Events calendar: Friday, April 27


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.

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 club members; $20 for non-members. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Contact Teresa Oaxaca at This is a weekly session.
  • Alexandra Torres, a certified arborist and an education specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a program about getting the most from your trees at home, from improving curb appeal, to saving money to maximizing shade. 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Free; pre-registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Discussions and lectures

  • Join artist and graphic designer Rajie Cook for a book talk about his memoir, “A Vision for My Father,” which recounts his upbringing as the son of Palestinian immigrants and the author’s relationship with his father, whose blindness made him unable to appreciate his son’s visual work. 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.


  • Pianists Maiko Chiba and Boris Skalsky will perform original compositions and a clarinet trio will play music by Gordon Jacob for the Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-347-8355. This performance is part of a weekly program that repeats every Friday.
  • Compositions featured in Swiss organist Christian Gautschi’s “Friday Music at Midday” performance will range from cinema scores — like John Williams’ “Flying Theme” from “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” — to classical works. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-232-0323. This performance is part of a weekly series held every Friday.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library will present “Ovid’s Vineyard: Music of the French Baroque,” which shows the story of the elaborate Baroque music in 18th-century France transforming into something more natural and graceful, eventually developing into classical style. 8 p.m. $42. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The show will repeat on April 28 and 29.
  • Violinist Paul Huang, accompanied by Orion Weiss on the piano, will perform a series of classical sonatas composed by Dvorak, Prokofiev and Brahms as well as a modern composition by Conrad Tao. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-833-9800.
  • Join the American University Jazz Orchestra at “Spring Swing” for a night of big band jazz. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.


  • The Goethe-Institut Washington will hold a screening of “Die Andere Heimat,” meaning “Home from Home,” about two brothers faced with poverty and famine in 19th-century Europe, when oppressed people flocked to South America under the hopes that “You can find something better than death everywhere.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, 1900 K Street NW, Suite 03. 202-847-4700.


  • Agora Dance will perform ballet with a quirky twist, showcasing rigorous and athletic approaches to contemporary dance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen and pianist David Rosenmeyer will present “An Evening of Tango from Argentina” as part of the Embassy Series concert series. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $90. Embassy of Argentina, 1600 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-625-2361.
  • Brent Moran, who has appeared on “Conan,” the sitcom “Undateable,” and his own Netflix special on the series “The Standups,” will perform at D.C. Improv. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $22. D.C. Improv Theatre, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. He will also perform on April 27 at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m., April 28 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., and April 29 at 7 p.m.
  • Actress Billie Piper, known for her television work in “Doctor Who” and “Penny Dreadful,” will play the lead role in “Yerma,” Federico Garcia Lorca’s 1934 tragic play about a desperate woman driven to extreme circumstances by her desire to have a child. 8 p.m. $20. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.

Special events

  • The Dupont Circle Village, which works to help individuals who want to remain in their homes as they age, will hold its annual Gala celebrating 10 years of “Shattering the Stereotype,” featuring an open bar, a buffet with Haitian specialties and a silent auction on vacation tickets. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $125. Embassy of Haiti, 2311 Massachusetts Ave. NW.


  • Melanie Choukas Bradley, the author of “City of Trees,” will lead an Arbor Day tour of the Capitol Grounds and show participants how to identify different tree types from around the world, while sharing the history of the Capitol grounds and the city of Washington. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free; pre-registration required. Tour meets at the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Lobby, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.