Events calendar: Saturday, April 7


Children’s programs

  • The Smithsonian American Art Museum will hold a “Jazz Family Day” celebrating jazz’s influences on artists with jazz-themed crafts, scavenger hunts and jazz performances throughout the day. 11:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • The Acton Children’s Business fair of Washington will hold a launch party for children ages six to 14 and their families, allowing them to learn about the fair and to get tips on starting a business and making it successful. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. Kennedy-Warren Ballroom, 3133 Connecticut Ave. NW.


  • The Kennedy Center will present The String Queens, a dynamic trio that performs versatile programs including music spanning from the Baroque era to the Jazz Age to today’s Billboard Top 100 Chart. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Six outstanding members of the Pressenda Chamber Players will present an evening of works for six strings by the great romantic composers Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Tchaikovsky. 8 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. 301-320-2770.

Discussions and lectures

  • Todd Brethauer, a science education volunteer at the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a lecture on orchids and how most of them grow on other plants, how modern technology has revolutionized orchid production, and how to keep an orchid healthy at home. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.


  • 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.
  • Alexandra Juhasz will introduce a screening of the 1996 film, “The Watermelon Woman,” of which she is a co-producer. Directed by Cheryl Dunye, the film focuses on a young, African American lesbian in search of a black 1930s Hollywood actress for a documentary project. 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Director Yael Luttwak will attend a screening of her film, “Maine Girls,” the story of 13 immigrant and U.S.-born teenage girls attending a public high school in Maine – America’s whitest state. A cocktail reception will take place before the movie. 5:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
  • The Bethesda Film Fest will continue on Saturday with a screening of five short documentaries made by local filmmakers: “Aiven,” “Mama Rwanda,” “Pot of Gold: The Origin of Japanese Bidet,” “Sisterly” and “Two Steps Back.” Each film will be followed by a discussion with the filmmakers. 7 p.m. $10. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave. Bethesda. Tickets can be bought in advance at


  • 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.
  • American University will present “Bodas de sangre (Blood Wedding),” about the marriage between a man and a woman from two respected families. When the bride’s ex-fiance enters the picture, drama and tragedy ensue. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587.
  • 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.
  • Max MacLean will portray the author who penned “The Chronicles of Narnia” and “The Space Trilogy,” in “C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert.” 4 and 8 p.m. $39 to $89. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. This production will continue through April 8.
  • The U.S. Botanic Garden will present an after-hours dance performance by Sarah Beth Oppenheim and the dance company Heart Stuck Bernie to complement the garden’s orchid exhibition. Performance begins at 7 p.m. $10 to $15. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The show will repeat on April 8.
  • The George Washington University South Asian Society will present the Bhangra Blowout celebrating Punjabi folk dance, with proceeds benefiting the Malala Fund, a charitable organization supporting girls’ education globally. 7 p.m. $20 to $25. George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • Keegan Theatre will present the legendary musical “Chicago,” featuring Maria Rizzo as Roxy Hart and Jessica Bennett as Velma Kelly. 7:30 p.m. $55 for general admission tickets. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767.
  •  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.
  • Forum Theatre will present the new play “Nat Turner in Jerusalem,” which imagines the last night of the infamous leader of the 1831 slave uprising in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Va. 8 p.m. $18. Silver Spring Black Box, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. 301-588-8279.
  • UpRooted Dance company will present a performance of “Circling the Line,” a show fusing two-dimensional print and design by printmaker Susan Goldman with three-dimensional full-bodied movement through time and space choreographed by Keira Hart-Mendoza. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. The show will repeat on April 8 at 7 p.m.

Special events

  • 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.


  • The National Park Service will offer “As The Wheel Turns” mill tours, led by a park ranger or a volunteer from Friends of Peirce Mill. Self-guided tours are also possible. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, 2401 Tilden St. NW.
  • Teens ages 15 to 18 will learn about a new affordable housing solution for homeless veterans and low-income D.C. residents at a tour of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence. The tour will be preceded by a guided visit to the National Building Museum exhibition, “Making Room: Housing for a Changing America.” 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.