Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free, with free parking. 202-364-7602.
Linda Bishai, The Two Sudans: A History of Conflict, Prospects for Peace, the senior program officer in the Center for Middle East and Africa at the United States Institute of Peace explores the obstacles to peace, stability and political transformation in Sudan and South Sudan and tells what she thinks are the chances for positive change in these two inter-dependent countries. 10-11:50 a.m., American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-895-4860.
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. 10:30 a.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
“Jazz on a Summer’s Day,” photographer Bert Stern’s 1958 chronicle of the Newport Jazz Festival featuring Louis Armstrong, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson and Thelonious Monk, filled with illuminating images of late 1950s America. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Conserving museum collections, conservators discuss the techniques used to treat and preserve the array of modern American artworks presented in the exhibition “Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection.” Noon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
U.S. Air Force Band concert, the Saxophone Quartet Chamber Group performs. Noon, 1 and 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.
Cathedra in concert, Michael McCarthy leads the ensemble from Washington National Cathedral in a program of works by Herbert Howells, in collaboration with the Anglican Association of Musicians. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Gallery talk: the Civil War craze for carte de visite photographs, Ann M. Shumard, senior curator of photographs at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, discusses the Civil War-era fascination with photographic technology and the craze for collecting carte de visite photographs. 12:30 p.m., Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Free, tickets required. 202-347-4833. www.fords.org .
Designing film, “Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects ,” Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper’s 2010 film that examines the phenomenon of Scully, his personal history and interests and the effect of his character on American design, preservation and urban planning. 12:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Smart growth, happy city, Charles Montgomery, author of “Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design ,” demonstrates how cities influence how we feel, behave and treat other people in ways most of us never realize, explaining how we can change our lives by changing our relationship with our cities. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; registration required. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .
Heirloom garden tour, a knowledgeable horticulturist leads a tour and discusses some of the plants in the museum’s Heirloom garden that were passed down from generation to generation and cultivated in American gardens prior to 1950. 1 p.m. Thursday, July 17 and 31 and Aug. 14 and 28, National Museum of American History, Mall Terrace, Southwest Corner, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Beginner computer class, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet and use online library services. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of a selection of memorials. 2-4 p.m. daily through June 30, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Constructing a catapult, for ages 7-12, use marshmallows and other materials to build it, then perform a scientific test it to see how far marshmallows will fly. 4 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Crafty Thursdays, age 5 and older, all materials provided. 4 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
HIV testing, ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
Origami nights, for ages 7-12, learn how to create paper cranes, frogs, foxes, ties and other designs using the Japanese art form, beginners welcome. 4:30 p.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Classical music concert, the NSO, YoungArts alumnus and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Peter Eom, cellist, perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Celebrate Juneteenth, members of the Aspiring Writers Circle and library staff read original works and letters from slaves that evoke the strength, courage and freedom that Juneteenth represents. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room A-5, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Refreshing taste of complementary therapies,Laura Pole, Susan Beilby-Magee and Kevin Mutschler discuss the benefits of a variety of complementary therapies in a hands-on evening. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .
Creating “House of Cards ,” Beau Willimon discusses his inspiration behind the Netflix series with culture reporter and Media Equation columnist David Carr of the New York Times, its influence on the future of television and how closely his plotlines parallel what really happens behind closed doors in Washington. 6:45-8:15 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $30. 202-3030.
Celebrating Sondheim, Sondheim authority Mark Horowitz gives a revealing overview of his work and how he works, selects his projects, determines the style of each show and its score, and the craft of writing lyrics and composing music, includes insights into Sondheim collaborations with directors, orchestrators, librettists and performers. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .
Jazz in the USA: 60th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, journalist Soledad O’Brien moderates a panel including George Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival; Dan Morgenstern, author, archivist; and Dan Morgenstern, author and archivist; film clips of the 1960 festival will be shown. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Healthy approaches to weight control and reversing diabetes, Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, discusses how to reach those sometimes elusive goals and more. 7 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Meditation for optimum well-being, David Newcomb teaches the joys and health benefits of meditation and walks you through a simple meditation technique. 7 p.m. Thursdays through June 26, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
Responding to cataclysms and climate change, Professor Victor Zabielski discusses examples of natural cataclysms from Earth’s past to understand how the planet responded in each of the different scenarios and what to expect in the near future for the planet. 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
Book talk, the Georgetown Book Club invites new members for a discussion of the Edith Wharton novel “The House of Mirth ,” about a socialite’s struggles to find love and security in New York City’s Gilded Age. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
“Private Lives ,” Maria Aitken directs Noël Coward’s fast-talking comedy of manners that looks into the lives of honeymooning newlyweds spending time on neighboring balconies. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through July 13, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $40-$100, discounts for students, seniors, military and groups. 202-547-1122. www.shakespearetheatre.org .
“Titus Andronicus,” age 13 and older, Faction of Fools Theatre Company performs an adapted version of the Shakespeare play, directed by Matthew R. Wilson. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Gallaudet University, Eastman Studio Theatre-Elstad Annex, 800 Florida Ave. NE. $25; students, military, seniors and groups, $15. 800-838-3006 or 202-503-9760. www.factionoffools.org .
“The Totalitarians,” a high-energy political comedy play by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, directed by company member Robert O’Hara, an exploration of the double-speak we invent for political gain and how this language finds itself into our everyday lives, relationships and culture. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays, through June 29, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$87.50, subject to availability. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net .
Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Band concert, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Singing Sergeants perform. 11-11:20 a.m., noon-12:20 p.m., 1-1:20 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000 or 202-767-5658.
H.O.P.E. Theater: “Helping Our People Engage,” in the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress theaters, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents H.O.P.E. Theater, “Helping Our People Engage,” weekly movie matinees on Friday mornings, a discussion group follows. 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.
“Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns,” Episode Five — Swing: Pure Pleasure, in the mid 1930s, jazz has a new name, swing, and for the first time musicians become matinee idols. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Pipe organ concert, classical organist Richard Gray performs works by J.S. Bach, Dieterich Buxtehude, Louis Vierne and Jean Langlais. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Secrets of the Washington Monument grounds, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of the tribute to George Washington. 2-4 p.m., Refreshments Stand-Paddle Boat Parking Lot, Independence Ave. SE. Free. Michael T. Kelly, 202-359-2662.
Join the S.T.E.A.M. team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Jazz in a sculpture garden, Speakers of the House performs old school funk, boogaloo and rock. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
The Pihcintu Multicultural Chorus concert, part of UNHCR World Refugee Day. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Working from the figure, drop-in figure drawing, work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring drawing materials; easels available. 6:30-9:30 p.m., first and third Fridays of each month, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org
Salsa music, by Sin Miedo. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. Free. 202-289-0111 or www.yardspark.org .
Alfred Hitchcock short films, “Incidents at a Corner,” “One More Mile to Go ” and “A Dip in the Pool,” a discussion with Hitchcock aficionado Tom Zaniello follows. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.
“Enter Ophelia, Distracted,” a play performed by the Taffety Punk Theatre Company. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays through June 28, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org or www.taffetypunk.com .
U.S. Marines on parade, Silent Drill Team, Drum and Bugle Corps, Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers; guests with reservations admitted at 7:15 p.m.; visitors must arrive no later than 8 p.m. Parade, 8:45 p.m., Fridays through Aug. 29, Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. Free; reservations required. 202-433-4011 or 202-433-6060 or www.barracks.marines.mil .
Ward 8 farmers market open, fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, yoga. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org .
Cooking for People with Cancer, nutritionist Laura Pole discusses the role of nutrition in cancer therapy in a fun and informative class. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $30. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .
Yoga at the library, for adult and teen beginners with an instructor from Yoga Activist. No experience required; bring a mat or use one from the library. 10 a.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583; 11 a.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
Glittering in the Sun: Sicily’s historic treasures, Lawrence E. Butler, a teacher of medieval and Islamic art at George Mason University, explores the major cities and monuments, many newly restored, from three of its most vibrant historical eras. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.
“Getting to Know Degas and Cassatt,” for age 4 and older, two animated films about the French and American artists, respectively, and the life, work and friendship they formed in late-19th-century Paris, France. 11 a.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
“Mary Cassatt: American Impressionist ,” for age 8 and older, Richard Mozer’s 1999 film about the fiercely independent American artist who lived in Paris with her brother’s three unruly children. Noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Technology training, a chance for people who use adaptive technologies to get together and share information as they learn about technologies such as the JAWS ScreenReader and MAGic ScreenMagnifier that make computers accessible to people who are blind or have low vision. 1-4 p.m. third Saturdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Adaptive Services Division, Room 215, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
“The New Rijksmuseum,” Oeke Hoogendijk’s 2013 film about the restored Amsterdam museum, a museum on par with the Louvre, Prado and Hermitage, reopened to a deluge of eager visitors from around the world. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Michael Harney’s guide to East Asian tea, the master tea blender gives a survey of the landscape of East Asian teas, discussing how cultivation, production techniques, geography and history influence a tea’s taste, and use your palate to discern a properly brewed Asian tea. 2 p.m., Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Creating Greenbelt: New Deal approaches to planned communities, a National Park Service ranger discusses Greenbelt’s role as a potential panacea to the ills of the Great Depression. 2 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Chip Dewell, 202-426-6841.
Operation Barbarossa, a National Park Service ranger discusses Germany’s June 22, 1941, invasion of the Soviet Union and tells whether this largest invasion in history still has historical value. 2 and 4 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss moments in American history; bring your bike, water and snacks; helmets required. 2-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Tango lessons, for adults, learn and practice the Argentine tango with Rendezvous Tango’s Bahman Aryana, all skill levels welcome. 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
NW plaza concert, Clarence Buffalo performs a blend of soul and rock; Jelly Roll Mortals performs pop, rock, country, folk, rhythm and blues. 5-7 p.m., public plaza at the corner of Columbia Road and 18th Street NW (in front of BB&T Bank). Free. 202-997-0783.
Violin recital, YoungArts alumna and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts Caroline Campbell performs popular film music with jazz pianist Taylor Eigsti. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Lynda Carter: From the Heart,” the former TV Wonder Woman performs in a cabaret with her all-star band featuring Blue Lou Marini, Paul Leim and Luis Conte. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$65. 202-467-4600.
The 18th Street Singers: “Into the Great Beyond,” celestial choral works including Tarik O’Regan’s “The Ecstasies Above,” Ola Gjeilo’s “Sunrise Mass,” Eric Whitacre’s “Alleluia” and others. 7:30 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. $20; in advance, $15. 202-701-5522. www.eventbrite.com.
Pennsylvania Avenue: America’s Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of the avenue’s lesser-known facts. 10:30 a.m., Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
“Degas and the Dancer ,” for age 8 and older, Richard Mozer’s 1998 film about Degas’s crisis following his father’s death, his mounting debt and the unexpected inspiration he gets from a young ballerina. Noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building Auditorium, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Art Signs: Gallery Talk in ASL, a volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Digital photo club, a collaborative learning group that draws from the knowledge of attendees, amateur photographers of all skill and experience levels welcome. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Join the S.T.E.A.M. team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 2 p.m. Sundays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1278.
Fizz, Boom, Read! the library’s summer program to explore and get creative. 2:30-4 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 24, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.
Afternoon asanas, tone and stretch as you practice yoga using chairs and mats, tailored to age 50 and older with limited mobility. A doctor’s consent and liability waiver signature required. 3 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1187.
Board games in the afternoon, for age 10 and older, play board games with your friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.
Zumba kids, for ages 4-13, dance to peppy music and follow kid-friendly moves. 3:30 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Civil Rights Act of 1964, a National Park Service ranger leads a dialogue on the landmark legislation celebrating its 50th anniversary and its impact on the law. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.
“Il Sorpasso ,” Dino Risi’s 1962 film about two friends who take a wildly reckless ride in a convertible from Rome to rural southern Italy, starring Vittorio Gassman and Jean- Louis Trintignant, shown with English subtitles. 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Honky Tonk Confidential in concert, part of the American Roots concert series. 5 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.
Soul music performance, budding artists Kenyon Adams and Grace Weber sing their original music, part of the National YoungArts Foundation’s seven-night performance series. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Classical piano recital, Philippe Entremont performs. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Knit Wits, for adults, learn to knit and crochet. 10:15 a.m. Mondays, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4532.
Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Mondays, 6-7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .
Visit to the World War II Memorial, National Park Service staff members and volunteers in 1944 period attire discuss the war and its effects on the world. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
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. Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays through June 30, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .
Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental-health problems, sponsored by MetroHealth. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.
Chess club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
“Semblanzas,” Alice Blumenfeld, a YoungArts graduate and U.S. Presidential Scholar, performs her own American flamenco works with vocal accompanist Hector José Marquez, guitarist Ricardo Marlow and percussionist Behzad Habibzai. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Shaw knitting and crocheting circle, all experience levels welcome, bring needles and yarn to create projects to take home. 6 p.m. Mondays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Sportscaster Bob Wolff: 75 years behind the microphone, sportscasting veteran Phil Hochberg talks with Wolff about his life and career. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Yoga class, taught by a representative from Yoga Activist, geared toward beginners, but all are welcome. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Aerobics for adults, one-hour sessions. 7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Capitol View Library, second floor, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
National YoungArts program, performances by select 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, all winners from the prestigious program, co-presented by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Commission on the U.S. Presidential Scholars and the Education Department. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-401-0961.
Insight painting, artist Shanti Norris shows how to discover your creative self through painting, drawing or collage. 10 a.m.-noon, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $10 per session; $30, all 4 sessions. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .
National Archives Records on Ancestry.com, Chad Milliner of Ancestry.com discusses National Archives records recently imaged and published online at www.ancestry.com , along with some hidden gems. 11 a.m., National Archives, Room G-25, Research Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Guided garden tour, an hour-long walk through 200 years of landscape design and garden trends. 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $10. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org .
Second Amendment book talk, Michael Waldman discusses his book “The Second Amendment: A Biography .” Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.
“From the Vaults: 80th Anniversary of the National Archives,” a selection of archival films including “Your National Archives” and “The Washington Parade: The Archives.” Noon, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Yoga at noon, led by traditional yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris, bring a mat. Noon Tuesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Choral concert, Magnificat, an early music ensemble from Britain, performs under the baton of Philip Cave. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Yoga for lunch, bring a mat; instructors from Yoga Activist. 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; register: firstname.lastname@example.org . 202-727-0232.
Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Civil War in the “Noblest of Washington Buildings,” an exploration of the museum’s historic home as Charles Robertson, American Art Museum’s deputy director emeritus, leads a Civil War tour with reenactors portraying Walt Whitman, Clara Barton, a Union soldier and Abraham Lincoln and sharing their stories. 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free, registration required. 202-633-1000. www.cw-nwb.eventbrite.com .
Jazz by Cheikh Ndoye, part of the D.C. Jazz Festival, the bassist, composer and arranger combines jazz and world music influences stemming from his West African heritage with his love for classic and contemporary American jazz. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Celebrity taxidermist: mounting interest in a lost art, retired Smithsonian taxidermist Paul Rhymer shares stories from his years stitching a 15-foot giraffe, making over a faded panda, stuffing a giant squid and more as he leads a walk through the Natural History Museum’s Hall of Mammals, where many of his (and his father’s and grandfather’s) stuffed creations remain. 6:45 p.m., Smithsonian Castle, The Commons, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .
Yoga for teens and adults, Doriel Hall teaches a step-by-step program for beginners’ health and well-being. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.
Panel talk: Rebuild by Design (RBD), representatives from two of the winning design teams in the RBD competition present their design solutions to the disaster left by Hurricane Sandy, a panel discussion follows. 7-8:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .
Native Pride Dancers and Drummers, for age 5 and older, traditions of the Northern Plains Indians come alive as world champion fancy dancer Larry Yazzie and his troupe recreate a powwow. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .
Seniors workout, Carolyn Gichner leads six weeks of a total body workout for active seniors, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association; bring a mat and light weights. 11 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, through Aug. 1, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $60 for a one day per week class; $100 for a two days per week class. 202-364-7602.
Genealogy using online resources, National Archives specialist Nancy Wing demonstrates how to navigate www.archives.gov for family history research. 11 a.m., National Archives, Room G-25, Research Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space ,”journalist Lynn Sherr discusses her book about the first American woman to break through a quarter century of male fighter jocks. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Total art conversation pieces, a staff member leads a dialogue on what is seen, heard and felt during a video art tour. Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.
Astronomy chat, meet and question astronomer Korey Haynes. Noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Tenant advocate stakeholder meeting, hosted by the District of Columbia Office of the Tenant Advocate, a legislative update on housing related legislation before city council or recently passed, main topic: voluntary agreements, a housing provide petition that can allow a housing provider to increase legal rents beyond the CPI-W rent increase for units under rent stabilization, focusing on the implications of the voluntary agreement on rent stabilization and affordability. 1-3 p.m., Office of the Tenant Advocate, Suite 300 Conference Room, North of the Reeves Center, 2000 14th St. NW. Free. Register: 202-719-6560 or email@example.com .
Cathedral tour and tea, a docent-led tour of the highlights of the cathedral, its history, architecture and artworks — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30; reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
S.T.E.A.M. Team, explore science, technology, engineering, arts and math with hands-on activities, discover how to build the strongest bridges, create square bubbles, get messy with slime and make volcanoes erupt. 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 20, except July 9, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.
Lunder Conservation Center behind the scenes, a staff member discusses how conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Nutrition class, with instructors from the University of the District of Columbia. 4 p.m. fourth Wednesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Chess for kids, instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Teen game night, for ages 13-19, play board and Wii games. 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
China opera, renowned Zhejiang Wu Opera performs as part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Luce Design with Alicia “Decoy” Cosnahan, the local artist discusses D.C. murals and her personal experiences as a street artist, her series of projects and non-traditional interactions with her audience through mural jams and hands-on workshops. 6:15 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Evenings with extraordinary artists: “Tell Me the Truth About Love,”register by Tuesday for Wednesday’s song-and-dance review featuring dancer Cynthia Word, singer Peter Burroughs and pianist Carlos Rodriguez, a reception follows. 6:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20; registration required. email@example.com . 202-331-7282, Ext. 3, or www.artsclubofwashington.org .
The Art of Willem de Kooning, Judith Zilczer, a Kooning scholar and curator emerita of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, discusses the creative genius who once declared, “I don’t paint for a living. I paint to live.” 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.
Book talk, political commentator Bill Press and Sister Simone Campbell discuss her book “A Nun on the Bus: How All of Us Can Create Hope, Change and Community.” 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; register at www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.
Diggity Dudes: Hip Music for Camp Kids, for ages 4-10. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .
Library of Congress lecture, Carrie Anderson, associate chief of the NASA Goddard Planetary System Laboratory, discusses “Titan: Exploring the Similarities Between Saturn’s Exotic Moon and the Primordial Earth.” 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
Life and legacy of Francis Scott Key, historian and author Marc Leepson discusses the man who wrote “The Star-Spangled Banner,” revealing unexplored details of the life of an American patriot whose legacy has been largely unexplored. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Smith Center open house and tour, learn about healthy programs, meet the staff and hear how the center’s mission serves the community with opportunities for healing the body, mind and spirit. 5-6 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .
Amazing lawn party, a sneak peek at a large-scale maze under construction, a discussion of the design process and a complimentary drink. 5-9 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .
Comedy, New York-based writer and stand-up comedian Michael Che performs a program that contains mature themes and strong language for adult audiences. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
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