Events calendar: Thursday, July 20


Children’s programs

  • Discovery Theater will present “Summer Magic,” featuring Dave Thoren (recommended for ages 5 through 12). 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The event will repeat Friday at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
  • “Pacific Rhythm” will feature traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa performed with authentic costumes. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • The Georgetown Library’s July film series will feature “Kubo and the Two Strings.” 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • “Pacific Rhythm” will feature traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa performed with authentic costumes. 4 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
  • 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 “Muppet Treasure Island.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Classes and workshops

  • 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.
  • The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.


  • “SummerSet DC 2017: Lunchtime Music Series on the Mall” will feature the band Sahel and cellist Benjamin Gates. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. In front of the National Air and Space Museum at 7th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. The series will continue on July 25.
  • The Star-Spangled American Music Series will feature live performances by the U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current bluegrass quintet. Noon, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • DowntownDC Live, a lunchtime performance series, will feature pianist and vocalist Jenna Camille. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW.
  • The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature the New York-based Michael Gallant Trio performing music from their critically acclaimed albums. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District’s “Tunes in the Triangle” concert series will feature singer Phil Kominski performing an acoustic set. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Plaza, 5th and K streets NW.
  • As part of the Washington National Cathedral’s Summer Concert Series, soprano Jaely Chamberlain and pianist and harpsichordist George Fergus will present “Delights From the Baroque Era,” featuring works by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Rameau, Purcell, Byrd, Handel and more. 6:30 p.m. Included in $5 discounted admission for summer evening hours. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The Fort Reno concert series will feature Bitter Medicine, The Southern Ocean and Data Recovery Project. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
  • Award-winning actors and Broadway veterans Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski will join special guest Judah Friedlander for a National Symphony Orchestra Pops performance of hits from the stage and screen. 8 p.m. $29 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “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

  • William LeoGrande, associate vice provost for academic affairs and professor of government at American University, will discuss the implications of the new Cuba policy announced by President Donald Trump. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • “Breaking New Ground: Computational Tools for Art Scholarship” will feature Rick Johnson, professor of engineering at Cornell University, and Paul Messier, director of the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage Lens Media Lab at Yale University, discussing their groundbreaking collaborative work that combines expertise from the worlds of signal processing and art conservation. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Barbara London, Yale University’s media arts critic and MoMA’s former associate curator in the department of media and performance art, will discuss the visionary work of Nam June Paik, known as the father of video art. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Carl Cannon, Washington bureau chief of RealClearPolitics, will discuss his book “On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Rediscovering America One Day at a Time.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Monika M. Pickett will discuss her book “Pretty Boy Blue,” about an African-American girl coming to terms with her sexuality. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Hester Baer, associate professor and head of the German Department at the University of Maryland, will discuss “East/West Divide,” about how the division of Berlin influenced the economy, politics and culture. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • Journalist Steven Levingston, author of “Kennedy and King: The President, the Pastor, and the Battle Over Civil Rights,” will discuss the emergence of two of the 20th century’s greatest leaders and their powerful impact on each other and the shape of the civil rights movement during its tumultuous early years. 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Civil rights activist and American University law professor Angela J. Davis will discuss “Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment,” a collection of essays by writers such as Bryan Stevenson, Sherrilyn Ifill and Jeremy Travis on the role of racism in the country’s criminal justice system and on the recent killings of black men and boys by police. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Educator Katie Kissinger will discuss her book “Anti-Bias Education in the Early Childhood Classroom: Hand in Hand, Step by Step.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a memoir and essay writing workshop led by Maura Policelli. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The Takoma Park Library’s Adult Book Club will discuss “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” by Karen Joy Fowler. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • Amanda Orr will discuss her book “drink.: A Four Year Survival Guide,” featuring recipes and satirical commentary for 50 classic cocktails with names updated for the Trump era. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. 202-722-2939.
  • The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Gabriel García Márquez’s modern classic “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” about several generations of the Buendía family, depicting their lives in the fictional town of Macondo. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
  • “Fielding Dreams: Washington’s Jewish Ballplayers” — about the eclectic stories of players such as Moe Berg, Elliott Maddox and Jason Marquis — will feature Philip R. Hochberg, sports attorney and former Washington Senators broadcaster; Aviva Kempner, documentary filmmaker; and Frederic J. Frommer, author of “You Gotta Have Heart: A History of Washington Baseball From 1859 to the 2012 National League East Champions.” 7:30 p.m. $11.50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.
  • Local book critic Bethanne Patrick — who tweets at @TheBookMaven — will lead a spirited discussion of summer reading options such as “Who Is Rich?” by Matthew Klama and “The Gypsy Moth Summer” by Julia Fierro. 8 p.m. Free. The Den at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The Library of Congress’ outdoor summer film series will feature John Hughes’ 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” which was added to the National Film Registry in 2014. 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. North Lawn, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. The series will continue weekly through Aug. 17.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.


  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will present “District of Comedy Festival: Underground Comedy.” 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the Hall of States starting at 5 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • As part of the Capital Fringe Festival, Shakespeare in the Pub will present a one-off performance of “Titus Andronicus,” featuring actors with scripts in one hand and beers in the other. 7 p.m. Free. Fringe Arts Bar, 1358 Florida Ave. NE.
  • The Washington Improv Theater’s will present “Summer School,” featuring performances by The High-Fivers, Stand Up for Whaaa?, Couch Money and October Issue. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Performances will continue through Aug. 6 with various ensembles for each show.
  • Storyteller Noa Baum will host “The Dove: Stories of Hope Amidst Conflict,” featuring six young Israeli and Palestinian storytellers from Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The Bentzen Ball Podcast Studio will present “How to Be Amazing With Michael Ian Black,” featuring the actor and comedian interviewing civil rights activist and organizer DeRay McKesson. 8:30 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Capital Fringe Festival will feature a set by DJ Keenan as part of the Free Fringe DJ Series. 11 p.m. Free. Fringe Arts Bar, 1358 Florida Ave. NE.

Special events

  • A “Nat Geo Nights” happy hour with music, food and drinks will focus on sharks, with presentations by marine conservationist Jess Cramp, oceanographer Camrin Braun and National Geographic Pristine Seas International policy manager Dan Myers. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • “Brew at the Zoo” will feature beer tastings with samples from more than 70 craft breweries, as well as live entertainment, lawn games, animal demonstrations and food trucks. Proceeds will support animal care and conservation science at the National Zoo. 6 to 9 p.m. $50 to $100; reservations required. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • A kickoff event for the Mount Pleasant Photo Scavenger Hunt will celebrate the start of a six-week project during which participants will learn neighborhood history, practice their photography skills and compete for prizes as they seek out local landmarks. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
  • The Heurich House Museum will present a talk by Jan Evans, brewer Christian Heurich’s granddaughter, 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Kastles will play the San Diego Aviators in Mylan World TeamTennis competition featuring the Bryan brothers and Martina Hingis. 7 p.m. $22 to $111. Smith Center, George Washington University, 22nd and G streets NW. 800-745-3000.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden gardener Angela Weber Hetrick will present a “Travel the Tropics” tour of the Conservatory. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Garden’s Bounty” will feature a tour led by Drew Asbury, Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. 1 p.m. $15 to $18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will also be offered Friday at 1 p.m.
  • “Dupont Underground Historic Tour” 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. $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. The tour will also be offered Friday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques (for ages 10 and older). 6:30 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The Obscura Society DC will present “The Tunnels & Trapdoors of Tudor Place,” a tour of the Georgetown estate featuring highlights such as a fallout shelter constructed by owner Armistead Peter III at the height of the Cold War, the so-called “dungeon,” the kitchen’s trapdoors and other hidden spaces under this 5.5-acre property. 7 to 9 p.m. $30; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.