Events calendar: Wednesday, June 21


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.
  • 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.


  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
  • The Jazztopad Festival will present pianist Marcin Masecki and drummer Jerzy Rogiewicz performing classic ragtime and stride-piano hits by American and Polish composers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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 assistant educator Ashley W. Harris 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.
  • A program on “Senior Memoirs” will feature authors whose work is featured in a new collection published by the Bernice Fonteneau Senior Wellness Center. 5:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • Journalist, documentary filmmaker and speaker Chris Whipple will discuss his book “The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Dr. Willie Parker, author of “Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice” and winner of the 2015 Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger Award, will lead a panel discussion on “Reproductive Justice” with Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America; the Rev. Dr. Christine Wiley and Rev. Dr. Dennis Wiley, co-pastors of the Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ; and moderator Jamila Taylor, a senior fellow at American Progress who specializes in domestic and international women’s health, reproductive rights and reproductive justice. 6:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Zach Powers will discuss his book “Gravity Changes.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Washington Post reporter Souad Mekhennet will discuss her book “I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • A two-day “National Conversation on Rights and Justice: Building a More Perfect Union” at the National Archives Building will open with keynote remarks on “Civil Rights and the Role of an Impartial Judiciary” and a keynote conversation on “Reflections on Civil and Human Rights Movements: From 1960 to Today.” Participants will include A’Lelia Bundles, journalist and author; Courtland Cox, board president of the SNCC Legacy Project; Derreck Kayongo, CEO of the National Civil and Human Rights Center; and Joyce Ladner, American civil rights activist, author, civil servant, and sociologist. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000. The event will continue Thursday with panel discussions from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., including a closing keynote conversation with former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen and journalist Soledad O’Brien.


  • Tenleytown Main Street will host a day of performances throughout the neighborhood as part of Make Music DC, a celebration of music in the nation’s capital. Events will include lunchtime concerts by the Martha Doyle Trio, Beyhan, Tim Seals and Mikaela Watson, among others; an afternoon “Ukulele Learn ‘n Play” program at the Tenley-Friendship Library; an interactive drum circle at Middle C Music; the Metropolitan Washington DC Federation of Musicians Jazz Jam with guitarist John Albertson, bassist Dave Marsh and drummer Greg Holloway at Guapo’s Restaurant; and the Global Jam 4 Peace at Janney Elementary School. 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Free. Various venues.
  • Alliance Française de Washington and Dupont Festival will celebrate Fete de la Musique with music and storytime for kids from 3 to 4:15 p.m.; a performance of folk, rock and blues by Mahdi Khene, from 4:15 to 5 p.m.; a performance of French and international pop by the French Embassy Music Club, from 5:15 to 6 p.m.; a performance of traditional Moroccan music, from 6:15 to 7 p.m.; and a performance of classic rock, funk, soul and Motown covers by The Marion St. Banned, from 7:15 to 8 p.m. Free. Dupont Circle Park, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut avenues NW.
  • Make Music DC, a celebration of music in the nation’s capital, will feature rock, folk, pop, Americana, bluegrass and blues performances by Ted Garber, Guitar Mass Appeal, Ukulele Mass Appeal, Harmonica Mass Appeal, Gregg Hammond and Skyline Hotel. 5 to 8:45 p.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW.


  • The Monthly Family Film series will feature “Labyrinth,” starring David Bowie. 3:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Embassy of Italy will host a screening of Ivano De Matteo’s 2012 film “Gli Equilibristi (Balancing Act),” a look inside the world of a man who suddenly discovers how thin the line between well-being and despair truly is. 6 to 7:40 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • The “Bard in the Park” film series will feature the 2012 movie “Much Ado About Nothing.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE. The series will continue June 28 with the 1999 film “10 Things I Hate About You.”
  • The West End Interim Library’s LGBTQ Pride Month film series will feature Tom Ford’s “A Single Man,” adapted from Christopher Isherwood’s 1964 novel of the same name. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • Sibley Memorial Hospital will host a screening and discussion of the PBS Frontline documentary “Being Mortal,” about the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the physicians who treat them. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rooms 1 and 2, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW.
  • The Georgetown Library will present a screening of the Deutsche Welle TV Arts 21 short documentary “Gutenberg in the Cyberstorm,” followed by an open discussion. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature Alexander Payne’s 1999 comedy “Election.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • The French Cinémathèque series will present Danièle Thompson’s 2016 historical drama “Cézanne et moi,” about the parallel paths of the lives, careers and passionate friendship of post-impressionist painter Paul Cézanne and novelist Émile Zola. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • Spooky Action Theater’s Festival of Readings will feature Shirley Serotsky directing “Rashomon’s Gate” by Randy Baker. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. 202-248-0301.
  • 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.

Special event

  • As part of RiverPalooza, Potomac Riverkeeper Dean Naujoks will host a “Summer Solstice Paddle,” featuring a casual barbecue and then a paddle tour around Roosevelt Island to learn how President Teddy Roosevelt became a champion for clean water and conservation. Participants are asked to bring something for the grill, with side dishes provided by King Street Blues; attendees also must bring their own boat. 5:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington Canoe Club, 3700 Water St. NW.

Sporting event

  • D.C. United will play Atlanta United FC. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $200. RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. 800-745-3000.


  • 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.