- Sitar Arts Center will hold a morning of singing, storytelling and drumming as part of a free Kennedy Center Sound Health program for children eight years old and younger and their families. 9:30 a.m. Free; pre-reservations suggested. Kennedy Center 2700 F St. NW. The event will repeat 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “VolcanO – Tales of El Salvador,” a bilingual play for children ages five to 10 about the Salvadoran folk tales of the cadejos, which are magic dogs of the volcano that protect families. 3 p.m. $10 to $12. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The show will continue several times until March 17.
Classes and workshops
- “Orchid 101: How to Get Your Orchid to Rebloom” will teach beginner and intermediate-level orchid gardeners the basics of growing the flower. 10 a.m. to noon. $25 to $30. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. This event will repeat on March 23 and 31.
- 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 U.S. Botanic Garden will hold its weekly “Yoga in the Garden” class that will allow participants to tune into their breath while enjoying the natural beauty of the garden. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Conservatory Gallery, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- 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.
- March is Orchid Month at Hillwood Estate, which will hold a workshop to teach orchid growers about repotting their flowers. Participants should bring one or two of their orchids from home. 2 to 4 p.m. $25 to $30. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. This workshop will repeat on March 16.
- The Gamer Symphony Orchestra at the University of Maryland will present original orchestral arrangements of music from iconic games in a show titled “From Bits to Brass: A Symphonic Adventure.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Irish Tenors will kick off Washington, D.C.’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities a week early with a full orchestra performing Irish music. 8 p.m. $50 to $90. The National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. TheNationalDC.com.
Discussions and lectures
- Several local citizens associations will be holding an event titled “Historic Preservation 101: Why & How in your Neighborhood” featuring coffee, snacks and a discussion with an architect and neighbors from D.C.’s historic neighborhoods. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free. Shepherd Park Public Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Contact SaraGreenDC@yahoo.com to RSVP.
- Jane B. Donovan will discuss her book “Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American,” the story of a little-known historical figure’s impact on church and state in a country that enshrines their separation. 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Neighborhood 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 National Gallery of art will hold a screening of “The Youth of Maxim,” the first of two collaborations between Grigori Kozintsev and Dmitri Shostakovich. 3 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, 6th and Constitution Ave. NW. 202-842-6353.
- Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess will explore the historical concept of “exotic” in a dance salon inspired by the “Portraits of the World: Switzerland” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. 2 and 4 p.m. The performance will repeat on March 17. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8300.
- Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present “Familiar,” a show by Tony-nominated playwright Danai Gurira about a Zimbabwean immigrant family in Minnesota struggling between keeping their cultural traditions and starting new ones at the wedding of the oldest daughter. 3 and 8 p.m. Tickets start at $49. 641 D Street NW. 202-393-3939. The show will run until March 11.
- Keegan Theatre will present the legendary musical “Chicago,” featuring Maria Rizzo as Roxy Hart and Jessica Bennett as Velma Kelly. 7:30 p.m. $55 for general admission tickets. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. 202-265-3767. The show will be running until April 7.
- Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will present “Mom Baby God,” a show about a fourteen-year-old girl ascending to prominence as the new It-Girl of the Christian right who struggles to contain her crush on a flirtatious blossoming Youtube star with a purity ring. 8 p.m. $5 to $16.52. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-415-4838.
- Addiction, religion and the law intersect in a timely and personal exploration of the criminal justice system in Dahlak Brathwaite’s performance for Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Living World Project. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1608.
- The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum will open a new exhibit titled “Binding the Clouds: The Art of Central Asian Ikat,” featuring ikat fabrics recently donated to the museum by collector Guido Goldman. The exhibition will focus on the sophisticated dyeing technique known in Central Asia as abrband or “binding the clouds.” $8 suggested donation, free for members and GW students, faculty and staff. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-6461.
- The National Portrait Gallery will hold a “Morning with the Girl Scouts,” allowing Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops to explore the life of women who have made history. 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-8300.
- The D.C. Anime Club will host an “Anime Swap Meet” where members of the public can trade items related to anime, manga, comic books or video games without using money. 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. RSVP to President@DCAnimeClub.org.
- Horticulturist Drew Asbury will give Hillwood visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the estate’s greenhouse for “Orchid Month.” 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m. Free for members and children under 6. $5 for children 6 to 18, $10 for college students, $15 for seniors and $18 for adults. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. Sessions offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until March 31.