Events calendar: Saturday, April 14


Children’s programs

  • King Bullfrog, an acoustic band consisting of Mr. Jeremiah and Mr. Steve – two local dads and music teachers – will sing about plants and the environment with a set of folk, blues, world and original music for children and families. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The concert will repeat at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Rock Creek Park planetarium will host “Winter Night Sky,” a presentation of the brightest stars, planets and constellations that are visible in the wintertime. Recommended for ages five and up. 1 to 1:45 p.m. Free; required tickets can be obtained up to 30 minutes in advance. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. This event will repeat every Saturday and Sunday until April 29.

Classes and workshops

  • In celebration of cherry blossom season, Ami Wilbur will lead a workshop to teach participants how to make floral arrangements using cherry blossoms. 10 to 11:30 a.m. $55 to $65. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. This course will also be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m.
  • Bring a yoga mat and a towel to the Kennedy Center for a weekly all-levels vinyasa yoga class in the Grand Foyer. 10:15 a.m. Free; registration required. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Event repeats every Saturday.
    • The U.S. Botanic Garden will hold its weekly “Yoga in the Garden” class that will allow participants to tune into their breath while enjoying the natural beauty of the garden. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Conservatory Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
    • The National Portrait Gallery will hold a creative writing session targeted for adults, which will take inspiration from the gallery’s special exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers.” 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free, registration required. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. This event repeats weekly.


  • Students from the Chamber Ensemble program of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a variety of works from the 18th and 19 centuries as part of Shift: A Festival of American Orchestras. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • At “This Program Has No Theme,” the American University Chamber Singers will present a broad program of the performers’ favorite and “bucket list” works. Alumni of the chamber singers will also return to sing their favorite selections from past performances. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This performance will repeat on April 15 at 3 p.m.

Discussions and lectures

  • Author and horticulturist Brie Arthur will lead a “Fragrance in the Air” lecture on how to combine the best woody ornamentals to create a scented landscape to be enjoyed year-round. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; pre-registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • In conjunction with the exhibition “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings,” a public symposia entitled “History, Photography and Race in the South: From the Civil War to Now,” will feature presentations by scholars from around the country. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The National Geographic Museum will screen “Jerusalem 3-D,” which features aerial footage of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Noon, 1, 2 and 3 p.m. $7. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The film will be shown Saturdays and Sundays until August.
  • “Séraphine” will explore the true story of a painter living in the French countryside during the early 1900s, grappling with mental illness as she produces art inspired by nature. 2:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.


  • George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium will host TEDxFoggyBottom’s 2018 event: Fear itself, which will bring together speakers from all walks of life to explore how fear shapes the human experience and to challenge how we perceive it. 10 a.m. $16 to $20. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • Ford’s Theatre will present a performance of “The Wiz,” an adaption of L. Frank Baum’s novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop music as well as lively choreography. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $35 to $81. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th Street NW. 888-616-0270. The show will continue until May 12.
  • The tour of “Potted Potter,” a production that condenses all seven Harry Potter books into a 70-minute performance, will arrive in D.C. 2:30 and 5 p.m. $59 to $95. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. This production will run through April 22.
  • Chris Duffy, the host of the podcast “You’re the Expert” will lead a comedic live recording of the show with comedians like Veep and 30 Rock’s Scott Adsit, Brooklyn-based Jo Firestone and social justice comedian Negin Farsad. The program will begin with a happy hour at 6:30 and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. $25. Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  •  Folger Shakespeare Library will present “The Winter’s Tale,” William Shakespeare’s play about jealousy, prophecy, redemption and the power of forgiveness. 7:30 p.m. $35 to $79. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. This production will run until April 22.
  • Jordan Rock, the younger brother of comedians Chris and Tony Rock who has starred in comedy shows on Netflix, Comedy Central and “Last Comic Standing,” will headline the main showroom at D.C. Improv for a show featuring Reginal Thomas. 7 and 9:30 p.m. $20. D.C. Improv Theatre, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-296-7008. The show will repeat April 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Rorschach Theatre will present Frances Ya-Chu’s “410[Gone],” a play about a Chinese-American boy using arcade games to take control from the Land of the Dead from the Chinese Goddess of Mercy and the Monkey King. 8 p.m. $20 to $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Visit for information and tickets. The show will continue until April 15.
  • Improbable Comedy will present Rahmein Mostafavi, Camille Roberts, John Poveromo and Stephanie Kline as part of their live stand-up series Comedy at Post 41. 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Cissel Saxon American Legion Post 41. 905 Sligo Ave. Silver Spring.

Special events

  • The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum will hold a family day celebrating the art and cultures of Central Asia, including a performance from the Silk Road Dance Company featuring traditional dances from Uzbekistan, beautiful costumes and an appearance from the ikat dragon. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The Fairmont Hotel in Georgetown will hold a Cherry Blossom Afternoon Tea to coincide with the National Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring a signature Fairmont Cherry Almond tea and other sweet and savory treats. 2 to 4 p.m. $40 to $55. Fairmont Washington, D.C., 2401 M St. NW. 202-457-5020. The tea will be offered until April 15.
  • Maggie O’Neill, a D.C.-based designer and the official 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival artist, will showcase her #FinesinFullBloom installation including a floor-to-ceiling wall of paper cherry blossoms made from D.C. parking tickets, 12 original paintings and 40 works on paper made specifically for the festival. The installation, D.C. Blooms, will be on display from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through April 15. 1643 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Dwight Grimm from the Little Alchemist Farm, will present a special botanical cocktail demonstrations at the U.S. Botanic Garden, sharing the history of both rare and common cocktails and giving participants a chance to try the beverage samples and small bites. 6 to 8 p.m. $30 to $35: pre-registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.


  • Members of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, which was built in 1895, will hold a series of half-hour tours of the architecture, stained glass windows, mosaics and provide highlights from the history of the church. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, Bancroft Place and Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact 202-328-9770 for more information.