Events calendar: Tuesday, Sept. 19


Children’s program

  • “Tudor Tots: Five Senses” will feature songs, stories and movement (for ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The fall “Tudor Tots” series will continue weekly through Oct. 31.

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.
  • As part of the D.C. Public Library’s monthlong Banned Books celebration, artist and cartoonist Dana Jeri Maier will present a class on “DIY Wheatpasting,” about the art of gluing oversized photocopies to walls. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
  • 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. The class will continue weekly through Oct. 24, weather permitting.
  • 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.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Moe Stringz & String Theory Effort performing jazz. 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 mezzo-soprano Christine Browne-Munz, tenor Nathan Létorneau and pianist Jeremy Filsell in a program reflecting Canada’s landscape and culture. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • The University of the District of Columbia’s “JAZZforum” will present a conversation and performance featuring saxophonist, composer/arranger and bandleader Anthony Nelson. 7 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Building 46-West, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • American University professor Phil Brenner, an expert on Cuba, will discuss his book “Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence” in conversation with American University professors William LeoGrande and Max Paul Friedman. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-1623.
  • Realtor Ebony Bates will host a real estate information session. 5 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The Italian Cultural Institute will present photographer Renato D’Agostin discussing his project “7439 Miles Across the USA” in conversation with Verna Poser Curtis, former curator of photography at the Library of Congress, and Susan Behrends Frank, curator at the Phillips Collection. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • As part of the labor-oriented “Bread & Roses” series, Lane Windham, a fellow with Georgetown University’s Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, will discuss her book “Knocking on Labor’s Door: Union Organizing in the 1970s and the Origins of a New Economic Divide.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Ward Churchill will discuss his book “Wielding Words Like Weapons: Selected Essays in Indigenism, 1995-2005.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • David Greenbaum, Sven Shockey, David Varner and Cynthia Cogil of SmithGroupJJR will discuss their firm’s impact on the Washington area over the past 164 years. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Alice McDermott will discuss her ninth novel “The Ninth Hour.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Darcey Rosenblatt will discuss her book “Lost Boys,” about a 12-year-old boy’s attempt to make sense of war. 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, 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 delve into “All My Sons” by Arthur Miller. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • The Friends of Mount Pleasant Library will present a talk by D.C.-based novelist and television producer George Pelecanos on his childhood in Mount Pleasant and the impact it has had on his writing. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.


  • Preservation specialists Audrey Amidon and Heidi Holmstrom will present an overview of the Army Air Corps’ First Motion Picture Unit from World War II with film clips that include recognizable stars who served in the unit. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • “Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature a screening of “Walls That Bleed: The Story of the Dudley/A&T Uprising,” about the civil rights movement in Greensboro, N.C. 6 to 8 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The Woman’s National Democratic Club will host a screening of Lilly Rivlin’s film “Heather Booth: Changing the World,” about the renowned organizer and activist who began her career at the height of the civil rights movement. A post-screening Q&A will feature Booth. 6:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • Director Alexandra Pelosi will present her 2007 documentary “The Words That Build America,” a filmed unabridged reading of the authentic words of our founding fathers. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Bistro Bohem’s “Film and Beer” series — featuring Czech musicals and comedies — will present Filip Renc’s 2001 love story “Rebels.” 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

  • “Comedy at the Kennedy Center” will feature comedian, musician and writer James Veitch. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the Hall of States beginning at approximately 5 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Lannan Center author series will feature readings by poets Tarfia Faizullah and Jamaal May. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • 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.
  • Dupont Underground and the DC Improv will present “Make Up Party: Animals,” featuring comedians competing for a cash prize. 8 p.m. $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.
  • Drew Anderson will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • “Chris Kimball’s Milk Street Live!” will feature taste tests, cooking competitions, quizzes and more. 7:30 p.m. $45 to $95. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • A tasting of wines from Umbria will feature meat and cheese pairings prepared by chef Liam LaCivita. 7:30 p.m. $30; reservations suggested. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • 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.