Events calendar: Tuesday, July 25


Children’s programs

  • Discovery Theater will present a “Percussical” by the ensemble SOLE Defined — a twist on percussive dance and the traditional musical, with performers turning their bodies into human drums (recommended for ages 5 through 16). 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. $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 1:30 p.m.; and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and noon.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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.
  • Yoga Activist will present a class for beginners. 7:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.


  • As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, cellist Fanny Nemeth-Weiss will perform music by Kodaly, Popper and Barber. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • Singer Tessa Souter will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The U.S. Navy Band and Navy Ceremonial Guard will perform. 7:30 p.m. Free. U.S. Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • The local alternative rock band Strange Avenger will perform. 8 p.m. Free. Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. 202-232-1011.

Discussions and lectures

  • Four-time international whistling champion Chris Ullman will discuss his memoir “Find Your Whistle: Simple Gifts Touch Hearts and Change Lives.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • The “Around the World Book Club” will discuss “The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep: Russia’s Road to Terror and Dictatorship Under Yeltsin and Putin” by David Satter. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • In conjunction with the exhibit “Down These Mean Streets,” photographer Hiram Maristany — who captured the bustling street life and culture of El Barrio, New York’s historic Puerto Rican neighborhood — will join curator E. Carmen Ramos to explore how Latino photographers responded to the urban crisis in the communities where they lived and worked. 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad M.J. Al Thani, ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States. Free. 6 to 8 p.m. Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Adam Novak will discuss his novel “Freaks of the Industry.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Ian Bassingthwaighte will discuss his novel “Live From Cairo.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • The Goethe Book Club — a discussion series focusing on works by contemporary German authors — will delve into Alina Bronsky’s “Broken Glass Park (Scherbenpark).” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Art historian Eugenia Bogdanova-Kummer will discuss “Calligraphy and Cultural Exchange Between Japan, the United States, and Europe in the Postwar Years,” about the connection between Japanese avant-garde calligraphy and European and American abstract art in the 1950s and 1960s. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • Author Sam Kean will discuss his book “Caesar’s Last Breath: Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Jesse Eisinger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning senior reporter at ProPublica, will discuss his book “The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Author Mitch Albom will mark the 20th anniversary of his book “Tuesdays With Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson” in conversation with Ted Koppel, “Nightline” anchor from 1980 to 2005. 7 p.m. $12 to $20. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.


  • As part of its “Once Upon a Time: From Books to Movies” summer film series, the Embassy of France will present Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s 1995 film “The Horseman on the Roof (Le Hussard sur le toit),” based on Jean Giono’s 1951 novel. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • The annual Georgetown Sunset Cinema series — presenting iconic movies with strong female leads and story lines — will feature the 2015 film “Brooklyn,” about an Irish immigrant who lands in 1950s Brooklyn and quickly falls into a romance with a local. 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Waterfront Park, K Street and Cecil Place NW. The series will continue Aug. 1 with “Erin Brockovich” and Aug. 8 with “The Devil Wears Prada.”


  • 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

  • “SummerSet DC 2017: Lunchtime Music Series on the Mall” will feature a performance by the hip-hop nonprofit Words Beats & Life and composer, vocalist and percussionist Tosin Aribisala. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. In front of the National Air and Space Museum at 7th Street and Jefferson Drive SW.
  • 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.
  • “Beltway Pundits at Dupont Underground” will feature a pun competition among a dozen quick-witted contestants seeking to make the audience laugh or grown. 8 p.m. $12 to $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.
  • Busboys and Poets will host the Beltway Poetry Slam. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
  • Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Gowri Koneswaran. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special event

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a “Summer Fun” edition of its adult coloring program. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Kastles will play the Springfield Lasers in Mylan World TeamTennis competition featuring Venus Williams, Sam Querrey and Bruno Soares. 7 p.m. $22 to $88. Smith Center, George Washington University, 22nd and G streets NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Nationals will play the Milwaukee Brewers. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 12:05 p.m.

Tours and walks

  • U.S. Botanic Garden conservation and sustainability horticulturist Ray Mims will lead a “Rediscover Bartholdi Park!” tour to highlight recent renovations to upgrade accessibility, safety and sustainability, as well as the park’s history. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet by the Bartholdi Park Fountain, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “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 “Classic Tower Climb” will offer a look at the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the central tower with scenic views of Washington. 6 p.m. $40; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.