Events calendar: Monday, Dec. 4


Children’s programs

  • The Great Zucchini will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • “Rise + Rhyme” will feature Drum Lady K for a morning storytelling and performance series geared toward children ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
  • Petworth Library will host a weekly playgroup with toys (for ages 4 and younger and their caregivers). 10:30 a.m. Free. Second-floor children’s room, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • Petworth Library will hold “Kids’ Club: STEM Time!” (for ages 5 to 12). 4:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.

Classes and workshops

  • The weekly “Yoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free; tickets distributed at the second-floor reference desk beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the first 30 people who arrive. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs will present “The Regulatory Process of Starting a Business,” a class on how to start a small business in the District. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • “Let’s Communicate in American Sign Language: Beginning Level” will cover 100-plus ASL words and grammar rules. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
  • Embrace Yoga DC will present “Mindful Monday Yoga.” 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.


  • World-renowned soprano Denyce Graves, the 2017 recipient of Washington Performing Arts’ 2017 Ambassador of the Arts Award, will present a public master class with her next generation of vocal protégés. 7:30 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Georgetown University Concert Choir will hold a singalong of the Christmas portion of Handel’s “Messiah” for the seventh year, featuring soloists Allison Mondel, Barbara Hollinshead, Joseph Regan and Antony Zwerdling. Proceeds will benefit the Lombardi Cancer Center. 7:30 p.m. Free, donations accepted. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
  • The “Music at Dumbarton Oaks” concert series will feature Spanish Brass performing a holiday program of Baroque classics, traditional carols and Spanish favorites. 8 p.m. $54. Music Room, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, 1703 32nd St. NW. 202-339-6436.

Discussions and lectures

  • Artist Bruce McNeil will discuss the stories behind his art depicting the Kenilworth neighborhood, part of the exhibition “For the Record: Picturing D.C.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the early Renaissance, will discuss “A Renaissance Christmas,” about the great Italian masterpieces that portray the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Massacre of the Innocents and the Flight into Egypt as depicted through three centuries of art. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Bob Schieffer and H. Andrew Schwartz will discuss their book “Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Radio host Michael Smerconish will discuss “Divided We Stand,” featuring his perspective on how we got to where we are and what it will take for the U.S. to move ahead united. 7 p.m. $20 to $30. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.


  • Busboys and Poets will screen excerpts from “Patriotic Treason: A Story of John Brown,” accompanied by performances by Akua Allrich, John Brown’s Body, Femi DriFish and Crispus Attucks. 9 to 11 p.m. $10; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW.

Performances and readings

  • Brandon Wetherbee — host of the “You, Me, Them, Everybody” podcast — will present “Holiday-ish,” an evening of stories, songs and jokes about all of the holidays (contains mature themes and strong language). 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the States Gallery starting at 5 p.m. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “ReDiscovery” series will feature a reading of David Auburn’s new version of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece “The Wild Duck.” A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122, option 4.

Special events

  • The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
  • The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).

Sporting event

  • The Washington Capitals will play the San Jose Sharks. 7 p.m. $11 to $169. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.