Events calendar: Thursday, May 18


Children’s programs

  • A U.S. Botanic Garden docent will host a “May 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.
  • “Pajama Movie Night” will feature “Beauty and the Beast.” 6 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. 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.
  • Meditation instructor David Newcomb will present a workshop on “Meditation for Optimal Well-Being.” 7 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.


  • The Airmen of Note’s Jazz Sextet will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. Hall of Music, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature multi-instrumentalist Warren Wolf and his quartet paying homage to the greatest vibraphonists of the last 100 years. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • 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.
  • Barnard Elementary School, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, will celebrate and showcase the contributions of Africans globally and African-Americans in the United States through the arts. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra will present Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1” and Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” in a performance led by Ton Koopman. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.


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

Discussions and lectures

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “The College President Today” by Sanford Ungar, former president of Goucher College, former director of Voice of America and former dean of the American University School of Communication. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Curator Robyn Asleson will discuss a portrait of Bayard Taylor by Thomas Hicks. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The American Women Writers National Museum will present a talk on “Stirred, Not Shaken: Narratives of Early Feminist Writers” by women’s studies specialist Megan Metcalf. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. McClendon Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW.
  • Georgetown University professor Ori Z. Soltes will discuss his book “God and the Goalposts: A Brief History of Sports, Religion, Politics, War and Art.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • The Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host a talk by attorneys Debra D’Agostino and Sarah McKinin of the Federal Practice Group on the rights federal employees have on and off the job. 6 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden education specialist Alexandra Torres will discuss “Trees at Home,” about arboreal benefits such as enhancing curb appeal to saving money through energy efficiency. The program will include a visit to the outdoor gardens after a short discussion. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • Former Ebony Fashion Fair model, commentator and buyer Shayla Simpson will discuss “The Ebony Fashion Fair and the European Connection,” about what it was like to work and travel with Eunice Johnson to the couture design houses in Europe to purchase fashions. 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • Architect David Adjaye and architecture critic Paul Goldberger will discuss Adjaye’s career and explore the challenges and opportunities he has encountered working on projects in both the public and private realm, including the National Museum of African American History and Culture and his current effort to repurpose the West Heating Plant in Georgetown. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • American music specialist and pianist Robert Wyatt will present a program on “Jerome Kern: Godfather of American Musical Theater.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Scott Turow, master of the legal thriller, will discuss his book “Testimony,” set at the International Criminal Court in The Hague. 6:45 p.m. $45 to $55 for one ticket and one book. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Nathan Hill will discuss his novel “The Nix,” about the resilience of love and home, even in times of radical change. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carys Davies will discuss her book “The Redemption of Galen Pike: Short Stories,” and Elise Levine will discuss her novel “Blue Fields.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW.
  • Artist Liza Lou — who gained recognition in 1996 with her room-size installation “Kitchen,” for which she hand-glued millions of glass beads over a five-year period — will discuss her new installations and her work with Zulu bead workers in South Africa. 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me,” recipient of a 2015 National Book Award. 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 “Hillbilly Elegy: Bowen Theory in Everyday Life” by Anne McKnight, director of the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.


  • As part of Art Museum Day, the Textiles at Twelve series will present Andrew Morgan’s 2015 film “The True Cost,” about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the fashion industry is having on our world. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The Monthly Family Film series will feature “Matilda,” based on the book by Roald Dahl (for ages 4 and older). 4 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The 27th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival will feature the D.C. premiere of Ori Sivan’s 2016 film “Harmonia,” a contemporary adaptation of the biblical tale of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar, set in the world of the Jerusalem Philharmonic Orchestra. 7 p.m. $14.95. Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The festival will continue through May 28 with screenings at various venues.


  • The Washington Opera Society will present Gioachino Rossini’s “La Cenerentola,” featuring singers Magdalena Wór, Timothy Augustin, Elizabeth Treat, Gustavo Ahualli, Anamer Castrello and Kwuangkyu Lee. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; light fare at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. $100 to $150. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • Honduran activists Melissa Cardoza and Karla Lara will perform stories from Cardoza’s book “13 Colors of the Honduran Resistance,” about women resisting brutal repression and finding unyielding hope. A post-performance discussion will examine parallels between current struggles in Honduras and the United States. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • 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

  • In honor of Art Museum Day, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will present free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.
  • “Expedition Raw” will offer an unfiltered look at the surprises, challenges and behind-the-scenes moments captured by National Geographic explorers in the field. Happy hour at 5:30 p.m.; program at 6:30 p.m. $15. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • ZooFari will feature food from 100-plus area restaurants, wine, entertainment, animal demonstrations and a silent auction. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $160 to $200. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • “History & Hops,” a monthly series of house tours and beer tastings at the Heurich House Museum, will feature Kathy Rizzo, executive director of the DC Brewers’ Guild. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW.
  • The DC Arts Center will present the 2017 Experience Auction, featuring an opportunity for participants to bid on a series of one-of-a-kind adventures and happenings created for the occasion by D.C. tastemakers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, actors and chefs. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $95 to $140. The Club and Ballroom, Kennedy-Warren Apartments, 3133 Connecticut Ave. NW.


  • Camille Ann Brewer, curator of contemporary art, will lead a tour of the exhibition “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair,” which tells the story of the iconic fashion show and its creator Eunice Johnson through stunning gowns, feathered coats and statement pieces by leading designers. 5 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.