D.C. community calendar, Aug. 14-21, 2014

August 13, 2014
Thursday, AUG. 14

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.

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

Cartoonists’ artistic responses to disabled Civil War veterans, Swann Foundation fellow Erin Corrales-Diaz discusses “Empty Sleeves and Bloody Shirts: Disabled Civil War Veterans and Presidential Campaigns, 1864-1880.” Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9115.

Botany and chemistry of baking, science education volunteer Todd Brethauer discusses how the demands of baking changed the crops and how the crops and baking shaped civilizations. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

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. Thursday and Aug. 28, National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, Southwest Corner, 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.

American Art: after and before, conservators discuss a featured artwork after it has received treatment, continue to the Lunder Conservation Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the way the museum’s conservation staff apply science, art history and skilled hands to artworks before they are unveiled in exhibition spaces. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Reptiles Alive! learn about snake secrets, laugh at lizard stories and turtle tales, meet a live boa constrictor, tortoise, lizard or other animal. 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288; and 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Free.

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

Vibrations: the science of sound, for ages 6-12, performed by musician Slim Harrison using homemade and recycled instruments, participants will have the opportunity to experiment with vibrations. 2 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Parkinson’s support group, and for those with other movement disorders, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 3-4 p.m., Grand Oaks Assisted-Living Facility, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. Free. Registration and topic information: 202-364-7602.

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

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

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Big Maze late night, visit exhibitions, navigate a really big maze and nosh at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue. 5-9 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Admission, free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Teen game night, come play Atomic Robo RPG, a Labyrinth roleplaying game based on the science adventure comic book series, no experience needed. 5 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free, registration required. 202-698-3377.

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

Game show power hour, for ages 10-19, using ideas from “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader,” “Jeopardy!” and other TV games. 5:30 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.

Art signs: gallery talk in ASL, a volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. wilsoncl@si.edu or 202-633-1000.

NSO Summer Music Institute concert, Elizabeth Schulze conducts a performance of chamber music. 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Theatrical program, participants in the Theatre Lab School of Dramatic Arts Summer Teen Program perform scenes from the musicals “Evita ,” and “West Side Story .” 6 p.m., 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.

Mary Poppins ,” sing-along, bring snacks and a pillow for a comfortable film screening, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 6:30 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Book talk,The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan ,” historian and journalist Rick Perlstein discusses his book and traces the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s and how they shaped what it means to believe in America. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Pina ,” Wim Wenders’s 2011 film about modernist choreographer Pina Bausch, who died suddenly in 2009 as he was filming her, a groundbreaking visionary whose work with Tanztheater Wuppertal transformed the history of dance, blending the formal vocabularies of theater, dance, sound and design, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Poetry reading at the library, Pamela Murray Winters and Nancy Naomi Carlson read from their works. 7 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas ,” read Hunter S. Thompson’s book about an oddball journalist and his attorney’s trip to Las Vegas, discuss the book with others and see the film, which stars Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire and Ellen Barkin. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 207, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

“The Cameraman,” a screening of three silent films starring iconic actress Gloria Swanson, sponsored by Southeast Library. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Energize D.C., a representative from Pepco discusses how to take control of your energy use, use Pepco’s online energy management tools and create personalized energy management plans; simple and helpful ideas to help save money and energy in the home. 7 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188. www.takecontroldc.com .

Civil War medicine, Kyle Wichtendahl, National Museum of Civil War Medicine, discusses the challenges faced by doctors, nurses and surgeons and the innovations that led to modern military medical systems. 7 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

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

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

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

A League of Their Own ,” director Penny Marshall’s 1992 comedy film about a team in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, all underdogs who eventually get the team to the World Series, starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Madonna, Jon Lovitz and Rosie O’Donnell. 8:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org .

Friday, AUG. 15

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

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Air Force Strings perfoms four 20-minute sets starting at the top of each hour. 11 a.m.-2:20 p.m., Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, in front of the “America by Air” display, 600 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-767-5658.

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

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.

Crazy about corn, gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and her nutritionist sister Danielle Cook demonstrate a variety of ways to use the sweet summer vegetable. Noon and 12:45 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

“Finding Fela,” a about the life of Fela Anikulapo Kuti, his music, his social and political importance, creator of Afrobeat, a new musical movement that he used to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. Call the theater 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.

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

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

Jazz in a sculpture garden, big band swing by Swingtopia. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

World music concert, Afghan American rubab player Quraishi performs original compositions from his native country’s artistic tradition and its national instrument. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

19th Street Band, eclectic rock and bluegrass music. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org .

Working from the figure, drop-in figure drawing, work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring drawing materials; easels available. 6:30-9:30 p.m., first and third Fridays of each month. , Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Smithsonian sleepover at American History, for ages 8-12 and an adult companion, features tours, games, crafts, a film. 7 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $135. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsoniansleepovers.org.

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons ,” Stephen Chow and Derek Kwok’s 2013 irreverent comic adventure film inspired by a Chinese literary classic and featuring elaborately choreographed physical comedy, nonsense wordplay and parodies of everything from Peking Opera to Shaw Brothers kung fu movies, in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Neo-soul music in the park, a performance by Black Alley, Lysette Titi and Wes Felton, sponsored by The Washington Post. 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free, no tickets required. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr .

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

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, AUG. 16

Some (plants) like it hot, a tour of the Asian collections in a hilly area and with a mix of paved and mulched trails, see cold-hardy tropical plants from China, Japan and the Koreas, including gingers, bamboos, bananas; learn about their cultural requirements so you can add some tropical flair to your August garden. 9-11 a.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; registration required. 202-245-4521.

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 .

Family film workshop, make monsters from newsprint and ballerinas from pine cones in this stop-motion animation class where you will learn puppetry and collage techniques, see the potential for artful motion in everything from discarded egg cartons to toilet paper rolls and acquire the foundations of storytelling, stop-motion animation, rhythmic filmmaking and fine arts techniques while collaborating on partner and group films. 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $55 per child and parent pair. Register: 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Christiana Drapkin — Bop goes the weasel! pop your fingers and swing in a musical morning of jazzy takes on popular children’s tunes. 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.

Saul selects: out of the trunks, longtime dealer Saul Barodofsky displays and discusses a wide selection of his favorite rugs and textiles, pulled from the trunks of his personal collection. 10 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Buds, a tree-focused activity for toddlers and preschoolers, aged 18 months to 4 years, stories, music, crafts and discovery time, all focused on trees and nature, co-sponsored with Casey Trees. 10-10:45 a.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free; registration required. serhardt@caseytrees.org or 202-349-1903.

Science of youth workshop: chocolate chip cookies, for ages 7-14 with an accompanying adult, education specialist Lee Coykendall discusses the “where” and “how” of these cookies and gives you some to take home. 10:30 a.m.-noon and 2-3:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Architecture 101: Bio-architecture, architect Ruth Connell discusses the philosophy seen in the designs of Antoni Gaudí and Santiago Calatrava, the predominance of organic, nature-inspired patterns and shapes. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $10. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Children’s film, Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt ,” for age 4 and older, two animated films about the artists based on Mike Venezia’s “Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists ” books. 11 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-789-3030.

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

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

Energy flow, Cynthia Word teaches a movement class that encourages free expression, stress-release and harmony between body and soul. 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $15. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

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

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 .

Yoga at Georgetown Library, teachers from Yoga Activist lead the classes. 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday and noon Tuesday, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Kids Smiles, the team members teach children and adults about proper oral hygiene, the dangers of tobacco and how to live a healthy lifestyle, results of free dental screenings will be given to the children’s guardians and help secure dental services for them, even if they are uninsured. 2 p.m. Saturday, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121; and 10 a.m. Tuesday, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Cineconcert with Andrew Greene, the pianist performs a live score to accompany Buster Keaton’s classic film, “College ,” about a bookish college student who tries to win the girl of his dreams, a half-hour concert of school-themed ragtime music follows. 2 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free; tickets distributed in the G Street Lobby at 1:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

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

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

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

Jazz concert, pianist Charles Covington, guitarist Steve Abshire and drummer Ken Kimery perform, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

14th Annual D.C. Poetry Festival, a performance by The Last Poets, honoring Gil Scott-Heron. 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free; no tickets required. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr .

Sunday, AUG. 17

Martha’s Table ministry, which helps feed homeless men, women and families through its McKenna’s Wagon soup kitchen, collects sandwiches and fruit from volunteers. Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org .

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

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

Knitting and crocheting workshop, make items for those in need, instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings that serve homeless children and their families. 1-3 p.m. Sunday and the third Sunday of each month, Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail Mila Michael, knitting@cathedralcongregation.org .

A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box ,” Jeffrey Lau’s 1994 film, a lavish send-up of the classic novel “Journey to the West ,” that recounts the introduction of Buddhism into China, in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. 1 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Serene Sundays at Hillwood, watch the butterflies in the Cutting Garden and discover Marjorie Merriweather Post’s dazzling gems. 1-5 p.m. Sunday and Aug. 31, $15; age 65 and older, $12; college students, $10; ages 6 to 18, $5. 202-686-5807.

Luce artist talk: Adam Hager, the local artist discusses works of art in the Luce Center and discusses his collection of mechanical objects that he transforms into pieces exploring the ways we interact with everyday objects. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Digital photo club, a collaborative learning group that draws from the knowledge of all who attend, amateur photographers of all skill and experience levels welcome. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

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. Aug. 21, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.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.

A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella ,” Jeffrey Lau’s 1994 film, a comic-action epic finds the bandit Joker traveling back in time to discover his true identity as the Monkey King, save his immortal lover and battle the evil King Bull and his army of giant fleas, in Cantonese with Chinese and English subtitles. 3 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

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

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

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

Comedy at the Kennedy Center, performances of comedy with mature themes and strong language by Kyle Dunnigan and Jenn Tisdale. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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

Global warming we can live with: Chili peppers are hot, chili expert Robb Walsh discusses scientific concepts like Scoville units that measure pungency and the historic human and animal migratory patterns that helped spread peppers around the globe, tastings of spicy treats follows. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $45. 202-633-3030.

Monday, AUG. 18

Public installation: “Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota,” Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work that amasses personal memories of lost individuals and past moments through an accumulation of discarded shoes and notes collected by the artist. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday thru Aug. 21, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Pavilion, Ground Floor, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000

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

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

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through Aug. 27, 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.

Meditation and Qigong, Eve Soldinger discusses how to relieve stress and foster a healthy emotional state of being by using therapeutic meditation. Monday, 3:30-4:45 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $10. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .

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

STEM Mondays, for ages 7-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and a desire to do experiments, study nature, solve real-world math problems and take the Hour of CODE challenge. 4:15 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration required. 202-698-3873.

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.

Ezekiel’s Wheels, the internationally recognized klezmer ensemble performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Charade ,” Stanley Donen’s 1963 romantic suspense film about a woman whose husband is murdered on a train by someone whose money he had stolen, music by Henry Mancini, starring Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Walter Matthau, James Coburn and George Kennedy. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

The Lodger ,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1927 silent film, suspense thriller, starring Ivor Novello. 6:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Käthe Kollwitz – Images of a Life ,” Ralf Kirsten’s 1986 film about Käthe Kollwitz, who lost a son to World War I and forever changed life and art, in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Kids’ night at the library, for ages 6-12, hang out with friends, participate in games, crafts, movies. 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

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

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

Tuesday, AUG. 19

Library of Congress lecture, Holly Gilbert, chief of the NASA Goddard Solar Physics Laboratory, discusses “The Moody Sun.” 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

Galician bagpipes and flutes, Carlos Núñez, a bagpiper and flutist from Galicia, Spain, performs music collected by Alan Lomax in Galicia in the 1950s. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

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.

U.S. Army String Quartet in concert, a performance of quartets written by Beethoven and Maurice Ravel. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Magician Joe Romano, for ages 5-12, magician Joe Romano answers the question “Is it Science or Magic?” Children will witness a glass of water defy gravity, smoke rings fly over their heads and more. 1:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

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

Hook and needle club, for ages 10-19 who want to learn how to knit or crochet, all experience levels welcome, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks provided. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Make merry with the Muppets, for age 6 and older, a short discussion about puppetry followed by a film with light refreshments. 4:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

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.

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

Forensic mystery workshop, for ages 11-19, a science workshop where youths may learn in a hands-on way and get a chance to examine a set of bones and other evidence to determine the identity of an unknown person. 5 p.m., Northeast Library, Lower Level, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-0058.

Celtic traditional music concert, Galician multi-instrumentalist Carlos Núñez performs on the gaita, the bagpipes of Galicia, Spain’s northwest region. 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; for beginners, 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.

Tips for healthy eating, Jessica Carlin and Lauren Mulcahy, both from Whole Foods Foggy Bottom, discuss how to eat healthy, sample some healthy food and drinks. 7 p.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Petworth purls knit and crochet club, a fiber arts club for anyone who wants to knit and crochet with talk and tea. 7:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Concert Band, Sea Chanters and Cruisers ensembles perform with the Navy Ceremonial Guard and the Navy Drill Team, the program includes selections from Disney’s “Frozen ,” Pharrell Williams’s “Happy ,” and music from the disco era and Jersey Boys. U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-433-2525.

U.S. Navy Band jazz concert, the Commodores ensemble performs jazz classics. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, on the Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-2525.

Wednesday, AUG. 20

America’s textiles behind the scenes, members of the National Museum of American History’s textile department give visitors a glimpse of rarely seen pieces from the museum’s expansive collection. 10 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Job readiness training, James Kendlin assists with constructing a résumé and discusses interviewing 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.

Texas fiddling and swing music, the Quebe Sisters Band, with singers and fiddlers Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe, combine with the Clark twins, with guitarist and mandolinist Penny Lea and banjoist, pianist and accordionist Katy Lou, in a concert of Texas-style fiddling, vintage country, bluegrass and jazz and swing standards. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

Art talk, curator of book arts Krystyna Wasserman leads a conversation about the work of Meret Oppenheim. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

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

Train your brain games, a fun workout for your brain using puzzles, games and other activities that help prolong healthy functioning, learning, memory, creativity and flexibility in thinking. 3 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

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.

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

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.

Arts in the library, for ages 5-12 to explore their creative side and discover their passion for dance, painting, music and more. 4 p.m. third Wednesdays, Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-0183.

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

Quebe Sisters Band concert, Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe perform on the fiddle in three-part harmony performing a blend of swing, vintage country, bluegrass, jazz and swing standards, and Texas-style fiddling. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“The Golden Honeymoon,” the 1980 film about a nice guy who takes his wife to Florida for their 50th wedding anniversary where they run into one of her former boyfriends, sponsored by West End Interim Library. 7 p.m., St. Mary’s Court, 725 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

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

Tai chi class, Susan Lowell teaches the flowing movements of the Chinese martial art that weaves meditation and relaxation with the wisdom of Chinese medicine, may improve your health by giving stability, comfort and awareness; participants must sign a liability waiver before the class starts, wear comfortable, free-flowing clothing for best movement. 7:30 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

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

Chinese Puzzle ,” director Cédric Klapisch’s 2013 film sequel to his “Russian Dolls ” and “L’Auberge Espagnole (The Spanish Apartment),” about the still-not-settled-down Xavier and family in New York’s Chinatown, a great place to write, in French and English with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, AUG. 21

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

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

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Country Current ensemble performs a blend of modern country and cutting-edge bluegrass music. 12:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-433-2525.

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

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Sounds of Summer concert, the Morrison Brothers perform modern country/rock music; bring a blanket or lawn chair. 5-7 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Kush Abadey’s tribute to Tony Williams, the innovative drummer known for his fusion style of jazz and rock music; paint a canvas to take home while enjoying the performance. 5-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free; registration required. www.artjamzdc.com or 202-633-1000.

U.S. Navy Band concert, a performance by the U.S. Navy Band’s Cruisers, eight of the Navy’s most dynamic performers, playing genres of music ranging from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop and original material. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

The Blind Side ,” director John Lee Hancock’s 2009 film about the real-life story of a homeless teen and a well-off woman who meet and become a family with a blue-chip football star, the unlikely journey of a college All-American and first-round NFL draft pick, starring Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates and Quinton Aaron. 8:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org .

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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