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Community and cultural events in the District, May 12 -18, 2017

Posted on May 12,2017
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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Friday, May 12

Reconstruction symposium
Speaker topics: the utopian imagery of Reconstruction, Frederick Douglass, Thaddeus Stevens, the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act of 1866. Speakers include Paul Finkelman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Brook Thomas of the University of California at Irvine. 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m. U.S. Capitol Historical Society, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2044. 202-543-8919, Ext. 11. uschs.org. Free; registration required.

The Botanic Garden’s roses
Sharon Hanes, rosarian and volunteer, leads a one-hour tour of the garden that houses this national floral emblem. Opened in 2006, this formal garden space dedicated to growing the rose without the use of fungicides or insecticides. Learn about new 21st-century roses that have been hybridized specifically for disease resistance. Stroll the paths and hear the roses’ background stories. Sunscreen and protective clothing suggested; bring water. Meet on the National Garrden Lawn Terrace. 11 a.m.-noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or usbg.gov. Free.

Pipe organ concert Randall Sheets, a longtime ceremonial organist for Arlington National Cemetery, performs works by Bach, Robert Schumann, Charles-Marie Widor, Pietro Yon and Théodore Dubois. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. nationalcitycc.org. Free; donations welcome.

Herring and Shad: Keystone fish species
A National Park Service Ranger leads a half-mile walk and discusses schools of fish that migrate here from the Atlantic to lay eggs in the place they were born. Species include white and hickory shad, alewife and blueback herring. Capt. John Smith saw the fish 400 years ago at Little Falls of the Potomac. George Washington’s slaves and servants caught 677,000 herring at Mount Vernon in 1773. 1-1:45 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. Joseph Mohr Jr., 202-359-1532. Free.

“Talking Civil War, baseball, Lincoln and Blossoms”
A National Park Service ranger discusses the first organized baseball game of the war between the 71st New York Regiment and the Washington Nationals amateur club, played in a park across from the White House that also included Civil War prisoners. “Town ball,” a forerunner to baseball and the introduction to baseball in the 1870s by a Civil War soldier. 2 and 3 p.m. Lincoln Memorial, chamber, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Edward Fleming, 240-375-5904. Free.

“Down These Mean Streets” poetry reading Martin Espada, an award-winning poet, essayist and lawyer who has dedicated much of his career to the pursuit of social justice and Latino rights, reads poems inspired by his father, Frank Espada, whose photographs are featured in the museum’s exhibition “Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urgan Photography.” Local poets Naomi Ayala and Sami Miranda join Espada to read from their works. 6:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Saturday, May 13

National Park Service Ranger Run A trek around the Mall while listening to stories about some of the most iconic D.C. sites, plus others that are not so famous, The pace is about 10 minutes per mile, with multiple stops along the way. 8-9:30 a.m. Washington Monument, Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Laura Abbott, 202-570-2785.

Renwicj Gallery Spring Family Day Celebrate the joys of spring by viewing two exhibitions: “June Schwarcz: Invention & Variation” and Voulkos: The Breakthrough Years,”and then try your hand at a clay-related craft, listen to music performances, join a spring scavenger hunt through the galleries and view the changing colors of Janet Echleman’s work, “1.8 Renwick,” hanging in the Grand Salon. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Library used book sale Sponsored by the Friends of Southeast Library, on the lower level of the library on second Saturdays from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Includes books on history, biography, mystery, fantasy, literature and photography, plus cookbooks. Most books are only $1. Proceeds from the sale supplement programs for children. The next sale will be June 10. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-3377. Free.

National Portrait Gallery Conversation Circle Practice English in small groups as you learn about American history through portraiture. Fridays at 10 a.m.-noon. Through May 26. National Portrait Gallery, G St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Saturday morning yoga Carol and Marjorie start your day with relaxing, stress-free yoga, Beginners welcome; wear comfortable clothes, bring water, a signed waiver form and a yoga mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. through Dec. 30. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Fitness event: Practice With Love yoga gatherings Bring a mat. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory West Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Move, dance, create Group warm-up, stretching, improvisation and choreographed sequences from a variety of dance influences, led by Kelly King. Fridays at 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Second Saturday STEM storytime Join other library fans for a STEM-themed story time. It’s never too early to introduce basic concepts of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the youngest learners. Come for the singing, conversation and reading about numbers, colors, plants, weather and more, and then stick around for a simple STEM craft. Best for ages 2 to 5. 11 a.m. Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226 or woodridgelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Classical music concert Winners of the 2016 Joseph and Goldie Feder Memorial String Competition perform, presented in cooperation with Washington Performing Arts. Noon. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Movies at SAAM: “Hockney” Director Randall Wright goes on an exclusive tour of artist David Hockney’s archives and studio. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“The Fixer (Fixeur)” A fledgling journalist, acting as translator and go-between for a French television network trying to scoop a sensational story, finds himself in the midst of a painful dilemma, trying to get footage of a deported underage Romanian woman abducted by a prostitution ring and pitting his conscience against his career ambitions in the wake of an imprecise case, in what is ultimately a journey of self-discovery. 3 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

“Moving Dialogues: When Am I Happy?” Kelly King, artistic director of Contradiction Dance, discusses individual person experiences through physical movement and expression by answering the question and inspiring participants to create language and movement that will inform your creative process as you explore and share personal experiences through dance. Experience isn’t requited. 6:30-8 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $15.

Sunday, May 14

Palisades farmers market Locally grown produce year-round, with music by Sherier Mountain. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. palisadesfarmersmarket.com.

Chamber music series The U.S. Marine Band and Marine Chamber Orchestra perform “Fantasiestucke,” Opus 73, by Robert Schumann’ String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Opus 13, by Felix Mendelssohn; Suite from “The Victorian Kitchen Garden,” by Paul Reade; “Avalon,” by Vincent Rose, Al Jolson and B.G. “Bud” DeSylva; and “Last Round,” by Osvaldo Golijov. 2 p.m. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, Seventh and K streets SE. marineband.marines.mil. 202-433-4011. Free.

Family Funday Sunday A variety of family-friendly programs that may include dance, music, movement, movies and sign language, for age 12 and younger. Sundays at 2 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Steinway Series: Henry Kramer and the Jasper String Quartet A Steinway Series debut of a Juilliard School pianist and the winner of the Cleveland Quartet Award. Concert, 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum. Meet at 2:30 p.m. in G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Boreal Trio concert Three international-competition laureates and clarinetist Uriel Vanchestein, violist Juan-Miguel Hernandez and pianist Wonny Song perform works by Max Bruch, Jean Françaix, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Uriel Vanchestein. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Emerson String Quartet concert
A performance of Mozart’s String Quartet in C Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”; Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor; and Dvorak’s String Quartet in C major, Op. 61. 6 p.m. National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. smithsonianassociates.org. $72.

Monday, May 15

Gentle yoga Beth Lawrence leads a class that draws largely from Sivananda and Integral yoga. Mondays 10:30-11:45 a.m. Through May 22. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Free.

“King Solomon’s Table” Joan Nathan discusses her book about Jewish cooking from a global perspective. 12 p.m. Library of Congress, African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-3780. Free.

Reading the Gilded Age Authors Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz of Georgetown University leads a reading group in a four-session course of works by novelists Edith Wharton, Henry James, Theodore Dreiser and Anzia Yezierska, exploring their varied depictions of characters whose personal dramas play out against rapidly shifting social, cultural, and economic backdrops. 6:45-8:15 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. smithsonianassociates.org. 202-633-3030. $35.

Zumba Instructor Roshaunda Jenkins leads this one-hour fitness and dance workout; all fitness levels welcome. 7:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. southwestlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Tuesday, May 16

Yoga in the galleries All skill levels are welcome to this rejuvenating Kripalu class taught by Eva Blutinger. Please bring your own mat, details online. Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m. through July 26. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300 or email museum@american.edu. $10 per class.

Costume designs of Miles White The Music Division’s Walter Zvonchenko discusses the creations of Miles White from 1914-2000, his reputation as one of the finest costume designers in 20th- century performing arts, and his designs for theater, film, circus, ice shows, ballet and cabaret. Noon. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Chair yoga classes
Beth Lawrence teaches gentle adapted yoga that connects body and mind. All experience levels welcome. Tuesdays at noon. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Ronn McFarlane, lute artist
A performance of ancient Scottish and Irish tunes. 12:10-1 p.m. 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

“African American Doctors of World War I: The Lives of 104 Volunteers” Local historians W. Fisher and Joann H. Buckley discuss their book. which was inspired by Fisher’s grandfather’s diaries and letters, and the stories of the doctors who cared for the 40,000 men of the 92nd and 93rd divisions, the Army’s only black combat units. An overlooked story of African American achievements in World War I. A selection of World War I artifacts collected by the speakers will be displayed. 12:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-2963. Free.

Leadership for freedom: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. A National Park Service ranger discusses civil rights leadership decisions and what they reveal about the drama within the struggle for civil rights. Topics include how the large number of leaders meant that King had to be more of a diplomat, and his sharing of leadership with Ella Baker, Andrew Young and Jesse Jackson. 1-1:45 and 3-3:45 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. Joseph Mohr Jr., 202-359-1532. Free.

“Americans” by Paul I. Tanedo The stories of Americans in World War I, a photographic epilogue to the Boat People retrospective. 1:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-3233. Free.

Sketching: Draw and discover Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches and objects on display in the Luce Foundation, and then sketch on the center’s workshop. Bring a sketchbook and pencils; other materials provided. Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center information desk, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Yoga classes Elizabeth Goodman teaches all experience levels; bring your own mat. Proceeds given to William Penn Quaker work camps. Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560. Pay-what-you-can.

“The World War I Navy: Second to None” James C. Rentfrow, permanent military professor in the history department at the U.S. Naval Academy, examines the growing role of the Navy in peace and war during the early decades of the 20th century; the launch of the first American dreadnaught battleship, USS South Carolina; the creation of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations; and the announced intention in 1916 to build a “Navy second to none” as steppingstones toward shaping the Navy that entered action in 1917. Rentfrow examines the importance of the 1916 Battle of Jutland, between the Royal Navy’s Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet; the crucial American work of convoy escort and the deployment of a battleship squadron to join the Grand Fleet; and the role of Adm. William S. Sims as the London-based liaison to the Royal Navy. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. smithsonianassociates.org. 202-633-3030. $45.

Wednesday, May 17

Storytime for preschoolers and adults Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds, the program provides the opportunity to practice listening skills, sing songs and make crafts. May’s theme: “The Race to Space.” National Archives, Boeing Learning Center, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

“Outside the Lines” Learn to use making art as a tool for healing through guided creative projects. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10.

Source Washington post



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