Noon music talk, Kevin LaVine discusses music associated with the Russian imperial collection. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5347.
Public transit and communities, Jarrett Walker discusses his book “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.”12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
West End Library kids history program, for ages 8-11, two-part program. On Thursday, a librarian reads Calvin Ramsey’s “Ruth and the Green Book,” about a girl traveling in the 1950s; and on Friday, a teacher from the National Museum of African American History and Culture shows children how to analyze artifacts, record what they see and determine how to preserve them. 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.
God in and out of philosophy, Kurt Pritzl discusses whether the phrase “Catholic philosopher” is a contradiction in . 4:15 p.m., Catholic University, Pryzbyla University Center Great Room, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5260.
“Lost Washington D.C.,” John DeFerrari discusses his book about places that have disappeared, including Griffith Stadium, the Gayety Theater, a burlesque house, the Key Mansion (former home of Francis Scott Key) and Suter’s Tavern; followed by a question-and-answer session. 6 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-337-2288 or programs@dumbartonHouse.org.
“The Greatest Songs You’ve Never Heard,” tenor Doug Bowles, soprano Karin Paludan and pianist Alex Hassan perform romantic and bouncy tunes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad,” the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet performs works by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday and the quartet’s compositions, 6 p.m.; Mountain Quickstep performs bluegrass and music from the Adirondacks, Appalachia and the Smoky Mountain areas, 7:15 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7700.
Poetry reading, Yusef Komunyakaa reads from his works, sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library. 6:30 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $15. 202-544-7077.
Treason and sedition in U.S. history, a two-part Smithsonian series examining several historic and controversial cases that vindicate the caution of the founding fathers, show the conflict between public perception and judicial reality and demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the legal system. 6:45 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 16, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $60. 202-633-3030.
“Modern Times,” Charles Chaplin’s 1936 film about a bumbling factory worker who falls in love with an orphan girl, the last of the “Little Tramp” films, starring Charles Chaplin and Paulette Goddard. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000. http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97193740%26view%3Devent%26
“Operation Night Spy: Espionage in the Dark,” for ages 10-13, scientists from the University of Maryland help children use infrared night goggles and ultraviolet light. 7-9 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $25, registration required. 202-393-7798.
“Anna in the Tropics,” a play about workers in a 1920s Florida cigar factory whose lives change as they listen to a reading of Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina,” in Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 4, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $20-$38; discounts for military, students and age 60 and older. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” for age 16 and older, Keegan Theatre performs a Neil Simon comedy inspired by the playwright’s experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” comedy TV program. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 18, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30. 703-892-0202 or www.keegantheatre.com.
“Meet Benjamin Franklin,” a reenactor chats with visitors about Franklin’s life and accomplishments, and Cecilia Brauer plays the armonica, a musical instrument invented by Franklin. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National Archives, O’Brien Gallery Lobby, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
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; plus discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon Fridays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 29, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, Baroque songs and arias by Martinu and others. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075 or www.fmmc.org.
OperaBelle vocal group, three female singers perform arias, art songs and duets by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. 12:15-1:15 p.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286.
Pipe organ concert, Thomas Bailey performs works by J. S. Bach, Max Reger, Anoldt Schlick and M. Searle Wright. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Georgetown classical music concert, violinist Netanel Draiblate and pianist Lura Johnson perform works by Paganini, Ysaye, Grieg and Brahms. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-3838.
Nakatani Gong Orchestra, music with several gongs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Mourning” film, Morteza Farshbaf’s 2011 movie about a road trip taken by two deaf people, in Persian and sign language, with English subtitles. 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Benjamin Franklin history discussion, by Franklin biographers Walter Isaacson, Stacey Schiff and H.W. Brands. 7 p.m., National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Jazz at THEARC, jazz, soul and blues singer Rene Marie. 7:30 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. $25. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org.
“A Portable Life,” National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Pico Iyer and Don George discuss the challenges and rewards of letting oneself be vulnerable in foreign places. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $20. 202-857-7700.
Jazz trumpet concert, by Nicholas Payton. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26; premium tables, $30. 202-467-4600.
Georgetown improvisational comedy, Georgetown Improv Association and visiting collegiate and professional troupes perform unscripted comedy inspired by audience suggestions. 8 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m. Saturday, Georgetown University, Leavey Center, Bulldog Alley, 37th and O streets NW. $8; seniors and students, $5. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.
“One City Summit,” Mayor Vincent C. Gray and other government officials discuss priorities for the city’s future; free lunch provided. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. Free, registration required. 202-709-5132 or www.onecitysummit.dc.gov.
“Jack and the Beanstalk,” Theatre IV performs a musical about a boy who trades the family cow for three magical beans that grow into a giant beanstalk. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-628-6161.
“Moneymaker: An Endurance Performance,” artist Holly Bass in a seven-hour dance performance on a bridge designed by architect Kashuo Bennett for the doorway of the Corcoran, choreography built from a structured improvisation and ranging from hip hop and classic James Brown to speeches by Malcolm X and clips from a British Broadcasting Corporation radio documentary on Sarah “Saartjie” Baartman, a southern African woman who was displayed in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1770.
“The Snowy Day,” D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) reads Ezra Jack Keats’s story. 10 a.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
Researching 1790-1840 census records, archivist Claire Kluskens discusses how to understand the records. 10 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“Musikids: The Jungle Jims,” children learn about music through a relaxed class. 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $8. 202-966-6000.
“Down to Earth” planetarium film, for age 3 and older. 11 a.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
“The Wings of Ikarus Jackson,” for age 8 and older, a dance and theater work directed by Devanand Janki and set to an adaptation of Christopher Myers’s children’s book about a boy who escapes his taunters by soaring through the sky with feathery wings. 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Saturdays, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 19, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.
Colonial history program, National Park Service rangers in 1776 attire discuss the people who helped create the nation; sign birthday cards for presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington with a quill pen. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
Dragons, Nagas and Creatures of the Deep, curator Lee Talbot leads a tour of the exhibition of international textiles capturing dragons and other fearsome beasts. 11 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free; no reservations required. 202-667-0441, ext 64.
Georgetown history walk, for age 8 and older, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and discusses the Herring Hill area of the 1800s. Noon, Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-426-6851.
Book discussion, “To Serve the Living: Funeral Directors and the African American Way of Death,” by Suzanne E. Smith, a George Mason University professor. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1261.
Classical cello and piano recital, Sol Gabetta and Alessio Bax perform works by Schumann, Shostakovich, Mendelssohn and Servais, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Design a Dragon Paper Mola, for ages 5-12, using inspiration from the exhibit “ Dragons, Nagas and Creatures of the Deep,” create your own paper mola, colorful appliqué panels made by the Kuna people of Panama and Coastal Columbia, using scissors, glue and your wildest imagination. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, ext 64
The Health benefits of chocolate, Catherine Kwik-Uribe, director of research and development, Mars Botanical, discusses scientific research that suggests that chocolate is a food associated with a range of cardiovascular health benefits. 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth and Independence SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
George Washington and slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the Founding Fathers and the issue of slavery. 3 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Intimate Winds concert, the chamber ensemble performs classical, jazz and “easy listening” music. 3 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20, reservations required. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.
“Woo at the Zoo,” for age 21 and older, Valentine’s Day event with animal specialists discuss mating and reproductive habits; with hors d’oeuvres, cash bar and specialty drinks served in a commemorative glass. 4:30, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $22, free parking. 202-633-3079.
“Black Patriots in the Military,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the roles and sacrifices of African Americans in U.S. wars. 6 p.m., D.C. War Memorial, Independence Avenue SE across from West Potomac Park. Free. Call Victor Pillow, 202-841-1774.
Classical music concert, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Lincoln Through the Eyes of Frederick Douglass,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the meetings of Lincoln and Douglass. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.
Classical trumpet recital, Carlot Dorve performs, proceeds benefit nonprofit organizations in Haiti, 7 p.m.; reception, 6:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 118 Third St. SE. Donations requested. 202-547-2120 or email@example.com.
Valentine dance with SpeakeasyDC, the group tells heartfelt stories; music by DJ Glowstik. 7 p.m., Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $10. 202-269-1600.
The Cookers jazz concert, featuring jazz veterans Billy Harper, Eddie Henderson, George Cables, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, David Weiss and Craig Handy. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26; premium tables, $30. 202-467-4600.
“Nordic Voices: Lamentation and Consolation,” religious works by de Victoria, Purcell, Palestrina and others, with sopranos Tone Elisabeth Braaten and Ingrid Hanken, mezzo-soprano Ebba Rydh, tenor Per Kristian Amundrod, baritone Frank Havroy and bass Trond Olav Reinholdtsen. 8 p.m., Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton Ave. NW. $33; students and seniors, $29. 202-965-2000.
Ford’s Theatre Lincoln celebration, wreath laying, 8:45 a.m., followed by programs at Ford’s Theatre and the Center for Education and Leadership, including a discussion with Lincoln biographer John Stauffer, National Park Service ranger talks, discussion of myths about Lincoln, a children’s history workshop and Civil War era music performed by the Washington Revels. 8:45 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Free. 202-347-4833.
Cooking healthy food, food educator Nura Williams demonstrates how to cook fresh, seasonal food available from area farms, 11 a.m.-noon; farmers market offers fruit, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish, cheese, fruit pies, bread, herbal products and more, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dupont Circle FreshFarm Market, 20th and Q streets NW. 202-362-8889 or www.freshfarmmarket.org.
“Lincoln in Action,” for age 8 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses how Abraham Lincoln used executive power to influence the direction of the Civil War. 10 a.m., Fort Stevens, 13th and Quackenbos streets NW. Free. 202-895-6070.
The presidency of Woodrow Wilson, John Milton Cooper Jr., a University of Wisconsin professor, discusses the contributions and controversies associated with the 28th president. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
King and the “arc of the moral universe,” a National Park Service ranger discusses what the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. meant by referring to the concept of the “arc of the moral universe.” 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, meet at the bookstore, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Mike Townsend, 202-329-0125.
“Creating Art From the Heart,” decorate a heart-shaped box inspired by the French gold boxes in the Hillwood museum’s collection; stickers, ribbons, “gems” and other material provided. 1-5 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; age 65 and older, $10; ages 6-18, $5; age 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.
The Torches concert at Smithsonian, a museum staff member discusses a piece of art chosen by the band, followed by a rock and folk performance by the band. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97193669%26view%3Devent%26
“301 East Capitol: Tales From the Heart of the Hill,” Mary Z. Gray discusses her book about her 1920s childhood in the neighborhood. 2 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs/113.
Ceramics artist talk, Debra Fritts discusses her artistic process. 2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97194861%26view%3Devent%26 .
U.S. Marine Chamber Ensemble concert, works by Paul Hindemith, Bohuslav Martinu and Heitor Villa-Lobos. 2 p.m., Marine Barracks Annex, John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Seventh and L streets SE. Free. 202-433-4011.
“A Memorial for the Emancipator,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the symbolism of the architecture, sculpture and paintings at the Lincoln Memorial. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Al Jarreau and the U.S. Air Force Band, concert. 3 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 18th and C streets NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
Cathedral pipe organ recital, Anthony Hammond performs works by Frescobaldi, Cochereau and George Thalben-Ball and his own improvisational work. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Vivaldi concert, members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform two Vivaldi concertos and a piece by Schoenberg. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Happy Birthday, Abraham Lincoln,” National Park Service rangers read poetry and prose by Lincoln on the 203rd anniversary of the president’s birth. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Don Stanko, 240-375-4857.
Museum Cavatina Duo concert, music for guitar and flute by J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla and others, latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
Mozart’s “Requiem” singalong, director J. Reilly Lewis leads soloists from the Washington National Opera Comingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, organist Todd Fickley and audience singers; bring a musical score, which can be downloaded from the Web site or borrowed from the choral society. 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, includes option to borrow score. 202-537-5510, www.cathedralchoralsociety.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pan American Symphony Orchestra, works by Latin American composers. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Black Box Germany,” screening of Andres Veiel’s 2001 film about the Federal Republic of Germany in the 1970s and ’80s, in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
“Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice,” “Let’s Get Free” author Paul Butler, associate dean for faculty development at George Washington University, discusses the problems of the criminal justice system and ways to improve it. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
“Anti-Valentine’s Day Performance,” a “Mad Love” performance event, featuring actors reading plays written by area students, 7 p.m.; party with an “Anti-Valentine’s Day-theme,” featuring music, treats and activities, 6:30 p.m., sponsored by the Young Playwrights’ Theater; GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free. 202-387-9173 or www.yptdc.org.
“Conquering the 14” mountaineer talk, nurse and mountaineer Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner discusses her climbs of 14, 8,000 meter peaks without supplemental oxygen. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $20. 202-857-7700.
“Love Bites,” an ensemble cast of Washington Improv Theater improvisers performs a long-form improvisation and sketch comedy that celebrates and pokes fun at romance, relationships and the real pains and delights of love. 8 p.m., Source, 1835 14th St. NW. $15, single tickets; $12.50 each when you buy two tickets or more.
Deanwood Library computer classes, for all ages, intermediate level. 9-10 a.m. Tuesdays, Deanwood Library, Computer Lab, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
NASA’s “Desert RATS,” NASA scientist Jacob Bleacher discusses the Black Point Lava Flow area in northern Arizona, which is explored by the agency’s Desert Research and Technology Studies (RATS) team of scientists and engineers, because the area (with its rough, dusty terrain and extreme temperatures) resembles other places in the solar system. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
“Showcasing the Great Experiment: Cultural Diplomacy and Western Visitors to the Soviet Union, 1921-1941,” Michael David-Fox discusses his book about the reception of the thousands of European and American writers, professionals, scientists, artists and intellectuals who made a pilgrimage to experience the “Soviet experiment” for themselves and their encounters in order to analyze Soviet attitudes toward the West. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
Wen Yin Chan clarinet trio, works by Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and William Bolcom. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.
“The Language of Flowers,” Amy Brecount White, author of “Forget-Her-Nots,” discusses how flowers had different symbolic meanings in the Victorian era; she’ll assemble “tussie-mussie” bouquets, which convey different symbolic messages. 1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-1116.
Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead a tour of the cathedral and discuss its history, architecture and artworks; followed by a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or email@example.com.
Renwick museum craft “happy hour,” for age 21 and older, a seasonal craft “Handi-Hour” with live music, seasonal brews, knitting, making a craft and going on a scavenger hunt through the galleries for prizes. 5:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $20, includes two drinks and snacks. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97194874%26view%3Devent%26 .
Thomas Jefferson and slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the paradox of Jefferson’s writings against tyranny of the British government and his ownership of slaves. 6 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Matthew Hornberger, 202-359-7080.
Bolivian folk concert, guitarist and composer Willie Claure performs songs of love. 6:30 p.m., Inter-American Development Bank, 1330 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-623-3558.
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, works by Beethoven, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Schubert. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
Renwick Gallery talk, conservator Helen Ingalls discusses Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates,” part of the museum’s collection. Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Jazz concert by Violin Dreams, noon, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org/happenings.
Chiropodist for Lincoln, “Who Was Isachar Zacharie?” a docent discusses the chiropodist who tended President Abraham Lincoln’s feet. Noon, Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 Third St. NW. Suggested donation, $10; reservations requested. 202-789-0900.
“Emancipation, Emigration, and Revolt: John Willis Menard, the American Civil War, and the Jamaican uprising of 1865,” is discussed by Phillip W. Magness. Noon, Cannon House Office Building, Room 121, Independence Avenue and First Street SE. Free, registration recommended. 202-543-8919, Ext. 38 or firstname.lastname@example.org
American craft masterpieces, conservator Helen Ingalls discusses Albert Paley’s “Portal Gates,” part of the museum’s collection. Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97195978%26view%3Devent%26.
Jazz concert by Violin Dreams, Noon, Sidney Harman Hall, Shakespeare Theatre, 610 F St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122 or www.ShakespeareTheatre.org/Happenings.
Thomas Jefferson on slavery, a National Park Service ranger discusses the president’s writings condemning the practice of slavery and his actual words quoted on the walls of his memorial. Noon and 6 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Dave Rappel, 202-359-1533.
Who was Isachar Zacharie?, a docent discusses the chiropodist who tended the president’s feet and carried out a peace mission to Judah Benjamin, a Jewish Confederate secretary of state. Noon, Lillian and Albert Small Jewish Museum, 701 Third St. NW. Suggested donation, $10, reservations requested. 202-789-0900.
Needlework history talk, “Fashionable Grief: Silk Needlework Mourning Images in Early America,” discussed by Sarah Coster, director of Carlyle House Historic Park. 12:30 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-337-2288.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, open house, meet Osher members and learn about upcoming programs, light refreshments served. 1-2:30 p.m., Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860 or www.olli-dc.org.
Artistic freedom and expression in contemporary Russia, Russian writers Alisa Ganieva, Irina Bogatyreva, Igor Savelyev, Olga Slavnikova and Dmitry Biryukov read their works and discuss the role of artists in contemporary Russia and in the context of emerging political, social and artistic trends, a reception . :30-6 p.m., Georgetown University, Room 462, Intercultural Conference Center, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-6147.
“The Archimedes Codex,” William Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, discusses the 12-year effort to decipher the “Archimedes Palimpsest,” the earliest surviving manuscript of the work of mathematician Archimedes; followed by a reception. 5-7 p.m., Catholic University, Pryzbyla Center, rooms 320 A and B, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5115.
Meet June Lockhart, the actress and TV mother in “Lassie” and “Lost in Space” discusses her career, followed by a reception. 5:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20, reservations requested by Tuesday. 202-331-7282, Ext. 16.
Cabaret, Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley performs Broadway hits. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Who Were the Buffalo Soldiers?,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the post-Civil War regiment of African American Army soldiers who patrolled the West. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Antoine Thomas, 202-528-9605.
“Eat Drink Man Woman”, Chef Hou Chun-sheng introduces Taiwans’ food culture and celebrates the Chinese Lunar New Year in this screening of a film about an elderly chef and his family followed by a reception where you are invited to sample his award-winning stew-style beef noodle soup, a national dish in Taiwan. 6 p.m., Freer Gallery, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Book discussion, “Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes and Black Women in America,” a librarian leads a discussion of Melissa V. Harris-Perry’s book. 6:30 p.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
“Unbuilt Washington: The City that Could Have Been (and Might Yet Be)”, G. Martin Moeller Jr., museum senior vice president and curator, discusses the city that could have been via the urban design projects that were never executed, includes a visit to the exhibit “Unbuilt Washington” before the lecture. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.
African American women and church, the Rev. Dexter U. Nutall, a pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church and director of the D.C. Office of Religious Affairs, discusses the historic and spiritual contributions of African American women. 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
“Cartography: From Ptolemy to Crisis Mapping,” geographer Matthew Jennings discusses how a map is made and is interpreted. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
“Celebrate Youth” high school choir festival, the Cathedral Choral Society brings together choirs from D.C. public, charter and independent schools, and members of the D.C. Youth Orchestra for a day of music making culminating in a concert of 350 voices and instruments led by festival director Ben Hutto. 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-5538 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Jazz discussion, bass player Steve Novosel discusses his career with jazz broadcaster and historian Rusty Hassan. 7 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Building 46-West, auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.
Jazz forum, bass player Steve Novosel discusses his career with jazz broadcaster and historian Rusty Hassan. 7 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Recital Hall, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803.
Joe Torre and Major League Baseball, the former manager of the Yankees, Mets, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals discusses his career with former Washington Senators stadium announcer Phil Hochberg, sponsored by Smithsonian Associates. 7 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $40. 202-633-3030.
“What They Saved: Pieces of a Jewish Past,” Nancy Miller discusses her book about a family history dating back to pogroms and mass emigrations at the turn of the 20th century. 7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10; seniors and students, $8. 202-777-3254 or www.washingtondcjcc.org/authorsoutloud.
Vocal Arts Society recital, by baritone Florian Boesch and pianist Roger Vignoles. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
African Americans after the Civil War, Archives technician Lopez Matthew discusses post-Civil War life for Maryland’s African American soldiers. 10:45 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Benjamin Banneker goes to Washington city, National Park Service rangers re-create a time when friends of Benjamin Banneker wished him well as he started on his journey to lay out the boundaries of the city, quill pen provided for signing a best wishes sheet. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Monument, Lodge Bookstore, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
Donald D. Blackburn, guerrilla leader and Special Forces hero, author Mike Guardia describes Blackburn’s colorful life, how his Studies and Observations Group mapped out the Ho Chi Minh Trail during the Vietnam War and how he became the architect of the famous Son Tay Prison Raid, the largest POW rescue mission of the war. Noon, International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.
Take 5! Little Red and the Renegades’ Mardi Gras special, Tom Corradino creates a party atmosphere with his classic Louisiana sound on accordion and piano with Carol Arthur on steel pans, Dave Petersen on bass, Jon Danforth on drums, and Harry and Allen Rado on guitar, borrow a board game to play, refreshments available. 5 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97205307%26view%3Devent%26
Georgetown Arts 2012, the Citizens Association of Georgetown hosts a reception for a collection of works by Edward “Bear” Miller, Camilla Bozzoli and Robin Hill, other media on view includes prints, sculpture and photography, sponsored by House of Sweden. Reception. 6-9 p.m. Friday; exhibit continues, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through Monday, House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. Free. 202-337-7313 or email@example.com.
Shakespeare’s sisters: women writers bridge five centuries, writers Rita Dove, Linda Gregerson, Elizabeth Nunez, Jacqueline Osherow, Linda Pastan and Jane Smiley read and discuss their work commissioned for the Folger chapbook. 7 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $25. 202-544-7077.
“Magna Carta and the Constitution,” in celebration of the Magna Carta’s return to the National Archives, a panel discussion on its connection to the U.S. Constitution, with panelists Peter Onuf and Renee Lettow Lerner; followed by a viewing of the document. 7 p.m., National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“Alien Invader,” Frank DiSalvo Jr.’s dark comedy about four adopted siblings who are brought to the breaking point over the sale of an old family home. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 24 and 25, 2 p.m. Feb. 18-19, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; seniors, $8; students, $5. 202-319-4000.
Classical violin and piano recital, Benjamin Beilman, violin, and Yekwon Sunwoo perform. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $24. 202-467-4600.
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” by the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society, musical about six children who compete in a spelling bee. 8 p.m. Feb. 16-18 and 22-25, 2 p.m. Feb. 19, Georgetown University, Poulton Hall Stage 3, 37th and P streets NW. $12; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.
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