D.C. community calendar, Jan. 2 to 9, 2014

January 2
Thursday, JAN. 2

Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and most Tuesdays except Jan. 7, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Cathedral Creche Exhibition: What Child is This?, an annual display of nativity scenes from around the world. 10 a.m. daily through Jan. 12, Washington National Cathedral, lower-level crypt outside Bethlehem Chapel, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; bring 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.

Folger Shakespeare Library tour, a docent shows the highlights of the current exhibit, digitally leafs through one of 82 Shakespeare First Folios and shows a short video about why Shakespeare still matters 400 years later. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. most weekdays, 11 a.m. Saturdays, 1 p.m. Sundays, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu.

Laugh café, take your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales to provoke others to laughter. Memorization not required; take your lunch. Moderated by Tom Reynolds. Thursday, Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. Register: 202-364-7602.

Computer skills class for beginners, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet, use library online services and more. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Walking with a ranger, a National Park Service ranger explores some of the memorials in “America’s front yard.” 2-4 p.m. daily Thursday through Jan. 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Survey Lodge, 202-426-6841.

Forged in fire: Cathedral ironwork tour, a docent shows the magic of wrought iron in fantastic creatures, flowers and other unique creations. 3 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, welcome desk at main visitor entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students $16, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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

Tech kids, ages 9-12, join the club that is all about what interests you in the world of technology. 4:30 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Deathflix band, Brendan Canty, Rich Morel, Mark Cisneros and Jerry Busher perform original songs inspired by 1970s glam and progressive rock. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Flashdance – the Musical,” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the pop culture phenomenon, the story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by nigh, who dreams of becoming a professional performer. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Jan. 19, 1:30 p.m. matinees Jan. 16 and 19, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$115. 202-467-4600.

“Shear Madness,” performance of a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown; with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursdays-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. $50. 202-467-4600.

“The Pajama Men,” created and performed by Mark Chavez and Shenoah Allen, with music by Kevin Hume, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$67.50, subject to availability. 202-393-3939 or www.woollymammoth.net.

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” David Esbjornson directs Malcolm-Jamal Warner in the new play by Todd Kreidler, based on the 1967 film , about a young white woman in the 1960s introducing her family to her charming, accomplished, African American fiancé. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

Friday, JAN. 3

Pictures in a Box, bring your favorite photos and create a keepsake box; all materials and box provided. 10-11:30 a.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Panel discussion: Historians and history museums, a workshop sponsored by the American Historical Association to promote broader thinking about potential career paths for history PhDs; historians discuss their work and the ways their doctoral studies prepared them — or failed to do so — for their museum careers. 10:30 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

Brass of Peace in concert, a band of talented high school students led by NSO hornist and mentor Sylvia Alimena. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Southwest church potluck and game night, for all ages, bring games to play with family or friends. 7 p.m. Bring a potluck dish for dinner to share. 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222, rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.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. Friday and Jan. 17, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

An evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; bring water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Saturday, JAN. 4

Yoga for adults, 9:30 a.m. Saturdays. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Craft Artists in Luce: Douglas Finkel, the woodworker artist discusses his works on view in the Luce Center. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs a weekly concert. 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.

Elf the Musical,” the hilarious tale of Buddy, an orphan who leaves the North Pole to find his true identity. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$150. 202-467-4600.

Tom Principato, blues guitarist, a performance with his ensemble. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, JAN. 5

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

Super Sunday fun day, for children, play classic board and card games; enjoy building with Duplo blocks. 1-5 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, Children’s Room, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

Knitting and crocheting workshop, create items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available. Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail knitting@cathedralcongregation.org.

Digital Commons Mobile Bar, a session with electronic devices, learn about the library’s downloadable collections, includes a Nook Simple Touch, Kindle Fire, iPad Mini and a Nexus 7. 1 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Luce Unplugged with Alison Carney, following a talk about a piece of art, the emerging solo vocalist and D.C. native discusses how that piece of art relates to her evolving sound, a blend of electric, soul, and rhythm and blues. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Petworth digital photo club, for amateur photographers of all skill and experience levels. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Unified Jazz Ensemble performance, with Mike Noonan, John Pineda, Dominic Smith and Tim Stanley; light refreshments and giveaways on this special opening day. 3 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Dr. King Comes to Washington, a National Park Service ranger discusses the civil rights leader’s dream and all the marches that took place in the city. 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.

Cathedral pipe organ recital, Jeremy Filsell performs Olivier Messiaen’s “La Nativite du Seigneur,” and other Messiaen works on the 10,650-pipe organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Music from Mauritania, vocalist and ardine player Noura Mint Seymali performs cutting-edge traditional electro-fusion style Mauritanian music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

National Gallery Orchestra in concert, Vladimir Lande conducts the orchestra and pianist Xiayin Wang in a performance of works by Glinka, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Monday, JAN. 6

Italian conversation, have coffee as you practice conversational Italian with native speaker Anna Nicolosi, new members welcome, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, Private Dining Room 3, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead a session for patients, survivors and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Mondays and 5:30- 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.

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

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

Crafternoons, age 7 and older, arts and crafts activities. 4 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Yiddish Art Trio in concert, the New York ensemble blends infectious traditional melodies with new compositions, sumptuous chamber-music-like arrangements, and breathtaking improvisations, redefining the sound of contemporary klezmer. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“The Transformation of the World into Music: Bayreuth before the Premiere,” Werner Herzog’s 1994 film, an introduction to a series of opera broadcasts on German TV depicting the behind-the-scenes maneuverings in preparation for the annual opera festival in Bayreuth; and “Lessons of Darkness,” Herzog’s 1992 film that shows the disaster of the burning Kuwaiti oil fields with no comments and few interviews. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

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

Aerobics for adults, get in shape, rid yourself of stress or just lose a few pounds. 7:15 p.m., Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Tuesday, JAN. 7

Strength and balance, led by Tonya Walton, a full body strength and balance class with no floor work, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, through March 27 (no class Feb. 12, 18, 20 or March 25), Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for a one-day-per-week class; $170 for a two-days-per-week class. 202-364-7602.

Katy and the Big Snow,” ages 3-5, a staff member reads Virginia Lee Burton’s book about a beautiful red tractor that can push dirt and build roads but is challenged by a huge snowstorm that strikes the city. 10:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org.

Ashley’s Meditation and Mindfulness, Ashley Nunn practices her techniques then invites your questions and experiences. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5219 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Computer club, moderated by Amy Rothberg to provide an ongoing forum for seniors to expand their understanding of today’s technology. Participants will be invited to take the “Understanding Computers” series. Do not bring a computer to the meetings. Noon-1 p.m. Tuesday and the first Tuesday of each month, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. $10 per session, payable at the meeting. is 202-364-7602.

Christmas song-fest from Germany and Austria, soprano Allison Mondel, baritone Richard Giarusso and pianist Jeremy Filsell perform. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Mild cognitive impairment support group, facilitated by Ashley Nunn for those with a physician’s diagnosis of the condition. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 21, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, registration required. Call Ashley, 202-364-7602.

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

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

U.S. Air Force Band in concert, the Max Impact ensemble performs classic and current rock and country hits, patriotic favorites and original music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Parkinson’s disease support, for patients, caregivers and loved ones. Tuesday, 7-8:30 p.m., the Residences at Thomas Circle, 1330 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Lori Pinnelli, 202-250-1447. Free. Registration required.

Wednesday, JAN. 8

Total body workout, a 10-week class led by Carolyn Gichner, incorporates light weights and floor work with a mat, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through March 15, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Gallery talk, a staff member discusses “Workt by Hand:” Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

Organist Richard Fitzgerald in concert, improvisations on themes inspired by the church’s stained glass windows. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Seated strength exercise class, Tonya Walton teaches a 10-week full-body workout for those with limited mobility, neuropathy or a difficult time with floor work or standing for long periods of time, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-2 p.m. Wednesdays through March 26, no class Feb. 12 and 19, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $180, 10-week program. 202-364-7602.

Alzheimer’s Club Memory, a social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, must be accompanied by their spouses or other caregivers, sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 1-3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free, registration requested. 202-364-7602.

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

What the Tower Sees, a National Park Service ranger discusses the city’s geography, architecture, history and future; bring a camera. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Tower, Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn leads a meditation and mindfulness session where participants practice meditation techniques. 4-5 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Bereavement support group, for those grieving the loss of a family member or friend. 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Main Hospital Building, first floor, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. 202-444-0109. E-mail registration required to Sara Moore, chaplain for adult oncology, SLM36@gunet.georgetown.edu.

What’s New on Two? Karen Lemmey, curator of sculpture, leads a tour of the second- floor galleries and discusses the new pieces on view. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Wayna in concert, the Ethiopian singer/songwriter performs her unique mix of soul, rock, reggae and world music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Art and spirit coffeehouse, “Seeking the Divine.” Watercolor painter Christine Nicoll Parson discusses her work, described as “abstract and collage work, portrait and figure paintings, and liturgical pieces” with some stained glass. Coffee and dessert followed by a question and answer session. 7 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org.

Alzheimer’s support group, led by Debbie Ackerman and Abby Levin. 7:30-9 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, registration required. 202-364-7602.

Ana Maria Martinez, soprano, a program of songs by Handel, Clara Schumann, Debussy, Casals, DeFalla and Rodrigo. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

Thursday, JAN. 9

Drawing salon, age 18 and older, “Light as Subject: Dutch Seascapes,” all materials provided. 1 pm Jan. 9 and 12.

National Gallery of Art, West Building, East Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Parkinson’s support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 3-4 p.m., Grand Oaks Assisted-Living Facility, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Gospel music concert, the Washington Performing Arts Society Adult Gospel Choir performs the works of Dr. Raymond Wise and Stanley Thurston. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

NSO and U.S. Marine Band Brass Quintet concert, an “NSO in Your Neighborhood” performance. 7:30 p.m., John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, Seventh and K streets SE. Free. 202-433-4011.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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