Events calendar: Saturday, Feb. 24


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.
  • The National Gallery of Art will screen “Oseam,” a South Korean animated film adapted from a fairytale about a 5-year-old boy who goes on a journey to find his mother. This event is for children ages 10 and up. 10:30 a.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215. There will be a second screening on Feb. 25 at 11:30 a.m.
  • “Do, Re, Mi, les amis!” will immerse children in French language with songs, dance and stories. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Free; registration required. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. This is a twice-monthly event that will repeat on March 3 and March 10.  
  • At “The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery,” professional magician Peter Wood will demonstrate to children ages 7 and older magic tricks that employ misdirection, sleight of hand and other techniques used by spies. 11 a.m. to noon. $9 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • 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.
  • Silas Riener, a D.C. native and a former member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, will lead a workshop as part of Joy of Motion Dance Company’s “Modern Master Class Series.” 5 to 7 p.m. $40 for an individual class. Joy of Motion Friendship Heights, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3042.


  • High school students from around the country will perform flute, bassoon, saxophone and tuba recitals for the final round of the Marine Band Concerto Competition. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.
  • The Concert Choir of Georgetown University will perform a world premiere of the cantata “Simon Bore the Cross” by African American composer Margaret Bonds, with words by Langston Hughes. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Lyric tenor Christoph Prégardien and pianist Julius Drake will perform “Poetisches Tagebuch” or “A Poetic Diary,” an all-Schubert program of songs set to German poetry. 7:30 p.m. $50. Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • The American University Chamber Singers and AU Chamber Orchestra will collaborate to perform Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for String,” Pēteris Vask’s “Dana nobis pacem,” Tarik O’Regan’s “Triptych” and Arvo Pärt’s “Salve Regina.” 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This event will repeat on Feb. 25.
  • Polish classical guitarist Lukasz Kuropaczewski will perform works by Giuliani, Ponce, Llobet, Paganini and others, followed by a “Meet the Artist” reception that will include wine and cheese. 8 p.m. $17.50 to $35. Westmoreland Congregational Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. 301-799-4028.
  • Known for their improvised performances, PUBLIQuartet will put a modern twist on the string quartet with a program that highlights contemporary composers. 8 p.m. $40. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-833-9800.
  • Piano duo Michelle Cann and Leon Bates will perform “Danzon Cubana,” “An American in Paris” and “Symphonic Dances of West Side Story” as part of the Dumbarton concert series. 8 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.

Discussions and lectures

  • Lynn Sweet, the Washington Bureau Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, will lead an Authors Roundtable including Morra Aarons-Mele, Dina Gold, Anna Solomon and Alexandra Zapruder. Tickets to the event include lunch. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $28. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. Contact for more information.
  • Chris B. Ruli, a historian of the Masonic Potomac Lodge No. 5 of the District of Columbia, will lead a discussion of  “Georgetown’s Oldest Fraternity: The Early History of Freemasonry in Georgetown.” 1 p.m. Free. Peabody Room at the Georgetown Branch Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0233.


  • 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 Architecture and Design Film Festival will continue with various screenings throughout the day. 12:15 to 7:30 p.m. $10 to $15 per film; $125 for an all-access pass. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. The festival will run through Feb. 25.
  • The National Gallery of Art will screen George Nierenberg’s documentaries “No Maps on My Taps” and “About Tap,” which explore the history of tap dancing and feature performances by leading dancers. 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center will screen “Little Stones,” which weaves together the personal stories of four women artists who have dedicated their lives to empowering women and survivors of gender-based violence. 4 p.m. $15 to $20. 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. There will be a repeat screening on March 11, preceded by a lecture on “Healing Sex Trafficking Survivors Through Dance” and followed by an artist panel discussion.
  • Filmmaker Jeffrey Wolf will introduce a screening of his documentary about James Castle, a deaf American artist whose drawings of his family’s Idaho homestead gained international recognition. 4:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The American University School of Communication will screen “The Brotherhood,” a feature-length miniseries about a government operative who starts to question the morality of his job when his brothers’ lives are put in danger. 6:50 to 9 p.m. Free; RSVP recommended. Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-421-5975.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Georgetown University Dance Company’s Spring Concert will showcase a diverse range of original choreography from guest artists and students. 8 p.m. $10 general admission; $8 for students. Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW.
  • Tony Award-winning tap dance superstar Savion Glover will launch his North American Tour “All FuNKD’ Up, The ConCert,” featuring a six-piece band and a dance company illuminating his master tap dancing choreography. 8 p.m. $45 to $80. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
  • Loy Lee, Russ Green, Natalie McGill and Robert Mac will perform stand-up comedy shows as part of the “Silver Spring LIVE” monthly comedy series presented by Improbable Comedy. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. The Highwood Theatre, 914 Silver Spring Ave. 301-351-2096.
  • Dance Exchange will present “Growing Our Own Gardens,” a multidisciplinary performance sharing histories and personal stories commemmorating LGBTQ spaces and the people in them. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1608. The performance will repeat on Feb. 25 at 4 p.m.
  • Folger Shakespeare Library will present “Il Lauro Verde: The Blossoming of the Italian Baroque,” which explores the growth of the Italian musical style from Renaissance to Baroque. 8 p.m. $42. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will continue until Feb. 25.
  • Story District’s presentation “Uncommon Sense” will bring together an engineer, a DJ, a community resilience expert and others to tell true stories that explore the five senses: taste, touch, sight, sound and smell. 9 p.m. $30. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-630-9828.


  • 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 will repeat on Feb. 25.

Special events

  • Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year by enjoying performances by George Washington University’s Chinese Music Club, creating colorful zodiac animals from paper, and designing jewelry inspired by the traditions of China’s Guizhou Province at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Politics and Prose bookstore will hold a “Nerds! Trivia Night” including three rounds of mind-bending trivia and prizes at the end. 8 p.m.; sign up starts at 7 p.m. in The Den of the bookstore. Free admission. 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.