D.C. community calendar, July 5 to 12, 2012

July 5, 2012
Thursday, July 5

“Galapagos George” puppet show, for ages 4-8, about a giant tortoise. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 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 and 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, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $15. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org or specialtours@cathedral.org.

Juggling for children, for ages 4-9, Nicolo Whimsey presents juggling, music, poetry and storytelling. 10:30 a.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE, 202-541-6226, and 1:30 p.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE, 202-698-1175. Free.

Smithsonian Heirloom Garden tour, a horticulturist discusses some of the plants in the collection. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, southwest corner, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral tour and Civil War history, for age 10 and older, a docent leads a tour of the statues, stained-glass windows, stone and wood carvings and tapestries that depict people involved in the war; pick up a tour sticker at the welcome desk at the main entrance. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Abe Lincoln: The Boy Who Loved Books,” children’s author Kay Winters reads from her book and leads a discussion of it. 4:30 p.m., Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Free. 202-347-4833 or www.fordstheatre.org.

La Sardina de Naiguata in concert, the 13-piece band led by Ricardo Diaz fuses traditional Venezuelan music with diverse and progressive instrumentation. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“The Music Man,” performance of Meredith Willson’s musical about a con man who poses as a children’s band leader and who sells instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk, starring Burke Moses and Kate Baldwin. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through July 22, Arena Stage, Fichandler, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $46-$91, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

The Normal Heart,” performance of Larry Kramer’s drama about the AIDS crisis. 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 July 11 and 18, through July 29, Arena Stage, Kreeger, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold,” Paul Weiland’s 1994 comedy western film about friends who try to follow a treasure map, starring Billy Crystal, Jack Palance and Daniel Stern; take a blanket or lawn chair; food vendors on site. 8:35 p.m., Capitol Riverfront, New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Street SE. Free. 202-465-7093 or www.capitolriverfront.org.

Friday, July 6

“Landmarks in 21st-Century American Architecture I,” a documentary about an art historian, the design and construction of an art museum in Denver, “green” residential housing in Pennsylvania, an 82-story apartment tower in Chicago and the history of a New York City apartment house. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Children’s conservator workshop, for ages 8-11, children learn how to conserve historical documents; with a reading of “Ruth and the Green Book,” by Calvin Ramsey; and an examination of authentic artifacts, with the recording of observations and making of a preservation plan for each object. 1:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

Afro Bop Alliance, a performance of Afro Cuban jazz. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

Hawaiian Tuahine Troupe in concert, the University of Hawaii’s ensemble performs traditional Hawaiian music and dance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Scott’s New Band in concert, music from the 1990s and covers. 6:30-8:30 p.m., the Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.

“Dumbstruck” ventriloquism film, Mark Goffman’s 2010 movie about professional ventriloquists at an annual ventriloquist convention. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs.

Grace church organ concert, Roland Maria Stangier performs works by Handel, J.C. Bach and J. Bennett. 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. www.gracedc.org.

Saturday, July 7

Farmers market opening, featuring tomatoes, cherries, blueberries, lettuce and other produce, free shuttle bus to and from the market. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through November, THEARC parking lot, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Admission, free. ward8fm@gmail.com.

Zoo bird walk, Bird House keeper Debra Talbott leads a walk through zoo grounds looking for cardinals, chickadees, white-breasted nuthatches, tufted titmice and other birds; take binoculars and a field guide. 9 a.m., National Zoo, Bird House entrance, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-3045.

“Quest: Road Signs,” a cast of deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing performers celebrates deaf culture in a performance featuring story theater, mime, poetry and songs, all performed in American Sign Language. 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.

Elizabethan garden tours, docents lead tours of the library’s knot garden, which features plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works and herbs that were popular during his era. 10 and 11 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

Children’s short films, for age 4 and older, selections from Walt Disney’s “Silly Symphonies” (1929-1939), including “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Three Little Pigs,” “Babes in the Flowers and Trees” and more. 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

Zoo’s “Antelope and Gazelle Day,” come to the Cheetah Conservation Station to see animal feedings, listen to keeper chats and play games; touch scimitar-horned oryx and Dama gazelle objects; learn about how antelopes and gazelles are adapted to survive in extreme conditions. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-3045.

“Landmarks in 21st Century American Architecture II,” documentary about the Lincoln Center, a football stadium in Phoenix, Ariz., a museum in Kansas City, Mo., a U.S. federal office building in San Francisco and “rammed-earth” residential construction in Tucson, Ariz.; film is 2 hours and 49 minutes with one intermission. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Library scrabble, for all ages, learn how to improve spelling, reading and memory skills by playing Scrabble. 1 p.m. most Saturdays, Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6025.

Textile Museum Japanese art program, create a nature-inspired ink painting with sumi ink and bamboo brushes on Japanese rice paper. 2 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Bari Koral Family Rock Band, concert. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Dance Place choreographers showcase, an annual curated showcase featuring new works. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and teachers, $17; college students, $10; 17 and younger, $8. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org.

Sunday, July 8

Nightwatching” Rembrandt film, Peter Greenaway’s 2007 fictional film about Rembrandt and his work “The Night Watch.” 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Anthony Green in concert, the Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter performs emo, progressive and experimental rock. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Classical piano recital, James D’Leon performs Beethoven’s “Thirty-two Variations no an Original Theme” in C minor and selections by liszt, Albeniz and others. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000. http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99786785

Monday, July 9

Sign language storytime, Janice Rosen uses her voice and American Sign Language to read children’s stories and teach words in ASL. 10:30 a.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Blackfriars Playhouse, lecture by Ralph Alan Cohen, co-founder of the American Shakespeare Center, which performs at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Va.; the playhouse is a replica of Shakespeare’s original theater; Cohen discusses how the original playhouse became popular; part of the exhibit “Open City: London, 1500-1700.” Noon, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-544-7077.

Hip-Hop Theater Festival, part of the annual D.C. Hip-Hop Theater Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“The Complaint of an Empress,” choreographer Pina Bausch’s 1990 film, set in Germany, about the futility of human action and the quest for love, shown in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Deanwood Library knitting club, for all ages and experience levels, librarian Mike Price offers advice on projects; light refreshments served. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mondays, Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.

Organ music by J.S. Bach, Lawrence Molinaro performs. 7:30 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20. 202-333-7100 or www.gracedc.org.

Tuesday, July 10

Blue Sky Puppets, “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks,” about a student athlete who is called on to care for the “Lock family,” three mysterious boxes with three different types of locks. 10 a.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3162 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, 202-671-3121, and 2:30 p.m, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW, 202-939-5946. Free.

Botanic Garden tour, gardens supervisor Robert Pritchard discusses plants that add seasonal interest, are easy to maintain or have a special place in his gardening palette; take sunscreen and water. 10 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, reservations required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Wildlife program for kids, for ages 5-12, educators from Wildlife Ambassadors discuss backyard habitats and red foxes, raccoons, opossums, screech owls, rabbits and box turtles. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through July 13, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Botanic Garden cooking program, chef Tania Mercer discusses how to choose fresh food at a farmers market and prepare it; with food samples. Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Guitar duo performance, Mia Pomerantz and Jorge Amaral, Levine School of Music faculty members. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead a tour of the cathedral and discuss its history, architecture and artworks; followed by a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org.

Kennedy Center classical concert, members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform works by Schumann and Beethoven. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Is This Art?,” a museum staff member leads a gallery tour and discusses modern art. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Fossils talk, scientist Daniel Thomas discusses how studying the chemicals locked in fossils can reveal the diet, lifestyle, habitat, physiology and color of ancient creatures. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.

Panel discussion on unemployment, the causes and possible solutions of the unemployment situation and how it compares to past events, such as the Great Depression. 7:30 p.m., National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Capitol band concert, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants perform. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west steps), East Capitol and First streets. Free. 202-767-5658.

Wednesday, July 11

FDR’s last presidential campaign,Final Victory: FDR’s Extraordinary World War II Presidential Campaign,” historian Stanley Weintraub discusses his book; followed by a question-and-answer session. Noon, U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Burke Theater, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300 or www.navymemorial.org.

Museum band concert, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band performs. 12:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.

Operation Stormbreaker,” Geoffrey Sax’s 2006 action-adventure film about a youth who becomes an investigator, starring Alex Pettyfer and Mickey Rourke. 2 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $7. 202-393-7798.

E-book reader help, a librarian demonstrates how to read or listen to free books and other library media using an e-book reader, search for items in the library database and check out library materials with the e-reader; take your device and library card number. 2 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Children’s conservator workshop,for ages 8-11, children learn how to conserve historical documents; with a reading of “Ruth and the Green Book,” by Calvin Ramsey; and an examination of authentic artifacts, with the recording of observations and making of a preservation plan for each object. 3 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Anna Kahoe and Scott Fazzini, the interior designers discuss inspiration and mood as they guide participants through the creation of mood boards around an artwork on view in the Luce Center. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000. http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99788127

“Handi-Hour” at Renwick Gallery, an evening of craft-making, live music, a scavenger hunt and more; craft prizes, two drinks and snacks included. 5:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $20, cash only. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99790589

Sarazino band in concert, the Algerian-Ecuadorian band performs music influenced by reggae, Latin, African and Arabic works. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

“What Makes a Leader?,” historian Barry Strauss discusses the ambition, courage, compassion, bravery, intelligence and vision of Alexander the Great, Hannibal and Caesar, and discusses whether their qualities would be relevant to leadership today. 6:45 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. $25. 202-357-3030.

Making Capitol Hill: The First Settlers of L’Enfant’s Pedestal, John Vlach, a member of Capitol Hill Village, author and George Washington University faculty member, discusses Pierre L’Enfant’s choice of a capital site as “a pedestal waiting for a monument,” and the eventual home of developers ranging from a Maryland senator to a widow left in charge of a ferry that crossed the Anacostia River; come at 6 p.m. for an historical tour of Hill Center. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/.

”Red Dawn,” Roland Emmerich’s sci-fi film about a group of teenagers who get together to defend their town from World War III Soviets invaders, starring Patrick Swayze and Lea Thompson. 9 p.m., NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. 202-289-0111 or www.nomasummerscreen.com

Thursday, July 12

Blue Sky Puppets, “Goldy Bear and the Three Locks” about a student athlete who is called on to care for the “Lock family,” three mysterious boxes with three different types of locks. 10 a.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-727-1488, and 1:30 p.m, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202-282-0021. Free.

“Going to the Moon” kids program, for ages 2-5, Katie Ahearn leads stories, songs and rhymes about traveling to the moon. 10:30 a.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

“Journey to America” immigrant film, Charles Guggenheim’s 1989 documentary about the great migration to the United States between 1890 and 1920 and what happened after immigrants began their lives in New York, Pennsylvania, Chicago and across the country. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Victory Garden tour, a Smithsonian horticulturist leads a tour of the museum’s World War II-era Victory Garden and discusses some of the plants. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Abstract drawings, paper conservator Kate Maynor leads a tour of the “Abstract Drawings” exhibit and discusses the materials and methods used by the artists whose works are on display and techniques used to conserve drawings. 4 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Northwest One Library Wii games, for all ages. 5 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Tawaraya silk-weaving workshop of Japan, Lee Talbot, curator of Eastern Hemisphere Collections, discusses his experiences at one of Japan’s oldest silk-weaving workshops and its history. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $25. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 6:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5; families with reservations, $30. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Pearl Harbor: Bold stroke or senseless strategy?,U.S. Naval Academy military historian Robert Love discusses the concurrent struggles under way prior to Dec. 7, in Europe between the Axis powers and Anglo- Soviet alliance and in Asia between Japan and China, and the outcome of the attack; Al Gaspar, diorama creator and educator, and Mika Holliday Lentz, Edge Start Films producer, introduces their Pearl Harbor war gaming miniature battlefield to illustrate what happened that December morning. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.

U.S. Marine Band concert, works by John Philip Sousa, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein. 8 p.m., Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds near 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-433-4011.

O Brother, Where Art Thou,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s 2000 film about escaped convicts who seek a hidden treasure in 1930s Mississippi, starring George Clooney and John Turturro; food vendors on site. 8:35 p.m., Capitol Riverfront, Tingey Plaza, New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Street SE. Free. 202-465-7093 or www.capitolriverfront.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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