Events calendar: Saturday, Feb. 17


Children’s programs

  • 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.
  • Kick off National Engineers Week at “Discover Engineering Family Day,” where children ages 4 to 12 will learn about technological literacy through activities like slime-mixing, robot design and paper rocket launches. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • “First Studio: Story and Workshop” at the Kreeger Museum will provide children ages 3 to 5 with a gallery tour, a story and a hands-on art-making experience. An adult companion is required. 10 to 11 a.m. $10. The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-338-3552. This event repeats every first and third Saturday of the month.
  • National Geographic’s “Adventures in Exploration: Birds of a Feather” family event will feature interactive games, a film screening and stories from National Geographic explorers. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. $15 for adults; $10 for children ages 7 to 12. Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • The Goethe-Institut Washington is seeking people interested in the education, creative and digital technology fields for a workshop on the future of language learning, to brainstorm ideas and find participants for a language learning conference in Berlin in March 21 to March 23. 6:30 p.m. Free, application required. 1990 K St. NW. Send an email including a short paragraph about you and why you would like to be part of the workshop to to RSVP.


  • The 19th season of the National Men’s Chorus will perform an “Opera and Musical Theatre” concert, including opera music written for a male chorus. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theatre, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Artist Brian Dailey will join curator Wendy Grossman to discuss his video installation “Words,” which explores language, culture and national identity. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.  
  • Ben Dolnick will discuss his book “The Ghost Notebooks,” a supernatural novel about a couple who moves from New York City to a historic house upstate, only to piece together a mystery in the shadowy history of the house. 6 p.m. Free admission; no registration required. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Washington National Cathedral will host a screening of “Get Out” followed by a panel discussion with The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Pierce, Van Newkirk and Dr. Greg Garrett as part of a three-day film festival titled “A Long, Long Way: Race and Film, 1968 – 2018.” 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.


  • 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 D.C. Independent Film Festival will include a screening of “The Rainbow Experiment,” featuring a chemistry experiment going wrong in a New York high school, leading to an institutional meltdown. 5 p.m. $11. Burke Theater, U.S. Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-338-1198.


  • 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.
  • 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. and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The show will continue until Feb. 24.
  • 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.
  • Alfreda Davis, artistic director of Georgetown University’s Black History Month Program, will present “Black Movements Dance Theater,” featuring choreography from students as well as guest artists. 8 p.m. $10 general admission; $8 for students. Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW.
  • Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District will bring together six professional Washington, D.C. professional theater companies who will write, direct, rehearse and perform original plays in only 24 hours, a “Play in a Day” that will be presented Saturday evening. 8 p.m. $15. Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda.
  • Project ChArma will present “Full Circle: Bridging the Gap,” which uses a hip-hop lens to examine the recurring cycles of violence in America, highlighting themes of community, race and gender. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1608. The performance will repeat on Feb. 18 at 4 p.m.


  • 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.

Special events

  • Rabbi Mark Novak will weave together song, chant, meditation and Torah readings for “Minyan Oneg Shabbat: Jewish Renewal Happening and Pot Luck Lunch.” 10 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle.
  • The National Portrait Gallery will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its “America’s Presidents” exhibition with a day of live music, art activities, tours with historians and a special appearance by the Washington Nationals’ Running Presidents. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8300.
  • The National Park Service will kick off its year-long celebration of “The Lion of Anacostia: 200 Years of the Life and Legacy of Frederick Douglass” with living actors dressed as Douglass and remarks from Kenneth Morris, his third great-grandson, on his legacy today. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. The kickoff weekend will continue until Feb. 18.