Events calendar: Wednesday, June 28


Children’s program

  • Discovery Theater will present “Galapagos George,” featuring Barefoot Puppets (recommended for ages 4 through 8). 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 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.
  • 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 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 Marine Jazz Trio will perform in conjunction with the opening of the exhibit “American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.” 10 a.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The BeauSoleil Quartet will perform Cajun music from Louisiana. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-1743.
  • “Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration” — featuring 16 choirs from 12 countries — will open with performances by the Gandharva Choir from India, premiering a commissioned work; the Wallace High School Chamber Choir from Northern Ireland; and Coro Polifónico de Panamá. 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.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts digital editorial assistant 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.
  • Curator Ryan Reft will discuss Charles Hamilton Houston’s experiences as a young officer serving in a segregated military during World War I and their influence on his later work as chief attorney for the NAACP, where he was a mentor to Thurgood Marshall. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0245.
  • David France, author of “How to Survive a Plague” and creator of the 2012 Academy Award-nominated film of the same title, will discuss his telling of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Ken Walsh, chief White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and author of eight books about the presidency, will discuss “John F. Kennedy: 1,000 Days in Office — The Making of an Iconic Presidency.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Cornell University associate professor David Silbey will discuss “The Battle That (Pretty Much) Ended World War II in the Pacific: Leyte Gulf, 1944.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.


  • The West End Interim Library’s LGBTQ Pride Month film series will feature the comedy “Tangerine,” about Sin-Dee and her best friend, Alexandra, as they travel through Los Angeles in search of Sin-Dee’s boyfriend/pimp. 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The “Bard in the Park” film series will feature the 1999 film “10 Things I Hate About You,” a modern take on Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Canal Park, 200 M St. SE.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “Lincoln.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • National Theatre Live will present a broadcast of Peter Shaffer’s iconic play “Amadeus,” starring Lucian Msamati as Salieri. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The film will be shown again July 2 at 2 p.m.
  • The Reel Israel DC series will feature Asaph Polonsky’s debut feature, “One Week and a Day,” about a couple struggling to regain a sense of control after the death of their son. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • The DC Jazz Festival will feature MBowie and the Blast presenting “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” a multimedia “live video” performance piece tethered by the music of Michael Bowie and exploring themes of social justice, the human toll of oppression and the right to protest. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $32. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE.
  • 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 event

  • The National Museum of American History will mark the opening of signature exhibitions and interactive experiences centered on the theme of “The Nation We Build Together” with special events, including official opening remarks, hands-on activities, a Los Texmaniacs performance, a blues performance by Rick Franklin and Jay Summerour, Greensboro Lunch Counter performances, and a LEGO Statue of Liberty make-and-take activity. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 4:05 p.m.