Events calendar: Wednesday, Aug. 23


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 barre3. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Potomac and K streets NW. The series will continue Aug. 30.
  • As part of a summer garden series, the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation will present an introductory workshop on urban aquaponics led by Brian Filipowich, founder and manager of Anacostia Aquaponics. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Raymond Recreation Center, 3725 10th St. NW.
  • Instructor Joe Yablonsky will present a workshop on “Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $45 to $65. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Outta the Blue performing classic rock. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • Levine Music faculty members will present an interactive family concert in celebration of their newly released CD of early childhood and elementary music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Marine Dixieland 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

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts digital editorial associate Emily Haight 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 Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Dorothy Phoenix — local game developer, software engineer and owner of Cloudy Heaven Games — will discuss “Idea to Reality: How to Make Your First Video Game,” on how anyone can make a video game with no prior programming experience. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Marlena Chertock, poetry editor at District Lit, will discuss her book “Crumb-sized,” a collection of poems focused on femininity, gender and sexuality as they relate (or don’t relate) to her disability. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • “Plastics: Separating the Good From the Bad” will feature Odile Madden, a materials scientist and head of modern materials research at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, and Pierre Comizzoli, research biologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and senior program officer for science for the Smithsonian. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Ibram X. Kendi, professor of history and international studies at American University, will discuss his book “Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.” Joining him in conversation will be Wesley Lowery, a national correspondent for The Washington Post and author of “They Can’t Kill Us All.” 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.


  • The West End Interim Library will present “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” starring Tina Fey as a cable news producer who becomes a war correspondent in Afghanistan. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • “Spies on Screen” will feature the 2003 film “Bon Voyage,” featuring German spies, the French Resistance, romance and a corpse in Paris in the final days before the Nazi occupation. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “White House Down.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The Reel Israel DC series will feature “Harmonia,” a modern adaptation of the mythological triangle between the childless Abraham and Sarah and young Hagar, set in the Jerusalem Philharmonic. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • Historian William Biehl will share the story of “Atta Boy,” a successful 1918 military show by the Quartermaster School at Camp Meigs in D.C. that was performed locally and on Broadway in 1918 and 1919. The program will include songs from the show performed by Biehl and the Maryland Heritage Vocal Ensemble. 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • The Washington Improv Theater will present “Improvapalooza,” its annual celebration of experimental improv. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $40. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. The five-day festival will continue Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at noon and 6 p.m.; and Sunday at noon.
  • Dwayne Lawson-Brown 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

  • The Georgetown Business Improvement District and 50-plus stores and restaurants in the historic neighborhood will feature end-of-summer shopping deals, sips and bites. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. Various locations, including shoppers’ lounges at Dean & Deluca, 3276 M St. NW; Living Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW; the Rosewood Washington, D.C., 1050 31st St. NW; and The Graham Georgetown, DC, 1075 Thomas Jefferson St. NW.

Sporting event

  • D.C. United will play Atlanta United FC. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $200. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.


  • “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. The tour will also be offered Thursday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m. and Friday at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.