D.C. community calendar, May 23 to 30, 2013

Thursday, MAY 23

Three-point gallery tour, senior historian Sid Hart discusses how Gen. George S. Patton, former president Richard Nixon and former representative Joseph McCarthy are tied to each other. Noon, meet at the Patton portrait in “Twentieth-Century Americans,” National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Ghettos: The Genealogy of a Concept, the History of a Place, a lecture by Kluge Fellow Dan Schwartz. Noon, Library of Congress, Room LJ113, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

Dance concert, Bulgarian dancer, choreographer and University of Maryland graduate Tzveta Kassabova performs with Raja “Feather” Kelly. 6 p.m., another performance May 29. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Staycation!” at the Textile Museum, experience the arts, flavors and sounds of Southeast Asia: Santi Budaya Dance Troupe performs traditional dances with live musical accompaniment; make a batik postcard and more; take a blanket for garden seating; drinks and food available. 6-9 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $15, includes one drink ticket. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call 202-426-6841.

Washington National Opera Young Artist concert, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists perform favorite opera scenes and arias. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

Classical violin and piano concert, violinist Jennifer Koh and pianist Reiko Uchida perform works by Janacek, Salonen, Schubert and others. 8 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2 service charge per ticket. 202-399-7993 or www.www.atlasarts.org/events.

“DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story,” written and directed by Luis Caballero, a bilingual musical with surtitles about the baseball legend, starring Modesto Lacen, Josean Ortiz and Xiomara Rodriguez. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $38, Thursday and Sunday; $42, Friday and Saturday; discounts for seniors, students, military and groups. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.

“Other Desert Cities,” a Tony Award-nominated play by Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Kyle Donnelly; secrets are unearthed and family tensions fly in this contemporary family drama, starring Helen Carey and Larry Bryggman. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$85, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

“The Real Thing,”a play by Tom Stoppard about a celebrated playwright, his actress wife and his latest play, a Coward-esque take on relationships and adultery. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, continues through June 30. Studio Theatre, Milton Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. $39-$82, discounts for students, senior citizens and military members. 202-332-3300 or www.studiotheatre.org.

“Undivided Divided,” Shen Wei Dance Arts blends a traditional Chinese aesthetic with Western dance in this large-scale work that utilizes an array of media. Patrons will be asked to remove their shoes prior to entering the performance space. 8:30 p.m. Thursday, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Friday, 2, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.

Friday, MaY 24

Spring bird walk, National Park Service rangers lead walking tours to identify birds in migration, binoculars and bird guides provided. 10 a.m.-noon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the National Mall and its memorials; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jason Barna, 202-606-8691.

“Renoir,” Gilles Bourdos’s film about the celebrated impressionist, Pierre Auguste Renoir; when a young girl enters his world it complicates the relationship between Renoir and one of his sons, in French with English subtitles. Call for showtimes, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.

Chinese literature and the popularization of ancient Buddhist works, Chinese aestheticist, artist, poet and philosopher Ertai Gao discusses the works found in Dunhuang and the effort to popularize the Buddhist themes in these documents among today’s audiences. Noon, Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3683.

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

Walk with a ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a stroll and discusses American history and the memorials. 1-3 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Lincoln Memorial, Survey Lodge, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

The Women on the Wall, a National Park Service ranger discusses the lives of the women whose names are listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 1:30 p.m., meet at the flagpole, Constitution Avenue and Henry Bacon Drive NW. Free. Natasha Arnold, 202-658-8205.

Wit and wisdom of Thomas Jefferson, a National Park Service ranger leads a discussion of the third president. 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.

Amy Hanaiali’i Gilliom and the Aloha Boys, a performance of Hawaiian music. 5 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Outdoor Welcome Plaza, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Emmet Cohen Jazz Trio concert, with current members and fellow alumnus and tap dancer Andrew Nemr. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Folk rock Americana concert, a performance by the Justin Trawick Group. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.

Southwest Chamber Music Players concert, mezzo Allison Hughes, flutist Mary Norris, brass player Brad Tatum and pianists Yee-Ming Soong and David Ehrlich perform works by Handel, Brahms, Strauss and others. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-484-6354.

International Contemporary Ensemble concert, John Adams speaks to the audience and leads a performance of works by Stravinsky, Schoenberg and his own work at 6:15 p.m. Concert. 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.

Saturday, MAY 25

Shakespeare in action, for ages 6-12, learn performance-based techniques that allow safe swordplay and other action with text from a Shakespeare play. 9:30-11:30 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $35, registration required. 202-544-7077.

Harmonica workshop, prior attendance at the beginners class recommended but not essential, consolidate work from the first workshop and move on to the fundamental blues technique of note bending. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $72. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

Celebrate Hawaii festival, hula performances, workshops, cooking demonstrations, Hawaiian film, storytelling and more. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium and other locations, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Portrait story days: Frank Lloyd Wright, listen to a story about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and one of his most famous houses, Fallingwater, and design a faux stained glass window to take home. 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.

Classical music concert, pianist and composer Conrad Tao, 2011 YoungArts alumnus and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, performs a mix of original and classical pieces accompanied by fellow 2012 alumni violinist Sirena Huang and cellist Anna Litvinenko. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Big band jazz, the U.S. Army Band’s Army Blues trace composer John Adams’s musical lineage to the era of swing bands and his grandfather’s New Hampshire dance hall in a performance of Duke Ellington’s big-band music, Charles Mingus’s avant-garde compositions and the free jazz of Gil Evans. 8 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center Box Office, 1333 H St. NE. Free. 202-399-7993.

Sunday, MAY 26

Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk in the footsteps of politicians and protesters who also walked the avenue and tells of its famous and 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.

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the memorials along the National Mall; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Jason Barna, 202-606-8691.

Rolling Thunder Memorial Day program, Vietnam War veterans on motorcycles ride through the city and pay tribute to U.S. veterans. Departure from the Pentagon, noon. Speaker program and musical tributes, 1:30 p.m., reflecting pool across from the Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-543-0539.

Walk with a ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a stroll and discusses American history and the memorials. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, Survey Lodge, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

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. $10; age 12 and younger, $5. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

National Memorial Day Choral Festival, Civilian choristers and Armed Forces musicians team up for a grand concert of tributes including John Williams’s “Summon the Heroes,” John M. Martin’s “Who Are the Brave?” and Larry Grossman’s “The Last Full Measure of Devotion.” Also on the program is a musical salute to each branch of the armed forces. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, three selections will be performed: Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait,” the premiere of Peter J. Durow’s “Gettysburg,” and legendary Air Force Band arranger Floyd Werle’s “The Story of the Battle Hymn of the Republic.” 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets available at www.musiccelebrations.com/may26kc or from 800-395-2036.

Classical piano recital, Gabrielius Alekna performs works by Lithuanian and other composers in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States. 4 p.m., latecomers not admitted. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Pets in the park: a dog walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads you and a leashed furry friend on a walk around the memorial; take waste bags and water. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.

Classical pipe organ concert, British organist Paul Carr performs works by Eugene Gigout, J.S. Bach, Jean Sibelius and others. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Millennium Stage concert, singer, songwriter and bassist Kate Davis, U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, performs with fellow alumni and guitarist Gabe Schnider and pianist Noah Kellman. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Wartime U.S. Navy, a National Park Service ranger leads a discussion. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.

How World War I birthed Monty Python, a National Park Service ranger discusses pre-1914 certainties that died during war and how much of today’s world came from that conflict, including Monty Python. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Memorial Day Capitol concert, co-hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, with remarks by retired Gen. Colin Powell; performances of patriotic and classical music by the National Symphony Orchestra and other groups; plus solo performances. Grounds open at 5 p.m.; program, 8-9:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol, west lawn. Free. 202-467-4600 or www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert.

Monday, MAY 27

Honoring World War II veterans, a special recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, addresses by Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman and Paul N. Jaenichen Sr., a presentation of wreaths at the Freedom Wall with World War II veterans, a performance by country music artist Rockie Lynne and veteran Peter Thomas reciting his poem “Omaha Beach.” 9 a.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free.

Naval District Memorial Day event, by the Naval District of Washington. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial Heritage Center, Outdoor Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-2300.

National Memorial Day Parade, parade grand marshall, U.S. Army veteran and “Dancing With the Stars” season 13 winner J.R. Martinez leads marching bands and veterans units from all 50 states, plus patriotic floats and helium balloons. 2 p.m., parade starts at Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW, proceeds along Constitution Avenue, past the White House and ending at 17th Street NW. Free. 202-619-7222.

Four score and four years: from the Civil War to World War II, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour to the memorials and discusses three deadly conflicts and how they are related. 6-8 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Tuesday, MAY 28

Pulse Chamber Music, a virtuoso group known for imaginative programs performs using the clarinet, violin, viola, piano, recorder, baroque violin and harpsichord. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

AARP Driver Safety course, 12:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Hattie Holmes Senior Center, 324 Kennedy St. NW. $14. Register: 202-291-6170.

Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead an hour-long cathedral highlights tour followed by tea in the Pilgrim Gallery. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or www.allhallowsguild.org.

Sketching workshop, take pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

May 1943 walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the roles played by the United States and President Franklin Roosevelt in World War II. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

Fado music concert, in honor of the European Month of Culture, presented in cooperation with the Embassy of Portugal. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Is “This” Art? a guided tour for those baffled by contemporary art. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral Crossroads, tap into your inner healing ability and mind-body wellness in an evening of contemplative practice and labyrinth walking. 6-8:45 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Melancholy Bird concert, alto Irene Wallner and pianist Maria Raberger perform a collection of songs by Austrian composers who were persecuted during the Nazi occupation, including Walter Arlen, Viktor Ullmann, Erich Zeisl, Erich Schulhoff and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free, reservations required: www.eventbrite.com/event/6126308955/eorg. 202-895-6776.

Wednesday, MAY 29

Contemporary folk concert, singer, songwriter and guitarist Justin Trawick performs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org.

“The Civil War in America” exhibit talk , Adrienne Cannon of the Manuscript Division talks about Frederick Douglass and the Civil War. Noon, Library of Congress, Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

National Gallery of Art Chamber Players, a performance of works by composers from Luxembourg, Malta and other European Union countries. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Wills, advance directives and powers of attorney, an attorney from the Neighborhood Legal Services Program discusses how to get legal help to prepare these important documents. 2 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-724-4752.

American flag folding, a museum staff member teaches visitors how to fold a full-size replica of the banner in Flag Hall. 2:30 p.m. most Wednesdays-Saturdays, National Museum of American History, Second Floor Center, Flag Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Portrait story days: Frank Lloyd Wright, listen to a story about architect Frank Lloyd Wright and one of his most famous houses, Fallingwater, and design a faux stained glass window to take home. 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.

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.

Culture from Cyprus, Bulgarian-born dancer and choreographer Tzveta Kassabova performs with dancer and choreographer Raja “Feather” Kelly. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Pop quiz — Hometown heroes: D.C.’s best and brightest, try your hand at trivia of the city’s famous sons and daughters; highest score wins a prize. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Shadows From My Past,” director Gita Kaufman’s documentary that deals with the mixed emotions of an American Jew who returns to Vienna, a city she fled in wartime 1940, and searches for remnants of her past; a discussion with the director follows. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free. Reservations: www.eventbrite.com/event/6125464429. 202-895-6776.

Star Trek the 2009 film starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto. Coolers, children and leashed dogs welcome. Opens 7 p.m. Film. 8:20 p.m., NoMa Summer Screen, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.nomasummerscreen.com.

Thursday, MAY 30

Illustrated Books of the 15th and 16th Centuries, lecture by Kluge Fellow Ilaria Andreoli. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

Overtures Chamber Music Project, Tamaki Kawakubo and Friends perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Princeton: A Search for Answers,” a 1973 film profiling the prestigious university; and “Marjoe” (1972), a revealing portrait of former child evangelist and faith healer Marjoe Gortner. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Anna Freud at the Hotel Regina,” a staged reading of Myron Robert Hafetz’s remembrance of the 75th anniversary of Anna Freud’s 1938 immigration to the United Kingdom. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free. Reservations: www.eventbrite.com/event/6126543657. 202-895-6776.

Captain America: The First Avenger,” the 2011 action-adventure film about a man unfit for military service but turned into a superhero in a top-secret research project, starring Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell. 8:45 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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