D.C. community calendar, Nov. 22 to 29, 2012

November 22, 2012
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.

Friday, NOV. 23

Daniel/Shaw Library resume help, librarian Paul Sweeney helps visitors create an effective resume; bring a list of potential places of employment to help create it. 11 a.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 945 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free. 202-671-0265.

“Faces of the Moon,” for ages 5-8, a staff member reads Bob Crelin’s book about the phases of the moon. 11 a.m. Friday, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. Nov. 29-30, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Films by Chris Marker, the French essay filmmaker’s “Sans Soleil” (1982), shown in English and French with English subtitles, and “La Jetee” (1962), shown in English, French and German with English subtitles. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

ZooLights, sparkling lights, zookeeper talks, live entertainment, viewing the small mammal and great ape houses and more. Proceeds from the ZooLights concessions and parking fees benefit animal care and conservation science at the National Zoo. 5-9 p.m. Fridays-Sundays through Dec. 9, 5-9 p.m. nightly Dec. 14-Jan. 1 except Dec. 24, 25 and 31, National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; parking, $16. 202-633-4470.

Klezwoods in concert, the Boston-based ensemble performs a mix of strings, horns and percussion that blends the spirit of traditional klezmer and Balkan music with modern grooves, improvisation and East Coast attitude. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Memorials tour, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Kathy Kagle, 202-426-6841.

“Pullman Porter Blues,” Lisa Peterson directs Cheryl L. West’s play about three Pullman train porters whose journey is underscored by Midwest blues songs, including “Sweet Home Chicago” and others. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, Noon Dec. 5, 12, 18 and 26, continues through Jan. 6, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

Saturday, NOV. 24

Guided Mall bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the familiar spots 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. Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.

Hands-on crafts for family and friends, a workshop in coloring and arts and crafts. 1 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Portrait of Sequoyah, listen to a story about the Cherokee silversmith and create a special piece of art. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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

“Kindred of the Dust,” film with live music, Raoul Walsh’s 1922 silent melodrama of romantic intrigue in a northwest logging town, based on a popular novel by Peter B. Kyne, features Walsh’s wife, Miriam Cooper, as a wronged woman who returns to her hometown to find that her old sweetheart still loves her but cannot marry her; pianist Donald Sosin and vocalist Joanna Seaton provide musical accompaniment. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

“My Fair Lady,” Molly Smith directs the Lerner and Loewe musical based on the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” stars Benedict Campbell, Nicholas Rodriguez and Manna Nichols. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; noon Wednesday, Dec. 4 and 26. Continues through Jan. 6. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.

“Beat the Devil,” John Huston’s 1953 film about a group of hooligans who hope to get rich as they travel to Africa; starring Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones and Gina Lollobrigida. 2 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

“Palermo or Wolfsburg, Werner Schroeter’s 1980 film about a young man who leaves his home in Sicily to seek a fortune in the industrial north, finding employment at a Volkswagen plant, where humiliation and isolation eventually drive him to settle some scores. In Italian and German with English subtitles. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a performance of selections from Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville,” Weissenborn’s “Six Trios for Three Bassoons” and Brahms’s Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, NOV. 25

“Urs Fischer,” Iwan Schumacher’s 2010 film about the Swiss-born contemporary, in Swiss-German and Italian with English subtitles. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

“The Kingdom of Naples,” Werner Schroeter’s 1978 film that chronicles a poor Naples family from the 1940s through the 1970s while painting a broad political and cultural context including the historic 1964 departure of Michelangelo’s Pieta from the port of Naples as it headed to New York for the World’s Fair. 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Pipe organ recital, William Wisnom performs works by Dupre, J. S. Bach, Louis-Claude Daquin and Olivier Messiaen. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Red scare: Walt Disney to Lucille Ball, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the American icons who turned on each other as fear gripped the nation during the 1950s hunt for Communists. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.

National Gallery of Art Orchestra concert, Philippe Entremont conducts the ensemble and performs solos in works written by Brahms, Danielpour and Mozart. 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. 26

Frozen in time, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the division of North and South Korea more than 50 years ago. 6 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Call Victor Pillow, 202-841-1774.

“Meet Me in St. Louis,” Vincente Minnelli’s 1944 film about four daughters who learn lessons of life and love in 1903, as they prepare for their reluctant move to New York; starring Mary Astor, Judy Garland and Margaret O’Brien. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.

Student compositions recital, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5414.

Young Playwrights’ Theater plays, student plays performed by professional actors; come early for a 7 p.m. reception. 7:30 p.m., GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free. 202-387-9173 or www.yptdc.org.

Tuesday, NOV. 27

AARP driver safety course, for age 50 and older, take your lunch; coffee and water provided. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. Veterans and their families, free. For information or to register: Joseph Ryan, 202-362-0704.

The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America’s Entry into World War I, former Spy Museum historian Thomas Boghardt discusses the origins and impact of the January 1917 German scheme to help Mexico regain Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, how the telegram was sent and how British intelligence was able to decipher it. Noon, International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.

Renwick “40 Under 40” exhibit talk, curator Nicholas Bell discusses his selection process for the artists in the new exhibit “40 Under 40: Craft Futures.” Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Election Results: What’s Next for Women?, journalist Bonnie Erbe and Cheryl Williams, vice president of Women’s Policy Inc., discuss how the election results are likely to affect women’s rights and more. Noon-1:30 p.m., Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, 1 DuPont Cir. NW. Free. 202-744-6592.

Soul’s Delight classical music recital, an all-Italian baroque music concert. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Teen poetry workshop, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, second floor Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

“Richard III,” Richard Loncraine’s 1995 film adaptation of the Shakespeare play about a murderously scheming king, starring Ian McKellen and Annette Bening. 6 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Organ debut, Ankush Kumar Bahl conducts the National Symphony Orchestra and organist William Neil in a performance of works by J. S. Bach, Guilmant, Gabrieli and Saint-Saens. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Two free tickets per person to each person in line beginning at 5 p.m. 202-467-4600.

Story time with a National Park Service ranger, a story about history and a children’s hands-on activity. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Kirstel Nelson, 202-497-1357.

Johnny Mercer: He Wrote the Songs, music specialist Robert Wyatt guides you through Mercer’s extraordinary life and career, with film clips and recordings highlighting his musical relationships with Benny Goodman, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, and other artists who benefited from his genius. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. $40. 202-633-3030.

Wednesday, NOV. 28

Job seekers clinic, a librarian provides help with résumés, cover letters, job searches and applying for jobs online. 11 a.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707, 202-715-7708 or www.dclibrary.org/jobseekers.

Intrepid Sailors: The Legacy of Preble’s Boys and the Tripoli Campaign ,” journalist and historian Chipp Reid discusses his book about one of the greatest sea stories in the history of the U.S. Navy. Noon, National Archives, Washington Room, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Films: “The Fancy” and “The Woodmans,” featuring photographer Francesca Woodman. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Southeast e-reader clinic, a librarian demonstrates how to use an e-reader to search for items in the library database, put an item on hold and check out materials. 2 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Chess for kids, come to learn and/or play the game. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Chess club, for all ages and ability levels. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

An Evening with an Extraordinary Artist, Allison Arkell Stockman, the founding artistic director of the Constellation Theatre Company, and several of the group’s associate artists discuss the company’s work and perform scenes from productions. A reception follows. 5:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20. 202-331-7282, Ext. 16, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.

“An Empire of Beauty: In the Sultan’s Gardens: Ottoman Gardens and the Decorative Arts,” Nurhan Atasoy, an expert on Ottoman art and architecture, discusses how the love for flowers affected the empire’s decorative arts, from textiles and ceramics to miniature paintings. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $45. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Homebuyer seminar, first-time buyers can get financing information, learn about the home-buying process, get help resolving problems that may delay purchase and more; co-sponsored by University Legal Services. 6 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.

NSO Youth Fellows in concert , violinists Jessica and Katelyn Lynos, cellist Ryan Hintzman, violinist Abigail Tucker and bassoonist Kai Rocke perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

James Bond villains: The reality behind the evil, historians Alexis Albion, Christopher Moran and Mark Stout discuss the Cold War and its aftermath to explore the connections between Bond villains and the era in which they first wowed audiences. 6:30 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. $9. 202-393-7798.

Holidays on Display: Sparkle, Santas, and Extravagant Store Designs, Curator William L. Bird, Museum of American History, and author of “Holidays on Display,” peeks behind the North Pole villages and storybook windows to reveal the art, craft, and retail strategies that shaped them, discusses the explosion of department stores vying for customers in the free-spending 1920s and the opulently decorated aisles of stores like John Wanamaker’s, Robinson’s, Macy’s and its arch-rival Gimbel’s and their colorful oases in a decidedly dreary world. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

“A Killing Game,” Dog and Pony DC Theater perform the story of a deadly plague that begins to kill the citizenry, and only the audience’s cunning and skills can keep them alive until the end of the show. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, continues through Dec. 22, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $17. 202-547-6839 or www.dogandponydc.com.

Anonymous 4 in concert, the a cappella quartet performs “love fail,” a staged concert collaboration with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang based in part on the “lais,” tales of love and chivalry by medieval author Marie de France. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.

Joel Harrison String Choir, with Jeremy Kittel, Dave Eggar, Steve Cardenas and Mat Maneri. 8 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $15; $25. 202-399-7993.

Thursday, NOV. 29

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 americanart.si.edu/calendar.

Takoma Park Library job clinic, get help in creating an e-mail account, filling out online applications and revising résumés. 1-2:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

Lamond-Riggs youth games, for ages 12-19, play video games and board games. 4-6 p.m., Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

Renwick museum craft “happy hour,” for age 21 and older, a seasonal craft “Handi-Hour” with live music, seasonal brews, knitting, making a craft and going on a scavenger hunt through the galleries for prizes. 5:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $20, includes two drinks and snacks. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu/calendar.

Open studio, join Shanti Norris and Darien Reece as they paint, collage and experiment with other art techniques; equipment supplied or bring your own. 6-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.

Molly Brown’s Titanic Journey, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the life of the H.M.S. Titanic survivor. 6-7 p.m., Titanic Memorial, Fourth and P streets SW. Free. Kathy Kagle or Rui Fernandes, 202-438-5377.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company in concert, the internationally known company performs “North Star,” set to music by Philip Glass; “The Legend of Ten,” set to Brahms’s Quintet in F minor; and “Crisis Variations.” 8 p.m. Nov. 29-30, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $22-$108. 202-467-4600.

Art exhibit closing reception, students from the Corcoran College of Art + Design respond to the documentary photography of Taryn Simon, whose work is on view in the Corcoran Gallery of Art. 7-9 p.m., Gallery 31, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1700.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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