Events calendar: Saturday, Feb. 10


Children’s programs

  • Families with children between the ages of 1 and 5 are invited to the Kennedy Center for an interactive music experience with Imagination Stage, where an early childhood teaching artist along with a percussionist will explore a popular children’s book with song, movement and instrument play. 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • Teatro de la Luna will host a series of seven bilingual theater workshops for children ages 6 to 11. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. This event will repeat every Saturday until Feb. 28.
  • Children ages 4 and older are welcome to a screening of “Warming Stories,” a series of animated shorts based on classic children’s books about winter. 10:30 a.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215. This event will also take place on Feb. 11 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 5 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 Feb. 25.
  • Children ages 4 to 14 and their parents are welcome to a Children’s Meditation Retreat hosted by Science of Spirituality, featuring instructions for jyoti meditation or “meditation on the inner light.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; registration required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. Contact to register.
  • Join East City Bookshop and Flora Ahn for a reading from her early reader chapter book “Pug Pals: Two’s a Crowd,” and a visit from one of Flora’s two pugs, Sunny and Rosy. For ages 5 and up. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-290-1636.
  • Discover star stories from Africa and learn how the night sky helped guide slaves to freedom in “Under African Skies,” a Rock Creek Park Black History Month event. Recommended for ages 7 and up. 4 to 4:45 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 Feb. 25.

Classes and workshops

  • Mary Ellen Carsley, a professional artist, illustrator and visual art coordinator at Severn School, will hold an advanced beginner and intermediate drawing class using a variety of botanical subjects, fundamental geometric constructions, aesthetic mathematical functions, and architectural motifs. 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $150 to $175. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The two-day event will continue until Feb. 11.
  • 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 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.
  • Barbara Bernstein, an artist and a teacher at the University of Virginia, will lead a drawing workshop focused on encouraging concentration and awareness to use drawing as a spark for creativity in everyday life, based on the philosophy held by the artists at The Phillips Collection’s “Ten Americans: After Paul Klee” collection. 1 to 4 p.m. $15 to $25.1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.
  • St. Regis Hotel’s executive pastry chef Thierry Delourneaux will hold a Soufflé cooking class for couples that will include a champagne tasting, passed hors d’oeuvres and a parting gift. $155 per couple. St. Regis Washington, D.C., 923 16th St. NW. 202-638-2626.


  • The School for Advanced Piano will hold a recital at The United Church. 1:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495.
  • Chiarina Chamber Players presents “Here and Now: Conversations for String Quartet,” featuring the music of innovative American composers living and working today. 4 p.m. $10 to $20. Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • For “Live! At 10th and G,” The New Orchestra of Washington will perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with a modern twist. 7 p.m. $30 for adults; $15 for students and youths ages 12 to 18. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-628-4317.
  • Soprano Marilyn Moore, flutist Karen Johnson and pianist Carlos Rodriguez will improvise on the works of Leonard Bernstein for “Bernstein Reimagined: Bridging the Gap.” 7 to 9 p.m. $15; $20 at the door. Levine School of Music, Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton St. NW. 202-686-8000.
  • The all-star professional choir The Thirteen will perform a seasonal concert titled “From Tree to Shining Tree.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30. St. Columba’s Church, 4201 Albermarle St. NW.
  • The American University Orchestra will hold its annual Concerto and Aria Competition, where a winner will be chosen to perform as a soloist with the orchestra in a future concert. 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This is a two-day event that will repeat on Feb. 11.
  • Join pianist Brian Ganz as he continues his unprecedented journey through the complete works of Frédéric Chopin with “Chopin’s Hidden Gems & All Time Favorites” at The Music Center at Strathmore. 8 p.m. Kids admission free, $28 to $88 for adults. 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. 301-581-5100.

Discussions and lectures

  • Curators from the Corcoran Gallery and the National Gallery of Art will lead a discussion about artist Thomas Downing, who emerged during the Washington Color School movement of the late 1950s and 1960s. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • DC9 Nightclub’s “Nerd Night” will feature three separate discussions on rhetoric, copyrights and dating advice from Shakespeare classics. 6:30 p.m. $10. 1940 9th St. NW. 202-483-5000.


  • 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.
  • The National Gallery of Art will celebrate avant-garde filmmaker and “Metaphors on Vision” author Stan Brakhage with a series of film screenings showcasing his work. 2 and 4 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215. This program will continue on Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
  • The D.C. Anime Club will hold a screening of “Batman Gotham Gaslight,” featuring Batman investigating Jack the Ripper in an alternative Victorian Age Gotham City. 2 p.m. Free. Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-262-2083.


  • American Ensemble Theater will present “Character Building,” a one-man musical starring Greg Burgess and focusing on the talks that Booker T. Washington gave his students at Tuskegee University about having a productive life. 1 p.m. Free; donations suggested. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Blackbox Theater, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839. The performance will continue every Saturday until Feb. 24.
  • Denmark comes to D.C. in “Hamlet,” Shakespeare’s famous tragedy about a prince struggling with personal and political turmoil after his father’s death. 2 and 8 p.m. $59 to $118. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122. This production will run several times until March 4.
  • TBD Immersive will present “Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground,” about a resistance that must find a way to rise up against a populist Republic. In this immersive theatrical experience, audience members are invited to participate. 7 to 10 p.m. $55 to $75. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. This production will repeat several times through March.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library will present performances of “The Way of the World,” a comedy about a heiress, her womanizing boyfriend and a family scandal. 2 p.m. $35 to $79. The show will continue until Feb. 11, with shows Tuesday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m.
  • Flying V Theatre will present “It’s the Rest Of The World That Looks So Small: A Theatrical Revue Of Jonathan Coulton,” a show that explores the loneliness and longing of life through movement, puppetry and song. 3:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The show will continue until Feb. 24.
  • Dance Place will present two solo performances by Tokyo-based Kei Takei and D.C.’s Maida Withers, including footage shot in a 14th century Russian monastery in one, and the “yin” and “yang” of running in the other. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The show will repeat Feb. 11 at 4 p.m.
  • Dog & pony dc will present “Peepshow,” featuring a non-male identifying cast that will confront the complexities of the male gaze through Broadway show tunes, review the history of feminism in a wrestling ring and expose the modern woman’s complicity in her own oppression through a synchronized swimming- and Kpop-inspired ballet. 8 p.m. $20 to $40. Recommended for ages 18 and up. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. The show will continue until Feb. 25.

Special events

  • The International Spy Museum will have a “Double Agent Date” Valentines Day special until the end of February, which includes two tickets to the museum, access to a Sexpionage scavenger hunt and a $25 gift voucher for the store. $45 for both tickets. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Shop for great deals on gently used books, CDs, and DVDs while supporting a local elementary school at the Janney Elementary Used Book Sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. 4130 Albemarle St. NW. 202-282-0110.
  • The IA&A at Hillyer will host a wine and truffle tasting. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $30 members, $40 general admission. 9 Hillyer Court NW. 202-338-0325.
  • The St. Regis Washington, D.C. hotel will add a Valentine’s Day theme to its weekly “Chocolate Indulgence” event following the 6 p.m. champagne sabering, including holiday-themed cocktails and a chocolate buffet featuring an array of desserts. 6 p.m. $48 per person. St. Regis Washington, D.C., 923 16th St. NW. 202-638-2626.


  • 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. This event repeats every Saturday and Sunday until Feb. 25.