Events calendar: Friday, Jan. 5


Children’s program

  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Tots and Toys Playdate,” during which children can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle (for ages 3 and younger, with parent or caregiver). 11 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Classes and workshops

  • Art historian Bonita Billman will present a seminar on major artists and movements in American painting from the late 18th century to the present, revealing the connections between historical changes and artistic choices. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $120 to $185. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030. The class will continue Jan. 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Artist Will Fleishell will present a drop-in figure drawing class. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
  • The National Portrait Gallery will hold a creative writing session targeted at adults, which will take inspiration from the gallery’s special exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers.” 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. The program will repeat Jan. 6.


  • The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert featuring pianists Nicola Paskalov and Janet Crossen, guitarist Charles Mokotoff and clarinetist Phyllis Crossen-Richardson. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
  • National Symphony Orchestra musicians Ricardo Cyncynates and Jae-Yeon Kim on the violin, Tsuna Sakamoto on the viola, Eugena Chang on the cello and Claire Eichhorn on the clarinet will perform musical works inspired by Shakespeare’s writings. 6 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • National Symphony Orchestra cellist Mark Evans and bassist Charles Nilles will perform. 7 p.m. Free. Sanctuary, First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • As part of “NSO in Your Neighborhood,” National Symphony Orchestra musicians Lisa-Beth Lambert on the violin, Jennifer Mondie on the viola, Eugena Chang on the cello and Nicholas Stovall on the oboe will play in a community performance. 8 p.m. Free. Israel Manor Inc., 2021 14th St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • National Symphony Orchestra violinist Glenn Donnellan and a local hip-hop artist will play a hourlong community performance. 8 p.m. Free. Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St. NE. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Artist Rick Araluce will discuss how he completed his Renwick Gallery installation “The Final Stop,” which features an eerie, abandoned subway station complete with flickering lights and realistic sound effects. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-5435.
  • Food historian Ashley Rose Young will demonstrate a historic recipe from the National Museum of American History Archives Center as part of the museum’s “Cooking Up History” series. 2 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue between 12th and 14th streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz will discuss her book “Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • Joy of Motion’s Youth Dance Ensemble will perform works by faculty and guest artists including Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Candace Scarborough, Mat Elder, Abby Leithart and Jenifer Dobbins. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Special events

  • The West End Library will host its twice-weekly program “Between the Lines: Coloring Club for Adults.” 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • Craft beer enthusiasts will be able to enjoy Fairwinds Brewery taking over the tap and offering tastings at The Embassy Row Hotel. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. The Embassy Row Hotel, 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • Rock Creek Conservancy will host its annual charity happy hour, with 80 percent of the proceeds benefiting the organization’s advocacy and restoration efforts. 6 to 9 p.m. $5 to $10 donation suggested. Soundcheck Nightclub, 1420 K St. NW.