Events calendar: Thursday, June 7

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Benefit

  • “A Night at the Gaming Tables,” the Russian Chamber Art Society’s 2018 gala performance and dinner, will feature soprano Jennifer Casey Cabot, mezzo-sopranos Susana Poretsky and Monika Krajewska and tenor Viktor Antipenko, accompanied by pianists Genadi Zagor and Vera Danchenko-Stern. 7:30 p.m. $150. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. thercas.com.

Class

  • The DC Small Business Development Center will present an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. dclibrary.org/node/59354.

Concerts

  • The 2018 Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead program will present the first of three Millennium Stage concerts featuring graduates performing original compositions. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance series will continue June 8 and 9 at 6 p.m.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will present the first of a trio of programs developed by Christoph Eschenbach, featuring Verdi’s “Ballet Music” from “Macbeth” and Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony as well as principal violist Daniel Foster in Walton’s “Viola Concerto.” 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.

Demonstration

  • Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present “Summer Suppers,” featuring tips on how to use optimal ingredients to produce hot-weather dinners with minimal fuss and maximum 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

  • Historian C. L. Bragg will discuss “A Fratricidal Affair of Honor: The Society of the Cincinnati’s Reaction to the Hamilton-Burr Duel,” about the famous 1804 duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, both original members of the Society of the Cincinnati. 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Artisia Green and Joanne Brixton will lead a participatory dialogue on “Black Sacred Activism: Cool Water,” about the ways in which theater and ritual offer avenues for spiritual and aesthetic growth and community renewal. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
  • Ruby Namdar will discuss his novel “The Ruined House.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Ken Auletta will discuss his book “Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)” in conversation with Elisabeth Bumiller. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Natasha Sinel will discuss her book “Soulstruck.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Lillian Faderman will discuss her book “Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
  • Books, Bites & Brews, the Mount Pleasant Library’s monthly book club for 20- and 30-somethings that meets in local bars and restaurants, will discuss “See What I Have Done,” Sarah Schmidt’s fictional account of the Lizzie Borden murders. 7 p.m. Free. Letena, 3100 14th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
  • A panel of distinguished journalists and other guests will discuss the inextricable link between the rule of law and the media, drawing on lessons from the U.S. and abroad. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Former President Bill Clinton and best-selling author James Patterson will discuss their forthcoming novel “The President Is Missing.” 7 to 9 p.m. $50 to $70 for one book and one ticket. Warner Theatre, 513 13th St. NW. politics-prose.com.
  • The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a talk by Selden Dunbar Illick on “Application of Theory: Toward Resolving Degrees of Unresolved Emotional Attachment.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.

Films

  • A summer film series will feature Samia Badih’s 2016 documentary “Rasheed,” about her late uncle, Rasheed Broum, who was killed in an Israeli airstrike during Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • ForestPlanet.org will present the D.C. premiere of Renée Scheltema’s documentary “Normal Is Over,” about ways in which humans have inadvertently imperiled our planet. 6 to 9 p.m. $15 to $20; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. busboysandpoets.com.
  • The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from Germany and China, followed by a discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. euroasiashorts.com.

Performances

  • The American College Dance Association will present the National College Dance Festival 2018. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $30. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The festival will continue Friday and Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. with different lineups each day.
  • 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 Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 8 p.m. Free. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. fgcitizens.org. The performance will repeat at 8 p.m. June 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23.