Woodridge chess club,instruction for children and teenagers. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
The Building Zone, for age 6 and younger with an adult, activities focusing on the trades within the building-arts community. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.
Under the Griot’s Tree,ages 5-10, with storyteller Baba Jamal Koram, tales of caring for the Earth, its animals and more. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and Jan. 31, 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.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, and climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; 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.
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 .
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.
Open Studio, with Shanti Norris and Darien Reece; try your hand at painting, collage and other experimental techniques alongside new and experienced artists. 6-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org.
National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Rock and Roll is Here to Stay! Play the gallery’s collection-inspired trivia game with a prize awarded to the top scorer at the end of the evening; snacks and beverages available for purchase. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
HIV testing and blood-pressure screening, available in a Community Education Group mobile facility outside the library. 6:30 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
“Hughie,” Eugene O’Neill’s play about a man whose illusions of a grand lifestyle waver after the death of the stranger who quietly validated his larger-than-life confidence. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through March 17. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. $43-$100, discounts for military, students, seniors and patrons age 35 and younger. 202-547-1122 or www.shakespearetheatre.org.
“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.
“Our Town,” on the 75th anniversary of the Thornton Wilder play, Stephen Rayne directs an updated story about teenagers George and Emily who meet, fall in love, marry and experience everyday life and mortality. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Feb. 7, 14 and 21, no evening performance on Feb. 10, 17 and 24, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $15-$62. 202-347-4833 or www.fords.org.
Smithsonian preservation program, for ages 8-11, learn from primary resources about preserving family oral histories and objects; includes a reading of “Ruth and the Green Book” by Calvin Ramsey and Gwen Strauss, on the history of segregation. 10 a.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.
KanKouran West African Dance Company, performance; visit the “African Voices” exhibit afterward for more about the continent and its cultures. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Meet Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1846-78) via a history reenactor who tells about life at the Smithsonian during the Civil War. 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 and 3:30 p.m. most Fridays-Saturdays, National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Who You Callin’ a Wimp? book club, a monthly get-together for ages 7-12; this session will read Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw,” light refreshments served. 1:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.
Library games for teens, try your hand at Tetris, Blokus and Connect4 or join in for “Family Game Show” and other games for Wii, refreshments served. 4 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.
The Riverbreaks, a concert of uniquely Southern but globally influenced, songs and lyrics. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Game night at St. Augustine’s, for all ages, take games to play with family or friends. 7 p.m. Bring a potluck dish for dinner, 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.staugustinesdc.org.
“Rhino Season,” a 2012 Iranian film about a married couple who fall victim to a personal vendetta and land in prison, in Persian 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.
Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the Mall’s memorials; take flashlight. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, Survey Lodge, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
“Twelfth Night,” opening night of the Shakespeare play performed by Taffety Punk Theatre Company. 7:30 Wednesdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. February. 16 and 23. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org or www.taffetypunk.com.
Countertop Ensemble recital, a performance of Carlo Gesualdo’s Tenebrae. 8 p.m., St. Mary Mother of God Church, 727 Fifth St. NW. $25; students, $10; 16 and younger, free. 866-364-6418 or www.countertopensemble.org.
Ron K. Brown and Evidence, the Brooklyn-based dance company in a program that includes “On Earth Together,” featuring songs by Stevie Wonder. 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $20-$75. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Portraits in Design: Frederick Law Olmsted, Ethan Carr, author of “Public Nature: Scenery, History and Art Design,” discusses Olmsted’s influential career and his work on New York’s Central Park, Boston’s Emerald Necklace and the U.S. Capitol grounds. 11 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12; registration required. 202-272-2448.
Mid-winter family festival, with performances by Crescent Moon Karagoz Shadow Puppet Theater. Learn the traditional Turkish art of paper marbling, explore fibers and textures under a microscope and view the exhibit “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art.” Noon-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Walking in the Cathedral’s Olmsted Woods, horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer points out winter buds and silhouettes, demonstrates the art of identifying native trees and more. 1 p.m. Meet at 35th and Garfield streets, the south pedestrian entrance to the cathedral grounds, near Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Walk with a National Park Service ranger, stroll around and explore the history of the memorials. 1-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays through Feb. 24, Lincoln Memorial, Survey Lodge, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Portrait Story Days: Rosa Parks, listen to a story about civil rights activist Rosa Parks and create a special piece of art to take home. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Africa’s gifts to America, a lecture by historian C.R. Gibbs. 2 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
To the Mountaintop: Voices of Emancipation, a live theater program about the Emancipation Proclamation, the songs it inspired, evocative images and recitations from prominent African American leaders portrayed by actors London Edgerton and Xavier Carnegie. 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, National Museum of American History, Second Floor, Flag Hall,14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
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.
Summer camp sneak peak hoedown, a look at the eight summer sessions offered for ages 4-5, including sessions on India, the American West and Italy; make s’mores on a campfire, learn to square dance, meet camp instructors and learn more about the center. 4-6 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Photography exhibit reception, for a collection of works by local and regional artists using black and white, color, traditional, alternative and digital techniques. Reception. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2; exhibit continues, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 1, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Emerson String Quartet concert, a performance of works by Copland, Prokofiev and Beethoven. 6-8 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $67. 202-3030.
The Not Ready for Naptime Players, Justin Roberts’s group performs whimsically rocking music. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Portrait Story Days: Muhammad Ali, for age 5 and older with an adult, listen to a story about the world-renowned boxer and create a special piece of art to take home. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, education center, room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team 2013 Semifinals, the top area high school poets compete for a chance to earn a spot on the team. 4-6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Shark Week, a performance of garage-rock, psychedelia, blues, and surf with a punk-rock attitude. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble concert, a program of works by Brahms, Carter and Jeffrey Mumford, composer-in-residence. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
“Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks,” the 2002 documentary about the woman who refused to yield her seat to a white passenger aboard a Montgomery, Ala., bus and how it inspired the Montgomery bus boycott led by Martin Luther King Jr. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, 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. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through Feb. 27, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
“8 Women,” Francois Ozon’s 2002 murder mystery film about a dead man snowbound with women who all had a good reason to kill him, starring Catherine Deneuve, Danielle Darrieux, Virginie Ledoyen, Fanny Ardant, Emmanuelle Beart, Isabelle Huppert and others; in French with English subtitles. 2 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
Bad Influence Band, an original blend of Chicago blues, swing, American roots and a bit of rock. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Black history lecture, historian C.R. Gibbs on “Tangled Web: Race, Urban Renewal and Gentrification in the Nation’s Capital.” 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Cultures in motion: smoking out the beehive, a tribute to six African American poets in the gallery’s exhibit “Poetic Likeness,” with Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Claude McKay, Audre Lord, Amiri Baraka and Yusef Komunyakaa. 7 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-8520.
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” Stanley Kramer’s 1967 film about a young woman who brings a black man home to meet her parents and announce their impending marriage, starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Sidney Poitier. 6:30 p.m., Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-0021.
“Sweet & Salt: Water and the Dutch,” Tracy Metz discusses her book that addresses the complex and inescapable relationship between water and the Netherlands as sea levels rise, rivers swell and storms and droughts multiply. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448. Registration: www.nbm.org.
“Raw Material,” Christos Karakepelis’s 2011 film about the lives of the poverty-stricken and diverse community of people who collect discarded metal from the shadows of the Acropolis. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
Children’s civil rights program, for ages 6-11, “How Old is a Hero?” introduces pivotal civil rights figures including Ernest Green, of the Little Rock Nine, Claudette Colvin, Ruby Bridges and others. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday through Feb. 8, 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.
“Katy and the Big Snow,” ages 3-5, a staff member leads an interactive reading of Virginia Lee Burton’s book and discusses the role of a snowplow in helping a town. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448
“This is the Day: The March on Washington,” Paul Farber discusses the book by Leonard Freed and Michael Eric Dyson; Farber was a contributor to the book. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
“Pop Music in J.S. Bach’s Germany,” a lecture by Andrew Talle of the Peabody Conservatory. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Classical piano and organ concert, pianist Jeremy Filsell performs Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor; organist Nigel Potts performs the orchestral score. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10.202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Understory: A Perspective on Painting with Light, artist Jackie Bailey Labovitz discusses her fascination with selective depth of field, formal composition and natural light in the historical context of fine painting and drawing; her photography is on exhibit in the East Gallery of the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory. 2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333.
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.
Tippi toes hip hop dance class, for ages 7 and older, learn choreography and dances. 5:30-6:15 p.m. Tuesdays through May 7, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $75 per month plus $30 registration fee. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
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.
Opera highlights, from Washington National Opera’s upcoming productions. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Diversity Fueling Innovation, Society of Women Engineers executive director and chief executive Betty Shanahan discusses how a diverse workforce is a more productive and creative one and awards the Henry C. Turner Prize to the society. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448. Registration: www.nbm.org.
The Search for Tachyons, Robert Ehrlich, George Mason University professor of physics and astronomy, discusses the nature of the evidence for tachyons — particles that are faster than light — the motivation for the idea, whether their existence conflicts with relativity, philosophical implications (including backward time-signaling), current empirical searches and proposed tests that might prove — or disprove — their existence. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
“Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work,” editor Robert Bettmann and fellow contributors discuss their new book, an anthology of contemporary art; books available for purchase at the event; cash bar available. 7 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 116, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.
“War Elephants,” writer and producer David Hamlin shows clips of the National Geographic television film and discusses the stories behind it, including scenes of noted researcher Joyce Poole as she works to build trust and retrain the animals away from their violent behavior. 7 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, third floor, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3408 or www.filmmakersforconservation.org.
Poetry reading, first-time novelists Karen Russell and Chad Harbach read from their works “Swamplandia!” and “The Art of Fielding,” respectively, a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
Fiction program, first-time novelists Karen Russell and Chad Harbach read from their works, “Swamplandia!” and “The Art of Fielding,” respectively. A reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.
Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” the historic play, directed by Robert Richmond. Previews, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday; 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. Previews, $30-$40. Regular shows, $39-$68. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre.
Thurgood Marshall Remembered, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the Supreme Court justice. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Joseph Mohr, 202-359-1532.
High-Stakes Intelligence Operations, a four-session Smithsonian Associates course. Feb. 6, “The Operation That Killed Osama bin Laden; Feb. 13, “How the Mossad Captured Eichmann”; Feb. 20, “Saving Ryszard Kuklinski”; and Feb. 27, “The Canadian Caper.” 10:15-11:45 a.m. Wednesdays, International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $140. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org.
Author talk,” history professor and author Heather Andrea Williams discusses her book, “Help Me to Find My People: The African American Search for Family Lost in Slavery,” a collection of slave narratives, letters, interviews and diaries; she traces those who were separated, chronicles their search and documents the rare reunions or the tragedy of loss. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Gallery talk, Library conservators discuss their treatments of selected objects in the exhibit “The Civil War in America.” Noon, Library of Congress, Southwest Gallery, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.
Classical recital, soloists from the St. John’s choir perform. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
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. 1 and 5 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call David Rappel, 202-359-1533.
Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead tours, followed by a traditional English tea; meet inside the West Front area. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations and payment required in advance. 202-537-8993 or www.tea.cathedral.org.
“Prince Among Slaves,” a discussion follows the PBS documentary about the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade that removed approximately 12 million Africans from mostly West and Central Africa to the New World. 6:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Chess for ages 8-16, learn the winning strategies. 6:30 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
The Civil War at Sea: Ironclads, Rams and Blockade Runners, Craig L. Symonds, professor emeritus from the U.S. Naval Academy, discusses his book and the varied aspects of the naval war including three key episodes from the end of the war: the dramatic battle of Mobile Bay, where Admiral Farragut delivered his famous cry, “Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!”, the battle of Wilmington where combined Union naval and army forces successfully overran Fort Fisher, and the remarkable cruise of the CSS Shenandoah, a round-the-world voyage of 58,000 miles. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, a concert featuring selections from Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” Borodin’s “Prince Igor” and Faure’s Piano Quartet No. 2. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Art and spirit coffeehouse, in celebration of Black History Month, the Akoma Drummers perform music of the African diaspora ranging from traditional West African to funk to D.C.’s own go-go; coffee and desserts served; a question-and-answer session follows. 7 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations welcome. 202-554-3222 or www.staugustinesdc.org or email@example.com.
African Culture and History Lecture, for age 13 and older, historian C. R. Gibbs discusses “African Genesis: The Rise of Humanity in Africa.” 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
“Race,” performance of David Mamet’s drama that ruthlessly examines questions of guilt, betrayal, sexual consent and racial prejudice. Previews: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7, 8 p.m. Feb. 9, 3 p.m. Feb. 10. Regular shows: 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays , 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturdays (8 p.m. only Feb. 16), 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, noon March 1 and 8. Through March 17. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW. Pay-what-you-can previews Feb. 6 and 7; Feb. 9 and 10 previews, $30; regular shows, $45, seniors and members $40, group of 10-plus $35, seniors group of 10-plus, $30. 800-494-8497 or www.theaterj.org or www.boxofficetickets.com.
Chess club, tailored for ages 2 and older. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Snugglers, education specialist Lee Coykendall invites parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a special tour of the conservatory. 10 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Author talk, Daniel Stashower discusses his book “The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War.” Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
History and literature, visiting fellow Stefanie Schaefer lectures on “Jonathan Going South: The Yankee and the Making of American National Character,”examining the origins and functions of the Yankee in 19th-century literary and popular culture. Noon, Library of Congress, Room LJ119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3302.
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