Woodridge chess club,instruction for children and teenagers. 10 a.m. Thursdays, 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.
The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America, a lecture by Kluge Fellow Lindsay Tuggle. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.
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 .
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.
Members of the NSO Youth Fellowship Program, an evening of chamber music featuring a woodwind quintet, a flute/harp duo, and a string quartet in a program with works by Luigi Boccherini, Gaetano Donizetti, John Deak and others. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Lalla Essaydi: Revisions,” a collection of works that challenge stereotypes and perceptions about identity among Muslim women in art and in life. The Moroccan-born artist explores themes of gender, place and history through her experience as a liberal Arab, African and Muslim woman living across cultures. Through Feb. 24. 6:30 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. $55; in advance, $50. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Hamilton v. Jefferson: How Should the Government Stimulate an Economy in Crisis? debate then deliberate the challenges facing America after independence, including the unpaid debt, a crippled economy and growing popular discontent. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Poetry reading, Gerald Stern, winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, receives his award and reads from his work. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.
“Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865,” Pulitzer prize-winning author Annette Gordon Reed leads a panel discussion including James McPherson, Edward Ayers, Eric Foner and James Oakes. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Memorials evening tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday, National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Chamber music, with members of the U.S. Army Field Band: Staff Sgt. Meghan Pilar Whittier, soprano; Staff Sgt. Lauren France, clarinet; and Staff Sgt. Darren Lael, piano. Featuring guitarist Behzad Habibzai performing flamenco and other genres. 7:30 p.m., Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-677-6586.
Metropolitan Opera auditions, performances in the Atlantic Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; vocalists sing two arias for a panel of judges headed by a representative of the Met and compete for prizes and the opportunity to advance to New York to vie for a place in the National Winner’s Concert on the Met stage and consideration for the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600. 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 Saturday, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
“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.
Essex’s Irish Rebellion and Shakespeare, Professor James Shapiro of Columbia University, author of “1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare,” explores the rebellion in Ireland and its link to “Henry V.” 6 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.
Dance program, the International Association of Blacks in Dance performs works that demonstrate the organization’s commitment to preserving and promoting dance by people of African ancestry or origin. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Barbara Cook’s “Spotlight” series, Broadway and jazz club crooner Terri White performs. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
Gun Control Experience Worldwide, a lecture by Joyce Lee Malcolm, professor, George Mason University School of Law, sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
Learn to play the ukulele, British multi-instrumentalist Con O’Neill teaches the one-day workshop of basic techniques, enabling participants to play several songs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $72. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Kyoto: Ancient Imperial Capital, Robert Mintz explores the rich history of the Japanese city from its founding in 794 as Heiankyo, capital of Japan’s Heian emperors, through its years as the religious and cultural center of Japanese society, to its modern-day incarnation. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.
Textile appreciation, noted collector Gordon Priest discusses and displays examples of bags from Persia, the Caucasus and Kurdistan. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Winter buds and silhouettes, Deanne Eversmeyer, Washington National Cathedral’s horticulture manager, leads a walk focusing on Olmsted Woods, particularly native trees, and how to identify trees from their terminal buds, bark, seeds, silhouettes and other characteristics; wear sturdy waterproof shoes. 1 p.m., meet at Garfield and 35th streets NW, south pedestrian entrance to the cathedral grounds, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
History walk with a National Park Service ranger, explore American history via its memorials and monuments. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, Lodge, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge, curator Frank Goodyear discusses the work of Mequitta Ahuja as she casts herself as a character in a mythic drama in a series of drawings. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Quarterly knitting circle, bring your knitting or crochet projects to get inspiration from the galleries, work on your latest creation in the museum’s stately program rooms and meet other fiber enthusiasts; all experience levels welcome. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
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.
From Lincoln’s Cooper Union Address to His End Run, a National Park Service ranger discusses how Abraham Lincoln’s Cooper Union address put him in the White House and how it guided him until he secured the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Stephanie Miracle dancers in concert, a dramatic, off-kilter collage of image, texture and sound. 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.
Brooklyn Rider concert, the string quartet of violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen, violist Nicholas Cords and cellist Eric Jacobsen performs, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., Sixth And I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $30. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet, Palmieri and his ensemble perform the salsa dura of his 1960s heyday, hard bop and beyond. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.
The role of faith in ecojustice, Advocate Cassandra Carmichael explains how communities of faith can be involved with caring for natural resources and the environment. 10:10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, front nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Inaugural parades and protests, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along the route that has seen many protest marches for women’s suffrage and other causes. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Julia Clebsch, 202-606-8691.
NSO Ensemble concert, for age 9 and older, a performance that shows how scientists and musicians are more alike by helping you discover how principles of sound give rhythm to biology, chemistry, astronomy and more. 1 and 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.
Portrait Story Days: Muhammad Ali, for age 5 and older with an adult, listen to a story about the world-renowned boxer and create a special piece of art to take home. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, education center, room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
The 13th Amendment, a National Park Service ranger discusses the cliffhanger aspects of the story, along with the role of Congress in passing the amendment outlawing slavery. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Classical piano recital, Ji Yoon Park performs works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Chopin and Frank Martin; a reception follows. 3:30 p.m., Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Free, suggested donation, $10. 202-462-6734.
Classical concert, William Payne conducts the Rooke Chapel Choir and Bell Ringers, a meet-and-greet reception follows. 4 p.m., Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-363-2202 or www.chevychasepc.org.
Classical violin recital, violinist Rachel Barton Pine performs works by Paganini in collaboration with the Phillips Collection and in honor of the exhibit “Color, Line, Light: French Drawings, Watercolors, and Pastels from Delacroix to Signac.” Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
Classical music concert, violinist Vilde Frang and pianist Michail Lifits perform works by Mozart, Faure, Brahms and Prokofiev. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Castle Trio classical recital, pianist Lambert Orkis anchors the group, performing works by Schubert ; come at 6:30 and listen to group member Kenneth Slowik discuss the program and the life of its composer. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $28. 202-633-3030.
Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common, plus a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon Monday and Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
The 14th and 15th amendments, a National Park Service ranger discusses the two “Civil War” or “Reconstruction” amendments that extended the “blessings of liberty,” to all male Americans. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Civil Rights film festival, “Boycott,” depicting the story of Rosa Parks, an African American woman who refused to give up her seat in a “Whites Only” section on a city bus in Montgomery, Ala., sparking one of the first major battles in the civil rights movement. 6:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Concert for the Americas, mezzo-soprano María José Montiel and accompanist Miquel Estelrich Serralta perform the music of Spain and the Americas, sponsored by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-797-4357.
Sister Gregory and “The Sound of Music,” a discussion by Caitlin Miller of the library’s music division, on Sister Gregory Duffy, who served as an adviser on religious life to the creators of the 1959 musical. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Trans-Atlantic Tales: Martin Luther King Jr., an exploration of the link between Ghana’s independence and the struggle for civil rights in America. Tuesday and Thursday, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-629-6820.
Classical tenor recital, Joshua Baumgardner performs Schumann’s “Dichterliebe,” and songs from the Romantic repertory by Richard Strauss and Hugo Wolf. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
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.
Bellevue teen chess club, for players of all skill levels. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
Catholic University Show Choir, in concert, 6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-6700
Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” the historic play, directed by Robert Richmond. Previews, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; regular performance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 3, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tuesday, pay what you can. Previews, $30-$40. Regular shows, $39-$68. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre.
Visiting artist lecture,Terry Adkins, an interdisciplinary artist and musician, discusses his installation-based experiences that utilize a variety of real time and static media. 6-7 p.m., Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-2787 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Under the Griot’s Tree, ages 5-10, with storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, tales of caring for the Earth and its animals and more. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Jan. 31, 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.
Poetry reading, U.S. poet laureate Natasha Trethewey reads from her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Native Guard.” Noon, Library of Congress, Room LJ119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.
Clothing and identity, Smithsonian curator and cultural heritage specialist Diana Baird N’Diaye discusses “The Will to Adorn: African American Identity and the Aesthetics of Dress.” Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.
“Circle Within the Square,” a documentary film of the stunning visual legacy of Islam’s greatest architect, Mimar Sinan, who rose from humble beginnings to become chief architect to the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent, highlighting some of the 500 known buildings he designed. Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
A Declaration of Freedom, panel discussion on Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation, its meaning to newly freed slaves and its legacy in history, featuring Greg Carr, chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department at Howard University; Kenvi Phillips, historian for the Black History Program of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and Lincoln scholar John O’Brien. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead post-inaugural tours, followed by a traditional English tea; meet inside the West Front area. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations and payment required in advance. 202-537-8993 or www.tea.cathedral.org.
Spotlight on design: Jamie Drake, founder of Drake Design Associates, discusses his color sense, taste for glamour and more, as seen in projects that include the Kips Bay Show House and private residences. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.
“Verdi and Wagner at 200: A Double Celebration of Genius,” A six-session course presented by Saul Lilienstein, tracing the parallel development of the composers, using CD and DVD performances. 6:45-9 p.m. Wednesdays through June 19, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $200. 202-633-3030.
“A Whisper to a Roar,” a film about the heroic stories of democracy activists in Egypt, Malaysia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Zimbabwe; a a question-and-answer session with Larry Diamond follows. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Open Studio, with Shanti Norris and Darien Reece; try your hand at painting, collage and other experimental techniques alongside new and experienced artists. 6-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org.
National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Rock and Roll is Here to Stay! Play the gallery’s collection-inspired trivia game with a prize awarded to the top scorer at the end of the evening; snacks and beverages available. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Hughie,” Eugene O’Neill’s play about a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle waver after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, continues through March 17, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $43-$100, discounts for military, students, seniors and patrons age 35 and younger. 202-547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.
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