Events calendar: Wednesday, Aug. 9


Classes and workshops

  • Dojo Comedy will present a workshop on “Comedy Writing: Jokes and Sketches.” 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • 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 Georgetown Yoga. 6 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Georgetown Waterfront Park, Potomac and K streets NW. The series will continue through Aug. 30.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade, a three-time Latin Grammy winner, will perform. 8 p.m. $39 to $43. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-745-3000.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts associate educator Ashley W. Harris 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.
  • Nancy Yunhwa Rao, professor of music at Rutgers University, will discuss “The Fantastic Worlds of Chinese Opera Theater in North America,” about the musical history of Chinese immigrants. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1743.
  • Stef Woods, a professorial lecturer at American University and a former attorney, will discuss the popular Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black” and how it takes on real-world issues like race, class, sexuality, identity and the criminal justice system. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Henry Fountain, a veteran New York Times science writer, will discuss his book “The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • “Movie Night at West End” will feature the 2016 drama “Arrival,” about a linguistics professor who leads a team struggling to decipher the aliens’ language to avoid catastrophe when 12 spaceships mysteriously land at various locations around the world. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s series “For Your Consideration,” a sampling of recent Oscar submissions in the Best Foreign Language Film category, will feature Nepal’s “The Black Hen,” about growing up in a segregated village in northern Nepal during the Maoist insurgency, at 6:30 p.m.; and Poland’s “Afterimage,” about the life of the passionate artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, at 8:30 p.m. $13.50 per screening. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The series will continue through Aug. 13.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “Legally Blonde: Red, White & Blonde.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The Lions of Czech Film series will present Jan Nemec’s 2016 movie “The Wolf From Royal Vineyard Street,” a loose adaptation of his collection of short, real-life stories spanning the 60s to the present, experienced through the director’s alter ego John Jan in direct-to-camera narratives about fame, glory and women. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.


  • Simply Sherri 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Miami Marlins. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m.


  • “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 and Friday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.