Events calendar: Wednesday, Sept. 13


Children’s programs

  • “Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!” will celebrate Latin culture in a program for kids and families. 10 a.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • Peter Brown will discuss his book “Creepy Pair of Underwear” (for ages 4 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Classes and workshops

  • Maurice Schiff will lead a twice-monthly French conversation class. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a foreclosure prevention clinic. Noon. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-265-2255.
  • 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.


  • “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Broto Roy performing jazz. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
  • Paraguayan guitarist Josecito Alvarenga will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts senior educator Adrienne L. Gayoso will discuss several 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.
  • Antony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state under President Barack Obama, will discuss “The State of American Diplomacy.” 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Historian Mary Frances Berry, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights chair Catherine Lhamon and other panelists will discuss “The Long Game: Why the 1957 Civil Rights Act Still Matters Today.” 4:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Moot Courtroom, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • James M. Clark, professor of biology at George Washington University, will discuss “Finding the World’s Most Interesting Dinosaur,” about a successful series of expeditions that he and a colleague led to the Gobi Desert of China. 5 p.m. Free; reservations required George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • Silvia Kargl, archivist of the Vienna Philharmonic, and Friedemann Pestel, historian at the Albert-Ludwigs-University of Freiburg, will discuss “Vienna Philharmonic 1842‒2017: 175 Years of Political, Social, and Music History.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • Adam Lashinsky will discuss his book “Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Sylvia Yount, curator in charge of the American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss “Breaking Boundaries: American Art and the 21st-Century Museum.” 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.
  • The Sibley Institute of Bone and Joint Health will present an educational seminar on “Outpatient Joint Replacement: Hips and Knees” with Gautam Siram, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6789.
  • Jeremi Suri will discuss his book “The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • A panel discussion on “How Did Ordinary Citizens Become Murderers?” will feature Christopher Browning, professor emeritus of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Wendy Lower, acting director of the Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S Holocaust Memorial Museum. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW.
  • Goethe-Institut Washington and the DC Listening Lounge will present a talk by WPFW-FM interim program manager Katea Stitt on her experience covering the international art show documenta 14, which took place this year in Germany and Greece. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • Members of the D.C.-based nonprofit CommunityRED will provide an overview of simple things the average user can do to increase digital security across multiple online accounts. 7 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • Nicole Krauss will discuss her novel “Forest Dark.” 7 p.m. $14; $30 for one ticket and one book. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.


  • The Japan Information and Culture Center’s “J-Film” series will feature Rikiya Imaizumi’s 2015 movie “Their Distance.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s series “5777: A Year in Review,” a tribute to major Jewish artists who passed away, will feature Ferenc Török’s 2017 film “1945,” at 6:30 p.m.; and Peter Getzels and Harriet Gordon Getzels’ 2017 film “Zuzana: Music Is Life,” at 8:30 p.m. $13.50 per screening. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. The series will continue through Sept. 17.
  • In partnership with the DC Jazz Festival, the University of the District of Columbia’s “JAZZforum” will present of MBowie and The Blast’s “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” followed by a panel discussion. 7 p.m. Free. Library Auditorium, Building 41, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • The Film in Focus series will present “Morgan Wootten: The Godfather of Basketball,” with a post-screening Q&A with filmmaker Bill Hayes. 8 p.m. $8 to $12.25. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • SPAIN arts & culture will present “Lorca, the Endless Light,” a celebration of the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca through an intense dialogue between his texts and jazz music. 6:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW.
  • The Grapevine Spoken Word Series will feature guest performers Arif Choudhury and Noa Baum, 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.
  • 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Thursday at 7:05 p.m.


  • 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.