Events calendar: Tuesday, May 23


Children’s program

  • Chris Van Dusen will discuss his book “Hattie & Hudson,” a charming twist on the legend of the Loch Ness Monster (for ages 4 through 7). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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, the Valor Brass Quintet will perform new works for brass quintet. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • Laborfest 2017 will feature Magpie’s Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner performing songs from their new CD “When We Stand Together: Songs of Joe Hill, the IWW, and Fellow Workers.” 5 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW.
  • As part of “JFK Centennial Week,” trombonists of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra will honor President John F. Kennedy with compositions that exemplify courage, freedom, justice, service and gratitude. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will present a talk on “Will There Ever Be Peace in the Middle East?” by Elliott Abrams, senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Marie Jenkins Schwartz will discuss her book “Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves,” about Martha Washington, Martha Jefferson and Dolley Madison. 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 “Kicking the Kremlin: Russia’s New Dissidents and the Battle to Topple Putin” by Marc Bennetts. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • As part of a spring advocacy “Take Charge and Live Well in DC” series, Iona Senior Services will present a seminar on “911 or 311: Making the Right Call” by Karima Holmes, director of the D.C. Office of Unified Communications. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Room 212, St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9442. The series will continue June 13.
  • Antonia Dapena-Tretter, author of “Peeling Back Robert W. Newmann: A Narrative Portfolio,” will join New York artist Robert W. Newmann for a conversation on the artist’s many influences and his slow transition from painted canvases to large-scale installations and sculptures. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050.
  • Miranda Pennington will discuss her book “A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontës Taught Me about Life, Love, and Women’s Work,” a blend of memoir and literary criticism. 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Melissa Adler will discuss her book “Cruising the Library,” about how the Library of Congress shapes views on sexuality and gender. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Peter Doran will discuss his book “Breaking Rockefeller: The Incredible Story of the Ambitious Rivals Who Toppled an Oil Empire.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Swedish journalist Carina Bergfeldt will discuss her experience traveling with photographer Magnus Wennman and talking with children fleeing from wars and searching for peace and safety, as chronicled in the exhibition “Where the Children Sleep.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • Local natural historian Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of “City of Trees: The Complete Field Guide to the Trees of Washington, D.C.,” will offer an illustrated overview of many of the city’s notable green spaces and landscaped landmarks. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Art historian Stefanie Walker will discuss “The Treasures of Dresden’s Green Vault.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Thomas E. Ricks will discuss his book “Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “Sharks: On Assignment With Brian Skerry” will feature a talk by the National Geographic photojournalist and conservationist on the 14 trips he has taken around the world to photograph tiger sharks, great whites, oceanic whitetips and shortfin makos. 7:30 p.m. $25. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • Felice Gelman, president of Friends of the Jenin Freedom Theatre, will present “Short Films From The Freedom Theatre: Stories of Life and Resistance Under Occupation,” featuring a screening of three films followed by a discussion via Skype with Mohamed Haj Ibrahim, multimedia coordinator for The Freedom Theatre. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
  • 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.
  • As part of celebrations of the centennial of American involvement in World War I, the Embassy of France will present Simon Rouby’s 2015 animated film “Adama.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.


  • 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.
  • DJ Spooky and the D.C.-based music ensemble Sound Impact will present a multimedia reimagining of the infamously racist 1915 silent film “The Birth of a Nation” to examine how exploitation and corruption continue today. A discussion will follow. 8 p.m. $19 to $55. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • New Zealand-based prop comic and mime Tape Face will perform. 8 p.m. $29.50. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • 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 events

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a “Summer Fun” edition of its adult coloring program. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The Emergence Community Arts Collective will host “In Honor Of,” a celebration of six extraordinary community members committed to upholding their neighborhoods. The event will include dinner and performances by Janice the Griot and others. 6 p.m. $35. Prince Hall Performing Arts Center, 1000 U St. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Seattle Mariners. 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 4:05 p.m.


  • 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.