D.C. community calendar, Jan. 9 to 16, 2014

January 8
Thursday, JAN. 9

Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays, 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. Thursday through Sunday, 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 Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Author talk, law professor Thomas Healy discusses his book “The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America ,” and how the former Supreme Court justice became a free-speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First Amendment. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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.

Drawing salon, for age 18 and older, “Light as Subject: Dutch Seascapes.” 1 p.m. Thursday and Sunday, National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. drawingsalon@nga.gov. 202-737-4215.

Walking with a ranger, a National Park Service ranger explores some of the memorials in “America’s front yard.” 2-4 p.m. daily 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, students, $16, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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.

Teen game time, ages 12-18, compete with your friends in some favorite games or just hang out. 3:15 p.m. Thursdays through Jan. 30, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

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.

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.

The 1968 D.C. riots: A personal reflection, a program for teens, retired social worker Gerald Padgett discusses what life was like in the city during this turbulent time. 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Shaping humanity, Paleo-artist John Gurche, author of “Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins,” reconstructs our long-lost ancestors, telling what early humans looked like and describes the extraordinary process by which he creates forensically accurate and hauntingly realistic representations of our ancient human ancestors. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

The Loving Story,” Nancy Buirski’s 2007 documentary about how the marriage of Mildred Loving, part-African American and part-Native American, and Richard Loving, a white man, was declared illegal in 1958 in their home state of Virginia and their refusal to leave one another, culminating in the U.S. Supreme Court striking down laws against interracial marriage; a discussion follows with Buirski and lawyer Phil Hirschkop. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“NSO in your neighborhood,” violinist Elizabeth Adkins and pianist Edward Newman, National Symphony Orchestra members, perform chamber music and engage in educational activities. 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

“When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children’s Classic and the Difference It Made,” cultural historian, writer and teacher Lori Rotskoff hosts a viewing of the 1974 TV special “Free to Be You & Me,” featuring Marlo Thomas, Mel Brooks, Michael Jackson and others, and discusses its creation and enduring legacy. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $12; seniors and students, $10. 202-777-3254 or lilikg@washingtondcjcc.org.

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 exotic dancer by night, 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, 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.

Friday, JAN. 10

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

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Frederico Mompou, Schumann and Giovanni Giuseppe Cambini. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe,” a librarian leads a discussion of the C.S. Lewis book. 4 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

“The Dying Tecumseh” sculpture talk, Smithsonian American Art Museum curator Karen Lemmey leads a gallery talk highlighting Ferdinand Pettrich’s sculpture; professor R. David Edmunds joins Lemmey for a discussion of the Shawnee war chief and the myth and memory of this sculpture; and Renée Gokey, educator at the National Museum of the American Indian, reads an excerpt from one of Tecumseh’s greatest speeches in Shawnee and in English. 6-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, the accordion master and his group perform Creole classics and their own brand of contemporary Zydeco, come at 5 p.m. for dance lessons by instructors from D.C.’s Dancing by the Bayou. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sip and paint art workshop, with instruction by artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear, create your own artwork, enjoy snacks and wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $30, includes materials and refreshments. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

“Charles Lloyd: Arrows Into Infinity,” a 2012 documentary of one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1960s, whose music crossed traditional boundaries and explored new territories.7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.

“Closed Curtain,” Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi’s 2013 film that focuses on a man’s (Partovi) house arrest for allegedly engaging in propaganda against the Iranian government and who must not allow his dog outside because of the religious ban against dog-walking. In Persian with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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.

“The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” Moises Kaufman directs the music-infused work by playwright and performer Daniel Beaty, an intimate look at Paul Robeson — scholar, athlete, activist, vocalist and celebrated actor of stage and screen. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

“A Steady Rain,” the Capital City Players of D.C. perform Keith Huff’s gritty and darkly poetic play about two Chicago police officers whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Jan. 25, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

“Brave New World: Music of the Tempest,” a program exploring and celebrating the musical interpretations of Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest,” with Matthew Locke’s 1674 incidental music for orchestra and voices, and beguiling 2000 piece for soprano, baritone, and Renaissance instruments by American composer James Primosch, features Rosa Lamoreaux, William Sharp, and Tempesta di Mare. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Genetics lecture, Thomas Gingeras, professor and head of functional genomics, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, discusses “What is a Gene? How ENCODE is Redefining Genetic Information,” sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington, Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

Saturday, JAN. 11

Friday Morning Music Club choral workshop and concert, Paul Leavitt leads singers in a workshop of music by J.S. Bach, Haydn, Gounod, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and others; Leavitt then leads a concert at 4 p.m. Registration begins 9 a.m., interested singers welcome, contact Peter Baum, peterbaum@cox.net. First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free. 202-333-2075 or www.chorusamerica.org.

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

Used book sale, most books $1; proceeds benefit library programs. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Studio Time: Caitlin Price, a hands-on art lesson for adults from the contemporary photographer who focuses on working within natural light. 10:15 a.m.-noon, National Portrait Gallery, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Registration, $50: studiotime@si.edu. 202-633-1000.

Yoga at the library, for adult and teen beginners with an instructor from Yoga Activist, no experience required, bring a mat or use one from the library, 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Lego club, ages 2-5 and their caregivers, play time with Lego Duplo blocks. 11 a.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

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.

The value of volunteering, find out how being a volunteer can help teenagers fulfill community service hours or enhance skills and knowledge for adults seeking a new career. 1 p.m., Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

NSO Kinderclassic: “Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola,” age 4 and older, a talented string trio — violinist Karen Lowry-Tucker and violist Elizabeth Pulju-Owen, members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and cellist/magician Drew Owen — provide the clues that help crack the case. Come one hour early for a free musical instrument “Petting Zoo” in the Hall of States. 11 a.m. (billed as a “sensory friendly” performance), 1:30 and 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600 or www.kennedy-center.org.

Petworth Pacers keep it moving! Walkers age 50 and older should bring a water bottle and small face towel; dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing for a low-impact 60-minute walk around the neighborhood. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, second-floor Program Room, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Pianist David Greilsammer in concert, a juxtaposition of sonatas by Scarlatti and Cage, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Thurgood Marshall Remembered, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the Supreme Court justice. 3 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 24, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-426-6841.

Curator’s tour: Yousuf Karsh photographs, Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs, leads a tour of the exhibit “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits,” that captures the character of such subjects as Albert Einstein, Grace Kelly and Winston Churchill. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first-floor Exhibit Entrance, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Songwriting for superheroes, a workshop that explores the power of songwriting to effect positive change within oneself and the world; students will identify songs they believe have had an impact on them and explore why. 3:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

Musical performances, the Como Mamas, a trio of gospel singers from the small town of Como, Miss., and their powerful a cappella harmonies; the Tennessee-based husband-and wife duo Grace and Tony perform a blend of Americana/bluegrass music dubbed “Punkgrass.” 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, JAN. 12

Art in context: practicing yoga in the galleries, age 18 and older, all experience levels welcome, yoga mats provided, join a teaching team of museum docents and guest yoga teachers as they take a break to open minds and energize spirits while looking at art and practicing yoga in conjunction with the exhibitions “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” and “Strange and Wondrous: Prints of India from the Robert J. Del Bontà Collection.” Plan to arrive 20 minutes in advance and sign in at the Sackler information desk. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. $15. 202-633-1000.

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.

Developing personal style, learn to demystify the process of developing your personal style through your choice of clothing and accessories that appear to express your personality, viewpoint and values. Offered in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC. 1 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Money resolutions 101: Getting out of debt, a workshop to help assess your financial past and make some concrete and achievable goals for a better future with an individual budget, proper use of debt management tools and more. 1:45 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Luce Artist Talk, local educator and artist Jeffry Cudlin discusses works on view in the Luce Center and tells of his approach to performance art. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Woodwind concert, members of the National Symphony Orchestra reach out to neighborhood libraries through musical performances. 2 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Portrait story days: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, listen to a story about the American dancer and actor and participate in a hands-on activity. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, education center, room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Speaking across Disciplines: Introducing “Facture,” a new gallery journal, a discussion with Daphne Barbour, senior object conservator; Melanie Gifford, research conservator; Lisha Glinsman, conservation scientist; Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture; and Kimberly Schenk, head of paper conservation. 2 p m, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Audrey Andrist Trio in concert, the ensemble juxtaposes Beethoven’s celebrated Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat Major, “The Archduke,” with Erich Korngold’s little-known and rarely played Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 1, on the museum’s refurbished Steinway Concert Grand piano. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed in the G Street lobby at 2:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

Afternoon Asanas, tone and stretch as you practice yoga using chairs, tailored to age 50 and older with limited mobility. A doctor’s consent and liability waiver signature required. 3 p.m. Sunday and every second and fourth Sunday of the month, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Dr. King Comes to Washington, a National Park Service ranger discusses the civil rights activist and the other marches to Washington. 3 p.m. Sunday and Jan. 19, 20 and 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.

Cathedral pipe organ recital, James Hicks performs organ music from Sweden by Erik Alvin, Yngve Skold, Fredrik Sixten, Erlend von Koch and Oskar Lindberg on the 10,650-pipe great 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.

The ReMINDers hip-hop duo, Brussels-born emcee Big Samir and vocalist/emcee Aja Black of Queens, N.Y., in a preview of the Kennedy Center’s upcoming One Mic: Hip-Hop Culture Worldwide festival in March. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Emerson String Quartet in concert, a performance of works by Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. 6-8 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $67. 202-3030.

National Gallery Orchestra in concert, Andrew Simpson conducts the orchestra in a performance of works by Simpson written for silent films by Buster Keaton and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Large Auditorium, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Axelrod String Quartet in concert, a performance of works by Haydn, Schubert and Dvorak, come at 6:30 for a pre-concert lecture on the composers by artistic director Kenneth Slowik. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $31. 202-633-3030.

Monday, JAN. 13

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.

Young portrait explorers: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, ages 2-5 and an adult companion, listen to a story about the tap dancer and actor and participate in a hands-on activity. 10:30 a.m., National Portrait Gallery, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. Register: www.eventbrite.com or 202-633-1000.

Knitwits knitting group, facilitated by Mimi Mihalchik, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-4 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

French language class, taught by Colette Drake, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Advanced class, 2-3 p.m; intermediate class, 3-4 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. $25 for 8 weeks. 202-364-7602.

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.

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.

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

Bombay Royale in concert, the ensemble from Melbourne, Australia, plays slammin’ surf, disco, and funk tunes inspired by 1960s and 1970s Bollywood films. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Is This Art? a guided tour by a staff member, focusing on modern and contemporary works. 6-7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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. 14

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.

Tour in the garden of “good and evil,” biochemist Beth Burrous discusses the poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the facility. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Sweet Tooth: A Novel,” Diane Brown leads a reading group in a discussion of the Ian McEwan novel over coffee and cookies. 1:30 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Curator lecture, Karen Moses discusses “Hindemith’s ‘Kleine Kammermusik’: A Study in Musical Democracy.” Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.

Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra in concert, a performance of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Janacek. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

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.

DakhaBrakha, the Ukrainian ethno-chaos group performs a combination of traditional Ukrainian folk music with the rhythms of the surrounding world. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Conversations on the Constitution, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and Yale Law School professor and constitutional scholar Akhil Reed Amar discuss ideas, viewpoints and issues related to the Constitution and its impact on the American people. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Wednesday, JAN. 15

Gallery talk, a staff member discusses “Work 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.

Art lecture, senior conservator Shelley Sturman discusses “Conservation of the Shw Memorial: The Long Journey.” 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Sibley stroke support group, Jason Freeman, a physician and program medical director lead a discussion of what happens to stroke patients, feel free to share your experiences. 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesday and the third Wednesday of every month, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-660-7413.

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.

D.C. Youth Poetry Slam team workshops, teens are invited to participate in weekly poetry and spoken word workshops. 4:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

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.

“Landscapes in Passing” gallery talk, after a tour of the exhibit, a staff member leads a discussion of how these photographs depict the ever-increasing distance between a mechanized America and the landscape that surrounds us. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Igor Butman Moscow Jazz Orchestra, considered one of the hottest jazz orchestras in Russia, led by the renowned Russian saxophonist. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

National Portrait Gallery pop quiz: “Dancing the Dream,” historian Amy Henderson leads a tour of the new dance exhibit followed by a trivia hour about the show; highest-scoring team wins a prize. Snacks and beverages available. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, F St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Physics of gymnastics, Rhett Allain, a physics professor and Wired magazine’s Dot Physics blogger explains that factors of speed, energy, gravity and rotation can be among a gymnast’s best friends, putting a scientific spin on the sport for us Earth-bound mortals, as a gymnast demonstrates just how some of those amazing moves are done. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Thursday, JAN. 16

Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian, for ages 2-6, Public Broadcasting Service kids artist Billy Kelly performs quirky and infectitious tunes. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700. www.discoverytheater.org.

My Favorite Year,” Richard Benjamin’s 1982 tribute to the 1950s classic comedy telecast “Your Show of Shows,” starring Peter O’Toole. 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

HIV testing, ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Take 5! with the Duende Quartet, the jazz ensemble explores the intersection of Latin jazz with the cool blue-note sound of the 1960s; a Pop-up Handi-hour of crafting follows. 5-7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Navigating cancer: developing a personal healing plan, Carole O’Toole, Smith Center director of Integrative Navigation, discusses how to gain practical wisdom on selecting medical and complementary practitioners and making the most of your health-care team. 6-8 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $10; advance registration by Monday, $8. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.

Maybebop in concert, a performance by one of Germany’s leading a cappella groups. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Ultimate Megafort: adults edition, emerging professionals build the Ultimate Megafort in the Great Hall, learn about basic fort structures from museum staff before putting your skills to the test, join others to design and construct a cardboard fort and test its strength in a foam ball battle. Construction materials, snacks and adult beverages included in admission. 6-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

The Morgan Picture Bible: Medieval mayhem, illustrated, Richard Abels, chair of the department of history and professor of military history at the United States Naval Academy, explores the chasm between reality and fantasy and explains how this 13th century bible might have really been used to showcase how nobles thought chivalric warfare should look, rather than it actually was. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Prostate health: knowledge is power, physician Michael A. Carducci discusses when hormonal therapy is beneficial in the treatment of prostate cancer, potential problems and the management of side effects. Light refreshments served. 7-8:15 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, registration required. 202-243-2320 or www.sibley.org/power.

NSO concert, Mark Elder conducts the orchestra and pianist Stephen Hough, cellist David Hardy and violist Daniel Foster. 7 p.m.Thursday, 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

“A Mouthful of Birds,” by Caryl Churchill, co-produced with Nomadic Theatre, loosely based on Euripides’ “The Bacchae,” a collage of vignettes about urbanites on the verge of violent transformation. 8 p.m. Jan. 16-18, 2 p.m. Jan. 19, 8 p.m. Jan. 22-25, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. $12; students, $5. 202-687-2787.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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