Events calendar: Wednesday, Aug. 16

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Classes and workshops

  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-726-2080.
  • The weekly “Sunset Fitness in the Park” event will feature a one-hour class presented by Down Dog Yoga. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Potomac and K streets NW. georgetowndc.com/sunsetfitness. The series will continue Aug. 23 and 30.
  • As part of a summer garden series, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will present a workshop led by Bill Brower of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority on “Improving Urban Soils With Biosolids.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th St. NW. dpr.dc.gov/node/1124742.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present an improv workshop. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. witdc.org/learn/improv-for-all.
  • The Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop to critique participants’ poems. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Kadampa Meditation Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $6 to $12. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.
  • Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly “Yoga for All” restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.

Concerts

  • The “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” series will feature the Starlight Orchestra performing big band sounds. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • Desi Soul vocalist Zeshan B will perform his unique blend of the hard-driving rhythms and horn-heavy sounds of 1960s and 1970s soul with the angsty scats and vocal stylings of early Indo-Pakistani film. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
  • Herb Scott and Aaron Myers of the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation will host the weekly “Capitol Hill Jazz Jam.” 8 to 11 p.m. No cover; $12 minimum. Mr. Henry’s Restaurant, 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-546-8412.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Guy Mason Reading Group will hold its monthly meeting. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts senior educator Adrienne L. Gayoso will discuss several works in the special exhibition “Revival.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will present a program on “All About Water.” 2 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • Spencer Crew, former director of the National Museum of American History and a professor of history at George Mason University, will discuss “The Great Migration,” about the 20th-century movement of more than 6 million African-Americans from the Jim Crow agrarian South to the industrial urban North. 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Istanbul-based journalist Suzy Hansen will discuss her book “Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post-American World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Fatimah Jackson, director of the Cobb Research Laboratory at Howard University and a leader in forensic anthropological research, will discuss the laboratory’s work in reconstructing African-American biological history. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Films

  • The Monthly Family Film series will feature “BFG,” based on the book by Roald Dahl. 3 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The West End Interim Library will present the 2015 action film “San Andreas,” starring Dwayne Johnson as a search-and-rescue pilot seeking to locate his daughter and wife amid the massive death and destruction unleashed by an incredibly powerful earthquake. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE. nomabid.org/noma-summer-screen.
  • The Library of Congress will present the 1955 film “This Island Earth,” about two scientists who are kidnapped by aliens and taken to a distant planet to help them win a war. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5603.
  • The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host an outdoor screening of “Lion.” 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Chinatown Park, 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-727-3120.
  • The French Cinémathèque series will present Stéphane Brizé’s film “A Woman’s Life,” a tale of tormented love embedded in the restrictive social and moral codes of marriage and family in 19th-century Normandy. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performance

  • Mary Bowman will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

Special event

  • Peter Laufer, executive chef of Cafe du Parc at the Willard InterContinental, will present a five-course dinner paired with Grgich Hills wine offerings. 6 p.m. $105 plus tax and gratuity; reservations required. Cafe du Parc, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-942-7000.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Los Angeles Angels. 1:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.
  • The Washington Mystics will play the Los Angeles Sparks. 7 p.m. $25 to $130. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

Tours

  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Klusman will present a tour on “The Art and History of the U.S. Botanic Garden.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Meet on the Terrace by the Conservatory entrance, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • “Visit Dupont Underground” will offer a chance to explore the city’s newest art space — a former trolley station with 75,000 square feet of underground platforms and tunnels. 6, 7 and 8 p.m. $16. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The tour will also be offered Thursday and Friday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.