Events calendar: Wednesday, Oct. 18


Children’s programs

  • Tracey Baptiste will discuss her book “Rise of the Jumbies” (for ages 8 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Chevy Chase Library will host a pumpkin carving and decorating event. 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

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.
  • An art class for adults will focus on analyzing paintings with visual strategies. 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • A homebuyers workshop will provide information on how to purchase a home using a DC Open Doors mortgage product, featuring Brooke Lowry of American Security Mortgage and Claire Ntam of the Menkiti Group. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. 202-777-4663.
  • 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 German group EINSHOCH6 will present a unique blend of lyrical hip-hop and classical music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Cellist Sang-Eun Lee will kick off the 20th anniversary season of the Shenson Chamber Music Concert series. 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.
  • Bluegrass singer-songwriter Peter Rowan will perform. 8 p.m. $25. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

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.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts associate educator Ashley W. Harris 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.
  • Liza Mundy will discuss her book “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will discuss the imagery in the exhibition “Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated).” 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • In conjunction with the exhibition “Bearing Witness: Visualizing Modern Slavery,” George Washington University’s Gallery 102 will present an artist talk featuring Maurice Middleberg, executive director of Free the Slaves; Andrea Powell, executive director and co-founder of FAIR Girls; and Xyza Cruz Bacani, a Filipina street and documentary photographer. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Smith Hall of Art, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 801 22nd St. NW.
  • In conjunction with the exhibit “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads,” artist Richard Tuttle will offer insight into how he used the limitations of the box format to interpret the exhibition’s theme in his 2008 piece “Remains’ Target.” 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • “Is D.C. Ready for a 500 Year Storm Event?” will feature panelists Kevin J. Bush, the District’s chief resilience officer; Jeffrey Gowen, branch chief of facility operations for the National Mall and Memorial Parks division of the National Park Service; and Stephen Walz, director of environmental programs at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • John McMurray, chair of the Deadball Era Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research, will discuss “Baseball’s First Golden Age,” about the changes that transformed the sport in the 1920s. 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Barbara Oakley will discuss her book “Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.
  • Jennifer Weiss-Wolf will discuss her book “Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity” in conversation with Michael Alison Chandler. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “Hear Now: Grace Cavalieri – 40 Years of ‘The Poet and the Poem’” will feature an open discussion with the poet, playwright and radio host on her work presenting poetry on WPFW-FM and Pacifica Radio and at the Library of Congress. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Amy Tan will discuss her book “Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir” in conversation with Deborah Tannen. 7 p.m. $18; $35 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-838-3006.
  • The Georgetown Library’s Book Hill Talks series will feature Tudor Place Historic House and Garden curator Grant Quertermous discussing “On the Home Front: Tudor Place and the Peter Family During World War I.” 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.


  • The West End Interim Library’s Monthly Family Film series will feature “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Akira Kurosawa’s 1957 drama “Throne of Blood,” a vivid, visceral adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic “Macbeth.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • ArtWorks for Freedom will present a screening of “Not My Life,” about the horrifying and dangerous practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. A discussion will follow. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “The Goonies” as part of a classic movie series. 7 p.m. $5 to $10. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • American University’s “Media That Matter” series will feature a screening of “Drunktown’s Finest” with director Sydney Freeland. A discussion will follow. Reception at 7:30 p.m.; screening at 8 p.m. Free. Doyle/Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • The French Cinémathèque series will present “Dalida,” an intimate portrait based on the real story of a strong, fiercely independent woman whose 30-year career was punctuated by tragic events, including multiple romantic partners committing suicide. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • Tap dancer Kazunori Kumagai and koto player Yumi Kurosawa will present “Japanese Connections,” joining forces to pay tribute to the link between the Kennedy Center and the government and people of Japan who supported the original opening of the Terrace Theater. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $49. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the Philadelphia 76ers in the season opener. 7 p.m. $27 to $249. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • 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.