“The Building Zone,” for children 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 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.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; bring 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.
Roy Lichtenstein on Film, three film monographs from varying stages of his career including “Roy Lichtenstein” (1976), by Michael Blackwood; “Lichtenstein in London” (1968), by Bruce Beresford with David Sylvester and Alan Solomon; and “Lichtenstein: Tokyo Brushstrokes” (1995) by Mark Trottenburg. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Renwick “Sit ’n’ Stitch,” for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m. Thursdays, Jan. 3 and 6, and Sunday, Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://
20th Century American Gothic architecture, for age 10 and older, a docent leads a tour to view the artisanship of carvers, weavers, stained glass artists and others; learn why the building was built in Gothic style. 3 p.m. Thursday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.national
Fuse Ensemble in concert, the concept-based new music/new media performing ensemble creates a musical happening with visual elements of live interactive video and kinetic installations featuring an eclectic mix of traditional and invented instruments. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Shear Madness,” performance of a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown; with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $48. 202-467-4600.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Mozart and Poulenc. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
“Amahl and the Night Visitors,” Joan Phalen, Richard Dirksen, Doug Dykstra and James Shaffran perform a semi-staged concert version of the Gian Carlo Menotti opera about a shepherd boy’s encounters with three kings headed for a manger. 12:15-1 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286 or www.
The Nighttime Adventure Society, the self-declared group of merry pranksters deliver a “rollick ‘n’ roll” performance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Game night at St. Augustine’s, for all ages, bring games to play with family or friends; meet new friends, too. 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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Earth’s evolution, David Grinspoon, Library of Congress chair of astrobiology, discusses the human role in Earth’s evolution and whether the Anthropocene marks an event, era or transition; sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:30 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
Conservancy volunteer event, for ages 16 and older, help remove invasive plant species at Beatrix Farand’s Dumbarton Oaks Park in Georgetown. 9 a.m., Dumbarton Oaks Park (Lovers Lane entrance). Free. 202-895-6070.
Children’s film: surreal shorts, for age 7 and older. “The Lost Thing” (2010), “Codswallop” (2008), “Luminaris” (2011); and “The Goat That Ate Time” (2007). 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
“Fragments of Kubelka,” Martina Kudlacek’s 2012 biographical film portrait of Peter Kubelka, a famous Austrian experimental filmmaker. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
“A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle,” a production of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia for age 4 and older. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.
“The War of 1812 and the Rise of the U.S. Navy,” David Taylor leads a tour of the exhibit “1812: A Nation Emerges,” and discusses his book. Noon-2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Portrait story days: Dorothy Dix, a staff member reads a story about the social reformer and invites museum visitors to create a piece of art. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Knit and Lit,” informal group of knitters and readers, bring 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.
The Greg Harrison Jazz Band, performs standard tunes in a swing-jazz format based on the small bands of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Model airplane workshop, for age 8 and older, create and fly a rubber-band-propelled model; assistance provided by the D.C. Maxecuters club, who will demonstrate their craft in the Great Hall. Workshop, 9-11 a.m. Flying, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $14 per project; reservations required. 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org.
History hike in Rock Creek Park, for age 10 and older, a park ranger leads a two-mile hike to a Civil War fortress, a poet’s cabin and an historic creek ford. 10 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
“The Three Kings Fiesta,” a bilingual presentation in song, dance and storytelling, with a procession of live animals that begins at 1 p.m. at the corner of Park Road and 14th Street NW. Presentations, 11:30 a.m. and 2: 30 p.m., GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free tickets distributed from 10 a.m. to noon; bring a small gift for a child. 202-234-7174 or www.
“Way of Passion,” Joerg Burger’s 2011 film that follows the Good Friday procession in Trapani, Sicily, from the men carousing the night before, to women parading as Christ’s brides, to the deeply moving processional itself, in Italian with English subtitles. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Organ dedication recital, Eric Plutz performs on the church’s restored organ; a reception follows. 3 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $50. 202-
Cathedral organ recital, Jangoo Chapkhana performs works by Charles Villiers Stanford, Emma Lou Diemer and Kenneth Leighton. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-
6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
40th Anniversary Sing-along of “Schoolhouse Rock,” the songs that helped generations learn the fundamentals of the world around them, from interjections and electricity to the legislative process and multiplication. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Andreas Sonning, the flutist, and an ensemble perform works by Grieg, Habbestad and other Norwegian composers, sponsored by the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Late-comers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-
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 Jan. 28, except Jan. 21, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-
“Presenting the Presentation of Christ: Tintoretto’s Early Work, Iconography, and Interpretation,” a lecture by research associate Joseph Hammond. 12:10 and 1:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Mitten and sock drive, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of service to the community. Bring new or gently used mittens and socks to the library; they will be donated to SOME (So Others Might Eat). Mondays-Saturdays through Jan. 19, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.
Read to a four-legged friend, children of all ages practice reading aloud while enjoying the company of dogs from People Animals Love (PAL). 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Woodridge Library chess club, for children and teens of all ages. 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-
Woodridge Library community meeting, Friends of the Woodridge Library host a meeting on their new structure; the architecture team of Bing Thom and Wiencek and Associates presents its latest designs, community feedback welcome. 6 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-
Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue, a mix of theater, vaudeville, rock-and-roll and gypsy-punk. Contains adult language and mature themes recommended for age 13 and older, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Civil Rights film festival, a screening of “Mississippi State Secrets,” detailing the truth behind the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, an organization created by the state legislature to preserve segregation. 6:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
“Snowflake Bentley,” for ages 3-5, a staff member leads an interactive reading of Jacqueline Briggs Martin’s story about a boy whose photography leads to the discovery that all snowflakes are not the same. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-
What is the Federal Register? Jim Hemphill discusses the mysteries of the Federal Register and introduces “Federal Register 2.0,” an explanation of the system in layman’s language. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
The Cuban missile crisis, “One Week in October” (1964) and “Conversation With the President.” (1962). Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Classical music concert, soprano You-Seong Kim, violinist Jun Kim and pianist Soyoon Yim, Levine School of Music faculty members, perform. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
“Edvard Munch: The Scream Heard Round the World,” on the 150th anniversary of the birth of Edvard Munch, David Gariff discusses the Norwegian expressionist painter and printmaker’s art and life. 1-3 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 10, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Homework cafe, a quiet place for K-12 students to work on homework assignments. 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-
Microsoft Word basics, Instruction on basic word processing features that may help create letters, résumés, faxes and other documents; bring a flash drive or your e-mail address to save your class documents. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Levine School’s Young Artist Quartet and Sonata Project, performances by some of their outstanding young chamber ensembles in a program that includes works by Brahms, Prokofiev, Mozart, Corrigliano, Handel and Lecuona. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Bellevue teen chess club, for players of all skill levels. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
Microsoft Word II Intermediate, Instruction on how to navigate and adjust default settings, create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes and more; bring a flash drive or your e-mail address to save your class documents. 6:15 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Documenting Detroit, John Beardsley, Dumbarton Oaks director of garden and landscape studies, moderates a discussion with sociologist and photographer Camilo José Vergara and photographer Andrew Moore on the city’s 20-year decline as seen in the photo exhibits “Detroit Is No Dry Bones” by Camilo José Vergara and “Detroit Disassembled” by Andrew Moore. 6:30-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448.
“The World Until Yesterday,” National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond discusses his book about how the development of agriculture brought us large cities, inequality, constant, easy access to food and a sedentary lifestyle, all keeping our bodies from adapting to this new way of life and more. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $25. 202-857-7700.
“La Dolce Vita,” Federico Fellini’s classic film starring Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg and Anouk Aimee, in Italian with English subtitles. 5 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Genealogy research, National Archives specialist Nancy Wing teaches a 90-minute, hands-on workshop about navigating the National Archives Web site (www.archives.gov) that may help you with your research goals. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday and Jan. 23, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free, registration required in person or e-mail Nancy.Wing@nara.gov. 202-
“The Civil War in America,” Sara Duke discusses various period sketch artists in the exhibit. Noon, Library of Congress, Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
Classical organ recital, Marvin Mills performs works by French composers Saint-Saens, Charles-Marie Widor and Dupre. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Kyoto Prize Lecture of 1995, a reading by Harry Cooper, curator and head of the National Gallery of Art’s modern art department, with original slides from the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation. 3:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-4215.
Marimba Linda Xelaju, a performance of traditional and innovative interpretations of Guatemalan marimba. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Signal,” a film about two Czech technicians who go to a small village to find the best place to install a new cellphone tower and station; a fight erupts among the villagers when they realize there is a reward for the landowner whose land is chosen for the tower; in Czech with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
“Martin’s Dream: My Journey and the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.,” History professor Clayborne Carson discusses his decades-long quest to preserve King’s great legacy, understand his dream, reveals little-known aspects of the civil rights leader and how our image of him has evolved over generations. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Big Sam’s Funky Nation, a performance of high-voltage funk, rock, jazz and hip-hop. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in playing video games, board games and trading-card games. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
Embroidering History: The Bayeux Tapestry and the Norman Conquest, history professor Richard Abels discusses the history of 1066 and the possible political agendas hidden within the tapestry that captures the last foreign invasion of England. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $42. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Capturing Camelot: Stanley Tretick’s Iconic Images of the Kennedys,” best-selling author Kitty Kelley and National Public Radio’s Scott Simon show and discuss many never-before-seen photos from the Stanley Tretick book of photos and Kelley’s accompanying essays. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Behind the scenes of professional basketball, veteran announcer Phil Hochberg discusses the current state of professional basketball since the early 1980s when David Stern became commissioner, the increase in foreign stars, some of the controversies such as the control of the New Orleans franchise, and age limits on NBA players in future Olympics. Michael Lee, who covers the Wizards for The Washington Post, and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, a basketball superfan, join the discussion. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
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