Thursday, MAY 22

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.

Preschooler series: Gardens Alive! for ages 2-5, discover the colors and scents of plants growing in spring gardens, participate in an art project, sing songs. 10:30-11:15 a.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $12 per child and one accompanying adult; registration required. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org .

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 .

American memoir and book signing, I Heard My Country Calling ” by James Webb, the former U.S. senator from Virginia, secretary of the Navy, combat Marine and recipient of the Navy Cross, Silver Star and Purple Heart medals, discusses his memoir. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

World music, Gerdan, “necklace” in Ukrainian, combines the inspired musicianship of Andrei Pidkivka (flutes of the world), violinist Solomia Gorokhivska and Kalin Kiriliv in a concert of the musical traditions of Ukraine. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

Botanical Garden’s Rose Garden, rosarian Sharon Hanes leads a tour of the garden and discusses the versatility and timelessness of the rose, America’s national flower; bring sunscreen and water. Noon and 4 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Cooking demonstration: sensational strawberries, gardening and cooking author Adrienne Cook and her sister and nutritionist/cooking instructor Danielle Cook discuss how to mince, mash, bake, cook and serve fresh strawberries. Noon and 12:45 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

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 May 31, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Courtyard garden tour, horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens lead a tour of the interior plantscape of the Kogod Courtyard, share tricks of the trade that you can use in your own home and provide a plant-care demonstration. 2:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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, 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.

Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company, director and choreographer Edwin Aparicio directs a program of flamenco dance. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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. 6:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Anacostia Library yoga, develop your mind, body and spirit to its fullest. 6:30 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Sherlock Holmes under the magnifying glass: a Conan Doyle 154th birthday celebration, biographer, novelist and mystery writer Daniel Stashower teams up with actor Scott Sedar, who will read some of Doyle’s classic works. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $45. 202-633-3030.

“The Keillor Reader,” Garrison Keillor, founder and host of “A Prairie Home Companion ,” discusses his work and never-published pieces, including the essays “Cheerfulness” and “What We Have Learned So Far.” 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Python II, learn this simple computer language and build functional Python programs with guided instruction. 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; registration requested. 202-727-1175 or digital.commons@dc.gov.

Chris Botti in concert, the trumpeter performs a varied program, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$85. 202-785-9727. www.wpas.org .

“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.

“Smokey Joe’s Café,” the songs of Leiber and Stoller, music that carries audiences to the golden age of rock, rhythm and blues with songs such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand by Me” and “On Broadway.” 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 June 8, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $50-$99 subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

Jellyfish Eyes ,” Takashi Murakami’s first live-action feature film, a blend of computer-animated graphics and live-action cinematography, a coming-of-age tale set in a post-Fukushima world, remembering the Japanese monster films of the 1950s. 8 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. Free. 202-357-1300.

Friday, MAY 23

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

Jazz: A Film by Ken Burns ,” “Episode Three: Our Language.” As the stock market soars to record heights, jazz is played in dance halls and speakeasies everywhere. For the first time, improvising soloists and singers take center stage. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Arthritis support group, this month’s topic: “Your Pain and You,” sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Pipe organ concert, organist Edward Alan Moore performs works by Aaron David Miller, Bruce Neswick, Johann Strauss and others. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Aging in place and Cleveland Park Village, Elizabeth Fox, coordinator, D.C. Senior Advisory Coalition, discusses the vital subject. 2 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

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, Elikeh performs Afro funk from Togo. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Lakecia Benjamin in concert, the saxophonist/bandleader performs with her group SoulSquad as part of the 19th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival, a celebration of the life, legacy and career of the legendary pianist and composer, with performances by vocalist Somi and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, pianist Patrice Rushen, singer-songwriter Toshi Reagon and drummer Allison Miller on Friday, and Trio 3, drummer Andrew Cyrille, saxophonist Oliver Lake and bass player Reggie Workman, clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen and her quartet and vocalist René Marie on Saturday. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.

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 .

Saturday, MAY 24

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.

Fascinating world of carnivorous plants, science education volunteer Todd Brethauer introduces visitors to carnivorous plants and discusses their adaptation and ability to capture and digest insects and other small animals, enabling them to grow in nutrient-poor soils, gives hints on how to keep your carnivorous plants healthy and happy at home and more. 10:30 a.m.-noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Traveling writer’s workshop and open mike, the semi-structured workshop meets from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. and focuses on developing personal meaning in the writing process, strongly emphasizing process over final product; the poetry reading begins at noon for those who have signed up at 11:45 a.m., take three minutes to read the poem of your choice. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

NSO Teddy Bear concert, for ages 3-5, National Symphony Orchestra violinist Marissa Regni and soprano Kari Paludan explore the human voice; come 30 minutes early for a musical playtime. 11 a.m. (sensory-friendly) and 1:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

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 .

Portrait story days: Romare Bearden, listen to a story about the African American artist and writer who worked in cartooning, oils, collages and other media, then create a piece of art inspired by his portrait. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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.

Gravity ,” Alfonso Cuaron’s 2013 film about a disaster that happens as a female astronaut flies on her first space mission, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. 2 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

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. 2 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

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.

Herbal gardening workshop, master gardener Mia Hawkins of Sweet Plant Nation discusses the benefits of herbs and best practices for creating a thriving herb garden. 2:30 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Jazz concert, New York saxophonist Sharel Cassity performs her fiery soulful style of playing with her quintet, part of the 19th annual Mary Lou Williams Jazz Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight,” Colin Smith directs Peter Ackerman’s bedroom comedy about three pairs of lovers trying to enjoy a night of romance. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday; call the theater or visit the Web site for other performances, through June 7, Andrew Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $30; students and seniors, $25. 703-892-0202, boxoffice@keegantheatre.com , www.keegantheatre.com .

Sunday, MAY 25

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. Sundays, Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

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 all who attend, amateur photographers of all skill and experience levels welcome. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Hillwood Spring Garden tours, a tour guide leads a one-hour walk and discusses the history, design and the plants and flowers of the 13 acres of formal gardens. 2:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Memorial Day flag making, make a firecracker-style flag to hang on your porch or by your window all year. 2:30 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

National Memorial Day choral festival, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Air Force Strings perform an uplifting tribute to America’s fallen heroes, with a special commemoration for those who fought in World War II on this 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, features Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “A Song of Thanksgiving,” classic favorites like “Hymn of the Fallen,” from the film “Saving Private Ryan ,” “American the Beautiful,” and the march from the film “The Longest Day .” 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets: 800-395-2036.

Board games in the afternoon, for age 10 and older, play board games with friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

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.

Zumba kids, for ages 4-13, dance to peppy music and follow kid-friendly moves. 3:30 p.m. Sunday and the second and fourth Sunday of every month, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Jazz concert, saxophonist Robin Verheyen and pianist Marc Copland perform, sponsored by the Embassy of Belgium. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Cathedral pipe organ recital, Jeremy Filsell performs Olivier Messiaen’s “L’Ascension” 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 .

Opera excerpts, Slovenian operatic soprano Irena Preda and pianist Nejc Lavrencic perform works by Lipovsek, Ipavec, Skerjanc, Simoniti, Lajovic, Puccini, Massenet and Verdi. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

NSO Memorial Day concert, the symphony and special guests perform patriotic favorites, classical masterworks and more. 8 p.m., U.S. Capitol, West Lawn. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday, MAY 26

Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery tour, a staff member leads a tour of the U.S. Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, the first national cemetery created during the Civil War and predecessor to Arlington National Cemetery. There will be a wreath-laying at 10 a.m. at the bandstand adjacent to the cottage. Tours: 10:15 a.m. and noon, President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. Free; registration required. www.lincolncottage.org . 202-829-0436.

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 .

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 May 31, 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. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided, sponsored by MetroHealth. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.

Chamber music concert, the Piano Trio Rix, featuring pianist Janis Maleckis, violinist Sandis Steinbergs and cellist Reinis Birznieks, performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Tuesday, MAY 27

Clipper City Brass Quintet concert, the Baltimore ensemble performs. 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: erika.rydberg@dc.gov . 202-727-0232.

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

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 misbister@cathedral.org .

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

Homework help, for ages 13-19, aid with homework and special projects. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

Estonian Classical Orchestra concert, a performance of works by renowned Estonian composer Arvo Part. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

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.

Wednesday, MAY 28

Total body workout, a 10-week class led by Carolyn Gichner, bring a mat and light weights, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays through June 11, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. $90 for one day per week; $170 for two days per week. 202-364-7602.

Genealogy using National Archives online resources, archives specialist Nancy Wing demonstrates how to navigate and use the www.archives.gov Web site for family history research. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Gallery talk, a museum staff member discusses “In Depth,” exploring dimensionality in art. Noon, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

National Gallery of Art Chamber Players concert, a performance of works by composers from the Czech Republic, Malta, Lithuania and Slovenia. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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. the fourth Wednesday of every month, 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.

S.T.E.A.M. after school, for ages 5-12 (age 8 and younger with an adult) with an interest in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, learn about insects and butterflies. 4:30 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

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.

All-Star Hungarian ensemble, New York-based Klezmer trumpeter, bandleader and composer Frank London leads the ensemble in a concert that honors the Memorial Year of the Hungarian Victims of the Holocaust. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Evenings with extraordinary artists, a violin and cello trio perform Haydn’s London Trios, Johann Quantz’s Sonata in C Major and a Mozart Viennese serenade; wine and hors d’oeuvres served. 6:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20; reservations required, deadline Tuesday. 202-331-7282, Ext. 6, or administrator@artsclubofwashington.org .

City planning and design, W. Paul Farmer, chief executive of the American Planning Association, delivers the 2014 L’Enfant Lecture on Urban Design and Planning and discusses planning interventions to address challenges facing cities around the world: immigration, climate change and urbanization. 6:30-8 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

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, ideal for those who wish to become foster or resource parents. 6:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Music’s role in cultural diplomacy, a panel discusses the U.S. State Department’s practice of sending black and white musicians around the globe to make jazz the musical diplomat of the free world and the battle accusations of racism in the U.S. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. Reservations: www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com. 202-289-1200.

Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes Quintet, a musical tribute to Curtis Fuller and Hank Mobley on Blue Note. 8:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Thursday, May 29

“The Sun is My Favorite Star,” a staff person reads Frank Asch’s book to young children, a hands-on activity follows. 11 a.m. May 29-30, 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 31, National Air and Space Museum, Space Race Gallery, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Cymbeline Pre-Show Talk: Valerie Wayne, the editor of the forthcoming Arden Shakespeare third series edition of Cymbeline, discusses Fiasco Theater’s production of Cymbeline in light of the play’s performance history and considerable confusion about what kind of play it is. 12:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.

Fiasco Theater’s “Cymbeline,” directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, one of Shakespeare’s last plays, a music-filled rendering of one of Shakespeare’s most fanciful tales with six spirited actors. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $54-$72. 202-544-7077.

Keystone Society lawn party, young professionals age 21 or older meet and mingle with society members at the summer kickoff party at Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue on the Museum’s West Lawn, live music, cornhole, table games, a complimentary drink, snacks and more. 5-9 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $10, pre-paid registration required. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org.

Smith Center in 60 minutes: open house and tour, meet the staff, learn about the programs and get acquainted with the mission to serve the community with opportunities for healing the body, mind and spirit. 5:30-6:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

What’s New on Two? senior curator Eleanor Harvey leads a tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s second floor galleries and its new artworks. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in the F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

D.C. Youth Orchestra concert, a performance by students in a comprehensive, curriculum-based music education and youth development program. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

“Private Lives,” Maria Aitken directs Noël Coward’s fast-talking comedy of manners that looks into the lives of newlyweds honeymooning with their new spouses as they spend time on a neighboring balcony. 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.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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