D.C. community calendar, April 24-May. 1, 2014

April 24
Thursday, APRIL 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.

Courtyard Garden Tour, Smithsonian Gardens horticulturists lead a tour of the interior plantscape of the Kogod Courtyard, tells some of the tricks of the trade for use at home and conducts a plant-care demonstration. 10:30 a.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Garden tour and kids in “snugglies,” for infants, volunteers lead parents and care providers with one child in an infant carrier for a tour of the conservatory. 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Washington Cathedral behind-the-scenes tour, 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; age 11 and 12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Curator talk, Janneken Smucker, assistant professor of history, West Chester University, discusses her insights into the content and themes in the exhibit “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” 11:30 a.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free with museum admission: $10; age 65 and older and students, $8. 202-783-5000.

Cooking demonstration, gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and her sister, nutritionist and cooking instructor Danielle Cook, demonstrate how to cook asparagus and peas. Noon and 1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Managing stress and improving well-being, a discussion led by Al Zara, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room Four, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free; suggested donation $55 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.

Beginner computer skills 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.

Meditation and mindfulness, Al Zara leads participants practicing their sitting meditation techniques, co-sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 2-3 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room Four, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free; suggested donation $50-$75 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.

Crafty Thursdays, age 5 and older; all materials provided. 4 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

HIV/STI testing, ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, meeting room two, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

“Remember This: Walking with Jan Karski,” a staged reading of Derek Goldman and Clark Young’s play that celebrates the legacy of Karski, the late beloved Georgetown professor and Polish underground courier portrayed by David Strathairn; an ensemble of Georgetown students will be part of the event. 5 p.m., Georgetown University, Healy Building, Gaston Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free; tickets required. performingarts.georgetown.edu or 202-687-2787. www.eventbrite.com.

William Randolph Hearst and his life with art, author Mary L. Levkoff discusses how the media tycoon chose his works of art, how they were displayed and how he lived with them during more than 80 years of an extraordinary lifetime. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.

Conversations at Lincoln’s Cottage, a lecture about our 16th president by John Taliaferro, author of “All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt.” Come at 6 p.m. and mingle with the author during a cocktail reception. Lecture, 6:30 p.m., President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. $10, lecture only; $20, lecture and reception; reservations requested. 202-829-0436, Ext. 31232, or smiraminy@savinplaces.org.

Intersections: Western and Chinese music, NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers and Shanghai-born composer Du Yun discuss the structures, instruments and purposes of Chinese music, live performances by the presenters illustrate aspects of both Chinese and Western music, from classic pieces to contemporary works. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Steinbeck Onstage: The Grapes of Wrath at 75, the National Steinbeck Center honors the cultural effects of John Steinbeck’s work by inviting readers to rediscover the novel and the writer who created this odyssey of Depression-era America. Actress Lois Smith; Michael Donald Edwards, artistic director of Florida’s Asolo Repertory Theatre; and Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw discuss how the powerful portraits of human perseverance in “The Grapes of Wrath” found their theatrical reflections. 7-8:30 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, 700 Independence Avenue SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

NSO concert, Osmo Vänskä leads the orchestra and clarinetist Martin Fröst in a performance of works by Sibelius, Aho and Mendelssohn, a discussion follows the performance. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

Jazz diplomacy, John Edward Hasse, author, curator, biographer of Duke Ellington and founder of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, leads a discussion focusing on efforts by the U.S. Information Agency, the Voice of America and the State Department to use jazz as a diplomatic tool during the Cold War. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Elling,” Kasi Campbell directs the play based on a play by Ivgvar Ambjornsen about oddly matched roommates who must cope with everyday life. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 18, Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings, $50; Thursdays and matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount; students, half price. 240-582-0050.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” for age 12 and older, a musical based on the Rachel Sheinkin book, with music and lyrics by William Finn, the story of six awkward adolescents navigating their way through a spelling contest; contains coarse language. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (except May 2 and 9), 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, continues through May 17, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $18-$77.65. 800-982-2787. www.fords.org.

Foghorn Stringband performance, the gold standard for American stringband music plays the old fashioned way, gathering around one microphone on the stage. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $20, in advance; $15 at the door. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

“Peter Pan” ballet, the Washington Ballet performs a new production of Septime Webre’s coming-of-age tale that pits Peter and the Lost Boys against Captain Hook and his pirates. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$125. 202-467-4600.

“Hair,” for mature audiences, Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea direct the tribal love-rock musical. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $42; students and seniors, $37. 703-892-0202 or boxoffice@keegantheatre.com, www.keegantheatre.com.

“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.

“Camp David,” a play about President Jimmy Carter and the attempt to create peace in the Middle East. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through May 4, Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $110, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

Brad Mehldau Trio in concert, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.com.

Classical music concert, cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and pianist Simon Trpčeski perform works by Beethoven, Brahms and Chopin. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.

Friday, APRIL 25

Earth day festival, Botanic Garden staff members, volunteers and others chat with visitors, demonstrate cooking techniques with seasonal produce and help visitors plant a pot to take home and grow. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

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

A Great Day in Harlem” (1994), a documentary film that brings to life a remarkable moment in the history of American music, an unexpected gathering of dozens of America’s jazz legends and the photograph that would become emblematic of the golden age of jazz. 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.

Persian lecture, “The Persian Book of Kings: Vicissitudes of a Foundational Text in Iranian Culture,” a lecture by the University of Maryland’s Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak. Noon, Library of Congress, AMED Reading Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4518.

Pipe organ concert, organist Michael Britt and baritone George K. Bareford perform works by William Walton, George C. Baker, Paul Halley, Edwin H. Lemare and Georges Bizet. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Jazz concert, a performance by the U.S. Air Force Band’s Jazz Combo with the Airmen of Note. 3-4:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Flag Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

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

Meet the author,My Life in Middlemarch” author Rebecca Mead discusses her book with Hanna Rosin, national correspondent for the Atlantic, and Margaret Talbot, staff writer for the New Yorker. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Art exhibit opening, for “(in)Visible & (dis)Embodied: Repositioning the Marginalized,” a collection of works by Andrea Chung, Ivan Forde, Ramiro Gomez, Dafna Steinberg and Jason Edward Tucker. Opening reception. 7-9 p.m. April 25; Panel discussion. 6 p.m., May 14; Gallery talk, 5 p.m. June 1, D.C. Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. 202-462-7833.

Can you ID a tree?, author and teacher Melanie Choukas-Bradley leads a workshop and tree ID session, teaching tree ID basics specific to our native and cultivated tree populations. 6:30-8:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. $25. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

KC Jazz Club, vocalist Kevin Mahogany performs a blues-heavy set in celebration of his 20-year career. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26-$30. 202-467-4600.

Brain lecture, Jeff Lichtman, a Harvard University professor, discusses “Connectomics: Mapping the Brain’s Wiring Diagram,” sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

National Symphony Orchestra concert, Osmo Vänskä leads a performance of Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in which the first half of the program illuminates this masterpiece that will be performed in the second half. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

“Botanica,” performed by Momix, a company of dancer-illusionists, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $28-$48. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org.

Saturday, APRIL 26

Painters in Provence: From Van Gogh to Matisse, art historian Bonita Billman looks into the inspiration that places like Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, St. Remy, St. Tropez, and Nice provided for the brilliantly colored works produced by 19th and early-20th century painters. 9:30 a.m.-4:14 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Wrecks, Rescues and Mysteries: Air and Sea Disasters, historian and author Andrew Jampoler recounts four dramatic incidents of bravery and tragedy spanning two centuries: Bligh and the HMS Bount, Death on the Amphitrite, The Enduring Mystery of Amelia Earhart, The Rescue of Alfa Foxtrot 586. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Keyboard Sonatas and Trios of Joseph Haydn, scholar and performer Kenneth Slowik takes a close look at a number of the sonatas and trios and the instruments for which they were written, assisted by violinist Ian Swensen and cellist Elisabeth Reed, performances on the clavichord, harpsichord, and fortepiano included. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $100. 202-633-3030.

Genealogy: immigration records, archivist Claire Kluskens discusses how to improve your archival research skills in immigration records, all skill levels welcome. 10 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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.

Free flow movement, Cynthia Word teaches free expression, stress-release and harmony between body and soul to those who are living with or recovering from cancer. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $15 per session; $40 for three sessions. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org.

Georgetown University jazzfest, bring a blanket for a day of great music from local and Grammy Award-winning artists. Noon, Georgetown University, White-Gravenor Patio/Copley Lawn, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

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.

Film viewing,Eroica,” Andrzej Munk’s 1957 film, a satire on the theme of personal courage, shown with English subtitles. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Design Apprenticeship Program II, final presentation, future designers participating in a “Little Free Libraries” program share how their library designs uniquely represent a local community. Old City Farm & Guild, City Blossoms, Common Good City Farm and Wangari Gardens are among the recipients. Attendees are encouraged to bring a book to donate. 1-3 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

Portrait Story Days: Benny Goodman, listen to a story about the “King of Swing,” American jazz and swing musician, clarinetist and bandleader, and create a piece of art inspired by his life and portrait. 1-4 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Me and My Shadow,” for age 4 and older, Australia’s renowned Patch Theatre performs using a combination of light and shadow, paper and water, fantastical imagery and intriguing sounds to reveal the perplexities and pleasures of friendship. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

Frank: The Voice,” author James Kaplan discusses his biography of singer and actor Frank Sinatra. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Yoga class, a prenatal partners workshop to learn how to use yoga during pregnancy and labor, no experience necessary, recommended for women in the first, second and third trimester. 2-4 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $80 per couple. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org. 202-549-4172.

Design challenge, children accompanied by an adult, open workshop inspired by the Maker Space movement, create products and prototypes to make an everyday task into something extraordinary by adding your creativity as you consider a design challenge. Timed entry at 1, 2 or 3 p.m., closes at 4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $25 per child; accompanying adults, free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

Art exhibit opening, “Black and White and In Between,” a juried all-media exhibition. Reception, 5-7 p.m; exhibit continues 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through May 31, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org or www.caphillartleague.org.

Band concert, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note perform. 5-7 p.m., Pershing Park, 1400 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Body, Soul, and Spirit in Archetypal Psychology, a lecture by Michael Lerner, Smith Center co-founder and board chairman. 6 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.

Sunday, APRIL 27

American Sign Language, gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks in ASL. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Luce artist talks with Emily Biondo and Bradford Barr, local artists discuss a museum work and explain why it inspires them. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6; reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Art lecture, Princeton University’s Anthony Grafton discusses “Past Belief: Visions of Early Christianity in Renaissance and Reformation Europe” and “Relics and Ruins: Material Survivals and Early Modern Interpretations.” 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Afternoon Asanas, for age 50 and older, tone and stretch as you practice yoga using chairs, tailored to those with limited mobility and a doctor’s consent, liability waiver signature required. 3 p.m. Second and fourth Sundays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Scottish ceremony, “Kirkin’ o’ the Tartan,” the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington and about 100 society members march into the cathedral with accompanying bagpipers and drummers. Scottish music and Highland dancing follows the program at the All Hallows Amphitheater on the cathedral grounds. 3:30 p.m., National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free; donations requested; free garage parking. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Finland films, “Helsinki, Forever,” Peter von Bagh’s 2008 film portrait of Finland’s capital and an essay on Finnish culture, and “Station,” von Bagh’s 1989 film portrait of the legendary Helsinki central railway station. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

“Herblock: The Black and the White,” a George Stevens Jr. documentary film about the late Washington Post cartoonist with special guests Judy Woodruff of PBS, producer George Stevens Jr. and Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles, to support the theater. Hors d’oeuvres reception, 5 p.m. Sunday. Film, 6:30 p.m. Panel discussion, 8:15 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $250; screening and discussion only, $50. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org.

Choral Arts Society of Washington concert, Scott Tucker leads a performance of works by Ginastera, a sacred a cappella motet, “Misa Tango,” a Mass with tango rhythms and the iconic sounds of the bandoneón, and a second half with singers and dancers performing the tango. 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$75. 202-467-4600.

Emerson String Quartet concert, a performance of works by Shostakovich and Schubert. 6-8 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $67. 202-633-3030.

What makes it great?, former National Public Radio music commentator Rob Kapilow unravels and explores Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” movements “Spring” and “Summer” with the audience and then listens to the Peabody Chamber Orchestra perform it, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 6 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org.

Duo guitarists in concert, Eliot Fisk and Paco Peña perform classical and Flamenco repertoire for two guitars. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Monday, APRIL 28

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.

Italian conversation, have coffee as you practice conversational Italian with native speaker Anna Nicolosi, new members welcome, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Cathedral earthquake damage update, James Shepherd, director of Preservation and Facilities at the Washington National Cathedral, shows photos of fallen pinnacles, cracked flying buttresses and other damaged items and discusses that status of repairs to the building, light refreshments served. Noon, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-4900.

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 Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Comeback Club for stroke survivors and their caregivers, includes weather-permitting outdoor activities, validation for free parking provided. 1 p.m., MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, first-floor Teleconference Room, 102 Irving St. NW. Free. Terresa Ward, 202-877-1957.

Knitwits knitting group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-4 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

It’s only money, Thomas Cook, client representative for Help Unlimited, answers seniors’ questions about disputes with vendors, and ways to simplify finances and save money. 3:30-5 p.m., meet in a back room of Ping Pong Dim Sum, 1 Dupont Cir. NW. $10. Register: lindajkh@mac.com. 202-234-2567.

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

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.

Chess club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

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

Cool Hand Luke” (1967), Stuart Rosenberg’s film about life inside an American prison, starring Paul Newman, George Kennedy and Strother Martin. 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 class, taught by a representative from Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners but all are welcome. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Aerobics for adults, one-hour sessions. 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Tuesday, APRIL 29

Poetry national finals, 53 high school champions from across the country match skills in reciting classic and contemporary poetry, competing for $50,000 in prize money. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, 7-9:15 p.m. Wednesday, George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Free. 202-682-5606 or arts.gov/partnerships/poetry-out-loud.

Strength and balance, led by Tonya Walton, a full-body strength and balance class with no floor work, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through June 10, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for a one-day-per-week class; $170 for a two-days-per-week class. 202-364-7602.

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of its lesser-known events, places and people. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Baroque duo concert, violinist Marlisa del Cid Woods and harpsichordist Elena Tsai perform sonatas for violin and harpsichord by J.S. Bach and music of his contemporaries. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free; suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Getting ready for healthy summer, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Dietician Jodie Hofacre discusses the latest information about getting and staying healthy through food choices, by reading labels correctly, identifying locally sourced food and determining which foods are best to eat. 1 p.m., Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

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

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

Homework help, for ages 13-19, aid with homework and special projects . 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Labyrinth walk, an evening of contemplative practice on the last Tuesday of each month. 6-8:45 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free; donations appreciated. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Classical piano recital, Igor Lebedev, a pianist and professor at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia, performs sonatas by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, sponsored by Washington International Piano Series. 6 p.m., Catholic University of America, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5414 or piano.cua.edu.

Burma, vacation hot spot, Donald Stadtner, a specialist in Burmese history, arts and archeology, gives a virtual tour of Burma’s golden Buddhist temples, floating markets and lush landscapes previously seen by few from the Western world, and explores Burma’s complicated politics, its history and compelling culture, and reveals the secret ingredient in Burmese women’s face cream. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030 or smithsonianassociates.org.

Yoga for teens and adults, Doriel Hall teaches a step-by-step program for beginners’ health and well-being. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Classical piano recital, Benjamin Grosvenor performs works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Mompou, Medtner, Ravel and Strauss. Sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $49. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org.

CUA Wind Ensemble concert, John Mitchell and Michael Smith conduct works by Malcolm Arnold, Henry Fillmore and Robert Sheldon, and will feature “Pele” by Brian Balmages with soloist Rob Craven. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University of America, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. smithmv@cua.edu or 202-319-5414.

Wednesday, APRIL 30

Genealogy lecture, National Archives specialist Nancy Wing shows how to navigate www.archives.gov for genealogy research. 9:30 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Meet the author,Tia Isa Wants a Car” author Meg Medina presents her story in conjunction with Children’s Day. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-1950.

Total body workout, a 10-week class led by Carolyn Gichner, bring a mat and light weights, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through June 11, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Gallery talk, a museum staff member discusses “Equal Exposure: Anita Steckel’s Fight Against Censorship.” Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

Classical piano recital, Ann Schein performs works by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt and Ravel. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Lunder Conservation Center behind the scenes, a staff member discusses how conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

Ashley’s Meditation and Mindfulness, Ashley Nunn practices her techniques, then invites questions and experiences. 4-5 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

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.

Is This Art? a guided tour by a staff member, focusing on modern and contemporary works. 6-7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?” author David Harris-Gershon discusses his amazing journey to healing by understanding his enemy, rethinking his assumptions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and eventually sitting down with the family of the terrorist who tried to kill his wife. Q&A and book signing to follow. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. Reservations: dcmetro@jstreet.org. 202-727-0321 or 202-248-5868.

The national parks through a photographer’s eyes, photojournalist Ian Shive shows some of his stunning images and video footage and discusses more than a decade of remarkable work that has taken him to parks across the continent and in Hawaii, shaping his technical and creative approach to capturing nature. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Grandparenting 101, Neva Powers, a registered nurse and perinatal instructor, leads a workshop on current trends in infant care and safety, how to be (and not be) helpful to the new parents, how to navigate changing family dynamics, how to be a long-distance grandparent and how to equip your home to encourage visits. 7 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $57. miriams@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3263.

A Celebration of Rameau, Part I: The Salon, Opera Lafayette performs in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s death, French harpsichordist Olivier Baumont is featured in a solo suite and joins violinist and artistic director Ryan Brown in one of the composer’s Pièces de clavecin en concert, performing transcriptions from Les Indes Galantes with harpsichordist Andrew Appel, a quartet of vocal artists join to perform Rameau’s “Canons and Airs.” 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $60. 202-467-4600.

thursday, May 1

Shisa dogs and Taiko drums: A Japanese journey, for age 5 and older, musicians and colorfully costumed dancers from the Chin Hamaya Daiko Culture Center use drums, chant, song and dance to sweep you into the spirit of celebrations from Japan’s Ryukyu Islands. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Laugh cafe, bring your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales. Bring a sack lunch, coffee and dessert provided. Sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free with one joke; registration required. 202-364-7602.

Civil War murder, a National Park Service Ranger discusses how President Lincoln allowed General Jefferson Davis to get off scot free for the heinous murder of his fellow general, William Nelson. 1 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Matthew Hornberger, 202-426-6841.

“The Great Gatsby,” a librarian leads a discussion of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. 1:30 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Memorials on the National Mall, a National Park Service Ranger leads a walking tour and shows a selection of the memorials that remind us of our history. 2-4 p.m. daily through May 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Cathedral symbols and iconography, a docent leads a tour of the cathedral’s stone, stained glass and fabric art and demonstrates how to read the art’s stories by decoding the meanings of the symbols. 3 p.m. May 1, 1:30 p.m. May 4, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16; reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Bob Klein’s Photography Exhibit in Brookland, offers a window into the world with images from the U.S., Norway, Costa Rica, Austria, Cuba, India, Ecuador, Tanzania, Montenegro and Borneo. Reception. 6 p.m. Thursday. Gallery open Thursdays-Fridays 6-8 p.m., Saturdays noon-4 p.m., Studio 21, Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St. NE. Free. 202-269-1600.

Genius Loci: the public art of Raymond Kaskey, the D.C.-based sculptor whose work includes architectural sculptures for the National WWII Memorial discusses his artistic process and the collaborative nature of large-scale public projects with the Museum’s executive director, Chase Rynd, in conjunction with the exhibit “Cool & Collected: Recent Acquisitions,” arrive early for a visit before the talk. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

Marlo Thomas on the Power of Reinvention, the actress, producer, writer and activist discusses her new book “It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over,” a look at how more than 50 women have defined and realized the possibilities of taking on new roles and fulfilling new opportunities including getting a PhD, traveling the world, launching a business, following a creative impulse, making a family recipe famous and more. 6:45 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. $42. 202-633-3030.

U.S. Marine Band concert, “The President’s Own” performs music by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Richard Rodgers and others. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Musicians from Marlboro III, a performance of works by Haydn, Berg and Dvorak. 7:30 p.m., Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or www.ticketmaster.com.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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