Events calendar: Thursday, May 31



  • The Washington Men’s Camerata will present “The Testament of Freedom: Randall Thompson & His Orbit.” 7:30 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “Yemen: An Update” by Amat Alsoswa, a former Yemeni diplomat and the nation’s first minister of human rights. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Education assistant Morgan Kuster will introduce some of the dyes and resulting colors featured in the museum’s new “Textiles 101” interactive gallery, along with samples from its teaching collection of authentic textiles. Noon. Free; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • Melvin Goodman, a former CIA intelligence analyst and author of “Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider’s Account of the Politics of Intelligence,” will discuss the agency’s operational and analytical successes and failures over the past 70 years. 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.
  • Peter Edelman will discuss his book “Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Food writers Elizabeth Minchilli and Ann Mah will discuss “More Than Just a Meal: Italian Cuisine as a Key to Culture.” A tasting of Italian treats will follow. 6:45 p.m. $40 to $55. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Martin Moeller, senior curator at the National Building Museum, will discuss “Memorials in the 21st Century.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Pamela Druckerman will discuss her book “There Are No Grown-Ups: A Midlife Coming-Of-Age Story.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • Howard Ross will discuss his book “Our Search for Belonging: How Our Need to Connect Is Tearing Us Apart” in conversation with Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Bret Baier will discuss his book “Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The West End Library will present the film “Victoria and Abdul.” 12:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • Jenice L. View, associate professor of George Mason University and member of the All Souls Church Unitarian congregation since 1959, will introduce the film “All Souls Church, Ward 1, and Racial Justice,” which she co-directed with Rahima Rice about the long history of All Souls Church as a force for social justice. A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.


  • Dance Exchange will present Liz Lerman’s iconic work “Still Crossing” and a new performance work featuring local artists, local faith leaders and the choir from All Souls Unitarian Church. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Ballet Nacional de Cuba will present “Giselle” as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Artes de Cuba” festival. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $129. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-600. The performance will repeat June 1 at 7:30 p.m., June 2 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and June 3 at 1:30 p.m.