Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free with free parking. 202-364-7602.
Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; age 11 and 12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Garden tour and kids in “snugglies,” volunteers lead parents or care providers with one child in an infant carrier for a tour of the conservatory. 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. Registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .
Cherry trees, Ann McClellan discusses the city’s gift from Tokyo. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-2990.
History lesson, “From the Wonders of Creation to the Holy Land: The Maps of the African and Middle Eastern Division,” a presentation by Chet Van Duzer of the Geography and Maps Division. Noon, Library of Congress, African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4186.
Cooking demonstration, gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and her nutritionist sister, Danielle Cook, show how to cook asparagus and peas either together or separately for the best flavor and texture. Noon and 12:45 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Managing stress and improving well-being, a discussion led by Al Zara, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Medical Building, conference room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, suggested donation $55 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.
Beginner computer skills class, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet and use online library services. 1-3 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Tax help, meet with a qualified tax aide; limited to individuals who earn less than $35,000 and families who earn less than $52,000. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays through next Thursday, Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 4:30-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, through April 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Rooms A-9 and A-10, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Mindful living, Al Zara leads participants practicing their sitting meditation techniques, co-sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 2-3 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free; suggested donation, $55 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.
Crafty Thursdays, age 5 and older; all materials provided. 4 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
HIV/STI testing, ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, meeting room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
Planting and nurturing city trees, education technician Alex Torres discusses how cement, pollution and people may jeopardize the life of a young tree and the secrets for proper planting and nurturing. 6:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .
“M ,” a Fritz Lang film, a classic early crime melodrama set in 1931 Berlin in which police round up every criminal in town in order to capture an elusive child murderer, starring Peter Lorre; a discussion and reception follow. 7 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5. Register: www.goethe.de/ins/us/was/ver/en12481298v.htm . 202-289-1200.
Archaeology lecture, professor Bonna Wescoat of Emory University discusses “The Sanctuary of the Great Gods at Samothrace (Greece).” Sponsored by the Washington Society of the Archaeological Institute of America. 7 p.m., George Washington University, Room 113, 1957 E St. NW. Free. 202-338-6536.
Scientific and health challenges at mid-century, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, discusses how to approach medical challenges in the next 50 years. 7 p.m., St. Albans School, Trapier Theater, Marriott Hall, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-5582, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.stalbansschool.org .
History challenge, “Shakespeare’s Birthday Lecture 2014: Brian Cummings — Shakespeare, Biography, and Anti-Biography,” Brian Cummings, anniversary professor of English at the University of York, discusses the problem of writing the life of Shakespeare in terms of documentary history and its haunting sense of missing links. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” for 12 and older, a musical based on the Rachel Sheinkin book, with music and lyrics by William Finn, the story of six awkward adolescents as they navigate their way in a spelling contest; contains coarse language. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays (except April 21 and May 2 and 9), 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $18-$77.65. 800-982-2787. www.fords.org .
“Hair,” Mark A. Rhea and Susan Marie Rhea direct the tribal love-rock musical for mature audiences. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 12, Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $42; students and seniors, $37. 703-892-0202. email@example.com or www.keegantheatre.com .
Lantern walk, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk among the cherry trees, bring a flashlight. 8-10 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays through April 11, Survey Lodge, Tidal Basin Welcome area. 202-426-6841.
“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
“Loveland,” written and performed by Ann Randolph, the story of an irreverent oddball trapped on a plane as she travels from California to Ohio for her mother’s funeral. A mini writing workshop led by Randolph follows each show. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through April 13, Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $25-$40, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .
“Water by the Spoonful,” K.J. Sanchez directs Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through April 13, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$75, discounts for military and spouses. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org .
“Camp David,” a play about President Jimmy Carter and the attempt to create peace in the Middle East. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through May 4, Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $110, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .
“Doubt, A Parable,” a play by John Patrick Shanley, the story of a nun who harbors suspicions about a charismatic priest and the interest he takes in his male students. 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. next Thursday, 1 p.m. April 12, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday/Saturday evenings, $18; students, $10. Other performances, $15; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu .
“She Loves Me,” Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society performs the story of two perfumery employees in 1930s Europe who can barely tolerate each other until they realize they are one another’s romantic pen pal. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. April 9-12, Georgetown University, Poulton Hall Stage 3, 37th and P streets NW. $12; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu .
Seniors line dancing, 50 and older. 10 a.m., Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Pictures in a box, bring your favorite photos and create a keepsake box; all materials and box provided. 10-11:30 a.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Ocean adventures, “Diving with Humpbacks in the Caribbean,” for ages 6-10, ocean explorers Wayne and Karen Brown share real whale specimens, including a 7-foot tooth, biological models, high-tech scuba equipment and HD multi-image presentations, listen to an undersea love song, follow a mother humpback and her newborn calf and meet Herbie, a 20-foot inflatable whale. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .
Strolling Strings concert, the U.S. Air Force Band ensemble performs. 11-11:20 a.m., 12-12:20 p.m., 1-1:20 p.m. and 2-2:20 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, in front of the “America by Air” display, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Appomattox: victory, defeat and freedom at the end of the Civil War,” Elizabeth Varon reveals the truth about the rosy image and seething debate over what the surrender meant and what kind of nation would emerge from the Civil War, as generals Lee and Grant held opposite views on the country’s direction. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Reger, Schubert and Shostakovich. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Anderson/Fader guitar duo, the New York City-based ensemble performs. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Orchid Symphony: A Little Night Music, the Russian Trio performs chamber music. 6-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Working from the figure, drop-in figure drawing, work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring drawing materials; easels available. 6:30-9:30 p.m., first and third Fridays of each month. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .
“Gold Star Children ,” Mitty Griffis Mirrer’s documentary film about child survivors through the eyes of a 9-year-old girl who lost her father in the Iraq war, and the adult-children survivors of the Vietnam War. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph, a collaborative creation that combines dance, poetry, music, and visual art in a new mode of hybrid performance that brings the stories and voices of black America into the center of a conversation about race, class, culture and the environment. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.
Avanti Orchestra concert, a performance of works by Brahms and Finzi. 8 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Harpsichord recital, Mahan Esfahani performs works by C.P.E. Bach, W.F. Bach, J.S. Bach and others; 6:30 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium for Daniel Boomhower’s discussion of C.P.E. Bach’s compositions. Concert. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
“Insurrection: Holding History,” Isaiah Matthew Wooden directs the Robert O’Hara play. 8 p.m. Friday and Wednesday, 2 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. April 11-12, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday-Saturday, $18; students, $10. Other performances: $15; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu .
Friday Morning Music Club concert, Pablo Saelzer leads clarinet soloist Giancarlo Bazzano and the orchestra in a performance of works by Brahms and Finzi. 8 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075 or fmmc.org.
“The Adventures of Robin Hood,” 8 and older, Scotland’s Visible Fictions uses few actors and lots of imagination to bring the classic tale to life. 7 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.
Curtis Blues: Delta Blues, Curtis plays the blues and traces its history then introduces families to the one-string Diddley bow, a handmade box guitar and a metal resonator guitar. 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.
Cooking for People with Cancer, nutritionist Laura Pole discusses the role of nutrition amid cancer in a fun and informative class. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $30. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .
Yoga at the library, for adult and teen beginners with an instructor from Yoga Activist. No experience required; bring a mat or use one from the library, 10 a.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583; 11 a.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
Learning Japanese culture, for all ages to learn through origami, trying on kimonos, the art of tiara making, “Japan-In-A-Suitcase” and other activities, including an opportunity to explore current and classic Japanese books. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Library of Congress, Young Readers Center (LJ G29), ground floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. Mari Nakahara, 202-707-2990 or firstname.lastname@example.org . 202-707-0022.
Quilting workshop,catch Sashiko Sampler quilting as artist Jennifer Lindsay focuses on Japanese embroidery techniques in a hands-on quilt workshop designed to instruct and engage audiences 10 and older, with adult companion; basic hand-sewing skills helpful, materials and instruction provided. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $15; seniors and students, $13. email@example.com . 202-783-5000.
Creative movement with New York City Ballet,company members lead a participatory creative movement class for non-dancers (no observers). 11 a.m., Kennedy Center, Hall of Nations, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.
Discover quilting, area quilt-guild members demonstrate various quilting techniques and discuss the materials and processes on view in the exhibit “Workt by Hand: Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts.” Noon-5 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000. www.nmwa.org .
Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Russian composers. 5-7 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807 or fmmc.org .
Shenson Chamber Music concert, Israeli American cellist Inbal Segev performs new pieces and rarely performed gems. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. Reservations required: 202-783-5000. nmwa.org/events/shenson-chamber-music-concert-inbal-segev .
KC Jazz Club, the Revive Big Band, led by trumpeter Igmar Thomas, blends original works flavored with hip-hop, rhythm and blues, and sampled jazz recordings. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.
Catholic University composition recital, a recital of newly composed works by university students, a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5414.
C.P.E. Bach at 300: “The Hamburg Bach,” a performance of works from the Bach family and George Frideric Handel; come at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert presentation by Paul Corneilson, managing editor, and Mark Knoll, editor, of “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach: The Complete Works,” a discussion titled “Editing and Performing the Music of C.P.E. Bach.” Concert, 8 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.
Dance fusion, Companhia Urbana de Danca in concert, a mix of contemporary Brazilian dance and hip-hop infuses both forms with new rigor. 8 p.m., Edgewood Arts Center, 3415 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors, artists, teachers, $17 (advanced sales); college students, $10; age 17 and younger, $8. 202-269-1608.
Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of its lesser-known events, places and people. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
Shakespeare’s birthday open house, with jugglers and jesters, music and theater performances, birthday cake and a tour of the Folger’s reading rooms on the one day a year they are open to the public, sword fighting and stage combat, stories of 16th century life in England, Elizabethan crafts, poetry readings and more. Noon-4 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free, charge for some food and drink. 202-544-7077.
“From Sea to Shining Sea,” Evan Mather’s film about the U.S. interstate system from the Chesapeake Bay to San Francisco in a time-lapse film; a question-and-answer session follows. 1 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .
Pups ’n’ Petals dog walk, bring your leashed dog, bags and water for a pet-friendly walk among the cherry blossoms. 1-3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Survey Lodge, 202-426-6841.
Knitting and crocheting workshop, join fellow needlers to create items for those in need, instruction, needles and yarn provided. 1 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. Mila Michael, firstname.lastname@example.org . 202-537-6200.
Women writers on women artists, celebrate National Poetry Month with three poets who took inspiration from art and artists in the museum’s collection. 2-3:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.
Cathedral pipe organ recital, Germany’s Stefan Kiessling performs works by J.S. Bach and Siegfrid Karg-Elert on the 10,650-pipe great organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Great Noise Ensemble in concert, with Third Practice and the American Youth Chorus, Andriessen’s “La Commedia.” Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Castle Trio in concert, Lambert Orkis, Marilyn McDonald and Kenneth Slowik perform works by Beethoven. 6:30 p.m. pre-concert lecture by Slowik. 7:30 p.m. concert. National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $28. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .
Evening of music, American tenor Paul Appleby and Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins with piano accompaniment in an evening of stories and song. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
Global urban contemporary dance, a showcase of hip-hop dance with performances by Project Soul from South Korea, Sebastien Ramirez and Honji Wang from France, and Companhia Urbana from Brazil, with host Jonzi D. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $19-$50. 202-467-4600.
Tax help in Southeast, available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP tax-aide program. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 14, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients,Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .
Italian conversation, have coffee as you practice conversational Italian with native speaker Anna Nicolosi, new members welcome, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
“The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great,” author Harvey J. Kaye discusses his book that recalls the full story of this generation’s extraordinary struggles and accomplishments. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Noon Mondays and Wednesdays, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Tax help Northwest, Southwest, available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP tax-aide program. 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188; and 3:30-8 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.
Knitwits knitting group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-4 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, private dining room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental-health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided; sponsored by MetroHealth. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
Chess club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
“Max Beckmann — Departure,” Michael Trabitzsch’s 2013 documentary about Beckmann’s complex life and work, his enigmatic paintings, a life affected by two world wars and continual travels throughout Europe and the United States. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Yoga class, taught by a representative from Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners but all are welcome. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Aerobics for adults, one-hour sessions. 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Alexander Pushkin remembrance concert, the Russian Chamber Art Society celebrates the 215th anniversary of Pushkin’s birth with soprano Natalaya Kraevsky, baritone Carl Ratner and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern in a concert of works including “The Poet’s Echo,” a Benjamin Britten composition inspired by Pushkin, and art songs written from Pushkin poems by a variety of contemporary composers. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. $45. Tickets: 202-895-6776 or www.thercas.com .
Classical cello recital, cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist Noreen Polera perform works by Beethoven, Cassago, Brahms and Chopin. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.
Literary legacy of Seamus Heaney, in remembrance of the death of the Northern Ireland poet, poets Eamon Grennan, Paula Meehan, Frank Bidart, Bernard O’Donoghue and Jane Hirshfield read from his works. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $25. 202-544-7077.
Strength and balance, led by Tonya Walton, a full-body strength and balance class with no floor work, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, through June 10, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for a one-day-per-week class; $170 for a two-days-per-week class. 202-364-7602.
Tudor tots: growing gardeners, for ages 2-4, read, sing and play in the garden with an adult companion nearby. 10 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $5 per session, accompanying adult, free. 202-965-0400.
National Archives’ records, FamilySearch associate Carol Kostakos Petranek discusses what is available at the site. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Ashley’s meditation and mindfulness, Ashley’s Meditation and Mindfulness, Ashley Nunn practices her techniques then invites your questions and experiences. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Guided garden tour: historic and growing, a lively guided walk through the history, horticulture and landscape of the 51 / 2-acre estate. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10. 202-965-0400.
Jazz as a Cold War weapon, a lecture by the Music Division’s Larry Appelbaum. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Curator lecture, Larry Appelbaum discusses “Jazz as a Cold War Weapon.” Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Lententide Bach III, oboist Meg Owens and organist Jeremy Filsell perform works by J.S. Bach. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Cherry blossom tour and tea, docents lead an hour-long cathedral highlights tour with emphasis on the blooming cherry trees, followed by tea in the Pilgrim Gallery. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30. 202-537-5581 or www.allhallowsguild.org .
Bookmarks, join a lively book club discussion of “Silent House” by Orhan Pamuk, coffee and cookies served. Sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1:30 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Hearing screenings, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Sibley Audiology. Sibley Renaissance Building, Audiology Department, 5255 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Homework help, and help with special projects for ages 13-19. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
HIV/STI screening, for teens and young adults, ages 13-24, by Metro Teen Aids, with information on how to live a healthy life. 4 p.m., Anacostia Library, Meeting Room 2, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.
Yoga for teens and adults, Doriel Hall teaches a step-by-step program for beginners’ health and well-being. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.
Elizabethan concert, countertenor Iestyn Davies and lutenist Thomas Dunford in a program of Elizabethan ballads plus the D.C. premiere of a work by American composer Nico Muhly, commissioned by London’s Wigmore Hall for Davies and Dunford. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
Classical music concert, composer and conductor Oliver Knussen leads the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group in a program of works by Stravinsky, Knussen, Castiglioni, Crawford Seeger and Schoenberg; 6:30 p.m. pre-concert presentation in the Whittall Pavilion by Stephen and Jackie Newbould. Concert, 8 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.
Genealogy lecture, Archives specialist Nancy Wing demonstrates how to navigate www.archives.gov for genealogy research. 9:30 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Total body workout, a 10-week class led by Carolyn Gichner, bring a mat and light weights, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through June 11, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.
“Collecting Shakespeare: the Story of Henry and Emily Folger ,” Stephen H. Grant discusses his book. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
Rosa Lamoreaux in concert, the soprano performs works by Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Club Memory, a stigma-free social club for people who have been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment or other early forms of dementia and their spouses, partners and caregivers. Sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 1-3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Bereavement support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Widowed Persons Outreach. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Bringing it home: artists reconnecting cultural heritage with community, participants in the museum’s Artist Leadership Program discuss their work, their research with the Smithsonian, and their plan to share their experiences and knowledge with the community. 2-3:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Room 4025, fourth level, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Lunder Conservation Center behind the scenes, a staff member discusses how conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
What the Tower Sees,a National Park Service ranger discusses the city’s geography, architecture and history; bring a camera. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Tower, Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
Chess for kids,instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Teen game night,for ages 13-19, play board and Wii games. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
How Leonardo invented the future, author Bulent Atalay discusses the lesser-known fact that Leonardo da Vinci was only a part-time artist, but also a student of nature, seeker of mathematical proofs, predictor of entire sciences that would not be known for centuries, creator of mechanical drawings for futuristic technology and anatomical studies and much more. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Georgetown University Chamber Singers, with accompanist Jinsun Cho, a choral concert of the Cantata Membra Jesu Nostri, BuxWV 75, by Dieterich Buxtehude. Georgetown University, St. William’s Chapel, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Thursday, APRIL 10
Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian “Gustafer Yellowgold,” meet the cute cartoon alien who landed on earth from his home on the sun, Gustafer Yellowgolds’s adventures as an explorer in a slightly psychedelic version of the Minnesota woods, brought to life by singer-songwriter-illustrator Morgan Taylor in a bubbly mix of music, animation, and storytelling. 10 and 11:15 a.m., 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.
Preschool series: garden sculpture safari, for ages 2-5, hunt for animals and fanciful creatures in sculpture throughout Hillwood’s gardens. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursdays through April 24, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. Series: $30 per child and one accompanying adult; additional adults, $15 each. Single class: $12 per child and one accompanying adult. 202-686-5807.
“Try to Make Your Life,” Margot Friedlander read from her book about a Jewish girl hiding in Nazi Berlin. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.
“Latino Voices: Pivotal Voices, Era of Transition,” a lecture by poet Rigoberto Gonzalez. 6:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-6404.
National Portrait Gallery pop quiz: a portrait of the artist, the winning team will receive a prize, food and beverages available for purchase. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Who’s Afraid of Fracking?: the promise and perils of a new technology, energy reporter Russell Gold discusses the hotly contested process of injecting fluid into the ground at extremely high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks and release the oil and natural gas inside. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
Drama of DNA: genomics on stage, staged readings, playwrights Dorothy Fortenberry, Lisa Loomer, Cassandra Medley and Anna Ziegler discuss why and how they transformed complex topics rooted in genetics—including issues of identity, the power of genetic information, and the impact of health decisions on family dynamics—into compelling theater; staged readings of scenes from their plays are presented by Ari Roth, artistic director of Washington’s Theater J, and directed by Shirley Serotsky, associate artistic director of the company, where Ziegler’s “Photograph 51” was produced in 2011. 7 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
Lantern walk, a National Park Service Ranger leads a walk among the cherry trees, bring a flashlight. 8-10 p.m. April 10-11, Survey Lodge, Tidal Basin Welcome area. 202-426-6841.
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