Events calendar: Wednesday, Nov. 15


Classes and workshops

  • 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.
  • Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer a weekly “Gentle Gyrokinesis” class to improve posture, balance and agility. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
  • Instructor Andrea McCabe will present a weekly yoga class. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • 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.
  • The Petworth Library will host a “Learn to Sew a Zippered Pouch” class. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.


  • Composers Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, who together created the documentary musical “Witness Uganda,” will perform as part of the “Broadway, the Next Generation” series. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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.
  • Leading American and French jazz artists — including guitarist Christian Escoudé, the Michael Weiss Trio Plus One, the U.S. Air Force’s Airmen of Note and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra ensemble — will present “Jazz Meets France,” celebrating the Harlem Hell Fighters, the African-American soldiers who introduced American jazz to France in 1917. The event will include an exhibit of World War I memorabilia from the collection of Gene Alexander Peters. 7 p.m. $39 to $79. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • “Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox” will feature the German electronica duo Mouse on Mars in a visceral event combining live electronica and acoustic instruments. 7:30 p.m. $25. Atrium, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Georgetown University Concert Choir will present the nine-movement Christmas cantata “Ballad of the Brown King,” with music by African-American composer Margaret Bonds and text by writer Langston Hughes. 8 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Guy Mason Reading Group will discuss Michael Chabon’s novel “Moonglow” at its monthly meeting. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts digital editorial associate Emily Haight will discuss several works in the special exhibition “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • Lena Salaymeh, associate professor at Tel Aviv Law, will discuss her book “The Beginnings of Islamic Law: Late Antique Islamicate Legal Traditions.” 12:30 to 1:45 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • Robert Eschmann, assistant professor of human behavior at Boston University, will discuss “Resisting Racial Microaggressions Online: How the Internet Facilitates Critical Engagement in Online Counterspaces.” 4 to 5:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 450, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • Profs & Pints will present “JFK, the Right President for Then and Now,” a discussion with John White, professor of politics at Catholic University and a leading expert on the Kennedy administration. 6 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.
  • Beryl Radin will discuss her book “Leaving South Dakota,” about the author’s experience growing up as a first-generation Jewish-American in the Midwest and working as an academic and professor in and out of D.C. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • City Gate, a local nonprofit focused on the achievement gap in D.C., and the Asylum Seekers Assistance Project will host a panel discussion with D.C. Public Schools teachers, union presidents, parents and students on how best to serve at-risk populations. 6:30 p.m. Free. Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church, 3920 Alton Place NW.
  • Abelardo Morell — a Boston-based artist born in Havana, Cuba, who is best known for his Camera Obscura images — will discuss “The Universe Next Door.” 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby at 6 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Paul Sherman will discuss his book “Look Away,” about his experience documenting the Trump campaign trail via the rude, sexist and racist political items that galvanized supporters during the 2016 election. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • The Sibley Division of Neurological Surgery will present a seminar on “A Patient’s Guide to Minimally Invasive Spine Care,” featuring Sibley chief of neurosurgery Joshua Ammerman and neurosurgeons Matthew Ammerman and Joshua Wind. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-243-2320.
  • A homebuyers workshop will provide information on how to purchase a home using a DC Open Doors mortgage product, featuring a Realtor and Dawn Cree Mosby of Primary Residential Mortgage. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. 202-777-4663.
  • As part of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, a symposium will focus on nutrition and preventive medicine, including issues such as malnutrition, eating disorders and the sustainability of the Mediterranean diet. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • In conjunction with the opening of an exhibit on “Art From the Garden,” the Japan Information and Culture Center will present a talk by artist and landscape architect Marc Peter Keane on his art and how it relates to his work as a designer of Japanese gardens. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • Gordon S. Wood, professor of history at Brown University, will discuss his book “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Tina Brown will discuss her book “The Vanity Fair Diaries.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • Panelists will discuss “Our Walls Bear Witness: How Can We End the Crisis in South Sudan?” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-460-0460.
  • Goethe-Institut Washington will host a “Hear Now!” listening event on “Prix Europa 2016: Prize Winners From the Radio Competitions.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Archaeologist-in-residence Fredrik Hiebert, engineer Corey Jaskolski, filmmaker J.J. Kelley and National Geographic staff writer Kristin Romey will present a behind-the-scenes look at the National Geographic Museum’s new immersive 3-D experience “Tomb of Christ.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • The French Cinémathèque series will present “Django,” about one chapter in the life of Django Reinhardt, a pioneer of European jazz and the father of gypsy swing. 8 p.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • The Visiting Writers Series will feature a reading by German poet Jan Wagner, author of the 2017 dual-language collection “The Art of Topiary,” with David Keplinger, his English language translator and an American University professor. 8 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-2973.
  • The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present its annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival. 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. The performance will repeat Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • 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.

Special event

  • The Lightscape Foundation’s World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 will feature images that cover everything from contemporary issues and general news to nature and sports. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.