Thursday, Jan. 7

Memorials of the Reflecting Pool National Park Service Rangers lead walking tours of the Lincoln, Vietnam Veterans, Korean War Veterans and World War II memorials. Daily at 10 a.m. 2 and 6 p.m. Meet at the Hawaii-Alaska Plaque, below the Lincoln Memorial, Steps, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.

Middle East: How we got to where we are Lecture by Thomas Lippman. 10 a.m. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. 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 except holidays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. www.nationalcathedral.org. $25, age 11 and 12 $21.

Memorials of the Tidal Basin National Park Service rangers lead walking tours of the Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson memorials. Daily at Noon and 4 p.m. Through Jan. 31. Meet at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. 202-426-6841. Free.

Cathedral tour: “Jewels of Light” Docent leads a tour of the building’s varied styles of stained glass and tells how to read the stories contained in them, from creation to U.S. history. 3 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. www.nationalcathedral.org. $20, children, seniors, military and students $16.

Manga madness Ages 11-19 who are interested in manga, anime and everything Japanese. First Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

Chess for kids Master chess instructor guides participants from learning the basics to advancing their level of skill. Thursdays at 5 p.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. clevelandparklibrary@dc.gov. 202-282-3080. Free.

“Shear Madness” A comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, audience participation helps solve a mock murder. Thursdays and Saturdays at 6 and 9 p.m., Fridays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $50.

Dance class Instructor Tyrone Murray teaches beginner Afro-jazz dance. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights” A exhibition chronicling the African American experience through stamps and mail includes letters carried by slaves and a selection of original artwork from the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage stamp series. Thursdays, National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555. postalmuseum.si.edu.

Friday, Jan. 8

Conversation Circles Adults may practice their English and learn about American history and culture through the art of portraiture, program starts promptly at 10 a.m. with an interactive gallery talk led by a Portrait Gallery educator. Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon. National Portrait Gallery, G St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Toddler story time A 20-30 minute program for ages 18-36 months and a caregiver, books, songs and fun activities designed to help children develop language skills. Fridays at 11:30 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free, pick up tickets no later than 10 a.m. at Children’s Desk.

Move, Learn, Create Kelly King teaches how to stretch your creative capacity, feel good and connect with fellow participants, features a variety of dance styles, all experience levels welcome. Fridays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $10/class, $25/month.

Lunchtime conservatory tour Guided tour of a jungle, desert and tropical paradise atmosphere with a guide who may show you bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on a tree or tell you about the next big breakthrough in medical plant research. Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays at noon. Through Jan. 29. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.

Open studio Fridays Experiment with a different art material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit. Fridays from 1-6 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Art + coffee Guided tour and free tea or coffee. Fridays-Sundays from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Flamenco dance class Instructors Estela and Daniel Paradez and members of Furia Flamenca use fluid arms and percussive footwork to teach the audience the basics. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Friday ARTnights: Art and History of Burlesque Unleash that inner tiger with CHAW’s burlesque workshop, a two-hour class, learn a sassy routine that will leave you with a wiggle and wink you never knew you had, no dance experience needed, no nudity involved. The class is part lecture and part movement. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. registration@chaw.org. $25.

Lecture William Phillips, 1997 Nobel Prize winner in physics, discusses Einstein, time and light, sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8 p.m. Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. 703-370-5282. Free.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Used library book sale History, biography, mystery, fantasy, cookbooks, photography, most only $1. Proceeds support library programs. 10 a.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-3377. Admission, free.

Saturday morning yoga Carol and Marjorie lead stress-free yoga, wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. benninglibrary@dc.gov. 202-281-2583. Free.

Yoga in Mount Pleasant Carol and Marjorie lead relaxing, stress-free yoga, all experience levels welcome, wear comfortable clothing, bring water and a yoga mat. Saturdays at 10 a.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. 202-671-3121. Free.

Family story time Session packed with books and activities for all ages, promotes language and literacy skills, nurtures the love of reading and learning. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

Family story time All ages welcome to use these 30-40 minute sessions to improve language and literacy skills, participation of grownups is encouraged. Every other Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. clevelandparklibrary@dc.gov. 202-282-3080. Free.

Family story time All ages welcome to use these 30-40 minute sessions to improve language and literacy skills, participation of grownups is encouraged. Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. petworthlibrary@dc.gov. 202-243-1188. Free.

Trading card meet-up Show your trading card prowess, swap with your opponents and others, games open to adults and teens, tournaments twice a year. Saturdays at noon. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Lower Level Gallery A-6, 901 G St. NW. mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-0321. Free.

Yoga at Northwest One Beginner and intermediate levels, wear comfortable clothing, mats and blocks provided. Saturdays from noon-1:30 p.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. northwestonelibrary@dc.gov. 202-939-5946. Free.

National Symphony Orchestra “In Your Neighborhood” program Day-long events include a petting zoo, large and small performances and more, concluding with guest conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong leading the entire orchestra in a concert. 1-7:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. americanart.si.edu/calendar. Free.

Author talk Andrew Jackson O’Shaughnessy discusses his award-winning “The Men Who Lost America,” an exploration of a side of the American Revolutionary War rarely seen, a look at the British side’s decision-makers. 1 p.m. DAR Library, 1776 D Street NW. 202-628-1776. Register at daron09.eventbrite.com. Free.

D.C. school lottery: How does it work? What do I need to know? My School D.C. School Lottery information session. 1 p.m. Bellevue/William O. Lockridge Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1185 or 202-888-6336. www.MySchoolDC.org. bellevuelibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Portrait story days: Alvin Ailey Listen to a story about the African American choreographer and activist and complete a hands-on art project to take home. Saturday from 1-4 p.m., Sunday from 2-5 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“The Cow” Part of the 20th Annual Iranian Film Festival, the story of a poor villager whose only source of joy and livelihood is his cow, which provides milk for the village, and its mysterious murder, shown with English subtitles. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

“A Family Affair” The Xylouris Ensemble, a multigenerational family of musicians rooted in folkloric Cretan music, traces its lineage to the mountain village of Anogeia, and shows the passing of tradition from father to son to grandchildren in this family that now lives mainly in Australia, in Greek with English subtitles. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Capitol Hill Art League’s 12x12 Show January 9 to March 2, join us for the opening reception. 5-7 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. bwashington@chaw.org. chaw.org. Free.

Dance performance By Agency 9, a performing arts center dedicated to teaching dance and acting for students of all ages. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

National Symphony Orchestra An “In Your Neighborhood” concert. 7:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Sunday, Jan. 10

NSO in your neighborhood: From the strings to your ears Join this acoustic tour as a National Symphony Orchestra string quartet plays music in three spaces in the museum, with Andrew Hulva, graduate student of acoustics from Virginia Tech, who helps us understand acoustics and leads us on a journey to discover how a room’s space and building materials are used to promote beautiful sound.11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Free, registration required.

Genius of L’Enfant’s 1791 Federal City Plan A National Park Service ranger leads a walk and discusses the L’Enfant plan for the Mall. 1-3 p.m. Freedom Plaza, Pennsylvania Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397. Free.

Sunday yoga at the library A certified instructor from Aparna leads beginners in soothing Hatha yoga and meditation, for age 18 and older, bring a mat or towel. Sundays at 1:30 p.m. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. wathashawlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1288. Free.

America InSight: Tours for blind or low-vision visitors Docent-led tour of the collection with rich verbal description and discussion. 1:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NSO in your neighborhood An artistic exchange with NSO violinist Glen Donnellan teaming up with Words, Beats & Life and members of the hip-hop orchestra, includes a live workshop, discussion and improvisations, an opportunity to hear a world-class violinist sync with DJs, spoken-word artists and hip-hop instrumentalists. 2 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

P.A.L. (People Animals Love) dog visit Ages 4-12 may read aloud to a dog named Tommy, age 8 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver. Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Shaw knitting and crocheting circle Sundays at 3 p.m. Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288. www.dclibrary.org/watha.

Classical piano concert Yael Weiss performs Auerbach’s “Ludwig’s Nightmare”; Beethoven’s Sonata in C Minor, op. 111; and Schubert’s Sonata in B-flat Major, D. 960. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Garden Court, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

“I’m Going Home” Portuguese director Manoel de Oliveira’s 2001 film about a Parisian actor in his late 70s who must care for his grandson after his wife and daughter are killed, in Portuguese with English subtitles. 4 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

“Zorba the Greek” Katherine Quinn, widow of actor and artist Anthony Quinn, introduces the Washington premiere of the 1964 film that tells the tale of two men portrayed by Alan Bates and Anthony Quinn, one a stiff and standoffish newcomer and the other an impulsive Cretan musician who teaches his friend how to dance the sirtáki and live in the moment. 4 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov. Free.

Dance class Instructor Christina Huertas teaches a beginner hip-hop dance class. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Dr. King: His impact on my life Francel Trotter Bellinger, a retired Long Island City judge, reflects on the legacy of the civil rights leader and explains the meaningful role he played in her career and personal life. 6:30 p.m. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. capitolviewlibrary@dc.gov. 202-645-0755. Free.

Monday, Jan. 11

Therapeutic yoga classes Beth Lawrence and Alaina Sadick teach various yoga postures and techniques in progressive relaxation, breathing practices and meditation to reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit, all experience levels welcome. Mondays from 10:30-11:45 a.m., Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. through Jan. 27, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10/class, $25/month.

Awareness through movement Unique approach to fitness for those with injuries or in chronic pain, simple floor exercises with profound effects on posture, breathing and movement capabilities. Mondays except Jan. 18 at 12:15 p.m. Through Jan. 25, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10/class, $25 per month.

Afterschool 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.

Reader’s theatre For readers in grades 2-4, bring stories to life by reading aloud from scripts created from children’s books, parent participation is welcome and encouraged. Mondays except holidays at 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. 202-671-3121. Free.

After-school workshops AALEAD, an after-school program for middle and high school students, runs workshops on leadership development, educational empowerment and community. Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30-6 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Library, Large Meeting Room, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

French-American electroswing concert Pop band Ginkgoa performs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Zumba Instructor Roshaunda Jenkins leads a one-hour fitness and dance workout, all experience levels welcome. Mondays at 7 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. southwestlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Rescue your résumé Hour-long talk from the Lynda.com database focused on making the most of your résumé, concludes with reviewing and improving individual résumés. Monday and Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-3377. Free.

Tuesday, Jan. 12

Pantomime, music and movement: Theater beyond words Paata Tsikurishvili and Synetic Theater Company discuss and demonstrate how he combines the traditions of the Caucuses with distinctly American styles to tell classic stories through movement, mime, music, technology and visual arts with the help of performers from his company. 10 a.m. American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. Free.

Yoga for seniors A program especially for age 55 and older. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. geoyogarsvp@gmail.com. 202-727-0232. Free, registration required.

Seedlings For ages 6-10 accompanied by an adult, Lee Coykendall, a children’s education specialist, discusses how amazing plants really are as the children participate in a mix of hands-on investigations, planting projects and science-based activities. Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-noon., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free, registration required.

January Om Yoga Lunch hour classes led by Margaret, introductory level viniyasa, or flow, practiced. Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. through Jan. 26, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. georgetownlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-0232. Free.

Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment Eileen Davis and Candy Graham discuss how ERA activists are advocating for its ratification. Reception at 11:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., talk at 1 p.m. Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. democraticwoman.org. Talk $10, talk and lunch $30, registration required.

Chair yoga classes Gently adapted for safe performance seated in supported poses that promote deep relaxation and mental clarity, all experience levels welcome. Tuesdays at noon. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10/class, $25/month.

Classical music concert Schola Epihaniensis: vocalists Rachel Evangeline Barham, James Rogers, Oliver Mercer and Roger Isaacs, pianist Jeremy Filsell and harpist Michelle Lundy perform music for Epiphany-tide: Benjamin Britten’s Canticles “The Journey of the Magi” and “Abraham & Isaac.” 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Living with Alzheimer’s For those with the disease, three-part series, listen to others talk about how it changes life and how to navigate this chapter of life, memory loss, partnering with a medical team, effective communication, coping with change, decision-making, safety issues, opportunities for supporting research and early stage resources. Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. Through Jan. 26. Sunrise, 5111 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. Register by calling 800-272-3900.

Afternoon tour of the garden Visit a jungle, desert and tropical paradise, travel back to the Jurassic period or tour with a guide who will connect the exotic plant world to everyday life, look at bananas, cacao and coffee ripening on the tree or learn about the next big breakthrough in medical plant research. Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Through Jan. 26. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free.

Sketching: draw and discover Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches and objects on display in the Luce Foundation, then sketch on the center’s workshop, bring a sketchbook and pencils, other materials provided. Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. week dove craft Celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by creating peace doves and browsing displays of his books and more. 3:30 p.m. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. palisadeslibrary@dc.gov. 202-282-3139. Free.

BARS creative workshop For youth who enjoy rapping and writing spoken word poems, meets weekly, culminates with a special performance on June 21. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-0321. Free.

Chess club for kids and teens Learn the game plus strategy and good sportsmanship. Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. parklandsturnerlibrary@dc.gov. 202-645-4532. Free.

Meklit, Ethio­pian American singer-songwriter Performance of ethio-jazz, garage punk, hip-hop and electro-pop. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Young adult survivors workshop: How vision boards can help you after cancer Explore the life you want to live after cancer and how a vision board can help you get there. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. Free.

Upper northwest knitters Learn to knit or crochet, supplies are free. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. tenleylibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-1488. Free.

Yoga for adults and teens Instructor Mary Koehler teaches all fitness levels, bring a mat or borrow one from the library. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. southwestlibrary@dc.gov. 202-724-4752. Free.

Yoga at Petworth For beginner adults and teens, no experience necessary, bring a mat or borrow one from the library. Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Wednesday, Jan. 13

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr story time for pre-schoolers Ages 3-5 and accompanying adults may participate in stories, activities and crafts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. 10 a.m. National Archives, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Life is polyrhythmic Vocalist Ysaye M. Barnwell discusses her four aphorisms that have shaped her remarkably varied life and shares some life experiences and workshop techniques in the African American singing tradition. 10 a.m. Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. Free.

Sprouts Age 3 and older, accompanied by an adult, Lee Coykendall, a children’s education specialist, leads the children in plant-related fun that may include a story, art activity or a walk in the garden. Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov. Free, registration required.

Gallery talk Associate curator Virginia Treanor discusses highlights from exhibition “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today.” Noon-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Alzheimer’s Association workshop Healthy habits for a healthier you, learn about lifestyles that can be adopted to help maintain or potentially improve our health to keep our brains healthy as we age and possibly delay the onset of cognitive decline. 2 p.m. Grand Oaks Assisted Living, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 800-272-3900. Free.

Lunder behind the scenes Learn how museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve museum objects. Wednesdays at 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. 202-633-7970. americanart.si.edu. Free.

Gallery talk with “Crosscurrent” sculpture curator Karen Lemmey leads a tour of the exhibit of works by Alexander Calder, Roy Lichtenstein, Niki de Saint Phalle and David Smith and discusses the impact of modernism on sculpture. 5:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Collections connection tour: Antique tool collection Age 18 and older, a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s collection that includes woodworking, sheet metal and plaster work tools dating from the mid-19th through 20th centuries, shows the evolution of hand tools over time, beginning with handmade tool chests, through the power tools of the early “do it yourself” movement and more. 5:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. Register: Patrick Kraich, 202-272-2448, Ext. 3555. $15, students $10.

Tank and the Bangas Instructor Tyrone Murray teaches beginner Afro-jazz dance. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Chess Club Learn how to play or how to improve your skills, all ages welcome. Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. francisgregorylibrary@dc.gov. Free.

Pop quiz: Rags to riches Bring your friends and your knowledge of American inventors, innovators, scholars and more and help ring in the new year with rags to riches stories. 6:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

“Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World” Anthropologist and author David Vine of American University discusses the complex socioeconomic and geopolitical issues surrounding the establishment and maintenance of U.S. military bases abroad. 7 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. georgetownlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-0232. Free.

Yoga with Caroline Bring water and a mat, wear comfortable clothing, all experience levels. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0058. Free.

Thursday, Jan. 14

Politics 2016: What’s happening and why Steve Roberts analyzes the candidates, the issues and the underlying trends that will be making news. 10 a.m. American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-895-4860. Free.

Planet hopping with Lunch Money and Belle et Bête Puppets Ages 3-7. The intergalactic guides create a one-of-a-kind adventure in space science using original music, puppets and elaborate video projections featuring real NASA footage, discover how the young pilot and her robot sidekick travel through the solar system. Jan. 14 and 15 at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Discovery Theater at the National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-8700. www.discoverytheater.org. Free, reservations required.

“America’s War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflicts” Former Washington Post Reporter Molly Sinclair McCartney discusses her book. Reception at 11:30 a.m. Lunch at 12:15 p.m. Talk at 1 p.m. Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. PFitzgerald@democraticwoman.org. 202-232-7363. Register at democraticwoman.org. Talk $10, talk with lunch $30.

Cooking demonstration: Roots of flavor The Cook sisters teach visitors how to use turmeric root and ginger root, what to know about their nutritional value and how to incorporate them for maximum flavor in delicious original recipes. Thursday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, Discovery Theater, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Community and Collection Talk: The Collection and Urban Culture Museum Curator of Urban History and Culture, Samir Meghelli will talk about objects in the permanent collection that helps define the museums relevance to urbanism. Call 202.633.4844 to register for this program. 1-3 p.m. Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. 202-633-4844. ACMinfo@si.edu. www.anacostia.si.edu. Free.

Online resources relating to American Indians Meg Hacker, Archives Director for the National Archives at Fort Worth, discusses online resources available relating to American Indians, broadcast from Fort Worth to Washington D.C. 2 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Ella and Louie Tribute Band Performance of “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and other memorable songs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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