Events calendar: Thursday, June 8


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.


  • An American roots concert series will feature the Seth Kibel Group performing jazz. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will present an evening of solo performances by the program’s graduating seniors, including violinists Yukino Takehara and Amelia Bailey, cellist HeeYun Jeon and flutist Alexander Day. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District’s “Tunes in the Triangle” concert series will feature singer-songwriter Justin Trawick performing Americana and folk rock. 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.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Mason Bates in a performance conducted by Edo de Waart and featuring pianist Alice Sara Ott. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • 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.
  • The U.S. Army Concert Band will perform with the winner of the 2017 National Collegiate Solo Competition 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.


  • 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.

Discussions and lectures

  • Curator Lee Talbot will discuss Hanae Mori, one of Japan’s earliest couture designers. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • A National Portrait Gallery educator will lead a conversation about three dynamic women: Maya Lin, Rachel Carson and Marisol Escobar. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • A panel discussion on “The Trump Effect: Elections 2016 & 2017” will feature Mark Plotkin, U.S. political analyst for the BBC, noted political pundit and longtime D.C. statehood proponent; D.C. shadow Sen. Michael D. Brown; and MaryEva Candon, a D.C. representative on the Democratic National Committee. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • Glenn F. Williams, a historian at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, will discuss his book “Dunmore’s War: The Last Conflict of America’s Colonial Era,” about the 1774 campaign against a Shawnee-led Indian confederacy in the Ohio Country that marked the final time an American colonial militia took to the field in the service of King George III and under royal command. 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Palestinian sociologist, activist and author Anan Ameri will discuss her book “The Scent of Jasmine: Coming of Age in Jerusalem and Damascus.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • A spring discussion series on neuroscience and trauma will feature retired Johns Hopkins University neuroscientist and researcher Bill Marks and attorney Jeanine Hull. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • National Geographic journalist Andrew Evans will discuss his book “The Black Penguin,” about the adventures, conversations, surprises and more from his 12,000-mile journey through every landscape imaginable on his long quest to balance identity and family, love and faith. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Patrick E. McGovern, scientific director of the Biomolecular Archaeology Project for Cuisine, Fermented Beverages and Health at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, will discuss his book “Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-Created.” Joining McGovern in conversation will be Dogfish Head Brewery founder and president Sam Calagione, who has used McGovern’s findings to create brews that will be available for tasting. 6:45 p.m. $40 to $55. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Author and activist Sarah Prager will discuss her book “Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World.” Joining Prager in conversation will be Candace Gingrich, associate director of youth and campus engagement at the Human Rights Campaign. 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Superstar comedian Kevin Hart will discuss his memoir “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from France and Japan, followed by a discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • The Capitol Riverfront’s outdoor movie series will feature “Me Before You.” Sundown. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.
  • The Friends of Mitchell Park group will open its summertime film series with a screening of “Field of Dreams,” starring Kevin Costner, Amy Madigan, James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster. 8:40 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd and S streets NW. 202-546-4293. The series will continue on July 13.

Performances and readings

  • Poets on the Fringe will host a poetry reading. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1448.
  • The Essential Theatre will celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month with the D.C. premiere of Trinidad native Tony Hall’s “Jean and Dinah … The Play.” 7 p.m. $38. Undercroft Theatre, Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Performances will continue through June 18.
  • The New York City Ballet will present “Balanchine, Peck & Wheeldon,” featuring the D.C. premiere of “American Rhapsody” and “The Times Are Racing.” 7:30 p.m. $29 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 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 9, 10, 15, 16, 22, 23 and 24.

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. The program will repeat June 15 at 3 p.m.
  • In honor of National Best Friends Day, the Georgetown branch of the D.C. Public Library will present “Speed Friending,” offering platonic matchmaking for busy people. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.
  • The Georgetown Library’s monthly Trivia Night will offer a chance to team up with friends or join fellow nerds to take home a prize (for adults and savvy teens). 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • A “Camparti” celebration of Negroni Week will feature tastings from six different stations serving up unique twists on a traditional Negroni created by house mixologist Matt Demma. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the D.C.-based nonprofit Miriam’s Kitchen. 7 p.m. $35; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Baltimore Orioles in a game rescheduled due to inclement weather. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.


  • An arborist from Casey Trees will lead an hourlong walk in the Soapstone Valley and present the basics of tree identification. 6:30 p.m. Free. Meet at the Cleveland Park Interim Library, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080.