Chess club, tailored for ages 2 and older. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Snugglers, education specialist Lee Coykendall invites parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a special tour of the conservatory; no strollers or siblings. 10 a.m. Thursdays, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian with Billy Jonas, for ages 2-6, a musical awareness and discovery program. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, 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.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older; see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; 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.
Gallery talk, the Law Library’s Pam Craig discusses the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, “The Civil War in America” exhibit, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
Library of Congress panel discussion, “The Evolving Moral Landscape: Perspectives on the Environment — Literary, Historical and Interplanetary,” with scholars David H. Grinspoon, Jean-Francois Mouhot and Matthias Klestil. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
Scrabble at the library, for adults. 1 p.m. every Thursday, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Origami for teens, learn the Japanese paper-folding art and how to create cranes, ninja stars and more. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Teen game night, for ages 12 to 19; participate in video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
Skaran in concert, the folk trio performs traditional Swedish tunes and its own compositions as part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
The Kremlin workshops, Scott Ruby, an assistant curator at Hillwood Estate, discusses the facilities that operated within the tsar’s Moscow citadel as a supply source for virtually everything needed for the ruler’s private and public life in the 16th-18th centuries. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
The Human Touch: What It’s Done to the Planet, Anthony Barnosky, professor of integrative biology, University of Calfornia, Berkeley, discusses critical states in global ecosystems and the possible causes of abrupt, irreversible changes caused by humans; Emma Marris, author of “Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World,” discusses the prospects of a new concept of nature involving full human engagement. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $27; members, $20. 202-633-3030.
Evening with a park ranger,a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
The Parties Versus the People, journalist Jackie Calmes moderates a panel discussion on America’s political system, including redistricting, closed primaries, and the 24-hour news cycle. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“Hughie,” Eugene O’Neill’s play about a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle waver after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through March 17. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $43-$100, discounts for military, students, seniors and patrons age 35 and younger. 202-
547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.
Dante’s “Inferno,” Laura Giannarelli directs the Washington Stage Guild adaptation of the original dramatization. 8 p.m. Friday, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday-Saturday evening, $50; matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount; students, half-price. 240-582-0050.
Theater, “Wecycling,” an original piece by Caleen Jennings and the ensemble examining life’s patterns that uses found objects, popular media, music, movement, memory and myth. 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. March 1, 2 and 8 p.m. March 2-3, American University, Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10. 202-885-2787 or email@example.com.
“The House of the Spirits,” Caridad Svich’s play based on Isabel Allende’s novel that spans four generations of political, social and familial upheaval of a Latin American family, performed in Spanish with English surtitles. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, continues through March 10, GALA Theatre at Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. 800-494-8497, 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.
Music program,the duo of vocalist Theo Bleckmann and guitarist Ben Monder perform jazz, cabaret, classical, experimental and improvised music. 10 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993.
The Building Zone, for age 6 and younger with an adult, activities focusing on the trades within the building-arts community. 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.
Antique Persian carpets and their contemporary counterparts, dealer and collector David Zahirpour discusses continuity and change in regional Persian rug types, structures, and designs. 10:30 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Arts for families: Kumihimo Braids, a staff member helps visitors create this complex multi-strand Japanese braid, a tie for a samurai warrior’s traditional armor. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Library games for teens, try Tetris, Blokus and Connect4 or join in for Family Game Show and other games for Wii, refreshments served. 4 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.
Game night at St. Augustine’s, for all ages, take games to play with family or friends. 7 p.m. Bring a potluck dish for dinner, 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.
“Ghosts of Machu Picchu,” documentary film explores the theories about this “Lost City of the Incas.” 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations requested. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
“Love Songs,” a Danish Dance Theatre performance, part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29. 202-467-4600.
American University Symphony Orchestra, a performance of Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite,” and Britten’s “Four Sea Interludes.” 8 p.m., Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4000 Nebraska Ave. NW. $15; university community and seniors, $10. 202-885-2787 or american.tix.com.
Theater, “Wecycling,” an original piece by Caleen Jennings and the ensemble, examining life’s cycles and using found objects, popular media, dreamscapes, music, movement, memory and myth. 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, American University, Katzen Arts Center, Studio Theatre, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $15; seniors, $10. 202-885-2787 or email@example.com.
“Pee Wee Pirates,” Mary Ann Jung becomes Captain Jean, the Pirate Queen, as she leads an interactive show in which kids in the audience are invited to hoist the rigging, swab the decks and look for land as they learn about foreign cultures. 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.
Families Rock!, live musical performances, DJ workshops with the Scratch DJ Academy, make-your-own-instrument and graffiti-tagging workshops, interactive breakdancing performances, face painting, designing posters for a cause, prizes and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1700.
The secret behind the Northern Lights, Norwegian solar physicist Pal Brekke uses photos and video footage from NASA satellites to discuss the phenomenon, part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 10:30 a.m., Kennedy Center, Cool Club, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Women’s history month family festival, to commemorate the centennial of the 1913 National Woman Suffrage Parade in Washington with objects “out of storage,” self-guided tours, create hands-on crafts and the sharing of thoughts on a “talk-back board” and in oral history interviews. Noon-4 p.m., National Museum of American History, 1st Floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
The Virtuoso Schubert, a lecture by Lawrence Kramer, a Fordham University professor of English and music. 1 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Feminism and Women’s Suffrage walking tour,a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and discusses the suffrage movement and women’s changing roles. 1-3:30 p.m., Sewall-Belmont House, 144 Constitution Ave. NE. Free. JoAnn Garcia, 202-329-1641.
Music by Schubert, pianist Paul Lewis performs. 2 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.
Knit and Lit, an informal group of knitters and readers; take a knitting or needlework project to work on as you share patterns and stories. 3 p.m. Saturdays, Georgetown Library, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-724-8783.
Violin lessons, for age 12 and older, taught by violinist Clarice Carter; take your own instrument. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
The Hemsing Sisters in concert, the Norwegian violinists Ragnhild and Eldbjorg perform; part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Cool Club, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
LEGO Build, for age 6 and older, join the staff from Play-Well Teknologies for an exciting morning of building tall towers and more. 10:30 a.m.-noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20 per child; accompanying adult, free. 202-272-2448.
Portrait Story Day: Belva Lockwood, listen to a story about the lawyer and activist and create a special piece of art to take home. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Wobble Rocket Improv, for ages 12-14 who wish to work with professional actors to learn about the basics of comedy and live performance with Saturday Morning Launch, one of Wobble Rocket’s improv troupes. 4-6 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org. 202-549-4172.
Literature readings, authors Susan Richards Shreve and Nicole Idar read from their works. 4-6 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
D.C. Youth Orchestra concert, a performance of Mozart’s “Overture to Don Giovanni,” Schubert’s Symphony No. 6 and Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G minor. 4 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-0123 or www.dcyop.org.
Classical music string recital, Matthew Lipman performs. 4 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
“My Brother’s Wedding,” a 2007 director’s cut of Charles Burnett’s second film that portrays black, lower-middle-class life in south central Los Angeles in the 1980s; also, “A Little Off Mark.” 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Vienna piano recital, a performance of works by Beethoven, Haydn and Saint-Saens . Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, a program of works by Ravel, Copland and Shostakovich, come at 6:30 for a pre-concert lecture by Kenneth Slowik. 7:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. SOLD OUT. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.
FHA and the Future of Affordable Housing, panelists discuss the Federal Housing Administration’s role in charting the nation’s next era of affordable housing. 10:30 a.m.-noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.
Thomas Jefferson in 1801, National Park Service rangers in Colonial attire discuss the presidency of the first man to take the oath of office in Washington, D.C. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
“Citizen Kane,” Orson Welles’s 1941 masterpiece film about a publishing tycoon, starring Welles and Joseph Cotton. 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Prom hair and makeup workshop, for ages 12-19, staff from Dudley Beauty College discuss popular hairstyles for formal events and give tips on hair maintenance. 6 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
“Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye,” Heinz Butler’s 2003 film interview of the French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200
Churchill’s Secret Army, retired National Park Service historian Harry Butowsky discusses the sabotage and subversion carried out by the Special Operations Executive behind enemy lines during World War II. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-3030.
Tudor Place landscape, a guided tour of the historic mansion’s 2oo-plus years of landscape design including vegetable gardens, grazing land, lawns, rose gardens and fountains. 10 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10; registration recommended: tudorplacehistoricandgrowing.eventbrite.com. 202-965-0400.
Children’s story time, for ages, 3-5, a staff member reads “The Little House,” Virginia Lee Burton’s story of a cottage with a big city built around it. 10:30 and 11:30 am., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.
Washington Bach Consort, led by J. Reilly Lewis and featuring sololist Paul Skevington. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Sketching workshop, take pencils and a sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Homework cafe, a quiet place for students in grades kindergarten through 12 to work on homework assignments. 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
Tippi toes hip-hop dance class, for ages 7 and older; learn choreography and dances. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays through May 7, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $75 per month plus $30 registration fee. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Is “This” Art?, a new series of gallery talks, free-flowing conversation and debate focused on modern and contemporary art. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” the 2011 movie based on the John le Carre novel about a British intelligence officer who uncovers a mole — a Soviet double agent — at the highest level of the agency, starring Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. 6 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Tech Talk Tuesday, Richard Krafsig of TCS Associates offers tips on using adaptive technology such as BrailleSense note taker and Window Eyes screen reader; also help with iPad accessibility training using the Voiceover screen reader, zoom magnification and accessible apps. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Dance Exchange founder Liz Lerman, hear about the dancer’s collected essays in her work “Hiking the Horizontal: Field Notes from a Choreographer” and her lifelong quest to use dance as a vehicle to foster community despite barriers of race, age, faith and culture. 7 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 3, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.
Ian MacKaye and Roger Gastman, the musician, producer and co-founder of Dischord Records talks with Gastman, curator of the “Pump Me Up” exhibit, about growing up in the capital, the culture and energy of the city in the 1980s, and the legacy of D.C.’s punk rock music scene. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free; Registration encouraged: getinvolved.corcoran.org/ian_mackaye_roger_gastman. 202-639-1700.
Gallery talk, Carol Johnson, Prints and Photographs Division, discusses Civil War photography. Noon, Library of Congress, “The Civil War in America” exhibit, Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
Flute and organ recital, flutist Bianca Garcia and organist Michael Lodico perform a new work for flute and organ by Stephen Cabell. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
Chess for kids, instruction for all ages and all skill levels. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080; 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Sousou and Maher Cissoko, the Swedish/Senegalese couple perform a variety of musical styles, influences and techniques, part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
The Legacy of Globe, Bob Cicero, owner of Baltimore’s Globe Poster Printing, John Lewis, Baltimore magazine’s arts and culture editor, and Mary Mashburn, printmaking instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art, discuss the Globe posters on view in the “Pump Me Up” exhibit, discussing their distinctive elements and the talented people behind the press. 6:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free with gallery admission. 202-639-1700. Register: getinvolved.corcoran.org/globe.
Art and spirit coffeehouse, Bethesda Chamber Singers, an a cappella group, performs Jewish and Anglo-Catholic liturgical music, a Renaissance travelogue, an Appalachian spiritual and popular classics from the 1920s and ’30s; coffee and desserts served; a question-and-answer session follows. 7 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literature panel, Taru Spiegel moderates Nordic region writers as they explore area mythology in contemporary Nordic poetry, part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 7 p.m., Kennedy Center, Cool Club, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Carte Blanche dance concert, the Norwegian National Company of Contemporary Dance, with Sharon Eyal and Gai Bachar’s Corps de Walk, perform a work about a static condition of unique moments and tiny, subtle changes in body posture; a discussion follows. Part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and March 7, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29. 202-467-4600.
Thurgood Marshall Remembered, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the 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.
Enlist in the 1863 Union Army, and drill with them and a National Park Service ranger in Civil War attire. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
Scrabble at the library, for adults. 1 p.m. Thursdays, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Nanook, one of the best-known bands in Greenland performs, part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
George Henry Thomas, Civil War hero, Edward H. Bonekemper, author of five books on Civil War leaders, discusses the undefeated — but unheralded — Union general who played a key role in winning the war. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
The Hudson River School, Ellen Wiley Todd, an associate professor of art history at George Mason University, discusses the themes encircling the diverse group of artists known by this disparaging term and why their art has generated renewed interest. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $30. 202-633-3030.
James Dicke contemporary artist lecture, artist Inka Essenhigh discusses “Cartoons and Myths: Reviving Pan and Diana for the 21st Century” as she describes her influences, the evolution of her work and the road to what interests her today. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created, a lecture by Charles C. Mann. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
Danish jazz vocalist Caroline Henderson, part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Cool Club, 2700 F St. NW. $25. Free. 202-467-4600.
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