Events calendar: Sunday, Feb. 18


Classes and workshops

  • All levels of knitters and crocheters are welcome at a “Handmade for the Homeless” class, where participants will make warm winter items to distribute to D.C.-area homeless individuals. Bring No. 8 or No. 10 knitting needles or size H crochet hooks and patterns. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free; donations suggested. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center. 1529 16th St. NW. Contact Sheryl at


  • “The President’s Own” Marine Band will perform an array of chamber music by John Cage and Lou Harrison, among other composers. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall at the Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.
  • The DC Chamber Musicians will play selected works by Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Rossini and Dubois. 3 p.m. Free; donations accepted. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. 202-730-6146.
  • Classical music will meet literature at Trio con Brio Copenhagen’s performance of Hans Christian Andersen texts transcribed for piano by composer Edvard Grieg. 3:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Miriam Fried and her son Jonathan Biss will perform three great sonatas by Brahms, Bartók, and Beethoven on the violin and piano as part of The Phillips Collection’s Sunday concert series. 4 p.m. $20 to $40. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-387-2151.
  • The James Madison University Madison Singers and JMU Chorale will perform a President’s Day chamber music concert, followed by a reception. 4 p.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-537-0800.
  • The Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra, composed of some of the finest collegiate musicians in the area, will perform selections from a variety of artists, covering diverse jazz styles and eras. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The U.S. Air Force Band will present “The Bernstein story” with Jamie Bernstein, daughter of the late Leonard Bernstein, featuring music including “West Side Story,” “Chichester Psalms,” “Age of Anxiety,” Bernstein’s clarinet sonata and other music. 7 p.m. Free; registration required. The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda.
  • Griffin House, who has toured with John Mellencamp and The Cranberries, will perform in D.C.’s Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. $22 to $25. Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW.


  • The Goethe-Institut Washington will host a screening of “The Astronauts’ Bodies,” a German film about a father who stops taking care of his body as a form of protesting his two children leaving home after graduating from school, as part of the D.C. Independent Film Festival. 1 to 2:45 p.m. $11. Carnegie Institute for Science, 1530 P St. NW. 202-847-4700.
  • The National Gallery of Art will screen “The Informer,” a 1929 film based Liam O’Flaherty’s novel about a man on the run from the Irish Republican Army in the aftermath of the Irish Civil War. 4:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The D.C. Independent Film Festival will include a screening of “Born in Deir Yassin,” a powerful documentary by an Israeli director addressing a historic stain on Palestinian-Israeli relations. 5 p.m. $11. Carnegie Institute for Science, 1530 P St. NW.


  • Washington Concert Opera will present Gaetano Donizetti’s “Maria di Rohan,” an Italian opera about a woman torn between the man she loves and the man whom she is secretly married. Tickets start at $15. 6 p.m. Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. 202-364-5826.