D.C. community calendar, May 31 to June 7, 2012

May 30, 2012
Thursday, May 31

“The Building Zone,” for children 2-6 accompanied by an adult, children learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through June 30, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3 per person and includes entry to the Building Zone. 202-272-2448.

Daughter of Thomas Jefferson, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times,” Cynthia Kierner discusses her biography of “Patsy,” Jefferson’s oldest daughter, who met presidents and aristocrats. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Walt Whitman poetry, poets Joshua Beckman and Stanley Plumly celebrate the Civil War-era writer’s birthday by reading from his works. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

“Lincoln Memorial at 90,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the memorial’s 90-year history. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.

“Hello Federal Triangle, Farewell Murder Bay,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the massive 1930s Federal Triangle area construction project. 2 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, Tower Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Titus Early, 202-606-8691.

Rock music by No Second Troy, take a blanket and a picnic supper. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Farragut Square Park, 17th and K streets NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

“Presidential Transitions: From Hoover to Roosevelt to Truman,” a National Park Service ranger discusses how the presidents managed peaceful transitions of power. 6 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Paul Maisto, 240-375-6375.

Pianist Tanya Ekanayaka, the Sri Lankan musician performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“The Servant of Two Masters,” Shakespeare Theatre Company performs Carlo Goldoni’s farce. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, through July 8, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $39-$95, discounts for military, students, seniors and age 35 and younger. 202-547-1122.

“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown; with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.

Sahara,” Breck Eisner’s 2005 adventure movie about a search for a lost Civil War battleship known as the “Ship of Death” in the West African desert, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penelope Cruz. 8:25 p.m., Capitol Riverfront, Tingey Plaza, New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Street SE. Free. 202-465-7093 or www.capitolriverfront.org.

Friday, June 1

Pipe organ recital, Todd Fickley performs works by J.S. Bach and French Romantic period composers. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Deanna Bogart Band in concert, a performance of “blusion,” blues fusion. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

Classical music concert, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat, Op. 20. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

East River Jazz Ensemble concert, with vocalist Denyse Pearson, saxophonists Craig Alston and Fred Foss, pianist Alan Blackman, bass player Pepe Gonzales and percussionist Tiacoh Sadia. 6 p.m., Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 I St. SW. $5. 202-396-3520.

“Auntie Mame” outdoor screening, 1958 film about an orphaned boy who is raised by his free-spirited aunt, starring Rosalind Russell and Forrest Tucker; take a picnic summer and come at 6:30 p.m. for a viewing of the exhibit “The Style That Ruled the Empires: Russia, Napoleon and 1812.” Co-sponsored by One in Ten organization. Film, 8:15 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; college students and children, $10. 202-686-5807.

Reggae music at Yards Park, Sam’O & JFC perform. 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Yards Park, Third and Water streets SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org.

Bobby Gould in Hell,” American Ensemble Theater performs David Mamet’s comedy, starring Liz Dutton, Anthony van Eyck and Mikael Johnson. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, through June 9, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

“Kaleidoscope” band concert, by the U.S. Army Concert Band. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west steps), Pennsylvania Ave. NW and First Street NW. Free. 703-696-3399.

Saturday, June 2

Michael Rosman comedy show, juggling with a dozen cigar boxes, a bowling ball, a chain saw or a bunch of bananas while on a unicycle; with audience participation, magic and “chaotic klutziness.” 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.

Zoo Zebra Day, animal viewing, keeper talks, touching zebra objects, information on how to identify a particular zebra by its stripes. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4456.

Textile celebration, demonstrations of rug restoration, loom weaving, embroidery, and spinning and weaving sheep’s wool; plus a bead-related activity for children, printing on fabric and sheep shearing by Leanne Reuter. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

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

Stories about John James Audubon, children can listen to a story about Audubon and create art inspired by his work. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Room E151, first floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Rose garden tour, an arboretum staff member leads a tour of the National Herb Garden’s Heritage Rose Garden, discusses some of the herbal uses of roses and demonstrates the making of scented rose beads and rose beverages. 1-4 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4523.

“Fairies in the Garden” tea and treats, for girls, dress up in fairy costumes, complete with tutus, wands and wings, then hear costumed interpreters discuss tea history; tea and dessert served, and children make a craft to take home. 1:30-3:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $25 per child; accompanying adult, $10. 202-965-0400.

Jazz broadcasting conversation, jazz broadcasters Miyuki Williams and George “Doc” Manning discuss their on- and off-air experiences presenting jazz music and related cultural offerings in their D.C. and Baltimore communities. 1:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE.Free. 202-281-2583.

Jazz on the Millennium Stage, pianist, singer and composer Matt Wigler performs, part of the D.C. Jazz Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Singing America’s Songs: A Silver Anniversary Concert,” the Congressional and American Youth choruses perform folk songs, spirituals, jazz standards, Broadway music, choral classics and contemporary music. 7:30 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $25. 202-399-7993, Ext. 182, or www.congressionalchorus.
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Washington Men’s Camerata, the ensemble performs compositions and arrangements by Alice Parker, Gwyneth Walker, Eleanor Daley, Jennifer Higdon and others. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, performance of “Heart Throbs,” an homage to men in music, including male singers, boy bands and teen idols; singers and dancers perform hits from the 1950s to the present. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25. 202-293-1548 or www.gmcw.org.

Sunday, June 3

Aquatic Gardens jazz concert, Roy Cross, steel pan player, performs with .guitarist Brannock Reilly 10 a.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free. 202-396-3520.

U.S. tree history,American Canopy: Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation,” author Eric Rutkow discusses his book. 1-3 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-2726.

“Jewels of Light” stained-glass tour, for age 10 and older, a docent leads an introductory tour of the building’s stained-glass windows and explains the stories they depict from Creation to stories from American history. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. June 7, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Nave level, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Renwick Gallery art talk, Jennifer Trask discusses her artistic process and her latest works (both sculptural and wearable). 2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Dupont Circle jazz concert, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note. 2 p.m., Dupont Circle, Connecticut Avenue and Q Street NW. Free. 202-767-5658.

Kennedy Center Chamber Players concert, works by Boccherini, Paganini and Mozart; followed by a discussion with the performers. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.

“On Holy Ground” choral concert, music of faith and inspiration, featuring works ranging from Bach to gospel, performed by the UNMC Choir, Joyce Lundy, Pam Ward and others. 3 p.m., Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St. NW. Donations requested. 202-387-3411.

Fort Dupont Community Center concert, by Herb Spice and the Cinnamonstix featuring Herb Scott. 4 p.m., Fort Dupont Community Center, 3600 F St. SE. Free. 202-396-3520.

Erena Terakubo Quartet jazz concert, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, June 4

AARP driver safety class, for age 50 and older, certificate issued upon completion of the course, light refreshments served. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Hospital Center, Siegel Auditorium, 110 Irving St. NW. $14, registration requested; parking included. 202-877-6213.

Kris Funn in concert, the jazz bass player performs as part of the D.C. Jazz Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Deanwood Library chess night, led by Jonee Washington, all ages and experience levels welcome. 7-8:45 p.m. most Mondays and Wednesdays, Deanwood Community Center and Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.

D.C. Jazz Festival, “Jazz Meets the Classics,” clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera, co-artistic director of the D.C. Jazz Festival, headlines an evening of jazz interpretations of classical works, with bass player Ron Carter, pianist Kenny Barron, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, drummer Lewis Nash, pianist Pepe Rivero (and his trio), trumpeter Michael Philip Mossman and percussionist Pernell Saturnino. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $20-$65. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday, June 5

Library of Congress symposium, “Jurji Zaydan: His Contribution to Modern Arab Thought and Literature,” scholars from the Arab world, Europe and North America present papers and discuss the life of the novelist, journalist and publisher. 8:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5676.

“An Insider’s Look at the Newseum,” Susan Bennett, Newseum senior vice president, discusses “Presidential Campaigns and the Press,” an election-year exhibit of how media coverage of presidential elections has evolved since 1896. 10-11:50 a.m., American University, Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860 or www.olli-dc.org.

Henry Builds a Cabin,” for ages 3-5, a museum staff person leads an interactive reading of a D.B. Johnson book about how Henry gets help from his friends as he builds a cabin. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

Classical music concert, Vivaldi Project performs. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, the 17-piece ensemble performs a varied program, including big-band music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Broken Toys: How We Became Damaged Goods,” members of Story League tell true, first-person accounts relating to this theme, hosted by the Literary Evenings Committee of the Arts Club of Washington. 7 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 16, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.

Art collecting discussion, Barbara and Ted Alfond discuss why they began collecting and their wide-ranging collection. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by Telemann, J.S. Bach and Mozart. 7:30 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

U.S. Air Force Strings concert, 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol (west steps), Pennsylvania Avenue NW and First Street. Free. 202-767-5658.

Wednesday, June 6

Human rights in China, Andrea Worden, former general counsel and senior adviser at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, discusses the Chinese government’s human rights policy since 1989 and human rights in practice, with a focus on current challenges and the growing civil rights movement in China. 10-11:50 a.m., American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860 or www.olli-dc.org.

Introduction to genealogy, archives staff members discuss basic genealogical research of federal records. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Art and Spirit Coffeehouse,” Voices of Now, Arena Stage’s program for young performers, presents a performance in a coffeehouse setting; coffee and dessert served. Noon, St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222.

The Captain Who Burned His Ships,” Gordon S. Brown discusses his biography of Captain Thomas Tingey, who once served in the Royal Navy and was later given the task of building a U.S. shipyard, and the tragic events of 1814 when he was forced to burn the ships and yard to keep them from falling into British hands. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Faction of Fools,” the Faction of Fools Theatre Company celebrates Commedia dell’Arte with performances of “The Servant of Two Masters.” Noon, Sidney Harman Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, 610 F St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122 or www.ShakespeareTheatre.org/Happenings

Trombone and organ recital, Weston Sprott, a Metropolitan Opera trombonist, and organist Michael Lodico perform works by Liszt, Alexandre Guilmant, Gustav Holst and Petr Eben. 12:10 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

“Portraits After 5: Camera-Ready Color,” portraitist Alexa Meade creates a pair of portraits with live models, one in a black-and-white scene and a second on a similar but full-color set as museum visitors sip a specialty cocktail, snap their own photos when they step into some of Meade’s painted scenes and view themselves on a video screen, echoing the effect of her portraits; the curator of the exhibit “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio,” Ann M. Shumard, discusses Warnecke’s and Meade’s boundary-breaking portraits. 5-7 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-3030.

African American art exhibit tour, museum conservators lead a tour of the exhibit “African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond,” highlighting the materials and techniques used by the artists who created the exhibit’s paintings, collage and sculpture. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Origem band in concert, the Brazilian jazz band performs works by Duke Ellington with a bossa nova twist. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Southern Avenue Corridor, and Winkle Doodle Branch Bridge Planning Study meeting, hosted by the District Department of Transportation for Ward 8 residents and other members of the public, including an update on the initial phase of a planning study for solving traffic and safety problems along the corridor. 6-7:30 p.m., United Medical Center, 1310 Southern Ave. SE.Free. 202-563-5033 or malia@thecsmi.com.

“Portraits After 5: Camera-Ready Color,” portraitist Alexa Meade creates a pair of portraits with live models, one in a black-and-white scene and the other in a similar but full-color set, as visitors sip a cocktail and view themselves on a video screen; Ann M. Shumard, curator of the exhibit “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits From the Harry Warnecke Studio,” discusses Warnecke’s and Meade’s boundary-breaking portraits. 7:30-10 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. $35. 202-633-3030.

“The History of Invulnerability,” performance of David Bar Katz’s play about Jerry Siegel, the co-creator of “Superman” comic, and an imagined struggle between Siegel and his “uber-mensch” son, starring David Deblinger, Conrad Feininger and Tim Getman. Pay-what-you-can previews, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and June 7. Regular previews, 8 p.m. June 9 and 3 p.m. June 10; shows, 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. June 11, through July 8, D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Previews, $30; other performances, $60; seniors, $56. 202-777-3254.

Men in Black,” Barry Sonnenfeld’s 1997 film about a top-secret government agency that monitors alien activity on Earth, starring Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith; take a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic supper, arrive at 7 p.m. for music, giveaways and food vendors. Film, 8:30 p.m., Loree Grand Field, Second and L streets NE. Free. 202-289-0111.

Thursday, June 7

“Arab Spring: The Historical Roots,” discussed by journalist Milton Viorst. 10-11:50 a.m., American University, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860 or www.olli-dc.org.

Todd Marcus Quintet concert, jazz music. 1 p.m., East River Washington Senior Wellness Center, 3001 Alabama Ave. SE. Free, reservations requested. 202-581-9555.

Scott’s New Band, a performance of modern alternative music; take a blanket. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Farragut Square Park, 17th and K streets NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” screening of Gore Verbinski’s 2003 adventure film sequel about Jack Sparrow and his nemesis, Captain Barbossa, starring Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush; take a blanket or lawn chair; food vendors on site. 8:25 p.m., Capitol Riverfront, Tingey Plaza, New Jersey Avenue and Tingey Street SE. 202-465-7093 or www.capitolriverfront.org.

“Sunsets with a Soundtrack,” the U.S. Army Concert Band performs Latin flavored music including Bizet’s “Carmen Suite” and other. 8 p.m. June 7 and 8, U.S. Capitol, East Capitol and First streets. Free. 703-696-3399

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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