Events calendar: Saturday, Jan. 27



  • City Tap Penn Quarter will release Bell Brewery’s Hopslam Ale that will be on tap during the restaurant’s Hopslam Brunch, featuring a full brunch menu with items. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. City Tap Penn Quarter, 901 9th St. NW. 202-733-5333.

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.

Classes and workshops

  • Learn how to remedy knitting errors at “When Good Patterns Go Bad: Avoiding and Fixing Knitting Mistakes.” 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. $45 for Smithsonian Associates members, $65 for non-members. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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 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 repeats weekly.
  • Basket weaver Lori VanKirk Schue will guide students in twining and braiding techniques as they create pottery baskets. Participants supply their own spring-type clothespins, straight-nosed garden clipper and dish towel. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. $65 for Smithsonian Associates members, $85 for non-members. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.


  • Join the U.S. Navy’s official chorus, the Sea Chanters, for an afternoon of sea shanties, Broadway showtunes and traditional choral arrangements. 4 p.m. Free. Christ Church Georgetown, 3116 O St. NW.
  • National Symphony Orchestra members Jamie Roberts, Mahoko Eguchi and Jamila Tekalli will play music on the oboe, viola and piano. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The U.S. Army Blues band will perform the music of Duke Ellington as part of Yorktown High School’s Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Festival. 6:30 p.m. Free. Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Blvd., Arlington.
  • “Pitch Perfect” fans will enjoy the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella, a roundup of the top 10 college a cappella groups in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. 7 p.m. $25. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • The Church of the Holy City will hold a “Music with the Angels” concert series featuring Yana Nikol on the flute and Mark Christopher Brandt on the piano. 7:30 p.m. Free, with $10 suggested donation. Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. 202-462-6734.
  • Guitarists Adam del Monte and Mak Grgic will perform traditional Argentinian Tangos, original flamenco compositions and brand new arrangements of classic compositions. 8 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.

Discussions and lectures

  • Historian Susan Strasser of the University of Delaware will discuss the long history of plant-based medicinal herbs like peppermint and the opium poppy being used as pharmaceuticals in American history. 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116.
  • The Kreeger Museum’s Head of Education David Hawkins will host “Contextualizing Cubism: A Beginner’s Brief,” a presentation on the 20th century art movement made famous by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Jacques Lipshitz. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW. 202-337-3050.


  • 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.


  • 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 p.m. 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., shows on Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
  • “The Magic Duel” magic show at the Mayflower Hotel will feature Mark Phillips and Brian Curry, two comedic magicians who will compete against each other in an improvised magic competition using witty political insults and audience involvement. 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. $50 to $70. Mayflower Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform Reinbert de Leeuw’s “Im wunderschönen Monat Mai: Three times seven Lieder after Schumann and Schubert.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $35. National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-633-1000.
  • 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.
  • Georgetown University students alongside professional actors will take part in “The Lathe of Heaven,” a play based on the book by Ursula K. Le Guin about a man who realizes his dreams can alter reality. 8 p.m. $7 to $18. Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-0100.
  • Devi Dance Theater of Sutradhar Institute of Dance & Related Arts will present “Weaving Life,” inspired by Native American Navajo, South Asian and African American cultures. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1608. The show will repeat on Jan. 28 at 4 p.m.

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.
  • Lori Kartchner, programs associate for the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, will lead the family day at the museum, an open house event celebrating the opening of the “Textiles 101” exhibit that will include live artist demonstrations and hands-on activities for all ages. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Families are welcome to the Capital One Arena for Monster Jam, featuring high-powered monster trucks, speedsters and ATVs racing on the special dirt tracks made for the event. Audience members will be able to vote for their pick for the championship and choose from the eight intense drivers including “Grave Digger,” “El Toro Loco” and “Blue Thunder.” 1 p.m. Tickets start at $15. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000. The event will repeat at 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 1 p.m. on Jan. 28.
  • The Embassy of the Czech Republic will hold an opening for Czech artist Katerina Vincourová’s exhibition “Arteria,” a collection of sculptures, installations and mixed media pieces. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • American University’s annual reading of poetry and prose from creative writing faculty will benefit 826DC, a nonprofit that supports young students with their writing skills. 8 p.m. $5 suggested donation. 826DC, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-885-2971.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Ethiopian-born artist Abel Tilahun and curator Meskerem Assegued will lead a tour of “Vital Signs,” an exhibition showcasing Tilahun’s sculptures, video art, paintings and drawings. 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Free. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.