Events calendar: Monday, April 16



  • The Washington Renaissance Orchestra and special guest vocalist Christie Dashiell will perform at the Kennedy Center for a special Jazz Appreciation month event. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Guest conductors Julie Yu and Joshua Oppenheim will lead the National Festival Chorus in “Evening of Classical Masterworks,” featuring choral music by Randall Thompson, Carl Bohm and Pablo Casals. 7 to 9 p.m. $40. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.

Discussions and lectures

  • Julia Vazquez, a curatorial intern at the National Gallery of Art, will give a lecture on painter Diego Velázquez and his mission to acquire sculptures for the king of Spain in the late 1640s. 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Ward Circle chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons will sponsor a presentation by Jon Horne, who will discuss and share photographs of his extensive travels. 1 p.m. Free. National United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Memorial Campus, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
  • Cassandra Good, an assistant professor of history at Marymount University, will hold a lecture on “Founding Fathers in the ‘Friend Zone’” on friendships between men and women in the early American republic, including those between Thomas Jefferson and Abigail Adams, George Washington and Elizabeth Powel. The event is part of the Profs and Pints lecture series. 6 to 9 p.m. $10 to $12. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.
  • The “Fiction Fun!” book club series, which fosters discussion of how the human soul is represented in literature, will focus on Julia Stewart’s novel, “The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise.” 7 p.m. Free; RSVP required.  Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. Email Beverly Rude at


  • Matt Torney will direct a reading of playwright Brian Delany’s darkly comedic drama“The Seedbed,” set in Ireland, about members of a dysfunctional family driving one another to psychological deterioration. 7 p.m. Free. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.
  • “Piaf! The Show” will stop in D.C. as part of its 2018 world tour. Starring French performer Anne Carrere, this live performance will narrate the life story of Edith Piaf through her music and rare photographs of the singer. 8 to 10:30 p.m. $65. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 202-944-6000.  This performance will repeat on April 17.

Special events

  • The National Park Service will celebrate Emancipation Day at Lincoln Park in Capitol Hill as part of an afternoon including an actor re-enacting Frederick Douglass’s famous speech at the park for the dedication of the Emancipation Statue in 1876, music from the 1800s from a band dressed in Civil War-era clothes and children’s educational activities. 2 to 8 p.m. Free. Lincoln Park, Capitol Hill. 202-426-5961.