception and audience-award ceremony will follow. Champagne toast at 6:15 p.m.; screening at 7:15 p.m. $34.50. Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.


  • Levine Music’s pre-professional program Act Two will present “All Shook Up,” inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. 2 p.m. $25. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW.
  • 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

  • A National Service Commemorating Memorial Day will feature readings from Holy Scripture, musical offerings, and a sermon by the Right Rev. Carl Walter Wright, bishop suffragan for the armed forces and federal ministries. 11:15 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will host a Shepherd Park Photo Walk, featuring a guided tour led by Ed Moser. The event will include an introduction of the historical context of the neighborhood, a resource guide to Shepherd Park-related collections available through the Kiplinger Research Library, and tips on compiling the documentation necessary to make your contemporary photography work a possible resource for future historians or descendants. 2 to 4 p.m. $20 to $30. Meeting location provided upon registration.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the San Diego Padres. 1:35 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.