D.C. community calendar, Aug. 21-28, 2014

August 21
Thursday, AUG. 21

Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, with free parking. 202-364-7602.

Diversity and disability community roundtable, an interactive discussion to review and discuss ideas about advancing efforts to reduce racial, ethnic and other health disparities. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., The Access Board, 1331 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-0080. www.eventbrite.com.

Amber waves of grain: an overview, Ari Novy, Botanic Garden deputy executive director, leads a walk through the world of wheat, discussing how humans have utilized this crop and how one man saved a billion people from starvation in the 20th century with this simple grain. Bring sunscreen, protective clothing and water. 10:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, terrace in front of the Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Washington National Cathedral behind the scenes, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

The Hundred-Foot Journey ,” a film about a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch, displaced with his Indian family to a quaint village in the south of France and on the brink of opening an Indian restaurant that rivals an already established Michelin-rated restaurant, starring Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal. 11:30 a.m. and 2:15, 5 and 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000 or www.theavalon.org.

A Five Star Life ,” a film about a woman whose job takes her to some of the most stunning cities and opulent hotels, acting as an undercover hotel critic, until an unexpected life change upsets her lifestyle, in Italian with English subtitles. 12:30 and 5:30 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000 or www.theavalon.org .

Victory garden tour, a horticulturist leads a tour of the garden and discusses some of the vegetables and flowers in the museum’s re-created World War II-era Victory Garden. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Welcome Desk, Constitution Avenue Entrance, first floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Beginner computer class, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet and use online library services. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of a selection of memorials. 2-4 p.m. daily through Aug. 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Book “tasting,” librarians direct visitors to a variety of new and popular books for a sample reading, light refreshments served. 4 p.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Chess for teens, learn how to play and master strategies. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Origami nights, for ages 7-12, learn how to create paper cranes, frogs, foxes, ties and other designs using the Japanese art form. Beginners welcome. 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Big Maze late night, visit exhibitions, navigate a really big maze and nosh at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue. 5-9 p.m. Thursdays through next Thursday, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Teen game night, for age 8 and older who like to dance or follow sports, or try MarioKart, pizza and snacks served. 5-8 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, Teen Lounge, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

Wii dance-off, for ages 13-19, a weekly competition using Wii. 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Anacostia Library chess club, for ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Rudolph Valentino silent filmAll Night ,” the 1918 story of a married society couple who persuade an unmarried couple to switch places with them at a party and pretend to be the servants, co-sponsored by the D.C. Public Library. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Game night at the library, for teens, come play Wii video games or one of our board games or work on a craft. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Meditation and mindfulness, a facilitator teaches and leads techniques that help those whose stress response is triggered by a recent cancer diagnosis; cancer patients, their family members and caregivers welcome. 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, second floor, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Job seekers support group, get new ideas for networking and develop strategies for finding jobs. 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 18, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

Friday, AUG. 22

Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Helping Our People Engage, in the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress theaters, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents weekly movie matinees on Friday mornings, a discussion group follows. 11:30 a.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Arthritis support group, this month’s topic: “Your Pain and You,” sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Secrets of the Washington Monument grounds, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour to the landscape where hidden history awaits discovery. 2-4 p.m., Paddle Boats Refreshments Stand, Ohio Drive at the Tidal Basin. Free. Michael Kelly, 202-359-2662.

Science Friday, let’s watch Bill Nye! for ages 8-12, watch two episodes of “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” a TV show that makes science fun for kids. 3 p.m. Fridays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Story behind the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, a National Park Service Ranger discusses how a blue-ribbon commission built the memorial against all of the odds. 3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-426-6841.

Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover or create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Jazz in a sculpture garden, jazz clarinetist Seth Kibel performs. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Classical music concert, the U.S. Marine Band performs chamber music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Cazhmiere in concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org .

Memorials of the Mall by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 8-10 p.m. daily through Aug. 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

The Lego Movie ,” an outdoor screening of the family-oriented film; bring a blanket or lawn chair; popcorn, candy and drinks available. 8 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-4900

U.S. Marine parade, U.S. Marine Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; guests with reservations are admitted at 7:15 p.m.; visitors must arrive no later than 8 p.m. Parade, 8:45 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 29, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-4011 or 202-433-6060 or www.barracks.marines.mil .

Movie night in the park,Frozen .” 8:15 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free; no tickets required. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr .

Saturday, AUG. 23

Run with a National Park Service ranger, on a three- to four-mile run around the nation’s iconic memorials, about 10 minutes per mile. 8 a.m., Washington Monument Lodge bookstore, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Survey lodge, 202-426-6841.

Ward 8 farmers market, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, yoga. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org .

Miraculous balloon magic, Synetic Theatre performs an interactive adventure of a traveling actor and a magical trunk that will open a kid’s imagination. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Cooking for people with cancer, nutritionist Laura Pole discusses the role of nutrition in cancer therapy and tells how healthful foods can also be delicious. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $30. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .

Yoga for adults, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist, wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, some mats may be available. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Botany and the chemistry of brewing, science volunteer Todd Brethauer discusses the botanical inputs and the chemical transformations that occur as grain is brewed into ale and beer and the history of brewing. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Foggy Bottom sculpture tour, Mary Kay Shaw leads a walking tour of the exhibit. 11 a.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Burning of Washington D.C., a National Park Service ranger traces the steps of the British Army during its 1814 attack on the city. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Freedom Plaza, Casimir Pulaski Statue, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 13th and 14th streets. Free. Mark Morse, 202-740-4269.

Yoga, a teacher from Yoga Activist leads beginner-level classes for adults and teens. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Cemetery tours, a docent leads a tour of the cemetery that provides a final resting place for John Philip Sousa and other famous people. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 1, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Free. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org .

Imaginative play, for age 12 and younger, use your imagination to dress up, build with blocks, perform with puppets and do puzzles. Noon Saturdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

D.C. Poetry Project’s traveling open mike poetry reading, for any poet, writer or spoken-word artist who wishes to participate by reading any piece that is no longer than three minutes, sign-up starts at 11:45 a.m.; readings, noon, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Thomas Jefferson’s presidency, a National Park Service ranger discusses the turmoil and achievements of the first Republican presidency and tells how it led to the War of 1812. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-426-6841.

Luce Design with Tanis Gray, the local knitwear designer and knitting books author discusses her creative process and teaches visitors how to knit a basic lace; bring your own knitting supplies. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss moments in American history; bring your bike, water and snacks; helmets required. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Tango lessons, for adults, learn and practice the Argentine tango with Rendezvous Tango’s Bahman Aryana, all skill levels welcome. 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

President James Madison’s war, a National Park Service ranger discusses the whys and wherefores of the War of 1812 and tells how Madison pulled it together in a second war for American independence. 3 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-6841.

Full STEAM ahead! for ages 5-12, a fun, inquiry-based, hands-on experiment and literacy workshop to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and math. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 30, Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

Chocolate City Rocks! features D.C.’s own Thaylobleu, led by singer/writer Terence Nicholson, bassist Ezra Greer and Godisheus. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Movie night in the park,Macbeth ,” recorded live at Folger Theatre, co-directed by Teller and Aaron Posner. 8:15 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free; no tickets required; first come-first served. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr .

Sunday, AUG. 24

Palisades farmers market, locally grown seasonal produce, music provided by Sherier Mountain. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. www.palisadesfarmersmarket.com .

Family MESS, for ages 3-12 to learn about math, engineering and science in the world around them through experiments, building and other activities; parental/caregiver participation encouraged. 1 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Luce unplugged with Pleasure Curses, a staff member discusses a piece of art selected by Pleasure Curses, the D.C. duo that mixes synth and electro to create smooth, dark, dance music, taking their cues from new wave, disco, synth pop and early electronic dance, a performance follows. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 2 p.m. Sundays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1278.

Fizz, Boom, Read! the library’s summer program to explore and get creative with STEAM-related crafts. 2:30-4 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Smooth jazz and Scrabble, relax to the sounds of many different artists. 3-5 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Lounge in the Main Meeting Room, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Reading one-act plays, bring your acting skills and read through one-act plays such as Tennessee Williams’s “27 Wagons Full of Cotton .” 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Board games in the afternoon, for age 10 and older, play board games with your friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Liberators of Latin America, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses the revolutionary ideas that link the memorials to the liberators of Latin America. 3-6 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31, Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 2301 I St. NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn for your own take-home project. 3 p.m. Sundays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Zumba kids, for ages 4-13, dance to peppy music and follow kid-friendly moves. 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Organ recital, Michael Britt performs. 6 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Upper Church, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free; donations accepted. 202-526-8300 or www.nationalshrine.com or muslit@bnsic.org.

Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, the premier American ragtime ensemble performs ragtime favorites and underscores Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy classic, “One A.M. ” (1916), using the original orchestra scores. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, AUG. 25

English conversation classes, volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center facilitate classes twice a week. 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Monday and Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Yoga at West End, Smita Kumar from Yoga District teaches a weekly class, bring a mat or use one of the library’s. 12:30 p.m. Mondays, West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free; registration required: teresa.sakon@dc.gov or 202-724-8698.

Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental-health problems, sponsored by MetroHealth. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.

Dolley Madison “Lady Presidentress,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the legendary first lady. 3 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-6841.

Exercise for seniors, Loretta DiPietro, chairwoman of the Department of Exercise Science at George Washington University, discusses current findings in the clinical and psychological benefits of exercise and demonstrates specific exercises for seniors, sponsored by Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn. 3:30-5 p.m., St. Matthew’s Cathedral, North Conference Room, 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. $10; reservations required. Linda Harsh, lindajkh@mac.com or 202-234-2567.

Reader’s theatre, for those in grades 2-5, bring stories to life, read aloud scripts from popular children’s books and hone your acting chops; parent participation encouraged. 4 p.m. Mondays, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Woodridge Checkmates, for ages 7-19, learn how to play and win. 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Country Current, a premiere country-bluegrass ensemble, performs a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Wait Until Dark ,” 1963 romantic suspense film about a woman whose husband is murdered on a train by someone whose money he had stolen, music by Henry Mancini, starring Audrey Hepburn. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

“The Lost Angel,” Ralf Kirsten’s 1966 film with artist Ernst Barlach reflecting on his feelings when he learned that Nazis had dragged his famous sculpture, “The Hovering Angel,” a memorial for World War I victims, out of Gustrow Cathedral. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Yoga for beginners, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Concert Band performs a mix of marches, patriotic selections and wind band repertoire. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west steps. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday, AUG. 26

Yoga at noon, led by traditional yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris, bring a mat. Noon Tuesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Yoga at West End, taught by yoga instructor Smita Kumar, bring a mat or use one of the library’s mats. 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Classical piano concert, Cha Park performs works by J.S. Bach, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Conversation with a cancer coach, Carole O’Toole talks with cancer patients, their families and caregivers about how to take the best possible care of yourself when you’ve been diagnosed with cancer. 12:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

D.C. Youth Slam Team poetry, for ages 13-19, an exciting poetry workshop, bring your imagination. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. Register with Jonathan Tucker: 202-787-5279.

Teen advisory group, bring your ideas for future library programs and events, including a teen party. 5 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Dance concert, Maryland-based group Gina Ling Chinese Dance Chamber, performs various Chinese classical, folk and minority dances. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Yoga in the evening, one-hour lesson, all skill levels welcome, mats provided. 6:30 p.m. most Tuesdays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946; and mostly for beginners, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080; for beginner adults and teens, 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752; and a beginner and teen lesson, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Women’s History on the Horizon: The Centennial of Women’s Suffrage in 2020, a discussion to commemorate Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and consider how nearly 100 years of voting rights have affected women’s present-day political, social and economic roles. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

The Great Society Subway ,” author talk, author Zachary M. Schrag leads a discussion of his book about the Metro, a system built at a time when most American families already owned cars and when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

The Remains of the Day ,” book discussion, a librarian leads a discussion of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel about an understated English butler in post-World War II England. 7 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Cruisers ensemble performs a variety of music, including rhythm and blues, pop, rock, and adult contemporary. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Wednesday, AUG. 27

Job readiness training, James Kendlin assists with constructing a résumé and discusses interviewing skills and general job readiness. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Genealogy using online resources, archives specialist Nancy Wing teaches how to navigate www.archives.gov for your family history research. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Gallery talk, curatorial assistant Stephanie Midon facilitates a conversation about artist Alex Prager’s video. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

Bereavement support, for people who have lost a spouse in the past two years, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. Registration: 202-364-7602.

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of the avenue’s lesser-known events, places and people. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Board game hangout, for ages 9-12, bring your friends or make new ones to play Clue, Candy Land, Life, Monopoly and other games. 4 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Fizz! Boom Read! for age 5 and older, participate in a science activity each week. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Nutrition class, with instructors from the University of the District of Columbia. 4 p.m. Wednesday and the fourth Wednesday of every month, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Chess for kids, instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team workshop, for teens, bi-weekly poetry and spoken-word workshops designed to empower teens to speak up about issues of social justice. 4:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Kotebel in concert, the progressive ensemble performs a blend of avant-garde symphonic rock with a wide range of influences from classical to jazz to world music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Above All Else,” John Fiege’s 2014 film, a portrait of a group of landowners and activists in East Texas as they tried to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a question-and-answer session follows with Fiege; Lennox Yearwood Jr., chief executive and president of the Hip Hop Caucus; Steven Mufson, Washington Post energy reporter; and Julia Trigg Crawford, who appears in the film; sponsored by the Environmental Film Festival. 7 p.m., E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. $10. 202-342-2564.

Harry Potter fan workshop, George Washington University librarian Tolonda Henderson leads a workshop exploring scholarship on J.K. Rowling’s bestselling novels and discusses how academics in various disciplines draw upon the works as inspiration for their own writings. 7 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-0058.

Chess club, for players of all ages and abilities. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

U.S. Marine Band concert, 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west terrace. Free. 202-433-4011.

“Hanna’s Journey,” film about a woman who goes to Israel to further her career by working with disabled people until she meets an Israeli social worker who picks on her with Holocaust jokes, but is also flirting with her, in English, German and Hebrew with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, AUG. 28

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq ,” about prima ballerina Tanny Le Clercq, possibly the greatest American dancer of the 20th century, a polio victim in her late 20s, her life history and the incredible set of circumstances that surrounded her tragic fall are shown in archival footage and documents; director Nancy Buirski introduces the film. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the String Ensemble performs. Noon, 1 and 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Heirloom garden tours, a horticulturist leads a tour and discusses some of the plants in the museum’s Heirloom garden that were passed down from generation to generation and cultivated in American gardens prior to 1950. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, Southwest Corner, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Memorials of the National Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 2-4 p.m. daily through Aug. 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Abolition before Abe, a National Park Service ranger discusses a way to celebrate the anniversary of the 1833 British Act abolishing slavery by talking about American slavery in an international context. 5 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Genevieve Goerling, 202-426-6841.

Dance concert, the Maryland-based dance company Footworks performs its blend of traditional Americana music and percussive dance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Pollyanna ,” the 1920 silent film about an orphaned girl who learns how valuable her optimistic attitude is when she goes to live with her crotchety Aunt Polly, starring Mary Pickford, co-sponsored by the D.C. Public Library. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.

“Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command,” Mei Baojiu, the son of the first actor ever to present Beijing Opera in foreign countries, and other outstanding stars of the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing perform in recognition of the Peking Opera’s 120th anniversary. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$. 202-467-4600.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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