Events calendar: Wednesday, June 7


Classes and workshops

  • 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 First Wednesday Concert series will feature the U.S. Air Force Strings with trumpeter Mary Bowden performing Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.” 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766.
  • The Embassy Series will present the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra performing works by Vivaldi and Piazzolla. 7:30 p.m. $110. Residence of the Portuguese Ambassador, 2125 Kalorama Road NW. 202-625-2361.
  • The “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Terrace, U.S. Capitol. 202-433-4011.
  • An Acoustic Open Mic night will feature musicians, poets and performers. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. The Den, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • 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 associate educator Adrienne L. Gayoso 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.
  • D. Watkins will discuss his book “The Cook Up: A Crack Rock Memoir,” his insider’s look at the drug trade in Baltimore, where he grew up. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Actor, singer-songwriter and author Val Emmich will discuss his first novel, “The Reminders.” An acoustic performance will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Alliance Française de Washington will host a panel discussion on the French legislative elections. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. New York University Washington DC, 1307 L St. NW.
  • Celebrated White House photographers Dennis Brack, Sharon Farmer and Diana Walker will share their images and the stories behind them in conversation moderated by Lawrence Schiller, a former Life magazine photojournalist who organized the exhibition “American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times.” 6:30 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Historian Robyn Muncy will discuss “The Women’s Vote: The 19th Amendment and Its Aftermath.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • The D.C. Public Library and Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will sponsor a talk by George Washington University history professor Tyler Anbinder on his book “City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1448.
  • Jacqueline Woodson will discuss her book “Another Brooklyn,” about the diverse influences that shape the lives of young African-American women. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Richard Reeves, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, will discuss his book “Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do About It” in conversation with David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times. 7 p.m. $14 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.


  • A summer film series will feature “Off Frame, AKA Revolution Until Victory,” Mohanad Yaqubi’s study of the films produced by the Palestine Film Unit of the PLO in the 1960s and 1970s. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • The weeklong EuroAsia Shorts festival will feature films from Italy and Korea, followed by a discussion. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • The NoMa Summer Screen outdoor film series will feature “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.” 7 p.m. Free. Storey Park Lot, 1005 1st St. NE.
  • Washington Hebrew Congregation will host the D.C. premiere of the docudrama “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” about Israel’s 55th Paratrooper Brigade and their role in liberating the Old City of Jerusalem in 1967. A reception will follow. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW.
  • The Film in Focus series will present “Heather Booth: Changing the World,” about the life and work of Booth, a renowned organizer and activist who began her remarkable career at the height of the civil rights movement. A post-screening Q&A will feature Booth and director Lilly Rivlin with moderator Susan Barocas, former director of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.


  • Chamber Dance Project will present a varied program, including a preview of the new ballet “Songs by Cole” with Cole Porter’s music performed live; the rousing New Orleans atmosphere of “Rue Noir” with a performance by Mosche Brass; and an interactive performance of D.C. hip-hop artist Victor Adebusola’s work “Festival.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The New York City Ballet will present “Balanchine, Peck & Ratmansky,” featuring the D.C. premiere of “Odessa” and “Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes.” 7:30 p.m. $29 to $109. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
  • Chris Poetryzchyld Thomas 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

  • Organizers of the new nonprofit LightHouse will host a launch event to highlight the group’s work on homelessness and affordable housing, including efforts to overcome the lack of furniture and household resources available for homeless and low-income people who secure housing. The event will include drink and food specials and a live band. 6 to 8 p.m. $15.50. Midlands Beer Garden, 3333 Georgia Ave. NW.


  • 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 Friday, Saturday and Sunday at various times.