Events calendar: Thursday, June 15


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. 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.
  • “Draft ’n’ Draw,” a hands-on drawing workshop, will feature a tour of the galleries with a teaching artist before attendees head to the Phillips Collection’s courtyard to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a pint or two. 6 to 8 p.m. $13 to $25; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association will present a workshop on “The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carroll Manor Nursing & Rehab, 1150 Varnum St. NE. 800-272-3900.


  • DowntownDC Live, a lunchtime performance series, will feature JoGoProject performing a blend of jazz, R&B, funk, rock and go-go as part of the DC Jazz Festival. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW.
  • The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature vocalist Irene Jalenti and her quartet in a concert dedicated to the music of jazz icon Thelonious Monk. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The DC Jazz Festival will present “Bass-ically Yours,” featuring bassist Herman Burney. 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.
  • The U.S. Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings will present a JFK 100th Birthday Musical Celebration, featuring selections that were performed in the Kennedy White House. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Credo Community Choir, Dallas Street Choir and mezzo-soprano Frederica Von Stade will present “Imagine a World: Music for Humanity.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The 6th in the City Chorus will perform a mix of old and new songs with choirs from Turner Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. 7:30 p.m. $10. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • The U.S. Army Concert Band and Army Voices will present a patriotic evening of music celebrating the Army’s 242nd birthday as part of the “Sunsets With a Soundtrack” concert series. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. The concert will repeat Friday at 8 p.m.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden gardeners Eric Leavitt and Justin Kondrat will present a demonstration on orchid repotting. 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Free. Conservatory Tropics Overlook, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Discussions and lectures

  • NASA scientist Alex Young will outline the science of total solar eclipses, along with where and when you can experience the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1192.
  • In conjunction with the exhibition “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” Joy L. Bivins, director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum, will provide an inside look at what it took to choose the exhibition’s themes, stories and fashions. 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • Chris Edwards will discuss his memoir “BALLS: It Takes Some to Get Some,” about transitioning from female to male while working at one of the top ad agencies in the country. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Douglas Brunt will discuss his novel “Trophy Son,” which follows the life of a tennis prodigy from early promise to full stardom. Joining Brunt in conversation will be his wife, Megyn Kelly, NBC News host and author of “Settle for More.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • 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 will host a meeting of its Adult Book Club. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • Robin Judd, associate professor of history at Ohio State University, will discuss “Loss, Liberation, and Love: Jewish Brides and Soldier Husbands, 1943-1946,” about the significant number of Jewish European women, mostly survivors of the Holocaust, who married American, British, and Canadian soldiers whom they met in Europe between 1943 and 1950. 7 p.m. Free. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-488-0460.
  • The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s 2016 comic novel “The Nest.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
  • The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a talk on “An Archival Approach to Preserving Murray Bowen’s Legacy” by Joanne Bowen, research professor in anthropology at the College of William & Mary and founder of the Murray Bowen Archives Project. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.


  • As part of the annual V4 Film Series, the Embassy of Hungary will present a screening of Géza Bereményi’s 2002 film “The Bridgeman,” about a Hungarian aristocrat who seeks to transform himself into a responsible nobleman after inviting disgrace by seducing his brother’s wife. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of Hungary, 1500 Rhode Island Ave. NW.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “Sister Act.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.

Performances and readings

  • In a lecture and performance, Georgetown University professor Francesco Ciabattoni will present “CultureBlast: Italian Cantautori Music,” revealing the historical significance and literary references of songs by Roberto Vecchioni, Francesco Guccini, Francesco De Gregori, Fabrizio De André and Claudio Baglioni, showing how music and literature have underscored the lives of two generations of Italians. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court NW.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” in a performance conducted by Christoph Eschenbach in his final program as National Symphony Orchestra music director. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • 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.
  • The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade, the resident theater company of Grace Episcopal Church and a project of the nonprofit arts group Fractured Atlas, will present an outdoor production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged),” with three actors taking on all of the characters in the Bard’s canon in 97 minutes. 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat at 8 p.m. June 16, 22, 23 and 24.
  • Washington Women in Theatre will present Iona Sun’s “Reminder,” about the unraveling of one woman’s deplorably twisted vengeance, and Lisa B. Thompson’s “Mother Nature & Watch,” a dynamic pair of Afrofuturist feminist short plays. 8 p.m. $12. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m.

Special events

  • “Archaeologist Show-and-Tell” will feature a presentation by experts from Dovetail Resources Group on this month’s archaeological dig at Tudor Place’s smokehouse arbor, kitchen arbor and gazebo. 3 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • Upshur Street Books will host its third annual marathon 30-hour reading of James Joyce’s “Ulysses,” featuring local actors, radio personalities, academics and others among the 65 readers. Food, drinks and free coffee will be served throughout the event. 5 p.m. on Thursday past 11 p.m. on Friday. Third Floor, 4200 9th St. NW (from 5 p.m. to midnight and again Friday from noon to midnight), and Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW (from midnight to noon).
  • A “Nat Geo Nights” happy hour with music, food and drinks will feature an Explorers Festival presentation by members of a team that has spent the past two years navigating the Okavango River Basin as part of an extensive endeavor to help document and protect one of the last truly wild places on Earth. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • “History & Hops,” a monthly series of house tours and beer tastings at the Heurich House Museum, will feature artist and designer Mike Van Hall, whose work is regularly featured by Stillwater Artisanal, Aslin Beer Co. and DC Brau. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW.


  • 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 to 12:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “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 the same times.