Events calendar: Friday, April 13


Children’s programs

  • At “Creature Feature,” children ages four to 10 will learn about Rock Creek Park wildlife and get a chance to meet and feed the animals housed in the nature center. 4 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6000. This event will repeat every Friday until April 27.

Classes and workshops

  • Classical painter Teresa Oaxaca will teach a figure drawing class for all levels using traditional drawing media. 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $15 per class for Arts Club members; $20 for non-members. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Contact Teresa Oaxaca at This is a weekly session.


  •  Axel Flierl of Germany will perform arrangements for the organ by Charles Tournemire, Richard Wagner, Franz Liszt, Pierre Cochereau and Fréderic Blanc. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-232-0323. This performance is part of the Friday Music at Midday series that repeats every week.
  • The Metropolitan Youth Orchestra, a youth and development program of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, will be joined by adult members of the Second Chance Strings workshop for a performance of Pachebel’s Canon and then perform the remainder of the program on their own. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Jonathan Pliska, an author and landscape historian, will lead a lecture on the history of the White House grounds and its relationship to the official residence of the president, with a focus on the trees, vegetable and flower gardens and conservatories on the grounds. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; pre-registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.


  • Dancers from Tamagawa University Dance and Taiko Group in Japan will perform traditional choreography, accompanied by 30 drummers, in a performance for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 12:10 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Jordan Rock, the younger brother of comedians Chris and Tony Rock who has starred in comedy shows on Netflix, Comedy Central and “Last Comic Standing,” will headline the main showroom at D.C. Improv for a show featuring Reginal Thomas. 7:30 p.m. $20. D.C. Improv Theatre, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. The show will repeat on April 14 at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and April 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Rorschach Theatre will present Frances Ya-Chu’s “410[Gone],” a play about a Chinese-American boy using arcade games to take control from the Land of the Dead from the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King. 8 p.m. $20 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Visit for information and tickets. The show will continue until April 15.

Special events

  • The National Museum of the American Indian will celebrate the fifth annual Cherokee Days Festival with representatives from all three federally recognized Cherokee tribes: Cherokee Nation, United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. The event will feature storytelling and demonstrations on things like woodcarving, basket weaving and pottery making as well as traditional dance performances. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. 4th St. and Independence Ave. SW. 202-633-6613.
  • Gallery B will hold a launch party for its April exhibit “Essence,” including large, colorful abstract paintings by artists John Bodkin, who has been painting for 50 years and whose works of art are displayed at U.S. embassies and in private, corporate and institutional collections. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave. Suite E, Bethesda. 301-215-6600.
  • The “In Bread We Crust” tasting at the Alliance Française will offer guests a chance to learn about and sample French breads, provided by Maison Kayser bakery, over champagne. 7 to 8:30 p.m. $20 to $30. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.


  • Heurich House Museum will offer a public brewmaster tour, which includes an hour-long guided museum tour and one beer flight per person, showcasing three local craft beers. 5 to 6:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894. This tour will repeat on April 26.