Events calendar: Wednesday, July 12


Children’s programs

  • The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050. The program will also be offered July 15.
  • Discovery Theater will present “Rhythm & Beats,” featuring Max Bent covering themes in hip-hop culture, language, math and music with audience participation and on-the-spot improvisations (recommended for ages 5 through 12). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. The event will repeat Thursday at 10:30 a.m., noon and 2 p.m.; and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and noon.

Classes and workshops

  • “Tai Chi Health Lab” will offer a chance to learn about tai chi through practice and a study of texts such as “The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Tai Chi” and Kenneth Cohen’s “The Art of Qigong.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Meet at the top of Book Hill behind the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. The weekly sessions will continue through July 26.
  • Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • 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. 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 Andrea McCabe will present a weekly yoga class. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • 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.


  • The Rockin’ the Block concert series will feature Daniel Hill. 6:30 to 8:30. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.
  • Grace Episcopal Church will continue its 24th annual Bach Festival with organist Ronald Stolk performing works by J.S. Bach and an improvisation on a given theme. 7:30 p.m. $25; $10 for students. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100.
  • 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

  • David Major, a retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and director of counterintelligence and security programs at the National Security Council staff at the White House, will provide an update on global terrorism, espionage and cybersecurity issues. Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Sidney Blumenthal will discuss the second volume of his acclaimed biography, “Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1849-1856,” about the future president as he found his voice and helped create a new political party. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts curatorial assistant Stephanie Midon 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.
  • Lauren Strauss, scholar in residence at American University and former executive director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies, will discuss “Her Hat Was in the Ring: Bella Abzug and Her Life in the Political Trenches,” about the pioneering lawyer, member of Congress, opponent of nuclear escalation and advocate for Soviet Jewry, gay rights, civil rights and women’s rights. Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • The Georgetown Library’s summer “Coffee + Conversation” series will feature a discussion of Missouri artist George Caleb Bingham’s 1852 painting “The County Election,” which vividly depicts the chaotic rituals of early democracy at the edge of the then-frontier. 1:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • A panel discussion on gentrification and the D.C. arts scene will feature panelists Regina Miele, D.C.-based artist; John Figura, painter and professor of art at Catholic University; Terence Nicholson, associate creative director at Honfleur Gallery; Jordan Martin, founding editor of DIRT DMV and program assistant at the Washington Project for the Arts; and Tsedaye Makonnen, D.C.-based artist. 5:30 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Paul Butler, a law professor at Georgetown University and a legal analyst for CNN and MSNBC, will discuss his book “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” in conversation with WAMU talk show host Kojo Nnamdi. 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • “Everyday Informants” — about the role of leakers, tipsters and unnamed sources in media coverage, and how journalists assess what’s real — will feature Amy Fiscus, national security editor of The New York Times; Peter Earnest, executive director of the International Spy Museum and former CIA deputy director of communications; Runa Sandvik, director of information security for The New York Times and a former hacker; and Glenn Thrush, White House correspondent for The New York Times. 6:30 p.m. $15 to $20. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Astrophysicist Mario Livio will discuss his book “Why? What Makes Us Curious.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Historian Elizabeth Cobbs, a professor at Texas A&M University and a research fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, will discuss her book “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers,” about 223 American women sent to France in 1918 by the U.S. Signal Corps at the insistence of Gen. John J. Pershing because they were masters of the telephone switchboard. Joining her in conversation will be NPR’s Cokie Roberts. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Kevin Hearne will discuss his book “Besieged: Stories From the Iron Druid Chronicles,” about a 2,000-year-old superhero who has as many tattoos as he does magical powers. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present the Washington premiere of Elissa Brown’s 2016 film “Windshield: A Vanished Vision,” about the iconic house on Fishers Island, N.Y, that was modernist architect Richard Neutra’s first East Coast commission, designed for the real estate scion and art collector John Nicholas Brown II and his wife, Anne (the filmmaker’s grandparents). Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will also be shown Thursday at noon and Saturday at 2 p.m.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “Man of the Year.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The fifth annual Jane Austen Film Festival will feature the 1995 movie “Sense & Sensibility.” 7 p.m. $6. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The festival will continue with the 1996 movie “Emma” on July 19 and the 2005 movie “Pride & Prejudice” on July 26.


  • 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.

Special events

  • The Heurich House Museum will open for public tours, with lunch available for purchase from the El Pollo Submarine food truck parked in the mansion’s driveway. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW.
  • A kid-friendly rooftop pool party and happy hour will benefit the Sitar Arts Center. 5 to 9 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Rooftop of the Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • In honor of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image,” the Smithsonian Associates will present “A Mingle With Marlene,” featuring a talk on the glamorous star by historian and curator Kate Lemay, a gallery tour, specialty cocktails and light hors d’oeuvres. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $25 to $45. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.


  • “Gardener’s Focus: Japanese-style Garden” will feature a tour of the intricately manicured yet “naturally wild” space, led by Frances Vandenbroucke, a gardener at Hillwood for nearly 14 years. 10:30 a.m. $15 to $18; tickets distributed at the Visitor Center upon opening each day. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will also be offered July 12, 19 and 26.
  • Area teens will lead a theatrical tour bringing the National Portrait Gallery’s collection to life through an original play about the people featured in artwork on display. Noon and 1:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The event will repeat Thursday and Friday at noon and 1:30 p.m.
  • “Dupont Underground Historic Tour” 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. $15. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. The tour will also be offered Thursday and Friday at 6, 7 and 8 p.m.
  • The Smithsonian Associates will present “Jazzy Nights in Shaw: A Stroll Through 1920s Washington,” a 1.5-mile walking tour led by author and local historian Garrett Peck. The tour will pass by the sites of several 1920s clubs along U Street, including the Club Caverns, Club Bali, Murray’s Palace Casino and the Minnehaha Theatre (later the location of another landmark, Ben’s Chili Bowl). 6 to 8 p.m. $35 to $45. Meet in front of the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-633-3030.