D.C. community calendar, Dec. 6 to 13, 2012

December 5, 2012
Thursday, DEC. 6

Aging in place: Planning’s role and responsibilities, a discussion of how large populations are aging and how we must adapt to this demographic shift; issues of mobility, food access and healthy living will be addressed. 9:30 a.m.-noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.

Thurgood Marshall Remembered, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the 20th-century Supreme Court justice. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.

Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200.

“A Life: The Story of Lady Bird Johnson,” Charles Guggenheim’s 1992 documentary that celebrates the former first lady’s life from a remote Texas town to her marriage to one of the most powerful and complex men in American politics. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or www.americanart.si.edu/calendar.

Bioethics and human rights, a group of distinguished speakers discuss issues surrounding bioethics and human rights at a panel in honor of international Human Rights Day. 1 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1492.

“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and talks about making a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Thursdays except Dec. 27, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral tour: Angels High and Low, for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.

Holiday music, organist Thom Guthrie performs a work by Jean Langlais based on the legend of St. Nicholas, and other seasonal pieces. 5:30 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and G streets NW. Free. 202-628-4317.

Tudor nights: Deck the halls, for age 21 and older, drink spiced ginger punch and enjoy seasonal hors d’oeuvres in the festively trimmed mansion. 6-8 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. 202-965-0400. Registration: deckthehallsattudorplace.eventbrite.com.

Ray Abshire, accordionist and vocalist, a program of Cajun music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Civil War curator gallery talk, curator Eleanor Harvey elads a tour through the exhibit. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Shenandoah,” the 1965 Civil War film about an American family traumatized by the war on their own soil, starring James Stewart and Katherine Ross. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Evening in the conservatory, an a cappella program by the Capital Hearings. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Cosmochemistry: Decoding the Hidden Messages of Space, geologist Glenn J. MacPherson discusses the evolution and importance of research, how investigations are conducted, notable discoveries and how our widening understanding of the solar system’s beginnings allows us to recognize the same processes occurring now as new stars form. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Lady Bird Johnson panel, in celebration of her 100th birthday, a discussion of her achieivements and contributions with daughter Lynda Johnson Robb, political analyst Cokie Roberts and others. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Chucho Valdes Quartet, jazz concert. 7 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Holiday jazz concert, a performance by the UDC Jazz Ensemble, UDC Chorale and the Voices. 7:30 p.m., UDC, Recital Hall, Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or jazzalive@udc.edu.

Jewish music, Cantor Netanel Hershtik, the Hampton Synagogue Choir and Amernet String Quartet perform a homage to the golden age of cantors and to the liturgical music of modern times. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.

Smithsonian Encore Choral holiday concert, Jeanne Kelly conducts one of the nation’s largest choral program for older adults in a program of secular holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or encorecreativity.org.

“My Fair Lady,” Molly Smith directs the Lerner and Loewe musical based on the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion”; stars Benedict Campbell, Nicholas Rodriguez and Manna Nichols. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; noon Wednesday, Dec. 26. Continues through Jan. 6. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300.

“Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” John Malkovich directs the Theatre de l’Atelier production, a French revival play, in French with English surtitles and adapted to a 21st century setting. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $60-$75, discounts for students, seniors, military and groups. 202-547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Ethan McSweeny directs the William Shakespeare comedy 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Noon Dec. 26, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. $43-$205. 202-547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org/.

Friday, DEC. 7

Christmas house tour, visit five decorated homes in the Phillips Park neighborhood, near W Street NW, off Foxhall Road; shuttle bus between the school and the homes on the tour. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, lunch served in the St. Albans Refectory from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. both days. St. Albans School, 3551 Garfield St. NW. Tour, $35; lunch, $15. 202-537-8982, www.stalbansschool.org/cht or stahousetour@gmail.com.

Wreath workshop, for adults, create a medium-size wreath using materials from the gardens including cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, holly, pine cones and boxwood; materials and instruction provided. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $48, registration required. 202-965-0400 or tudorplacewreathworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Beethoven and Bruch. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

“Venus and Adonis,” staged reading, Gillian Drake directs three actors in the often overlooked Shakespeare poem, a lesson in lady-like decorum. 12:15-1 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.stalbansdc.org.

Holiday jazz concert, Aaron Broadus leads the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

Philosophy lecture, Catholic University’s Timothy Noone discusses “Scotus and Scotists on Aristotle’s ‘De Anima.’ ” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

The Founders and slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses Lincoln’s “Cooper Union Address,” where he reviewed how the Founders regarded the practice. 3 and 5 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.

Smithsonian Gardens Holiday Traditions,Cindy Brown, a Smithsonian Gardens education specialist, leads a tour through the Enid A. Haupt and Mary Livingston Ripley gardens; visitors also can view decorated trees in the “castle” and create botanical decorations inspired by those in the gardens. 2-4:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, meet in the Haupt Garden outside the South entrance to the Smithsonian Castle. $52. 202-633-3030.

ZooLights, sparkling lights, zookeeper talks, live entertainment, viewing the small mammal and great ape houses and more. Proceeds from the ZooLights concessions and parking fees benefit animal care and conservation science at the National Zoo. 5-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m. nightly Dec. 14-Jan. 1 except Dec. 24, 25 and 31, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; parking, $16. 202-633-4470.

“A Civil War Christmas: Exploring the World of the Play Through Our Own,” a panel discussion and a reception follow. 5:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu.

NSO Youth Fellows perform, five students perform solo works. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Eat, Drink, Man, Woman,” Ang Lee’s 1994 film about a widowed master chef and his three thoroughly modern daughters who clash around a dinner table, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Handel’s “Messiah,” Michael McCarthy directs the National Cathedral Combined Choirs and soloists Gillian Keith, Rufus Muller and Nathan Berg. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$80. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Christmas concert for charity, conductors David Searle, Thomas Pedersen and Leo Nestor lead the CUA University Singers and the CUA University Chorus; proceeds benefit a local charity. 7:30 p.m., Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. Free, donations welcome. 202-319-5417.

Vocalist Judy Kuhn in concert, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.

Christie Dashiell Quartet, jazz concert. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $16. 202-467-4600.

Sing “Messiah!” Cheryl Branham leads the Friday Morning Music Club with soloists Natalie Barrens-Rogers, Susan Sevier, Dwayne Pinkney and Rameen Chaharbaghi and organist Jonathan Hellerman. 7:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-333-2075.

“Collision Course — a.k.a. Pillow Talk,” Maida Withers Dance Construction Company performs a dance theatre work of intrigue and innuendo about “LUV” for the digital age. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, 800 21st St. NW. $22; artists and seniors, $17; students, $12. 202-297-2436 or www.maidadance.com.

Saturday, DEC. 8

“After Alexander: A Tale of Two Hellenistic Cities,” art historian Christopher Gregg explores two distinctive Hellenistic dynasties and the cities, the Attalids in Pergamon and the Ptolemies in Alexandria, created after the death of Alexander the Great. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

“The Art of the Personal Essay,” award-winning author and essayist Suzanne Chazin helps the creative process by discussing elements of a good essay; importance of tone; discarding bad writing habits that compromise being honest in print; finding your best stories; sharpening your powers of observation; includes questions and exercises designed to pinpoint what you want to write; the mechanics of writing an essay; scene-setting and the use of dialogue; drawing on published works to illustrate points; reading and judging your work for effectiveness, including the 10-minute quick fix every writer should know; targeting the right audience and vehicle; catching an editor’s eye; fees and contracts. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

“Happy shiny things,” Bob Benson, creator of the Blinged-Out Universal Tree of Life at Baltimore’s American Visionary Arts Museum, leads a workshop where you may learn to make two “flashies” to take home, all materials supplied. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $35, reservations required. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.

Christmas Dreams from “The Nutcracker,” the Virginia Ballet Company and School performs selections from Tchaikovsky’s classic work. 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.

Used book sale, many categories, great prices, sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Library. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Russian winter festival, see a new one-act play based on stories of Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, meet the characters, Russian folk music played by Samovar and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $18; 65 and older, $15; students, $10; $5; ages 6-18; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Camel flowers, collector and dealer Saul Barodofsky shows about 50 traditional Persian, Kurdish, Anatolian, and Baluch nomadic animal decorations that are used to identify, beautify and protect prized animals and are often decorated with found objects. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

“The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg,” for age 8 and older, Tom Isbell’s adaptation of acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick’s witty and poignant novel that follows a young orphan who must journey into the thick of the Civil War to save his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg and help the Union to victory. 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.

Renwick holiday festival, a festival “themed” “Craft futures,” with “40 under 40” artist Shawn Smith, hot apple cider served amid seasonal music, winter craft activities and scavenger hunts. 11 a.m., Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Thirteen Days,” Roger Donaldson’s 2000 film based on Ernest May and Philip Zelikow’s book “The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House During the Cuban Missile Crisis,” starring Kevin Costner and Bruce Greenwood. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Hansel and Gretel,” the Washington National Opera performs a preview from the Engelbert Humperdinck opera that opens on Dec. 21. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Frozen in time, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the 50-year divide between North and South Korea. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, south of the Reflecting Pool. Free. Call Victor Pillow, 202-841-1774.

An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses the Mall’s memorials; take flashlight. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

National Public Radio’s jazz piano Christmas, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Moran, Geri Allen and Taylor Eigsti perform their favorite holiday songs. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.

Simon Shaheen’s Near Eastern Music Ensemble, the prominent Arab American musician leads his ensemble in a program of new and traditional music from across the Arab world. 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.

Nancy Havlik Dance Performance Group, “Gathering Light,” a multigenerational dance concert. 8 p.m., Josephine Butler Parks Center, 2437 15th St. NW. Suggested donation, $15. 301-652-3427.

Sunday, DEC. 9

Hedrick Smith book talk, the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and editor discusses his book “Who Stole the American Dream?” 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

Presidential inaugural balls, a National Park Service Ranger leads a walking tour of The White House area and discusses the Ulysses S. Grant celebration in the Treasury Building. 10:30 a.m., Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th streets. Free. Julia Clebsch, 202-606-8691.

“Ghost Story of Yotsuya,” Nobuo Nakagawa’s 1959 film, an adaptation of a kabuki play by Nanboku Tsuruya, first staged in 1825; the story focuses on the psychology of the characters, including the ruthless and cruel but humanly weak samurai and his abused wife, in Japanese with English subtitles. 1 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral tour: Angels High and Low, for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.

Luce unplugged with Fire and Wheel, a staff-led art talk and an acoustic concert. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Music by Mozart and Schubert, a performance of holiday works by Philadelphia’s Dolce Suono Trio and the Washington National Opera’s Domingo Cafritz Young Artists. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets at 2:30 p.m. in the G Street Lobby. 202-633-1000.

“The Wishing Table,” a film about the magical gift a young man receives after learning a trade from his master, shown in German with English subtitles, co-sponsored with Goethe-Institut. 2 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172.

Choral concert, Catholic University’s Town and Gown Community Chorus performs. 2 p.m., Catholic University, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-317-5407.

“Ghost Cat of Otama Pond,” Yoshihiro Ishikawa’s 1960 film about a young couple who gets lost while walking in the mountains and coming back to the same mysterious pond as a thunderstorm approaches, finally realizing their serious predicament, in Japanese with English subtitles. 2:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Christmas candlelight concert, Webster Alexander Rogers Jr. leads the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale, the Runnymede Singers and First Baptist Choir. 4 p.m., First Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-1075.

“Vampire Bride,” Kyotaro Namiki’s 1960 film about a dance student whose jealous rivals conspire to push her off a cliff; she miraculously survives but is disfigured and visits a sorceress to seek relief from the pain, in Japanese with English subtitles. 4 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

What Makes It Great?, Rob Kapilow discusses the evening’s music, Curtis Institute of Music Quartet performs Dvorak’s Quartet in F Major, Op. 96, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 6 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $20. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Untold stories of Stalin’s victims,a National Park Service ranger discusses the tyranny of Joseph Stalin that led to millions of deaths. 6 p.m. Sunday-Monday, Victims of Communism Memorial, 707 New Jersey Ave. NW. Free. Call Andrew Clark, 202-426-6841.

Great Noise Ensemble recital, a performance of works by Bayolo, Glorecki and Part. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Atrium, 400 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Kennedy Center Chamber Players concert, violinist Marissa Regni, cellist David Hardy, clarinetist Loren Kitt and pianist Lambert Orkis perform works by Darius Milhaud, Cesar Franck, J. S. Bach and Bela Bartok. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.

Monday, DEC. 10

Seasons of Light, for ages 5-10, a multicultural program about winter holidays celebrated around the world. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Dec. 12 and Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 19 and 20, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

The Building Zone, for children 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

“There Was Once . . .,” Gabor Kalman’s award-winning documentary film about the Adolf Hitler-ordered deportation of all Jews from Hungary during World War II and their subsequent deaths in Nazi concentration camps, a story uncovered by Gyongyi Mago, a high school teacher in Kalocsa, Hungary, in Hungarian and English; Kalman discusses his own story of survival. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.

“Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution,” history professor H. Robert Baker discusses his book about Margaret Morgan’s capture as a runaway Maryland slave, after her parents’ and their owner’s death. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

The Willard: Witness and shaper of presidential history, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the hotel’s rise, decline and resurrection as it reflects the changes in Pennsylvania Avenue, the city and nation. 3:30 p.m., Freedom Plaza, Casimir Pulaski statue, Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th streets. Free. Titus Early, 202-606-8691.

“A Christmas Carol,” Brian Desmond Hurst’s 1951 adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, starring Alastair Sim, Jack Warner and Hermione Baddeley. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.

Henry VIII: Finding the Man Behind the Crown, scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger discusses how the English king seized on the challenges and opportunities of a changing world to become a monarch who fascinates us more than 400 years after his tumultuous reign. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Tuesday, DEC. 11

Children’s book reading, for ages 3-5, a museum staff member leads an interactive reading of Jan Brett’s “Gingerbread Baby,” about the celebration of winter holidays. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. Free. 202-272-2448.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Marcel Campion, John Dowland, Mauro Giuliani and Mozart. Noon, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Levine School of Music faculty classical recital, flutist Rebeca Collaros, oboist Kenny Stilwell and pianist Grace McFarlane perform. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

“The Network” debut, artist Lincoln Schatz discusses his group video portrait, a single-screen video that uses a program to recombine Schatz’s 89 interviews with politicians, scientists, innovators and scholars. 12:15-1 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Gallery S341, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Holiday tea, historic tea blends served with sandwiches, scones and desserts in the stately 1870s Dower Townhouse, a guided tour follows. 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays through December 18, Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $30. 202-965-0400. Registration: tudorplaceholidaytea.eventbrite.com.

“The Pianist,” Roman Polanski’s 2003 true life film about a brilliant pianist and composer, Wladyslaw Szpilman, who survived World War II with the help of a German officer, starring Adrien Brody. 6 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Evening in the conservatory, jazz by Project Natale. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Bowen McCauley Dance, a fusion of contemporary and classical techniques set to a sweeping range of musical styles. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Teen chess club, learn new strategies and challenge new opponents, all skill levels welcome. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Montmartre, art historian Linda Skalet discusses the artist’s aristocratic beginnings, his discovery of Degas and the Impressionists in Paris, his contemporaries Van Gogh, Bonnard, and Picasso, and the colorful social and cultural milieu of Paris in the Belle Epoque. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Hanukkah Lights reading, Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read specially commissioned stories by well-known writers including Anne Roiphe, Myra Goldberg and Simone Zelitch. 7-9 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Documentary sneak previews, conceived, written, produced, shot, directed and edited by students in Environmental and Wildlife Production, focusing on net-zero housing and the health of the Potomac River. 7 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, third floor, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3408 or palmer@american.edu.

Fine Arts Quartet, a performance of works by Haydn, Zimbalist and Schubert. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.

Heidi Murkoff: The Mom Who Wrote the Book, 14th annual McGovern Award presentation to the author of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” and similar books. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free, reservations required. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Wednesday, DEC. 12

About John Paul Jones and Joshua Barney, a National Park Service ranger discusses the naval fighters of the American Revolution. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.

“Nutcracker” storytime and dance class, for ages 3-5, come in comfortable clothing and shoes for an interactive reading of the holiday favorite followed by a lesson in basic ballet steps and a variety of movement activities based on the classic story (caregivers will remain with the children). 10:30 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10 per child. 202-965-0400. Register: tudorplacenutcrackerdanceclass.eventbrite.com.

American craft masterpieces, consulting curator Rebecca Stevens discusses Christy Matson’s “Sonic Structure II.” Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Chess for kids, come to learn and/or play the game. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Chess club, for all ages and ability levels. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Phil Wiggins, a concert with the blues musician and vocalist-guitarist Corey Harris. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tenor Vinson Cole performs a mixed program, sponsored by Vocal Arts Society. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.

Cheetahs: Survivors on the run, photographer Frans Lanting and filmmaker Christine Eckstrom show images and video of surviving cheetah populations in Africa and Asia, including “supermoms” raising litters on the run, cinematographer Gregory J. Wilson discusses the cutting-edge technology of this new technique. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $20. 202-857-7700.

“House,” Zuzana Liova’s contemporary family drama about an ambitious teen on the verge of graduating from high school and her eagerness to leave her bleak hometown for glamorous London; in Czech 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.

Ottoman embroidery, curator Sumru Belger Krody discusses embroidered textiles and the diffusion of floral designs in the domestic textile production of the Empire. Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

“What’s a Dog For? The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics of Man’s Best Friend,” author John Homans discusses how we regard these pseudo-humans as told through the adoption of his Labrador, Stella, in conversation with WAMU (88.5 FM) “The Animal House” host Sam Litzinger. 7-9 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172.

Thursday, DEC. 13

Computer classes, learn the basics of the Internet. 10 a.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Jeffersons and Peales: Friendship among families, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the Peale family of 17 that included explorers, natural scientists and portrait painters, and the Jefferson grandson who lived with them. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.

The Building Zone, for children 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

“Baby Rex’s Holiday Surprise,” for ages 2-6, from Dinorock Productions, the story of dinosaurs in jolly holly green with a bit of red getting ready for the holiday and midwinter celebrations. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13 and 14, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200.

Renwick “Sit ’n’ Stitch,” for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99790084

Merry Tuba Christmas! area tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players perform traditional Christmas music, take your own instrument and join a 3 p.m. rehearsal. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Cathedral tour: Angels High and Low, dfor age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.

The Pilgrimage of world Christianity, visiting scholar Wesley Granberg-Michaelson discusses the major demographic changes in the Christian world and the impact of the explosion of Christianity in the Global South. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, First Floor, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.

Teen Game Night, for ages 12-19, participate in playing video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

An Empire of Beauty, Textile Museum executive director Holly Shimizu discusses the plants of the sultan’s gardens, their diversity and their modern-day horticultural treasures and how a rich array of bulbs, woody plants and perfumed plants are still an essential aspect of traditional Ottoman gardens. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $45, registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Evening in the conservatory, Klezmer music by Lox & Vodka. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

“The Sleeping Beauty” ballet, performed by students of the Kirov Academy of Ballet of Washington, D.C. 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kirov Academy of Ballet, 4301 Harewood Rd. NE. $20-$55. 202-636-0629 or www.kirovacademydc.org.

NSO Pops concert, Randall Craig Fleischer conducts the National Symphony Orchestra and New York Voices in a performance of holiday works, includes a visit with Santa Claus and other special guests. 7 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$85. 202-467-4600.

“American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama,” author Rachel L. Swarns and National Public Radio journalist Michele Norris discuss how the Obama family was touched by the major shifts in our nation’s history. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

A Flutar Christmas, a flutist and a guitarist perform classical, folk and music from around the world. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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