- Carole Boston Weatherford will discuss her books “Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression” and “Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America” (for ages 6 through 9). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- 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.
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. housingetc.org.
- 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.
- Teachers from the Dakshina Dance Company will lead a Bhangra/Bollywood Dance Class for adults. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- A string quartet featuring members of the Air Force Strings will perform. 12:30 p.m. Free. Hall of Music, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
- As part of “JFK Centennial Week,” a concert by the VSA International Young Soloists will feature outstanding young musicians with disabilities. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Luce Unplugged series will feature Bad Moves, a power pop quartet. The event will include snacks and drinks available for purchase. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, 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.
- “The Hubble Cantata: A Live Virtual Reality Performance” will push the boundaries of art and science with a journey of wonder and exploration featuring opera stars Nathan Gunn and Talise Trevigne, a 20-piece instrumental ensemble, a 100-person choir from The Washington Chorus, and the cutting-edge virtual reality film “Fistful of Stars.” 7:30 p.m. $15 to $45. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk by New York Times reporter Helene Cooper on her book “Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” the harrowing but triumphant story of the leader of Liberia women’s movement, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, and the first democratically elected female president in African history. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. olli-dc.org/may_lecture_series.
- 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. The series will continue June 8.
- The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a reception for Mayor Muriel Bowser and some of her female advisers and cabinet members, featuring a look at the state of the city. 6 to 8 p.m. $25 to $35. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- Author, chef and entrepreneur Matt Moore will discuss his book “The South’s Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Paul Vidich will discuss his book “The Good Assassin,” a tale of suspense set in 1950s Cuba. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- Andrew Steele of the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Geophysical Laboratory will discuss “Mars, Moons, Missions & Microbes: Life as We Don’t Know It — How Do We Find It?” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Greenwalt Building, Carnegie Institution for Science, 5241 Broad Branch Road NW. carnegiescience.edu.
- Artist George Condo — best known for his existential humor and unhinged pictorial inventions — will discuss the 200 drawings, sketches and “Drawing Paintings” on view in his exhibition “The Way I Think.” 6:30 p.m. $12; free for students and members. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- Ali Soufan, a former FBI operative, will discuss his book “Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of Bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Max Klau, chief program officer at the New Politics Leadership Academy, will discuss his book “Race and Social Change: A Quest, a Study, a Call to Action.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St. NW. upshurstreetbooks.com.
- The Textiles at Twelve series will present Deborah Riley Draper’s 2013 film “Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution,” about a 1973 fashion show in which American designers Anne Klein, Bill Blass and others put their ready-to-wear clothing lines up against the lions of French haute couture. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- An Asian Pacific Heritage Month film showing will feature “Together,” about a violin prodigy and his father who travel to Beijing, where the father seeks the means to his son’s success while the son struggles to accept the path laid before him. 5 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- As part of the 27th annual Washington Jewish Film Festival, “As If, a Clueless Night!” will feature a screening of Amy Heckerling’s iconic 1995 teen comedy “Clueless,” about a pampered Beverly Hills do-gooder who plays matchmaker to her fellow high schoolers. A post-screening Q&A will feature Heckerling. 6 p.m. $20. Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. wjff.org.
Performances and readings
- Novelist Tracy Chevalier will read excerpts from “New Boy,” her re-telling of Shakespeare’s “Othello” published as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series of modern-day versions of the Bard’s most renowned plays. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- The Washington Ballet will present the world premiere of artistic director Julie Kent’s commissioned work with choreography by Ethan Stiefel — “Frontier,” inspired by President John F. Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural and intellectual excellence. The program will also include Antony Tudor’s “Lilac Garden” and Sir Frederick Ashton’s “The Dream.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $140. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 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.
- A “Landmark Luncheon” event at Tudor Place will feature Matt Moore, author of “The South’s Best Butts: Pitmaster Secrets for Southern Barbecue Perfection,” demonstrating secrets from the Barbecue Belt. 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. $25 to $35, which will include a seated buffet lunch and a sweet Tennessee whiskey cocktail. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- The Georgetown Library will host an “Adult Coloring” event. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home will host “A Celebration of National Wine Day,” featuring music by the D.C.-based Latin jazz group Trio Caliente, a wine tasting, dancing, a silent auction and the presentation of a community service award to Michael P. Akin, president of Link Strategic Partners and chair of the Greater Washington Urban League. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $75; reservations required. Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, 5425 Western Ave. NW. lldhhfundraiser.eventbrite.com.
- The Washington Nationals will play the Seattle Mariners. 4:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.
- 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. 12:15 to 1 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. dupontunderground.org. The tour will also be offered Friday through Sunday 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. cathedral.org.