Events calendar: Thursday, Aug. 24


Children’s program

  • The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

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.
  • 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.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Six Pack Rodeo performing country. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • An American roots concert series will feature singer and guitarist Dede Wyland performing bluegrass. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The Luce Unplugged Community Showcase will feature vocalist and keyboardist Aaron Abernathy. The event will include snacks and drinks available for purchase. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Musicians and songwriters Rachael Kilgour and Wilder Adkins — the two most recent grand prize winners of the NewSong Music Competition — will share the stage to explore, perform and discuss their own inspirations and methods of songwriting. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “Thursday Night Bluegrass” will feature Justin Trawick. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.


  • Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present “Summer Harvest,” featuring new recipes using the abundance of peppers, corn, tomatoes, beans and zucchini now available. Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Portrait Gallery curator Robyn Asleson will discuss the portrait of the Mohawk military and political leader Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant) by John Raphael Smith. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Achille Ekeu, a certified valuation expert, will discuss his book “30 Frequently Asked Questions in Business Valuation.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Lorraine Treanor, editor of the website DC Theatre Scene, will offer a preview of the upcoming theater season. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Kamila Shamsie will discuss her novel “Home Fire,” the story of a family pulled in several directions at once. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • ESPN commentator and journalist Kate Fagan will discuss her book “What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen,” the heartbreaking story of college athlete Madison Holleran, whose death by suicide rocked the University of Pennsylvania campus. 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Brittney C. Cooper, assistant professor of women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University, will discuss her book “Beyond Respectability: The Intellectual Thought of Race Women,” about the development of African-American women as public intellectuals and the evolution of their thought from the end of the 1800s through the Black Power era of the 1970s. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club — a group for younger adults ages 21 and older — will discuss “Universal Harvester” by John Darnielle. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mad Fox Tap Room, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • Local book critic Bethanne Patrick — who tweets at @TheBookMaven — will lead a discussion on the work of novelist Alice McDermott. 8 p.m. Free. The Den at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The “Beat the Heat Summer Film Series” will feature the 2015 “Sicario,” about an idealistic FBI agent enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the U.S.-Mexico border. 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Park Dae-min’s 2016 film “Seondal: The Man Who Sells the River,” about a genius swindler who tries to deceive one of the most powerful men in the Joseon Dynasty kingdom. Appetizer social at 6 p.m.; film at 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • The Phillips Collection will present the German comedy “Good Bye Lenin!,” about the effects of German reunification and the removal of the Berlin Wall in 1990. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • “Two Film Guys From the Hill” will feature a screening of the 1993 film “In the Line of Fire,” starring Clint Eastwood. 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.
  • “Films at the Stone,” a series of free movies screened at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, will feature “Hidden Figures.” 8 p.m. Free. On the green space south of the bookstore at the King Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “Grease.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.


  • The Washington Improv Theater will present “Improvapalooza,” its annual celebration of experimental improv. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $40. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The five-day festival will continue Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at noon and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at noon.


  • “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 and 7 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.orgThe tour will also be offered Friday at 6 and 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1, 2 and 3 p.m.