Events calendar: Monday, Feb. 5


Classes and workshops

  • Science of Spirituality will begin a four-week course on Jyoti Meditation, or “meditation on the inner light,” which will repeat Mondays. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW.


  • Backbeat Underground, a five-piece instrumental funk group from D.C., will be playing soulful jazz music at the Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Hong Kong String Orchestra, alongside Georgetown University students, will perform a mix of Chinese and European masterworks for “East Meets West: A Chinese New Year Celebration.” 7 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Join former Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata for a light breakfast and a conversation about his book “Becoming a Citizen Activist: Stories, Strategies, and Advice for Changing Our World.” 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. Contact Andria Wisler at


  • Kwame Dawes and Safiya Sinclair will lead a night of poetry celebrating reggae music and paying tribute to Bob Marley as part of the O. B. Hardison Poetry Series. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Theatre, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-554-7077.

Special events

  • The Washington National Cathedral will hold a “Space, Light & Sound” event inviting members of the public to “see deeper” and experience the open space in the darkened Cathedral, with moving lights illuminating the gothic architecture. 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Free, with a $5 to $10 suggested donation; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.