Mindful Listening in Isolated Times at Rhizome: Amid everything going on in the world, it can be easy to turn to an endless playlist of curated background music to smooth the rough edges in life. But couldn’t we all stand to really focus and be a little more mindful of a listener? Composer and artist Molly Jones, who has performed with virtuosos such as Tyshawn Sorey and Angel Bat Dawid, is looking to help you do just that in an online seminar with Takoma’s Rhizome. You’ll not only learn to appreciate music a little more, but Jones will guide participants in silent listening, sound journaling and a home sound treasure hunt to better appreciate the vastness of the world around you. 8 p.m. Free-$25.
#TakeTimeThursday at the Anacostia Community Museum: The Anacostia Museum’s #TakeTimeThursday is the perfect excuse to schedule a little personal time on a Thursday afternoon. Each week, a half-hour program focuses on wellness, family activities, or just finding joy. Before the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., spoken word artist Joseph LMS Green shares his original works inspired by King’s philosophy. 2:30 to 3 p.m. Free; registration required.
Rare Essence MLK Weekend Celebration Concert: In better times, you could punctuate this long weekend with go-go courtesy of Rare Essence, one of the finest troupes performing the city‘s native sound. The past few years have seen the long-running band post up at the Howard Theatre for a show that kept people bouncing and buzzing the night away, but as with almost everything else over the past 10 months, you’ll have to keep the beat going (and going) in your own home. Rare Essence will test the limits of your speaker setup with their booming party music, featuring guest appearances from other local luminaries including former member Milton “Go-Go Mickey” Freeman, whose conga virtuosity is the signature sound of the genre. 10 p.m. $10.
New Year J-film Fest: Japan Information and Culture Center kicks off the new year with three consecutive weekends of virtual film screenings. In better times, the JICC served as a reliable host of free events, offering a taste of eclectic Japanese cinema, from innovative anime to savvy dramas. That holds true with this program, which includes “Wood Job!,” a coming-of-age comedy involving timber cutting (Jan. 15-18); and ends the weekend of Jan. 22 with Japan’s submission to this year’s Oscars for best international feature film, “True Mothers,” a family drama centering on a newly adopted child. All the screenings are free, however, you must preregister for each film to receive a viewing link. Friday-Sunday through Jan. 25.
Plant Propagation 101 at H Street Farms: The houseplants, herbs or other green friends you brought home as a first-time plant parent during the pandemic might not necessarily be growing during winter, but you may have noticed some roots popping out of mid-air and wondered what that’s all about. On the third Saturday of every month, H Street Farms teaches you exactly how to propagate or clone your burgeoning garden, whether you’re trying to stave off winter’s chill or so that you can have homegrown herbs throughout the year. 11 a.m. to noon. $10.
Studio Theatre audio plays: By now, you might have exhausted every true-crime podcast or streamed your entire reading list in audiobook form. If so, you’re probably missing the experience of live, enriching art. Like other performance venues around the country, Studio Theatre has gotten creative while its physical space is shuttered, and has turned to classic audio plays. “Kings,” a D.C. political drama that was staged live at Studio Theatre in 2018, has been available since the fall, and is available for listening through Jan. 24. But the newest addition is already drawing rave reviews: “I Hate It Here” is a series of vignettes capturing the feelings of characters faced with the crumbling of the world they knew. Sound timely? The New York Times calls Chicago playwright Ike Holter’s latest, which is available through March 7, “sharp and satisfyingly foul-mouthed.” “Kings” through Jan. 24; “I Hate It Here” through March 7.
Reclaiming the Beloved Community: Sweet Honey in the Rock’s a cappella spirituals, jazz and blues songs, bursting with soul and social conscience, have been a balm for Washington since the 1970s. Recent years have brought a renewed poignancy, in the group’s classic material and its new releases — last summer, Sweet Honey shared an updated version of “Come Ye,” a Nina Simone song that opens with the invocation, “Come ye who would have peace.” On Jan. 17, Sweet Honey performs two virtual Martin Luther King Jr. Day concerts live from the Lincoln Theatre, with a deep dive into the group’s extensive repertoire, and special guests including Wycliffe Gordon and Kiki Shepard. 3 and 8 p.m. $15 per concert; $50 for both concerts and a moderated conversation with the group.
What is an Inaugural Address All About?: "With malice towards none; with charity for all.” “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Inaugural addresses have provided some of the most stirring and memorable moments of the presidency. Ahead of the 59th inaugural, Claire Jerry, a curator of political history at the National Museum of American History, provides an insider’s guide to inaugural addresses, using excerpts from speeches and objects from the Smithsonian’s collection. 4:30 p.m. Free; registration required.
Sunday concerts at the Phillips Collection: Washington’s museums begin 2021 as they spent much of 2020: Silent and closed to visitors. And while you may not be able to visit the Phillips Collection, the museum is bringing the 80th season of its weekly concerts to music lovers everywhere, live from its ornate Music Room. Five world premieres, each inspired by a piece of art displayed at the Phillips, are included in honor of the museum’s 100th anniversary, but each week features different soloists, duos and ensembles. Concerts will be available to watch for seven days after the livestream. Through May 23. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free.
The Eavesdropping Sessions with Frédéric Yonnet and the Band With No Name: French-born harmonica ace Frédéric Yonnet is a fixture in Washington jazz venues, and his skills have found him touring with Prince and dueling with Stevie Wonder. But after the coronavirus postponed his band’s latest tour, Yonnet began hosting weekly jam sessions in his Capitol Hill home, opening the windows so that neighbors and passersby could hear the sweet music coming from within. Each session is live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter, so the whole world can listen. 4 to 6 p.m.
The People’s Holiday: In 1998, Christian McBride — one of the finest jazz bassists anywhere — conceived “The Movement Revisited: A Musical Portrait Of Four Icons,” a tribute to Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and King. Combining big-band jazz and swing with a gospel choir and readings from each of the civil rights icons, “The Movement Revisited” was recorded in 2013, but finally released to acclaim in 2020. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has arranged a concert inspired by the suite, with performers including students from the Julliard School (McBride attended there) and contributions by poets Evie Shockley and Sonia Sanchez, followed by a conversation with McBride. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; registration required.
Not Just Another Day Off at the Folger Shakespeare Library: The Folger Theatre’s annual tribute to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is a tribute to the power of words. Actors take turns delivering excerpts from speeches by King, Frederick Douglass, Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders, while poets Camonghne Felix, Julian Randall and Joseph Ross offer readings from their own works. Recorded stream available through Jan. 21. Free; registration required.
‘Child of the Civil Rights Movement’ with Paula Young Shelton: As the daughter of civil rights leader Andrew Young, Paula Young Shelton grew up immersed in a community fighting for equality — including a man she called “Uncle Martin.” She used those experiences as the basis for a children’s book, “Child of the Civil Rights Movement,” which she will read at this virtual story time, sponsored by the D.C. Public Library, followed by an interview with members of the library’s teen council. 11:30 a.m.
K-Cinema at Home: ‘The Battle of Jangsari’: If you’ve wanted steady (and free) film programming from the comfort of your own living room throughout the pandemic, some of your best bets have come through D.C.’s embassies and cultural institutions. The Korean Cultural Center has been running a monthly series showcasing some of the most engaging films from South Korea. This month’s offering, 2019’s “The Battle of Jangsari,” recounts an operation during the Korean War in which student soldiers in the South ran a decoy operation to divert North Korean military operations — and oddly even stars Megan Fox as an American war correspondent. The Houston Chronicle wrote that the war tale “doesn’t break any new ground” but “the setting and viewpoint are unique and the battle scenes engrossing.” Through midnight on Jan. 24. Free; registration required for viewing link.
Meditation and Mindfulness with the National Museum of Asian Art: Whether your New Year’s resolutions include mindfulness or just taking more time to slow down, this is a wonderful opportunity to introduce (or reintroduce) yourself to meditation. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art moved its regular in-person meditation sessions online last spring, when Washingtonians were searching for stress relief, and they remain a popular resource. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, local meditation teachers offer 30 minutes of stillness and peace via Zoom, with the Friday sessions incorporating pieces of art from the gallery’s collection. You don’t need meditation experience to join — just an open mind. Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon.
Ice Skating at Pentagon Row: While Pentagon Row is home to the largest outdoor ice rink in Northern Virginia, it can still get a little busy on weekends, thanks to skating lessons and group outings, as well as a restricted capacity that only allows 50 people at once. Visit on a weeknight for an experience as smooth as freshly Zambonied ice, and hit a nearby restaurant for happy hour after. Open daily through March. $9-$10, $5 skate rental.
‘Stand!’: Opening night of the D.C. LaborFest: The D.C. LaborFest and Global Labor Film Festival will present a one-night virtual screening of “Stand!,” a film adaptation of “Strike!,” Danny Schur and Rick Chafe’s musical about the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. The result of miserable pay and working conditions, the strike lasted for six weeks and ended with two deaths and several casualties, making history as one of the most crucial labor actions in Canadian history. It’s a lot to pack into a musical that squeezes in a Romeo-and-Juliet romance and rousing production numbers, all on what was obviously a shoestring budget. Director Robert Adetuyi (“Stomp the Yard”) husbands his resources skillfully in a handsome production that occasionally suffers from clunky didacticism and cringeworthy lyrical blunders, but features arresting performances, especially from newcomer Lisa Bell, who plays an African American domestic worker who has come to Canada to flee racial violence in Oklahoma. 7 p.m.
Hot Cider Cocktails class: Hot toddies are a winter cocktail staple, and if you’re looking to shake up your cold-weather drink routine, you might want to consider making warm drinks with hard apple cider. A virtual lesson from Petworth’s Capitol Cider House discussing the history of cider drinks (in case you were wondering why we sing about wassail) and their relationship to mulled wine, and showing how to make three cider cocktails. Ingredients are included and can be picked up on the day of the class, or delivered for an extra fee. 8:30 p.m. $39-$49.
Epiphany Tuesday Concerts From Home: The Church of the Epiphany can’t hold concerts in its historic downtown building, but that hasn’t stopped the church’s long-running lunchtime concert series. Performances by musicians and vocalists are filmed in the church, with stained glass windows serving as a backdrop, and posted to the church’s YouTube channel at 12:10 p.m. on Tuesdays, when concerts traditionally begin. Available for streaming starting at 12:10 p.m. at epiphanydc.org.
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Ice skating at Reston Town Center: If the recent dip in temperatures has inspired thoughts of lacing up your skates and gliding up and down a sheet of ice, you’re in luck: The glass-roofed pavilion at Reston Town Center has made its annual transformation into an outdoor ice rink. There are precautions against the coronavirus, including reduced capacity and touch-free payment, and reservations can be made online. With the popular D.C. rinks at the National Gallery of Art and Washington Harbour staying closed this winter, it’s a good idea to buy tickets for the 90-minute sessions in advance. Daily through mid-March. Admission $9-$10; skate rental $7.
#HirshhornInsideOut: Your fingers (and brain) might want a change of pace from all the sourdough concoctions you’ve been whipping up, so how about trying your hand at crafting some modern art? The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden was priming itself for Round 2 of the wildly popular Yayoi Kusama installation before the widespread shutdowns, but instead, the museum brings art into your home across social media platforms with #HirshhornInsideOut. Each day offers a post with a brief history lesson on an artist featured in the museum’s collection, along with a way you can emulate that artist while stuck inside. You just need some basic art supplies: A recent post considered artist Annette Lemieux’s work on body and space, simulating her work “Nomad” by suggesting you paint the bottoms of your feet and walking around a sheet of paper. Daily.
D.C. Library at Home: Now that you’ve cleaned your closet or reorganized your kitchen for the umpteenth time, it’s probably time to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to finish. If you’re more of a social reader, the D.C. Public Library is offering a few online resources to make sure you have someone to talk with about whatever you’re reading. The library’s Twitter feed has a bevy of hashtags to follow along with daily: Fans of audiobooks use #audiobookafternoon Mondays at noon, while those who want to keep up with what the local community is writing about join #DCwriterschat Thursdays at 8 p.m. Even younger readers can stay engaged with a virtual story time on Facebook (facebook.com/dclibrary) with a D.C. librarian at 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Daily programming varies.