D.C. community calendar, Aug. 18 to 25, 2011

August 17, 2011
Thursday, Aug. 18

“Thurgood Marshall Remembered,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the Supreme Court associate justice. 10 a.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.

Scavenger hunt, for age 4 and older, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk through the park in search of nature’s treasures. 10 a.m., Montrose Park, R Street between 30th and 31st streets NW.Free. 202-895-6070.

“The Help” screening for seniors, Viola Davis, Emma Stone and Octavia Spencer star in the film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel about a young woman who writes a book about domestics working in homes in 1960s Mississippi. 10:30 a.m.; call theater for additional movie times. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Age 62 and older, $6.75; others, $7.75. 202-966-6000.

“Wash, Rinse, Wring, Repeat! 19th-Century Laundry at Home,” museum staff members invite visitors to learn what it was like before washing machines by trying washing, rinsing and wringing as people did in the 19th century; followed by a visit to the exhibition “Within These Walls.” 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday, National Museum of American History, South Side Mall Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Am I a Pirate?” Historical tales, songs and artifacts, plus a visit to the exhibition “On the Water: Stories From Maritime America.” 11:30 a.m. Thursdays, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Walt Disney, Food and the Government Film,” a screening of short films Disney created for the U.S. government, including “Out of the Frying Pan Into the Firing Line” (1942), “Water, Friend or Enemy” (1943) and “The Grain That Built the Hemisphere” (1943). Noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Smithsonian Heirloom Garden tour, a horticulturist discusses some of the plants in the heirloom collection. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Star-Spangled Banner” folding, visitors learn how to fold a full-size replica of the 30-by-42-foot flag in Flag Hall. The original flag was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem “The Star Spangled Banner.” 3:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Wednesdays except Aug. 31, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Brazilian folk music, singers Tiêand Tulipa Ruiz perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial talk, a National Park Service ranger discusses the symbolism of the memorial, battles and some of the 58,272 names listed on the wall. 6 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive NW. Free. Call Victor Pillow, 202-286-1624.

Jazz singer Heidi Martin, performing works by George and Ira Gershwin; white wine and light refreshments available. 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. $15; in advance, $12. 202-337-2288.

Southwest Chamber Music Players, sopranos Catherine Justice and Joyce Bouvier, tenor John Turner, baritone John Boulanger, pianist David Ehrlich and bassoonist Dilyana Kirova perform works by Handel, Purcell, Dvorak and Schubert. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Donations requested. 202-484-6354.

Julius Caesar,” Shakespeare’s play, directed by David Paul. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Sept. 4, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free tickets (limit of two per person) available two hours before each performance. 202-547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.

U.S. Marine Band concert, works by John Philip Sousa, Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Herman Bellstedt. Take a lawn chair or blanket. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

Friday, Aug. 19

Georgetown fairs, sweet treats, games and crafts, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at two locations: Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW, 202-965-0400, and Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, 202-337-2288. Age 12 and younger, $10; adults, $5. www.familyfair
ingeorgetown.eventbrite.com
.

“Spark!Labs: Build a Farm Vehicle,” for ages 8-12, a program focusing on science. 11 a.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free, registration required. 202-633-8490 or americanartprograms@si.edu.

Thomas Circle organ recital, Charles Miller performs David N. Johnson’s “Trumpet Tune in D” and works by J.S. Bach, Dudley Buck, Dan Locklair and Marcel Dupré. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-232-0323.

Alex Brown, jazz pianist, concert. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Climate-change game, “Industrial Settlers of Catan: A Climate Scenario,” a board game relating to climate-change politics. Learn the rules and play with the game’s designers, Erik Assadourian and Ty Hansen. 6-9 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5; reservations requested. 202-289-
1200 or rsvp@washington.goethe.org.

Patty Ascher, singer-songwriter, a performance of pop, jazz, bossa and Latin ballads. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Soul, funk and blues music, Chris Collat and his band perform, food vendors on site. 6-8 p.m., the Yards Park, Third and N streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.

“Stalingrad in World War II,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the attempt by the Germans to take the city in 1942 and their realization that it would be a hard-fought battle. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

“Tango Practica,” for tango dancers of all ages and experience levels. 6:30-9 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

Music by Fourplay and the Marcus Johnson Project, 7:30 p.m., Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. $24.50. 800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

U.S. Marine Parade, U.S. Marine Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers, 8:45 p.m. (visitors must arrive no later than 8 p.m.); Marine Band concert, 9 p.m. Friday and Aug. 26, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free, reservations required. 202-433-4073.

Saturday, Aug. 20

Zoo bird walk, bird house keeper Debra Talbott leads a walk through the grounds of the National Zoo and discusses the cardinals, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice and other species that might be there. Take binoculars and a field guide. 9 a.m., National Zoo, Bird House front entrance, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-633-
4085.

Elizabethan garden tours, docents lead tours of the library’s knot garden, which contains plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works. 10 and 11 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

Children’s art museum workshop, “Light, Color and Paint, Oh My!” For children ages 5-7 accompanied by an adult, see the exhibition “Washington Color and Light” and then pour paint onto a canvas. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $10 per child; adults, free; registration required. 202-639-1770 or www.getinvolved.
corcoran.org
.

Botanic Garden food talk, volunteer Todd Brethauer discusses the importance and global spread of the potato, tomato and chili pepper. 10:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-
1116 or www.usbg.gov.

“Green in the Rugs and Textiles We Collect,” collector John Howe and museum trustee Wendel Swan discuss dyeing fibers green, then focus on textiles in which green is used as a dominant, subordinate or accent color; take a rug or other textile in which green is featured. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

“Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs,” animated film based on Judith Barrett’s children’s book about a scientist who tries to solve the world’s hunger problem until things go awry. Noon, National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. Free. 301-837-2100.

“The Potomac River: Past and Present,” a National Park Service ranger leads a one-hour tour and discusses how the river has been used since Paleolithic times. 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal, Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

“Yellow and Blue Make Green,” a museum staff member helps visitors mix color and create a nature print on fabric, then leads a tour of “Garden Lace,” an installation by artist Michelle Brody in the museum’s garden. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Rapids Bridge hike, for age 7 and older, led by a National Park Service ranger. 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Charles Covington Jr., jazz pianist, concert. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

South American memorials tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of memorials commemorating those who helped liberate Latin America countries from Spain. 6-8 p.m., Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 2301 I St. NW. Free. Call Michael Balis, 202-438-9710.

“The Big Three” World War II-era talk, a National Park Service ranger discusses the two World War II-era meetings of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and the impact of their decisions on World War II and the Cold War. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

“D.C. Poetry in the Park” event, 7:30 p.m., several poets perform, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed beginning at noon, maximum of four per adult. 202-426-0486 or www.nps.gov/rocr.

Sunday, Aug. 21

“Broad Stripes and Bright Stars,” an actor portrays Mary Pickersgill, the seamstress who sewed the “Star-Spangled Banner” in 1813, talks with visitors and enlists their help in assembling a huge “garrison flag.” 10:30 a.m. and 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Georgetown Herring Hill tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a two-hour walking tour and discusses the area’s history and architecture. 12:15 p.m., C&O Canal, Georgetown Visitor Center, 1057 Thomas Jefferson St. NW. Free. 202-653-5190.

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss possibly fictitious stories, such as George Washington’s chopping of a cherry tree and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address being written on the back of an envelope. Take a bike and water. Helmet required. 1 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.

“A History of Green in Fashion,” costume historian Mary Doering discusses the history of the color green in fashion and shows examples of fashionable clothing worn by men and women in Europe and North America, refreshments served. 2 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $25, registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64, or www.textilemuseum.org.

Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s gargoyles and grotesques, leads an outdoor tour pointing out humorous and scary gargoyles and discusses their purpose; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5; families, $30. 202-537-6200.

“Strangers in the Night,”Anthony Mann’s 1944 gothic wartime film about a marine who falls in love with a pen pal, starring William Terry, Virginia Grey and Helen Thimig, and “The Big Shakedown” (1934), about a former bootlegger who pressures a druggist into making cut-rate and diluted drugs that later affect his own family, starring Charles Farrell, Bette Davis and Ricardo Cortez. 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Concourse Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

“Remembering the Holocaust” tour, a National Park Service ranger discusses what Allied troops encountered as they liberated the victims of the Holocaust. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Johnny Graham and the Groove concert, jazz, rhythm and blues, hip-hop. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Victims of Communism Memorial talk, a National Park Service ranger discusses what Communism is, how it spread globally and the people who fought it. 6-8 p.m., Victims of Communism Memorial, 707 New Jersey Ave. NW. Free. Call Michael Balis, 202-438-9710.

Monday, Aug. 22

Brazilian music concert, Tropicália Soul performs traditional Brazilian rhythms and the sounds of psychedelic pop. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

German climate change films, “So What Are You Doing About Climate Change?” (2008), and “People-Dreams-Actions” (2007), focusing on the “Seven Linden Trees” ecological model settlement in Altmark, Germany; in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Deanwood Library chess night, led by Roman Santillan, all ages and experience levels welcome. 7-8:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.

U.S. Navy Concert Band, performance. 8 p.m. Monday and Aug. 29, U.S. Capitol, West Front, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-433-2525.

Tuesday, Aug. 23

Classical piano soloists, a performance of Western music and works from China by winners of the Annual International Young Artist Piano Competition. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Comedian Reggie Watts in concert, the improvisational comedian and musician performs. 8 p.m. Tuesday through Aug. 25, 8 and 10 p.m. Aug. 26, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$55. 202-393-3939.

U.S. Air Force Band classical music concert, the Concert Band and Singing Sergeants perform. Take a cushion for step seating. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west steps, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-767-5658.

U.S. Navy Concert Band, the Max Impact ensemble performs. 8 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Outdoor Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300 or 202-433-2525.

Wednesday, Aug. 24

Steven Silver, griot, the actor, poet and activist performs memoirs of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 11 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1211.

“Riches From Rags” exhibit discussion, Mattiebelle Gittinger, Southeast Asia research associate, leads a discussion about the exhibit “Second Lives: The Age-Old Art of Recycling Textiles.” Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Sophia Bilides Greek music, singer-instrumentalist Bilides leads a Greek smyrneika instrumental trio for two concerts: noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE, 202-707-5510, and 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW., 202-467-4600.

“The Debt” film, about three former Mossad agents whose fame comes from the 1965 alleged suicide death of war criminal Max Rainer, “The Surgeon of Berkenau,” their realization 35 years later that he might not be dead and that they might have to confront the issue, in German and Hebrew with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.

U.S. Marine Band concert, works by John Philip Sousa, Frank Ticheli and John Williams. Take a cushion for step seating. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-433-4011.

Thursday, Aug. 25

God’s Miracles Gospel Quintet, performance. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1211.

Women’s suffrage history discussion, Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Kyle Ciani discuss “The National Woman’s Party and Political Rhetoric: Visual Propaganda in the Battle for the Vote,” in connection with the creation of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Victory Garden tour, a Smithsonian horticulturist leads a tour of the museum’s World War II-era garden and discusses some of the plants. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“A.D. King: Brother to the Dreamer,” a screening of the documentary about the younger brother of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the civil rights movement; followed by a discussion with A.D. King’s widow, Naomi King, and the film’s executive producer Babs Onabanjo. 1:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1211.

Botanic Garden walk, volunteer Susan Olling leads a stroll among the mid-Atlantic region trees and shrubs and discusses which ones grow well in this area; sunscreen, protective clothing and water recommended. 5:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-1116.

U.S. Navy Band Cruisers concert, jazz, rhythm and blues, classic rock and more. 6-7 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-0404 or 202-433-2525.

Hirshhorn art exhibit tour, Johns Hopkins University professor Michael Fried leads a tour of “Fragments in Time and Space,” highlighting the works of Hiroshi Sugirmoto, Douglas Gordon and Tacita Dean. 7 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

U.S. Marine Band concert, works by John Philip Sousa, Frank Ticheli and John Williams. Take a lawn chair or blanket. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-433-4011.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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