Thursday, JAN. 17

Woodridge chess club, instruction for children and teenagers. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Tot Rock: Blast Off!, for ages 2-6, a sing-along and dance-along musical journey with Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Computer class, Microsoft Excel; Microsoft Power Point on Feb. 7, both classes 10 a.m.- noon. (No classes Jan. 24 and 31) Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from high; take a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Portrait Gallery tour, senior historian Sidney Hart tells the story of the rise of the U.S. Navy via portraits of John Adams, Isaac Hull and Theodore Roosevelt. Noon, meet at the John Adams portrait, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Book talk, Janice Rothschild Blumberg discusses her book “Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi “Alphabet” Browne 1845-1929,” about her colorful great-grandfather; presented by the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Noon, Washington Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. 202-789-0900 or rsvy@jhsgw.org.

Cooking demonstration: Bean bonanza,gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook show how the hardiness of shelled beans make all the difference in a winter soup or stew and discuss how protein-rich legumes can take the place of meat. Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15. 202-245-4521.

”Prophet in a Time of Priests: Rabbi “Alphabet” Browne 1845-1929, Janice Rothschild Blumberg discusses her book about her colorful great-grandfather; presented by the the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Noon, Washington Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. 202-789-0900 or rsvy@jhsgw.org.

Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m. Thursday through Jan. 31, Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu .

Mitten and sock drive, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day of service to the community. Take new or gently used mittens and socks to the library, where they will be gathered for distribution by the group SOME (So Others Might Eat). Thursday-Saturday, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free. 202-576-7252.

Library Scrabble, 1 p.m. Thursdays, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.

Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.

Bad Buka in concert, the New York-based band performs a combination of world music, punk rock attitude and the spunk of ska. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

On the Front Line: Protecting Presidents and Prime Ministers, Mark J. Basil and Daniel J. Mulvenna, formerly with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Secret Service, discuss security and risk management, personnel protection and counterterrorism training programs for global clients, and other concerns regarding the protection of heads of state in a high-tech age. 6:30 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $15. 202-393-7798.

Synagogue architecture, Grace Cohen Grossman, former senior curator at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, discusses the art and architecture of synagogues from ancient Israel to Renaissance Venice, Morocco to China, and Central Europe to suburban America, examining the interplay among faith, design, and geographic and cultural settings. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the monuments; take water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Thursday-Friday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

“Shear Madness,” performance of a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $48. 202-467-4600.

Friday, JAN. 18

I Have a Dream,” for adults, celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a viewing of the speech that captured the nation. 2 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

The Willard and presidential history, a National Park Service ranger discusses the hotel’s rise, decline and resurrection as it reflects the changes in Pennsylvania Avenue, the city and nation. 3:30 p.m., Freedom Plaza, Casimir Pulaski statue, Pennsylvania Avenue NW between 13th and 14th streets. Free. Contact Titus Early, 202-606-8691.

Poor Old Shine in concert, the Connecticut-based group performs music rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain tradition with an assortment of instruments including guitar, banjo, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw and washboard. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Split: A Deeper Divide,” a documentary looking into the partisanship that paralyzes U.S. politics, with appearances by former senators Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, author and historian Noam Chomsky and others. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

“Piano Battle: Andreas Kern vs. Paul Cibis,” the black-and-white comedy-classical combat show with the German musicians in a two-piano competition with audience interaction; a reception follows. Sponsored by Friends of the Goethe-Institut. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. $50; $40 for Friends of the Goethe-Institut; students with ID, $25 at the door. 202-289-1200 or www.goethe.de.

“Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” National Ballet of Canada performs Lewis Carroll’s classic tale; choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon and set to an energetic, riveting, original score by Joby Talbot. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Jan. 27. Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $45-$150. 202-467-4600.

Metropolitan Opera auditions, performances in the Atlantic Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; vocalists sing two arias for a panel of judges headed by a representative of the Met and compete for prizes and the opportunity to advance to New York to vie for a place in the National Winner’s Concert on the Met stage and consideration for the Met’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.

KanKouran West African Dance Company, an annual celebration of the life and career of Martin Luther King Jr. through an electrifying, athletic and family-friendly performance of traditional West African dance and drumming. 8 p.m. Friday; family series, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and teachers, $17; college students, $10; ages 2-17, $8. Friday: one free child’s ticket with paying adult. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org.

Saturday, JAN. 19

Beyond the Basics Genealogy: Post Office records, Claire Kluskens discusses the records of the appointment of postmasters and other postal employees. 10 a.m., National Archives, Room G-25, Research Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Pennsylvania Avenue progress, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour in the footsteps of presidents following their inaugurations. 3:30 p.m., the Peace Monument, First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. Jason Barna, 202-606-8691.

History of sugar, Todd Brethauer discusses sugar cane, sugar beets and palm sugar, and the commodity’s transformation over thousands of years as it moved from the jungle, fields and forests to the table, how it transformed other countries and more. 10:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333.

Pamela Ferguson and Alouette the Dragon,” the violinist, who performs jazz, folk, classical and gypsy, performs with a dragon puppet. 11 a.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

Teddy bear concert, for ages 3-5, National Symphony Orchestra musicians take a peek at adorable bears and create the sounds of their homelands, arrive a half-hour early for a musical playtime designed for small children. Through Jan. 26. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.

Annual poetry extravaganza, for all ages, Collective Voices, an ensemble of poets known for their messages of social consciousness, presents their annual literary tribute honoring the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Book discussion, for adults, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” to honor the life of Martin Luther King Jr. 1 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Portrait story day: Washington and Lincoln reenactors are on hand; meet the George Washingtons from 1 to 3 p.m. and the Abraham Lincolns from 3 to 5 p.m and view the exhibit “America’s Presidents.” 1-6 p.m. Saturday-Monday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Classical piano recital, Daniil Trifonov performs works by Scriabin, Liszt and Chopin. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-787-9727.

Knit and Lit, informal group of knitters and readers, take knitting or a needlework project to work on as you share patterns and stories. 3 p.m. Saturdays, Georgetown Library, 3307 M St. NW. Free. 202-724-8783.

Lincoln’s second inaugural, a National Park Service ranger discusses the president’s pending second term and how it related to the surrender of the South at Appomattox Court House. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Edward Fleming, 240-375-5904.

Inaugural parades and protests, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along the route that has seen many protest marches for women’s suffrage and other causes. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Julia Clebsch, 202-606-8691.

Classical music concert, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform works by Mozart and Devienne. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Georgetown improvisational comedy, Georgetown Improv Association presents comedy inspired by suggestions from the audience, contains adult themes. 9 p.m., Georgetown University, Leavey Center, Bulldog Alley, 37th and O Streets NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-687-2787.

Sunday, JAN. 20

Pennsylvania Avenue: Inaugurations, parades, protests and celebrations, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along the route and discusses the many events along “America’s Main Street.” 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Shunda Yates, 202-606-8691.

Inaugural balls, reflections of presidents’ personalities and agendas, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and discusses the inaugural ball held by Ulysses S. Grant in the Treasury Building and its opportunities for celebration and recognition. 10:30 a.m., Freedom Plaza, Casimir Pulaski statue, Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 13th and 14th streets. Free. Call Julia Clebsch, 202-606-8691.

Gottaswing: Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dance classes, Lily Matini and Doug Van Sant teach basic dance steps in six weeks of classes. 4 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.

“Let Freedom Ring” concert, Georgetown University co-hosts a musical tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. by Grammy Award winner Smokey Robinson and the Let Freedom Ring Choir; the university awards the 11th annual John Thompson Legacy of a Dream Award to Mary E. Brown, co-founder of the D.C. organization Life Pieces to Masterpieces. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets distributed at the Hall of Nations starting at 4 p.m. 202-467-4600.

Cathedral organ recital, Benjamin Straley performs. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.

Unexpected presidential inaugurations, a National Park Service ranger discusses the topic. 6 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Paul Maisto, 240-375-6375.

Monday, JAN. 21

Princeton Studio Band concert, the New Jersey ensemble performs, highlighting students’ abilities. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Native Nations Inaugural Ball, features music, dancing and Native cuisine. 7 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Call for ticket price. 202-633-3030.

Tuesday, JAN. 22

Girls and women in science: Jolene Jesse of the National Science Foundation, Janice Cook of Hofstra University and April Osajima of Girls Inc. discuss the stereotypes preventing female participation at many stages of the education and industrial pipeline and intervention strategies to encourage female participation in science and technology fields. Noon – 1:30 p.m., Clearinghouse on Women’s Issues, 1 Dupont Cir., NW. Free. 202-744-6592.

Trans-Atlantic tales: Martin Luther King Jr., a National Park Service ranger discusses the link between Ghana’s independence and the black American struggle for civil rights in America. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Tessy Dunoboh, 202-629-6820.

Classical violin harp recital, Lily Neill performs music from Lithuania, Finland, Russia, Ireland and other lands. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Homework cafe, a quiet place for students in grades kindergarten through 12 to work on homework assignments. 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Cinema Paradiso,” Giuseppe Tornatore’s 1988 film about a filmmaker who recalls his childhood when he fell in love with the art of the cinema through a deep friendship with his town’s theater projectionist, in Italian with English subtitles. 5 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Jazz concert, Baltimore-based bass clarinetist, composer and arranger Todd Marcus performs with his own ensemble. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Bellevue teen chess club,for players of all skill levels. 6 p.m. Tuesdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

Remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr., featuring performances by Fortissima, Capitol Hill Youth Chorus, Not What You Think, Nuance, Jubilee Singers of All Souls Unitarian, Washington Youth Chorus, and Pamela Jafari. A special appearance by the youth of the Bokamoso Youth Centre in Winterveldt Township near Pretoria, South Africa. 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” the historic Shakespeare play, directed by Robert Richmond. Previews, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Jan. 24, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 2 and 8 p.m. Jan. 26, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 27; regular performance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, through March 3, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Tuesday, pay what you can. Other previews, $30-$40. Regular shows, $39-$68. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre.

Wednesday, JAN. 23

Celebrate Black History Month, for ages 6-11, meet Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, the first African American student to graduate from an integrated high school; Claudette Colvin, the 15-year-old who refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., bus; and Ruby Bridges, considered the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South; listen to archival musical recordings from the era. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

The U.S. Senate: Fundamentals of American Government,” former senator Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) discusses his book, an exploration of the Senate from historic beginnings to modern-day issues. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Civil War arms and military strategy, a lecture by Christopher Murphy. Noon, Library of Congress, Southwest gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

Displaying Ottoman textiles, Maria Fusco, associate conservator, discusses how conservators and exhibition staff created mounts and supports for the safe display of textiles for “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art.” Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead post-inaugural tours, followed by traditional English tea with sandwiches and scones; plus a scenic view from the cathedral tower; meet inside the West Front area. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations and payment required in advance. 202-537-8993 or www.tea.cathedral.org.

“I Have a Dream,” a program to honor Martin Luther King Jr., for ages 5-12. 4 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Evening With Extraordinary Artists, the perfect prelude to Fat Tuesday, the Dixie Power Trio performs a blend of New Orleans Dixieland, zydeco, jazz and Cajun sounds and discusses the distinctive musical styles that originated in Louisiana; wine and hors d’oeuvres served. 5:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20, reservations required by Tuesday. 202-331-7282, Ext. 116, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.

Striking Viking Story Pirates, an organization that celebrates the words and ideas of young people, offers a musical sketch-comedy show written by students and performed by professional artists. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“I Have a Dream,” for ages 5-12, a program to honor Martin Luther King Jr. through reading and crafts; create a birthday card for the civil rights leader and follow along to his famous speech in a new picture book. 6 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

Circle of Treason: A CIA Account of Traitor Aldrich Ames, Sandy Grimes, a former CIA operative in the agency’s clandestine service, discusses how she and her colleague Jeanne Vertefeuille facilitated in the capture and conviction of their former colleague. 6:30 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $9. 202-393-7798.

Ernst Herzfeld’s archaeological journeys, curator Alexander Nagel tells the fascinating story of German scholar Ernst Herzfeld, the first to explore ancient Persepolis in Iran and Samarra in Iraq between 1911 and 1913, and took the first photographs of the famous sites; view a selection of Nagel’s amazing archival photos and documents, juxtaposed with subsequent years of excavation and renovation. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Community sing with Ysaye Barnwell, explore the oral tradition and singing of rhythms, chants, traditional songs from Africa and the Diaspora, and a variety of songs from African American culture, including spirituals, ring shouts, hymns, gospels, and songs from the civil rights movement. 7-9 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $10. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org or victor@chaw.org.

Thursday, JAN. 24

Estate planning workshop, Lawyer Marc W. Boland discusses current estate planning techniques and management issues, including wills, trusts, probate, power of attorney, advance directives, charitable giving and more, plus changes to the federal estate and gift tax laws. 10:30 a.m.-noon, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, reservations required by Friday, Jan. 18, Katie Stanhagen, 202-272-2448, Ext. 3456 or kstanhagen@nbm.org.

“The Afterlives of Specimens: Science and Mourning in Whitman’s America,” a lecture by Kluge Fellow Lindsay Tuggle. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.

“Lalla Essaydi: Revisions,” view a collection of works that challenge stereotypes and perceptions about identity among Muslim women in art and in life. The Moroccan-born artist explores themes of gender, place, exoticism and history through her experience as a liberal Arab, African and Muslim woman living across cultures. 6:30 p.m., National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. $55; in advance, $50. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Poetry reading, Gerald Stern, winner of the Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry, receives his award and reads from his work. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

Emancipation panel discussion, Pulitzer prize-winning author Annette Gordon Reed leads a panel discussion including James McPherson, Edward Ayers, Eric Foner and James Oakes. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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