Events calendar: Wednesday, July 19

The Dumbarton House offers an annual outdoor Jane Austen film festival. (Brian Kapur/The Current/July 2016)

Children’s programs

  • Discovery Theater will present “Summer Magic,” featuring Dave Thoren (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.
  • Andrea Beaty will discuss her books “Ada Twist, Scientist”; “Iggy Peck, Architect”; and “Rosie Revere, Engineer” (for ages 4 through 8). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

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 barre3. 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 Washington Balalaika Society, the largest orchestra of Russian folk instruments in North America, will perform. 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 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.
  • Rare Book School director Michael F. Suarez will discuss “The Business of Abridgments in Eighteenth-Century Britain and America.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free. West Dining Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1177.
  • David Daley, former editor-in-chief of Salon and digital media fellow for the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Grady School of Journalism at the University of Georgia, will discuss his book “Ratf**ked,” about the effort of Republican legislators and political operatives to hack American democracy through an audacious redistricting plan called Redmap. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Scholar Andrew Rubin will discuss “George Orwell in the 21st Century,” about the many monumental technological changes that Orwell foresaw and the increasing relevance of the author’s thoughts on the English language. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Lynda Schuster will discuss her memoir “Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Life and Times of a War Correspondent Turned Ambassatrix.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present Marie Hélène Rebois’ 2016 film “In the Steps of Trisha Brown,” about the intense preparations leading to the Paris premiere and restaging of choreographer Trisha Brown’s seminal “Glacial Decoy” with costumes and visuals by Robert Rauschenberg and performed by a new generation of dancers. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again July 22 at noon.
  • The Monthly Family Film series will feature “Paddington.” 3 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Embassy of Italy will host a screening of Giuseppe Petitto’s 2015 film “Occhi Chiusi (Eyes Shut).” 6 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • As part of the March on Washington Film Festival, the National Museum of Women in the Arts will screen the new documentary “Winnie,” about the life of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. A post-screening discussion will feature poet Elizabeth Alexander and Gay McDougall, member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “First Kid.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The fifth annual Jane Austen Film Festival will feature the 1996 movie “Emma.” 7 p.m. $6. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The festival will continue with the 2005 movie “Pride & Prejudice” on July 26.
  • The French Cinémathèque series will present Mikhaël Hers’ 2016 film “This Summer Feeling.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.


  • The Kinsey Sicks will present “Things You Shouldn’t Say,” a searing journey into Trumpism, racism, AIDS, giraffes, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables and more. 7:30 p.m. $11.50. Goldman Theater, Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Performances will continue through July 30.
  • 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.
  • The Capital Fringe Festival will feature a set by DJ Mathias as part of the Free Fringe DJ Series. 11 p.m. Free. Fringe Arts Bar, 1358 Florida Ave. NE.

Special event

  • The Heurich House Museum will open for public tours, with lunch available for purchase from the Project Milanesa 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.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Mystics will play the Atlanta Dream. 11:30 a.m. $25 to $130. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Kastles will play the Orange County Breakers in Mylan World TeamTennis competition featuring Martina Hingis and Frances Tiafoe. 7 p.m. $16 to $73. Smith Center, George Washington University, 22nd and G streets NW. 800-745-3000.


  • “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 26.
  • U.S. Botanic Garden gardener Chelsea McKinley will lead a “Phenomenal Plants” tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s medicinal plants collection. 10:45 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Medicinal Plants House at the U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • 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.
  • “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.