D.C. community calendar, March 27-April 3, 2014

March 27, 2014
Thursday, MARCH 27

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.

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 in 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; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

“The City” and “Men and Dust,” a film produced for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, “The City” is a call to rebuild America’s cities in the form of planned communities, set to a music score by Aaron Copland; an experimental film, “Man and Dust” dramatizes the living conditions in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas that contributed to 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.

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.

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; limited to individuals who earn less than $35,000 (taxable and nontaxable) and families who earn less than $52,000 (taxable and nontaxable). 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, $55/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-Saturday, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Crafty Thursdays, 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.

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. 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 game theory. 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 Congress, specifically the bill that amends the Clean Air Act, a post-screening with retired Washington Post senior correspondent Robert Kaiser and Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), 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.seaburycaremanagement.org.

“OK, I’ve Watched the Film, Now What?” filmmaker and American University professor Chris Palmer moderates a discussion of the film and shows clips from this and other inspiring films, exploring ways we can turn films into action at both the policy and personal levels and considering the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society. 7 p.m., American University, Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. palmer@american.edu. 202-885-3408. www.environmentalfilm.org.

Fiction fun with Gary Hall, the dean of Washington National Cathedral leads a discussion on “The Circle,” Dave Eggers’s novel about a woman who seems to have snagged a position with a most influential company until questions are raised about memory, history, privacy and more, sponsored by Washington National Cathedral. Plan ahead for the April 8 discussion of Hillary Mantel’s “Bring Up the Bodies.” 7:30 p.m., Bratenahl House, 3525 Woodley Rd., NW. Free. Reservations required: spencer@cathedral.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

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

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” for 12 and older, a musical based on the Rachel Sheinkin book, with music and lyrics by William Finn, the story of six awkward adolescents as they navigate their way in a spelling contest; contains coarse language. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (except April 21 and May 2 and 9), 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $18-$77.65. 800-982-2787. www.fords.org .

“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,” 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. 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 .

“Camp David,” a play about President Jimmy Carter and the 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 .

“Doubt, A Parable,” a play by John Patrick Shanley, the story of a nun who harbors suspicions about a charismatic priest and the interest he takes in his male students. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 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.

Friday, MARCH 28

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

Arthritis support group, Janet Platt discusses arthritis and your hands, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Memorial Hospital, meet at Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Rebecca Clarke, Lee Hoiby and Madeleine Dring. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Pipe organ recital, Ted Bickish performs works by J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, A.P.F. Boely and others. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Classical piano recital, Edvinas Minkstimas performs. 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 mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create and more. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Photographic secrets of an orchid and flower lover, photographer Allen Rokach discusses how he uses digital photography techniques for his creative expression. 6:30-8:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. $15, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Kris Funn in concert, the jazz bassist performs and talks with Washington Post music critic Chris Richards. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15; in advance, $10. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org. 202-549-4172.

“The Adventures of Robin Hood,” 8 and older, Scotland’s Visible Fictions uses few actors and lots of imagination to bring the classic tale to life. 7 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through April 6, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

“Solomon and Marion,” for mature audiences, actress Dame Janet Suzman stars as one of two injured souls searching for redemption in a fragile, post-apartheid South Africa; on Friday, stay for post-performance discussion with a moderator and members of the company. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $49. 202-467-4600.

“Stop! Rodando El Cambio,” Chris Palmer hosts the screening of a “road” picture that goes along the Spanish countryside and into Portugal and France, making stops along the way to meet individuals and collectives that have chosen to live a simpler life; experts discuss the need for an alternative way of living that will benefit everyone in society. Reception. 6 p.m. Screening. 6:45 p.m., Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. palmer@american.edu or 202-885-3408. www.environmentalfilm.org.

“Roaming Wild,” a modern Western film about an invisible battle being waged across the American West over natural resources, water and even freedom, with wild horses at the epicenter. A discussion with filmmakers Sylvia Johnson and Angelica Das follows. 8 p.m. Friday, Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. palmer@american.edu or 202-885-3408. www.environmentalfilm.org.

Saturday, MARCH 29

“Tim Marrone: Clowning Around With Shakespeare,” about a lowly court jester who must prepare for his first audience with the newly crowned monarch, King James I; audience participation invited. 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.

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.

Celebrate the canopy, a festival, a crafts fair and more as part of the first Tree Fest, guided landscape tours, information from local environmental groups and tree-focused crafts, games, food and storytelling for children. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. Free. Register: www.tudorplace.org/event/celebrate-the-canopy. 202-965-0400.

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; 11 a.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Benefits and pleasures of documenting your collection, collectors Jim and Connie Henderson use eclectic examples as they share what they have learned from regularly documenting their collection. Bring yastiks, prayer rugs, Turkish kilims, Senneh rugs or a complete mafrash for discussion and comparison. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Craft artists and educators panel, join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the James Renwick Alliance’s panel discussion on “Materialism: the Medium or the Message.” 10:30 a.m.-noon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Passion of the Empress: Catherine the Great’s Art Patronage Symposium, scholars Anton Fedyashin, Priscilla Roosevelt, Cynthia Hyla Whittaker, Scott Ruby and Eric Lohr. Bring a bag lunch. 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $65; students, $20. Register: www.hillwoodmuseum.org or call 202-686-5807.

Making Their Mark Family Day, activities such as scavenger hunt, document signing with quill pens, face painting, create a signature hat, dress up in period costume and more. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., National Museum of American History, Boeing Learning Center, 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 .

Hands-on workshop: beyond orchids, 10 easy tropical plants for the home, Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse and design operations, introduces these easy-to-care-for plants; handouts provided. 1-3 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $25. 202-686-5807. Register: www.hillwoodmuseum.org.

Portrait story: Dolores Huerta, listen to a story about the labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farmworkers Association (later the United Farm Workers) 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.

Staged reading of “Fallujah,” a contemporary chamber opera for mature audiences, with libretto by Heather Raffo and music by Tobin Stokes, the contemporary chamber opera about the Iraq War’s effects on people. Part of World Stages: International Theater Festival 2014. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets, two per person, to be distributed to those in line in the States Gallery at 2:30 p.m. 202-467-4600.

Groove Theory Hip-Hop Showcase, a fun, fierce and diverse program from Georgetown’s co-ed hip-hop team, Groove Theory. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O streets NW. $10; students, $7. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu.

“Dances,” D.C.’s Different Drummers Capitol Pride Symphonic Band performs its spring concert of works by Mackey, Strauss, Ticheli and others. 7:30 p.m., Columbia Heights Education Campus Auditorium, 3101 16th St. NW. $20; students/seniors, $10; age 12 and younger, free with accompanying adult. 202-403-3669 or www.dcdd.org.

“Shooting in the Wild,” a film based on veteran wildlife film producer Chris Palmer’s book “Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom,” about the dark side behind jaw-dropping footage from the wild, hosted by National Geographic emerging explorer and filmmaker Alexandra Cousteau. A post-screening discussion with filmmaker and author Chris Palmer. 6 p.m., Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. palmer@american.edu or 202-885-3408. www.environmentalfilm.org.

“Farming for the Future: Enduring Traditions – Innovative Practices,” about how farmers are expanding their farming traditions and practices to meet the demand for sustainable, locally grown food while ensuring that farming remains a profitable career. Reception. 5 p.m. Screening. 7 p.m., Forman Theater, 201 McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. palmer@american.edu or 202-885-3408. www.environmentalfilm.org.

Sunday, MARCH 30

Parenting in a warming world: a climate change workshop for families, learn simple, practical strategies to live sustainable at home and beyond; co-sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light. 10 a.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15; workshop only, $5. MiriamS@washingtondcjcc.org or 202-777-3263.

Art Signs: Gallery Talk in ASL, a volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Bach organ marathon, 37th annual event with 10 organists performing the chorales contained in the “Newmeister Chorales” on the church’s three-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. Come when you can, leave when you must. Julie Vidrick Evans, J.Reilly Lewis, Marvin Mills, Christopher Betts, Ronald Stolk, Michael Lodico, Jonathan Schakel, Thomas Mitts, David Schelat and Jeff Kempskie will perform. A German dinner follows. 2-7 p.m., Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Donations appreciated. 202-363-2202. www.chevychasepc.org.

Cathedral pipe organ recital, Nicholas Bideler performs works by Dietrich Buxtehude, Georg Bohm, J.S. Bach, Jehan Alain and Louis Vierne on the 10,650-pipe organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Music for the Cherry Blossom Festival, marimba artist Naoko Takada performs. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Israel Philharmonic concert, Gianandrea Noseda conducts a performance of works by Fauré, Ravel and Berlioz, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $55-$175. 202-785-9727.

Monday, march 31

Tax help in Southeast, available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 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 incomes, with special attention to those 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 native speaker Anna Nicolosi, new members welcome, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

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 Mondays and Wednesdays, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

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.

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

“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” George Roy Hill’s 1969 western film, starring Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Katharine Ross. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

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

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

Tuesday, April 1

Tudor tots: growing gardeners, for ages 2-4, read, sing and play in the garden with an adult companion nearby. 10 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $5 per session, accompanying adult, free. 202-965-0400.

Too Tall Houses,” for ages 3-5, a staff member reads Gianna Marino’s book on how Rabbit and Owl live happily in two small adjacent houses until they start to build them taller and taller, making two very unhappy neighbors who search for a way to renew their friendship. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

Ashley’s Meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn leads a session on meditation techniques, then invites you to ask questions and share experiences. 11 a.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Guided garden tour: historic and growing, a lively guided walk through the history, horticulture and landscape of the 51 / 2-acre estate. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10. 202-965-0400.

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

Washington Bach Consort, J.Reilly Lewis conducts the ensemble and organist Neil Weston in 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.

Mild cognitive impairment support group, facilitated by Ashley Nunn for those with a physician’s diagnosis of the condition. 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday and April 15, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, preregistration required. 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.

Sportscaster Bob Wolff: 75 years behind the microphone, the 93-year-old broadcaster discusses his career with sportscasting veteran Phil Hochberg. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Yoga for teens and adults, Doriel Hall teaches a step-by-step program for beginners’ health and well-being. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Nash Ensemble of London, a performance of one of musical literature’s timeless cornerstones, Brahms’s Clarinet Quintet, on a program with works by Mozart, J. Strauss and Schoenberg. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday, APRIL 2

Introduction to genealogy, learn basic research skills using federal records. 11 a.m. Wednesday and the first Wednesday of each month, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Smithsonian Books@Noon, bring lunch and listen to writer Stephen R. Palumbi and son Anthony R. Palumbi discuss their book “The Extreme Life of the Sea,” about the fastest, deepest, warmest and oldest creatures of the seas. Noon-1 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $18. 202-633-3030.

Gallery talk, a museum staff person discusses selections from “Workt by Hand.” Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

U.S. Air Force Strings concert, with organist Michael Lodico in a performance of Francois Poulenc’s “Organ Concerto.” 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org.

Classical music concert, mezzo-soprano Barbara Hollinshead, harpsichordist Gwendolyn Toth and theorbist Daniel Swenberg perform works by Elisabeth Sophie von Mecklenburg. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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.

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

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

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and the 1st Wednesday of the each month, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4532.

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.

A World Tour of Orchids, collection specialist Tom Mirenda tells tales of the marvelous people and majestic orchids he encountered on his global search for orchids from Asia to the Americas. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Alzheimer’s support group, Debbie Ackerman and Abby Levin lead the meeting, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 7:30-9 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, registration required. 202-364-7602.

Minguet Quartet in concert, a performance of works by Haydn, Wolfgang Rihm and Mendelssohn, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727.

Thursday, APRIL 3

Cherry blossom trees, Ann McClellan discusses the city’s gift from Tokyo. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-2990.

From the Wonders of Creation to the Holy Land: The Maps of the African and Middle Eastern Division, a presentation by Chet Van Duzer of the Geography and Maps Division. Noon, Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4186.

Cooking demonstration, gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and her sister, nutritionist and cooking instructor Danielle Cook, demonstrate how to cook asparagus and peas. Noon and 12:45 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Let’s get growing! education technician Alex Torres discusses the secrets of properly planting and nurturing healthy and well-established city trees. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

20th-century American Gothic architecture tour, 10 and older, a docent leads a tour to view the Gothic work of carvers, weavers and others; learn why the building was built in Gothic style, its characteristics, purposes and building methods. 3 p.m. next Thursday, 1:30 p.m. April 6, Washington National Cathedral, Main Entrance Welcome Desk, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. Reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Scientific and health challenges at mid-century, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, discusses how to approach challenges in the next 50 years. 7 p.m., St. Albans School, Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-5582, rsvp@cathedral.org or www.stalbansschool.org.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture 2014: Brian Cummings — Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography, Brian Cummings, anniversary professor of English at the University of York, discusses the problem of writing the life of Shakespeare in terms of documentary history and its haunting sense of missing links. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

“She Loves Me,” Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society performs the story of two perfumery employees in 1930s Europe who barely stand each other until they realize they are one another’s romantic pen pal. 8 p.m. next Thursday through April 5, 2 p.m. April 6, 8 p.m. April 9-12, Georgetown University, Poulton Hall Stage 3, 37th and P streets NW. $12; students, $8. 202-687-2787.

Lantern walk, a National Park Service ranger leads a stroll among the cherry trees; bring a flashlight. 8 p.m. April 3 and 4, Tidal Basin Welcome Area. Free. Call 202-426-6841 for exact location.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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