Thursday, Dec. 4

Smithsonian Institution Career Center conference A series of panel presentations representing various museums, research centers and offices throughout the Smithsonian, allowing Career Center professionals to get to know the various roles in the system and how staff members mentor students during academic appointments. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-noon. National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. $100.

“Seasons of Light” For ages 5-10, a multicultural program about winter holidays celebrated around the world including Christmas, Ramadan, Devali, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa and the American Indian tradition of the winter solstice. Weekdays at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. through Dec. 19, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW; Wednesday and next Thursday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., plus 1 p.m. next Thursday, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. Additional shows listed on Web site. 202-633-8700, www.discoverytheater.org . $8; ages 2-16 $6; 1 and younger $3.

Therapeutic yoga classes Kiersten Gallagher leads a class to reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit using gentle postures, progressive relaxation, breathing practices and meditation. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $25/month.

Washington Cathedral behind-the-scenes Age 11 and older. See gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. Weekdays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org . $25; age 11 and 12 $21.

Underground water Matthew Rodell, chief of hydrologic sciences at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses “Measuring Our Underground Water Supplies from Space.” 11:30 a.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5664. Free.

The White House: Its Historic Furnishings & First Families The White House Historical Association hosts author Betty C. Monkman as she discusses her illustrated book about some of our nation’s most important heirlooms, presidential biography and American history. 11:30 a.m. White House Visitor Center, 1450 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-8292. Free.

“St. Vincent” A film about a single mother who moves to Brooklyn and must leave her 12-year-old son in the care of a neighbor, a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling, and his pregnant stripper girlfriend, their close bond and realization that the curmudgeon is a man with a big heart. Starring Melissa McCarthy, Bill Murray and Naomi Watts. Daily at noon, 2:30, 5 and 7:30 p.m. through Dec. 11. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $11.75, students $9.25, seniors $9, military and age 12 and younger $8.75.

A Christmas Far from Home: An Epic Tale of Courage and Survival during the Korean War Historian Stanley Weintraub discusses his book about the Christmas escape of thousands of American troops overwhelmingly surrounded by the enemy in Korea’s harsh terrain. Noon. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

American art: after and before A staff member discusses a featured artwork in a gallery after it has received treatment by conservators and shows the science, art history and skilled hands that have prepared it for exhibition. 1 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Awake: The Life of Yogananda” An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s and made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today. Daily at 1 and 5:45 p.m. through Dec. 11. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $11.75; students, $9.25; seniors, $9; military and age 12 and younger, $8.75.

Christmas in Art David Gariff leads a tour of the paintings in the permanent collection that depict the birth of Jesus. Thursday-Friday, Tuesday-Wednesday and Dec. 12, 16 and 17 at 1 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building main floor, rotunda, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Film A screening of a historic video of Charles Munch conducting the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing works by Irving Fine and Debussy. 2 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Memorials on the Mall A National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 2-4 p.m. through Dec. 31. Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.

Cathedral tour: “Angels High and Low” For age 10 and older, docents discuss depictions of angels in the statuary, tapestries, wood carvings and other media. 3 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $20; seniors, military, students and ages 10 and 11 $16, reservations suggested.

“The Good Lie” A film about “The Lost Boys,” young victims orphaned by the Civil war in Sudan in 1983, and the efforts to bring 3600 lost boys and girls to America 15 years later, starring Reese Witherspoon and Sudanese actors Arnold Oceng, Ger Duany, Emmanuel Jal and newcomer Nyakuoth Weil, several of whom were also children of war. Daily at 3:15 and 8 p.m. through Dec. 11. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $11.75; students, $9.25; seniors, $9; military and age 12 and younger, $8.75.

Chess for teens Learn how to play and master strategies. 4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

ZooLights View more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LED lights that decorate the Zoo, draping trees and create larger than life animal illuminations, food available, rides and activities for children include train rides and tubing, participate in the annual Gin-Grrr-Bread Habitat Conteset themed “Bao Bao’s Blizzard Bash.” 5-9 p.m. daily through Jan. 1, except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-633-4888.

Lighting of the National Christmas Tree The U.S. Marine Band provides holiday music to accompany the ceremony on the Ellipse south of the White House. 5 p.m. White House, Ellipse. 202-354-6460, 202-433-4011. www.thenationaltree.org . Free.

Teen comic book club For ages 13-19, for fans of manga, super hero comics and more. Thursday at 5 p.m. and the first Thursday of every month. Northeast Library, mezzanine level conference room, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0183. Free, registration required: northeastlibrary@dc.gov .

Wii dance off A friendly competition for ages 13-19. Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. William O. Lockridge/Bellvue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1185. Free.

Sharing stories: deaf Latino experiences An onstage conversation in American Sign Language between former Gallaudet University president Robert Davila and master storyteller Manny Hernandez in which they address their experiences as deaf Latinos; a question-and-answer session follows. Interpretation provided for hearing visitors. 6 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Klezmer music by Lox & Vodka A performance of seasonal music to accompany a visit to the model train exhibit, replicas of iconic D.C. monuments and buildings created with plants and one of the largest indoor decorations of holiday magic using seas and lighthouses as navigation through the scenic wonderland. 6-8 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free.

The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and the Civil War That Divided Them” Author and legal historian Chris DeRose discusses his book with presidential historian Michael Beschloss, come at 6 p.m. for a reception. Lecture at 6:30 p.m. President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. MMartz@savingplaces.org , 202-829-0436, Ext. 31224, www.lincolncottage.org . Reception $10, lecture $10, reservations requested.

Calvert High School Music Theatre Ensemble and the Swanson Choral Group An evening of folk and popular songs in a cappella. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Anacostia Library chess club For ages 10-16. Thursdays at 6 p.m. Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707, 202-715-7708. Free.

A City of Sadness Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 1989 film epic, a portrait of the post-war transitional period in Taiwan told through episodes in the life of the provincial Lin family, in various languages with English subtitles, sponsored by National Gallery of Art. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. Free.

Secrets of Kennewick Man: The definitive investigation of an ancient American skeleton Douglas Owsley, division head for physical anthropology at the Natural History Museum, examines more of the secrets that the bones of Kennewick Man — the skeleton accidentally found in 1996 on the Columbia River near Kennewick, Wa. — have held for nearly 9,000 years. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $42.

Sacred Foods of India Food and travel writer Monica Bhide leads a virtual trip through the temples, mosques and gurdwaras of India’s most prominent religions by way of their sacred foods then invites everyone to a buffet reception that features some of the foods discussed in the program. 6:45-9:30 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $85.

National Symphony Orchestra concert Helmuth Rilling leads the orchestra, soloists and the University of Maryland Concert Choir in a performance of compositions by J.S. Bach. Thursday’s performance concludes with a free mini recital by Joseph Gascho on the Rubenstein family organ. Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $10-$85.

Chess For all ages and abilities. Thursdays at 7 p.m. Southeast Library, first floor, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

Poetry reading at the library Two poets will read from their works. 7 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

Tournament book of Emperor Maximilian I National Gallery of Art senior fellow Stefan Krause discusses the late medieval and early modern European tournament books, lavishly orchestrated festivities with both social and political significance. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776. Free, registration required: www.eventbrite.com.

Julius Caesar Robert Richmond directs the Shakespeare play starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones, Michael Sharon and Deidra LaWan Starnes. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Through Sunday. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu . $40-$75.

A Christmas Carol Michael Baron directs the Michael Wilson adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale about the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future as they lead Ebenezer Scrooge through transformation and redemption, starring Edward Gero. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays-Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m. except Dec. 6 matinee, Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 15, 22 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11 at noon, matinees Friday, Dec. 17, 18, 23, 26, 31 and Jan. 1 at 2 p.m. No evening performances Dec. 16, 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fords.org . $22-$95.

Five Guys Named Moe Directed by Robert O’Hara, a reimagined tribute to the “King of the Jukebox,” legendary composer and saxophonist Louis Jordan, features “Let the Good Times Roll ,” and “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby ,” starring Sheldon Henry, Kevin McAllister, Paris Nix, Jobari Parker-Namdar and Clinton Roane. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Through Dec. 28. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org . $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability.

“Bad Jews to DC” Serge Seiden directs the Joshua Harmon comedy and off-Broadway hit about three cousins who engage in a verbal battle royale over a family heirloom. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Through Dec. 21. Studio Theatre’s Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org . $44-$88.

Fiddler on the Roof The 50th anniversary of the Broadway musical based on the book by Joseph Stein , music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on stories by Sholom Aleichem, an in-the-round production directed by Molly Smith, the story of a family, community and life’s unexpected twists and turns, starring Jonathan Hadary and Ann Arvia. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31 at noon. Through Jan. 4. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300, www.arenastage.org . $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability.

“Shear Madness” A comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 6 and 9 p.m., Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $50.

“The Great One-Man Commedia Epic” Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents the play created and performed by Matthew R. Wilson as 12 characters in a thousand catastrophes, including an entire town of squabbling parents, dim-witted servants and young lovers whose wedding plans are ruined until love prevails and comedy triumphs. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Through Dec. 20. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839, www.chaw.org . $20; seniors, students and military $15, age 12 and younger $10.

Friday, Dec. 5

Winter warmth clothing drive Warm winter outer wear is needed for homeless men and women including coats, hats, gloves and mittens, scarves, boots, new warm socks and new long underwear. Volunteers are needed for distribution Saturday. Thursday from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friendship Place, behind St. Luke’s Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. friendship@cathedralcongregation.org , 202-537-6000.

Nixon legacy forum: Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords A panel including Winston Lord, John Negroponte and Dick Smyser, moderated by K.T. McFarland, discusses the chronology, key players and impact of the Paris Peace Accords. 10 a.m. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Seniors line dancing For age 50 and older. Fridays at 10 a.m. Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

St. Albans Christmas house tour Visit six beautiful Cleveland Park homes decorated for the holidays, each by top floral designers. Shuttle bus service between the school and the homes. Tour, Friday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Also, more than 50 boutiques in the school’s Marriott Hall. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Holiday luncheon in St. Albans refectory. 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday. St. Albans School, 3551 Garfield St. NW. 202-537-8982. stahousetour@gmail.com , www.stalbansschool.org . Tour $40, lunch $20.

HOPE (Helping Our People Engage) Theater In the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema sites of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress theaters, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents weekly matinees on Friday mornings; a discussion group follows. 11:30 a.m. Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707, 202-715-7708. Free.

Curator talk Timothy Verdon, curator of “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” and director of Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, in Florence, Italy, shares insights into the exhibition’s content and themes. Noon-1 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Information Desk, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. $10, age 65 and older and students $8, age 18 and younger free.

Friday Morning Music Club recital Pianist Donna Baldwin performs works by Ginastera, guitarist Charles Mokotoff performs works by Sor, Barrios and Willis; flutist Gwyn Jones and pianist Rosanne Conway perform works by Poulenc. Noon. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. 202-333-2075. Free.

Pipe organ recital Dutch-born organist Adrian de Groot performs warm, playful and spirited compositions by south German Baroque composers Johann Kaspar Kerll, Johann Valentin Rathgeber, Joseph Nicolaus Torner, Franz Anton Maichelbeck, Carlmann Kolb and Joseph Lederer. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. Free, donations welcome.

After-school lounge For ages 11-19, group study facilities, space for board and card games, conversation and snack area, crafts, trivia, tournaments, video games and other activities on a rotating basis. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

Basic Internet safety Learn how to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious error and the most catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Digital Commons, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Join the “STEAM” team For ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create. Fridays at 4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

NSO prelude Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform a varied program of chamber music from baroque to contemporary. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

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. 202-547-6839, www.chaw.org . $20; $76 for a four-class pass.

Painting clay and sipping cabernet Artist Clay Hollenkamp teaches the art of clay tile painting using the frisket technique of stencils; all materials and refreshments provided. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839 www.chaw.org . $40.

September Penny Panayotopoulou’s 2013 film, a tale of solitude and solidarity, about a woman who begins to form a bond with a neighboring family when her dog suddenly falls ill, in Greek with English subtitles, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. 7 p.m. American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-842-6799. Free.

Memorials of the National Mall by night A National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. Fridays-Saturdays at 7-9 p.m. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Ranger station, 202-426-6841. Free.

Handel’s “Messiah” Michael McCarthy directs the National Cathedral Combined Choirs of boys, girls and men, and soloists soprano Gillian Keith, mezzo soprano Claire Wilkinson, Rufus Müller and Matthew Brook. Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 4 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200, www.nationalcathedral.org . $25-$85.

Kariné Poghosyan, classical pianist concert A performance of works by Komitas, Khachaturian, Beethoven and others, includes an Armenian buffet. 7:30 p.m. Embassy of Armenia, 2225 R St. NW. 202-625-2361. www.embassyseries.org . $80.

Christmas concert for charity The Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra, the CUA University Singers with conductor Leo Nestor, professor and director of the Institute of Sacred Music, and the CUA University Chorus, led by N. Thomas Pedersen, clinical assistant professor and head of the musical theater program. Concert proceeds will benefit Holy Family Hospital of Bethlehem Foundation, based in Washington. 7:30 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5416. www.music.cua.edu . Donations requested.

Andrea McArdle, vocalist in Barbara Cook’s spotlight The original “Annie” on Broadway performs. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $45.

Traveler’s ear: scenes from music French pianist David Kadouch performs travel-inspired music by Bach, Schumann, Liszt and Bartók. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-397-7328, www.ticketmaster.com . Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket.

PEN/Malamud Celebration A celebration of the award’s legacy with readings by past recipients Edward P. Jones, Lorrie Moore and Tobias Wolff, sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library, a wine reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Great Hall, 212 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $25.

Chiara String Quartet concert Performing on the Library’s Stradivari instruments with pianist Simone Dinnerstein, a remembrance of the centennial of American composer Irving Fine, with works by Mozart and Fine, and a Library of Congress commission by Jefferson Friedman, come at 6:30 p.m. and hear Friedman discuss his with the Music Division’s David H. Plylar. Concert at 8 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-397-7328, 202-707-5502. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket.

Molecular biology lecture Biology professor Nina V. Fedoroff discusses “Molecular Biology for a Hungry World,” sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8 p.m. Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. 703-370-5282. Free.

Saturday, Dec. 6

Virginia Ballet Company and School: Selections from “The Nutcracker” Excerpts from the Tchaikovsky ballet with Clara dancing into the land of sweets and holiday cheer. 9:30 and 11 a.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show.

Yuletide Shakespeare For ages 6-12, a family program to celebrate the holidays with William Shakespeare, his language and his world. 10 a.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Free, reservations required.

Smithsonian Holiday Festival A weekend of musical performances, screenings and family-oriented activities, including performances by the U.S. Air Force Silver Wings, “The Muppet Christmas Carol,” Mars Heritage chocolate demonstration, holiday photos with Sharp Shooter imaging, Operation Gratitude and more. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Home sweet home gingerbread workshop Build your own edible house using gingerbread and royal icing and decorate it with a variety of materials. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org . $75.

Yoga for adults Taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist, wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat; some mats may be available. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

“The Gift of Nothing” For age 4 and older, a world premiere musical starring characters from the comic strip “Mutts,” a charming cat searches for a special gift for his best friend, a lovable pup. Saturday at 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. See the Web site for complete performances. Through Dec. 28. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org . $20.

U.S. Air Force Band concerts The Max Impact ensemble performs. 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000, 202-767-5658. Free.

Yoga A teacher from Yoga Activist leads beginner-level classes for adults and teens. 11 a.m. Saturdays. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Carillon recital Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs music for the Advent season. Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . Free.

Get it “write” study hall Get help with homework or feedback on your creative writing in a quiet study space. Sundays at 1 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, Lower Level, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Seasonal Shakespeare: a group reading of “Twelfth Night Celebrate the holiday season with a reading of the first three acts of the romantic comedy, no prior experience performing or reading publicly is necessary. 1:30 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. www.dclibrary.org . Free.

Irving Fine symposium Fine experts and scholars convene to discuss the noted composer’s music and life, his contemporaries and his place in the American neoclassical school, includes a performance by the Chiara String Quartet. 2-9 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Cute Girl ” and “Cheerful Wind Hou Hsiao-hsien’s romantic comedy films introduced by Richard Suchenski, shown in Mandarin with English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. $7; seniors and students $4.

Measure of our lives portrait tour Students from the University of Maryland at College Park lead a tour of portraits of significant individuals who have influenced American history and culture and discuss key moments in the life of one of the portraitists. 2:15 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. National Portrait Gallery, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Empire Brass in concert The ensemble performs holiday favorites. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Holidays through history Visit four historic houses featuring period installations and modern twists on Christmas from the Federal period to the present; shuttle bus service between sites. 4-8 p.m. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, 202-337-2288; Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-785-2040; Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW, 202-965-0400; and President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St. NW, 202-387-4062. www.tudorplace.org . All four houses for $20, in advance $16, age 17 and younger $10.

A Celtic Christmas Allison Hampton and Linn Barnes perform seasonal music on Celtic instruments, a lute, harp and others, Dylan Thomas poetry will be read, warm gingerbread, hot apple cider, hot cocoa and mulled wine will be sold before the show and during intermission. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. www.dumbartonconcerts.org . $35, students and seniors 65 and older $30, age 18 and younger $17.

21st Century Consort — A Christmas Carol The 21st Century Consort, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s artists in residence, present Jon Deak’s modern Dickensian classic and Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales ,” come at 4 p.m. for a pre-concert discussion. Concert at 5 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Peace and Carol Ringers An English handbell performance of sacred, folk and holiday music on traditional hand bells. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Duke Ellington Society Listen to and discuss the music of the District native. 7 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 4300 16th St. NW. 202-723-4408. Free.

Choir of Clare College performance Graham Ross conducts a debut performance with a commemoration of Irving Fine’s legacy as one of the preeminent American composers of choral music including “The Hour-Glass,” “A Short Alleluia,” “Three Choruses from Alice in Wonderland” (Set 1), Monteverdi: “Nisi Dominus,” from the 1610 Vespers, Britten/Harrison: “A Ceremony of Carols,” Bernstein: “Chichester Psalms,” and others, part of the Irving Fine symposium. 7 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-397-7328, 202-707-5502. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket.

Smithsonian Associates Jazz Masterworks Orchestra A performance of Billy Strayhorn’s rearrangement of music from “The Nutcracker” by Tchaikovsky and the less-familiar “Queen’s Suite,” composed by Ellington and Strayhorn as a gift to Queen Elizabeth II in 1959. 7:30 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $25.

Jazz take on Arab songs The Tarek Yamani Trio performs legendary music from the classic era of Arab song, reinvigorated in jazz arrangements by Lebanese-born pianist Tarek Yamani. 7:30 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Chicago Jazz Orchestra concert Jeff Lindberg leads the ensemble in big band jazz standards featuring vocalists Allan Harris and Dee Alexander, and tunes made famous by Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Dinah Washington. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $32.

CUA Women’s Christmas Choral concert Conducted by Kevin O’Brien. 7:30 p.m. Catholic University, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-317-5416. Free.

Urban Dance Theater Festival Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 4 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org . $30, in advance $25, seniors 55 and older $20, college students and age 17 and younger $15.

Sunday, Dec. 7

Palisades farmers market Locally grown seasonal produce year round, music by Sherier Mountain. Sundays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. www.palisadesfarmersmarket.com .

U.S. Air Force Band concert The Singing Sergeants, Celtic Aire ensemble perform. 11 a.m., noon, 1 and 2 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000, 202-767-5658. Free.

Museum Community Day Visit “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea,” and other museum collections. Noon-5 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000. Free.

U.S. Air Force Band concert The Singing Sergeants, Silver Wings ensemble perform. 12:30, 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000, 202-767-5658. Free.

Logan Circle house tour A self-guided tour of eight residences, some Victorian and some restored to their original grandeur, soaring contemporary condominiums, the Thurgood Marshall Center (a former YMCA building from the early 1900s) and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, same-day tickets and reception at Studio Theatre, 14th and P streets NW. 1-5 p.m. $35, in advance $30. Advance tickets at www.logancircle.org . 703-298-2888.

Indie Arcade MAGFest and American University’s Game Lab are turning the museum’s courtyard into an indie arcade, come and play classic arcade games such as Asteroids, Pac Man, Tron, Star Wars, Arkanoid, Donkey Kong and many more or play old favorites, learn to build games and discover new games created by local chapters of the International Game Developers Association. 1-7 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Get it “write” study hall Get help with homework or feedback on your creative writing in a quiet study space. Sundays at 1 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, Lower Level, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Luce Unplugged with Margot MacDonald Following a staff-led art talk, the local musician, guitarist, pianist and opera-trained vocalist performs. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Digital photo club a collaborative learning group that draws from the knowledge of all who attend, amateur photographers of all skill and experience levels welcome. 1:30 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Yoga at the library Taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 1:30 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Register: geoyogarsvp@gmail.com . 202-727-0232. Free.

The Puppetmaster Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s 1993 film masterpiece about puppeteer Li Tien-lu, one of Taiwan’s official national treasures, set against tumultuous times that made art both impossible and essential, in Mandarin, Taiwanese and Japanese with English subtitles. 2 p.m. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Gingerbread challenge The Keystone Society welcomes age 21 and older in solo or team builders of edible dream houses to its friendly competition to design the best gingerbread house. 2-4 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org . $40/house plus $15 participant fee, registration required.

New York’s Cinema 16 Film Society: programming for a divided world Film historian Scott MacDonald, author of “Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society,” discusses this well-known ciné-club, the most influential film society in American history, then “A Divided World ,” Swedish filmmaker Arne Sucksdorff’s 1948 nature film will be screened. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Winter craft workshop Come at 1:30 and pick out your choice of festive decorations and seasonal snacks before the event begins with a performance by local a cappella group GU Harmony. 2 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

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 and create. Sundays at 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1278. Free.

Eclipse Chamber Orchestra A concert program of works by J.S. Bach, Telemann and Vivaldi. 3 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. Donations welcome.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle All experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn for your own take-home project. Sundays at 3 p.m. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Board games in the afternoon For age 10 and older, play board games with friends or learn to play chess. Sundays at 3 p.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. Free.

Sounding movement Cross-mappings in music and dance will be discussed by dancer Mirenka Cechova, professor of performing arts William Brent and cellist N.J. Snider, an excerpt of the work in question will be performed after the lecture, interactive demonstrations follow in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda. 3-5 p.m. American University, Katzen Arts Center Studio Theatre, Room 154, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1000. Free.

Zumba for kids For ages 4-13, a combination of fun and fitness. 3:30 p.m. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Free.

Standing Aside, Watching Yorgos Servetas’s 2013 film about a woman who returns to her home town to resume old relationships and rebuild a life until intractable local problems make it impossible, in Greek with English subtitles, sponsored by National Gallery of Art. 4:30 p.m. American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-842-6799. Free.

“A Collection of Funny Holiday Stories” Co-founder Scott Michael Shrake and six storytellers share true holiday experiences guaranteed to have the audiences laughing. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free tickets, up to two per person, distributed in the States Gallery starting at 5:30 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 8

Emily Dickinson day Celebrating the 184th anniversary of her birth with a chronological marathon reading of her writings by poets, writers, critics and the general public. Register to read at www.folger.edu . 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5394. Free.

English conversation classes Volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center facilitate classes twice a week. Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m.-noon. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $25/month.

National Gallery of Art lecture Judith Brodie, curator of Modern Prints and Drawings, discusses “William Kentridge: Processions.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Yoga at West End Smita Kumar of Yoga District teaches a weekly class; bring a mat or use one of the library’s. 12:30 p.m. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. teresa.sakon@dc.gov , 202-724-8698. Free, registration required.

Laughter, a cure for all? Clinical social worker Alice Faulkner discusses the benefits of keeping an upbeat outlook on life, sponsored by Dupont Circle Village Live and Learn. 3:30-5 p.m. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 1830 Connecticut Ave. NW (use the door marked 1830 and go to the second floor). Register: Linda Harsh 202-234-2567, lindajkh@mac.com . $10.

Homework help For ages 12-18, bring your school assignments, other materials or papers to be reviewed. Mondays at 3:30 p.m. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Free.

Mental health and HIV confidential group For people with HIV and mental-health problems, sponsored by MetroHealth. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. Mondays at 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. 202-638-0750. Free.

Reader’s theatre For those in grades 2-5, bring stories to life, read aloud scripts from popular children’s books and hone your acting chops, parent participation encouraged. Mondays at 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

STEM Mondays For ages 7-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, participate in experiments, study nature, do real-world math problems and take the Hour of CODE challenge, an introductory lesson in computer science, where children learn basic concepts of problem solving and programming. 4:15 p.m. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.

Woodridge Checkmates For ages 7-19, learn how to play and to win. Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

Maida Withers Dance Construction Company A performance of excerpts from Maida Withers’s choreography set to electronic music by Steve Hilmy and John Driscoll. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free tickets, up to two per person, distributed in the States Gallery starting at 5:30 p.m.

Creative movement and expression Cynthia Word leads a program in which movements happen with beautiful music and other people. Mondays at 6-7:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $10.

Cancer support group Social worker Jennifer Bires leads participants to explore their experience with cancer and connect with others facing similar challenges in a safe setting. Mondays at 6-7:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . Free.

Yoga For age 18 and older, led by a teacher from Yoga Activist, mats provided. 6 p.m. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.

Yoga for beginners Taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. Mondays at 7 p.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

Emily Dickinson tribute reading Poet, professor and physician Rafael Campo brings Emily Dickinson’s work to life in this annual celebration of her legacy, a reception featuring Dickinson’s beloved black cake follows the reading. 7:30 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $15.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Spiritual Reflections Tour A one-hour docent-led tour that explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone, including story, silence, poetry and reflective invitations, participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. 10:45 a.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Questions: pilgrimages@cathedral.org . 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $15.

“Gingerbread Baby” reading For ages 3-5, staff members read the Jan Brett book about a gingerbread boy who leads a chase through a village and into a forest. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org. $3.

Mongol Court ritual practice Mika Natif, assistant professor of art history at GW and an authority on Islamic art, discusses a textile depicted in a thirteenth-century Mongol-Ilkhanid painting. Noon. Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-5200.

Yoga at noon Led by traditional yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris, bring a mat. Tuesdays at Noon. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Classical music concert Violinist Jua Kim and pianist Soyoon Yim perform works by Norwegian composer Edvard Greig. 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. Donations requested.

Cathedral tour and tea A docent-led tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and art — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org , misbister@cathedral.org . $30, registration required.

Symposium — Magna Carta Scholars, historians and contemporary thinkers discuss how Magna Carta’s political and legal traditions have carried into our times, a highlight of the program is an interview by David Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive of the Carlyle Group, with Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer. 2 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4642. Free.

Sketching workshop Bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the center. Tuesdays at 2:30-4:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

HIV/STI screening For teens and young adults, ages 13-24, by Metro TeenAIDS, with information on how to live a healthy life. 4 p.m. Anacostia Library, Meeting Room 2, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707, 202-715-7708. Free.

D.C. Youth Slam Team poetry For ages 13-19, a poetry workshop, bring your imagination. Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Register with Jonathan Tucker: 202-787-5279. Free.

Realism gallery talk Co-curator Jessica May, the Portland Museum of Art’s chief curator, discusses the role of photography in the painting practice of Richard Estes. 5:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

John Kelly on community and neighborhood preservation The Washington Post columnist delivers the keynote address following a screening and question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served. 6-9 p.m., Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. Register: www.eventbrite.com. 202-387-8391. Free.

Jazz by Project Natale A performance of seasonal music to accompany your visit to the model train exhibit, replicas of iconic D.C. monuments and buildings created with plants and one of the largest indoor decorations of holiday magic using seas and lighthouses as navigation through the scenic wonderland. 6-8 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free.

Non-traditional Eastern European Jewish and Turkish music The Montreal/Philadelphia-based band Shtreiml with Turkish oud player and vocalist Ismail Fencioglu perform. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Yoga in the evening One-hour lesson, all skill levels welcome, mats provided. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. except the first one in each month. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. Free.

Sex, Drugs and Serafin concert Vocalist Daniel Serafin performs and interprets music from the ‘20s, ’30s and ’40s with French pianist Audrey Sint-Gil. 7:30 p.m. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Ct. NW. Register at www.eventbrite.com . 202-895-6776. Free.

Defiance, tantrums, aggression, oh my! Licensed clinical social worker Claire Lerner discusses effectively coping with challenging behaviors, a natural part of the development process as children learn to cope with difficult feelings and learn to accept limits. 7:30 p.m. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. miriams@washingtondcjcc.org , 202-777-3263. $47.

Stephen Waarts in concert The classical violinist performs works by Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel and Bizet. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $35.

“Famous Puppet Death Scenes” Performed by the Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s marionettes, hand- rod- deconstructable- inflatable- metaphysical- and other styles of puppets, a darkly comedic alternative to more typical seasonal theatre fare, curated and narrated by Nathaniel Tweak, 22 grisly snippets from puppet dramas including Samuel Groanswallow’s “The Ballad of Edward Grue,” and Nordo Frot’s “The Feverish Heart.” Wednesday at 8 p.m., Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 8 p.m. No performances Dec. 31. Through Jan. 4, 2015. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$75, subject to availability. 202-393-3939

Wednesday, Dec. 10

“Baby Rex’s Holiday Surprise” For ages 2-6, pals Massimo Maxicalisaurus and Shao Shao the Microraptor lead Baby Rex on a globetrotting musical journey to show that midwinter celebrations are all about family, food and sharing the fun. Wednesday-Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700, www.discoverytheater.org . $8; ages 2-16 $6; 1 and younger $3.

Gallery talk Associate curator Virginia Treanor discusses the themes and artworks in the special exhibition “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.” Noon-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Conservation of our collection — Untitled: The Art of James Castle Catherine Maynor, paper conservator, leads a gallery talk that features an inside look into the techniques used to treat and preserve James Castle’s artworks on display. Noon. Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Tai chi classes Wednesdays at 2 p.m. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-726-2080. Free.

Introduction to the Lunder Conservation Center Learn how museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects in the gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum collections. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free, registration requested at the Luce Center.

Chess for kids Instruction for all ages. Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team workshop For teens, bi-weekly poetry and spoken-word workshops designed to empower teens to speak up about issues of social justice. 4:30 p.m. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

Merry Tuba Christmas The 41st anniversary of this holiday tradition, founded by Harvey Phillips, in which area tuba, sousaphone and euphonium players play traditional Christmas music. Bring your instrument for a 3 p.m. rehearsal. Concert. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Children of the Light : Desmond Tutu’s South African Story” The Washington premiere on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, the Palestine Israel Advocacy Group of the Washington National Cathedral congregation screens the film, a vehicle that highlights the life and global impact of Tutu, a Nobel Peace laureate, congregation member and member of the board of the Desmond Tutu Peace Center and Leadership Academy, Cape Town, South Africa; Judith Mayotte discusses her personal observations on the archbishop. 7 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . Reservations required: pal-isgroup@cathedralcongregation.org . Free.

Black Georgetown Remembered A lecture by historian C.R. Gibbs. 7 p.m. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.

Technofiles lecture Jonathan Berger, Stanford University provostial professor of music, presents “The Aesthetics of Data,” a discussion of medical and neuroscience imaging in his recent opera, “Theotokia,” and in his current collaboration with the Kronos Quartet, “My Lai.” 7 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls a librarian leads a discussion of David Sedaris’s book. 7:30 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

John Brancy in concert The baritone winner of the 2013 Marilyn Horne Song Competition and pianist Peter Dugan perform selections by Schumann, Ravel, Tchaikovsky and Butterworth. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $50.

“Wings of Christmas” A film about four friends who nearly freeze to death at a mall until one of them encourages them all to make a wish, a very carefully thought out wish, in Czech with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $11.75, students $9.25, seniors $9, military and age 12 and younger, $8.75.

“Terminus” By Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, directed by Tom Story, a supernatural vision that puts its audience on a plunge through its characters’s quietest fears and most intimate desires. Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Through Jan. 4, 2015. Studio Theatre, Studio 2ndStage, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $30-$35.

Thursday, Dec. 11

Beyond books with Kiersten Gallagher A group discussion of books about living with cancer, a poet’s exploration of life or other subject chosen by the group. 12:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. Free.

Poetry lecture Timothy Donnelly, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner, lectures. 3 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. Free.

Chess for teens Learn how to play and master strategies. 4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Mozart’s “Don Giovanni A screening of the recent opera production of the Salzburg Festival from summer 2014. 6 p.m. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776. Register: www.eventbrite.com . Free.

Jazz by Tony Craddock Jr. and Cold Front A performance of seasonal music to accompany a visit to the model train exhibit, replicas of iconic D.C. monuments and buildings created with plants and one of the largest indoor decorations of holiday magic using seas and lighthouses as navigation through the scenic wonderland. 6-8 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free.

Singing and the silence: curator talk Joanna Marsh, curator of contemporary art, discusses her role in shaping the exhibition “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art,” while providing insight into artists’ representations of birds as a way to understand and respond to contemporary culture. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship Program performance A program of solos by high school students who are studying to become orchestral musicians. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

NSO Pops holiday concert With Cirque de la Symphonie, a high-flying fantasy of acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, strongmen and others whose feats are choreographed to classical masterpieces conducted by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. 7 p.m. Dec. 11, 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 2 and 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $20-$98.

Korea-U.S. Jazz Dialogue Featuring the shin Hyun Pill Jazz Band, from Korea, and the New Washingtonians Jazz Ensemble, from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a holiday season celebration that honors the memory of the musician and composer. 7:30-9 p.m., Arena Stage, Kogod Cradle Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-587-6153 or http://www.koreaculturedc.org/En/Index.asp. Free, reservations required: yunjieun@koreaembassy.org.

Anonymous 4 in concert The ensemble performs songs, motets and carols from British sources that illuminate all of the aspects of the Christmas story and its many kindred legends. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $49.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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