D.C. community calendar, May 15-22, 2014

May 15
Thursday, MAY 15

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.

Preschooler series: Gardens Alive! for ages 2-5, discover the colors and scents of plants growing in spring gardens, participate in an art project, sing songs. 10:30-11:15 a.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Three-class series: $30 per child and one accompanying adult; member, $25; additional adult, $15; Single event: $12 per child and one accompanying adult; registration required. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.

Hillwood Garden spring tours, a guide leads a one-hour walk and discusses the history, design and the plants and flowers of the 13 acres of formal gardens. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through June 28, 2:30 p.m. Sunday and May 25, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Washington Cathedral behind-the-scenes, 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. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

“Biological Consequences of Nuclear Disasters: From Chernobyl to Fukushima,” a lecture by Timothy Mousseau, a professor of biological sciences at the University of South Carolina at Columbia. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

Cooking demonstration: sensational strawberries, gardening and cooking author Adrienne Cook and her sister and nutritionist/cooking instructor Danielle Cook discuss how to mince, mash bake, cook and serve fresh strawberries to awaken the palate with new ideas. Noon and 12:45 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

“These Are Our Lives,” Ann Banks and Virginia Millington discuss the 75th anniversary of the publication of the 1930 book of life histories gathered by the Federal Writers’ Project. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1519.

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

European imprint on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger discusses the marks made by European immigrants to the United States. 2-4 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and shows a selection of memorials. 2-4 p.m. daily through May 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Whistler and the Peacock Room, a docent leads a tour and tells the story of James McNeill Whistler’s controversial decoration of the Peacock Room, originally in the London home of shipping magnate Frederick R. Leyland, and explains how Leyland influenced Charles Lang Freer’s aesthetic sensibility. 2:15 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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! The René McLean Quintet with Pop-up Art, a tribute to René’s father, renowned alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, create pop-up art as you listen to an array of world music genres, including Eastern and African traditions. 5-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“The Music Box,” Synetic Theater performs a preview of a collection of comedic vignettes set to music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Meet Nigel Hamilton, the best-selling award-winning biographer of political and military leaders including John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton discusses his new work, “The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942.” 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Conversations at Lincoln’s Cottage, a lecture about our 16th president by Stephen Mansfield, author of “Lincoln’s Battle With God: A President’s Struggle with Faith and What it Meant for America.” Come at 6 p.m. and mingle with the author during a cocktail reception. Lecture. 6:30 p.m., President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. Lecture only, $10; lecture and reception, $20; reservations requested. 202-829-0436, Ext. 31232 or smiraminy@savinplaces.org.

Anacostia Library yoga, develop your mind, body and spirit to its fullest. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

1177 B.C.: the year civilization collapsed, archaeologist and ancient historian Eric Cline discusses how an interlinked cycle of human and natural events, including earthquakes, storms, droughts, rebellions and the collapse of systems, coalesced to bring the Bronze Age to an end. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

“Elling,” Kasi Campbell directs, based on a play by Ivgvar Ambjornsen about oddly matched roommates coping with everyday life. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through May 18, Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings, $50; Thursdays and matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount; students, half price. 240-582-0050.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” for age 12 and older, a musical based on the Rachel Sheinkin book, with music and lyrics by William Finn, the story of six awkward adolescents navigating their way through a spelling contest, contains coarse language. 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $18-$77.65. 800-982-2787 or 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.

“Smokey Joe’s Café,” the songs of Leiber and Stoller, music that carries audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues with songs such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand by Me” and “On Broadway.” 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 June 8, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $50-$99 subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

Friday, MAY 16

President Nixon and D.C. Home Rule, a panel discusses how the Nixon administration brought about the bill that Congress passed in 1973, creating a popularly elected mayor and 13-member City Council. 10 a.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Endangered Species Day, learn about the U.S. Botanic Garden’s endangered species and native plant collections, children’s activities focused on endangered plants and pollinators, and leave with inspiring activities that you can do at home to help protect the planet. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

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

“Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns,” “Episode Two: The Gift.” During the uproarious Jazz Age of the 1920s, the story of jazz becomes the story of two great cities, Chicago and New York, and of two extraordinary artists, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Maiko Chiba, Dvorak and Grieg. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Pipe organ concert, organist Marvin Mills performs. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

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 and create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Evening at the Botanical Gardens, biochemist and volunteer Beth Burrous leads a tour of plants from around the world that give our food sweet flavors, discusses plants including sugar cane, coconut palm, papaya, banana, tamarind, ginger, allspice, coffee and chocolate, and offers samples along the way. 5-7 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Creature feature, picnic in the gardens, explore the estate on an animal art safari, make your own work of art and view screenings of 7 family-oriented short films. Picnicking. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Art project. 5:30-8 p.m. Films. 7-8 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Call for price. 202-686-5807.

NSO season prelude, National Symphony Orchestra violinists Nurit Bar-Josef and Teri Lee, pianist Jessica McKee, clarinetist Eugene Mondie, violist Abigail Evans, and cellist James Lee perform a program that includes Frolov’s Divertimento for two violins and piano and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Luce Unplugged, up-and-coming local bands perform as museum visitors explore the artworks in the Luce Foundation; libations and small snacks available for purchase. 6-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Step it up D.C. 2014, the Dance Place Step Team connects kids and parents, students and professionals in a hands-on arts workshop for all experience levels culminating in a performance for a real audience. 6 p.m., Brookland Artspace Lofts, 3305 Eighth St. NE. Workshop and performance, $12; workshop only, $8; performance only, $5. 202-269-1600.

Monster Band in concert, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.

CityVision final presentation, students from Cesar Chavez Parkside and Stuart-Hobson middle schools display their innovative plans for adapting old buildings such as the Franklin School, Washington Coliseum and Old Post Office to new uses, a reception follows. 6:30-8:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

Working from the figure, drop-in figure drawing, 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., first and third Fridays of each month. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; for a four-class pass, $76. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

“Naked,” Mike Leigh’s 1993 film for adult audiences, the story of a troubled man who shows up unannounced at a friend’s London apartment, seduces and abandons her roommate and roams the city looking for more. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NSO and Jessica Lang Dance, Thomas Wilkins leads the National Symphony Orchestra, violinist Leila Josefowicz and the dancers in Adams’s Violin Concerto, also works by Daugherty, Walker and Copland. 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

U.S. Marines on parade, Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; guests with reservations admitted at 7:15 p.m.; visitors must arrive no later than 8 p.m. Parade, 8:45 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 29, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-4011 or 202-433-6060 or www.barracks.marines.mil.

Saturday, MAY 17

Takoma Park Library used book sale, priced to sell at $1, proceeds support library programs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Takoma Park Library, Front Lawn, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

Genealogy: Canadian border crossings, 1895-1950s, archivist Claire Kluskens discusses how to improve your archival research skills. 10 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Enlist and drill with the 1864 Union Army, meet VIPs and staff dressed in period clothing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

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.

Understanding ballet, classical to contemporary, choreographer Diane Coburn Bruning, founder and artistic director of the Washington-based Chamber Dance Project, presents a wide range of performance clips that illustrate landmark works and legendary ballet artists, with an emphasis on how the interplay of choreographers, dancers and musicians sparks the art of making dances; participants get a close-up look at that process in an interactive working rehearsal with Chamber Dance Project’s dancers and string quartet and try their hand at shaping some of the dancers’ movements in a ballet created and performed on the spot. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Hands-on workshop: container gardens, take a short walk as you listen to plans for Hillwood’s summer designs then build your own bowl of beauty overflowing with pink and purple flowers and ornamental foliage; all supplies provided, latex gloves available. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $45. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.

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.

Portrait story days: Anna May Wong, listen to a story about the first Chinese American movie star and the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition, and create a piece of art inspired by her life and portrait. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Curator’s tour, senior historian David Ward leads a tour of the exhibit “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.” 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Second Floor Exhibit Entrance, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss moments in American history; bring your bike, water and snacks; helmets required. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May 25, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Rochelle Rice, jazz vocalist, the singer and songwriter performs a combination of jazz, soul, pop, and rock and roll. 5-7 p.m., public plaza at the corner of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW (in front of BB&T Bank). Free. 202-997-0783.

“Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight,” Colin Smith directs Peter Ackerman’s bedroom comedy about three pairs of lovers trying to enjoy a night of romance. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday; call theater or visit the Web site for other performances through June 7, Andrew Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $30; students and seniors, $25. 703-892-0202, boxoffice@keegantheatre.com , www.keegantheatre.com.

Dance recital, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion performs in an ensemble work, a piece that investigates gender roles in the black community and societal perspectives on the quest for acceptance in the world of hip-hop celebrity at the same time as Abraham reflects on the current “emoticon culture.” 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Howard University, Ira Aldridge Theater, 2455 Sixth St. NW. $30; seniors, artists and teachers, $25 (advance sales only); college students, $15; children 17 and under, $10. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org.

Sunday, MAY 18

Martha’s Table ministry, which helps feed homeless men, women and families through its McKenna’s Wagon soup kitchen, collects sandwiches and fruit from volunteers. 8:30-11:15 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Hearst Circle, adjacent to the Wisconsin Avenue parking garage. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of the avenue’s lesser-known facts. 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Ben-Hur,” a screening of the 1925 silent film about a Jewish prince whose family is wrongly imprisoned then saved by Jesus as he is put on the cross to die; pianist and composer Andrew E. Simpson performs his original score to accompany the rarely seen film. 1 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed at 12:30 p.m. in the G Street Lobby. 202-633-1000.

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.

Some Like It Hot,” Billy Wilder’s 1959 comedy film about jazz musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and flee Chicago by dressing up as female jazz band members, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemon. 2 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Four-legged heroes, a dog walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads you and a leashed furry friend on a walk around the memorial and tells of the role of canines in wartime; take waste bags and water. 2-4 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.

Gallery talk, artist Tania Karpowitz discusses the works in her exhibit “In Memory of Harry Karpowitz,” exhibit continues through June 28, open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. Artist talk, 2 p.m., Washington Studio School, 2129 S St. NW. Free. 202-234-3030. www.washingtonstudioschool.org.

Pyrenees Pilgrimage: Walking Across France,” L. Peat O’Neil discusses her latest book about her solo walk and discusses travel writing in general. 2:30 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Smooth jazz and Scrabble, relax to the sounds of many different artists and play Scrabble with an old or new friend. 3-5 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Lounge in the Main Meeting Room, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Age-friendly nutrition and wellness for seniors, registered dietitian Leslie Adams provides tips on grocery shopping, vitamins, exercise and good habits for wellness, and gives copies of healthy recipes. 3 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

Cathedral Choral Society in concert, J. Reilly Lewis leads the ensemble, soloists and orchestra in a performance of two rarely heard cantatas: “Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage,” Beethoven’s 1814 homage to Goethe; and Mozart’s “Davidde Pentitente,” composed for a 1785 benefit for widows and orphans, and Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass,” written during the Napoleonic wars; come at 2:30 and hear Lewis discuss the program’s music. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $31-$48. 202-537-2228 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Gay Men’s Chorus in concert, with guest performer and Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti, a performance of Broadway favorites. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$78. 202-467-4600.

Bluegrass music by Rebecca Frazier, the singer and songwriter performs. 4 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; register www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Choral concert, the Chevy Chase Choir and Orchestra perform four coronation anthems written by Handel and commissioned by King George I of England for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline in 1727, and Handel’s Concerto for Organ in F Major, a reception to meet the artists follows. 4 p.m., Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free-will offering. 202-363-2202. www.chevychasepc.org.

Classical piano recital, Mícéal O’Rourke performs works by John Field and others. 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.

Monday, MAY 19

Knit Wits, for adults, learn to knit and crochet. 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4532.

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through May 31, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Voyage of St. Louis, author Martin Goldsmith and Diane Afoumado, from the National Holocaust Memorial Museum, discuss the 75th anniversary of the voyage of the German transatlantic liner that carried 938 officially “stateless” Jews who fled from the Third Reich during World War II. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.

Meet the author, “The Tenement Saga: The Lower East Side and Early Jewish American Writers,” Sanford Sternlicht discusses his book. Noon, Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-3780.

“The Streets of Greenwood,” a screening of the civil rights film, followed by a roundtable discussion on “Mississippi Freedom Summer, 1964: Memory, Legacy and the Way Forward,” featuring Robert Moses of the Algebra Project, Charlie Cobb of Brown University and Wesley Hogan of Duke University. 1-5 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1743.

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

The Verdict,” Sidney Lumet’s 1981 film about an alcoholic attorney who accepts an insurmountable medical malpractice case to redeem himself, starring Paul Newman and Charlotte Rampling. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.

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

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn to create projects to take home. 6 p.m. Mondays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

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

Caring for your pet, representatives from Friendship Animal Hospital tell you how to manage your pet’s lumps and bumps. 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

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.

Aerobics for adults, one-hour sessions. 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

“Children of Eden,” a semi-staged performance of an inspirational musical about parents, children and faith by Stephen Schwartz, from the book by John Caird, freely based on the story of Genesis, a frank and often humorous examination of the usual conflicts between parents and their children, starring Ron Bohmer, Ashley Brown, Jeremy Jordan and Rebecca Naomi Jones. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday, MAY 20

How Could This Happen: Explaining the Holocaust,” author Dan McMillan discusses his book about the seemingly incomprehensible, an exploration of a monumental crime, its causes and how a once-progressive society like Germany’s could have carried out the Holocaust. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden, rosarian Sharon Hanes leads a tour of the garden and discusses the versatility and timelessness of the rose, America’s national flower; bring sunscreen and water. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible,” Charles E. Cobb Jr. discusses his book. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

The Washington Chorus performs, Julian Wachner leads the Frederick Hartt 100th anniversary memorial concert. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Yoga for lunch, bring a mat; instructors from Yoga Activist. 12:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. Register: erika.rydberg@dc.gov. 202-727-0232.

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, for ages 13-19, aid with homework and special projects. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

HIV/STI screening, ages 13-24, by Metro TeenAIDS with information on how to live a healthy life. 4 p.m., Anacostia Library, Meeting Room 2, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Chamber music, presented by the NSO Youth Fellowship program. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Cemetery lecture, Anne Brockett and Ruth Trocolli, from the D.C. Historic Preservation Office, will discuss “Cemeteries We Have Loved, Lost and Rediscovered.” A reception with wine and cheese follows. 7-9 p.m., Congressional Cemetery, historic 1903 Chapel, 1801 E St. SE. Suggested donation, $5. Register: lmaloy@congressionalcemetery.org. 202-543-0539.

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.

“The New Black,” Yoruba Richen’s documentary film about how the African American community is managing the gay rights issue in light of the gay marriage movement and the fight over civil rights. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org. 202-549-4172.

Pacifica Quartet concert, with pianist Marc-André Hamelin performing works by Ornstein, Hamelin and Dvorak. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday, MAY 21

Total body workout, a 10-week class led by Carolyn Gichner, bring a mat and light weights, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through June 11, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Genealogy, archives specialist Rebecca Sharp discusses the use of land records in genealogic research. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Gallery talk, a museum staff member discusses “Domestic Affairs,” on fabric, fiber and food storage. Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble, a performance of works by Monteverdi; in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Incredible insects!, for ages 5-11, entomologist Kay Taub leads an interactive workshop for children that provides an introduction to arthropods (insects and their relatives), focusing on diversity of species and their importance in the ecosystem. 1:30 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, reservations suggested. 202-282-3080.

Train your brain games, a fun workout for the brain using puzzles, games and other activities that help prolong healthy functioning, learning, memory, creativity and flexibility in thinking. 3 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Flag semaphore, for teens and tweens to learn a maritime method of communication using flags in celebration of the May 22 National Maritime Day. 3 p.m., Palisades Library, Small Meeting Room, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

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.

“Seam,” poet Tarfia Faizullah reads from her debut collection of poems. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

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

Games and puzzles, for ages 4-12, (age 8 and younger with an adult companion), play competitive board games, cards or do puzzles. 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Youth poetry slam team workshop, for teens to participate in weekly poetry and spoken word workshops that address issues of social justice. 4:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

“The Historic Waterfront of Washington, D.C.,” author John R. Wennersten discusses his book that explores the early history of the waterfront and 20th century redevelopment and the challenges facing the Potomac and Anacostia rivers. 5:15 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1213.

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

Chamber music, students from Woodrow Wilson High School perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Chess club, for all ages and skill levels. 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Is This art? discussion, a gallery talk of free-flowing conversation and debate on modern and contemporary art. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Washington and the art of ancient Egypt: a monumental obsession, Alexander Nagel, curator of the Freer Gallery’s exhibit “The Nile and Ancient Egypt,” discusses the civilization that once thrived along the Nile and how everything from mummies to Egyptian Revival architecture held the interest of Washingtonians, especially in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Mathematics, ancient Egyptian style, David Reimer, author of the new book “Count Like an Egyptian: A Hands-on Introduction to Ancient Mathematics,” discusses the ancient system and demonstrates mathematical problems, solving them with the audience. 7 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Meditation class, for adults, meditators from the Science of Spirituality Center lead sessions on Hyothi meditation. 7 p.m. Wednesdays through June 18, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Film screening at St. Mary’s Court, watch “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall,” adapted from the 1930 short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Katherine Anne Porter, in celebration of May as Older Americans Month and in partnership with St. Mary’s Court, a nearby residential living facility for seniors. 7 p.m., West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.

Southeast meditation class, led by David Newcomb, a workshop that demonstrates the most natural and effective techniques of meditation. 7 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Classical music recital, violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Anna Polonsky perform works by Mozart, Lutoslawski, Saariaho and Brahms, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org.

Classical organ recital, Iveta Apkalna performs on the Rubenstein organ. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

thursday, May 22

I Heard My Country Calling: A Memoir by James Webb,” the former U.S. senator from Virginia, secretary of the Navy, combat Marine and recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart medals discusses his memoir. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

World music, Gerdan, “necklace” in Ukrainian, combines the inspired musicianship of Andrei Pidkivka, violinist Solomia Gorokhivska and Kalin Kiriliv in a concert of the musical traditions of Ukraine. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

Courtyard garden tour, horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens lead a tour of the interior plantscape of the Kogod Courtyard, share tricks of the trade that you can use in your own home and provide a plant-care demonstration. 2:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Sherlock Holmes under the magnifying glass: a Conan Doyle 154th birthday celebration, biographer, novelist and mystery writer Daniel Stashower teams up with actor Scott Sedar, who will read some of Doyle’s classic works. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $45. 202-633-3030.

The Keillor Reader,” Garrison Keillor, founder and host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” discusses the range of his work and never-before published pieces including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.” 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Chris Botti in concert, the trumpeter performs a varied program, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$85. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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