Events calendar: Wednesday, June 14


Children’s program

  • 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 June 14.

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 event will continue weekly through July 26.
  • 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.
  • Instructor Luz Verost will lead a casual Spanish Conversation Club session designed to grow, revive or develop Spanish language skills. 6 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. The weekly sessions will continue through June 28.
  • 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.
  • Via Umbria head butcher Scott Weiss will present a class on how to grill on a budget. 7:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The DC Jazz Festival will present “Bass-ically Yours,” featuring bassist Tommy Cecil. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Marine Latin Jazz Combo will perform traditional Latin music, jazz fusion, salsa dance music, and pop and rock styles with an underlying Latin feel. 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

  • Raymond J. Batvinis, author of “Hoover’s Secret War Against Axis Spies” and a former FBI supervisory special agent, will discuss “Allies vs. Axis: Roosevelt, Churchill, Hitler, and Atomic Espionage.” Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts associate curator Virginia Treanor will discuss a selection of works in the museum’s collection. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • David Grann will discuss his book “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” about a shocking series of crimes in the 1920s in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Science journalist Peter Brannen will discuss his book “The Ends of the World: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Local author Katherine Heiny will discuss her novel “Standard Deviation” in conversation with Jennifer Close, author of “The Hopefuls.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Howard Blum, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a former New York Times investigative reporter, will discuss his book “The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal,” about Betty Pack, a beautiful American debutante who became one of World War II’s most successful Allied spies. A wine and cheese reception will precede the talk. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW.
  • Susan Burton will discuss her book “Becoming Ms. Burton: From Prison to Recovery to Leading the Fight for Incarcerated Women” in conversation with Nicole Porter, advocacy director at the Sentencing Project. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • ​The D.C. chapter of The Transition Network, a national organization ​for professional women 50-plus in changing life situations, will present a talk by Robin Koval, CEO of Truth Initiative and co-author of “Grit to Great: How Perseverance, Passion and Pluck Take You From Ordinary to Extraordinary.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Truth Initiative, 900 G St. NW.
  • The American News Women’s Club will host a talk by Politico Playbook’s Anna Palmer as part of its annual meeting. 6:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. American News Women’s Club, 1607 22nd St. NW. 202-332-6770.
  • Manal al-Sharif, one of the Middle East’s most prominent women’s rights activists, will discuss her book “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Journalist and author Naomi Klein will discuss her book “No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.” 7 p.m. $5 to $10; $20 for a book with one free ticket. Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • Lebanese author Nasri Messarra will discuss his novel “@Beyrouth!? #Watezefeuk!!” — a virulent book that humorously unveils the author’s experience as a citizen of Lebanon, a country of all aberrations. 7 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • “Fresh Talk: Who Are the New Superwomen of the Universe?” will feature panelists Carolyn Cocca, Ariell Johnson, Gabby Rivera, Ashley Woods and Emily Whitten discussing the new wave of superheroines entering the comic universe and dispelling traditional stereotypes in fiction and beyond. 7 to 9 p.m. $20 to $25. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.


  • A summer film series will feature the 2017 movie “Ghost Hunting,” in which Palestinian director Raed Andoni assembles an eclectic group of ex-prisoners to build a replica of Al-Moskobiya, Israel’s main interrogation center, where he was himself jailed at age 18. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • The “Bard in the Park” film series will feature the 1996 film “Romeo + Juliet,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes. The event will include a fight demonstration with Tooth & Claw Combat. 6:30 p.m. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. The series will continue June 21 and June 28.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “The American President.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The Lions of Czech Film series will present “How to Shake off a Bride.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • “An Evening With Luz San Miguel” will feature the Madrid-born ballet dancer performing works from Chamber Dance Project’s repertoire with partner Gian Carlo Perez and the dance company’s string quartet and guest musicians. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.
  • The all-volunteer Picnic Theatre Company, specialists in site-specific cocktail party theater, will present “Hay Fever,” Noel Coward’s 1925 comedy of bad manners at a weekend house party. Proceeds will benefit Dumbarton House and Courage for Kids. Gardens open at 6 p.m.; performance starts at 7 p.m. $12 to $15. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The event will repeat Thursday and Friday at the same times.
  • The Grapevine Spoken Word Series will feature guest performers Tim Livengood, Gerald Fierst, Luray Gross, Phil Orr and Bill Wood, followed by an open mic. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Washington Women in Theatre will present Sidra Rausch’s play “Uncle Julie,” about a newspaperman and his late-in-life romance with a Holocaust survivor from Central Europe. 8 p.m. $12. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Wednesday at 8 p.m.
  • 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 Atlanta Braves. 4:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.


  • “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 the same times.