Events calendar: Wednesday, Oct. 11


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 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.
  • 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 National Portrait Gallery’s “Oktoberfest Remix” with a Marlene Dietrich twist will pair a tasting of local beers with music by the band Kraftwerk in a “DJ battle” over Dietrich-era songs. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden gardeners Eric Leavitt and Justin Kondrat will offer an orchid repotting demonstration. 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Free. Conservatory Tropics Overlook, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Discussions and lectures

  • David Major, a retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and director of counterintelligence and security programs at the National Security Council staff at the White House, will provide an update on global terrorism, espionage and cybersecurity issues. Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • 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 “Wonder Women!” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • Safwan Masri, executive vice president for global centers and global development at Columbia University, will discuss his book “Tunisia: Arab Anomaly.” 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Suite 412, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
  • Newbery Medal Honor recipient Kimberly Brubaker Bradley will discuss her book “The War I Finally Won,” about 10-year-old Ada, a girl born with a club foot who watches from her London apartment window as World War II begins to unfold. 4:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • Leslie Buhler, former executive director of the Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, will discuss “Tudor Place: America’s Story Lives Here,” about the research, photography and labor that went into creating the Georgetown estate’s first “biography.” 6 to 8 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • Historian Larrie D. Ferreiro will discuss his book “Brothers in Arms,” the untold story of how the American Revolution’s success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Sara Wachter-Boettcher will discuss her book “Technically Wrong.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Mark Andersen — co-founder of the punk activist organization Positive Force D.C. and co-author of the book “Dance of Days: Two Decades of Punk in the Nation’s Capital” — will participate in a discussion of “Punk Art & Politics: Conflict Into Power.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Ambassadors Franz Cede and Christian Prosl, authors of “Ambition and Reality: Austria’s Foreign Policy Since 1945,” will discuss “Austrian-American Relations in a Period of Turmoil.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • Alexis Okeowo will discuss her book “A Moonless, Starless Sky: Ordinary Women and Men Fighting Extremism in Africa.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • As part of National Geographic’s new “Three Questions” event series, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and National Geographic editor-in-chief Susan Goldberg will discuss what inspires Raddatz to report from conflict zones across the globe. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • “Movie Night at West End” will feature “Clouds of Sils Maria.” 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Lions of Czech Film series will present Stepan Altrichter’s 2014 dark comedy “Schmitke,” followed by a Q&A with screenwriter Tomás Koncinsky. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • Corazon de Granada, a trio of Granada’s most promising young flamenco artists, will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The theater programs at Georgetown and George Washington universities will present “Once Invisible,” a collaborative performance piece presented in conjunction with the exhibit “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery.” 6:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Smith Hall of Art, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 801 22nd St. NW.
  • The Visiting Writers Series will feature a reading by Imbolo Mbue, author of “Behold the Dreamers.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. 202-885-2973.
  • Matthew Bourne/New Adventures will present “The Red Shoes,” based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $129. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Grapevine Storytelling Series will feature guest performers, followed by an open mic. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Laugh Index Theatre will present “Three’s Comedy,” featuring three types of comedy. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • Story District and the Latino GLBT History Project will present “Queer-Quentos: Orgullo, Resilience, y Resistencia.” 8 p.m. $10. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW.
  • Simply Sherri 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

  • In conjunction with the Red Sand Project, George Washington University’s Gallery 102 will hold a public project inviting passersby to participate by pouring red sand into the cracks of the sidewalks as a symbolic gesture illuminating those most vulnerable to the crisis of human trafficking. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Smith Hall of Art, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 801 22nd St. NW.

Sporting events

  • Members of Congress and former NFL players will team up against the U.S. Capitol Police in the biennial Congressional Football Game for charity. Proceeds will benefit the U.S. Capitol Police Memorial Fund, Our Military Kids, and A Advantage 4 Kids Inc. 7 p.m. $10. Hotchkiss Field, Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave. NE.
  • The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7:30 p.m. $42 to $326. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden horticulturist Adam Pyle will present “Fall Beauty,” highlighting plants with vivid foliage and bountiful blooms for the season. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • 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.