Events calendar: Tuesday, May 16


Children’s program

  • “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). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

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 viniyasa 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.
  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a refresher workshop on the pros and cons of reverse mortgages. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-667-7006.
  • Instructor Phyllis Box will present a Zumba class for ages 18 and older. 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • Meditation instructor David Newcomb will present a workshop on “Meditation for Body, Mind and Spirit.” 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • Via Umbria house mixologist Matt Demma will lead a class on how to make cabana cocktails. 7:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Corelli, Coincy and Beethoven. Noon. Free. Belle Vue Room, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-333-2075.
  • As part of the Tuesday Concert Series, lute player Ronn McFarlane will perform his own arrangements of ancient Scottish and Irish tunes. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • The Columbia Heights Educational Campus, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, will present performances by the school’s Orchestra, Concert Band and Choir, as well as the Lincoln Middle School Band. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will feature classical pianist Maurizio Pollini performing Chopin favorites. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge will host its weekly open mic show with Silky Dave. 8 p.m. Free. Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, 3401 K St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “The Zika Virus” by Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Peter Hultqvist, minister for defense of Sweden, will discuss “Northern European Security.” 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • “Humanizing Politics Through Performance” will feature a talk by Derek Goldman and Devika Ranjan of Georgetown University’s Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics will discuss the program’s mission and work in tackling issues such as the refugee crisis, Islamophobia and the university’s relation to slavery. 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.
  • Jürgen Konrad, experienced refugee teacher, will lead a discussion of the impact of the many asylum seekers and refugees arriving in Germany and elsewhere in Europe (in German). Noon to 1:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Charmaine Craig will discuss her novel “Miss Burma.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Zoologist Bill Schutt will discuss his book “Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • James C. Rentfrow, permanent military professor in the history department at the U.S. Naval Academy, will discuss “The WWI Navy: Second to None.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Irish author Colm Tóibín will discuss his novel “House of Names,” a retelling of the story of Clytemnestra, the wife and murderer of Mycenae’s King Agamemnon. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Chevy Chase Library’s “Crime and Punishment” discussion series — a look at 10 works of fiction from different eras and genres that explore humankind’s struggle for systems of justice that work for all — will examine “Native Son” by Richard Wright. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • Panelists will discuss “New Frontiers: Technology and the Preservation and Presentation of Memory,” about the challenge of teaching about the Holocaust without survivors’ unique, authentic voices as the World War II generation diminishes. 7 p.m. Free. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-488-0460.
  • Sathianathan Clarke will discuss his book “Competing Fundamentalisms: Violent Extremism in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.


  • The Italian Cultural Institute will present Alessia Scarso’s 2015 film “Italo,” about the sad childhood of young Meno following the loss of his mother. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • Bistro Bohem’s “Film and Beer” series, which presents Czech musicals and comedies of the 20th century, will screen Oldrich Lipský’s 1936 film “Lemonade Joe.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. 202-735-5895.


  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Special event

  • Iona Senior Services, Palisades Village and Sibley Memorial Hospital will host an LGBTQ Older Adult Gathering for people over 60 who would like to meet in a relaxed and informal setting while learning about relevant aging-in-place services. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 1, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-895-9401.


  • Susan Pell, science and public programs manager at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a “Marvelous Morphology” tour about fruit structure and function. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.