Events calendar: Thursday, Aug. 31


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.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Shirleta Settles performing blues. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • Brie Capone of Asheville, N.C., and Andy Palmer of Denver — two of the finalists in NewSong’s 2017 LEAF Community Arts Contest — will share the stage to explore, perform and discuss their inspirations and methods of songwriting. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
  • “Thursday Night Bluegrass” will feature Only Lonesome. 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • Curator Lee Talbot will discuss “Qing-Dynasty Chinese Woman’s Jacket,” about the history behind a magnificent robe in the museum’s collection. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Kenton Card, a research fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies and a doctoral student in urban planning at the University of California at Los Angeles, will discuss “Anti-Gentrification Housing Struggles in Los Angeles and Berlin.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess will discuss their book “Solo,” a fast-paced story about addiction, ethics and personal identity (for ages 14 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The “Beat the Heat Summer Film Series” will feature “Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens.” 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “La La Land.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.


  • Alexandra Torres, an education specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and Claire Alrich, a staff member at the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a guided nature walk focusing on “Nature in Motion” and incorporating stretching and calming exercises. Noon and 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet by the entrance to the Conservatory at the 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. 7 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 19 Dupont Circle NW.