Thursday, May 21

Spring garden tours Learn about the history, design, and the plants and flowers of the 13 acres of formal gardens on a one-hour guided tour. Tuesdays through Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Through June 28. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. . $15, 65 and older $12, 6 to 18 $5, 5 and younger free.

Therapeutic yoga classes Beth Lawrence, Alaina Sadick and Kiersten Gallagher lead classes to reduce stress and balance the mind, body and spirit using gentle postures, progressive relaxation, breathing practices and meditation. Thursdays and Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Through next Thursday. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. . $10/class, $25/month.

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. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. . $25, age 11 and 12 $21.

Q&A Cafe with Carol Joynt and chef Patrick O’Connell As visitors lunch, O’Connell discusses his book, “The Inn at Little Washington: A Magnificent Obsession ,” and the hospitality that inspired it. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. . $60.

Take 5! Organissimo The trio performs original music infusing elements of funk, gospel, blues, progressive rock and Latin rhythms onto a foundation of jazz in celebration of organist John Patton. 5-8 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Yoga at Northeast For adults with no experience, taught by Maria, a Yoga Alliance-certified teacher. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0183. Free.

Little Thing, Big Thing Nanna Ingvarsson and Sasha Olinick read Donal O’Kelly’s stream-of-consciousness thriller that begins with a frightened child in Nigeria who puts an old roll of film into the hands of Dublin-bound teacher Sister Martha. 6:30 p.m. Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. NW. 202-315-1317. . Free.

Foster care information Make a difference in a child’s life by providing a safe, nurturing home for children or teens who are temporarily separated from their families through no fault of their own, ideal for those who wish to become foster or resource parents. 6:30 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377. Free.

Rebecca Alfred Hitchcock’s first American film based on the Daphne du Maurier novel about a naive young woman who falls in love with a handsome aristocratic widower whose dead wife haunts the newcomer, starring Laurence Olivier, Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson. 6:30 p.m. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0183. Free.

Gran Teatre Liceu, Barcelona Opera expert Fred Plotkin discusses one of the world’s great opera houses and uses audio and video to evoke the glamour and fascination surrounding it, the city it occupies and the legendary artists who performed in it. 6:45-9 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. . $42.

Boardwalk Empire: The birth, high times and corruption of Atlantic City Terence Winter, Emmy award-winning writer of “The Sopranos ” and creator and executive producer of HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire ,” moderates a panel that discusses Atlantic City’s powerful partnership of local politicians and racketeers that were funded by payoffs from gambling rooms, bars and brothels. 7 p.m. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Managing household spending Lori Atwood discusses where and how to cut back without making dramatic changes to your lifestyle, how to save for annual expenses such as camp, vacation and school, and gives specific tools for staying on track. 7:30 p.m. Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3263. $10.

“If All the Sky Were Paper” In honor of Memorial Day. Andrew Carroll’s drama about the American wartime experience, from actual letters by troops and their loved ones, based on Carroll’s numerous books culled from American war correspondence, features performances by Mamie Gummer and Gary Cole. Thursday-Friday at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $29.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard’s absurdist classic play, starring Adam Wesley Brown and Romell Witherspoon. Previews, Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.; regular shows, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., Tuesdays-Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. Through June, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. . Previews $30-40, regular shows $40-$75.

“Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea” Timothy Douglas directs Nathan Davis’s story about a young, smart and talented man whose quest is to swim out into the Atlantic to discover his family’s past before he can move forward and begin the next phase of his life, a tale that blends rhythm, harmony and movement into one young man’s journey to everything he has ever sought. Thursdays-Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Through May 31. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. 202-241-2539. 202-290-2328. . . . $35, students and seniors 60 and older $20.

“Shear Madness” A comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, audience participation helps 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.

Friday, May 22

Farmers market open With 31 vendors from USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service. Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. through Oct. 30 and the third Friday of every month from 5-8 p.m. USDA Farmers Market, 12th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 866-632-9992. Free.

Chess for senior adults Learn the basic rules and strategies. 10 a.m. Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

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

Guided garden tour Two centuries of history and horticulture on 5 1/2 acres. 11 a.m. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. $10.

Prohibition: A Nation of Scofflaws Episode 2 of the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick addresses how the inconsistency of enforcement caused unintended consequences, including the creation of a new criminal community. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

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. Fridays, Mondays and Wednesdays at noon except May 25, Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Through May 29., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. . Free.

Pipe organ concert Organist Russell Weismann performs works by Norman Crocker, Felix Mendelssohn, J.S. Bach and Guy Bovet. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. . Donations requested.

Blessing of the Bikes As part of its Veterans Initiative, the cathedral welcomes members of Maryland and Virginia chapters of Rolling Thunder as they gather for a brief ceremony at the Cathedral for a Blessing of the Bikes at 5:15 p.m., special tours and blessings of the bikes. 5-7 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Walker Court, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. . Free.

Musical performance Outstanding young musicians with disabilities, ages 14-25, perform. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Luce Unplugged community showcase Listen to sets performed by Pleasure Curses and Young Rapids, chosen with the help of Washington City Paper’s arts editor Christina Cauterucci, libations and small snacks available for purchase. 6-8 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Still Surfin’ concert Beach Boys tribute. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Yards Park, 355 Water St. SE. 202-289-0111. . Free.

“America Now: Pilobolus and Portraiture” The American modern-dance company fills the museum with movement and music, with choreography and performances by Pilobolus and close-up innovative video portraits of the troupe created by 2013 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition-winner Bo Gehring, also includes dance workshops, video portraits and more. 7-10 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Classical music concert Cellist Julian Schwarz and pianist Marika Bournaki perform works by Schumann, Webern, Poulenc, Bach, Boccherini, Bloch and Kreisler, a reception with hors d’oeuvres, wine, cheese and sweets follows. 7:30 p.m. Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-625-2361. . $70, registration required.

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 at 8:45 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 28. Marine Barracks, Eighth and I streets SE. 202-433-4011. 202-433-6060. . Free, registration required.

Classical music concert Violinist Jennifer Koh, cellist Anssi Karttunen and pianist Benjamin Hochman perform a new piano trio by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho and works by Debussy, Ravel and others, arrive at the Whittall Pavilion at 6:30 and listen to the artists discuss their craft. Concert 8 p.m. Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-397-7328. 202-707-5502. Free tickets available by phone, $2.80 service charge per ticket.

Saturday, May 23

Basic bike maintenance workshops Mechanics from Capitol Hill Bikes teach about repairs that can be done by individuals with some basic skills. Saturday at 11 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377; May 30 at 11 a.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. 202-698-0183. Free.

Congressional Cemetery A docent-led introductory tour and walk through the burial place of John Philip Sousa, Civil War photographer Mathew Brady and Marion Barry. Saturdays at 11 a.m. Through November. Historic Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. . Free.

Cleveland Park Historical Society garden and history tour Visit 16 gardens and soak up 215 years of history, a former farm and vineyards at the start of the 19th century, the Springland Lane-Tilden Street-Upton Street area, and one 19th-century spring house. 1-4 p.m. Come to the tent on tour day. Reno Road and Upton Street NW. 202-780-9660. . . $30, children with a paying adult free.

A Million Thanks: Letter writing to veterans Write letters and draw pictures thanking veteran and current members of the U.S. military for their service, letters will be sent to the veterans through the nonprofit A Million Thanks. 2 p.m. Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.

Tango Learn and practice the Argentine tango with Bahman Aryana of Rendezvous Tango, all experience levels welcome. Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. Through Sept. 26, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Unlikely action heroes workshop Create a personalized action figure, complete with packaging and story lines designed to celebrate the people who you decide deserve recognition but don’t get proper accolades, adults of all experience levels welcome. 3-6 p.m. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. . $65 includes the workshop and materials.

Slovenian accordionist concert Marko Hatlak shows off the versatility of his instrument as he performs baroque, contemporary and folk music. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Wesley Festival gala concert Artistic director James Ramsey leads soprano Adrienne Danrich and the Wesley Festival Choir in a concert whose proceeds go to efforts of the United Methodist Church as it works to reduce preventable deaths caused by malaria in sub-Saharan Africa. 8 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $30-$50.

Sunday, May 24

Gallery Talk in ASL A volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 1 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. . Free.

Cathedral gargoyle tour Docents show slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour. Binoculars and cameras welcome. Sunday at 2 p.m., May 28 at 6:30 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200. . $15, age 12 and younger $6.

American artists of the Gilded Age Author Mary Tonetti Dorra discusses her historical novel “Demeter’s Choice: A Portrait of My Grandmother as a Young Artist .” 2-3:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000. Free.

National Memorial Day Choral Festival Features Vaughan Williams’s “Dona Nobis Pacem,” “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan ,” “Tis the Gift to be Simple” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” 3 p.m. Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Tickets from Music Celebrations International. 800-395-2036. . Free.

Cathedral pipe organ recital Stanislav Kalninin of Kharkiv, Ukraine, performs works by J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Liszt, Louis Lefebure-Wely, Tchaikovsky and Vyacheslav Nazarov. 5:15 p.m. Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200. . $10.

Listen Local First A variety of local artists perform. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

NSO Memorial Day concert The Public Broadcasting Service remembers the sacrifices of America’s veterans with a concert by the National Symphony Orchestra and special guests. 8 p.m. U.S. Capitol, West Lawn. 202-467-4600. Free.

Monday, May 25

Memorial Day at the World War II Memorial A dozen World War II veterans will lay wreaths at the Freedom Wall to mark the 70th anniversary of V-E (Victory in Europe) Day and to pay tribute to the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during the second world war, musical performances by songwriter Bob Regan and 16 students visiting from Southwestern France. “Greatest Generation” keynote address by National Security Adviser Susan Rice, jazz performances by the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note, speeches, music by the U.S. Army Band and more. 9 a.m. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-426-6841. Free.

Greek Chamber Music Project Performance of Greek classical music and folk and popular songs. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

“Zombie: The American” Howard Shalwitz directs Robert O’Hara’s story of Thom Valentine, the first openly gay U.S. president who must face an imminent civil war, the threat of an African invasion, an adulterous First Gentleman and zombies in the White House basement, starring Tim Getman, Sarah Marshall, Emily Townley and Dawn Ursula. Pay-what-you-can performances Monday-Tuesday at 8 p.m. Previews Wednesday and next Thursday at 8 p.m. Regular shows Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m., Wednesdays-Thursdays at 8 p.m., no matinee shows May 30 and 31. Through June 21. Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. 202-393-3939. . $35-$75, subject to availability, discounts available for first responders, active U.S. military personnel, spouses and veterans.

Tuesday, May 26

Chair yoga Beth Lawrence teaches all skill levels how to relax through gentle seated and supported poses. Tuesdays at 11 a.m. Through June 30. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. . $10/class, $25/month.

Author talk and lunch May Rihani, former co-chair of the U.N. Girls’ Education Initiative, discusses her book “Cultures Without Borders .” Meal will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Discussion at 1 p.m. Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363. . Lunch and talk $30, talk $10.

Classical soprano and organ concert Sarah Rose Taylor and Nigel Potts perform Nigel Potts’s transcriptions of Elgar’s “Sea Pictures,” Wagner’s “Wesendonck Lieder” and Reynaldo Hahn’s “Melodies.” 12:10 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

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

Dance concert 14 dancers of Metropolitan Youth Tap Ensemble, ages 10 to 18, perform tap routines to classical works of Vivaldi and Bach and more. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Cathedral in quiet contemplation Walk the labyrinth, starting at 6 p.m., meditate, light a candle, receive healing prayer or just sit and listen to the strains of Native American flute and harp music at 7:30 p.m., celebrate the life and legacy of Ann Z. Kulp upon the publication of the revised edition of her book “Spirit Windows ,” in Bethlehem Chapel. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. . Free.

”Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” John Hughes film about a high school student who is determined to have a great day away from school, starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck and Mia Sara. 8:50 p.m. Marie Reed Elementary School Soccer Field, 18th and California streets NW. Free.

Wednesday, May 27

The Bill of Rights: The Fight to Secure America’s Liberties Carol Berkin discusses her book about James Madison’s political stratagem to preserve the Constitution, the federal government and the latter’s authority over the states. Noon. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Gallery talk Deborah Gaston discusses highlights from the museum’s collection. Noon–12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

Ensemble Harmonia Exploration of Slovakia’s folkloric traditions, colorful Slovak folk music, dance styles and original folk costumes. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Washington Men’s Camerata 30th anniversary A performance of works by Chesnokov, Grieg, Sullivan and Bernstein with folks songs and spirituals, a reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres follows. 6:30 p.m. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. . $20.

Hatha Yoga at Georgetown Take an Om break with a teacher from Yoga Activist. 7:15 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. . Free, registration required.

“The Kindergarten Teacher” Nadav Lapid’s bizarre, unsettling story of a teacher with a 5-year-old student prodigy in poetry composition whose family is not impressed with or understanding of his talent, in Hebrew with English subtitles. 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.

Dirty Dancing Outdoor screening of the 1987 film starring Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. 8:25 p.m. Storey Park Lot, 1005 First St. NE. 202-810-0088. Free.

Thursday, May 28

Science lecture Paul Newman of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center discusses “A World Avoided: How Science and Policy Solved the Global Ozone Crisis.” 11:30 a.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1192. Free.

Vocal trio Zulal Performance with oud player Ara Dinkjan, a celebration of Armenian culture. 6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Our Town Faction of Fools Theatre Company performs Thornton Wilder’s play about life in Grover’s Corners, director Matthew R. Wilson weds the emotional resonance of an American classic with the spectacularity of Commedia dell’Arte to rediscover the classical archetypes. American Sign Language interpreted May 29 and June 6, 14 and 21; appropriate for age 7 and older. Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Through June 21. Gallaudet University, Elstad Auditorium, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 800-838-3006. 202-503-9760. . $25; students, military and seniors $18.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer


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