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.
Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older; see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; age 11 and 12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Garden tour and kids in “snugglies,” volunteers lead parents or care providers with one child in an infant carrier for a tour of the conservatory. 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. Registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov
Greenhouse tours, Jason Gedeik, head of greenhouse design and operations, leads a short tour of the working greenhouse, highlighting its history and the exotic blooms and fragrances on display. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon Saturdays through March, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Visitor Center, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.
Nanotechnology for cancer treatment, a lecture by Robert Ivkov of Johns Hopkins University Medical School. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
Laugh cafe, bring a favorite joke, humorous story, riddle or personal tale to provoke others to laughter. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and dessert provided. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. Register: 202-364-7602.
Cooking potatoes, gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and her nutritionist sister, Danielle Cook, discuss varieties of potatoes and different ways of preparing them. Noon and 12:45 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Managing stress and improving well-being, a discussion led by Al Zara, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Thursdays, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, suggested donation, $55 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.
Beginner computer skills class, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet, use online library services. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Tax help, meet with a qualified tax aide from Community Tax Aid who can help answer your questions and prepare your 2013 filing; limited to individuals with less than $35,000 in income (taxable and non-taxable) and families with less than $52,000 in income (taxable and non-taxable). 1:30-5:30 p.m. Thursdays through April 10, Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255; and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays and 4:30-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, through April 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Rooms A-9 and A-10, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.
Walk with a park ranger, for a sampling of the memorials that make up the landscape of our nation’s history. 2-4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.
Women in glass and stone,for age 10 and older, a docent leads visitors on an in-depth tour of the depictions of women carved in stone and represented on glass. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Welcome Desk at Main Visitor Entrance, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; seniors, military, students and children, $16, reservations recommended. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
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/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
First ladies and their cattleyas: 1929 to present, orchid grower Arthur Chadwick discusses his and his father’s creation of hybrids of the cattleya orchid and their naming of them for every first lady from Mrs. Herbert Hoover to Michelle Obama. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7. 202-686-5807.
“Back to Methuselah,” Bill Largess directs the George Bernard Shaw masterwork about the human life span, shown in a series of comic episodes. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, through March 16, Undercroft Theatre, Massachusetts Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings, $50; Thursdays and matinees, $40; seniors, $10 discount; students, half price. 240-582-0050.
“Richard III ,”directed by Robert Richmond, Shakespeare’s play about a king’s maniacal ambition, staged in the round. 7:30 p.m., Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through March 16; post-show talk Thursday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Previews, $30-$40. Regular shows, $39-$72. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu .
“Shear Madness,” a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
“Tribes,” David Muse directs Nina Raine’s play about the experience of a deaf son who is raised to lip-read and integrate into the hearing world until he meets a soon-to-be-deaf girl who was raised by deaf parents. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through March 16, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$85. 202-332-3300.
“Water by the Spoonful ,” K.J. Sanchez directs Quiara Alegria Hudes’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a depiction of how we live and interact with each other in an ambitious world, set in North Philly. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through April 13, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $39-$75, discounts for military and spouses. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org .
Richardson Symposium, “American Cool” co-curators Joel Dinerstein and Frank Goodyear discuss how three intersecting branches of cool — youth culture, popular culture and African American culture — affect style, marketing and society. Includes a tour of the exhibit with the co-curators at 3 p.m. Lunch on your own at 12:30 p.m. Symposium. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Macular degeneration support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Pictures in a box, bring your favorite photos and create a keepsake box; all materials and box provided. 10-11:30 a.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Berg, Brahms, Lehar, Rodrigo and Moore. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Machine made, Tammany Hall and the creation of modern American politics, historian and journalist Terry Golway discusses the stereotypes of urban politics connected to William “Boss” Tweed at the same time that its role of protecting the poor and immigrants in need of a political voice was important to laying the groundwork for social reform. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Pipe organ concert, Richard Gowers, an organ scholar at Kings College, Cambridge, England, performs works by Mozart and J.S. Bach. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Join the STEAM team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Art talk, art historian William Kloss discusses the art in the Sara Roby Foundation Collection and modern American realism. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
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 .
Literary salon, Iranian-born author Nahal Tajadod discusses her works, written in French. 7 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $10, reservations required. 202-234-7911 or www.francedc.org/events .
Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; bring water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m., National World War II Memorial, ranger station, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Brian D’Arcy James in concert, the American actor and musician performs in Barbara Cook’s cabaret series. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
KC Jazz Club, the Lewis Nash Quintet with pianist Renee Rosnes, trumpeter Terell Stafford, saxophonist Jimmy Greene and bass player Peter Washington performs. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26-$30. 202-467-4600.
The Elias String Quartet in concert, a performance of works by Haydn, Kurtág and Beethoven. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.
Dark matter lecture, Jeremiah P. Ostriker, astrophysical sciences professor emeritus, Princeton University, discusses “Heart of Darkness: Understanding the Invisible Universe of Dark Matter and Dark Energy,” sponsored by Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
Choral workshop, Stephen Caracciolo leads the Friday Morning Music Club Chorale and singers who want to participate in a workshop and concert (at 4 p.m.) of compositions by Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, Poulenc and Caracciolo. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., First Baptist Church, 16th and O streets NW. Free. Interested singers and instrumentalists: 202-333-2075. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.fmmc-chorale-director.weebly.com .
St. Patrick’s Day dance concert, students from the Laureen O’Neill James School of Irish Dancing perform high-spirited jigs and step-dancing and ask audience members to join them onstage for lessons. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.
Macular degeneration support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Shakespeare’s women, for ages 6-12, a staff member discusses how Shakespeare pleased the queen through his portrayal of powerful female characters on the stage. 10-11 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free, registration required. 202-544-7077.
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. Saturdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583; and 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.
NSO Teddy Bear concert, for ages 3-5, husband-and-wife violin duo Glenn Donnellan and Jan Chong use stories, sound effects, children’s songs and gems from the classical repertoire to make your imagination come alive, come a half hour early for a “musical playtime” with music and movement activities especially designed for small children. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.
U.S. Botanic Garden, staff members lead visitors through greenhouse complexes to view orchids, medicinal plants and rare and endangered species not on public display; light snacks and beverages provided. 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility. $10, registration required, directions given at registration. 202-225-1116 or www.usbg.gov .
Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs a weekly concert. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
Weeds, artist and writer Patterson Clark documents the processes he uses to turn local invasive weeds into inks, printing blocks and sheets of paper that reunite at the letterpress to yield prints, raw and refined materials will be available for a hands-on display. 1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .
Sumi-E workshop, teaching artist Jon Leniz explores Chinese ink wash bamboo paintings, where the hand and heart move in unison, linking the inner and outer worlds and capturing aspects of both realities in a harmonious and balanced relationship, March 8 theme is orchids. 1-5 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $45. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Legos, for age 6 and older, staff members from Play-Well Teknologies show visitors how to make strong and tall towers and invite them to design buildings they think should be added to the nation’s capital. 2-4 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $25 per child with accompanying adult. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .
Les P’tits Gourmands cooking and baking workshop, for ages 5-10. 2 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $55, reservations required. 202-234-7911 www.francedc.org .
“American Cool” curator’s tour, Joel Dinerstein leads a tour of the special exhibit. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Exhibit Entrance, second floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Richard Strauss at 150 with Saul Lilienstein, musicologist Saul Lilienstein demonstrates how Richard Strauss embodies a recognizable creative presence in the “Der Rosenkavalier,” “Elektra” and “Afiadne auf Naxos” operas. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.
Art Exhibition, “Shape of Things to Come,” an all-media exhibit by workshop members, juried by American University’s Alida Anderson. Opening. 5-7 p.m. Saturday, continues through April 17, gallery open 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.caphillartleague.org .
Voices of a Thousand Years, a choral program performed by priests from the Shingon and Tendai sects. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Fading Gigolo,” the Washington, D.C., premiere of the comedy that just played at the Toronto Film Festival, the story of a failing New York bookstore owner who teams up with a florist on an outlandish scheme, starring Woody Allen and John Turturro. Director Turturro talks with WJLA-TV film reviewer Arch Campbell, part of the Washington Jewish Film Festival. 7:15 p.m., AFI Silver Theater, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $25. 888-718-4253. www.wjff.org .
Vocalist Gregory Porter in concert, the baritone performs jazz, blues and Southern soul works by various composers; come at 6:30 p.m. for a pre-concert presentation in the Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.
Counterterrorism talk, Michael Leiter, former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center and now Senior Counselor to Palantir Technologies, discusses our need to rethink counterterrorism in the post-Bin Laden and post-Snowden age. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/.
Capital Orcjestra Festival 2014, 4 North American youth orchestras perform works by Brahms, Bloch, Mendelssohn, Williams and others. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 800-395-2036.
Community day of education on Israeli Arab issues, a series of in-depth discussions and films that explore the daily lives and challenges of Arab citizens of Israel. 1:30-5 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Panel discussions, free; films, $12 each. 888-718-4253. www.wjff.org.
Portrait story days: women’s history month, listen to a story about American artist Georgia O’Keeffe and create a piece of art inspired by her life and portrait. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, First floor, education center, room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Kennedy Center Chamber Players in concert, a performance of works by Glinka, Colgrass and Brahms. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.
Operatic soprano recital, acclaimed Italian soprano Martina Bortolotti and Ukrainian pianist Alina Kiryayeva perform a selection of operatic works. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets available at 2:30pm in the museum’s G St lobby. 202-633-1000.
Afternoon asanas,tone and stretch as you practice yoga using chairs, tailored to age 50 and older with limited mobility and a doctor’s consent, liability waiver signature required. 3 p.m. second and fourth Sundays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.
Chevy Chase choral concert, Dr. Rodney Wynkoop will direct the Duke University Chorale in a performance of music from the Renaissance to the present, from motets to spirituals, folk songs of several cultures, Broadway and contemporary classical repertoire. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Cir. NW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-363-2202. www.chevychaseorg.com.
Cathedral pipe organ recital, England’s Richard Gowers performs works by Patrick Gowers, Michael Tippett, Louis Vierne and Maurice Durufle on the 10,650-pipe great organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
What makes it great?, former National Public Radio music commentator Rob Kapilow unravels and explores a great musical masterpiece with the audience then listens to it being performed, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society.org. 6 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $20. 202-785-9727.
Family Night: Blacks in Wax,an annual black history production featuring youth from the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center who transform from a wax replica of a character to a live portrayal of some of our most notable entertainers, writers, athletes, poets, entrepreneurs and political leaders. Event will take place from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in the Grand Foyer near the Opera House, with a performance on the Millennium Stage at 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Classical piano recital, pianist Sara Davis Buechner 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.
“Cupcakes,” the Washington premiere of a comedy film directed by Israel’s Eytan Fox, about a group of friends who accidentally enter a Eurovision-style musical contest and their struggle to navigate the sharp elbows of the pop music business. A closing reception for the Washington Jewish Film Festival follows. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $25. 888-718-4253. www.wjff.org.
Smithsonian Chamber Players in concert, viola quintets of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; come at 6:30 for a pre-concert talk. Concert. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $28. 202-633-1000.
Tax help SE, available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 14, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.
Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. Mondays and 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.
U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common; a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon Monday and Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Knitwits knitting group, facilitated by Mimi Mihalchik, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-4 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Tax help NW, SW,available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide program. 1:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays through April 14, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188; and 3:30-8 p.m. Mondays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.
Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental-health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. Mondays. Sponsored by MetroHealth. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
Chess Club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
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.
“Strolling Player,” performed by Richard Willis, vivid personal memories from a long, vibrant career and hectic personal life, with speeches from Shakespeare, Webster, Shaw, Wilde and more commenting on the action, cast list includes film stars, knights of the United Kingdom, an American president and a number of ex-wives, a unique personal journey through the magic of story-telling, drama and theater. 7:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15. 202-547-6839 or www.taffetypunk.com or www.chaw.org . 202-547-6839.
Meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn leads a session on meditation techniques, then invites you to ask questions and share experiences. 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday and 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
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. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .
Medicinal humor, Jill Foer Hirsch, breast cancer survivor and author of “When Good Boobs Turn Bad ,” demonstrates how humor may make life more interesting as you plod through your troubles. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free. Register: 202-364-7602.
Curator lecture, David Henning Plylar discusses “Remembering Argos: Life and Loss in the Funeral Odes of Franz Liszt.” Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Cellist Sarah Biber, performs Bach with organist Jeremy Filsell. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
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, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Hearing screenings, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Sibley Audiology. Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 1, 5255 Loughboro Rd., NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
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.
Homework help, and help with special projects for ages 13-19. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. first Tuesdays of the each month, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708. Free. 202-645-4532.
Art Collections of Two Powerful Women: Catherine the Great and Marjorie Merriweather Post, Asen Kirin, associate professor and associate director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia at Athens, explores the art collections of two extraordinary women with a passion for beauty and a deep understanding of the power of art to reflect the owner’s stature and refinement. 6-8 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7. 202-686-5807.
Classical music performance, the Polyphone Foundation presents a performance in line with its mission to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel by creating a common ground where young people come together around classical music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Murder in Pigalle,” author Cara Black discusses her upcoming work. 7 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $12. 202-234-7911 or www.francedc.org .
“The Suit,” Peter Brook’s stage adaptation of a classic South African story for mature audiences in which a lawyer forces his adulterous wife to treat her lover’s left-behind suit as an honored guest; stay for a discussion with a moderator and members of the company. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through next Thursday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $49. 202-467-4600.
The Adventures of Austin Clark, the young, dashing and adventurous Smithsonian scientist in 1906 captured it in letters, field books and sketches that evoke the excitement and danger of the high seas. Actor Josh Sticklin brings Clark to life in an interactive production that uses a musical score and video by award-winning composer Matt Nielson. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday-Friday, Discovery Theater at the National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700. www.discoverytheater.org .
Repotting orchids, gardeners Clive Atyeo and/or Eric Leavitt discuss their favorite potting medium, the best container size, the stage of growth for repotting and demonstrate how to do it, visitor questions welcome. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
“JFK in the Senate: Pathway to the Presidency ,” author John Shaw discusses how the young senator catapulted himself onto the national stage and offers new insight into an under-appreciated aspect of Kennedy’s political career. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Classical organ recital, virtuoso organist Dongho Lee performs Charles Ives’s “Variations on America” and other works. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org .
Club Memory, a stigma-free social club for people who have been diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s, mild cognitive impairment or other early forms of dementia and their spouses, partners and caregivers. Sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 1-3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Bereavement support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Widowed Persons Outreach. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Behind the scenes at the museum, a staff member discusses how conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the museum collection in the Lunder Conservation Center. 3 p.m. Wednesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Chess for kids, instruction for children of 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.
Meet TCM’s Robert Osborne, Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson, curator of “Dancing the Dream,” hosts a wine and cheese reception with Turner Classic Movies’ Robert Osborne before a screening of “Flying Down to Rio ,” the 1934 film starring Dolores del Rio and Gene Raymond. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. $50; $45 before Feb. 12. 202-633-1000.
Original music performance, presented by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Guided looking, for all ages, museum staff members give “Is This Art?” gallery talks focused solely on modern and contemporary art. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
First Ladies exhibition, political history curator Lisa Kathleen Graddy explains how the original collection of dresses evolved into an exhibition with a broader focus on the contributions of first ladies to the presidency and society. 6:45-8:45 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $42. 202-633-3030.
“Rupert,” for age 15 and older, Australia’s best-known and most prolific playwright, David Williamson, takes on one of the greatest media moguls of all time. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-March 15, Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $29-$69. 202-467-4600.
“Amelia and Her Big Red Plane,” with Dinorock Productions, for ages 5-10, an interactive puppet show that puts adventurous kids beside adventurer Amelia Earhart as the younger Amelia builds her own roller coaster in the back yard, takes off in her first plane and flies across the Atlantic. 10:15 and 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. March 13-14, Discovery Theater at National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .
Zygmunt Plater discusses his book, “The Snail Darter and the Dam ,” about the nation’s most significant environmental battles more than 30 years ago. 12:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-1212.
Women in congressional leadership, New York Times journalist Jackie Calmes moderates a panel discussing changes in the roles, opportunities, expectations and obstacles for women in congressional leadership roles. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
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