Events calendar: Wednesday, May 17

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Children’s program

  • Grace Lin will discuss her book “When the Sea Turned to Silver,” a National Book Award finalist (for ages 8 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Classes and workshops

  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a foreclosure prevention clinic for D.C. residents who find themselves behind on their mortgage or property taxes, being sued by their lender or confronting a potential mortgage scam. Noon. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. housingetc.org. The clinic will also be offered May 31 at 6 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Susan Lowell will lead a tai chi class. 7:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
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Concerts

  • Pianist Tomas Kaco will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Paganini and others as part of the European Month of Culture. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Adult Music Student Forum will present Raye Haug, Tom Haug and Anne Williams performing a classic repertoire of piano music along with a collection of beloved 20th-century pieces. 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • School Without Walls, a Kennedy Center D.C. Partnership Initiative School, will present a musical evening featuring its Stage Band and Concert Choir. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Representatives from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, the National Capital Planning Commission and the D.C. Office of Planning will discuss “community building” and “creative place making” by comparing examples in Switzerland and the U.S. of living arrangements that foster strong and resilient communities through art, activities and active participation from the public. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Sarah Osborne Bender, director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will discuss selections from the special exhibition “From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Bookends” series will feature a discussion of “Macbeth” with literary manager Drew Lichtenberg and audience enrichment manager Hannah Hessel Ratner. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • Hugh B. Price, former president of the National Urban League, will discuss his book “This African-American Life: A Memoir” in conversation with Charlene Drew Jarvis, former president of Southeastern University and former D.C. Council member. 6:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • National Book Award finalist Madison Smartt Bell will discuss her new novel, “Behind the Moon,” which tells the intersecting stories of a victim of sexual assault, her attacker, an immigrant falsely accused of the attack, and the parallel universe the victim explores while in a coma. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
  • Former CIA officer John Kiriakou will discuss his memoir “Doing Time Like a Spy,” about the 23 months he spent in prison for blowing the whistle on the CIA’s use of torture on Al Qaeda prisoners. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • David Morens, senior adviser to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, will discuss “Epidemics Past and Present: Causes, Responses, and the Human Impact.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Martin J. Sherwin, professor of history at George Mason University, will discuss “The Manhattan Project: Visions of a Nuclear Future.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Alejandro Palomas, recipient of Spain’s National Book Award for Children’s Literature in 2016, will join local author Maud Casey in a conversation moderated by Cheuse Center founding director Matthew Davis. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. tinyurl.com/m42uxzj.
  • China Miéville will discuss his book “October: The Story of the Russian Revolution” in conversation with Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “Nickel and Dimed.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Art historian Vanessa Badré will discuss the fête galante, an outdoor courtship party that was popularized in 18th-century French paintings. 7 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
  • Television, stage and screen actor Jeffrey Tambor will discuss his memoir “Are You Anybody?” in conversation with Emily Yoffe, a contributing editor to The Atlantic. 7:30 p.m. $35 for one ticket and a pre-signed book. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.

Films

  • An arts program on the human impact of the Syrian conflict will feature a screening of short films by Syrian filmmakers, followed by a Q&A with Karin Kitsman, co-founder of Art from Exile. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. MIddle East Institute, 1319 18th St. NW. mei.edu.
  • The French Cinémathèque series will present Thomas Lilti’s film “The Country Doctor,” about a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-aged woman who has come from the city hospital to earn her chops. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances

  • As part of Laborfest 2017, the Bread & Roses series will feature selections from “Love Songs From the Liberation Wars,” an original “labor jazz opera” by local activist and musician Steve Jones about a strike led by African-American women at the R.J. Reynolds factory in Winston-Salem, N.C. 5 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. bit.ly/dclf-liberation-wars.
  • An “OnStage Korea” showcase will feature the D.C. premiere of the modern opera “From My Mother’s Mother,” about the American immigrant experience and the passing down (or not) of cultural traditions. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. KoreaCultureDC.org.
  • 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

  • The Washington Peace Center will host “2017 Activist Awards: Keep Fighting DC.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. $25 to $200. Sanctuary, St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church, 1525 Newton St. NW. washingtonpeacecenter.org.

Tour

  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer Susan Klusman will present a tour on “The Art & 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.