Events calendar: Monday, Jan 29



  • Inspired by Twi proverbs and Ivorian pop and by the life and struggles of Freddie Gray and Edward Snowden, Chopteeth will perform songs that tell tales, call out injustice, and celebrate the D.C. music scene that includes African sounds, Hip Hop, and funk. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Washington Jewish Music Festival, presented in partnership with Levine Music, will hold a “Strange Fruit” concert, featuring protest music from and inspired by the Civil Rights Movement such as the music of Nina Simone, Marvin Gaye, Gil Scott Heron and Billie Holiday. 7:30 p.m. $15. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center. 1529 16th St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Tara Scully, a teaching assistant professor at George Washington University’s biology department, will lead a lecture on stormweather solutions and cleanups meant to educate members of the community on the problems with pollution in waterways. Noon. Free. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The National Gallery of Art’s chief entomologist Daryl Forrest will discuss the history of insect evolution, and its impact on humans, from the 14th century to today. 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues, NW. 202-842-6905.
  • David Hallberg, the first American ballet dancer to join the Bolshoi Ballet, will discuss his memoir “A Body of Work: Dancing to the Edge and Back” with Michael M. Kaiser, the president of the Kennedy Center. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
  • John Leland will discuss his book “Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons from a Year Among the Oldest Old,” which describes what he has learned about being happy despite the deteriorating mental and physical health effects of growing old, lessons he has learned through caring for old people in New York City. 7 p.m. Free admission. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community will present a screening of “Catskin,” which tells the story of Cat, a shy lesbian who befriends her photography subject, April, and begins a romance that allows her to begin to trust herself. 7 p.m. $12. Human Rights Campaign Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-628-4160.

Special Events

  • Government and business professionals are welcome at PDF Day, an all-day event dedicated to discussing the importance of the Portable Document Format. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. $45 for anyone registering with a .gov or .mil email address; $75 for everyone else. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Unload some unwanted holiday gifts, new or gently used clothes and accessories to a winter clothing swap hosted by DC EcoWomen and The Potter’s House. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-232-5483.
  • Students can practice their French with native speakers over a game of Scrabble, Clue or Apples to Apples at “Jouons! A French Game Night.” 6:30 p.m. Free for Alliance Française members; a $5 donation is suggested for non-members. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911. This event will repeat on Feb. 26.
  • At “Discovering Lombardy,” foodies can learn about the Italian region’s culture and cuisine while sampling cheese, caviar and wine. $45 for Smithsonian Associates members, $55 for non-members. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.