A. Philip Randolph and the proposed 1941 march on Washington, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the influence of the civil rights and American labor movements leader and tells why the march never happened. 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call John Huppert, 202-233-3520.
Soviet famine in the 1920s, Liudmyla Hrynevych discusses her book, “The Collectivization and Holodomor Chronicle Project: The Unknown Famine of 1928-1929,” Vladyslav Hrynevych discusses his new monograph, “Unbridled Dissonance: The Second World War and Socio-political Attitudes in Ukraine, 1939-1941.” Noon, Library of Congress, European Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4371.
Is “This” art? discussion, a gallery talk of free-flowing conversation and debate on modern and contemporary art. Noon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Art signs: gallery talk, a guide leads conversations about artworks in American Sign Language. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-633-1000.
Dynami, Georgetown University’s premier Greek Dance Troupe performs a program of traditional dances. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
U.S. Army Band concert, “Pershing’s Own” performs. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-399-7993.
The new information economy, digital pioneer Jaron Lanier discusses his book “Who Owns the Future?” with Ron Rosenbaum, author of the article “What Turned Jaron Lanier Against the Web?” 6:45 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $42. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.
How presidents stay connected, Kenneth T. Walsh, senior White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and author of “Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership,” and other presidential experts share anecdotes about how presidents try to find normalcy in an abnormal environment. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-3030.
Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein, a conversation and screening of the HBO Oscar-winning documentary “One Survivor Remembers.” 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
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. 202-426-6841.
Current events talk, Bill Press talks with Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution, who offer insight into today’s topics and complex issues. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations requested. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
“The Elder Statesman,” Stage Guild performs T.S. Eliot’s final play, about a respected politician who is retiring — when an old friend from his youth turns up with some uncomfortable truths that may bring tragedy or relief. 7:30 p.m. Thursday; regular shows, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays; through May 19. Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings, $50; Thursday and matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount, students, half price. 240-582-0050.
“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; through May 26, GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $38, Thursdays and Sundays; $42, Fridays and Saturdays; 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. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; through May 26. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$85, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.
Historic preservation 101/201, educational sessions that examine the city’s historic preservation, advice on how to navigate the historic district requirements and more. 9 a.m.-noon, Gallaudet University, Kellogg Conference Center, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $60. Register: www.dcpreservation.org/events/historic-preservation-101201 or 202-783-5144.
War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay, a National Park Service ranger discusses the British fleet’s plundering of American towns on the Chesapeake and how a mosquito flotilla of barges retaliated. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.
“Strange Rebels: 1979 and the Birth of the 21st Century,” Christian Caryl discusses his book about the pivotal year of 1979. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Cooking for garden parties, gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi demonstrate recipes drawn from the garden. Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
“Rosemary Verey: The Life & Lessons of a Legendary Gardener,” author Barbara Paul Robinson discusses her book and her late-in-life transition into the “must have” adviser to the rich and famous. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333.
Brandon Patrick George, flutist as storyteller, drawing from European and Asian dances and stories, the program will include works of J.S. Bach, Pierre-Octave Ferroud and Oliver Knussen. 12:15-1 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.StAlbansDC.org.
Pipe organ recital, Eric Bowman performs works by Paul Manz, J. S. Bach, Malcolm Archer and others. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Thomas Day, craftsman, architect, businessman, Day’s descendant Donna Day joins a discussion of his life, work and historical impact. 1 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Jazz concert, Maryland’s Boonsboro High School Jazz Band performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Sip and paint, step-by-step instruction from artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear, with snacks and wine. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $30, registration required. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
“NOVA: Car of the Future,” a documentary with “Car Talk” hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi considering plug-in hybrids, all-electric roadsters, biofuels and more. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Aerial arts performance, Washington’s Arachne Aerial Arts and Baltimore’s In-Flight Theater performs “For That Which Returns,” an innovative performance set atop an 18-foot kinetic steel sculpture. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and teachers, $17; college students, $10; ages 2-17, $8. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org.
Mars lecture, John P. Grotzinger, chief mission scientist, Mars Science Laboratory, discusses Curiosity’s robotic exploration of the planet’s Gale crater, sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
The German War Machine: From Conquest to Collapse, Marcus Jones, professor of history at the U.S. Naval Academy, takes an in-depth look at the Second World War through the German military experience, integrating the history of the major European military campaigns with German strategic and racial policy; examines the experience of the home front; follows the critical U-boat campaigns and ballistic rocketry program; and traces the once-unthinkable but inevitable race to war’s end. 9:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.
European Union embassies open house, the Delegation of the European Union and 27 member-states, plus incoming member-state Croatia, open their doors; sample food and drink at each stop. Sponsored by Goethe-Institut. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd NW. Free. 202-289-1200 or www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/en10853479v.htm.
World Bonsai Day open house, a celebration of Saburo Kato’s belief that bonsai has the power to unite people by acting as a bridge to international friendship and peace; tours, demonstrations by Potomac Bonsai Association members at noon and 2 p.m. Open house: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4521.
Albrecht Durer: The Leonardo of the North, Eric Denker of the National Gallery of Art examines the work and influence of the German artist, official court artist to two Holy Roman Emperors and inquisitive scientist against the vibrant artistic backdrop of the High Renaissance. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.
Studio time with Mary Borgman, the charcoal-on-Mylar artist shows her techniques for lighting and drawing portraits and helps participants start their own. 10:15 a.m.-noon, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. $50, reservations required: email@example.com. 202-633-1000.
Exhibiting a Sultan’s Garden, curator Sumru Belger Krody gives a behind-the-scenes perspective on the development of the exhibit “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art.” 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
House and walking tours, a docent leads a tour of the Tudor Place mansion and the neighborhood and discusses what life was like in Georgetown and the Federal City. House tour, 10:30 a.m., walking tour, 1 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. House or walking tour, $10; both tours, $15. 202-965-0400. Registration: tudorplacecivilwartour.eventbrite.com.
Pamela Ferguson and Alouette the Dragon, the violinist and dragon perform. 11 a.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the uncertain outcome of World War II in 1943; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Fort Lincoln neighborhood home tour, hosted bythe Fort Lincoln Civic Association, proceeds support the community improvement work undertaken by the civic association’s standing committee. Tours. 1-4 p.m. Reception. 4-6 p.m. Hagans Cultural Center, 3201 Fort Lincoln Dr. NE. $25; in advance, $20. 202-812-7014 or www.ftlincoln.org.
Walk with a National Park Service ranger, stroll around the memorials and hear about their history. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Kista Tucker Insights dance company, the Virginia-based ensemble performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of its 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.
Mother’s Day tea, for age 5 and older, sample period teas, finger sandwiches and desserts; a costumed interpreter gives tea etiquette tips and a craft session follows. 10:30 a.m.-noon and 2:30-4 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $30; child, $15. 202-965-0400 or tudorplacemothersdaytea.eventbrite.com.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the roles of dogs in the armed forces; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Nikolette Williams, 202-345-6361.
History walk, explore American history with a National Park Service ranger via the memorials and monuments. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, Lodge, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Mendelssohn Piano Trio Mother’s Day tribute, a performance of works by female composers, a question-and-answer session follows. 3 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free tickets distributed at 2:30. 202-633-1000.
“A Royal Occasion,” J. Reilly Lewis conducts the Cathedral Choral Society and soprano Sherezade Panthaki, alto Kristen Dubenion-Smith, tenor Robert Petillo, bass Richard Giarusso and organist Todd Fickley in a tribute to the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in five celebratory works written over 50 years by George Frideric Handel. Come at 2:30 for a pre-concert discussion with Melinda O’Neal and Robert Aubry Davis. Concert. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $31-$68, free garage parking. 202-537-2228 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Pets in the park: four-legged heroes,a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour for family members and their leashed dogs. Take bags and water. 4-6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
Children’s Chorus of Washington, for age 6 and older, a performance of works by Benjamin Britten, Stephen Hatfield and Jim Papoulis. 4 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $25; $10, age 12 and younger. 202-797-0103 or www.childrenschorus.com.
D.C. Youth Orchestra concert, a variety of classical works. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Vlach Quartet Prague, a performance of works by Dvorak. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
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; a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon Mondays through May 20 and Wednesdays through May 29, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
“Cesar and Rosalie,” Claude Sautet’s 1972 film about an amicably divorced woman who divided her time between her mother’s house, with her siblings and small daughter, and Cesar’s, in French with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
Height Master Plan Phase 1, public meeting, learn how other cities manage building heights and share your ideas on how the city’s building height impacts federal and local interests. Hosted by the National Capital Planning Commission and the District of Columbia Office of Planning. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-482-7200 or www.ncpc.gov/heightstudy.
Classical piano recital, Hyeweon Lee Gessner performs works for piano. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead an hour-long tour of “Women in Glass and Stone” in the building’s Gothic architecture and art, followed by a traditional English tea. 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/what/tourtea_about.html.
FDR’s Navy, a National Park Service ranger discusses Franklin Roosevelt’s great love of the sea and his aspirations of becoming a career U.S. Navy officer. 6 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein, astrophysicist Mario Livio discusses the essential part of progress in science: mistakes. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club concert, 7 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $10. 202-347-2635.
Juan Pablo Jofre: Tango on the Hill, the Argentinian bandoneonist (concertina) and tango composer performs. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Blacks from Chesapeake Bay in the War of 1812, a National Park Service ranger discusses the black Americans who served on sailing warships and Charles Ball, who served with Barney’s flotilla and escaped from slavery twice. 10 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.
Genealogy: Civil War Courts-Martial, archives specialist Timothy Syzek discusses Civil War court-martial records; all skill levels welcome. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Getting to the heart of Southeast Asia, research associate Mattiebelle Gittinger discusses the exhibit “Out of Southeast Asia.” Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
American craft masterpieces, gallery official Rebecca Robinson discusses Ruth Duckworth’s “Untitled (Archival Inventory 761702).” Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Music for ballet, pianist Robert Berkman performs in honor of “Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes, 1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music.” 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Ground Floor, Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
Conservation of our collection: “The Hampton Throne,” objects conservator Helen Ingalls and conservation technician Susan Edwards discuss the recent cleaning of James Hampton’s “The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations’ Millennium General Assembly,” and more. 12:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the G Street lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
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.
Opera preview concert, by members of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and the Washington National Opera Orchestra, with music from “Tristan and Isolde” and others. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Films of Nam June Paik, a screening of the artist’s films and video works. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Congress and the White House: working together or not working at all, a panel discussion moderated by Bloomberg TV’s chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook, with former House members Vic Fazio (D-Calif.) and Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), and former senators Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Larry Pressler. (R-S.D.) 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Polar bears, climate change — and you, Don Moore, associate director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, discusses the dwindling species that now numbers fewer than 20,000 in the wild, their sea ice-dependent habitat, climate change and more. 7 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
Voices of Now Festival, a five-day event showcasing original plays written and performed by more than 175 young area artists. See the Web site for information: www.arenastage.org/education/arena-stage-academy/voices-of-now-mead-ensemble/. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300.
Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, hosted by Dee Dee Bridgewater and featuring music played by the Tineka Postma Quartet, the Amina Claudine Myers Trio and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Jay Clayton. 5 and 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38, Thursday; $105/three-day ticket. 202-467-4600.
Take 5! Night & Day Quintet, a live concert of music by George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, and Cole Porter, works from the Great American Songbook; take the opportunity to paint in a temporary studio as the audience mingles. 5-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. Register: www.artjamzdc.com. 202-633-1000.
National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship concert, a performance by four separate chamber ensembles featuring Saint-Saens’s “Septet for Trumpet,” “String Quintet, and Piano,” “Schuman’s Divertimento for Wind Quintet and Percussion,” Prokofiev’s String Quartet No. 2; and Beethoven’s “Ghost” Piano Trio. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
On the record: The backstory from D.C. journalists, veteran journalists Nina Totenberg, Karen Tumulty, David Leonhardt, Clarence Page and Chris Wallace recount their careers, compare their assignments and swap stories in a panel discussion moderated by Stephen Hess, in an exploration of the changing face of journalism and what it has in store for consumers. 7-9 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $42. 202-3030.
Current events talk, former ambassador Mark Gitenstein and Vladimir Tismaneanu, from the University of Maryland, discuss Gitenstein’s efforts in Romania including equity markets, transparency, missile defense and more. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 9th and Pennsylvania Ave, SE. Free, reservations required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Conducting Wagner, Piotr Gajewski, musical director and conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, discusses his upcoming leading of the ensemble’s all-Wagner program with selections from “Tannhauser,” “Parsifal,” and the Ring Cycle. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.
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