Events calendar: Thursday, June 1


Children’s programs

  • A U.S. Botanic Garden docent will host a “June Snugglers” tour for parents and care providers with a tiny one in a snuggly (no strollers or older siblings due to narrow paths and the nature of the program). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • 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

  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a weekly clinic for individuals and families searching for rental housing in D.C. 4 to 6:30 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.
  • The 30th annual DanceAfrica, DC Festival will present a master class with Sylvia Soumah and Marcia Howard of Coyaba Dance Theater. 6:30 p.m. $16. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.


  • A Brown Bag Chamber Concert will feature cellist Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patcheva performing works by the German composer Robert Schumann. Noon. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The “Dupont Live” weekly music series will feature a surprise act from the D.C. area. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Bar Dupont, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-797-0169.
  • Jazz on Jackson Place will feature the Kenny Rittenhouse Quartet. 6:30 p.m. $30. Decatur House, 748 Jackson Place NW. The concert series will continue July 6 and Aug. 3.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Mahler’s Second Symphony in a performance conducted by Christoph Eschenbach and featuring contralto Nathalie Stutzmann, soprano Golda Schultz and The Washington Chorus. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Austrian-born, Brooklyn-based sound artist and double bassist Bernd Klug and the string quartet The Rhythm Method will present “The Carinthian Connection.” 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • The Embassy Series will present baritone Martin Babjak and pianist Daniel Buranovsky performing arias, songs and piano solos. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $80. Embassy of Slovakia, 3523 International Court NW. 202-625-2361.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band’s Free Country ensemble will perform contemporary hits and country music. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011.
  • Guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli will present “Sinatra & Jobim @ 50,” a tribute to the 1967 album “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim.” 8 and 10 p.m. $40. Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-4141.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “The Humane Economy: How Innovators and Enlightened Consumers Are Transforming the Lives of Animals” by Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • A National Portrait Gallery educator will present a closer look at a portrait of the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Supervisory motion picture preservation specialist Chriss Kovac will discuss “The Winding Journey of Bill Genaust’s Flag-Raising Footage,” about how the film of the first and second flag raising on Iwo Jima was shot, developed, assembled and used during World War II and since then. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Renowned artist Donald Sultan will discuss his work, his approach to painting and the current relevance of his series the “Disaster Paintings” in conversation with Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The Italian Cultural Institute will present a talk by perfume expert Laura Bosetti Tonatto on “Perfumes: An Intangible Artistic Heritage of Italian Creativity.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • HumanitiesDC will sponsor a “Humanitini” happy hour focusing on “The Cuban Presence in DC,” about cultural influences on music, dance, food and religion with a panel of Cuban-Americans who have lived in the Washington area all of their lives. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW.
  • “Brews & Banter” will feature a conversation about the Folger Theatre’s current production of Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens” with cast members Maboud Ebrahimzadeh and Kathryn Tkel. The event will include reception with beer and light fare. 6:30 p.m. $15. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • Humorist, essayist and novelist David Sedaris will discuss his book “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002),” featuring selections from his observations of the world around him. 7 p.m. Free, with signing-line tickets available on the day of the event. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a memoir and essay writing workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • A panel discussion on “Congressional Review: Can Congress Function at its Highest Level?” will feature former Rep. Bob Walker, R-Penn.; former Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.; Eric Lausten, chief of staff to Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill.; and Kate Dickens, former chief of staff to Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Gar Alperovitz — co-founder of the Democracy Collaborative, co-chair of the Next System Project and former professor of political economy at the University of Maryland — will discuss his book “Principles of a Pluralist Commonwealth.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.


  • Blyth-Templeton Academy will present a screening of Greg Whiteley’s documentary “Most Likely to Succeed,” about the history of education in the United States and new approaches that aim to revolutionize teaching. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Miracle Theater, 535 8th St. SE.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature the 2016 film “Ghostbusters.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.

Performances and readings

  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Happenings Happy Hour” series will feature the D.C.-based long-form improv troupe Press Play. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • Murch Elementary School will present its spring musical, “Lion King Jr.” 6 p.m. $5. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 6 p.m.
  • The Georgetown Library will host its monthly First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading, followed by an open-mic event. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Special events

  • This month’s “Phillips After 5” installment — “All That Jazz,” presented in partnership with the DC Jazz Festival — will feature an instrument petting zoo and a performance by the Brazilian band Origem. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • A reopening reception for the Dumbarton House museum will feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and “The Exchange,” a new exhibit that includes a rarely shown first printing of the Articles of Confederation. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $30 to $50; reservations required. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.


  • “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 Saturday and Sunday at various times.