Howard University's Afro Blue. (Courtesy of The Kennedy Center)
A conversation with John Lithgow

You probably know John Lithgow for such acting roles as Dick Solomon on “3rd Rock From the Sun” and Arthur Mitchell on “Dexter” and as the voice of Lord Farquaad in “Shrek.” This week, the University of Maryland’s College of Arts and Humanities hosts a conversation with the actor, whose career spans more than four decades. The discussion will focus on storytelling and the importance of the arts and humanities.

5:30 p.m. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787. Tickets required.

‘Wounded to Death’

Written and performed by Italian journalist Serena Dandini, the play “Wounded to Death” features monologues about women worldwide who have been victims of femicide. This will be the first performance in the United States. Dandini will be joined by other women in a reading in English and Spanish.

7 p.m. Organization of American States, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-370-0147.

Reversing American Art

Jennifer L. Roberts, a professor of arts and humanities at Harvard University, will discuss the process of reversal in printmaking. Her lecture at the National Gallery will focus on pieces from the permanent collection and from the exhibits “Yes, No, Maybe: Artists Working at Crown Point Press” and “Northern Mannerist Prints From the Kainen Collection.” Both exhibits are on display through Jan. 5.

4:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Friday Morning Music Club

The Friday Morning Music Club hosts weekly informal concerts to promote an appreciation for classical music in Washington. This week’s concert features selections from Gwyn Jones on the flute and Charles Mokotoff on the guitar. Albert Hunt, on the clarinet, and Barbara Peterson Cackler, on the piano, will perform Alan Hovhaness’s “Saturn” suite; Donna Baldwin will perform Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata, Op. 22, on the piano.

11 a.m. Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax. 202-333-2075.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program and Afro Blue

As part of the Kennedy Center’s three-day music festival “American Voices,” Howard University student jazz ensemble Afro Blue will perform on the Millennium Stage. Past members of the vocal group were featured on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” in 2011. Baritone Norman Garrett and mezzo-soprano Deborah Nansteel of the Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program also will present a classical performance.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

ImaginAsia: Yoga

Grab the family and head to the Sackler to learn about the process of becoming a yogi and the influence of yogis in India. Guests also are invited to view the exhibit “Yoga: The Art of Transformation” exhibition, on display through Jan. 26. ImaginAsia programs are designed for children ages 8 to 14 and adult companions.

2 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000.


If you’re a photographer looking to share your work, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is hosting a workshop in which you can show your work, mingle with other art enthusiasts and get your questions answered. The session is led by a member of the center’s Multiple Exposures Gallery.

10:30 a.m. Torpedo Factory Art Center, Multiple Exposures Gallery, Studio 312, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria. 703-683-2205.

— Macy Freeman