- “Pacific Rhythm” will feature traditional dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, Cook Islands and Samoa performed with authentic costumes. 10 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- Alliance Française de Washington will present “Do-ré-mi les amis!,” a musical storytime featuring traditional songs and dancing. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- “Reptiles Alive!” will offer a chance to meet live animals and learn funny stories and facts about them. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
Classes and workshops
- A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory vinyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Megan Mamula of Yoga District will present a yoga class for beginners. 1 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- Jackie Anderson, a certified yoga instructor and librarian at Marie Reed Elementary School, will present a “Family Yoga!” class. 6 p.m. Free. Children’s Room, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Facilitator Catharin Dalpino of the Washington English Center will lead an Evening English Conversation Group for members to talk about ideas and events and practice conversation skills. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” series will feature Skyline Hotel performing indie pop rock. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
- The Tuesday Concert Series will feature saxophonist Peter Anderson and clarinetist Will Anderson, two brothers known for unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
- The Reginald Cyntje Group will perform a blend of jazz, Afrobeat and Caribbean music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Countertenor Darius Elmore will present the works of Handel, Schubert, Massenet and Schumann, among others. 6 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- The Mansion on O & O Street Museum will hold a benefit concert featuring four-time Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding and singer-songwriter JD Souther. 6:30 p.m. $150. Mansion on O & O Street Museum, 2020 O St. NW. omansion.com.
- The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. navyband.navy.mil.
- The U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants will perform music from the 1950s and 1960s, including doo-wop, R&B, Motown and rock. 8 p.m. Free. West Side, U.S. Capitol. usafband.af.mil.
- Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com.
Discussions and lectures
- NASA scientist Lori Glaze will discuss “Venus — the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet,” about what we know about Venus, what mysteries we need to solve, and what future spacecraft and instrument technologies could help us answer our questions. 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5639.
- Kayla Schwartz, beekeeper at the George Washington University Undergraduate Honey Bee Research Lab, will discuss the design evolution of modern man-made beehives. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- A 20th anniversary celebration of “Does Your Mama Know?: An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories” will feature Lisa C. Moore, founder and editor of RedBone Press; Michelé Prince, black queer feminist sex and gender scholar; and Michelle Sewell, publisher of Girlchild Press. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- Robert Wright, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Bloggingheads.tv, will discuss his book “Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Via Umbria’s “Movie and a Meal” will feature a three-course pasta dinner served during a screening of the 2008 film “Mid-August Lunch,” about Giovanni, a middle-aged man living in Rome with his elderly mother, who finds himself with a new opportunity as the city clears out for the Italian holiday of Ferragosto. 7:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. viaumbria.com.
- Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680.
Performances and readings
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a “Free for All” performance of director Ron Daniels’ production of “Othello,” one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. shakespearetheatre.org. Performances will continue through Aug. 27.
- The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. witdc.org.
- Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Drew Anderson. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- The Washington Nationals will play the Los Angeles Angels. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 1:05 p.m.
Tours and walks
- U.S. Botanic Garden executive director Ari Novy will lead a tour through the garden’s collections and share stories about his favorite plants and the institution’s history. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Gargoyle Tower Climb” will feature a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers. 6 p.m. $50; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org. The event will also be offered Aug. 29 at 6 p.m.