Thursday, JAN. 1

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. 2 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. www.fords.org . $22-$95.

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

“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.

ZooLights View more than 500,000 environmentally friendly LEDs that decorate the Zoo 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 Contest themed “Bao Bao’s Blizzard Bash.” 5-9 p.m. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-3081. www.flickr.com/photos/nationalzoo . Free.

The Grandsons concert The lively and humorous rock-and-roll group performs rockabilly, swing, jazz and honky tonk country. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Pippin The Tony Award-winning musical about a young prince seeking the meaning of life, starring Sasha Allen, Kyle Selig, John Rubinstein and Lucie Arnaz. Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 800-514-3849. $48-$93.

“In Praise of Love” Laura Giannarelli directs the Washington Stage Guild in Terence Rattigan’s characteristically witty play based on the marriage of Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall. 7:30 p.m. Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. info@stageguild.org . 240-582-0050. www.stageguild.org . $40, discounts for seniors, students and groups.

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s musical about the struggles of Israel’s favorite son, starring Broadway stars and husband-and-wife performers Diana DeGarmo and Ace Young. Thursday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $25-$155.

Terminus By Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe, directed by Tom Story, a supernatural vision that puts its audience on a plunge through its characters’ quietest fears and most intimate desires. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Studio Theatre, 2nd Stage, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org . $30-$35.

Black Nativity By Langston Hughes, directed by Eric Ruffin, a Theater Alliance production retelling the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with gospel, blues, funk, jazz and dance, an exploration of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African American community. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. 202-241-2539. www.theateralliance.com . $35, students and age 60 and older $20, age 11 and younger $10.

Fiddler on the Roof 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 Sholem 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. Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org . $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability.

“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 theater 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.” Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net . $35-$75, subject to availability.

Friday, JAN. 2

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

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.

Pilot Pups Museum staff members read Michelle Meadows’s book for ages 3-8, the story of two puppies that go up in the air, around the house, through a patch of fog and then help a couple of pals whose train is stuck. Friday at 11 a.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Flights of Fancy, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Tour: Unearthing Arabia: The archaeological adventures of Wendell Phillips A staff member leads a tour of the exhibit and discusses the adventurous paleontologist who conducted digs in southern Arabia in the early 1950s, film footage, photographs and field notebooks will be shown. 1:15 p.m. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Children’s workshop Create something to take home with you. 1:30-3:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Imaginations Activity Center, Level 3, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Amharic for beginners Ms. Yacob teaches the basics of the principal language of Ethiopia, a Semitic language belonging to the Afro-Asiatic family of languages. Fridays at 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Six-string electric cellist recital Wytold performs original live-looping compositions accompanied by double bass, violin and viola, flute and sax and percussion. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

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.

Memorials of the 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.

Saturday, JAN. 3

Capital Area Food Bank Mobile Marketplace Learn about the market program from library staff members, how it provides low-income families with 30 pounds of fresh farmers market produce and get information about upcoming programs on the first Saturday of every month. 10 a.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. Free.

Yoga in Mount Pleasant Beginners are especially welcome to learn and relax with Carol and Marjorie; wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Construction junction A weekly play time for young children who may benefit from early literacy activities. 10 a.m. Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708. Free.

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

Carillon recital Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs music for the Christmas 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.

Portrait story days: Alice Waters Listen to a story about the food pioneer and complete a hands-on activity. Saturday from 1-4 p.m., Sunday from 2-5 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Lego Club For ages 4 and older, age 8 and younger with a parent or caregiver, get inspiration from the library’s themes then construct a creation. 2 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

New International Shorts, Program One View six selected films from Oberhausen. 2 p.m. Program Two at 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Games galore For ages 13-19, play board and video games, the Wii U and others. Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

An Invitation to Château du Grand-Lucé Interior designer Timothy Corrigan discusses his book and provides inspiration and instruction in the art of comfortably elegant decoration, a brief history of the chateau, aspects of the restoration and travel through the art and antique-filled rooms and gardens. Exit with indispensable advice on living in historic homes in a modern way. Mansion tour, 5:30 p.m. Lecture, 7 p.m. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. $20, students $7.

Jazz pianist Tim Whalen and the Tim Whalen Septet A performance of original works and improvisations. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Sunday, JAN. 4

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 .

The Three Kings Day Celebration (Fiesta de los Reyes Magos) A bilingual presentation of the timeless story of the Magi with song, dance and storytelling featuring live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood and a gift for every child. 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Free, a small gift for a child is suggested. 202-234-7174. www.galatheatre.org .

Knitting and crocheting workshop Meets first and third Sundays to make items for those in need. Instruction, needles and yarn are available for creating children’s hats, scarves and booties for organizations such as Bright Beginnings, serving homeless children and their families. 1-3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, fourth floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200. knitting@cathedralcongregation.org .

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.

Cathedral tour “Jewels of Light” For age 10 and older, docents discuss symbols and iconography in the building’s stained glass and tell how to decode the art works’ meanings. 1:30 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $20; children, seniors, military and students $16, reservations suggested.

Winter science: make a snowflake Learn about how snowflakes form by creating your own crystals in hands-on experiments. 2 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

STEAM team For ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics, come and design, construct, discover, create and more. Sundays at 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. 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.

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.

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

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq Nancy Buirski’s 2014 film profile of prima ballerina Tanaquil Le Clercq, an epic tale of genius, grace, doubt and ultimate tragedy, a muse to both Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine and a polio victim in her late 20s. 4 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 11. National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Soprano Abigail Mitchell in concert The winner of the Washington International Competition performs songs by Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Richard Strauss, piano accompaniment by Casey Robards. 4 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151. $30, students with ID $15, includes museum admission for the day.

Cathedral organ recital Harvard College sophomore Karen Electra performs works by Charles-Marie Widor, Robert Schumann, J.S. Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Ad Wammes and Louis Vierne on the 10,650-pipe organ. 5:15 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $10.

NSO Young Soloists Competition finals Tomorrow’s stars compete for a cash prize and a solo performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Monday, JAN. 5

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. Mondays and Thursdays 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 . $10/class, $25/month.

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.

Art museum tour A staff member leads a tour of the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

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 Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

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 two-five, 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.

Cancer support group Jennifer Bires, a trained social worker, 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.

The Funk Art concert The funk/Afro beat ensemble performs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Arboretum full moon hike For age 16 and older, a staff member leads a mildly strenuous four-mile walk through gardens, meadows and woods. 7-9 p.m. Monday-Tuesday, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4521. $22, registration required.

Kid’s night — January: a month of gaming Hang out with your friends and play a variety of games including Wii. 7 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Tuesday, JAN. 6

Chair yoga Beth Lawrence teaches how to connect the body and mind and relax deeply through a series of gentle seated and supported poses that promote self-care. All levels of experience welcome. Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $10.

Civil War Voices from the National Archives and a Private Collection Researcher John Emond gives dramatic, humorous and poignant North and South soldiers “voices” through their documents and letters in recognition of the Civil War sesquicentennial. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Objects tell their story: Daily life in Timna Researcher and retired manager of Freer and Sackler collections Rocky Korr discusses aspects of the lives of upper-class inhabitants of Timna, the capital of the ancient kingdom of Qataban, their sources of wealth and the material remains that suggest their status, religious beliefs and keen sense of property rights within their community. Noon. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Sublevel 1, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

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

Computer basics class O. Fontem teaches how to identify basic computer components and operating system features, execute basic mouse techniques, perform keyboard strokes and functions, open and exit software programs and more. Bring a flash drive to save class documents. 1:30 p.m. William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1184. 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.

Tutoring by KIPP Help for elementary, middle and high school students on all subjects, provided by KIPP teachers and geared toward the Knowledge is Power Program curriculum, age 8 and younger must have a parent present. 4-6 p.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Tech Tuesday For ages 13-19, learn hands-on how you can use technology to make digital art, online games, stop-motion animation, music production and more. 4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Teen Cafe For ages 13-19, relax with Wii and more. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Explorer’s club For ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math with hands-on experiments, crafts and more, meets once a month. 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

Modern art conservation — guided looking A museum educator leads a guided session to encourage dialogue and debate on the subject. 6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Maleficent Robert Stromberg’s 2014 fantasy film, starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

UltraFaux concert A performance of original gypsy jazz inspired by guitarist Django Reinhardt. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Meditation and Medical Qigong Eve Soldinger guides a meditation session and simple flowing Qigong exercises and discusses how to release negativity and gain a greater sense of well-being. 6:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $10.

Stories and music with the National Symphony Orchestra Learn the story of “Peter and the Wolf ” in this special 45-minute concert. 7 p.m. Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

Yoga For adults and teens Taught by Yoga Activist’s Carrie Hsieh, mats provided or bring your own. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

“The Illusionists” From Broadway, one of the world’s best-selling magic shows with seven illusionists performing sophisticated magic. Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 10-11 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $39-$135.

Wednesday, JAN. 7

Genealogy basics A federal records staff member teaches basic research skills. 11 a.m. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Literary birthday celebration: Zora Neale Hurston Novelists Dolen Perkins-Valdez and Emily Raboteau celebrate Zora Neale Hurston ’s birthday by reading selections from her work and discussing her influence on their own writing, view a display from the library’s collection. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5394. Free.

Gallery talk Robert Brammer of the Law Library and Eiichi Ito of the Asian Division discuss military authority and the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Noon. Library of Congress, “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” exhibition, South Gallery of the Great Hall, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0185.

Knitting in the nook Project Knitwell & Friends lead a weekly session that contributes to fostering wellness, comfort and community among the knitters; knitting instructions and quality materials provided. Wednesdays 4-5:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $15.

Job seekers drop-in and legal clinic Get help with the job-search process, difficulties holding onto a job, search tasks and other issues, sponsored by the D.C. Public Library and the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Puerto Candelaria concert The Colombian cumbia troupe, an experimental group, performs eclectic folk rhythms and Latin jazz beats infused with social satire and lots of enthusiasm. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

History book club A discussion of Stephen Greenblatt’s “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern .” 7 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-3320. Free.

Choir Boy Kent Gash directs Tarell Alvin McCraney’s music-filled play about an ambitious and talented prep school student who must choose between his masculine identity and what he is willing to fight for and speak his truth. Thursday-Saturday at 8 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Call theater for other performances through Feb. 22. Studio Theatre, Metheny Stage, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org . $20-$72.

Thursday, JAN. 8

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 . $10/class, $25/month.

“Pilot Pups” Museum staff read Michelle Meadows’s book for ages 3-8, the story of 2 pups that go up in the air, around the house, through a patch of fog then help a couple of pals whose train is stuck. Thursday-Friday at 11 a.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Flights of Fancy, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Special Tour: “Face Value” Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalist Tim Doud leads a tour of the special exhibit “Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.” Noon. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Beyond books with Kiersten Gallagher A group discussion of books about living with cancer, a poet’s exploration of life, a guide to integrating the arts and healing, a novel with themes of strength and survival, 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.

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.

“The Secret Scripture: A Novel” A librarian leads a discussion of the Sebastian Barry novel, the stories of a 100-year-old patient who is writing her autobiography and the asylum’s senior psychiatrist. 2:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room 220, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Teen beading club Create key chains, animals, jewelry and others items you design; all materials provided, storage space for projects, snacks served. Most Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

Manga madness For ages 11-19 with an interest in manga, anime and everything Japanese including holidays, read manga, watch anime and have fun, light refreshments served. 4 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

“Meme” Me Fashion Teens are invited to come out and create meme shirts to express their love of the library or their creativity. 4 p.m. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373; and Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-645-4532. Free.

Shooting stars dance class A hip-hop and modern class for young dancers ages 6-12, class list to be determined by Jan. 8, 15 and 22 attendance, students will create choreography, sets and costumes, class ends with April recital. Thursdays at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Mad Hatter’s tea party A celebration of the birthday of author Lewis Carrell and the 150th anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” make Wonderland crafts, have refreshments and sing along to a Disney animated movied based on the book. 5 p.m. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Free.

Chess for kids Instruction for all ages by a master chess instructor. Thursdays at 5 p.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

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

Comedy at the Kennedy Center Comedian Rachel Feinstein focuses her humor on the absurd and the unjust. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free tickets, up to two per person, distributed in the States Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

Voices of American design Artists Philip and Matt Moulthrop, creators of innovative bowls from native southeastern woods using original techniques and designs, lead a lecture on their process from start to finish used in modern woodturning, an art form used to craft wooden vessels and objects. 6 p.m. George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. $10, registration required.

11th Street Bridge Park Representatives of the Pearl Coalition discuss the first elevated park over the Anacostia River, its involvement with the community and plans to create an engaging civic space. 6:30-8 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org . $20, students $12.

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State ” book talk A librarian leads a discussion of the systemwide programming on the topic of “Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Personal Privacy” and with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Newseum, the Spy Museum and others as partners. 7 p.m. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8698. Free.

Job seekers support group Discuss your experiences and share ideas for seeking and getting jobs. 7 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

Belly dancing Test drive the basics of the belly dance in a structured, fun and easy-to-follow format before signing up for a 10-week session that starts Jan. 15, no dance experience necessary. 7:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org . Free.

“The Illusionists” From Broadway, one of the world’s best-selling magic shows with seven illusionists performing sophisticated magic. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $39-$135.

“Choir Boy” Kent Gash directs Tarell Alvin McCraney’s music-filled play about an ambitious and talented prep school student who must choose between his masculine identity and what he is willing to fight for and speak his truth. 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 Feb. 22. Studio Theatre, Metheny Stage, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $20-$72.

“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 8 p.m., 8 p.m. Tuesdays, no performances on Jan. 13, 17 or 2 p.m. Jan. 18. Through Jan. 18, Studio Theatre’s Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $44-$88.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

TO SUBMIT AN EVENT

E-mail: districtlocalliving@washpost.com (attention Gerri Marmer)
Mail:
Community Events, District Local Living, The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071.
Details:
Announcements are accepted on a space-available basis from public and nonprofit organizations only and must be received at least 14 days before the Thursday publication date. Include event name, dates, times, exact address, prices and a publishable contact phone number.