D.C. community calendar, July 24-31, 2014

July 24
Thursday, July 24

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.

Soul in Motion Players: drum and dance, for ages 5-16, a performance of chest-pounding drums, foot-stomping dance and an infectious spirit. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .

Washington 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. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

U.S. Marine Corps Brass Quintet concert, the ensemble performs a 25-minute set in each of three sets. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Flag Hall, second floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Victory Garden tour, a horticulturist leads a tour of the garden and discusses some of the vegetables and flowers in the museum’s recreated WWII-era Victory Garden. 1 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 7 and 21, 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.

Diabetes support group, for all ages, no medical referral required. 1:30-3 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, second floor, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

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

Join the Teen Advisory Group, and have a say in what programs the library offers, group meets once a month. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-5535.

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. 202-645-4297.

Wii dance moves, and the physics of dance, for teens who want to have fun playing Just Dance on the Wii, earn a Game On Badge, win prizes. 5 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

Sounds of summer concert, Moonshine Society blues musicians perform outdoors, bring a blanket or lawn chair and water. 5-7 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, National Garden Lawn Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

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

Classical music concert, participants from the NSO Summer Music Institute perform in large chamber ensembles. 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Anacostia Library chess club, for ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.84.

Jazzy nights in Shaw: a stroll through 1920s Washington, author and local historian Garrett Peck leads a 11 / 2-mile walking tour that focuses on Shaw during this colorful era, starting at the legendary Howard Theatre and heading to several clubs along U Street, the Minnehaha Theatre and Ben’s Chili Bowl, and discusses the city’s race riot of 1919, the unusual tale of a policeman-turned-bootlegger and the African American artists, performers and poets who turned this neighborhood into a vaunted nightlife scene rivaled only by Harlem; bring a Metro card for portions of the tour that use the subway. 6-8 p.m., meet in front of the Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. $45. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Anacostia Library yoga, develop your mind, body and spirit. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

“The Passion of Edith Cavell,” Cathedral Dean Gary Hall reads World War I-era poetry, artist Brian Whelan discusses his 14-panel painting installation that tells the story of WWI British heroine Edith Cavell, an International Red Cross nurse, humanitarian and Christian martyr, before it goes on tour in Europe and to its final Easter 2015 installation in England’s Norwich Cathedral, near the site of Cavell’s burial, exhibit closes Sept. 18. 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free; reservations required. 202-537-6200, invitation@cathedral.org or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Spotlight on Design, Tod Williams and Billie Tsien discuss their work, including Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the recently demolished American Folk Art Museum in New York, come at 6 p.m. for coffee and light snacks in the Corinthian Lounge. 7-8:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $35; students, $15. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

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.

“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.

“One Night With Janis Joplin,” a performance about the life of the blues legend, packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart ,” “Summertime ,” and “Mercedes Benz ,” featuring Mary Bridget Davies and Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company; also featuring Sabrina Elayne Carten as a blues singer who pays homage to the performers who influenced Joplin’s blues-rock style. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, continues through Aug. 11, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$99, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

U.S. Marine Band concert, a performance of works by Clare Grundman, Emmanuel Chabrier and John Philip Sousa. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

“Invincible,” Ericson Core’s 2006 film based on the true story of Vince Papale, an ordinary guy who wins a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles football team at a time when the city needed him most, starring Mark Wahlberg and Greg Kinnear. 8:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org/.

Friday, July 25

And So It Goes ,” Rob Reiner’s PG-13 rated comedy film about an obnoxious realtor who is trying to sell one more house so he can retire, until his estranged son leaves a 9-year-old granddaughter with him, turning his life upside-down, starring Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton and Sterling Jerins. Call for showtimes, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org .

History unfurls in a star-spangled day: How the Smithsonian saved our flag, following a viewing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” conservator Suzanne Thomassen-Krauss and Jeffery Brodie, curator for the Star-Spangled Banner Preservation Project at the American History Museum, discuss the flag’s conservation and describe its ongoing state-of-the art preservation in the museum; Vince Vaise, chief of interpretation at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, provides background on the British attack on Baltimore in September 1814 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and historian Marc Leepson discusses the poet who created its lyrics. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Presidential Reception Suite (ground floor), 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $139. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Family Day - discover the moon day, a variety of fun and educational activities celebrating Earth’s moon, interact one-on-one with scientists active in lunar research, learn about current and past lunar missions and see images of the lunar surface in 3D. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

U.S. Army Band concert, the Army Blues jazz ensemble performs. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 and 202-767-5658.

H.O.P.E. Theater: “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.

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns ,” Episode Nine: The Adventure. Post-war prosperity continues, but with a growing demand for civil rights, Duke Ellington experiences a rebirth after a triumphant appearance at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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 of the soaring tribute to George Washington. 2-4 p.m., Refreshment Stand-Paddle Boat parking lot, Independence Ave. SE. Free. Michael T. 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.

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, create and more. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Jazz in a sculpture garden, Incendio performs acoustic Latin guitar world fusion jazz. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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

Case of the Murdered Archduke, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses how the murder of an heir to a throne started World War I and shaped the world of 2014. 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sunday and Monday, Washington Monument, Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

City Nights open house screening: “Tokyo Twilight ,” Yasujiro Ozu’s 1957 film about a banker whose daughter and grandchild flee from her abusive husband and move in with him and his (unknown to him) pregnant college student daughter, in Japanese with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Globe-to-Globe Hamlet, a worldwide tour of Hamlet, bringing the acclaimed production back to the Folger after a highly successful run in 2012, the London-based Shakespeare’s Globe production will visit all 205 nations on Earth in an unprecedented theatrical ad­ven­ture, including this stop in the United States. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $60-$85. 202-544-7077.

Memorials by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk through American history at night. 8-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Ranger Station, 202-426-6841.

Ghost Tours, for age 10 and older, discover the dark side of the museum’s historic home with scary tales and surprises. 8:30-10:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $25; students, $12. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

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 .

Saturday, jULY 26

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 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 .

Sumi-E workshop, teaching artist Jon Leniz explores Chinese ink wash bamboo paintings, where the hand and heart move in unison, linking the inner and outer worlds. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $76. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Mary Ann Jung’s Pee Wee Pirates, set sail with Captain Jean, “The Pirate Queen,” on a rollicking global adventure. 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.

Atlantis: an archeological mystery, archaeologist Robert R. Stieglitz discusses the lost continent of Atlantis, first mentioned in Plato’s Dialogues, its historical authenticity and more. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Floral design workshop, a hands-on class that starts with a tour of the Cutting Garden, learn how flower crops are harvested and prepared, pick up tips of floral arranging and new design concepts as you create an arrangement to take home. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $55. Reservations: www.HillwoodMuseum.org. 202-686-5807.

All about crapemyrtles, a staff member discusses this summer-blooming landscape gem, from the science of breeding new varieties to growing them at home, a classroom presentation follows, then board the open-air tram for an informative tour highlighting the most remarkable specimens and the results of the arboretum’s research program, includes stops for short exploration walks. 10 a.m.-noon, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $22; registration required. 202-245-4521. www.usna.usda.gov .

Yoga at the library, for adult and teen beginners with an instructor from Yoga Activist. No experience required; bring a mat or use one from the library. 10 a.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583; 11 a.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Food workshop, understanding and managing urban soils for healthy food production, agriculture specialist Chris Lent, National Center for Appropriate Technology, helps participants understand the issues surrounding the quality of their soils, helping them support healthy soil practices and opening up possibilities for utilizing urban land for growing healthy food. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Kids tour of the Korean Memorial, a National Park Service ranger discusses the “forgotten war” and shows visitors a nine-foot tall soldier, a possible Junior Ranger badge may be earned. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Nikki Cochran, 202-345-6361.

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 .

Bike clinic, volunteers from the Bike House provide free repairs for all ages outside the library. Noon-2:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

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 .

Art swap meet, see the Luce Center’s Art-o-mat, a retrofitted cigarette machine that sells original artworks for $5, meet some of the artists behind the works, learn more about making and collecting “artpaks,” and make your own artpak to keep or trade with a friend. 1-4:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

National Gallery of Art lecture, Lorena Baines discusses “Dressing the Part: Costume and Meaning in Dutch Portraits.” 1 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Chess tournament, for adults. 1 p.m. Saturday and the last Saturday of each month. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Blue Sky Puppet Theatre, follow Rufus through his adventures in science class with Dr. Science, an interactive puppet show with science, technology, engineering and math. 1:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

Adams Morgan tasting tour, author and guidebook publisher Anthony Pitch leads a tour of restaurants whose culinary roots span the globe; participants will sample the foods and hear appetizing anecdotes that highlight the menu for the stops at four locations, sponsored by Smithsonian Associates. 2-5:15 p.m., meet on the southwest corner of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW. $85; reservations required. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Clash of empires, a National Park Service ranger discusses the beginning of the Great War 100 years ago and tells how many empires were involved and how they clashed over an archduke’s assassination. 2 and 4 p.m., D.C. War Memorial, Independence Avenue between the National World War II and Lincoln memorials. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

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.

“Shirley – Visions of Reality,” Gustav Deutsch, Hanna Schimek and Jerzy Palacz’s 2013 film that renders 13 of Edward Hopper’s iconic paintings to the screen; film introduction by Deutsch and Schimek. 2:30 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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.

Full STEAM ahead! for ages 5-12, a fun, inquiry-based, hands-on experiment and literacy workshop to spark your natural 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.

Dance concert, AXIS Dance Company performs a contemporary program that evolves from the collaboration between dancers with and without disabilities in celebration of the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and National Council on Independent Living Conference. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Blues in the park, a Luther Vandross tribute performance by William ‘Smooth’ Wardlaw. 7 p.m., Fort Dupont Park, 3600 F St. SE. Free. 202-426-7723 or www.nps.gov/fodu.

Dance concert, DancEthos [cq] performs with special guests. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $25; seniors and military, $20; college students and age 17 and younger, $15. Tickets: www.danceplace.org. 202-269-1600 or www.dancethos.org.

Sunday, jULY 27

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

Film: “Harriet the Spy ” (PG), based on the Louise Fitzhugh classic novel about an outcast sixth-grade girl who has been raised by a nanny and has been spying on her classmates who have come to despise her. 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.

Hillwood’s garden oasis, walk among the dazzling jewels in this calming oasis. 1-5 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Family M.E.S.S., 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.

Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m. Sunday, 6:30 p.m. July 31, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Tips from the Hillwood gardener, take a 30-minute tour of the garden and learn a few secrets from its gardener. 2 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. July 31, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Gospel music concert, the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir performs its distinctive style of high-energy programs. 2 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

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. Sundays through Aug. 24, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

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

En-Act: Read through one-act plays, bring your acting skills and read through 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.

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

Classical music concert, the winner of the NSO Summer Music Institute Orchestra competition performs works by Debussy and Vaughan Williams. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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/music .

Classical piano recitals, a variety of young pianists competing in the Washington International Piano Restival perform. 6:45 p.m. Sunday through July 31, Catholic University, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

Classical piano recital, John O’Connor performs. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

Monday, July 28

Kaypi Peru Festival, a week of Peruvian legacy with many artisans and artists promoting the beauty of Peru in an exhibition and sale of handmade crafts from indigenous artisans, traditional dances and live music, photo exhibitions, films, lectures, Peruvian food and drinks and hands-on activities for kids and families, co-sponsored by the Embassy of Peru. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Aug. 3, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Tots and tykes yoga, for age 4 and younger with an adult companion, a 45-minute program focused on growing mobility as the child moves to crawling, standing and walking; rhymes, songs and games accompany the program. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

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, Mondays and Wednesdays through July 28, 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.

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.

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.

Zimbabwe’s Mokoomba in concert, a performance by the musically distinct group that combines traditional and modern instruments creating a vibrant sound that consists of traditional Tonga music and embraces the diverse cultures of southern Africa. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn to create projects to take home. 6 p.m. Mondays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Sabrina ,” Billy Wilder’s 1954 film about a girl whose father sends her off to a cooking school in Paris and she comes home a gorgeous young lady, 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.

Yoga for adults, led by a teacher from Yoga Activist, mats provided. 6:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. 202-645-4297.

Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Zumba class, taught by certified instructor Christine, no experience necessary, all participants must sign a waiver. 7 p.m. Mondays, Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

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.

Yoga at Georgetown Library, taught by Yoga Activist. 7:15 p.m. Mondays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Classical piano recital, Chongxiao Liu and Wei Gong perform piano duos. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Country Current ensemble performs country and bluegrass music favorites. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol. Free. 202-433-2525.

Screen on the Green: “Lover Come Back ,” Delbert Mann’s 1961 comedy film about rival Madison Avenue advertising executives who dislike each other’s way of doing business, starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall. Dusk, the Mall, between Seventh and 12th streets NW. Free. 877-262-5866.

Tuesday, July 29

Constitution-in-action family learning labs, explore history, learn about the National Archives and discover the Constitution’s impact on our daily lives as you become researchers and archivists tasked with assisting the president and his communications director in preparing for a very special news conference. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., National Archives, Boeing Learning Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free; reservations required 24 hours in advance: learninglab@nara.gov . 202-357-5000. www.archivesfoundation.org .

Reptiles Alive!, learn about snake secrets, laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales, meet a live boa constrictor, tortoise, lizard or other animal. 11 a.m. Tuesday, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1184; 2 p.m. Wednesday, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488; and 2 p.m. July 31, Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

Botany and the chemistry of brewing, volunteers discuss 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 .

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.

Schola Epiphaniensis in concert, the professional choral ensemble performs J.S. Bach’s “Magnificat,” BWV 243, one voice per part. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation 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, a poetry workshop. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; registration required. Jonathan Tucker, 202-787-5279.

Cathedral crossroads, an evening of contemplative practice and labyrinth walk, 6-8:45 p.m., “Laughing Your Way to Wellbeing: Laughter Yoga in the Garden,” presented by certified leader Diane Cohen, 7:30-8:30 p.m. in the garden, ending in a brief silent meditation, music provided by multi-instrumentalist Karen Rugg and flutist Ron Warren. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. arlingtontonlaughteryoga@yahoo.com . 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Hess Is More, the seven-piece band led by musician Mikkel Hess performs. 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; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080; 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

“Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment,” Robert Drew’s cinéma vérité that chronicles how President John F. Kennedy and his brother Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy clashed with Alabama Gov. George Wallace over racial integration at the University of Alabama in 1963, a discussion with Michele Norris Johnson, Sharon Malone, Peggy Wallace and Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Concert Band, Sea Chanters chorus and Cruisers ensembles perform with the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard and the Navy Drill Team. 7:30 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants perform. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, West Steps. Free. 202-767-5658.

Wednesday, July 30

Seniors workout, Carolyn Gichner leads six weeks of a total body workout for active seniors, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association; bring a mat and light weights. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, through Aug. 1, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $60 for one day per week; $100 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Job readiness training, James Kendlin assists with constructing a résumé and discusses interview skills and general job readiness. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

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

Curator talk, curatorial assistant Stephanie Midon facilitates a conversation about a video by artist Janaina Tschape. Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

Cathedral tour and tea, a docent-led tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30; reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or e-mail misbister@cathedral.org .

STEAM Team, for ages 6-18, explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math with hands-on activities. 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 20, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

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.

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.

Curator exhibit tour – “Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget,” curator Leslie Umberger leads a tour of the exhibit and shares the stories behind the works on display, explaining that Fasanella was a self-taught painter whose monumental canvases celebrate the common man. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Teen game night, for ages 13-19, play board and Wii games. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Classical piano recital, Mandy Brown performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Chess club, for players of all ages and abilities. 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Classical piano recital, Ralitza Patcheva performs. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

U.S. Marine Band concert, a performance of Gordon Jacob’s “An Original Suite,” Jean Sibelius’s “ Lemminkainen’s Return” and John Philip Sousa’s march “On the Tramp.” 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west terrace). Free. 202-433-4011.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Airmen of Note perform jazz in “Oh Say Can You Swing.” 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Thursday, July 31

Congressional Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Expo, learn about the latest in renewable energy and energy efficiency from 30 companies and organizations, visit a policy forum in Room 334. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Cannon House Office Building, Caucus Room 345, Independence Avenue and First Street, SE. Free. 202-628-1400. www.eesi.org/expo .

On site: Restless Collective, co-founders of Restless Collective share stories about their innovative projects and invite everyone to participate in their Save Outdoor Sculpture Instagram Challenge through an Instagram Walk around the museum neighborhood following their talk. Noon-4 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

U.S. Marine Corps String Quartet in concert, the ensemble performs a 25-minute set in each of 3 sets. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Flag Hall, 2nd Floor, 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. next Thursday, Aug. 14 and 28, National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, Southwest Corner, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

BIG maze late night, visit exhibitions, navigate the BIG maze and nosh at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue. 5-9 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission, free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

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

Comedy at the Kennedy Center, actor and comedian James Adomian performs with opener Pete Bladel. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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.

F.D.R.’s final year 1944-45, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the president’s failing health, strenuous 1944 campaign, raging World War II, fourth inauguration and Yalta, all conspired to sap his strength. 6 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Paul Maisto, 202-426-6841.

Luce design with Meg Murray, the owner of Thunder Pig Confectionery and Agent Marmalade Jams, discusses the art of cake design, reveals some secrets of producing sweet treats and her previous experiences as both a Capitol Hill staffer and ceramics designer. 6:15 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Red-Headed Woman ,” Jack Conway’s 1932 film about a saucy, scheming, gold-digger who can still make audiences uncomfortable but is more likely to amuse them, starring Jean Harlow, Chester Morris and Lewis Stone. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Gilbert and Sullivan’s “Patience or Bunthorne’s Bride ,” members of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop and others perform. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays through Aug. 8, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 9, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; matinees, $10. bwashington@chaw.org . 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

U.S. Marine Band concert, a performance of Gordon Jacob’s “An Original Suite,” Jean Sibelius’s “ Lemminkainen’s Return from Lemminkainen,” and John Philip Sousa’s march “On the Tramp.” 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

U.S. Army Band concert, the Downrange ensemble performs a combination of pop, rock and patriotic music. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west steps). Free. 703-696-3399.

“Bend It Like Beckham,” Gurinder Chadha’s 2003 film about a girl who must choose between her family and her own super stardom on the soccer field, starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Archie Panjabi. 8:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org/.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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