D.C. community calendar, Nov. 15 to 22, 2012

November 14, 2012
Thursday, NOV. 15

Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian: Swingin’ on the Stars with Rocknoceros, cosmic tunes performed by Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie for ages 2-6. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

The Building Zone, for children 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 30, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation: history and heritage, daily performances, presentations and storytelling from members of the Muscogee Nation Honor Guard in honor of Veterans Day with booths showcasing Muscogee arts and crafts, the tribe’s language, cooking, programs and services. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Potomac Atrium and other locations, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Curator’s exhibit tour, Gallery historian David C. Ward leads a tour of “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets.” Noon, National Portrait Gallery, second floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Renwick “Sit ’n’ Stitch,” for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99790084 .

Walter Gay’s watercolors, Isabel L. Taube, curator of the exhibit “Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay,” at Frick Art and Historical Center in Pittsburgh, discusses Gay’s innovative and evocative artistic treatment of Gilded Age rooms, his gouache and watercolor technique and his watercolor “La Cheminee” (The Fireplace) in Tudor Place’s collection. 2 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 15, registration required. Braedon Renne, 202-965-0400, Ext. 104, or brenne@tudorplace.org.

“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and tells what it takes to make a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Nov. 29, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Celebrating Betty Buchanan,” the chorus and soloists of Singing A—Z perform a musical tribute to its late founder, director and musicologist; hear African folk songs, sacred classics, gospel music, Broadway tunes, choral works by contemporary American composers, selections from John Rutter’s “The Reluctant Dragon” and more. 4 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-362-8442 or www.stalbansdc.org.

Opening art reception, for “This Is Not A Photo,” a collection of works by the inaugural class of New Media Photojournalism. 5-7 p.m. Nov. 15, Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1700.

Mitra Sumatra in concert, a blend of traditional Iranian melodies and rhythms with rock, soul, pop, and more. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Vincent Scully Prize: Architecture Criticism in the Age of Twitter, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger accepts the museum’s prestigious award for his lifetime work encouraging thoughtful discourse about the importance of design and discusses the state of architecture criticism today, the changing role of mainstream media in a digital world and the rise of citizen journalists. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.

“The Harvey Girls,” George Sidney’s 1946 film about a group of young ladies who bring grace and refinement to a new Harvey House restaurant, starring Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Ray Bolger, Cyd Charisse and Marjorie Main. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.

The Jews of Africa: Exploring Religious Identity, rabbi Howard Gorin discusses his work ensuring universal recognition of Ugandan and Nigerian Jewry and what he has learned about the enormous diversity, richness and complexity of African Judaism, the unique ways in which Jewish traditions and rituals have evolved on this enormous continent and more. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Artisans of the Ottoman Empire, scholar Suraiya Faroqhi discusses the silk weavers, metalworkers, ceramicists and manuscript illuminators of the empire, emphasizing Istanbul and Cairo, and describes the fascinating ebb and flow of society from 1500 to 1900 A.D. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Film: “Solar Mamas” are the female solar engineering students at India’s Barefoot College who as educated women gain the skills to earn an income and achieve for their community what others could not. Free. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital 9th & Pennsylvania Ave, SE - One Block from Eastern Market Metro Station http://hillcenterdc.org/home/programs (202) 549-4172.

Southwest Chamber Musi c Players recital, violist Cathy Amoury, clarinetist Bernard Arons, violinist Carol Hall, horn player Volker Treicher, and pianists David Ehrlich and Bob Rosen perform Max Bruch’s “Eight Pieces” and Brahms’s “Horn Trio, Op. 40.” 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-484-6354.

“Profiles in Service: It Takes a Nation,” a screening of the documentary followed by retired Brig. Gen. Loree Sutton moderating a panel including Junior Ortiz, Anthony M. Henderson, Cheryl Laaker Hall, Sanja Batten and Kristina Kaufmann. 7:30 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“#crazypants,” Kathleen Akerley directs Katherine Clair’s playwriting thesis, a story of small-town politics and personal relationships that collide over a proposed restrictive youth dress code. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. 202-319-4000 or http://drama.cua.edu or cua-drama@cua.edu.

Friday, NOV. 16

Effects of the Civil War on American Art, a symposium examining the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on American landscape, genre painting and photography, keynote speech by senior curator Eleanor Jones Harvey. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free, registration required. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.

Meet Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1846-78) via a history reenactor who tells about life at the Smithsonian during the Civil War. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 and 3:30 p.m. most Fridays-Saturdays, National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Let There Be Light,” a restored and high-definition copy of the 1946 film directed by John Huston, about the treatment of emotionally traumatized GIs from their admission at a psychiatric hospital to their reentry into civilian life. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Classical piano recital, George Le Pauw performs an all-Beethoven program. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

Philosophy lecture, Catholic University’ Therese-Anne Druart discusses “Aristotle or Galen? Islamic Philosophers on Animal Cognition and Behavior.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

Frank Fairfield,string artist, the California-based musician performs down-home music on the fiddle, banjo and guitar with vocals. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Shakespeare in Kabul,” a chronicle of Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” that was staged in the Dari language in Afghanistan in 2005 and 2006; authors Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar, who were a part of the production, discuss their experience. 6 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

Evening walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the memorials. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

“Black Venus,” a film about a slave of a Dutch colonizer in 19th century South Africa who finds undesirable fame when her master brings her to Europe to become a sideshow attraction in the character of the “The Hottentot Venus.” Shown in French with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $6; students, $4. 202-234-7911 www.francedc.org.

“The Merry Widow,” with music by Franz Lehar, sung in English with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. $20; seniors and students, $12. 202-319-5414 or music.cua.edu.

Emperors of the ice, National Geographic photographer and biologist Paul Nicklen discusses his swimming with leopard seals in Antarctica, mastering aerial shots from his ultralight plane and more in preparation of his current article in “National Geographic.” 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $20. Free. 202-857-7700.

Georgetown University Dance Company, a high energy, pre-professional repertory dance ensemble performing diverse programs ranging from hip-hop to classical ballet by professional guest and student choreographers, includes works by professional choreographer Kim Parmer, faculty member at American Ballet Theatre and American Dance Institute. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Georgetown University, Walsh Black Box Theatre, 36th and Prospect streets NW. $10; students, $8. 202-687-2787.

“Next: Spain,” presented by Company E, a world premiere of Spain’s Thomas Noone and Nuria Martinez’s works, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Lansburgh Theater, 450 Seventh St. NW. $23. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Beaujolais and beyond, an annual celebration of the wine harvest and samplings of French breads, cheeses, pates and pastries and wines from France, Italy, Spain and California, deejay and dancing, a blind tasting contest, trivia quiz and silent auction, co-hosted with the French Embassy in the U.S. and the D.C. French American Chamber of Commerce. 8 p.m., French Embassy, La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. $55. 202-234-7911.

“A Late Quartet,” Yaron Zilberman’s 2012 film about a string quartet whose beloved cellist is diagnosed with the early symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and wants the upcoming season to be his last, starring Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Catherine Keener. Call theater for showtimes. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000 or http://www.alatequartet.com/.

Saturday, NOV. 17

“The Frog Prince,” Baltimore’s award-wining Black Cherry Puppet Theatre tells the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale about a beautiful princess, a talking frog and the importance of keeping one’s promises. 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.

The King James Bible Translation: A Great Creation Story, Steven Galbraith and Hannibal Hamlin, co-curators of the Folger Shakespeare Library’s exhibit “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” discuss the making of this great literary work. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $139. 202-633-3030.

Rug repair, conservation and restoration, restorer and dealer Ali Aydin discusses the appropriate measures to take in conserving, protecting, and repairing rugs and textiles that have become damaged and how to best choose among the many alternatives. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Design Apprenticeship Program final presentation, future designers present the results of their studies and teamwork alongside professionals and other apprentices, refreshments served. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.

Gettysburg Address Family Bike Tour, led by a National Park Service Ranger. Take a bike and water. Helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.

Fall Harvest Tea and tour, for adults, traditional Victorian tea service with tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and historic tea blends followed by a guided tour of the 1816 National Historic Landmark mansion. 1-3 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $30; register at http://tudorplacefallharvesttea.eventbrite.com. 202-965-0400.

Overwintering your bonsai, learn how to keep your bonsai alive and healthy during winter dormancy so they emerge ready for the growing season and take a behind-the-scenes tour of the winter storage area. 1-3 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12, registration requested. 202-245-4521 or www.usna.usda.gov.

Portrait of Sitting Bull, listen to a story about the Hunkpapa Lakota Sioux holy man and create a piece of art 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.

“Gone With the Wind,” the 1939 film classic based on Margaret Mitchell’s novel about the Civil War, winner of 10 Academy Awards, starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland, Leslie Howard, Hattie McDaniel and Butterfly McQueen. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101148169.

“The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg,” for age 8 and older, Tom Isbell’s adaptation of acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick’s witty and poignant novel that follows a young orphan who must journey into the thick of the Civil War to save his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg and help the Union to victory. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. Wednesday, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Nov. 23-25, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 11 a.m. and 1:30 and 5 p.m. Dec. 8, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.

Carpet collages, for ages 5-12, collage your own Ottoman carpet design by tracing, cutting, and gluing an array of colorful paper and flower imagery. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

“Glitter Glam Swap & Shop,” swap and shop including a fashion show, swag bags, a cocktail hour and more, proceeds benefit Goodwill of Greater Washington; call for details about dropping off 5 to 20 of your gently-loved fashion items. Cocktail hour, pop-up shop and drop off. 2-3:30 p.m. Runway fashion show with dropped off items. 3:45-4 p.m. The swap doors open. 4 p.m., Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. Online tickets, $15; at the door, $18. 202-695-3120 or www.dewdropdc.com.

November 1942 news, a National Park Service Ranger discusses why World War II was turning in favor of the Allies and how Americans responded to the news. 4 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

No BS! Brass Band, the Richmond-based band performs a blend of funk, jazz, klezmer and other styles. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

KC Jazz Club, a performance by the Carl Allen Quartet, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26. 202-467-4600.

Spend the evening with a park ranger, a walking tour of the memorials in a whole new light. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

“A Civil War Christmas: An American Musical Celebration,” by Paula Vogel with music by Daryl Waters, set on Christmas Eve in 1864, about President Lincoln’s danger-filled adventure and the flight of a mother and daughter as they flee slavery and head to an uncertain future. 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1, 8 p.m. Dec. 6-8, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday-Saturday: $20; seniors, $18; students, $10. Other performances: $18; seniors, 15; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

Sunday, NOV. 18

Climate change, an address by James E. Hansen, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

The second-greatest gift, climate scientist, Katharine Hayhoe, discusses the impact of environmental shifts on the earth, sea and atmosphere, and our vocation to protect and honor what we have received as a true gift. 10:10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or on live webcast at www.nationalcathedral.org.

Civil rights, Washington D.C., a guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the events that changed the country. Take a bike and water. Helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. John Donoghue, 202-329-1576

“Taliesin Diary: A Year with Frank Lloyd Wright,” Elissa R. Henken, Jonathan T. Henken and Mariamne H. Whatley, with museum curator Sarah Leavitt, discuss the work of their mother, Priscilla J. Henken, in her lively description of day-to-day life while she and her husband participated in “The Fellowship,” the group of acolytes who made Taliesin, Wis., an architectural colony from the 1930s through the 1950s. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12; students, $10. 202-272-2448.

“BARK-itecture,” for age 5 and older, using Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture for inspiration, families design and build their very own doghouse to fit their stuffed dog or animal, includes stories, crafts and animal crackers. 1-2:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $10 per child; accompanying adult, free. 202-272-2448.

Gallery tour for deaf visitors, a gallery volunteer uses American Sign Language to discuss works in the museum. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101006770.

Artist talk, local artist Benjamin Bellas discusses works on view in relation to his own art, often including found objects and text, view his work inspired by the death of a family member in the armed services, investigating loss, searching and the idea of absence. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101146525.

“Romanza: The California Structures Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright,” filmmaker Michael Miner discusses the 80-plus California projects designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in his 70-year career after the screening of his third documentary about the architect, audience questions welcome. 2-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $12; students, free. 202-272-2448.

“The Valiant Little Tailor,” a film screening co-sponsored by Goethe-Institut. 2 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

World Percussion Ensemble, professor Joe McCarthy directs an afternoon of rhythmic exploration that includes some of America’s prominent percussion pieces. 4 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

The Washington Chorus: The Essential Bernstein, soprano Marie-Eve Munger perform Leonard Bernstein’s music from “Candide,” choruses from “West Side Story,” “Chichester Psalms” and others. 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$65. 202-342-6221 or www.thewashingtonchorus.org.

Pipe organ recital, Douglas Bruce performs works by J.S. Bach, K.D. Mueller, Michael Daugherty and M. Searle Wright. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Turkey talk, a National Park Service Ranger discusses Benjamin Franklin’s desire to name the turkey as our national bird and the annual presidential pardon of the bird. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.

Mariachi Tesoro de San Fernando, a performance by the advanced group from a master apprentice program. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Untold stories of Stalin’s victims, a National Park Service ranger discusses the tyranny of Joseph Stalin that led to millions of deaths. 6 p.m., Victims of Communism Memorial, 707 New Jersey Ave. NW. Free. Andrew Clark, 202-426-6841.

Washington Saxophone Quartet, a performance of works by Paquito D’Rivera and others in honor of “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective.” Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Monday, NOV. 19

“Little Red and the Gingerbread Man with Barefoot Puppets,” for ages 4-8, the tasty adventures of an inquisitive redhead and runaway cookie. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Monday-Tuesday, noon Nov. 23, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Monday-Tuesday: $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. Nov. 23: $12; ages 2-16, $10; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Hyperspectral imaging of ancient texts, Father Justin Sinaites, the librarian at St. Catherine’s Monastery, and Michael B. Toth, the program manager of the Sinai Palimpsest Project, discuss how advanced hyperspectral imaging is revealing ancient texts in the library at St. Catherine’s, a remote Greek Orthodox monastery in Egypt’s Sinai desert. 2-4 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5525.

DC Improv Comedy Club, with comedians Brian Parise, Courtney Fearrington and Jimmy Merritt. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Frozen in time, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the 50-year split between North and South Korea. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Victor Pillow, 202-841-1774.

“In the Good Old Summertime,” Robert Z. Leonard’s 1949 film about two co-workers who dislike each other during the day, but develop a romantic and anonymous relationship through the mail by night, starring Judy Garland, Van Johnson and Spring Byington. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.

Poetry readings, Mark Strand, former U.S. poet laureate, and Australian poet Chris Andrews read from their works, a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/poetry.

Classical music recital, violinist Sally McLain and pianist Lisa Emenheiser perform works by Ezra Laderman, Harold Meltzer, Dina Koston and John Adams. 7:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. Free. 703-536-0222 or www.leftbankconcertsociety.org.

Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative, premiere performances of “The Game of Hearts,” by Douglas Pew and Dara Weinberg, “Part of the Act,” by Liam Wade and John Grimmett, and “Charon,” by Scott Perkins and Nat Cassidy in a concert performance, accompanied by a small chamber orchestra, and followed by a question-and-answer session with the artists and creative teams. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

“Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been,” Marietta Hedges directs a staged reading of Eric Bentley’s play that focuses on the testimony of anguished witnesses before the House Committee on Un-American Activities headed by senator Joe McCarthy in the 1950s; post-show discussion and screening of a rare taped video interview with the 95-year-old playwright follow. 8 p.m. Monday, Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW; and 7 p.m. Nov. 26, Catholic University, Callan Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. Free. 202-319-4000 or drama.cua.edu/readings.cfm.

Tuesday, NOV. 20

Rock Creek Trio recital, a performance of Beethoven’s “Trio in B flat” and a premiere of Fred Coulter’s “Fantasy for Cello and Piano.” 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Jazz concert, Allyn Johnson directs the UDC jazz ensembles. 12:30 p.m., UDC, Recital Hall, Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or jazzalive@udc.edu.

Jogja Hip-Hop Foundation, Indonesia’s hip-hop and dance troupe performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Let’s talk turkey, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the history of Thanksgiving Day in the United States. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Steven Hazelton, 202-329-4578.

Blogging, social media and interior design, a panel of experts and design practitioners discuss the evolution of blogging and social media as the newest ways to communicate a wealth of home ideas. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448.

Literary evening: Story League, an evening of storytelling by professional and amateur raconteurs. 7 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 3, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.

“All Together,” Stephane Robelin’s 2011 film about five aging friends who move in together and hire a caregiver instead of living in a retirement home, starring Jane Fonda, Guy Bedos, Daniel Bruhl, Claude Rich and Geraldine Chaplin, in French with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.

Wednesday, NOV. 21

Film: “Suleyman the Magnificent,” about the Ottoman sultan who ruled half of the civilized world for 46 years, a period when the Ottoman Empire flourished and witnessed a golden age, explores the breathtaking palaces and mosques of the Ottoman Empire and focuses on the dramatic life and personality of Sultan Süleyman. Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Presidential transitions: Truman to Eisenhower,a National Park Service Ranger discusses two presidents who once held each other in high esteem until they became bitter enemies during the 1952 campaign that resulted in a difficult transfer of power during the Korean War. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Paul Maisto, 240-375-6375.

Vlado Kreslin, Slovenian folk rock artist, a performance of Slovenian pop music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Library lecture, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses “On The Cutting Room Floor: The Image of the Black Woman in American Film.” 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Thursday, NOV. 22

Thanksgiving Day swing dance party, with swing dance lessons at 5 p.m. Music and dancing. 6-7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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