Events calendar: Saturday, Dec. 9


Book sales

  • The Chevy Chase DC Friends of the Library group’s used bookstore FOLio will offer “Super Sale Saturdays” in December with hardcover books for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Second floor, Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • The group Friends of the Mount Pleasant Library will hold its weekly used-book sale. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
  • The ninth annual Takoma Park Book Fair will feature books from over 30 local authors. 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.

Children’s programs

  • “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature “The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge” by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • The Chevy Chase Library will present “123 Andrés,” a bilingual musical journey through the Americas featuring the 2016 Latin Grammy winner for best children’s album. 10:30 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • “Tea With Santa” will offer families a chance to visit with Santa, hear a special holiday story and enjoy a holiday tea with hot apple cider, sandwiches, desserts and special tea blends. Afterward, children will have a chance to decorate gingerbread cookies to take home. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15 to $30. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
  • “Fault Lines in the Constitution” will feature authors Cynthia and Sanford Levinson discussing political issues rooted in the U.S. Constitution (for ages 10 and older and their families). 11 a.m to noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • The In Series will present an interactive jazz musical about Duke Ellington for kids and their families. 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. $15 to $25. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  
  • “Woodshop for Kids: The Drill” will offer a chance for kids to create a simple peg board game using a drill after looking at variety of designs with bored holes and peg attachments (for ages 7 and older with an adult companion required). 12:30 and 3 p.m. $20 to $25 per toy. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Swedish artist and art teacher Karin Lithell will lead a workshop for children. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
  • Children will hear a story about Benjamin Franklin and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.

Classes and workshops

  • D.C. poet Danielle Badra will hold a workshop on responsive poetry, using the exhibition “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today” as inspiration (for ages 13 and older). 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m. $15 to $25; registration required. Kasser Room, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • George L. Scheper, senior lecturer in advanced academic programs at Johns Hopkins University, will present a class on “The Olmec Culture: Monuments, Masterpieces, and Mysteries.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Kelly Carnes. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • Tudor Place will present a herbal wreath workshop using foliage as well as herbs and spices like cinnamon or lavender to create a unique centerpiece. 10 a.m. to noon. $45 to $55. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The workshop will repeat Sunday at 10 a.m.
  • University Legal Services will present a First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit Seminar (in English and Spanish). Noon. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • The Oxalis Collective will present a session on “Turn Poison Into Medicine: Self-Care Alchemy for Difficult Times.” 2 to 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Dance critic Alexandra Tomalonis will present a class on “Ballet 360°: The Choreographer and the Muse: The Extraordinary Relationship of George Balanchine and Suzanne Farrell.” 4 p.m. $15. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.


  • The National Presbyterian School Chorus will perform holiday carols. 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • NSO Pops will present “A Holiday Pops!” featuring Tony-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty performing comforting classics and singalong carols. 2 and 8 p.m. $24 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The “Fringe Music in the Library” series will feature D.C.-based singer-songwriter Jenna Camille performing a mix of pop, soul, R&B, funk jazz, hip-hop and electronica. 2:30 p.m. Free. Watha D. Daniel/Shaw Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW.
  • The U.S. Air Force Band’s Concert Band, Singing Sergeants and Airmen of Note will present “Spirit of the Season,” featuring classic and modern holiday music and a surprise visit from the North Pole. 3 and 8 p.m. Free; tickets required. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • The Georgetown Chorale’s annual holiday concert, “Gloria in Excelsis,” will feature music from Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and other seasonal music performed by soprano Victoria Woodall, mezzo-soprano Mackenzie Crim and keyboardist Andrew Jonathan Welch. 3 p.m. $15 to $30. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW.
  • “A Celtic Christmas” will return to Georgetown with Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton on lute, Celtic harp and other instruments; Joseph Cunliffe on flutes and pipes; and Steven Bloom on percussion. 4 and 8 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • The Colonial Handbell Ringers will present “A Concert of Classics,” featuring holiday favorites such as “Silver Bells” and “Silent Night,” a medley of classic Gershwin songs, Pachelbel’s “Canon,” the “March Trepak” from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite,” and a carol singalong. 5 p.m. Free. The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Annandale Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • Students of Alicia Kopfstein-Penk will perform a winter recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington’s Teen Art Program and alumni choir will present a holiday pageant featuring gospel artist Maurette Clark, violinist Chelsey Green, steel pan drummer Victor Provost and special guests. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Washington Bach Consort will present “Celebration: Christmas Oratorio,” featuring Bach’s narrative account of the Christmas story performed by soprano Kate Vetter Cain, mezzo-soprano Kristen Dubenion-Smith, tenor Robert Petillo and bass Steven Combs. 6 p.m. $10 to $69. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.
  • NPR’s “A Jazz Piano Christmas” will feature pianists Helen Sung, Joanne Brackeen, Abelita Mateus and Marcia Ball performing their favorite holiday songs in a program to be recorded for future broadcast. 7 and 9 p.m. $55 to $70. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Jazz@Wesley will present “A Jazzy Christmas With Bobby Felder.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Fellowship Hall, Wesley Campus, National United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Washington Performing Arts will host singer Storm Large’s “Holiday Ordeal,” a no-holds-barred evening of music, gags and more (contains mature themes and language). 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-3000.
  • Capital City Symphony and Congressional Chorus will perform holiday music while adults sip champagne and enjoy both sweet and savory treats. 8:30 p.m. $50. Sprenger Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-339-7993, ext. 2.

Discussions and lectures

  • Textile collector Wendel Swan will discuss “The Evolution of Carpet Designs,” about shifts from complex to simple, naturalistic to abstract and curvilinear to rectilinear. 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The African American Women’s Resource Center will host a discussion by community activist Niani Kilkenny as part of the “Kitchen Table Talks” series exploring effective strategies for today’s social justice issues through the eyes of five African-American women who were involved in past movements. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. African American Women’s Resource Center, 840 1st St. NE. 202-215-6147. The series will continue on Dec. 30 and Jan. 6.
  • Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, will discuss “Capital Visionary: Left His Writing on Washington’s Walls,” about how Gen. Montgomery C. Meigs helped win the Civil War and created landmark places such as the Capitol Dome, Arlington National Cemetery and Georgetown’s High Service Reservoir. 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233.
  • Politics and Prose at the Wharf will present a talk by pastry chef Stella Parks on her cookbook “BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts.” 3 p.m. Free. Harper Macaw Chocolate Boutique at the Wharf, 835 Water St. SW. 202-488-3867.


  • “Uptown Family Movies” will feature a screening of Frank Capra’s 1946 film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starring James Stewart. 10:30 a.m. $5.59. AMC Loews Uptown 1, 3426 Connecticut Ave. NW. The film will be shown again Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
  • “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the 1995 film “The Last Angel of History” and the 1988 film “Testament.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • The Washington Improv Theater will host the East Coast Regional College Improv Tournament, with preliminary rounds consisting of four teams each performing a 20-minute set. The finals will feature the three winning teams from each round, as well as one wildcard second-place finisher. Preliminary rounds at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; final round at 6 p.m. $5 to $10 per preliminary round; $10 to $15 for the finals. Source, 1835 14th St. NW.
  • The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform “Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances,” celebrating the culmination of 16 seasons with an all-Balanchine program to include “Chaconne,” “Tzigane,” “Meditation,” “Serenade” and “Gounod Symphony.” 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $29 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 2 p.m. $10 to $20; free for ages 16 and younger with a paying adult. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW.
  • “The Christmas Revels: A French-Canadian Celebration of the Winter Solstice” will feature holiday carols, acting, folk dancing and music in line with the theme of a winter solstice celebration in a Quebec village. 2 and 7:30 p.m. $12 to $60. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 731 21st St. NW. The performance will repeat Dec. 10 at 2 p.m., Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. (Family Friday), Dec. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 17 at 1 and 5 p.m.
  • Georgetown’s classic ballet school Centre de Danse will present “The Adventures of Alice,” an original ballet based on the story of “Alice in Wonderland.” 7 p.m. $25. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-0268.
  • The In Series will present “An Operetta Holiday,” featuring the music of operetta masters Strauss, Lehar, Friml, Herbert and Romberg in a program directed and conceived by Nick Olcott with Frank Conlon at the piano. 8 p.m. $22 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • Dissonance Dance Theatre will present “Habibi,” about the communication of love between friends, lovers and family. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • As part of the “Bergman 100 Celebration,” the National Theater of Norway will present the U.S. premiere of “Private Confessions,” featuring a non-linear series of “confessions” that delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within. 8 p.m. $19 to $49. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Performing Arts will present “The Open Box Project,” a new collaboration featuring the sounds of the string players of Rogue Collective and the virtuosic choreography of Orange Grove Dance. 8 p.m. $22 to $32. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. The performance will repeat Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
  • Joy of Motion Dance Center will hold its inaugural Resident Company Concert, which will feature dances by Motion X Dance and UpRooted Dance. 8 to 9 p.m. $17 to $20. Jack Guidone Theater, Joy of Motion Dance Center, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Special events

  • The Washington Harbour ice skating rink will hold a weekly “Cartoon Skate” event, from 10 a.m. to noon; and a “Rock n Skate” event, from 8 to 10 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666.
  • A Russian Winter Festival will feature Grandfather Frost and the Snow Maiden, folk music and dancing, art activities, fortune telling and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $18; free for ages 5 and younger. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The festival will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The 12th annual MetroCooking DC show, a two-day culinary showcase, will feature demonstrations by Carla Hall, José Andrés and other locally and nationally known chefs; book signings by cookbook authors; tastings; interactive workshops; and an expo with holiday gift options. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $10 to $21.50; free for ages 3 and younger with a paid adult. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
  • The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District will present its annual Santa Celebration featuring photo ops, live music, hot chocolate, cookies and other festive treats. 2 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Plaza, 5th and K streets NW.
  • The Petworth Business Association’s 12th annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair will feature 40-plus vendors selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods, as well as live music and craft workshops. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. 800 block of Upshur Street NW. The fair will also be held Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The 27th annual “BZB Holiday Gift & Art Show” will feature holiday items, home accessories, clothes, jewelry and more. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Free admission. Shiloh Family Life Center, 1510 9th St. NW. 202-550-7060. The sale will continue Dec. 16, 22 and 23.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library’s “Game On!” event will offer all ages a chance to play a bevy of board games and video games. 1 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).

Tours and walks

  • Ken Wilcox — author of “A National Jaunt: Footster’s Guide to Washington, D.C.,” a full-color guide that describes more than 90 miles of the best walks in the Washington metropolitan area — will lead a four-mile walk around Northwest’s trails and back streets with the Merry Footsters. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Meet at the top of the east entrance to the Cleveland Park Metro station.
  • “As the Wheel Turns” will feature tours of Peirce Mill about the power of water and its connection to food. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Peirce Mill, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. 202-895-6070. The tours will also be offered Sunday.