Thursday, JAN. 8

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, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $25, age 11 and 12 $21.

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 per class, $25 per month.

Garden tour and kids in snugglers Volunteers take turns leading parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a tour of the conservatory. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through Jan. 30. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free, registration required.

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. 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” Artist and 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.

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

The Secret Scripture A librarian leads a discussion about 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.

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.

Teen beading club Create key chains, animals, jewelry and other items only you can 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, 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 4 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. 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 from 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 Carroll and the 150th anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland ,” make Wonderland crafts, have refreshments and sing along to a Disney animated movie 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. Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. 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 system-wide 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 next Thursday, 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.

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. Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Through Jan. 25. Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. info@stageguild.org . 240-582-0050. www.stageguild.org . $40, discounts for seniors, students and groups.

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.

“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.

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

“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-Sundays at 2 and 8 p.m., Tuesdays at 8 p.m., no performances 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.

Friday, JAN. 9

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

Friday Morning Music Club recital Club members perform works by Duparc, Beethoven and Georges Auric. Noon. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. 202-333-2075. Free.

“Selma” Ava DuVernay’s film about Martin Luther King Jr.’s leadership on his dangerous campaign to get equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition and the epic march from Selma to Montgomery that ended with President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, starring David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson. Call theater for showtimes. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. www.theavalon.org . $11.75, students $9.25, seniors $9, military and age 12 and younger $8.75.

Secrets of the Washington Monument grounds A National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of the soaring tribute to George Washington. 2-4 p.m. Refreshment Stand-Paddle Boat Parking Lot, Independence Ave. SE. Michael Kelly, 202-359-2662. Free.

Momenta String Quartet concert A performance of works by Janáček and other composers. 3:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. 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.

Soule Monde concert Original members of the Trey Anastasio Band of Phish perform soul-jazz with funky rhythms and more. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Paint and sip art workshop With step-by-step instruction by teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear, create your own artwork, enjoy snacks and wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org . $30, includes materials and refreshments, registration requested.

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.

Will Chase, Broadway star The Tony Award-nominee makes his Kennedy Center debut. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $45.

Road to Canterbury: Music of Medieval England The Folger Consort with Lionheart vocal ensemble performs country music from the Chaucer era with its characteristic sweetness and cheerful liveliness, songs, engaging dances and ethereal motets in Middle English and Latin on period instruments, come at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert presentation. Friday-Saturday at 8 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $30-$50.

Saturday, JAN. 10

Psoriasis support group For those with psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis, their family and friends, sponsored by Psoriasis Network Support Organization, light refreshments served. 9:30 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room A-9, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. 301-423-9389. psoriasischampion@gmail.com . www.psoriasisnetwork.org . Free.

Used library book sale Lots of categories, lots of bargains, proceeds support library programs. 10 a.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

Kokedama workshop Learn the Japanese art form of encasing the roots in moss, suspending it by string or placing it onto a piece of pottery or driftwood as an indoor display and create one to take home. 10 a.m.-noon. U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. 202-245-4521. www.usna.usda.gov . $49, registration required.

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

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

Retro cartoons For children age 8 and older accompanied by a parent or caregiver, view classic Saturday morning cartoons from the 1980s and ’90s and have milk and cereal. 10:30 a.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Winter family festival Feathery fun and a celebration of the exhibit “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art,” includes crafts and a printmaking workshop with Lily Press. 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

D.C. School lottery: How does it work? What do I need to know? A professional from My School DC explains how the system works for all grades; bring your questions about different area schools, the best way to go about getting children into the public or charter school of their choice, or others. 11:30 a.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

Carillon recital Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs music for the Epiphany 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: Benny Andrews Listen to a story about the American painter, printmaker, collage creator and educator 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.

Mini man march Children ages 5-12 are invited to join a reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream ” speech in honor of his birthday, a film and a discussion follow. 2 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Meet the artist: David Antonio Cruz The artist explores the life-changing reasons behind the decision to leave one’s home country or return to it permanently, meet in front of his portraits in “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self.” 2 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

The Prince of Homburg Marco Bellocchio’s film adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s 1809 “The Prince of Homburg ,” a play in which a Prussian officer is tricked during the course of a complex dream on the night before a key battle, resulting in his misjudging the timing of the attack the next day, in Italian with English subtitles, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. 2:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-842-6799. Free.

Oberhausen: new artists’ film and video A screening of recent short films by artists from Austria, Germany, Paraguay and Portugal. 3 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.

“The Butterfly’s Dream” Marco Bellocchio’s 1994 film about a young classical actor who only speaks on the stage, leaving his family to think he has taken a vow of silence, in Italian with English subtitles, sponsored by National Gallery of Art. 4:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Faculty art show and opening reception Includes a special catalogue, highlighting in-depth interviews and photos of the artists at work in their studios, homes and the places that inspire them, and a reception with wine, cheese and gallery talks, meet the teachers and more. 5-7 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org . Free.

The Jones Family Singers concert An evening of fervent gospel music influenced by vintage soul and rhythm and blues performed by five sisters, two brothers and their father. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Cornell University Glee Club concert Robert Isaacs leads a performance of “And the Band Played Waltzing Maltilde,” “The Agincourt Song,” a commissioned piece by Christopher Cerrone and more. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $25.

Sunday, JAN. 11

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 .

Sing with Cathedral Voices The cathedral’s volunteer adult choir invites amateur singers to schedule a short, informal audition for performances at the 9 a.m. Sunday service and for Thursday rehearsals from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, rear of the nave near the coffee and refreshments table, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org .

Winter readathon kickoff For age 12 and younger, earn prizes, read fascinating books and more, continues through Feb. 28. 1-5 p.m. Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139. Free.

Portraits in design: Le Corbusier Anthony Flint, author of “Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow ,” discusses Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, and suggests that there is much to learn from the Swiss-French architect of the Villa Savoye and the Ronchamp chapel, who was also influential in urban planning and dedicated to developing better living conditions in crowded cities. 1 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org . $20, students $12.

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.

Luce unplugged with Seán Barna The D.C.-based singer, songwriter and drummer performs after a staff-led talk. 1:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Kennedy Center Chamber Players concert A performance of works by Bartok, Ravel, Bowen and Arensky. 2 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $36.

Games: Settlers of Catan Tournament World Championship used in this competitive event, a selection of additional German board games will be available for others to play during the tournament. 2 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com . $5.

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.

P.A.L. (People Animals Love) dog visit For ages 4-12, children age 9 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver, stories, crafts and an opportunity to read aloud to a P.A.L. dog. 2:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

NSO in your neighborhood Members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform. 2:30 p.m. Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

Steinway concert series Violinist Leo Sushansky and piano virtuoso Carlos César Rodríguez perform works by Dvorák, Mozart, Svendsen and Mendelssohn. 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free tickets distributed in the G Street Lobby at 2:30 p.m.

Computer crash course Learn the basic skills including using the Internet, setting up e-mail and more, questions welcome. 3-4:45 p.m. Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100. 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, a 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.

Cathedral organ recital Organist Janet Yieh performs works by Jean Langlais, César Franck, J.S. Bach, William Bolcom and Joseph Jongen on the 10,647-pipe Ernest M. Skinner and Son organ. 5:15 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $10.

Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra Violinists Jennifer Kim and Uri Wassertzug, cellist Ignacio Alcover and pianist Kathryn Brake perform a master chamber work by Brahms. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Music by Bernstein, Mozart and Rimsky-Korsakov Members of the National Gallery of Art Orchestra and the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony Orchestra perform under the baton of Vladimir Lande and with Marcolivia, a violin/viola duo. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m. National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Monday, JAN. 12

Therapeutic yoga classes Registered yoga teacher Beth Lawrence leads a class to help reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit using gentle postures, progressive relaxation, breathing practices and an introduction to meditation, all experience levels welcome. Mondays and Thursdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m., Wednesdays from 6-7:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org . $10/class, $25/month.

U.S. 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. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at noon through Jan. 30. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free.

American Sign Language story time For ages 3-5, Deaf Services Librarian Janice Rosen reads stories about Martin Luther King Jr. in ASL, ASL/voice interpreters and therapy dogs from People Animals Love will attend. 12:30 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. lbph.dcpl@dc.gov . 202-727-1488. Voice/video 202-559-5368. Free.

Yoga at West End Smita Kumar of Yoga District teaches a weekly class; bring a mat or use one of the library’s. Mondays at 12:30 p.m. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. teresa.sakon@dc.gov , 202-724-8698. Free, registration required.

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 Social worker Jennifer Bires leads participants in an opportunity to explore experiences with their cancer and to connect with others 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.

Where Did We Sit on the Bus? Actor Brian Quijada performs this Latino Civil Rights story using rap, hip-hop, spoken word and live looping. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Theater Lab, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free tickets, up to two per person, distributed in the States Gallery at 5:30 p.m.

Frenzy Alfred Hitchcock’s 1972 film about a necktie murderer who challenges the London police and an innocent man to find the real serial rapist and murderer and clear his name, starring Jon Finch and Alec McCowen. 6:30 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Tenants have rights, too Training for tenants and pro bono attorneys on getting repairs made, protecting yourself and your family from winter weather and more through the Housing Conditions Calendar in D.C. Superior Court, used by tenants to sue landlords for D.C. Housing Code violations on an expedited basis. 6:30-8 p.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

“Blue Mountains” (“An Unbelievable Story”) And exhibit opening reception: “Photographs from Tblisi,” Eldar Shengelaia’s 1984 film, a critique of bureaucracy, an exhibit by German photographer Barbara Klemm depicting the Georgian capital and a reception with a wine tasting sponsored by the Embassy of Georgia, the film will be shown in Georgian with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com . Free, 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.

Big Night ” reading Lise Bruneau directs a reading of Dawn Powell’s hard-boiled, jazz-age comedy play about a couple in a shaky marriage. 7:30 p.m. Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. 202-547-1122, Ext. 4. www.shakespearetheatre.org . Free, tickets required.

In the Beginning was the word: An evening with Marilynne Robinson and James Carroll In this PEN/Faulkner fiction program, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Marilynne Robinson and National Book Award-winning fiction and nonfiction writer James Carroll read from their new novels and discuss the role that faith has played in shaping them as writers and what, if any, role their beliefs play in their writing, a wine reception follows. 7:30 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $15.

Tuesday, JAN. 13

Photographers: “Seeing Deeper” Capture rare glimpses of the National Cathedral’s main floor after its chairs have been removed, and recently cleaned west rose window and nave ceiling, an unparalleled look at the grandeur and splendor of the world’s sixth-largest cathedral in the early morning before the public is admitted. Some scaffolding and safety netting remain. 8:45 a.m. Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . $25.

Job seekers drop-in and legal clinic Sponsored by the D.C. Public Library and the Neighborhood Legal Services Program, get help with the job-search process, difficulties holding onto a job, search tasks and other issues. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Microsoft PowerPoint Class For adults. 10 a.m.-noon Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Maisy Goes to the City For ages 3-5, a staff member reads the Lucy Cousins book about skyscrapers, busy streets, parks, subway and more offered by the big city. 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org . $3.

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.

Tour in the garden of “good and evil” Biochemist Beth Burrous discusses the poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the facility. Noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . 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.

Classical concert Saxophonist Noah Getz and percussionist Manny Arcinega perform music by Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen and Motown. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Yoga at Georgetown Library Taught by teachers from Yoga Activist. Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Register: geoyogarsvp@gmail.com. 202-727-0232. Free.

Smart growth: Reimagining industrial areas in Washington, D.C. Andrea Limauro and Tracy Gabriel of the D.C. Office of Planning discuss Ward 5 Works, a recently released plan calling for the transformation and reuse of the industrial areas in Northeast Washington to diversify the district’s economy and grow emerging industries, as well as develop hubs for a creative economy, green jobs and food production. 12:30-1:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org . Free, registration required.

Health literacy workshop A presentation on navigating health-care Web sites by the Project of Intermediate Advocates. Bring a flash drive or WiFi-enabled device. 1 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

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.

Afternoon in the garden Volunteers lead a tour and discuss how the exotic plant world connects to everyday life, possibly seeing bananas, cacao or coffee ripening on a tree, and discuss the next big breakthrough in medicinal plant research. 2 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free.

Sketching workshop Bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the center. Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Winnie the Pooh afternoon A celebration of the birthday of author A.A. Milne with story time, crafts and a film screening. 4 p.m. Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. 202-727-5012. 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. Tuesdays 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.

American Sign Language for beginners Cheryl Lewis teaches approximately 100 vocabulary words and the rules of grammar, urges conversation among participants and welcomes all levels of signers. 5:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Room A-9 on A Level, 901 G St. NW. lbph.dcpl@dc.gov . 202-727-0321. Free.

The Lady Vanishes Alfred Hitchcock’s 1938 film about a mysterious disappearance aboard a train in Europe, starring Dame May Whitty, Michael Redgrave and Paul Lukas. 6 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Bird sighting: gallery talk Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibition curator Joanna Marsh and Pete Marra, head of the Migratory Bird Center at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, explore the overlap between art and nature as they walk through the exhibit “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.” 6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Kahulanui, Catch Kings of Hawaiian Swing Traditional Hawaiian music with Big Band swing. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Yoga in the evening One-hour lesson, all skill levels welcome, mats provided. Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. Free.

“The White Caravan” Eldar Shengelaya and Tamaz Meliava’s 1964 film about a group of shepherds led by the experienced Martia and his sons, who move their flock to winter pastures, contrasting with the lure of the big city, in Georgian/Russian with English subtitles. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com . Free, registration required.

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.

Heartbeat of God: sacred drumming Drummer and drum circle facilitator Katy Gaughan helps participants discover their rhythms and connect to the rhythms of others, teaches the basics of how to play the drum and how to create wonderful music together, no experience necessary, drums and percussion will be provided, or bring your own. 7 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . Free.

Friendship bracelet party Library-provided colorful strings and snacks, you provide the knots, all ages welcome. 7 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

Yoga for adults and teens Taught by a teacher from Yoga Activist, all fitness levels, bring a mat or borrow one from the library. 7:30 p.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Wednesday, JAN. 14

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March Susan Buckley and Elspeth Leacock discuss their book, written with young marcher Lynda Blackmon Lowery, about the 1965 voting rights march. 10:30 a.m. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-1950. Free.

Gallery talk Associate educator Adrienne Gayoso discusses the variety and significance of the physical media artists have used to depict spiritual subject matter in the exhibit “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea.” Noon-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

“What Is Applied Ethnomusicology and Why Did They Say Such Terrible Things About It?” A presentation by Jeff Todd Titon, emeritus professor of music at Brown University. Noon. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5510. Free.

“Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” exhibit talk Curator Nathan Dorn of the Law Library discusses select exhibit highlights. Noon. Library of Congress, South Gallery of the Great Hall, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-0185. Free.

Magna Carta: Women in Medieval Europe in 1215 Ruth M. Karras, chair of the history department at the University of Minnesota, lectures. 1 p.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-4642. Free.

Breaking barriers to employment: credit reports Neighborhood Legal Services attorney Robert Green discusses how job seekers can deal with their credit reports and eliminate the hindrance to employment opportunities. 2-3:15 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. www.nlsp.org . Free.

Knitting in the nook Project Knitwell and 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 . Free.

Music and activism Teens wishing to honor Martin Luther King Jr. will listen to protest songs from the civil rights and other social movements, discuss what makes these songs powerful and write their own lyrics about changes they want to see in the world. 4:30 p.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

Create Club For ages 5-12 (age 9 and younger with a caregiver), arts and crafts activities. 4:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Jungle Funk concert The drum and bass trio performs its use of sampling, electronic instrumentation and DJ-influenced grooves. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

National Portrait Gallery pop quiz: Time covers the 1960s Test your knowledge at the museum’s trivia night inspired by the covers of Time magazine in the 1960s, visit the second-floor exhibit before the contest begins, play as an individual or on a team of up to six, food and beverages available for purchase. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

U.S. race relations: improved or worsened? Karl Racine, attorney general of the District of Columbia, discusses race relations in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 6:30 p.m. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Free.

Spacious mind, body and spirit: an evening of tai chi Join tai chi master Nick Gracenin and DC Tai Chi for Taijiquan, the ancient Chinese art of balance and contemplative movement, learn simple movements coordinated with deep breathing. All levels of experience welcome. 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. www.nationalcathedral.org . Free.

Mystery thriller book club A librarian leads a discussion of “How the Light Gets In ,” Louise Penny’s story of personal courage balanced by faith with heartbreaking choices and monstrous evil. 7 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-3320. Free.

Park ranger book talk National Park Service Ranger Scott Einberger discusses his book “A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, D.C. ,” from the cabin of eccentric poet Joaquin Miller to the city’s oldest house. 7 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

“Moana with Sound” Screening of documentary film pioneer Robert Flaherty’s 1924 work captured on the Samoan island of Savai’i, a record of native lifestyles, sponsored by the National Gallery of Art. 7 p.m. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Zumba at Southwest Instructor Roshaunda Jenkins leads a one-hour fitness and dance class, all fitness levels welcome. 7:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Matthew Polenzani, tenor recital The lyric tenor and pianist Julius Drake performs works by Liszt, Satie and Barber. 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $50.

“Led Zeppelin Played Here” Jeff Krulik’s 2014 film about the 1969 landing on the moon, a mid-Atlantic version of what was happening nationwide as the rock concert industry took shape, features interviews with rock writers, musicians, fans and several who claim they were witnessing history that night. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $11.75; students, $9.25; seniors, $9; military and age 12 and younger, $8.75.

Thursday, JAN. 15

“Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly” A lively interactive musical show for ages 3-8, little flyguys and gals take off with kooky Professor Wingnut and Seymour the Seagull to find the secrets that make birds and airplanes fly, led by master arts educator Oran Sandel and puppeteer Dan Mori. Next Thursday and Jan. 16 at 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Discovery Theater at National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-8700. www.discoverytheater.org . $8, ages 2-16 $6, 1 and younger $3.

Looking Down Museum staff discuss Steve Jenkins’s wordless picture book for ages 3-8, a depiction of the universe in many levels starting from the farthest reaches of space to the most familiar corner of your own yard. Next Thursday and Jan. 16 at 11 a.m., Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. National Air and Space Museum, Barron Hilton Pioneers of Flight Gallery, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Sex on the frontier Rebecca Edwards, Eloise Ellery Professor of History and department chair at Vassar College, discusses her research in petitions sent to Congress for her topic “Sex on the Frontier: Fertility and America’s Antebellum Empire.” Noon. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Popularization of Islamic mysticism in Medieval Egypt A presentation by Kluge Fellow Nathan Hofer. Noon. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room LJ113, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-0213. Free.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration An exploration of the civil rights leader’s contributions to society through books and crafts. 4 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Take 5! Music of Charlie “Bird” Parker Live jazz in celebration of the alto saxophonist and composer, borrow a board game to play during the concert and make prints to take home with local printmakers from Lily Press, refreshments available. 5-7 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Classical music concert Participants in the National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellowship training program, violinist Sean Lim, cellist Naenah Jeon, clarinetist Hannah Connecticut and hornist Nathaniel Silberschlag perform solos. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“An Unusual Exhibition” Eldar Shengelaia’s 1968 tragicomedy film about a sculptor who develops a niche carving tombstones bearing the likeness of the now departed, his wry tone hitting home in art practice, socialist realism and social conventions, in Russian with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. Free.

“The Flame Throwers” A librarian leads a discussion of Rachel Kushner’s book about art and activism and motorcycles in 1970s New York City, sponsored by Southeast Library. 6:30 p.m. Meet at Le Pain Quotidien’s Eastern Market location, 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

Orwellian America: 1984 Book Club A librarian leads a discussion of George Orwell’s :1984.” 6:30 p.m. Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.

Duck Soup Classic Marx Brothers slapstick comedy film from 1931, co-starring Margaret Dumont. 7 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-3320. Free.

“Apocalypse” Episodes 3 and 4 of the the documentary series about World War I, covers 1915-1916. 7 p.m. Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911 www.francedc.org . $15.

National Symphony Orchestra concert Christoph Eschenbach leads the orchestra and pianist Tzimon Barto in a performance of works by Dvorak, Rihm and Berlioz. 7 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $10-$85.

Caring for bedbound and mobility-challenged adults Representatives from the Washington Home and Community Hospices present an interactive program to empower caregivers with information and tips that can help provide the best possible care for a loved one. 7 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. 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.

“The Goldfinch” A librarian leads a discussion of Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2013 novel about a young man who makes his way after a disaster robs him of his mother and brings him into possession of the titular painting. 7:30 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

“Room at the End of the Hall” The Wild Root Company’s collaboration with emerging playwright Rocco Natale, a play set at the late-night shore of a weathered lake house on Cape Cod where estranged brothers Doug and Malky have returned to bury the ashes of their childhood caretaker until something from the past and an unsettling force that must be reckoned with before daybreak. Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300. www.arenastage.org/artistic-development/new-play-institute/the-cradle-series/index.shtml. $10.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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