Events calendar: Thursday, June 22


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 Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “Reptiles Alive!” will feature professional wildlife presenters sharing funny animal stories and facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • 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 “The Lego Batman Movie.” 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.
  • Photography teacher Amanda Archibald will lead a workshop on how to photograph food with your camera or cellphone. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. 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.
  • Philip Greene — a cocktail historian, co-founder of New Orleans’ Museum of the American Cocktail and author of the forthcoming “A Mixable Feast: A Cocktail Lover’s Guide to 1920’s Paris” — will present “Sipping With Mixed Company,” about the history of the French cocktail, accompanied by four tasty classics. 6:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.


  • The Star-Spangled American Music Series will feature live performances by the U.S. Air Force Strolling Strings. 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 Mock Identity. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Franklin Park, 13th and I streets NW.
  • An American roots concert series will feature the acoustic duo Parker & Gray performing blues and roots music. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The Luce Unplugged series will feature Flasher, a D.C. post-punk trio. The event will include snacks and drinks available for purchase. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, 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-songwriter Alison Carney. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Plaza, 5th and K streets NW.
  • 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.
  • NSO Pops will present “The Music of John Williams,” featuring conductor Steven Reineke and the Choral Arts Society of Washington performing Williams’ movie scores for the “Star Wars” series and other films. 7 p.m. $24 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • At a Midsummer Eve’s Concert to benefit Samaritan Ministries of Greater Washington and its work on homelessness, pianists and vocalists Sonya Subbayya Sutton and Sophia Subbayya Vastek will perform works by Gershwin, Glass, Bernstein and Sondheim. 7:30 p.m. Free; donations encouraged. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Portrait Gallery curator Ann Shumard will discuss Lynn Gilbert’s photograph of Barbara Walters. Noon. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Lawrence Goldstone will discuss his book “Going Deep: John Philip Holland and the Invention of the Attack Submarine,” an epic saga of genius, persistence, ruthlessness and deceit. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Min Jin Lee will discuss her book “Pachinko,” a page-turning saga about four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family as they fight to control their destiny in 20th-century Japan, exiled from a home they never knew. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Kwabena Boahen, professor of bioengineering and electrical engineering at Stanford University, will discuss “Neuromorphic Computing,” about his team’s work creating computer technology that mimics the way our brains are wired. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW.
  • Max Rosenberg, postdoctoral fellow in modern and contemporary art history at the University of Maryland and the Phillips Collection, will discuss 20th-century German art after World War II, including the work of Markus Lüpertz. 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • David Weigel will discuss his book “The Show That Never Ends: The Rise and Fall of Prog Rock.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • A new fiction reading group at Petworth Library will meet for the first time for a discussion of Abeer Hoque’s 2016 memoir “Olive Witch.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • Local book critic Bethanne Patrick — who tweets at @TheBookMaven — will lead a spirited discussion of the works of Richard Russo, including his new book of stories, “Trajectory.” 8 p.m. Free. The Den at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present new recipes using “Fruits of Summer.” Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.


  • The Georgetown Library’s “Under the Sea & On the Beach” film series will feature “The Little Mermaid.” 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Embassy of France will present Max Ophüls’ 1937 “Yoshiwara.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • Docs in Progress will present an evening with filmmaker-in-residence André Pérez, who will screen and discuss a selection of documentary shorts from the web series “America in Transition,” which examines social change from the perspective of transgender people in marginalized communities. 7 to 9 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE.
  • “Films at the Stone,” a series of free movie screenings at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, will feature the Oscar-nominated 2016 film “Fences,” the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. 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 the 2016 superhero film “Doctor Strange.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.

Performances and readings

  • A live version of Brandon Wetherbee’s talk show “You, Me Them, Everybody” will feature guests Allison Michaels, host of The Washington Post podcast “Can He Do That?”; Alyssa Cowan, standup comic; and Haywood Turnipseed Jr., comedian and commentator. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Spooky Action Theater’s Festival of Readings will feature Samantha Wyer directing “Beelz” by Thomas Ambrosini. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301.
  • The Capital Fringe Festival will host the 12th annual Fringe Festival Preview, offering samples from the varied shows planned for July. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Logan Fringe Arts Space, Trinidad Theatre, 1358 Florida Ave. NE.
  • Chamber Dance Project will present “Ballet, Brass & Song,” featuring the world premiere of “Songs by Cole,” a ballet with a live jazz trio performing the music of Cole Porter; the New Orleans rhythms of “Rue Noir” by New York choreographer Jennifer Archibald; the sultry tangos of “Sur” by Argentine choreographer Jorge Amarante; the provocative beauty of “Arranged”; and the soaring athleticism of the poignant male duet “Exit Wounds” by Diane Coburn Bruning. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $45. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 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 the Bard’s entire canon in 97 minutes. 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The performance will repeat at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • The Source Festival will celebrate 10 years of new plays with “Best of: Six 10-Minute Plays,” featuring some of the funniest and most thought-provoking plays produced since its first season in 2008. 8 p.m. $15 to $32. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The performance will repeat June 25, July 1 and July 2 at 4:30 p.m.

Special events

  • “Pride in Preservation” will highlight the Rainbow History Project and other initiatives to preserve the LGBTQ history of Dupont Circle and the rest of the District. The event will include a cocktail reception with beer from Denizens Brewing Co. and snacks from Glen’s Garden Market. 6 to 8 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
  • The World Affairs Council will present a visit to the Embassy of Armenia hosted by Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian, featuring a presentation on the country as well as a reception with Armenian food, wine and cognac. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $35. Embassy of Armenia, 2225 R St. NW.
  • A dinner and dance at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in honor of Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans will feature the flamboyantly costumed 10-piece Motown band Right On. 7 to 11 p.m. $50 to $100. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will celebrate the opening of the special exhibition “Revival!” with a first look at the exhibition, behind-the-scenes tours, an open bar, light refreshments and a musical performance by the local band Sweet Yonder. 7:30 to 11 p.m. $30 to $40; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.


  • “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 June 23, 24, 25, 28, 29 and 30 at various times.
  • 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 tour will also be offered Saturday at 2 p.m.