Events calendar: Friday, April 20


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.


  • Organist David K. Houston will perform selections from “Suite Brève,” “California Evocation” from “American Suite” and “Trois Paraphrases Grégoriennes. 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.
  • Local musicians will perform compositions by Zhang Zhao, Theobald Boehm, Rebecca Clarke and Malcolm Arnold for the piano, flute and clarinet. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. 202-347-8355. This performance is part of the Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series that repeats every Friday.
  • Students of Alice Deal Middle School will present Disney’s “High School Musical” on stage. 6:30 p.m. $5 for children; $12 for adults. Alice Deal Middle School Auditorium, 3815 Fort Drive NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • André Aciman, the author of “Call Me By Your Name” will discuss his critically acclaimed novel, particularly in the context of the Oscar-winning movie adaptation. 7 p.m. $20 to $35. George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • Join American journalist Lindsey Tramuta, who has lived in Paris for more than a decade, for a conversation about the latest trends in food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion and design that are taking the French capital by storm. Tramuta has documented this transformation in her latest book, “The New Paris: The People, Places and Ideas Fueling a Movement.” 7 p.m. $10 to $15. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.


  • The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will offer a night of solo performances at the Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The American University Dance Company will present Danceworks, its annual performance featuring choreography from university students and guest artists. 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587. There will be a repeat performance on April 21.

Special events

  • Join the U.S. Botanic Garden for a celebration of Earth Day, featuring hands-on activities and representatives from environmental organizations who can demonstrate ways to make the planet a healthier place. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free; no pre-registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory National Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will hold its annual Spring Gala to fundraise for the museum’s programming, featuring dinner, dancing and a silent auction. 6:30 p.m. to midnight. Tickets range from $700 for a single person to $50,000 for a Diamond Patron table for 10; reservations required. Great Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-266-2815.