Events calendar: Wednesday, July 26


Children’s program

  • Discovery Theater will present a “Percussical” by the ensemble SOLE Defined — a twist on percussive dance and the traditional musical, with performers turning their bodies into human drums (recommended for ages 5 through 16). 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 1:30 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.
  • 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 CorePower 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.
  • 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 Jean Kennedy Smith Series will feature a performance by musicians who use technology — from robotics to digital instruments — in their creative process. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band’s Free Country ensemble will perform Top 40, classic country and pop rock hits. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
  • The Drunken Hearts will perform Americana music. 8 p.m. $10. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.
  • 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 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 Georgetown Library’s summer “Coffee + Conversation” series will feature a discussion of James McNeill Whistler’s “Peacock Room” (1876-1877), a London-commissioned dining room designed entirely by the artist and now residing in the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art. 1:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • David Gessner, a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and founder of the literary journal Ecotone, will discuss his book “Ultimate Glory: Frisbee, Obsession, and My Wild Youth.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Drew Magary will discuss his fantasy adventure novel “The Hike,” about what a man will endure to return to his family. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Independent scholar and culinary historian Leni Sorensen will discuss “Dining in Early Federal Washington: Making Meals — and History,” about three figures who helped shape the food fashions of the era. A tasting will follow. 6:45 p.m. $35 to $50. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Edward Luce, chief U.S. columnist for The Financial Times, will discuss his book “The Retreat of Western Liberalism.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “Wag the Dog.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The fifth annual Jane Austen Film Festival will feature the 2005 movie “Pride & Prejudice.” 7 p.m. $6. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW.
  • 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.


  • No Pulp Comedy will present a monthly show featuring local comics Mark Joyner, Matt Brown, Dawud Shabazz, Paris Sashay and Elana Torres. 8 p.m. Free. Black Squirrel, 2427 18th St. NW. 202-232-1011.
  • 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 events

  • The Heurich House Museum will open for public tours, with lunch available for purchase from the Swizzler 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.
  • The Chevy Chase Library will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” with trivia, a Sorting Hat ceremony, crafts and more. 6 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • The American Association of University Women’s inaugural EmpoWer Professional Networking Event for professional women will feature concurrent workshops on “Salary Negotiation 101” and “Navigating Difficult Conversations,” networking opportunities, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres and remarks from CEO Kim Churches. 6 to 9 p.m. $20. American Association of University Women, 1310 L St. NW.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Kastles will play the New York Empire in Mylan World TeamTennis competition featuring Sam Querrey and Bruno Soares. 7 p.m. $16 to $87. Smith Center, George Washington University, 22nd and G streets NW. 800-745-3000.
  • The Washington Nationals will play the Milwaukee Brewers. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 12:05 p.m.


  • “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.
  • “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 through Sunday at various times.