Diana Ross sings tonight at Wolf Trap, Livingston Taylor tomorrow at the Hamilton and up-and-comer Shemekia Copeland all weekend at Blues Alley. This year’s shortened Smithsonian Folklife Festival is Saturday and Sunday on the National Mall. Shoppers can loosen up for the District Warehouse Sale on Saturday with a little morning tai chi in Chinatown. For more late-June events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Shemekia Copeland at Blues Alley
Blues singer Shemekia Copeland will perform at Blues Alley, 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW, on Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, and Sunday, June 30, at 8 and 10 p.m. Copeland’s new album, “America’s Child,” recorded in Nashville and produced by 2004 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album), has elements of rock, soul and country. Tickets are $40 for the Friday and Saturday shows and $35 for the Sunday shows. For details, visit bluesalleylive.com or call 202-337-4141.
I Love Cheese 101
Participants in this class, on Thursday, June 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Pear Plum Café, 3064 Mount Pleasant St. NW, will travel to delicious worlds and discover new curd horizons. Experts will guide the class through half a dozen tastings, three beverage pairings and cheesemaking basics, also offering shopping tips. Tickets are $45 for one person and $80 for two. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Diana Ross at Wolf Trap
Legendary both as the lead singer of the Supremes and as a solo artist, Motown superstar Diana Ross will perform on Thursday, June 27, at 8 p.m. at Wolf Trap, 1551 Trap Road in Vienna, Virginia. Audience members will get moving to classics like “I’m Coming Out,” “Upside Down” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.” Tickets are $40 to $95. For details, visit wolftrap.org or call 703-255-1900.
Livingston Taylor at the Hamilton Live
Known for such top-40 hits as “I Will Be in Love with You,” “I’ll Come Running,” “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman,” the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston Taylor will perform on Friday, June 28, at 8 p.m. at the Hamilton Live, 600 14th St. NW, peppering the show with personal stories. Tickets are $24.75 (standing), $34.75 and $49.75. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Tai Chi in Chinatown Park
The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs is sponsoring free tai chi classes in Chinatown Park, 555 I St. NW, on summer Saturdays, including this Saturday, June 29, from 10 to 11 a.m. Often described as meditation in motion, the traditional Chinese martial art of tai chi promotes serenity and wellness through gentle, flowing movements. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-727-3120.
Talk: ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’
On Saturday, June 29, at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE, retired music librarian George Boziwick and researcher Trudy Williams will tell the story of Katie Casey, the heroine of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” and trace the 1908 song’s connections to suffrage, social activism and vaudeville. Admission is free with RSVP. For details, visit loc.gov or call 202-707-5000.
The District Warehouse Sale
The second District Warehouse Sale, a shopping event featuring sample and sale items from more than 20 popular D.C. designers, shops and brands — including Ivy Wild, Little Leaf, Mimi Miller Womenswear, Red Dirt and Salt & Sundry — will take place on Saturday, June 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until the merchandise runs out) at the Sun Room, 327 S St. NE. Admission is free. VIP tickets for early shopping from 10 to 11 a.m., complimentary brunch bites and a goody bag are $25 and must be purchased in advance. For details, visit matinestudio.com.
Havana Under the Stars
The Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW, will host a Cuban-themed rooftop evening of networking, socializing and dancing on Saturday, June 29, presented by International Events. A salsa dance lesson from 6 to 7 p.m. will be followed by dancing to a Latin band until 9 p.m., with cocktails such as mojitos and Cuba Libres available for purchase. Tickets are $29 including the lesson and $19 without the lesson. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Smithsonian Folklife Festival
The theme of this year’s free Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall is “The Social Power of Music.” Reduced from 10 days to two — Saturday, June 29, from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday, June 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. — due to the government shutdown, the festival will feature a local record label market, zine-making activities, archiving demonstrations, instrument workshops and, on Sunday, a Smithsonian Folkways tribute to Pete Seeger and a performance by Grandmaster Flash. For details, visit festival.si.edu.
Talk: Defunct D.C. Arts Venues
Ray Barker, DC Public Library special collections archivist, will give a free talk on D.C.’s defunct arts venues on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building Auditorium, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Barker will introduce three key examples: d.c. space, the Maya Gallery and the Museum of Temporary Art (MOTA). Jazz and R&B multi-instrumentalist and musicologist Andrew White, who presented at d.c. space, will give a short performance. For details, visit dclibrary.org.
‘Adorning Wakanda’ at NMWA
Also on Sunday, June 30, at 4:30 p.m., the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW, will host a talk by Douriean Fletcher, creator of the Afro-futurist accessories for the 2018 blockbuster film “Black Panther,” on the aesthetics of gender equity. Tickets are $25 ($25 for seniors and students). For details, visit nmwa.org or call 202-783-5000.
Bach Festival at Grace Church
The first concerts of the 26th Bach Festival at Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW, directed by organist Francine Maté, will take place on Sunday, June 30, at 3 p.m. and Monday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. The Sunday program includes Bach’s Cello Suite No. 2 and Cantata No. 84, plus works for organ and strings by Mozart and Bernard Wayne Sanders, including the world premiere of Sanders’s “Pavane for Organ and Strings.” The Monday concert will feature the Pittsburgh Symphony Cello Quartet performing transcriptions of Bach chorales, keyboard works, cello suites and the Chaconne in D minor. Tickets are $25 per concert, $10 for students. For details, visit gracedc.org or call 202-333-7100.