Events calendar: Friday, Feb. 23


Children’s programs

  • Georgetown University Children’s Theater will present an interactive production of “The Jungle Book,” teaching audiences about ecology in the process. 7 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, 37th and O streets NW.  
  • The Alliance Française will screen “La jeune fille sans mains,” an animated fairy tale film about a girl who goes on a journey after she escapes being sold to the devil and loses her hands. This event is for children ages 8 and older. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.

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.
  • The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will hold a “Friday ARTnights” drop-in figure drawing workshops where participants will work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model without formal instruction. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
  • Author and baker Sarah Owens will lead a demonstration on the basics of fermentation, including how to make and maintain a sourdough starter and will extend into the world of vegetable pickling. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $25 to $35; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.


  • Pianists Sharon Guertin Shafer and Steven Schwartz will perform original works, and soprano Yulia Petrachuk will perform compositions by Emmanuel Dubois at the Composers Concert Series. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-347-8355. This event is part of the weekly Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series.
  • Pianist Marianna Prjevalskaya will perform a recital for the Arts Club of Washington’s Friday Noon Concert. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282. This concert is part of a series that repeats weekly.
  • Organist James D. Hicks will perform Mauri Viitala’s “Tocata,” Nils Lindberg’s “Dalecarlian Reflections,” Christian Præstholm’s “Double Fugue on a Swedish Chorale” and Jesper Madsen’s “Praetorius Variations” for Friday Music at Midday. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-232-0323. This concert is part of a weekly series that repeats every Friday.
  • Grammy and Latin Grammy-nominated cuatro player Jorge Glem will give a performance that blends jazz, salsa, bluegrass, rock and pop. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • The Russian Chamber Arts Society will present “A Musical Tribute to Dmitri Hvorostovsky” at the French Embassy, featuring songs by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff sung by soprano Natalie Conte and baritone Timothy Mix, followed by Kevin Wetzel performing the complete 12-song cycle “Russia Cast Adrift” by Georgy Sviridov. 7 p.m. $55. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • Levine School of Music faculty members Charles Williams and Gary Prince will host an evening of music and spoken word, featuring the poetry of Langston Hughes, in celebration of Black History Month. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000.
  • Live! At 10th and G will present Andrew Fouts on the violin and Leon Schelhase on the harpsichord to play a selection of Bach’s sonatas and partitas. 7 p.m. $35 per adult; $10 per child 18 and under. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-628-4317.  
  • The powerhouse trio of pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Leonidas Kavakos, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma will come together for a celebration of chamber music with performances of works by Schubert and Brahms for a concert “In Memory of Isaac Stern” presented by Washington Performing Arts. 8 p.m. $50 to $175. Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • American University journalism professor Jad Melki will lecture on the media and communication strategies employed by ISIS, with lessons for countering extremism and youth radicalization. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact Jennifer Rosales at
  • For its “Movement Speaks” discussion series, American University will host guest artist Charles O. Anderson to talk about his choreography and offer a preview of his upcoming works with the AU Dance Company. 8 to 9 p.m. Free. Katzen Dance Studio, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.


  • The Alliance Française will screen “En Sortant de l’École,” a series of animated short films based on poems by Jacques Prévert. Stick around after the screening to discuss the films over cheese and wine. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $10 to $15. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.


  • Join Ananyaa Giridher for a unique classical Indian dance performance that merges two styles – kathak (north India) and odissi (east India) – to capture elements of nava-rasa (nine sentiments or moods) with soft lyrical movements accompanied by percussion. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Georgetown University Dance Company’s Spring Concert will showcase a diverse range of original choreography from guest artists and students. 8 p.m. $10 general admission; $8 for students. Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. A second performance will take place on Feb. 24.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library will present “Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque,” which explores the growth of the Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque. 8 p.m. $42. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will continue until Feb. 25.
  • Tony Award-winning tap dance superstar Savion Glover will launch his North American Tour “All FuNKD’ Up, The ConCert,” featuring a six-piece band and a dance company illuminating his master tap dancing choreography. 8 p.m. $45 to $80. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The performance will repeat on Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.

Special events

  • Georgetown University will celebrate the 30th anniversary of After School Kids (ASK) – a program that connects university students with court-involved youth – with art, music, food and stories from the program’s founders and alumni. 5 to 9 p.m. Free. Copley Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Contact Gina Bulett at


  • 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.