D.C. community calendar, Sept. 4-11, 2014

Thursday, Sept. 4

Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, with free parking. 202-364-7602.

Garden tour and kids in snugglers, volunteers take turns leading parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a 45-minute guided tour of the conservatory, no strollers. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 30, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

National Cathedral behind the scenes, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Laugh café, take your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales to provoke others to laughter. Memorization not required; take your lunch, coffee and dessert served. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. Register: 202-364-7602.

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Air Force Strings perform. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Beginners’ computer class, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet and use online library services. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

American Art: after and before, museum conservators discuss an artwork that has received treatment by Lunder Conservation Center staff then go behind-the-scenes to see how staff apply science, art history and skilled hands to artworks before they are exhibited. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of a selection of memorials. 2-4 p.m. daily through Sept. 30, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

“How to Breathe Under Water,” a librarian leads a discussion of Julie Orringer’s book, a collection of nine stories covering various subjects full of sharp insights and hard-won wisdoms. 2:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 219, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Cathedral earthquake tour, view the damage that came from the magnitude 5.8 quake of August 23, 2011. 3 p.m. Thursday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Teen game time, for ages 12-18, play your favorite game on your own or on a team. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Origami nights, for ages 7-12, learn how to create paper cranes, frogs, foxes, ties and other designs using the Japanese art form. Beginners welcome. 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Teen comic book club, for ages 13-19, for fans of manga, super hero comics and more. 5 p.m. Thursday and the first Thursday of every month, Northeast Library, Mezzanine level conference room, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. Register: northeastlibrary@dc.gov or 202-698-0183.

Music on the lawn, a performance of swinging mainstream jazz by Larry Brown Jazz, bring a picnic supper and a blanket or lawn chair. Volunteers needed. Gates open 5:30, Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free; donations appreciated. 202-333-7100 or www.gracedc.org .

Wii dance-off, for ages 13-19, a weekly competition using Wii. 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Handi-hour, for age 21 and older, featuring all-you-can-craft activities with a comic book flair and craft brews, live music performed by local duo FarAway, includes two drink tickets and light snacks. 5:30-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. $20. 202-633-1000.

Dance concert, dancer and choreographer Adriane Fang presents her new dance work “Grains,

using movement, lighting, organic materials and a sound-score by Jeffrey Dorfman, creating strong visuals that explore the subject of time and the connection of the shared human experience. 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Making the most of your senior year, college consultant Victoria Tillson Evans discusses how seniors should navigate their final year and college application process without stress. 6 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, First Floor Meeting Room, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Anacostia Library chess club, for ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Guitars not guns, for ages 8-18, a national program that uses music as a catalyst to encourage children and teens and fosters youths to use their creativity to divert themselves from self-destructive influences; permission from a parent or guardian required. 6:30 p.m., Thursdays through Sept. 25, William O. Lockridge/Bellvue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1185.

Global approach to fighting deadly diseases of wheat,Cornell University’s Ronnie Coffman discusses the stem rust that has plagued wheat farmers for millennia with new superstrains coming out of East Africa and the potential for overcoming 80% of the world’s wheat, outlining the challenges faced by a consortium of scientists and some of the successes in securing the world’s wheat crop. 6:30-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov.

Book talk, a librarian leads a discussion about Erik Larson’s novel “In the Garden of Beasts ,” set in 1933 Berlin, about America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Nazi Germany at a turning point in history. 7 p.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Old Dog ,” Pema Tseden’s 2011 film about an aged shepherd on the Himalayan plains struggling to keep his Tibetan mastiff, an ancient breed desired by pet dealers and dog thieves, in Tibetan with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Poetry reading at the library, poets Doritt Carroll and Maritza Rivera read from their works. 7 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Meditation and mindfulness, a facilitator teaches and leads techniques that help those whose stress response is triggered by a recent cancer diagnosis; cancer patients, their family members and caregivers are welcome. 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, second floor, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Game night at the library, for teens, come play Wii video games or one of our board games or work on a craft. 7 p.m. Thursdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Job seekers support group, get new ideas for networking and develop strategies for finding jobs. 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sept. 18, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. megan.mcnitt@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

“Spark,” by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich, a gritty drama about a veteran returning from war and the economic challenges, emotional conflict and specter of war that haunts her and her family, best for age 16 and older. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, continues through Sept. 28, Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. $35; seniors and students, $20. 202-241-2539 or www.theateralliance.com .

“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

Moneyball ,” Bennett Miller’s 2011 film about a Major League Baseball manager who must devise ways to win when his players are lured away from his team by big money, starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright. 8:15 p.m., Canal Park, Second and M streets SE. Free. www.capitolriverfront.org .

Friday, Sept. 5

Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

The Hundred-Foot Journey ,” a film about a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch, displaced with his Indian family to a quaint village in the south of France and on the brink of opening an Indian restaurant that rivals a Michelin-rated restaurant, starring Helen Mirren, Charlotte Le Bon and Manish Dayal. 11:30 a.m., 2:15, 5 and 8 p.m. through next Thursday, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000 or www.theavalon.org .

Helping Our People Engage, in the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress theaters, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents weekly movie matinees on Friday mornings, a discussion group follows. 11:30 a.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Pipe organ recital, Charles Pugh performs works by J.S. Bach, Louis Vierne, José Lidon, Edward Elgar and Eugene Gigout. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

“Jealousy,” Philippe Garrel’s film about a man who leaves his wife and daughter, the story of the relationships that flounder and thrive in the wake of such a decision, in French with English subtitles. 1:15, 3:20, 5:30 and 7:45 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

“Rock Me to the Moon,” Huang Chia-Chun’s 2013 film about Taiwan’s most unusual rock band, Sleepy Dads, a group of six middle-age fathers, all with children suffering from incurable rare diseases, who find comfort in their music until they try to perform at the highly competitive Hohaiyan Rock Festival, in Mandarin with English subtitles. 2 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

200 Years ago: the Star-Spangled Banner, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses the burning of Washington and whether Baltimore was in jeopardy during the War of 1812. 3-5 p.m., Washington Monument Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Basic Internet safety, learn how to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious errors and the most catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Digital Commons, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover or create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Southwest church potluck and game night, for all ages, bring games to play with family or friends. Bring a potluck dish for dinner to share, sponsored by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church. 6:30-9 p.m., Tiber Island Community Center, 429 N St. SW. Free. 202-554-3222, rector@staugustinesdc.org or www.staugustinesdc.org .

Working from the figure, drop-in figure drawing, work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring drawing materials; easels available. 6:30-9:30 p.m., first and third Fridays, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Dave Matthews Covers concert, a performance by Crowded Streets. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org .

“Stray Dogs,” Tsai Ming-liang’s 2013 film, a poetic portrait of an alcoholic father and his young children surviving in modern-day Taipei, eating leftover supermarkets foods and looking for shelter in abandoned buildings until they come upon a woman from the past, in Mandarin with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Memorials of the Mall by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 8-10 p.m. daily through Sunday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Ranger station, 202-426-6841.

“The Shoplifters,” Morris Panych’s biting comedy about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common in this high-stakes battle of wills involving a career shoplifter whose life of petty crime is halted by an overzealous rookie security guard and his ambivalent mentor. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, continues through Oct. 19, Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

Shakespeare’s Globe: “King Lear,” Bill Buckhurst directs Joseph Marcell, Gwendolen Chatfield, Bethan Cullinane and Alex Mugnaioni in the William Shakespeare tragedy. 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sept. 11; other shows, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, continues through Sept. 21, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $50-$85; lower prices for partial-view seating; discounts for students, seniors, military and educators. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre .

Saturday, Sept. 6

Ward 8 farmers market, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, yoga. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org .

Geology lover’s guide to the Mid-Atlantic, Callan Bentley, an assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College, discusses four Maryland and Virginia sites and their geological histories. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Yoga for adults, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist; wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat, some mats may be available. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Fascinating world of carnivorous plants, education volunteer Todd Brethauer discusses the adaptation and ability of these 700-plus plant species, allowing them to capture and digest insects and other small animals, enabling them to grow in nutrient-poor soils, details their evolution, history, ecology and physiology and gives hints on keeping them healthy and happy at home. 10:30 a.m.-noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Cemetery tours, a docent leads a tour of the cemetery that provides a final resting place for John Philip Sousa and other famous people. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 1, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Free. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org .

Yoga, a teacher from Yoga Activist leads beginner classes for teens and adults. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Author talk, Justin Martin discusses his book “Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America’s First Bohemians ,” which explores Whitman’s time at Pfaff’s Saloon in Manhattan and the colorful group that convened there, including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain; meet at the portrait of Walt Whitman. Noon, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Book talk, National Park Service Ranger Scott Einberger discusses his book “A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, D.C. ,” from the cabin of eccentric poet Joaquin Miller to the city’s oldest house. Noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Imaginative play time, for age 12 and younger, use imagination to dress up, build with blocks, perform with puppets and solve puzzles. Noon Saturdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Portrait story days: John James Audubon, listen to a story about the American wildlife artist who attempted to paint and describe all of the birds of America and create a piece of art inspired by his life and portrait. 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.

2014 Herb of the year: artemisia, members of the Herb Society of America and Arboretum staff demonstrate the uses and culture of the highly fragrant and easy to grow herb used in cuisine, cosmetics, aroma therapy and dried arrangements. 1-4 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-4521.

Staying connected, a three-week series of technologies including Facebook and Twitter, D.C. Online and Google Tools, curriculum and training by ByteBack. 2:30 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 20, Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. Registration recommended. 202-529-3395.

Meet the author: Lynn Goldsmith, meet the portrait photographer best known for her images of rock icons Prince, Bonnie Raitt and Patti Smith, and listen to her tales of their encounters. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, “American Cool” exhibit entrance, second floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Workshop: “Pollinators, Parasites, Predators & Pests: Managing the 4 P’s,” Rex Dufour discusses how to create an urban habitat for a range of pollinators, parasites and predators and how to conserve those that are beneficial and support a diverse habitat through the avoidance of toxic chemicals. 2-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss moments in American history; bring your bike, water and snacks. Helmets required. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Tango lessons, for adults, learn and practice the Argentine tango with Rendezvous Tango’s Bahman Aryana, all skill levels welcome. 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Building the Lincoln Memorial, a National Park Service ranger discusses the inside story of the design and construction of the Mall’s first memorial. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Peter Winfrey, 202-426-6841.

Case of the Murdered Archduke, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses how the murder of an heir to a throne started World War I and shaped the world of 2014. 3-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Washington Monument, Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.

Okinawan performing arts, a performance of Ryukyu traditional dance, traditional karate and so-saku Eisa. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, Sept. 7

Palisades farmers market, locally grown seasonal produce, music by Sherier Mountain. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. www.palisadesfarmersmarket.com .

U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Air Force Strings performs 19th-century French and American music in honor of the “Degas/Cassatt” exhibit. Noon and 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

“The Jungle School,” Riri Riza’s 2013 film that follows Butet Manurung as she evolves from an anthropologist to an educator then an activist who teaches a tribal boy who motivates her to teach the children in his remote clan, in Bahasa Indonesia and Orang Rimba dialect with English subtitles. 1 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Family MESS, for ages 3-12 to learn about math, engineering and science in the world around them through experiments, building and other activities; parental/caregiver participation encouraged. 1 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Knitting and crocheting workshop, make items for those in need, instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, that serve homeless children and their families. 1-3 p.m. Sunday and the third Sunday of each month, Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or e-mail Mila Michael, knitting@cathedralcongregation.org .

Yoga at Georgetown Library, teachers from Yoga Activist lead the classes. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Petworth Pacers, walkers age 50 and older should bring a water bottle and face towel; dress in comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing for a low-impact 60-minute walk around the neighborhood. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, second-floor Program Room, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. Register: 202-243-1187.

Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 2 p.m. Sundays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1278.

Board games in the afternoon, for age 10 and older, play board games with your friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Smooth jazz and Scrabble, relax to the sounds of many different artists. 3-5 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Lounge in the Main Meeting Room, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn for a take-home project. 3 p.m. Sundays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

The Missing Picture ,” Rithy Panh’s 2013 film that reimagines his childhood memories and the Khmer Rouge’s reign of terror over Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. 4 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cathedral organ recital, Christopher Betts performs works by Dietrich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck, Gerald Near, Percy Whitlock and Charles-Marie Widor on the 10,650-pipe organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Gospel and worship music, Alexandria’s Alfred Street Baptist Church Young Adult Praise Team performs contemporary gospel, praise and worship songs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, Sept. 8

Yoga for tots and tykes, for age 4 and younger with an adult, no yoga experience or mats required; rhymes, songs, games and yoga poses geared toward their development. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

English conversation classes, volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center facilitate classes twice a week. 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas ,” author and often-cited legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein discusses his compilation of famous, insightful, relevant and inflammatory pieces and offers logical, evidence-based solutions to today’s most challenging questions. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 29, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental-health problems, sponsored by MetroHealth. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.

Yoga at West End, Smita Kumar from Yoga District teaches a weekly class, bring a mat or use one of the library’s. 12:30 p.m. Mondays, West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free; registration required. teresa.sakon@dc.gov or 202-724-8698.

Homework help, for ages 12-18, bring your school assignments, other materials or papers to be reviewed. 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Reader’s theatre, for those in grades 2-5, bring stories to life, read aloud scripts from popular children’s books and hone your acting “chops,” parent participation encouraged. 4 p.m. Mondays, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Teen open-mike night, come and showcase your talent. 4 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Sandaraa in concert, the New York-based band performs South Asian music blended with the sounds and sensibilities of Eastern Europe, the Balkans and New York. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Socrates Club: how censorship endangers our freedoms, a monthly discussion of philosophical topics. 6:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

“Situation Rooms,” a film screening from the independent theater group Rimini Protokoll about the war industry and its effects, hear the voices and stories of individuals whose lives have been shaped in one way or another by war. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

Yoga for adults, led by a teacher from Yoga Activist, mats provided. 6:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. 202-698-6373.

James McNeill Whistler: finding the man and the artist, biographer Daniel E. Sutherland discusses his book “Whistler: A Life for Art’s Sake ,” about the man with a reputation for theatrics, outspokenness and eccentricity, an intense, introspective and complex man plagued by self-doubt and haunted by an endless pursuit of perfection in his painting and drawing. A screening of a PBS documentary, “James McNeill Whistler & the Case for Beauty,” follows on Sept. 12. Lecture. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Yoga for beginners, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

Tuesday, Sept. 9

Computer classes, for adults, topics change from week-to-week. Tuesday: e-mail basics. Sept. 16: introduction to Microsoft Word. Sept. 23: introduction to Microsoft Excel. Sept. 30: introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint. 10 a.m.-noon, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Computer classes, a hands-on class for adults with little or no computer experience, learn about the computer parts and terminology, Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010 and borrowing and downloading from the D.C. Public Library. 10:30 a.m. every other Tuesday. Woodridge Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free; registration required. 202-541-6226.

Yoga at noon, led by traditional yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris, bring a mat. Noon Tuesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Classical piano concert, pianist Martin Labazevitch performs works from France, Hungary and Poland. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Yoga for seniors, for age 55 and older, taught by instructors from Yoga Activist. 12:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration requested. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Computer basics class, for beginners, learn about the computer, basic mouse techniques, the Internet, e-mail, opening and exiting programs; bring a flash drive to save class documents. 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellvue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1185.

Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Hook and needle club, for ages 10-19 who always wanted to learn how to knit or crochet, all experience levels welcome, yarn, knitting needles and crochet hooks provided. 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and the second Tuesday of every month, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Back-to-school party, for ages 6-12, listen to stories about going to school, make a special craft and play Lego Bingo. 4 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

HIV/STI screening, for teens and young adults, ages 13-24, by Metro TeenAIDS, with information on how to live a healthy life. 4:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, Meeting Room 2, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

D.C. Youth Slam Team poetry, for ages 13-19, a poetry workshop, bring your imagination. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; registration required. Jonathan Tucker, 202-787-5279.

Teen advisory group, bring your ideas for future library programs and events including the planning of a teen party. 5 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Anacostia library chess club, for ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Hoba Hoba Spirit concert, a reggae, rock and gnawa (a mix of African, Berber and Arabic religious songs and rhythms) band based in Casablanca, Morocco, performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Keystone Society program: Perkins+Will open house for emerging professionals, join fellow young professionals at the D.C. office of global design firm Perkins+Will as they open their doors to the Keystone Society, an evening of networking, an office tour and professional insights from Perkins+Will staff members, refreshments will be served. 6-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $10, prepaid; registration required. 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org .

Art open discussion, a staff member discusses modern and contemporary art, encouraging free-flowing conversation. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

21st-century astronomy: expanding the universe and knowledge, Sten Odenwald, a NASA astronomer and researcher at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, discusses how the frontiers in astronomy and space science are being expanded and the tools that will help researchers further explore and understand the cosmos. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Charters of freedom: debating the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Rosemarie Zagarri, a professor at George Mason University, speaking on behalf of the Constitution, and Richard Bell of the University of Maryland’s history department, speaking on behalf of the Declaration of Independence, bring the relevance and enduring influences of these seminal documents to life with the audience playing a key role. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Yoga for beginners, for adults and teens, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist, no experience required. 7:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Embassy concert, violinist Lana Trotovsek and pianist Anna Shelest perform works by Beethoven, Skerjanc, Franck and Gershwin, buffet with wine served. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Slovenia, 2410 California St. NW. $95. 202-625-2361. www.embassyseries.org .

Wednesday, Sept. 10

Total body workout, for active seniors, a class led by Carolyn Gichner, bring a mat and light weights, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through Nov. 14, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Vestry, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Conversation piece: “Thread Routes — Chapter 1,” chief curator Kathryn Wat facilitates a conversation about a video by artist Mariko Mori. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

History talk, historian Edward E. Baptist discusses his book “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism ,” about the expansion of slavery in the decades after American independence, how it drove the country’s evolution and modernization, and how the South grew to become a continental cotton empire and the U.S. grew into a modern, industrial and capitalist economy trying to find ways to make slavery more profitable. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Bereavement support, for people who have lost a spouse in the past two years, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free; registration requested. 202-364-7602.

Lunder behind the scenes, a staff member discusses how museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the museum’s collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. 3 p.m. Wednesdays, National Portrait Gallery, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free; registration required at the Luce Foundation Center information desk. 202-633-1000.

Chess for kids, instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team workshop, for teens, bi-weekly poetry and spoken word workshops designed to encourage teens to speak up about issues of social justice. 4:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Beyond Grief gallery tour, sculpture curator Karen Lemmey leads a tour of selected sculptures that express mourning and focus on works highlighted in Cynthia J. Mills’ new book “Beyond Grief: Sculpture and Wonder in the Gilded Age Cemetery .” 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

U.S. Marine Band concert, a performance of chamber music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Home from Home — Chronicle of a Vision,” project manager Peter Roloff introduces the Edgar Reitz film that revisits a German State in America, about the hundreds of thousands of Europeans who emigrated to faraway South America in a desperate bid to escape the famine, poverty and despotism that ruled at home in the mid-19th century, and tells a love story set against the true backdrop of this forgotten tragedy, about two brothers who realize that only their dreams can save them. 6 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Don’t Eat the Baby: Adventures at Post-Katrina Mardi Gras ,” a screening that shows the city of New Orleans banding together to throw a Mardi Gras celebration six months after the hurricane and flooding decimated the city, appropriate for viewing by teens and older. 6 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Sing along to “Annie,” the story of a red-headed orphan who trades in her hard-knock life for a new family, microphones for the brave, snacks for everyone, prizes for movie trivia gurus. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1291.

Star Trek’s Never-Ending Voyage: How TV Future Became Real-Life Present, Margaret Weitekamp, a curator in the Space History department, discusses how the fictional series focusing on space exploration helped define and inspire real-world parallels, including a direct relationship between the diverse cast of Star Trek and the increase in applicants among women and people of color to NASA’s astronaut program in the 1970s. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Making schools better for D.C., Amanda Ripley moderates a panel discussion on the attempts made to close the achievement gap in the school system. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; registration required. www.eventbrite.com or 202-727-0321.

Zumba class, led by a certified instructor, no experience necessary, but all participants must sign a waiver; wear comfortable clothing. 7 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Broken Harbour ,” a librarian leads a discussion of Tana French’s bestselling psychological thriller. 7 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-0058.

Yoga for adults and teens, taught by Yoga Activist’s Sandra Flores, mats provided. 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Behind the Beautiful Forevers ,” a librarian leads a discussion of Katherine Boo’s book, a work of narrative nonfiction that tells the story of families striving toward a better life in one of the 21st century’s great, unequal cities in India. 7:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Evening with Stephen Costello and Ailyn Pérez, the exciting young singers, a husband and wife duo, perform a charming evening of stories and song, piano accompaniment by Danielle Orlando. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $60. 202-467-4600.

“Her Aim is True,” director Karen Whitehead’s film about Jini Dellaccio, in 1964 a middle-aged self-taught photographer who grabbed unprecedented portraits of Neil Young and early performances by bands such as The Who, Rolling Stones and Mamas & Papas, a legacy lost and found in an enduring story about love, creativity and indie spirit; a question-and-answer session follows; proceeds benefit Carolyn’s First Decade Scholarship. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, Sept. 11

Mexican folk music, master artists and their apprentices from Northern and Southern California perform son jarocho, folk music from Veracruz, Mexico. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

Roald Dahl moviethon,James and the Giant Peach ,” 3:30 p.m.; “The BFG ,” 5:15 p.m.; “Matilda ,” 7 p.m. Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.

Chess for teens, learn how to play and master strategies. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Degas and Cassatt: an artistic dialogue, Aneta Georgievska-Shine, a University of Maryland art lecturer, discusses the most significant facets of their close friendship and working relationship. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

An Ideal Husband ,” read Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy stage play about blackmail and political corruption, discuss the book with others and see the film that stars Rupert Everett and Julianne Moore. 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 207, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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