Events calendar: Saturday, Feb. 3


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 Alliance Française will celebrate the French holiday La Chandeleur with music, crêpe tastings, games and crafts. 10:30 a.m. to noon. $5 for members; $8 for non-members. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.
  • 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. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6224. This event will repeat every Saturday and Sunday until March 31.
  • No rocketship is necessary to discover distant galaxies and nebulas at Rock Creek Park’s “Exploring the Universe.” Recommended for ages 7 and older. 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free; obtain tickets 30 minutes in advance at the Nature Center front desk. Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. This event will repeat every Saturday and Sunday until March 31.

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.
  • Dr. Lauren Fishman and yoga instructor Ellen Saltonstall will lead the “Yoga for Bone Health and Osteoporosis Workshop,” with poses to improve posture, balance and strength while building bones and muscles. Noon to 3 p.m. $10 for Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center fitness members; $20 for non-members. Dance Studio, Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. Contact Andre Dixon at


  • Julliard-trained piano duo Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe will perform as part of the Hayes Piano Series, working toward their goal of making classical music a relevant and powerful force in society. 2 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • The Renaissance Music Academy and the Yao Jue Music Academy will partner for a multicultural concert featuring string music of European, Chinese and American origin. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Yale University Whiffenpoofs, the oldest collegiate a cappella group in the country, will be playing a public concert in the D.C. area. 7 p.m. Free. St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church, 5450 Massachusetts Ave. Bethesda.
  • Folger Consort of the Folger Shakespeare Library will present “A Branch of the Freshest Green,” featuring the music of 12th century visionary female composer Hildegard Von Bingen. 8 p.m. $30 to $60. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-544-7077. The concert will repeat on Feb. 3.
  • Musicians from the Pressenda Chamber Players will perform on the violin, viola, cello and piano as part of the Washington Conservatory Concert Series. 8 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Westmoreland Congregational UCC Church, 1 Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda. 301-320-2770.

Discussions and lectures

  • Join Rabbi Mark Novak and Mindful Games guru Klia Bassing for a morning of insight, song and silence against the backdrop of Jewish spiritual teachings. The event will be followed by tea and cookies. 10:15 a.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle. 202-362-3270.
  • Andrea Gallelli Huezo, an art historian and architect at George Washington University’s Art History program, will discuss how bullfighters in Spain become their roles by dressing in the “traje de luces,” which means “suit of lights.” 10:30 a.m. Free; no reservations required. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Dr. Kobinah Abdul-Salim from City University of New York will lead a “Botanical Walk Through Black History” at the U.S. Botanic Gardens, examining how the presence of African American people in the Western Hemisphere can be linked to the uses and studies of plants and plant-based resources. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • As part of American University’s “Movement Speaks” discussion series, guest artist Cynthia Gutierrez-Garner will talk about the choreographic process and offer a sneak peek of her new work with the AU Dance Company. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Katzen Dance Studio, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.


  • 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 “Avant-Garde to Underground: Outliers and Film” series will kick off with a screening of short, found-footage films from experimental artist Bruce Conner. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The National Gallery of Art will show “Day For Night (La nuit américaine),” François Truffaut’s 1973 comedy about the art of moviemaking. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.


  • 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.
  • The American Ballet Theatre will perform “Whipped Cream,” a critically acclaimed ballet about pastries in a sweetshop coming to life. 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. $49 to $249. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. The performance will also be held Feb. 4.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 10 Hairy Legs, a New Jersey-based all-male dance company, will present “Celebrating the Artistry of the Male Dancer,” which will showcase the choreography works of Stephen Petronio, Doug Elkins and others. 8 p.m. $13 to $15. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. The performance will repeat on Feb. 4 at 4 p.m.
  • Sandra Atkinson from the Light Switch Dance Theater, LSDT Performers and Sarah Scafidi will present “The Boundaries Created,” a multi-disciplinary work that explores housing discrimination through both structural and perceived boundaries. The event will be followed by a reception and author talk with food and drink. 8 p.m. Free. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
  • 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. 8 p.m. Tickets start at $20. Silver Spring Black Box Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. The show will continue until Feb. 24.

Special events

  • The Hillwood Estate will host an all-day celebration of La Chandeleur – France’s holiday marking the halfway point between winter and spring – with crêpes, plate decorating, storytelling and family-friendly gallery talks in English and French. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $18. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
  • Saint David’s Episcopal Church will celebrate the New Ministry and Installation of Reverend Kristen Hawley as the fifth rector of the parish, followed by a reception. 11 a.m. Free. Saint David’s Episcopal Church, 5150 Macomb St. NW.
  • 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.
  • Foundry Gallery will hold a reception to celebrate the works of four new artists – Vu Nguyen, Lavely Miller-Kershman, Teresa Jarzynski and Hester Ohbi – whose art will be added to the gallery this year. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. Foundry Gallery, 2118 8th St. NW. 202-232-0203.
  • Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will bless memorial markers honoring the unknown enslaved men, women and children who are buried in cemeteries which are now within the Archdiocese of Washington. 5:15 p.m. Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 400 Michigan Ave. NE.


  • 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.