Events calendar: Saturday, Jan. 20


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.

■ Author Sonia Panigrahy will read from her children’s book “Nina the Neighborhood Ninja,” which describes the adventures of a female superhero, Nina, who rescues neighborhood animals in trouble. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. 202-232-5483.

■ The National Building Museum will host a family-friendly afternoon encouraging children of all ages to build forts using newspapers and triangle shapes, all while local author Megan Wagner Lloyd reads from her children’s book “Fort Building Time.” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

Classes and workshops

■ The National Portrait Gallery will hold a creative writing session targeted at 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 will repeat on Jan. 20.

■ Master fiber artist Kyoko Nitta from the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum will lead a class teaching participants on how to knot their own net bag and pendant using freestyle fishnet knotting. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. $125 to $150; registration required. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.


■ 40 artists from the Young Artists of America at Strathmore will perform some of the greatest works of Leonard Bernstein, including selections from “West Side Story,” “Wonderful Town” and “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

■ Jazz drummer Louis Hayes will play a musical tribute to Horace Silver, the bandleader who first introduced him to jazz. 7 p.m. $26 to $39. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

■ Tenor Aaron Sheehan and pianist Kenneth Slowik of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society will play works by Franz Schubert as part of the Masterworks of Five Centuries Saturday Concert Series. The concert will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture by Slowik on the music and the lives of the composers starting at 6:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Hall of Music, National Museum of American History, 14th St. and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-663-3030. 

■ The Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra of Mount Holyoke College will perform “Never Again,” a concert remembering the Holocaust by including music played by the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $200. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.

■ Town Mountain and Jay Starling and Friends featuring Danny Knicely will be at the Hamilton. 6:30 p.m. $12 to $17. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. 202-787-1000.

Discussions and lectures

■ American University Professor Dan Fulsom will discuss his third book on Richard Nixon: “The Mafia’s President: Nixon and the Mob.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

■ The Get Arty! January Meetup will feature conceptual artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz. Abdulaziz was chosen to be one of 100 powerful Arab women of 2013 and will talk about her life, works and experiences as a female Muslim artist​ ​living in the United States​. ​2 to 5 p.m. $15. Studio 1469, 1469 Harvard St. NW.

■ Sanctuary for the Soul: A Jewish Renewal Gathering will host a morning of song and silence, prayer and poetry, music and movement. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle. 202-362-3270.


■ The National Geographic Museum will screen “Jerusalem 3-D,” which features aerial footage of the ancient city of Jerusalem. Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. $7. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The film will be shown Saturdays and Sundays until August.


■ Georgetown University will perform “Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play.” In post-apocalyptic America, a group of survivors attempt to recount an episode from everyone’s favorite cartoon sitcom, “The Simpsons.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Poulton Hall, Stage III, 1421 37th St. N.W. 202-687-0100.

■ Cynthia Oliver Co. Dance Theatre at DC’s Dance Place will host “Virago-Man Dem,” an evening-length, dance theater work by Oliver navigating black masculinities. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St NE. 202-269-1600. Program will repeat on Jan. 21 at 4 p.m.

■ Busboys and Poets will have their monthly Youth Open Mic, which will be hosted by D.C. Youth Slam Team that encourages middle school and high school students to share their poetry, music and acting skills. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets, 5th and K streets NW. 202-789-2227.

■ Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center will host Simon Black’s stage adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer’s bestselling book “Everything is Illuminated,” which features a man traveling to the Ukraine to find an old woman he believes saved his grandfather. 8 p.m. $30 to $69. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3242. This show will run several times until Jan. 31.

■ The Mayflower Hotel and The Magic Duel present an onstage contest for a fictitious award created by the two competing magicians. 5 p.m. $50 to $70. The Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection, 1127 Connecticut Ave NW. 202-262-3617.

Special events

■ The International Spy Museum will have a special “Double Agent Date” Valentine’s 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 Spy Museum Retail Store. $45 for both tickets. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.