Events calendar: Wednesday, May 31


Children’s program

  • “Living the American Indian Experience” will have participants make a clay pot, practice safety archery and listen to a Piscataway story (for ages 8 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.

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.
  • 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. 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW.
  • The 30th annual DanceAfrica, DC Festival will present a master class with Nkenge Cunningham of Farafina Kan. 6:30 p.m. $16. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
  • Art historian Lawrence Butler will present a four-week introductory class on Islamic art and architecture and its defining spiritual, luxury and princely themes. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The weekly class will continue through June 21.
  • 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.
  • A class on “Video Basics” will focus on how to gather footage with a complete video project in mind. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW.
  • 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.
  • Via Umbria will present a cooking class on how to make antipasti platters perfect for entertaining. 7:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The West Garden Trio will perform works by Paul Schoenfield, Charles Ives and Kenji Bunch. 12:10 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Singer-songwriter Daby Touré, a native of Mauritania, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • “Evenings With Extraordinary Artists” will feature pianist and composer Sam Post performing some of his favorite Scott Joplin rags in honor of the centennial of Joplin’s death. 6:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
  • Ysaye Barnwell will lead a Community Sing, with attendees singing five-part harmonies within minutes. 7 to 9 p.m. $5 at the door. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW.
  • 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 director of education and digital engagement Deborah Gaston 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.
  • Military history specialist William Elsbury will discuss the “Service Record of the World War, City of Oswego, New York,” a directory of service personnel spanning hundreds of pages, as an example of the ways in which World War I was memorialized in the war’s immediate aftermath. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, 10 1st St. SE. 202-707-0245.
  • Author Jane Goodrich will discuss her first novel, “The House at Lobster Cove,” about her journey to rebuild Kragsyde, which was once considered an icon of American architecture. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Collectors Josiane and Daniel Fruman will discuss “Embroideries Galore,” about liturgical embroideries dating back to the Middle Ages that the couple donated to the French government for exhibition in the cloister of Le Puy Cathedral. 5 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Diana Roman, staff scientist at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institution of Science, will discuss “When the Volcano Stirs,” about the recent development of new paradigms for eruption forecasting and their implications for our understanding of how volcanoes work. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW.
  • Irish author Helena Sheehan will discuss her book “The Syriza Wave: Surging and Crashing With the Greek Left.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • As part of its Signature Series, the National Museum of Natural History will host “An Evening With Florence Williams: The Human Brain, Biophilia and the Search for Awe,” featuring the author, fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature, and visiting scholar at George Washington University. Williams will discuss her book “The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative” in conversation with museum director Kirk Johnson. 6:30 to 8:10 p.m. Free; registration required by May 30. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • Leland Melvin will discuss his book “Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The National Archives will present the PBS documentary “American Experience: JFK, Part Two,” about the early challenges facing John F. Kennedy’s administration. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • A summer film series will feature Amber Fares’ 2015 documentary “Speed Sisters,” about the first all-female race car driving team in the Middle East. 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1290.
  • The Embassy of the Netherlands and SPAIN arts & culture will present Gustavo Taretto’s 2011 film “Sidewalls,” a comedy/drama that examines with charm how the architecture of a city conditions the lives of two of its residents. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.
  • The cinePolska series will present Lukasz Grzegorzek’s 2016 comedy “Kamper,” about a 30-something man whose life is upended when he learns his wife has been unfaithful and loses interest in his job as head of a video game development team. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • Opera Lafayette will present a semi-staged production of Rameau’s “Les Indes Galantes — Part IV,” a multinational love story that finds a Frenchman, a Spaniard and an American Indian vying for the hand of Zima, daughter of a chief. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $115. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW.
  • Jonathan Tucker 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Mystics will play the Connecticut Sun. 11:30 a.m. $25 to $130. Verizon Center, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.