Computer class: Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel on Jan. 17; Microsoft PowerPoint on Feb. 7. 10 a.m.-noon, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
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 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 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Internet/computer instruction, learn Web I Basics with D. P. Grogan, take a flash drive or your e-mail address to save class documents. 11 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
“Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” Historian and author Clayborne Carson discusses his decades-long quest to preserve King’s great legacy and reveals little-known aspects of the civil rights leader and how our image of him has evolved over generations. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m. Thursday through Jan. 31, Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu .
Edvard Munch: The Scream Heard Round the World, a discussion of the life and art of the seminal expressionist painter and printmaker on the 150th anniversary of his birth. 1-3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Mitten and sock drive, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of service to the community. Take new or gently used mittens and socks to the library, where they will be gathered for distribution by the group SOME (So Others Might Eat). Mondays-Saturdays through Jan. 19, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
Library Scrabble, 1 p.m. Thursdays, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in 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.
Embroidering History: The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest, history professor Richard Abels discusses the history of 1066 and the possible political agendas hidden within the huge tapestry that captures the last foreign invasion of England. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $42. Free. 202-633-3030.
“Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys,” best-selling author Kitty Kelley and National Public Radio’s Scott Simon display and discuss many never-before-seen photos from the Stanley Tretick book of photos and Kelley’s accompanying essays. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
An evening of monuments, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour viewing the monuments of American history in an entirely new light; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
The state of professional basketball, veteran announcer Phil Hochberg discusses the state of professional basketball since the early 1980s when David Stern became commissioner of the National Basketball Association, the increase in foreign stars and some of the league’s controversies. Michael Lee, Wizards beat writer for The Washington Post and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, a basketball superfan, join the discussion. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
“Shear Madness,” performance of a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown; with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $48. 202-467-4600.
“Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery,” Deborah Willis and Barbara Krauthamer use photos from the 1850s through the 1930s and discuss the seismic impact of emancipation on African Americans born before and after the Emancipation Proclamation. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Congress and Slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses how Abraham Lincoln worked with a remarkable Congresses and the heroes of abolition. 3 and 5 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Contact Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Kneebody music performance, the Grammy-nominated group blends aspects of post-bop, indie-rock and hip-hop. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Sip and paint, an evening of painting and wine, step-by-step instruction from teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear, all materials provided, snacks and wine served. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $30. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
“Elvis: Return to Tupelo,” Singer Kris Kristofferson narrates the documentary film tracing the singer’s life and career from his birth during the Depression through a triumphant homecoming concert in 1956. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
“Paris: Music for the City of Light,” Folger Consort and Washington National Cathedral’s chamber vocal ensemble, Cathedra, perform grand ceremonial pieces and sublime motets for choir, organ and orchestra from Lully, Charpentier, Couperin and others; come for a pre-concert discussion at 6:30 p.m. Friday only. 8 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday, Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30-$50. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
“Qingming Riverside,” a performance by Hong Kong Dance Company’s 100 dancers and creative personnel, an exploration of Chinese culture by tapping into its dance tradition to depict the lives of Bianjing citizens on the Bian River during the Northern Song Dynasty. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$180. 202-467-4600.
Sewing with Samira, for beginners age 13 and older, male and female, to study with local designer Samira “Mira” Thompson. 9:30 a.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
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.
Harmonica I, a one-day “Learn to Play the Harmonica I,” workshop covering tunes, blues improvisation and basic theory. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $72. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
NSO Kinderkonzert, for age 4 and older, the Kennedy String Quartet demonstrates many types of usable contrasts, from the technical to the emotional, engaging the audience as they explore simple musical building blocks such as high and low, loud and soft, fast and slow, playing excerpts by string quartet masters including Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich; come at 10 a.m. for a “petting zoo” in the Hall of States. Concert. 11 a.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.
Farm-to-Table Family Day, live music, learn about the “slow food” movement and participate in hands-on activities that get your hands a little dirty, you will be ready to eat fresh, local and healthy with recipes you can take home and able to find delicious artworks and food revolutionaries on the Fruit and Veggie Scavenger Hunt. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Gilbert and Sullivan opera workshop, taught and prepared by Peter DiMuro and Barbara Schelstrate for a performance of “The Pirates of Penzance” and “The Mikado.” No experience necessary. Noon-6 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Walk with a National Park Service ranger, a ranger leads a stroll and discusses American history and the memorials. 1-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Lincoln Memorial, Survey Lodge, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Flowers galore!, a family scavenger hunt through the “Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art,” searching for inspiring colors and floral designs, then work on paint, print or stitch activities inspired by the hunt, create as many as three projects. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Gallery360: Rob Mathews, the artist discusses his art that explores faith, personal identity and his southern roots in detailed graphite drawings. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Knit and Lit, informal group of knitters and readers, take knitting or a needlework project to work on as you share patterns and stories. 3 p.m. Saturdays, Georgetown Library, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-724-8783.
La Santa Cecilia in concert, the Los Angeles-based group uses Pan American rhythms to create a hybrid of Latin, rock and world music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Deep Vision Dance Company & withhart.dance.projects, a shared evening of modern dance ranging from the weighted to the humorous. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and teachers, $17; college students, $10; ages 2-17, $8. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org.
Inaugural history tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a one-hour walking tour and discusses presidential inaugurations and the accompanying celebrations, parades and protests. 10:30 a.m., meet at the Old Post Office Plaza, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Contact Shunda Yates, 202-606-8691.
Cathedral architecture, for age 10 and older, a docent leads a tour of National Cathedral and discusses why it was built in the 20th century Gothic style; cameras and binoculars welcome. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, main entrance Welcome Desk, nave level, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Kennedy Center Chamber Players in concert, a performance of works by Brahms and Schubert. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.
Portrait story days: Keith Haring, listen to a story illustrated by the artist and create a special piece of art. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Cathedral organ recital, Brink Bush performs works by Olivier Messiaen, Dominico Scarlatti, Jose Lidon, Jean Francaix, Wilhelm Middelschulte, J. S. Bach and Leonce de Saint-Martin. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Singer-songwriter-pianist Daniel Knox, a performance of his contagious melodies and thoughtful lyrics. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
The Axelrod String Quartet concert series, the Æolus Quartet, graduate fellowship quartet at the University of Maryland’s School of Music, joins Axelrod members for a concert that will unite all eight Stradivarius and Amati instruments; come at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert talk by Kenneth Slowik, Smithsonian Chamber Music Society artistic director. Concert. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $31. 202-633-3030.
Botanic garden 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 Jan. 28, except Jan. 21, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Miami Transformed: Rebuilding America One Neighborhood, One City at a Time, former Miami mayor Manuel Diaz discusses his book about the lessons learned from governing one of the country’s most diverse and dynamic urban communities and his brand of urban leadership that combines public investment in education and infrastructure with private-sector partnerships. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.
Civil Rights film festival, “Crossing the Bridge,” an overview of civil rights protesters crossing the Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965, and the brutal attack by the Alabama State Police. 6:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Virtuosos ’R’ Us, National Symphony Orchestra cellist Yvonne Caruthers discusses ossias, rubato and cadenzas as she improves your knowledge about the concerto. 7 p.m., Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.
Participating in federal rulemaking via the Federal Register, Jim Hemphill of the National Archives describes the role citizens may play in the formulation of government policies. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Classical violin recital, violinist Laura Kobayashi and pianist Susan Gray perform. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Photography talk, fine art aerial photographer Alex MacLean discusses his photo “Congress, Arizona, 2005.” Noon, Library of Congress, Graphic Arts Galleries, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
Opera talk, James Wintle discusses “ ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’: A Forgotten American Opera by Harrison Millard.” Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Spies in America, Michael Sulick, former director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, discusses his book “Spying in America,” a history of more than 30 espionage cases inside the United States, including those involving Benedict Arnold and Julius Rosenberg. Noon, International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.
Homework cafe, a quiet place for students in grades kindergarten through 12 to work on homework assignments. 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
Christine Salem in concert, a blend of music from the Indian Ocean region and African rhythms with lyrics in Creole, Malagasy, Comoran, and Swahili. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“My Neighborhood,” join the Cathedral Congregation’s Palestine-Israel Advocacy Group for a screening of a film chronicling the activities of Palestinians and Israelis in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem, a window into the efforts by both peoples to nonviolently oppose the occupation; a question-and-answer session follows, 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, seventh floor, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org or www.justvisions.org.
Beyond the basics genealogy: Passport applications, archives specialist Katherine Vollen discusses how to locate passport applications and how these records can enhance your genealogical research. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
From the Vaults: Presidential Inaugurations, the Charles Guggenheim Center for Documentary Film presents a selection of archival motion pictures drawn from the holdings of the National Archives related to inaugural events. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Gallery talk, Barbara Bair discusses the 37th Congress and the legislation that passed, including the Morrill Act. Noon, Library of Congress, Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
National Symphony Orchestra prelude, an evening of classical music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Jazz concert, bassist Eric Wheeler leads the newly formed Hill Center Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Tot Rock: Blast Off!, for ages 2-6 to sing-along and dance-along musical journey with Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblah’s. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Portrait Gallery tour, senior historian Sidney Hart tells the story of the rise of the U.S. Navy via portraits of John Adams, Isaac Hull and Theodore Roosevelt. Noon, meet at the John Adams portrait, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Cooking demonstration: Bean bonanza, gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook show how the hardiness of shelled beans make all the difference in a winter soup or stew and discuss how protein-rich legumes can replace meat. Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15. Free. 202-245-4521.
“Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi ‘Alphabet ’ Browne 1845-1929, “ Janice Rothschild Blumberg discusses her book about her colorful great-grandfather; presented by the the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Noon, Washington Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. 202-789-0900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Renwick “Sit ’n’ Stitch,” for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 31, 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
Bad Buka in concert, the New York-based band performs a combination of world music, punk rock attitude and the spunk of ska. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
On the Front Line: Protecting Presidents and Prime Ministers, Mark J. Basil and Daniel J. Mulvenna, both former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Secret Service, discusses his experience as a security and risk management consultant to multinational corporations and government clients, as an expertise in personnel protection and counterterrorism training programs for global clients and his concerns for the need to address the concerns of others in today’s fast-moving culture where anyone with a smartphone can report on the latest movements of Presidents and Prime Ministers. 6:30 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $15. 202-393-7798.
Faith and Form: The Art and Architecture of the Synagogue, Grace Cohen Grossman, former senior curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, discusses the art and architecture of synagogues from a wide range of eras and places, Israel in antiquity to Renaissance Venice, Morocco to China, and Central Europe to suburban America and examines the interplay among faith, design, and geographic and cultural settings. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour viewing the monuments of American history in an entirely new light; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participation in video games, board games and trading-card games. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
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