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Thursday, March 10

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. and 2 and 6 p.m., through March 31. Meet at the Hawaii-Alaska Plaque, below the Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.

Tot Rock: Jammin’ at the Smithsonian presents Josh and the Jamtones Ages 2-6. This Boston-based trio serves up a show that’s jampacked with energy, dancing and singing as they blend roots/reggae/ska stylings, feel-good pop, folk punk, country ballads, New Orleans-style street music and family-friendly improv comedy. Thursday and Friday at 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700.discoverytheater.org. $8, ages 2-16 $6, 1 and younger $3.

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. Take a camera. Weekdays at 10:30 a.m., through April 1, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. nationalcathedral.org. $25, age 11 and 12 $21.

Garden tour with parents and kids in snugglers A 45-minute guided tour with different aspects weekly, strollers and older siblings will not be admitted. Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. through March 31. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov. Free, registration required.

“We the People: Making a More Perfect Union, One Generation at a Time” A 20-minute film celebrating the national ideals of democracy, opportunity and freedom. Daily at 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. www.americanhistory.si.edu. Free.

Cooking demonstration: spring roots Adrienne Cook, gardening and cooking writer, and Danielle Cook, nutritionist and cooking instructor, teach how to grow and prepare potatoes, radishes and turnips for spring dishes. Thursday at noon and 12:50 p.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. usbg.gov. Free.

Memorials of the Tidal Basin Walking tour, about 90 minutes, more than one mile, of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson memorials. Meet at noon and 4 p.m. daily, through March 31. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. 202-426-6841. Free.

National Portrait Gallery: Thursdays at noon A museum educator describes selected works. Tactile objects may also be included. These tours are particularly well-suited to those who are blind or partially sighted, but are open to all. Thursdays at noon, National Portrait Gallery, G St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Howard University Jazz Ensemble 12:40 p.m. Howard University, Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel, 2455 Sixth St. NW. huje.org. 202-806-7066. Free.

Income tax help AARP Tax Aide program answers tax questions and prepares your 2015 return. Thursdays 1:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-0321. Free.

The Richard and Mildred Loving story About the couple whose marriage sparked a legal fight that led to the Supreme Court, resulting in the confirmation of freedoms they already enjoyed under the Ninth and 14th amendments. Thursdays 3-3:45 p.m. through March 31, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, 1964 Independence Ave. SW. 202-438-6184. Free.

O.B. Hardison poetry reading Celebrate the intersection of art, poetry and nature with this reading by Mark Doty and Aimeee Nezhukumatathil that responds to the Phillips’ exhibit “Landscape Masterworks,” sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library. 6:30 p.m. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-544-7077. $15.

The rights of fathers in the District Low-income and other fathers can learn about their rights from family law attorneys from Neighborhood Legal Services program using scenes from classic films such as “Crooklyn,” “Daddy’s Little Girls: and “Kramer vs. Kramer,” to talk about child custody law and explore how fights over paternity, child support, custody and visitation can interfere with a dad’s ability to play a full role in his child’s life. 6:30 p.m. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

Tudor Nights: March Madness! Age 21 and older. A cocktail evening centered on the sporting life at Tudor Place. Socialize in the elegant reception rooms and enjoy an up-close look the house’s collection. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. TO register, go to http://bit.ly/1RHbGE9. $20.

“Skyfaring: A Journey with a Pilot” Mark Vanhoenacker, a Boeing 747 pilot for British Airways and a Slate columnist, discusses what used to be the thrilling expectation of a journey above the clouds and a feeling of awe engendered by the technical and scientific aspects of flight itself, offering a multidimensional exploration of the human experience of flight. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. smithsonianassociates.org or 202-633-3030. $45.

Adult coloring corner For adults who seek a stress-free way to connect with one’s creativity and relieve anxiety; all materials provided. 7 p.m. second Thursdays, Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252. Free.

“Why the Bill of Rights Was Made” In celebration of the new exhibition “Amending America,” stories behind why some proposed amendments became part of the Constitution, with panelists Joseph Ellis, Jack Rakove, and Kenneth Bowling. 7 p.m. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Theater: “Sarafina!” A musical set in 1976 at a high school in Soweto, South Africa, where about 200,000 black students assembled to protest apartheid. Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Howard University, Ira Aldridge Theater, 2455 Sixth St. NW. coas.howard.edu. $20-$25.

D.C. Independent Film Festival The oldest independent film festival in the District showcases features, shorts and documentaries. Thursday-Sunday, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-338-1198. dciff-indie.org. Films $7-$12, seminars and workshops $25.

Friday, March 11

American Revolution exhibition symposium This program will explore the DAR Museum’s 2015-2016 exhibit, “Remembering the American Revolution, 1776-1890,” examining how several generations of 19th-century Americans preserved the memory of the American Revolution through war mementos and consumer goods. 8 a.m.-4 p.m. DAR Museum, 1776 D St. NW. 202-628-1776. dar.org/museum. $80. Registration required; go to rardar.eventbrite.com.

Move, Learn, Create Stretch your creative capacity and connect with other participants. A variety of dance styles; all experience levels welcome. Fridays 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Preschool story time Children 3-5, accompanied by an adult, explore stories and activities to encourage a lifelong love of reading and learning, in a 30- to 40-minute session designed to promote language and listening skills. Fridays 11 a.m. Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. southeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-3377. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each session.

FRINGE Music in the Library: Rogue Collective The ensemble explores the gap between classical music, its culture and other art forms, through new collaboration, original composition, improvisation and performance. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. mlkjrlibrary@dc.gov. 202-727-0321. Free.

“Madison’s Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention” Mary Sarah Bilder discusses the notes that revised the document to a greater extent than previously recognized. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Pipe organ concert Hans Uwe Hielscher of Wiesbaden, Germany, performs works by Denis Bédard, Joseph Jongen, Noel Goemanne and Cor Kee. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. nationalcitycc.org. Donations welcome.

“The Tragical Comedy of Thyramus and Pisbee” by Eric Hissom, reading Gus Heagerty directs the reading by actors Adam Wesley Brown, Tom Story and Rachel Zampelli, a discussion follows. 5 p.m. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600. folger.edu. Free.

Gospel of Mark performance Tom Bair acts out the Gospel of Mark. 7 p.m. St. Alban’s Episcopal School and Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. stalbansdc.org. 202-363-8286. $20.

Theater: “110 in the Shade” A musical based on the 1954 play “The Rainmaker.” Tracy Lynn Olivera stars as Lizzie. Fridays and Saturdays and Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. http://fords.org/event/110-in-the-shade. $22-$71.

“1984” A new adaptation of George Orwell’s novel created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan, a radical multimedia production by Britain’s Headlong theatre company. Fridays and Thursdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., through April 10. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. shakespearetheatre.org. 20-$108.

“Othello” Faran Tahir stars in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s performance. Fridays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m., through March 27, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. shakespearetheatre.org. $20-$118.

“Saudade” A mostly wordless shadow puppet play that explores the immigrant experience, based on interviews in the District. 8 p.m. Gala Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. witsendpuppets.com. $10.

Saturday, March 12

Museum Day Live! Celebrate Women’s History Month by visiting the exhibition “Salon Style: French Portraits from the Collection.” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. nmwa.org. Free tickets are required and available for download at

smithsonianmag.com/museumday.

Practice with Love yoga gatherings: Take a mat. 10:30 a.m. Takoma Park Library, Conservatory West Gallery, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-727-1288. 202-576-7252. Free.

Museum Day Live! A festival celebrating the stories of young women and girls of color, with music DJs, hip-hop performances, conversations with businesswomen, food demonstration, poetry and student workshops, and self-guided and curator-led exhibition tours. 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

NSO Teddy Bear concert Bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green introduce young audiences, ages 3-5, to some of the greatest music ever written; come 30 minutes early for a musical playtime. Saturday 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Sunday 1:30 and 4 p.m. Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $20.

Income tax preparation help AARP Tax Aide program. Saturdays at noon., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121 or mtpleasantlibrary@dc.gov. Free.

“Flames of Paris” Ivan Vassiliev and Natalia Osipova in Alexei Ratmansky’ reimagining of the Soviet ballet. 1 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nga.gov. Free.

Museum Day Live! The Portrait Gallery joins a nationwide campaign to reach and celebrate women and girls of color. The day will have stories of dynamic figures from American history, explorations of portraits in the exhibition “Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze” and the opportunity to create multimedia portraits. 1-4 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

21st Century Consort The ensemble performs works by James Primosch, Joseph Schwantner, Clearfield and Crumb, with soloist Mary Mackenzie. 5 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 21stcenturyconsort.org or 703-795-9582.

Classical music concert Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff and Brahms. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Joy of Motion Dance Center’s Soles of Steel in Concert The youth tap company performs at the center’s Jack Guidone Theater. Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m. Joy of Motion Dance Center, Jack Guidone Theater, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. joyofmotion.org. $20 and up.

Goldstein-Peled-Fiterstein Trio A program featuring works by Beethoven and Brahms, as well as Ernest Bolch’s 1924 piece for cello and piano, “From Jewish Life.” 8 p.m. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. dumbartonconcerts.org. $30-$35.

Green Day’s “American Idiot” A two-time, Tony Award-winning musical inspired by Green Day’s multi-platinum album. Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m., March 15 at 8 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., through April 9. Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. keegantheatre.com. $55, $50 seniors 60 and older, $45 ages 25 and younger.

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble A celebration of its 45th season in an international, cross-cultural, dance arts and educational institution rooted in African American traditions. Come 15 minutes early and listen to a talk by Dance Place co-director Deborah Riley. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 7 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $30, seniors and artists $20, college students and age 17 and younger $15. danceplace.org. 202-269-1600.

Sunday, March 13

Physics of Superheroes Professor James Kakalios, University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy, discusses physics from Isaac Newton to the transistor in a fun and accessible manner. Appropriate for all ages.2 p.m. American University, McDowell Formal Lounge, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. american.edu/aumaps/index.cfm.

Portrait Story Days: Marian Anderson A story about the contralto who was the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera, followed by an art project will follow. Sunday 2-5p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

PAL (People Animals Love) dog visit Children 4-12 read aloud to a dog named Tommy; kids 8 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver. Sundays 2:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

What Makes It Great? With Rob Kapilow The former NPR music commentator examines the Cole Porter songbook. 6 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. washingtonperformingarts.org or 202-785-9727. $20.

Monday, March 14

Income tax preparation help Free AARP Tax Aide program. Mondays and Wednesdays 10 a.m. Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Fridays at noon. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Mondays at 2:30 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Mondays through Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321.

Classical piano music concert Award-winning pianist Azariah Tan performs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“Eleanor Roosevelt: A Remarkable First Lady” Exploring the life of a first lady and her role in the civil rights movement. 7 p.m. Martin Luther King Memorial Plaza, (Independence Avenue SW and West Basin Drive SW). 202-438-6184. Free.

Tuesday, March 15

Income tax preparation help AARP Tax Aide program helps answer your tax questions and prepares your 2015 tax return. Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. dclibrary.org/incometax. 202-939-5946. Free.

Tudor Tots: St. Patrick’s Day Children 2-4 will be treated to songs, stories, crafts and movement tailored to growing children; caregivers must remain with the children. Tuesdays at 10-10:45 a.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400.

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.

Choral concert Choir of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, performs. 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Hope through stories of survivorship Writing and discussion workshop designed to inspire hope and help survivors of any age and stage to reflect on the healing process. 6-8 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. smithcenter.org. Free.

Kander and Ebb musical revue Catholic University School of Music graduates explore the music and lyrics of this 45-year Broadway partnership. John Kander and Fred Ebb’s many hits include the musicals “Chicago” and “Cabaret.” 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Wednesday, March 16

Gallery talk Library director Heather Slania offers insight into the exhibition “Womanimal: Zine Art by Caroline Paquita.” Noon-12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Creative writing in the afternoon Reza, a library associate with an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University, leads the class. Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. northeastlibrary@dc.gov. 202-698-0058. Free.

“The Frenchie Experience” Performance of the pop/soul cabaret by Broadway star Frenchie Davis and Freshh Inc. Theatre company. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“The Bird Ranger” Hans den Hartog’s 2015 film about the humans-turned-scientists on the northern Dutch multiple-species island of Terschelling, telling the tale of a rich history of conservation and speaks to the dire need for citizen science, a discussion and reception follow. 6 p.m. The Royal Netherlands Embassy, Auditorium, 4200 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-274-2736 Reservations required: was-rsvp@minbuza.nl. Free.

“Blood Lions” Bruce Young’s 2015 film about South African breeding facilities that raise lions in captivity to be shot at close range by the highest bidder in a practice known as “canned hunting,” investigated by reporters and activists who uncover an international web of deception and misinformation. Part of the Environmental Film Festival. 7 p.m. New York University-Washington, D.C., Abramson Family Auditorium, 1307 L St. NW. 202-342-2564. Free. Reservations suggested; go to dceff.org.

“City of Trees” Brandon Kramer’s 2015 film about how, at the height of the recession, a Washington nonprofit organization struggles to implement an ambitious “green jobs” program that hires 150 unemployed residents to plant trees in underserved parks. They encounter serious obstacles that block their path and speak to deep rifts in the life of the city. Part of the Environmental Film Festival. 7 p.m. Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P St. NW. 202-342-2564. $10. Reservations: http://cityoftrees2.bpt.me.

“Secrets of the Longleaf Pine” Rhett Turner and Brian van Eerden’s 2015 film about the 90 million acres of Longleaf Pine forest that once blanketed the coastal plain of the Southeastern Unites States, the richest ecosystem in the Northern Hemisphere, with biodiversity levels rivaled only by the Amazon, but reduced to a mere 3 million acres by human impact, serving as a microcosm of the American wild. A discussion will follow. Part of the Environmental Film Festival. 7 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-342-2564. Free, reservations required. Go to http://secretsofthelongleafpine.bpt.me/.

Documentary: “Merchants of Doubt” Documentarian Robert Kenner’s 2014 film was inspired by the book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, a satirically comic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Part of the Environmental Film Festival. 7:30 p.m. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. 202-342-2564. dcenvironmentalfilm.org. Free.

Theater: “Moment” A man returning to his family home in Dublin is met with strife from his siblings over his criminal past. Directed by Tony Award-nominated director Ethan McSweeny, who is making his Studio Theatre debut. Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300 studiotheatre.org. $30-$65, seniors $40-$60, age 29 and younger $25, students $20.

Film: “Valley of Love” Isabelle ( Isabelle Huppert) and Gérard (Gérard Depardieu), who have been estranged for years, go to a strange appointment in California’s Death Valley to see their son, a photographer who actually committed suicide six months before their arrival, for whom the former couple wait. The film is in French with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $9-$12.

Thursday, March 17

“Flying Feet and Fiddle Bows: An Irish Celebration” Children 5-12 can leap into the St. Patrick’s Day spirit along with Shannon Dunne and jPete Moss and the talented young musicians of the Bog Band, who will throw an authentic Irish ceili party. Participants can learn about Irish musical traditions and experience the floor-pounding beat of sean-nós and set dancing for some rollicking fun. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call 202-633-8700 or go to discoverytheater.org. $8, ages 2-16 $6, 1 and younger $3.

Danish singer Sinne Eeg One of the most prominent jazz vocalists in Scandinavia will perform a varied program in her well-known strikingly soft and melancholic tone. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“From Script to Stage to Script” Tiffany Stern, a professor of early modern drama at Oxford University, will present a Folger Institute Shakespeare Anniversary lecture. 7 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-544-7077. 202-483-8600. $15.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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