Events calendar: Tuesday, July 18

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Benefit

  • The D.C.-based nonprofit Kidsave will host a fundraiser for its “Summer Miracles” program to help orphans from Colombia who are in need of permanent families. 6 to 9 p.m. $75 to $200. Home of Claire Lucas and Judy Dlugacz, 3102 Ellicott St. NW. kidsave.org/summer-miracles-events.

Children’s programs

  • Discovery Theater will present “Summer Magic,” featuring Dave Thoren (recommended for ages 5 through 12). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The event will repeat Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and noon; Thursday at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
  • “Living the American Indian Experience” will have participants make a clay pot, practice safety archery and listen to a Piscataway story (for ages 8 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.

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.
  • Dojo Comedy will present a workshop on “The Joy of Improv,” with participants working together to stage funny scenes and scenarios. 4 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • CASS Fitness will present a weekly outdoor fitness class led by a certified personal trainer. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. The Parks at Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW. TheParksatWalterReed@gmail.com. The class will continue weekly through Oct. 24, weather permitting.
  • A workshop on personal archiving will share basic concepts and practices for preserving photos, papers, memorabilia, email and other media. Local historian Marya Annette McQuirter will also discuss her current project to produce a history of D.C. in 1968, and will scan items such as photographs, yearbooks, report cards, church bulletins, letters, diaries and holiday cards brought by audience members. 6:30 p.m. Free. 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.

Concerts

  • “SummerSet DC 2017: Lunchtime Music Series on the Mall” will feature the classic blues band Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes and spoken word artist Ashley “Epiphany” Hodges. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. In front of the National Air and Space Museum at 7th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. dcarts.dc.gov. The series will continue on July 20 and 25.
  • As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, clarinetist Adam Ebert and pianist Raffi Kasparian will perform works by Mozart and Finzi. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • Stranger in the Alps, a modern folk-rock outfit that uses old gestures to communicate the joys and anxieties of contemporary life, will perform original songs inspired by homonyms and air travel. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • As part of the Washington National Cathedral’s Summer Concert Series, soprano Allison Mondel will present “Songs in Praise of the Creator,” featuring arias of Mozart, Handel, Monteverdi and Hildegard von Bingen, along with anecdotes and histories of these sacred works. 6:30 p.m. Included in $5 discounted admission for summer evening hours. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
  • The U.S. Navy Band’s Country Current ensemble will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. navyband.navy.mil.

Demonstration

  • In conjunction with the March on Washington Film Festival, the National Museum of American History will present a cooking demonstration on “Crops, Culture and Lowcountry Cuisine,” featuring culinary historian Michael Twitty and Anson Mills founder Glenn Roberts. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.

Discussions and lectures

  • Garrett Graff will discuss his book “Raven Rock: The Story of the U.S. Government’s Secret Plan to Save Itself,” about doomsday preparations on how to evacuate and protect the nation’s historic artifacts and its leaders. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • In conjunction with the March on Washington Film Festival, the National Museum of American History will host an afternoon devoted to artists, authors and poets whose work honors and informs civil rights and social justice. The program will include panel discussions on graphic novels and comics as well as spoken word and poetry, with book sales and signings available all day. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Alix Murdoch, federal policy director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will discuss “Preserving the Health of Our Chesapeake Bay,” about issues the bay has encountered throughout the years and the challenges to its cleanup presented by the policies of President Donald Trump’s administration. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • “Double Take: One Artwork Two Viewpoints” will feature Smithsonian American Art Museum senior curator Eleanor Harvey and National Museum of Natural History geologist Liz Cottrell discussing Thomas Moran’s monumental painting “The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Emily Esfahani Smith will discuss her book “The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Pamela Heyne will discuss her book “In Julia’s Kitchen: Practical and Convivial Kitchen Design Inspired by Julia Child,” about how the American chef, author and television personality influenced the modern home. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • Craig Bauer, professor of mathematics at York College and editor-in-chief of the journal Cryptologia, will discuss his book “Unsolved! The History and Mystery of the World’s Greatest Ciphers From Ancient Egypt to Online Secret Societies.” 6:30 p.m. $8 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Art historian Bonita Billman will discuss “Andrew Wyeth: An Appreciation at 100.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Grant Rumley, research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and Amir Tibon, an Israeli journalist covering Washington for Haaretz, will discuss their book “The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas,” about the man who became the head of the Palestinian National Authority in 2005. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Treva B. Lindsey, author of “Colored No More: Reinventing Black Womanhood in Washington. D.C.,” will discuss the role of black women in making Washington an intellectual, cultural, social and political capital for African-Americans in the early 20th century. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.

Films

  • An Age-Friendly DC Movie Matinee will feature “The Big Chill,” starring Kevin Kline and Glenn Close. 1:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • As part of the March on Washington Film Festival, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will screen the documentary “Paris Noir: African Americans in the City of Light,” about the rich cultural exchange between France and black America from the World War I period through the early 1960s. A post-screening discussion will feature Julia Browne, the film’s co-producer. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. marchonwashingtonfilmfestival.org.
  • Bistro Bohem’s “Film and Beer” series, which presents Czech musicals and comedies of the 20th century, will screen the 1964 film “If a Thousand Clarinets.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. 202-735-5895.
  • The annual Georgetown Sunset Cinema series — presenting iconic movies with strong female leads and story lines — will feature the 2016 film “Hidden Figures,” about a team of African-American female mathematicians that helped NASA put John Glenn into orbit. 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, K Street and Cecil Place NW. georgetowndc.com/sunsetcinema. The series will continue July 25 with “Brooklyn.”

Meeting

  • 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

  • Harvard chaplains Vanessa Zoltan and Casper ter Kuile will present a live version of their podcast “Harry Potter and the Sacred Text,” which features the two of them reading from the beloved series through the lens of instructive and inspirational text and extracting lessons that can be applied to our own lives. 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Kastles will play the New York Empire in Mylan World TeamTennis competition featuring Martina Hingis and Frances Tiafoe. 7 p.m. $16 to $73. Smith Center, George Washington University, 22nd and G streets NW. 800-745-3000.

Tours

  • “Gardener’s Focus: The Cutting Garden’s Bounty” will feature a tour led by Drew Asbury, Hillwood’s horticulturist and volunteer manager. 1 p.m. $15 to $18. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will also be offered Thursday and Friday at 1 p.m.
  • The Washington National Cathedral’s “Combination Tower Climb” will present both the “Gargoyle Tower Climb,” featuring a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers, and the “Classic Tower Climb,” offering a look at the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the central tower with scenic views of Washington. 5 p.m. $75; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.