Events calendar: Monday, March 26



  • Colie Aziza will blend sultry jazz and classic R&B music, in a concert that she hopes will create therapeutic elements that speak to the mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of her listeners. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Ryuji Ueno Foundation will present the 6821 Quintet performing works by Michael Djupstrom, Mamiko Hirai and Kunihiko Murai. 12:10 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.

Discussions and lectures

  • At “Mussolini as Impresario: Jazz and Theater In Fascist Italy,” Georgetown University professors Anna Celenza and Patricia Gaborik will explore how music, theater, dance and film intersect with transatlantic culture, business, politics and religion. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. McDonough School of Business, 37th and O streets NW. Contact Serafina Hager at
  • At his book talk for “The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address,” author Joseph Rodota will cover the history of the Watergate complex, from its design and construction to the various scandals associated with it. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Join author Jesús Carrasco for a discussion of his debut novel, “Out in the Open,” the story of a boy who flees home in an unnamed, drought-stricken country. 6:15 p.m. $10 to $32. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW.

Special events

  • French-learners can practice their language skills 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.
  • Chefs and taste-testers alike are invited to participate in the “Matzo Ball Madness: Soup-Off,” cooking competition. Contestants must register by March 22. This event is for participants in their 20s and 30s. 7 to 9 p.m. $5 to $10. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.