D.C. community calendar, March 20-27, 2014

March 20
Thursday, MARCH 20

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

“Live! Amazing Animals of the Rainforest,” for ages 5-10, discover this South American ecosystem, the animals who live in it and how we can preserve it. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 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 .

Preschool series: Fanciful heroes, for ages 2-5 with an adult companion, hunt for dragons, make a hero’s cape and explore a fantastical world of adventure as you experience the wonder of Hillwood in the last event of this series. 10:30-11:15 a.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Series: $30 per child and one accompanying adult; additional adults, $15 each. Single class: $12 per child and one accompanying adult. 202-686-5807.

Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows, and climb stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; age 11 and 12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Garden tour and kids in “snugglies,” volunteers lead parents or care providers with one child in an infant carrier for a tour of the conservatory. 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. Registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Greenhouse tours, a short tour of the working greenhouse. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon Saturday, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Visitor Center, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; age 65 and older, $12; ages 6 to 18, $5; age 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Managing stress and improving well-being, a discussion led by Al Zara, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Medical Building, conference room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, suggested donation $55 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.

Smart growth: The Next phase of D.C.’s SW Ecodistrict, a senior planner and an urban design principal discuss the next phase of implementing the SW Ecodistrict vision and the proposed concept for connecting the Mall to the waterfront. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Ostomy support group, for ostomy patients and care partners, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, conference room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free.202-364-7602.

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

Tax help, meet with a qualified tax aide who can help answer your questions and prepare your 2013 filing; limited to individuals who earn less than $35,000 (taxable and non-taxable) and families who earn less than $52,000 (taxable and non-taxable). 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 10, Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 4:30-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, through April 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Rooms A-9 and A-10, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Meditation and mindfulness, Al Zara leads participants practicing their sitting meditation techniques, co-sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 2-3 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, conference room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free; suggested donation, $50-$75/eight weeks. 202-364-7602.

Walk with a park ranger, for a sampling of the memorials that make up the landscape of our nation’s history. 2-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

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

HIV/STI 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, a tribute to Melba Liston performed by the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Quintet and pop-up handi-hour with crafts. 5-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

How the natural and organic food movements grew a new industry, museum food curator Paula Johnson moderates a discussion of its growth from a “hippie sideshow” to a $100 billion industry. Sampling of Honest Tea, OCHO organic chocolate bars and other organic foods. 6-7:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $15. 202-633-1000.

Ryukyuan folk singer Rimi Natsukawa in concert, a blend of traditional and modern music elements in honor of the 2014 Cherry Blossom Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Ryukyuan folk singer Rimi Natsukawa in concert, a blend of traditional and modern music elements in honor of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Trees 101: Back to Basics,” education technician Alex Torres discusses the role of the arborist in identifying trees and understanding their basic biology. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

“Crossroads and Connections: Exploring Britain’s Channel Islands,” historian Cassandra Potts Hannahs examines the islands’ identification with Britain, despite their predominantly Gallic roots, within patterns of longer-term social and geopolitical dynamics. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

A market history of Chinese ceramics, Nick Pearce, a specialist in the arts of China, surveys the historical trends in the market for Chinese ceramics, pinpointing highs and lows and the vagaries of changing tastes. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

“Journey to the South Pacific,” environmental and wildlife film producer Chris Palmer introduces the IMAX film about the home to more than 2,000 species of ocean life. An animal keeper and National Zoo dive officer leads a Q&A session following the screening. National Museum of Natural History, Johnson IMAX Theater, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $13; age 12 and younger, $7. 202-272-2448. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org .

National Symphony Orchestra concert, Christoph Eschenbach conducts the orchestra, soprano Iréne Theorin and bass-baritone John Relyea in a program of works by Richard Strauss, in celebration of his 150th birthday. 7 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

“HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” political commentator Bill Press and authors Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen discuss Clinton’s political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from her inner circle. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or Register: www.hillcenterdc.org .

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” for age 12 and older, Peter Flynn directs the musical play based on the Rachel Sheinkin book, with music and lyrics by William Finn, the story of six awkward adolescents through their daunting and hilarious championship quest as they navigate their way to a trophy and a life lesson, contains some coarse language. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (except March 21, April 21 and May 2 and 9), 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Ticket prices vary. 800-982-2787. www.fords.org.

“Rupert,” for age 15 and older, Australia’s best-known and most prolific playwright, David Williamson, takes on media mogul Rupert Murdoch. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29-$69. 202-467-4600.

“Penny Plain,” for age 14 and older, part gothic thriller, part apocalyptic comedy performed by Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, the story of an old boarding house owner whose end-of-days vigil is interrupted by several bizarre characters. On Thursday, stay for a free post-performance discussion. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29. 202-467-4600.

“Hair,” Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea direct the tribal love-rock musical for mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 12, Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $42; students and seniors, $37. boxoffice@keegantheatre.com. 703-892-0202. www.keegantheatre.com.

“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

“Loveland,” directed by Joshua Townshend-Zellner, written and performed by Ann Randolph, the story of an irreverent oddball trapped on a plane as she travels from California to Ohio for her mother’s funeral. A mini-writing workshop led by Randolph follows each show. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through April 13, Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $25-$40, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

Water by the Spoonful,” K.J. Sanchez directs Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a depiction of how we live and interact with each other in an ambitious world. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through April 13, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$75, discounts for military and spouses. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org.

Friday, MARCH 21

Palisades Library used book sale, to benefit the Palisades branch library and its special programs; most books $1 or $10 per bag (except children’s books) Saturday-Sunday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-9 p.m. Sunday, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. FriendsOfPalisadesLibrary@outlook.com or 202-337-1505.

Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m., Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, soprano Melissa Coombs and pianists Bonnie Kellert and Frank Conlon perform. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles from Ancient Oaxacan Traditions,” Carolyn Kallenborn’s 2011 documentary about how traditional art and design play an active role in the cultural sustainability of the Zapotec communities in Oaxaca. George Washington University, room 307, Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org.

Why John F. Kennedy matters to a new generation, discussion with author Scott Reich. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Curator talk on hidden labor and historical quilts, exhibit organizer Catherine Morris shares her insights. Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10; age 65 and older and students, $8. 202-783-5000.

Bach birthday sounds, lutist Richard Stone and harpsichordist Mark Janello perform sonatas, a suite, preludes and fugues by J.S. Bach in celebration of his 329th birthday. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

Join the “STEAM” team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create and more. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Burlesque workshop, beginners age 18 and older, learn basic burlesque skills and a dance routine with feather boas, glove peels and kicks taught by Gigi Holliday. Wear free-moving clothing. No experience necessary, no nudity involved; light refreshments served. 7-9 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20. Register: bwashington@chaw.org. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

National Symphony Orchestra prelude, members perform an evening of classical music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Orchid Symphony: A Little Night Music,” solo guitarist Christopher Jenkins performs. 6-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Working from the figure, 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., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

“Battle for the Elephants,” an exploration of the brutal slaughter of African elephants for their tusks, fueled largely by China’s demand for ivory; producer JJ Kelley leads a post-screening Q&A session. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.

“Camp David,” Molly Smith directs the Lawrence Wright play about President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, Menachem Begin and Anwar Sadat’s attempt to create peace in the Middle East. 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 May 4, Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $110, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

“Le Jardin Chinois: Music of 18th century France,” the allure of China for the 18th century French musical imagination in the works of Rameau, Marais and others with guest soprano, violinist, harpsichordist, erhu and traverse flute. 8 p.m. Friday (pre-concert discussion at 7 p.m.), 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $37. 202-544-7077.

Library of Congress concert, violinist Joan Kwuon, violist Joel Smirnoff, cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist Sergei Babayan perform two piano quartets; pre-concert presentation at Whittall Pavilion at 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.

Koresh Dance Company, excerpts from “Come Together,” “The Heart” and “Bolero.” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $30. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org .

Fusion lecture, Parney Albright and John Edwards discuss approaching fusion break-even with lasers, 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.

Saturday, MARCH 22

Bright Star Theatre: Jack’s Adventure, when his history book explodes, Jack meets some exciting people, including George Washington, Betsy Ross, Henry Ford and Neil Armstrong; includes audience participation. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Cherry Blossom Festival family days, hands-on activities, interactive art demonstrations and performances celebrating Japanese arts and design. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Hands-on workshop: To repot or not? how to give your orchid a better home and keep it alive longer; bring up to two orchids from home and two plastic pots with drain holes. 10 a.m.-noon, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $25. Register: www.HillwoodMuseum.org or 202-686-5807.

Orchid month, hands-on workshop on getting orchids to rebloom for decades. 10 a.m.-noon, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Visitor Center, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $25. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org.

Black-and-white film photography workshop, teaching artist Jonathan Weiner covers basic camera techniques; all participants will shoot and develop their roll of black-and-white film. Cameras provided. 10 a.m.-noon, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15. Register: bwashington@chaw.org. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

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, 10 a.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583; and 11 a.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Weaving on the American frontier, reenactor Janice Hensley examines techniques in a global context, discussing and demonstrating how shorn wool was spun, dyed and woven into blankets, shawls, straps and other utilitarian textiles. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Bananas: Botany, History, Agriculture and Future, science education volunteer Todd Brethauer traces the 7,000-year journey of the banana from the jungles of Southeast Asia to your breakfast table and discusses how humans have guided the development of the banana. 10:30 a.m.-noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Artist-in-residence open rehearsals, “Dancing the Dream” exhibition gallery, Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, first floor, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Environmental Film Festival screenings, “Shored Up” explores how the rising sea may impact us; “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea” explores how we meet our demands on the ocean while working to protect it. Noon-5 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Shored Up,” Ben Kalina’s 2013 documentary film that explores how the rising sea may impact homes, business and community survival. Utilizing the example of the United States’ east coast, the film examines the issues faced by coastal communities, caused by overdevelopment; and “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea,” Karen Anspacher-Meyer and Ralf Meyer’s 2013 documentary film that explores the challenge of how we meet our ever-expanding demands on the ocean while also working to protect it. Focusing on New England as an example of far-sighted planning, this documentary follows local citizens as they work together for a healthier sea. Each film is followed by a discussion. Noon, National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 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.

Sumi-E workshops, teaching artist Jon Leniz explores Chinese ink wash bamboo paintings. 1-5 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $45. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

Luce artist talk with Cindy Cheng, local artists discuss a work in the collection and explain why it inspires them, then listen to Cindy Cheng discuss her drawings and installation work in CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Signs of spring, Emily Porter, Project Budburst coordinator, discusses the first signs of spring in the National Garden and explains how to identify a variety of common native plants. Bring sunscreen and water, and wear protective clothing. 2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Lobby, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Women of the Tidal Basin, a National Park Service ranger discusses the women who gave us the cherry trees, triggered a Cherry Tree Rebellion and designed the George Mason Memorial. 2-4 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.

Italian seaside, a National Park Service ranger discusses names on the National World War II Memorial that are tied to the Italian Campaign and why we remember them. 2 and 4 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

Orchid Symphony – Second Movement, discusses Cortes, Thomas Jefferson and Charles Darwin and the key role they played in our enjoyment and understanding of orchids. 2-3:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Staged reading: “A Great Wilderness,” for mature audiences, Samuel D. Hunter’s play about a man who has devoted his life to counseling teenage boys out of their homosexuality until he takes on one last client, unraveling his mind and his life, part of World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets distributed, two per person in line, at 2:30 p.m. in the States Gallery. 202-467-4600.

“Bending Adversity: Japan and the Art of Survival,” David Pilling discusses his book with Geoff Dyer. 4 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.

“I Sing the Mighty Power of God,” Stanley J. Thurston leads the Heritage Signature Chorale in a performance of hymns for choir, brass and organ. 5 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15-$50. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Serendib Dance, a Sri Lankan traditional and folk dance company hosts an evening of dance deeply rooted in Sri Lakan village life, Buddhist religious customs and ceremonial island celebrations. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Harmsaga,” for mature audiences, the National Theatre of Iceland performs this modern love story about a young couple desperately trying to save their marriage. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29. 202-467-4600.

Rennie Harris RHAW, a performance that seeks to expand and challenge your perceptions of hip-hop culture. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Edgewood Arts Center, 3415 Eighth St. NE. $22; Dance Place members, seniors and teachers, $17 (advanced sales only); college students, $10; ages 2-17, $8. 202-269-1600.

Sunday, MARCH 23

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some 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.

Catch the quilting bug, age 10 and older, a hands-on quilt workshop designed to instruct and engage audiences. Knowledge of basic hand-sewing skills is recommended. Materials and instruction provided. Noon-5 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $15; $13 for members, students and seniors. Free. 202-783-5000.

Knitting and crocheting workshop, join fellow needlers to create items for those in need; instruction, needles and yarn provided. 1 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Mila Michael, knitting@cathedralcongregation.org. 202-537-6200.

Portrait story: Wilma Rudolph, listen to a story about the American athlete and 1960s Olympic champion runner and create a piece of art inspired by her life and portrait. 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Piano recital, Wen-Yin Chantilly performs works by Beethoven, Bach and Chopin. A reception and showing of art by Jennifer Rutherford follow. 3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free-will offering. 202-363-4900.

Afternoon asanas, tone and stretch as you practice yoga using chairs, tailored to age 50 and older with limited mobility and a doctor’s consent, liability waiver signature required. 3 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Capital City Symphony in concert, the orchestra and violinist Steven Gerber perform contemporary works by Scott Pender, Jennifer Higdon, Robert Spates and Howard Hanson. 5 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $25; age 16 and younger, free. 202-399-7993. www.capitalcitysymphony.org .

Cathedral pipe organ recital, Columbia University’s Gail Archer performs works by Jeanne Demessieux, Mary Howe, Rachel Laurin and Jennifer Higdon 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 .

Boston’s Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional New Orleans brass band music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Classical music concert, the Poulenc Trio performs works by Laura Kaminsky and other female composers in conjunction with women’s history month. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Axelrod String Quartet in concert, a program of works by Haydn, Bartok and Ravel; come at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert talk. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral sings! music director J. Reilly Lewis leads Gabriel Fauré’s “Requiem” with singers of all abilities, including guest soloists and organist Todd Fickley. Bring a score or borrow one of theirs. 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, includes score rental. 202-537-2228 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Monday, march 24

Tax help in Southeast, available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP tax-aide program. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 14, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Tax help Northwest, Southwest, available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP tax-aide program. 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188; and 3:30-8 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

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

Italian conversation, have coffee as you practice conversational Italian with a native speaker. New members welcome. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, conference room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Making history, sculptor Ben Victor discusses his statue of Dr. Norman Borlaug that will be unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Noon Monday and Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

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.

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

HIV/STI testing, ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

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

Colin Stetson in concert, the multi-instrumentalist performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“The Vision of Paolo Soleri: Prophet In The Desert,” a documentary of the life of philosopher, urban theorist and architect. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12; students, $10. 202-272-2448. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org .

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

The rise of 19th-century realism, art history professor David Gariff discusses the art, artists and ideas that underpinned realism in European and American painting from 1830 to the turn of the 20th century. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Jazz forum, musician and educator Arthur Dawkins discusses his background and experiences. 7 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Recital Hall, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803. jazzaliveudc.org .

“The Barefoot Artist,” a documentary about artist Lily Yeh. 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; seniors and students, $4. 202-272-2448. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org .

Yoga class, taught by a representative from Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners but all are welcome. 7 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Make your own map, poets Joy Harjo and Evie Shockley explore and meditate on social issues, culture, race and more in a reading that weaves new textures of identity from a national cloth; a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

Foghorn Stringband in concert, a shining gold standard for American string-band music the old-fashioned way. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $20; $15 in advance. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.

Tuesday, MARCH 25

Ashley’s meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn practices her techniques then invites your questions and experiences. 11 a.m. Tuesday, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sibley Medical Building, conference room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

The Life and Times of Norman Borlaug, science education volunteer Todd Brethauer commemorates the centenary of Norman Borlaug’s birth, decades of dedicated work, agricultural insights and skill as a plant breeder. Noon-1 p.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Curator lecture, Laura Yust discusses “Hidden Figures in American Modernism.” Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.

Lententide Bach II, violinist David McCormick and organist Jeremy Filsell perform seasonal works by J.S. Bach. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Health Literacy workshop, a presentation on navigating health-care Web sites by the Project of Intermediate Advocates, take a flash drive or WiFi-enabled device. 1 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Hearing screenings, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Sibley Audiology. 2-3:30 p.m., Sibley Renaissance Building, meeting room 1, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, 202-364-7602.

Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m., 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., Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Hip-Hop in the pocket, a celebration of the creative exchange between go-go and hip-hop with Rhome Anderson (a.k.a. DJ Stylus) and Pure Perfection Band; a short post-show discussion follows. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Heroes of the Air: Rickenbacker, Doolittle and Lindbergh, Winston Groom, author of “Forrest Gump,” looks at three heroes of the air in his new book “The Aviators: Eddie Rickenbacker, Jimmy Doolittle, Charles Lindbergh and the Epic Age of Flight,” and how their intertwined stories move from the feats of World War I through World War II missions and beyond; a screening of the short film “To Fly” starts the evening. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

“Sokola Rimba,” a documentary about Butet Manurung bringing literacy to indigenous people living in the forests of Indonesia. 7 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5; seniors and students, $4. 202-272-2448. www.dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org .

Defiance, tantrums, aggression, licensed clinical social worker and child-development specialist Claire Lerner focuses on how to tune in to the underlying meaning of your child’s behavior and how to respond in ways that help your child learn to cope in positive, pro-social ways. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $47. MiriamS@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3263.

Wednesday, MARCH 26

Meet the experts: Repotting orchids, professional gardeners answer your questions and demonstrate their techniques; no chairs available. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Music of West Africa, members of Lyuti Chushki, a Bulgarian folk-music group, perform on traditional Bulgarian instruments in modes and rhythms of ancient provenance with world-renowned vocal stylings. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

Club memory, a stigma-free social club for people and their spouses, partners and caregivers who have been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment or other early forms of dementia. Sponsored by the Sibley Senior Association. 1-3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. Registration: 202-364-7602.

Bereavement support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Widowed Persons Outreach. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

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

Chess for kids, instruction for all ages. 4 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Teen game night, for ages 13-19, play board and Wii games. 5:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Witter Bynner poetry reading, Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey announces and introduces her selection for the Library of Congress’s annual Witter Bynner Fellowship, followed by a reading from the selection’s work. 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

Reel portraits: The legacy of Jane Jacobs, filmmaker Matt Tyrnauer discusses “A Matter of Death and Life,” a film in progress that looks at cities through the lens of Jane Jacobs and examines the legacy of Jacobs’s writing on cities and their economies. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Evenings with extraordinary artists, “Give My Regards to Broadway,” featuring vocalists Julia Brundage and Aaron Paige of the U.S. Air Force Band’s acclaimed Singing Sergeants; a reception follows. 6:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 3, or www.artsclubofwashington.org .

Thursday, march 27

“The City” and “Men and Dust,” “The City,” a film that serves as a call to rebuild America’s cities in the form of planned communities, based on an original story outline by American documentary pioneer Pare Lorentz; and “Man and Dust,” a film that dramatizes the living conditions in Missouri, Oklahoma and Kansas that contributed to a high rate of respiratory illness among lead and zinc miners of the area. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Symmetry in Carpets and Textiles, research associate Carol Bier discusses the differences among symmetry, asymmetry and symmetry-breaking traditions in woven textiles from Islamic lands, known today as Oriental carpets, understanding these visual relationships as an important skill for collecting, connoisseurship and curatorial practice, helping to distinguish between handmade and industrial products. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $25, registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

The Right tree for me: Selecting trees for urban landscapes, education technician Alex Torres discusses how the right tree planted in the right place can offer benefits beyond enhancing the beauty of your garden. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds, Steven Brams, a New York University professor of politics, discusses that while game theory finds frequent application in economics, political science, psychology, sociology and evolutionary biology, mathematical calculations of strategic choice are seldom associated with the worlds of literature, history, philosophy, religion or law. But game theory can illuminate wrenching choices, including those fueled by anger, jealousy or love; it can also be illustrated in historical choices made by the Supreme Court, presidents, and other leaders, especially in crises and wars. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

“HR 6161: An Act of Congress,” E.G. Marshall narrates the Charles Guggenheim documentary about how a law is enacted by the U.S. Congress, specifically the bill that amends the Clean Air Act, a post-screening with Washington Post senior correspondent Bob Kaiser and Senator Ed Markey, part of the Environmental Film Festival. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-885-3408 or www.environmentalfilm.org.

Caregiver conversations, Stephanie Chong discusses how to be an effective advocate in the medical setting, sponsored by Seabury Care Management. 7-8 p.m., Sunrise on Connecticut Ave., 5111 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-0020. www.seaburycaremangement.org.

Southwest Chamber Music Players in concert, “Welcome Spring” themed for the returning weather. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-484-6354. www.southwestchamberplayers.org .

“Doubt, A Parable,” professor Maya E. Roth directs the John Patrick Shanley play, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, the story of a nun/school principal who harbors suspicions about a charismatic priest and the personal interest he takes in his young male students. 8 p.m. March 27 and 29, 7 p.m. March 30, 8 p.m. April 5, 2 p.m. April 6, 8 p.m. April 10, 1 p.m. April 12, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday/Saturday evenings, $18; students, $10. Other performances, $15; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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