‘Washington, D.C. 1968: Activism, Art, and Architecture’
Many people know 1968 as the year that the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ignited riots across D.C. But that’s not the only story. Other important events in D.C. that year included: the development of a summer program that led to the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the founding of the Latin American Youth Center and major student protests of the Vietnam War. At this lecture, historian Marya Annette McQuirter will survey D.C. activism, art and architecture during those pivotal 12 months. National Museum of American History, 1400 Constitution Ave. NW; Thu., 7 p.m., free.
DC Art Book Fair
The DC Art Book Fair is like those Scholastic Book Fairs at middle schools, except this is for readers of all ages who are into local crafts and independent presses. The event crams more than 40 artists into the Great Hall of the National Museum of Women in the Arts to hawk their zines, books, comics, prints and art. There’s material for kids and grown-ups alike at this fest organized by the DC Art Book Collective, a gaggle of D.C.-based female illustrators and writers. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW; Sun., noon-5 p.m., free.
‘Tranquility: Yoga With the American Pops Orchestra’
Everybody needs an excuse to chill the heck out with the year we’re having, so the American Pops Orchestra is providing an outlet. D.C.-based yoga teacher Michael Peterson is hosting a 60-minute yoga class accompanied by the orchestra, who will perform a special composition made up of various popular songs, all while the class flows into their upward dogs. The theme of the event is tranquility, so prepare to leave cool as a cucumber. IMF Headquarters, 1900 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m., free.
Turn for Troops
In honor of Veterans Day, make something for members of the military serving overseas or those recovering in hospitals. The annual Turn for Troops event allows pretty much anyone to come into the workshops of the Rockville and Springfield, Va., locations of Woodcraft during business hours and turn a pen — that means taking a square chunk of wood, called a blank, and spinning it on a lathe until it’s a round piece of wood. More experienced woodworkers then use the turned wood to create one-of-a-kind pens. It’s a unique way to recognize military service by giving the troops something that’s mightier than the sword. Note: This isn’t an appropriate activity for young kids. Woodcraft of Rockville, 11910-L Parklawn Drive, Rockville; Nov. 10-12, various times, free. Woodcraft of Washington D.C. Area, Ravensworth Shopping Center, 5248 Port Royal Road Springfield, Va.; Nov. 11, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., free.
The Crossing, with members of ICE
The contemporary-classical choir known as The Crossing will join the powerhouse instrumentalists from the International Contemporary Ensemble to perform a suite of new music. Among the program highlights: David Lang’s intentionally lowercase “the national anthems,” which puts spare, haunting melodies to text taken from the official patriotic songs of 193 countries. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Nov. 12, 3:30 p.m., free.
If Lady Gaga has taught us anything, it’s the importance of glitter in all our lives. Get on board with this indisputable idea by attending Thanksgiving Glitterfest, a free workshop with the Brentwood Arts Exchange, where folks can bring the family to make artful, glittery centerpieces for the holiday table. Attendees can bring their own little items to bedazzle, or they can choose from a selection at the workshop. The key takeaway: Everything is better with glitter on it. Brentwood Arts Exchange, Gateway Arts Center, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, Md.; Nov. 18, 2 p.m., free.
Rare is the comedian who can theatrically mimic all the settings on your ceiling fan AND execute intricate jokes about God. L.A.-based stand-up and sketch comic Ahmed Bharoocha does both with aplomb. Before his show at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, brush up by watching his 2016 episode of Comedy Central’s “The Half Hour.” Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Nov. 19, 6 p.m., free.
Composer Michael Gordon’s piece “Timber” combines six simantras, long wooden bars that musicians whack with mallets like xylophones. The players in Mantra Percussion create a chorus of tones with a sound that’s half church-like, half tropical. As the notes get louder and are layered atop one another, the music is meant to sound as though it’s traveling around the space, creating a visceral, as well as an aural, experience. National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW; Nov. 19, 3:30 p.m., free.
Thanksgiving Day Swing Dance Party: Gottaswing
You could spend the waning hours of Thanksgiving lolling on the couch, watching football, digesting and wondering how much longer you should wait before making that turkey sandwich. Or you could escape your family and burn some calories with swing dancing courtesy of Gottaswing. It starts with some lessons and then turns into a spinning, swinging good time. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW; Nov. 23, 6-9 p.m., free.