Events calendar: Thursday, July 27


Children’s programs

  • Alliance Française de Washington will host a magic show by Louis the Magician (for ages 5 through 11). 10 to 11 a.m. $3 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • Discovery Theater will present a “Percussical” by the ensemble SOLE Defined — a twist on percussive dance and the traditional musical, with performers turning their bodies into human drums (recommended for ages 5 through 16). 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 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.
  • The Georgetown Library’s July film series will feature “We’re Back.” 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 “Zootopia.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Classes and workshops

  • Stephanie Travis, director and associate professor in the George Washington University Interior Architecture and Design Program, will present a workshop on how to sketch textiles using graphite and paper. Noon. Free; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • 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 Star-Spangled American Music Series will feature live performances by the Marine Brass 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 Black Alley. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW.
  • An American roots concert series will feature Cathy Ponton King performing roots rock. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “A Drag Salute to Divas and Devos” will showcase impersonations of top musical legends such as Tina Turner, Beyoncé, Missy Elliott, Dolly Parton, Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • As part of the Washington National Cathedral’s Summer Concert Series, organist Erik Wm. Suter, soprano Rebecca Kellerman Petretta and pianist Jeremy Filsell will perform works by Dupré and Rachmaninov. 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 No Dead Monsters, Bottled Up and Scanners. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Fort Reno Park, 40th and Chesapeake streets NW.
  • Duo Turgeon — featuring Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon — will perform as part of the Washington International Piano Festival. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Ward Recital Hall, Catholic University, 620 Michigan Ave. NE.
  • Multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd will perform. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • “Thursday Night Bluegrass” will feature singer-songwriter 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 “Tomato Burst,” featuring new recipes paying homage to the summer’s favorite fleeting flavor. 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 Leslie Ureña will discuss “Mr. Rogers” by Nathan Benn. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • A salon-style conversation will feature curator Megan Rook Koepsel and local artists whose performance-based visual art reflects on the tensions surrounding issues of immigration, border security and international relations. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Alex Daly, founder of Vann Alexandra, a creative services agency that gets projects financed through crowdfunding, will discuss her book “The Crowdsourceress: Get Smart, Get Funded, and Kickstart Your Next Big Idea.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • David Burr Gerrard will discuss his book “The Epiphany Machine,” a sprawling, snarling tragicomedy about accountability in contemporary America. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Phillips Collection director Dorothy Kosinski and deputy director for curatorial and academic affairs Klaus Ottmann will discuss German artist Markus Lüpertz and the culture of Berlin when he created many of his works. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • Astrophysicist Mario Livio will discuss his book “Why?: What Makes Us Curious.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club — a group for younger adults ages 21 and older — will discuss “Testosterone Rex: Myths of Sex, Science, and Society” by Cordelia Fine. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mad Fox Tap Room, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Kim Tae-gon’s 2016 comedy “Familyhood.” 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 Library of Congress’ outdoor summer film series will feature the 1981 blockbuster “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” starring Harrison Ford as an archaeologist and adventurer hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before the Nazis do.  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.
  • “Films at the Stone,” a series of free movies screened at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, will feature “Moana.” 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 “Arrival.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.


  • The Washington Improv Theater will present “Summer School,” featuring performances by Double Stuff, Mystery Improv Theater, Huggy Smalls and The Female Accent. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Performances will continue through Aug. 6 with various ensembles for each show.


  • St. Alban’s Opportunity Shop will host a “Half Price Sale.” 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-966-5288. The event will continue through Saturday, with a $7.50 bag sale offered as well on the final day.

Special event

  • Washington Nationals pitcher Gio González will host an “Uncork for a Cause” event to raise awareness and funding for the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Hialeah Baseball. Admission includes food, beer and wine at the event, as well as a limited-edition bottle of González’s own 2014 Sonoma Reserve Red Wine. 7 to 9 p.m. $150 to $300. Teddy & The Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Milwaukee Brewers. 12:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.


  • “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.
  • The Washington National Cathedral’s “Gargoyle Tower Climb” will feature a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers. 6 p.m. $50; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • “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. The tour will also be offered Saturday, Sunday and Monday at various times.