D.C. community calendar, Nov. 29 to Dec. 6, 2012

November 28, 2012
Thursday, NOV. 29

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.

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/ http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99790084.

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 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 http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101145442

Art workshop, join artists 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.

Classical guitar recital, Chilean guitarists Romilio Orellana and Luis Orlandini perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Molly Brown’s Titanic Journey, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the woman who survived the 1912 sinking of the Titanic. 6-7 p.m., Titanic Memorial, Fourth and P streets SW. Free. Kathy Kagle or Rui Fernandes, 202-438-5377.

“Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life,” 30-year-old authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus discuss their book about how they left their six-figure corporate salaries and refocused to a simpler life. 7-9 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Chopin at the opera, classical vocalist Laura Bass and pianist Alex Peh perform an all-Chopin program. 7 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Name your own price tickets. 202-777-3251 or www.washingtondcjcc.org/music.

Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, 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, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $22-$108. 202-467-4600.

Art exhibit 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.

“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. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; 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.

Friday, NOV. 30

Wreath workshop, for adults, create a medium-size wreath using materials from the gardens including cedar boughs, magnolia leaves, holly, pine cones and boxwood to fashion distinctive wreaths; materials and instruction provided. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Dec. 7, Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $48, registration required. 202-965-0400 or tudorplacewreathworkshop.eventbrite.com.

Philosophy lecture, Marquette University’s Richard Taylor discusses “Averroes on Knowing Separate Substances.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.

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.

Ugly Purple Sweater concert, the local acoustically tinged indie rock band performs rock, folk and other styles. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Night tour of memorials, 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. 202-426-6841.

An 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. Friday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

“Frederick Douglass: The Lion of Anacostia,” John Muller discusses his biography covering the final years of the fugitive slave who became a renowned orator. 7-9 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Catholic University Women’s Chorus recital, Kevin O’Brien leads a program of carols, lullabies and Christmas music by Benjamin Britten, Norman Dello Joio, Charles Ives, James MacMillan and others. 7:30 p.m. Catholic University, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5414.

Jazz by the Danilo Perez Trio, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.

American University Chorus: “Sing a New Song,” Laura M. Petravage leads the chorus in a program of traditional American songs by Alice Parker, Mack Wilberg and Aaron Copland, and contemporary songs by Ronald Staheli and David Dickau. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10. 202-885-3634 or www.american.edu/auarts.

Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington concert, “Winter Nights.” 8 p.m. Friday, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $25-$55. 202-293-1548 or www.gmcw.org.

Saturday, DEC. 1

New York in the Thirties: From Hard-Times Town to the World of Tomorrow, Saul Lilienstein and George Scheper bring a seminal decade to life in film, recordings, visuals and insightful commentary as they discuss the answer of New York City to the Crash of 1929, an architectural and creative explosion. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $139. 202-633-3030.

“Oh! Hanukkah!,” Nell and David Greenfieldboyce combine music, comedy and puppets to bring out the Hanukkah spirit in two puppet tales of Jewish life in the old country combined with a novel retelling of the story of Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights.” 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 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, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.

Second lives redux: repurposed textiles, collectors R. John Howe and Kirk Keshishian discuss the traditional practice of using old fragments in different contexts, often resulting in an entirely new use or purpose. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

“Nutcracker” storytime and dance class, for ages 3-5 and 6-8, come in comfortable clothing and shoes for an interactive reading of the holiday favorite followed by a lesson in basic ballet steps and a variety of movement activities based on the classic story (caregivers will remain with the children). Ages 3-5: 10:30 a.m. Ages 6-8: 1 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10 per child. 202-965-0400. Register: tudorplacenutcrackerdanceclass.eventbrite.com.

“Tony Smith at 100,” illustrated lectures by Harry Cooper, curator and head, department of modern art, National Gallery of Art; Eileen Costello; editor and project director, “The Catalogue Raisonne of the Drawings of Jasper Johns”; and Charles Ray, artist. 1-4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

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.

Holiday wreath making, for beginners and advanced skills people who may learn designer-quality techniques, all supplies provided. Beginners. 9 a.m.-noon. Advanced. 1-4 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $59, registration required. 202-245-4521 or www.usna.usda.gov.

Classical piano recital, Lukas Vondracek performs works by Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Brahms and Prokofiev. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

“The Nutcracker,” performed by Ballet Petite and Youth Performing Arts School. 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 2 and 5 p.m. December. 15-16, American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $19. 202-885-2587 or www.balletpetite.com/

“Nuts Over ‘The Nutcracker’,” dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis uses video of well-known ballets to explain the fine craft of making this ballet. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, South Opera Tier Lounge, 2700 F St. NW. $15. Free. 202-467-4600.

A Celtic Christmas, the Barnes and Hampton Celtic Consort with Linn Barnes on guitars, Allison Hampton on the Celtic harp, woodwind artist Joseph Cunliffe and percussionist Steven Bloom on the bodhran and tambour perform Christmas music for harp, lute and flute; seasonal readings by radio host Robert Aubry Davis. 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 4 and 8 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. December. 9, Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. $33; seniors, $29; 18 and younger, $16. 202-965-2000 or www.dumbartonconcerts.org.

Historic homes tour, includes Tudor Place, Dumbarton House, Woodrow Wilson House and Anderson House; children’s holiday card workshop led by artist-in-residence Peter Waddell at Tudor Place. 4-8 p.m. Saturday, Anderson House, (2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW); Tudor Place (1644 31st St. NW); Dumbarton House (2715 Q St. NW); and Woodrow Wilson House (2340 S St. NW). Complimentary shuttle bus between sites for ticketed guests. Admission to all four, $20; age 17 and younger, $10; in advance, $16. Single admission, $10; age 17 and younger, $5. Talia Mosconi, tmosconi@tudorplace.org. 202-965-0400, Ext. 110.

Hanukkah choral music, Tach’shitim (Jewels) performs the music of Bet Mishpachah, a Washington congregation. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Night tour of memorials, 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. Survey Lodge, 202-426-6841.

Swingin’ in the holidays with Duke Ellington and Shorty Rogers, David N. Baker conducts the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s artists in a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker” and “Peer Gynt Suite,” and Shorty Rogers’s “The Swingin’ Nutcracker,” Benny Carter’s “Sleigh Ride in July” and others; sponsored by Smithsonian Associates. 7:30-9:30 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $25. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Classical Arab and Andalusian music, vocalist Karima Skalli, with the Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble perform repertoire by past and present composers of the Arabian Peninsula, the Middle East and North Africa. 7:30 p.m., Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Catholic University Town and Gown Community Chorus concert, Kevin O’Brien conducts a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “St. Nicolas.” 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.

Guild of Bands “Fall Band Blast,” university students perform rock, pop, jazz and metal. 8 p.m., Georgetown University, Walsh Black Box Theatre, 36th and Prospect streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.

Georgetown improvisational comedy, Georgetown Improv Association presents comedy inspired by suggestions from the audience, contains adult themes. 9 p.m., Georgetown University, Leavey Center, Bulldog Alley, 37th and O Streets NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-687-2787.

Sunday, DEC. 2

D.C. history tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a one-hour walking tour and discusses presidential inaugurations and the accompanying celebrations, parades and protests. 10:30 a.m., meet at the Old Post Office Plaza, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Shunda Yates, 202-606-8691.

Poetry brunch and discussion, with Eleanor Ehrenkranz, featuring her book “Explaining Life: The Wisdom of Modern Jewish Poetry 1960-2010,” a collection of 100 of the most relevant Israeli, Yiddish and American Jewish poems written in the past 50 years; a light brunch will be served. 11 a.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $12; seniors and students, $10. 202-777-3251 or www.washingtondcjcc.org/authorsoutloud.

Logan Circle house tour, a self-guided tour, featuring historical architecture, modern renovation and newly constructed homes. 1-5 p.m., wassail reception from 3:30-5:30 p.m at the Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. Advance tickets at Barrel House Liquor, Logan Hardware, Logan Hardware and Mitchell Gold. Same-day tickets at Studio Theatre. $30; in advance, $25. 703-298-2888 or www.logancircle.org.

“Pushing Hands,” Ang Lee’s debut feature film, about a retired tai chi master whose move to his son and daughter-in-law’s New York home brings a clash of cultures and generations, in English and Mandarin with English subtitles. 1 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral tour: “Angels High and Low,” for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.

“Frankincense and Myrrh,” learn about the trade caravans that journeyed across the Saudi Arabian deserts to a trading center at the City of Paradise; view an exhibit of incense burners and design one to take home. 2 p.m., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Puss in Boots,” film screening, with English subtitles. 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.

“The Wedding Banquet” film screening, Ang Lee’s surprise 1993 box-office hit about a gay Taiwanese entrepreneur living in New York who agrees to marry a Chinese woman in need of a green card in order to assuage his tradition-bound parents. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. 3 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“The Wedding Bouquet” (1993), Ang Lee’s surprise box-office hit about a gay Taiwanese entrepreneur living in New York City who agrees to marry a Chinese woman in need of a green card in order to assuage his tradition-bound parents. In English and Mandarin with English subtitles. 3 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Jewish Historical Society meeting, ambassador Richard Schifter discusses his childhood in Vienna, escape after the Nazi takeover and his return to Europe as a Ritchie Boy. 3-5 p.m., Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3955 Macomb St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-789-0900.

Georgetown University Wind Ensemble concert, Aaron Broadus conducts a program of music by Percy Grainger. 4 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. $5; students, free. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

American Boychoir School concert, the Princeton, N.J.-based ensemble performs sacred and secular works for the Christmas season. 5 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church Georgetown, 3240 O St. NW. $30; students and seniors, $15. 202-338-1796.

Handel’s “Messiah,” 5 p.m., Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St. NW. Free. 202-331-1426.

Clancy Works Dance Company, a performance depicting powerful movement and emotion. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Reformation Lutheran Church Choir concert, a performance of works by Gerald Bales, John Leavitt and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Georgetown University Orchestra concert, program includes selections from the 19th and 20th centuries. 8 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

“Dead Men’s Hollow” concert, the ensemble performs its sound of tight harmony vocals played with traditional bluegrass instruments. 3-5 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $10; age 12 and younger, free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

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. Call Andrew Clark, 202-426-6841.

Shostakovich’s musical roots, Angel Gil-Ordonez leads the Georgetown University Orchestra a program including works by Beethoven, Mussorgsky and Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu.

Monday, DEC. 3

“Seasons of Light,” for ages 5-10, a multicultural program about winter holidays celebrated around the world. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Monday through Dec. 12 and Dec. 17, 1 p.m. Dec. 11, 19 and 20, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Music from the hearts of America: The American Boychoir School, performs holiday music. 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, first floor, Center, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

General Colin Powell portrait talk, artist Ronald Sherr discusses what is was like to work with the general and his creative process. 12:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, meet in the G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Emancipation Early: At Liberty in Washington, D.C., a National Park Service Ranger discusses how slavery ended in the city, nine months before Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. 4 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Matthew Hornberger, 202-359-7080.

Can I afford my life?, a two-part series for teens and young adults, focusing on money behaviors, spending habits and budgeting then credit and savings; co-sponsored by Capital Area Asset Builders. 5:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

2012 International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a performance based on this year’s theme of “removing barriers to create an inclusive and accessible society for all.” 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600

“Miracle on 34th Street,” George Seaton’s 1947 film about a nice old man who claims to be Santa Claus, starring Maureen O’Hara, Edmund Gwenn and Natalie Wood. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.

Georgetown University Concert Choir, a performance of Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” and the opening chorus of the first J.S. Bach “Cantata Wie Schon leuchtet der Morgenstern.” 7:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. $5; students, free. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.

“The Generals,” Thomas E. Ricks discusses his book about the widening gulf between performance and accountability with Susan B. Glasser, editor of Foreign Policy magazine. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Tuesday, DEC. 4

Jeffersons and Peales: friendship between families, a National Park Service ranger discusses the family of Charles Wilson Peale , whose children became explorers, natural scientists and portrait painters. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Joe Mohr, 202-359-1532.

Children’s book reading, for ages 3-5, a museum staff member leads an interactive reading of Jan Brett’s “Gingerbread Baby,” about the celebration of winter holidays. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. Free. 202-272-2448.

Washington Bach Consort concert, 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Pennsylvania Avenue progress, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour in the footsteps of presidents following their inaugurations. 3:30 p.m., the Peace Monument, First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. Jason Barna, 202-606-8691.

“Messiah” sing-along, professor Frederick Binkholder and professional soloists lead the gathered ensemble through six choruses of Handel’s work. 4 p.m., Georgetown University, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O Streets NW. Free, donations welcome, reservations requested. 202-687-2787 or concertchoir@georgetown.edu.

Classical guitar concert, Serbian guitarist, composer and arranger Nemanja Bogunovic performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Evening in the conservatory, Irish rock music performed by 40 Thieves. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Staged reading, Scena Theatre performs Theresia Walser’s “A Little Calm Before the Storm.” 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

Art after school, meet instructor Deborah Cavenaugh whose teaching model for young artists may translate into abilities to create with the mind, hands and heart. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Species survival: A Race against time, curator Paul Marinari discusses the birth of cheetah siblings against a backdrop of human conflict, hunting and habitat loss that has threatened the survival of a growing number of species, the new role for zoological institutions as centers for species conservation and the vital research conducted by them. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

“Madcap May,” author Richard Kurin and Portrait Gallery cultural historian Amy Henderson discuss the tumultuous life of May Yohe, the sweet-voiced but foul-mouthed showgirl. 6:45-8:15 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

“United in Anger: The History of ACT UP,” the story of how ACTUP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), came together in the 1980s to change the world, to save each other’s lives and forcing the U.S. Government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1700.

Young Concert Artists, a new ensemble, performs works by Bela Bartok, Steven Novacek, David Hertzberg and George Gershwin. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.

Georgetown University Jazz concert, professor Aaron Broadus leads the jazz ensemble in a program of selections from Sammy Nestico, Mike Crotty and Duke Ellington. 8 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O Streets NW. $5. 202-687-2787.

Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concert, Gustavo Dudamel conducts a performance of works by Carlos Chavez, Julian Orbon and Richard Strauss. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$175. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Wednesday, DEC. 5

Smithsonian Gardens Holiday Traditions, Cindy Brown, a Smithsonian Gardens education specialist, leads a tour through the Enid A. Haupt and Mary Livingston Ripley gardens; visitors also can view decorated trees in the “Castle” and create botanical decorations inspired by those in the gardens. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, 2-4:30 p.m. Dec. 7 and 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dec. 8, meet in the Haupt Garden outside the South entrance to the Smithsonian Castle. $52. 202-633-3030.

Madrigal singers perform, Benjamin Hutto leads students from St. Albans and National Cathedral schools in a concert of seasonal music. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.

“Everybody Dance! What Makes America Move,” Dan Joyce of George Mason University’s School of Dance, discusses the dance steps of the past century and decodes the social and cultural meanings; visitors are invited to show off their own steps in a group dance. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

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.

Secrets of Orkney’s Stone-Age Temple, Scottish archeologist Nick Card discusses his team’s discoveries at the Ness of Brodgar, a Neolithic temple complex that predates Stonehenge by 500 years. 7-9 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $42. 202-3030.

Legacy: A genetic history of the Jewish people, Harry Ostrer, professor of pathology and genetics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, discusses efforts to pinpoint a collective Jewish identity, population genetics and the role of genetic legacy in determining our individual and group identities. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10; students and seniors, $8. 202-777-3251.

Thursday, DEC. 6

Aging in place: Planning’s role and responsibilities, a discussion of how large populations are aging and how we must adapt to this demographic shift, issues of mobility, food access and healthy living addressed. 9:30 a.m.-noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.

“Thurgood Marshall Remembered,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the 20th-century Supreme Court associate justice. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.

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.

“A Life: The Story of Lady Bird Johnson,” Charles Guggenheim’s 1992 documentary that celebrates the former First Lady’s life from a remote Texas town to her marriage to one of the most powerful and complex men in American politics. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Bioethics and human rights, a group of distinguished speakers discuss issues surrounding bioethics and human rights at a panel held in honor of international Human Rights Day. 1 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1492.

“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. Thursdays except Dec. 27, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral tour: “Angels High and Low,” for age 10 and older, docents examine the angel statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other mediums. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West-End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200.

Holiday music, organist Thom Guthrie performs a work by Jean Langlais based on the legend of St. Nicholas and other joyful seasonal pieces. 5:30 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 10th and G streets NW. Free. 202-628-4317.

Tudor nights – Deck the halls, for age 21 and older, drink spiced ginger punch and enjoy seasonal hors d’oeuvres in the festively trimmed mansion. 6-8 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. 202-965-0400. Registration: http://deckthehallsattudorplace.eventbrite.com/.

Ray Abshire, accordionist and vocalist, a program of Cajun music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Evening in the conservatory, an a cappella program by the Capital Hearings. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.

Cosmochemistry: Decoding the Hidden Messages of Space, geologist Glenn J. MacPherson discusses the evolution and importance of research, how investigations are conducted, notable discoveries and how our widening understanding of the solar system’s beginnings allows us to recognize the same processes occurring now as new stars form within our own galactic neighborhood. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Chucho Valdes Quartet, jazz concert. 7 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.

Holiday jazz concert, a performance by the UDC Jazz Ensemble, UDC Chorale and The Voices. 7:30 p.m., UDC, Recital Hall, Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or jazzalive@udc.edu.

Jewish music, Cantor Netanel Hershtik, the Hampton Synagogue Choir and Amernet String Quartet perform a homage to the golden age of cantors and to the liturgical music of modern times. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. Free. 202-467-4600.

Smithsonian Encore Choral holiday concert, Jeanne Kelly conducts one of the nation’s largest choral program for older adults in a program of secular holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. Free. 202-261-5747 or http://encorecreativity.org.

Smithsonian Encore Choral holiday concert, Jeanne Kelly conducts one of the nation’s largest choral programs for older adults featuring secular holiday tunes. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“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. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; noon Wednesday, Dec. 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.

”Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” John Malkovich directs the Theatre de l’Atelier production , a French revival stageplay, in French with English surtitles and adapted to a 21st century setting. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $60-$75, discounts for students, seniors, military and groups. 202-547-1122 or www.ShakespeareTheatre.org.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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