Events calendar: Thursday, Aug. 17

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Children’s programs

  • “Living the American Indian Experience” will have participants make a clay pot, practice safety archery and listen to a Piscataway story (for ages 8 and older). 10 a.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • “Reptiles Alive!” will offer a chance to meet live animals and learn funny stories and facts about them. 1 p.m. Free. Takoma Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • The Georgetown Library’s August film series will feature “Meet the Robinsons.” 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • “Pajama Movie Night” will feature “Moana.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Classes and workshops

  • The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a tai chi class. 8 to 9 a.m. Free. Chinatown Park, 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-727-3120.
  • “Tai Chi Health Lab” will offer a chance to learn about tai chi through practice and a study of texts such as “The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Tai Chi” and Kenneth Cohen’s “The Art of Qigong.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Debra Lee, a knitting teacher certified by the Craft Yarn Council of America, will present a “Knit Along” workshop. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Instructor Robin Glantz will lead an Age-Friendly DC Yoga Workshop for ages 50 and older. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov.
  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a weekly clinic for individuals and families searching for rental housing in D.C. 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. housingetc.org.

Concerts

  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Billy Bob performing country music. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature Gingerbred, a collaboration between baritone saxophonist Brad Linde and trumpeter Carol Morgan with Kris Monson on bass, Deric Dickens on drums and special guest Caroline Davis on alto saxophone and flute. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The guitar and vocal duo Max Hatt/Edda Glass, grand prize winners of the 2014 NewSong Music competition, will share the stage with the musician JBird Shogren, a finalist in the 2016 NewSong competition. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The 19th Street Band will perform at a concert benefiting the Buy the Lady a Drink campaign to help provide clean drinking water to women in Uganda. 6 to 9 p.m. Free admission; $20 donation covers a chalice and a Stella Artois; $60 donation covers unlimited food and drink. 201 Bar, 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE. tickets.ontaponline.com.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011.
  • “Thursday Night Bluegrass” will feature By & By. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • Azam Ahmed, bureau chief for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean at The New York Times, will lead a discussion about the political and cultural effects of structures like the former Berlin Wall and the proposed American wall with Mexico, in the context of the works in the current “Markus Lüpertz” exhibition. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
  • Susan Persky, director of the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area at the National Human Genome Research Institute, will discuss “How Virtual Reality Is Changing Medicine.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Haroon Moghul, a senior fellow and director of development at the Center for Global Policy and a fellow in Jewish-Muslim relations at the Shalom Hartman Institute, will discuss his book “How To Be a Muslim: An American Story.” Joining him in conversation will be Wajahat Ali, author of the play “Domestic Crusaders” and lead author of the investigative report “Fear, Inc.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Tenleytown Memoir & Essay Writing Club will meet to provide constructive feedback in a supportive group of adult writers. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The Takoma Park Library’s Adult Book Club will discuss “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Ann Patchett’s 2016 novel “Commonwealth,” about how a kiss between two married friends has far-reaching effects, resonating throughout their lives and the lives of their family members. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. julia.strusienski@dc.gov.

Films

  • The “Beat the Heat Summer Film Series” will feature the 2012 film “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington. 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • “Two Film Guys From the Hill” will feature a screening of Joseph Sargent’s 1974 film “The Taking of Pelham 123,” about an audacious hijacking of a New York City subway train. A Q&A with Mike Canning and Tom Zaniello will follow. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SW. hillcenterdc.org. The series will continue Aug. 24 with the 1993 film “In the Line of Fire.”
  • The Library of Congress’ outdoor summer film series will feature the 1984 version of “Ghostbusters.” 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. North Lawn, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. loc.gov.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature the 2017 film “Beauty & the Beast.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. capitolriverfront.org.

Special events

  • The Heurich House Museum will present a talk by Washington Post beer and bar columnist Fritz Hahn as part of “History & Hops,” a monthly series of house tours and beer tastings. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW. heurichhouse.org.
  • “Fermentation Nation” — an evening of tastes, talks and tours in the National Museum of American History’s newest garden space, Unity Square — will look at the influence of fermentation in American culinary history from beer and wine to pickling and preserving. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $40, which includes two drinks and a plate of garden-fresh food. Second-floor West Terrace, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. americanhistory.si.edu/events/food-garden.

Tours

  • U.S. Botanic Garden facility manager Ian Donegan will lead a behind-the-scenes tour of the operations of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. Free; registration required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “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. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The tour will also be offered Friday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.