Calendar of Events for the Week of 4/10/19


WNO’s Young Artist’s Opera Program will perform on April 11th. Image courtesy: WNO

Wednesday, April 10th

Performance event

DC-CAP Presents DC-CAPital Stars and The British Invasion. The 2019 DC-CAPital Stars performance features the top ten finalists from the DC-CAPital Stars Talent Competition, held among DC’s public and public charter high school students. Winners will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges and the audience.  7 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F Street NW.  Tickets: $35.

Book event

To mark the publication of her new book, Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe, Chelsea Clinton welcomes young readers and their families for a special reading and hands-on activities inspired by the book’s endangered animals. Recommended for children aged 3-5. 10 a.m. at National Zoo, Conservation Pavilion, 3001 Connecticut Ave NW. Tickets $2-$25.

Chelsea Clinton discusses what inspired her to write about endangered animals and her passion for writing for young audiences with The Washington Post‘s Anna Rothschild. All general admission tickets include Clinton’s new book, Don’t Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe. 6:45 p.m. at National Zoo Theatre (inside Visitor Center), 3001 Connecticut Ave NW $15-$30. 

Craft event

Recycled crafting and interactive songs and movement make this community day the perfect blend of learning and just plain fun. Ages 3-6. 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at Smithsonian’s Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. $3-$9.

Thursday, April 11th

Musical event

Washington National Opera Young Artists will respond to works in Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island). Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program is a leading resident-training program for artists on the verge of international careers. Founded in 2002 by Plácido Domingo, the program offers exceptionally promising young singers and coach/accompanists two years of intensive training, study, and career guidance with a team of world-renowned master teachers and coaches which includes Diana Soviero, William Stone, Alan Held, Kathleen Kelly, John Churchwell, Nick Olcott, and Jay Lesenger, among others. 6:30 p.m. at Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW.  Tickets $20.

Vocal Arts DC presents Lawrence Brownlee in Recital. One of the most beloved singers of his generation worldwide, tenor Lawrence Brownlee returns to Washington in a recital accompanied by pianist Myra Huang. 7:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street NW. Tickets $55.

Book event

Best selling local author Justin Frank will discuss his newest book, “Trump on the Couch”. There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after Dr. Frank’s talk. 7:00 p.m. at the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW.  Free.

Friday, April 12th

Musical event

Jesús Rodolfo Rodriguez, viola, has given recitals all over the world, including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center in New York. He plays with Edvinas Minkstimas, piano, for this program, which includes a buffet dinner and wine.  7:30 p.m. at the Embassy of Lithuania, 2622 16th Street NW. Tickets $95

At this delightful season finale, soprano Zhanna Alkhazova, mezzo-soprano Anastasiia Sidorova, bass Grigory Soloviov and pianist Vera Danchenko-Stern will perform works by the Mighty Five group of composers. Also known as the Mighty Handful, Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and their colleagues transformed classical music in Russia, using colors and rhythms to express the soul of the people and setting historical narratives and folk tales in their songs and operas.  7:30 p.m. at the  Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road.  Tickets $55, includes post-concert reception with wine and light fare.

Tour event

Capital Cheers: A DC Brew Tour: Washington has always been a thirsty town, with a brewing tradition stretching back centuries. Spend a day tracing its past and sampling its present as local historian Garrett Peck leads a bus tour of brew-related sites. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Departs Mayflower Hotel, DeSales St. side, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW. Tickets $150-$200.

Saturday, April 13th

Dénes Várjon will perform at the Kennedy Center. Image courtesy: Bucklesweet Media.

Musical event

A onetime protégé of Sir András Schiff and Alfred Brendel and a regular collaborator of the likes of Joshua Bell and Steven Isserlis, Hungarian pianist Dénes Várjon boasts prodigious technique and a balance of inventiveness and sensitivity in his interpretations of both standard and lesser-known repertoire. The New York Times praised his 2016 New York debut performance at Zankel Hall as “elegant, passionate, and always technically impressive, his compelling artistry superior to some of the starrier pianists who perform regularly on the main stage of Carnegie Hall.” 2 p.m. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, 2700 F Street NW. Tickets $45.

Movement event

Yoga enthusiasts are getting ready to stretch as they listen to The American Pops Orchestra perform selections of early American folk music. Instructor Michael Peterson will guide attendees on a 70-minute journey through yoga and meditation. 6 p.m. at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater-Molly Smith Study, 1101 Sixth St., SW, Washington, D.C. Tickets $25.

Educational event

Your voice is one of the most powerful and revealing things about you. Does yours support or detract from what you want to say? Spend a stimulating day with speech pathologist Laura Purcell Verdun to explore the practical foundations of healthy, effective and dynamic voice use. 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW Tickets $90-$140.

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) offers a unique and fun opportunity for young people (ages 3 and up) and their families to better understand how to use science, engineering and medicine to help make good decisions every day. Attendees will be able to participate in creative and engaging hands-on activities including: Medical center focused on DNA sequencing and personalized health; Courtroom that test participants’ ability to be accurate eyewitnesses; Patent Office to make and register inventions; Educational and entertaining laser light show featuring great scientific achievements.  Participants who complete several activities will become a DecisionTown Citizen at the Town Hall and receive a giveaway to commemorate their achievement.  10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave., NW.  Free.

Gala event

Join the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington’s 33rd annual Night of Vision for a one-of-a-kind evening, “Eyes Hockey: Seeing All Caps,” featuring tantalizing food, silent and live auctions, and much more. With your support, the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington can remain dedicated to the improvement and preservation of sight by providing services, education, advocacy and innovation. 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St NW. Tickets $350.

Arts event

This exhibition explores the various ways we can act to save our planet.  The environmental crisis on earth is not new but everyday becomes more critical and it will determine our future. The enormity of the crisis is daunting, but that cannot stop us from acting. We need to rethink the ways in which we live to slow down and reverse the process of the degradation of our planet. While dreaming of the pristine past or hoping the future might be uplifting, it is merely passive thought. 2:00pm til 6:00pm at Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St NW. Free.

Community event

Spring has officially sprung, and Rock Creek Conservancy invites you to get outside and clean up your favorite parks during the 11th Annual Extreme Cleanup. The main event will take place between 10 AM and 4 PM. Various locations.

Sunday, April 14th

Pageant event

An Officer and Gentlewoman, LLC presents Miss DC for America & Mrs. DC America Pageant 2019. The Miss DC for America and Mrs. DC America Pageant publicly recognizes beautiful women living and/or working within a 25-mile radius of Washington, D.C., who have demonstrated personal, professional, and community achievements. 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center’s Family Theater, 2700 F Street NW. Tickets: $125.

Musical event

Daniel Hope and Vanessa Perez in concert.  Daniel Hope is the youngest ever member of the Beaux Arts Trio, playing in its last six seasons. He has commissioned works and collaborated with composers including Schnittke, Maxwell Davies, and Turnage. Vanessa Perez has appeared as a soloist throughout North and South America as well as in Europe. Her chamber music partners have included violinist Joshua Bell and cellist Jan Vogler.  4:00 p.m. at Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street NW.  Tickets $45.

Workshop event

Printing From Nature with Nina  Muys. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Washington Printmakers Gallery 1641 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Free – Registration recommended at [email protected]


Monday, April 15th

Lecture event

On January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined “freedom from fear” in his historic address to the nation. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt instigated the internment of over 100,000 citizens of Japanese ancestry. The National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism allows us to reflect on the legacy of Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. Doug Ichiugi will provide insight into the memorial’s design and impact. This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. It is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series organized in cooperation with the Albert H. Small Center for National Capital Area Studies. 12:00 p.m. at the The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. Free.


Tuesday, April 16th

Lecture event

Understanding Wagner: No composer changed the aesthetic landscape of the 19th century as thoroughly as did the influential and controversial Richard Wagner (1813–1883). In a 6-session course, popular Smithsonian music lecturer Saul Lilienstein illuminates aspects of Wagner’s life, works, influence and achievements. 12 p.m. at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. $100-$150.