Events calendar: Wednesday, May 24


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.
  • “Changes and Choices in Retirement and Later Life,” a workshop series on retirement planning presented by Iona Senior Services, will feature a session on “Financial Planning,” led by Rick Gow of Lara, May & Associates. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $15 per session. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW.
  • 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.


  • As part of “JFK Centennial Week,” musician David Ball will perform a blend of country, folk, Americana and roots music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Austrian pianist David Six will present “Between the Stations,” featuring compositions written on the road. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • Soprano Susanna Phillips will present “The Woman’s Experience,” featuring the D.C. premiere of William Harvey’s “Speaking for the Afghan Woman.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • 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.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma will present a world-premiere work from Mason Bates that unites the iconic American voices of President John F. Kennedy and poet Walt Whitman in a concert celebration of JFK’s monumental legacy. 8 p.m. $79 to $199. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • 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.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will meet. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • As part of the Cottage Conversation series, author and journalist Robert O’Harrow Jr. will discuss his book “The Quartermaster: Montgomery C. Meigs, Lincoln’s General, Master Builder of the Union Army.” Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m. $10 to $20. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-688-3735.
  • Diana Baird N’Diaye, curator and cultural heritage specialist at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, will discuss “African-American Dress and the Will to Adorn.” 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • Alex Segura will discuss his new thriller “Dangerous Ends” with local mystery writer Neely Tucker. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Witmore will share his perspective on William Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens.” 6:30 p.m. $20. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • Northwest Neighbors Village will present a talk by Jimmy Rocks, deputy director of the D.C. Office of the Attorney General’s consumer protection division, on new laws and actions to combat increasing consumer fraud, especially against seniors. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-777-3435.
  • Evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins will discuss science, secularism and current events in conversation with Jerry Coyne, a fellow evolutionary biologist and author. 7 p.m. $29 to $250. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club — a group for younger adults ages 21 and older — will discuss “What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours” by Helen Oyeyemi. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mad Fox Tap Room, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., will join Leon Wieseltier, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, for the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture. 7:30 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.


  • The National Archives will present the PBS documentary “American Experience: JFK, Part One,” about John F. Kennedy’s childhood, the World War II years, and his rise up the political ranks. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • “Indie Lens Pop-Up” will present a screening of Shaleece Haas’ documentary “Real Boy,” about the coming of age of Bennett, a trans teenager with dreams of musical stardom. A discussion will follow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW.
  • The Embassy of the Netherlands and SPAIN arts & culture will present Oeke Hoogendijk’s 2013 documentary “The New Rijksmuseum,” about the ambitious renovation of the Dutch National Art & History museum by Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.

Performances and readings

  • Politics and Prose will host a reading of new work by authors selected for “Granta Best of Young American Novelists 3” — Jesse Ball, poet, novelist and author of “How to Set a Fire and Why”; Mark Doten, Soho Press literary fiction editor and author of “The Infernal”; Rachel B. Glaser, a poet and fiction writer with a background in the visual arts, whose books include “Paulina & Fran”; Catherine Lacey, novelist and essayist, whose latest book is “The Answers”; and Sana Krasikov, author of the short story collection “One More Year” and the recently published novel “The Patriots.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Laugh Index Theatre will present “Sketch Night,” featuring comedy teams Separate Beds and the Employables. 8 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • 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 events

  • Tudor Place’s 25th annual Garden Party — featuring drinks and a buffet dinner below the portico — will honor Timothy B. Matz, loyal supporter for the historic site and its recent past board president. 6 to 9 p.m. $250. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • The Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge will feature cuisine from diverse nations as well as entertainment by musicians, dancers and singers, including the Brooklyn-based instrumental post-rock trio City of the Sun. 6:30 p.m. $75 to $125. Atrium, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Seattle Mariners. 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.


  • The U.S. Botanic Garden will host a tour of its growing facility, the largest greenhouse complex supporting a public garden in the United States. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility, 4700 Shepherd Parkway SW. 202-225-8333.
  • 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.