Events calendar: Sunday, Feb. 25



  • Cellist and 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition winner Narek Hakhnazaryan will join pianist Noreen Polera in a recital of Brahms, Massenet, Schumann and other classical composers. 3:30 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Smetana Trio – Jitka Čechová on the piano, Jiří Vodička on the violin and Jan Páleníček on the cello – will perform works by Zemlinsky, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn 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 United Voices of Metropolitan AME Church will present “To Serve This Present Age,” which explores how social, political and religious movements have influenced the tradition of gospel music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • William Stixrud and Ned Johnson from will discuss parenting advice from their book “The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives” as part of Politics and Prose Parenting Series. 1 to 2 p.m. Free admission. Politics and Prose bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • To commemorate the bicentenary of Frederick Douglass’ birth, University of Edinburgh black studies professor Celeste-Marie Bernier will lecture on his and his childrens’ activism in the abolition movement. 2 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The New Fiction Book Club at East City Bookshop will discuss “Call Me By Your Name” by André Aciman. 4 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-290-1636.


  • Pianist Gabriel Thibaudeau and percussionist Frank Bockius will perform live to accompany a screening of “Kean ou Désordre et génie.” This 1924 silent film focuses on the troubled career of renowned Shakespearean stage actor Edmund Kean. 4 p.m. Free. National Gallery of Art, 6th and Constitution avenues NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The PBS Independent Lens series will host a pre-broadcast preview of “Dolores,” Peter Bratt’s documentary about labor and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • John C. Hirsh will hold a signing for his book, “Power and Probity in a D.C. Cooperative: The Life and Death of Sursum Corda,” which details the history and destruction of the Sursum Corda apartment complex following the 2004 murder that took place there. Free. 2 to 4 p.m. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • At “Music Distilled,” an event from Washington Performing Arts, musician Chelsey Green will break music down to its essence with discussions, performances and samples of everything from Bach to Beyoncé. 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. $30. Republic Restoratives Distillery and Craft Cocktail Bar, 1369 New York Ave. NE. 202-833-9800.


  • The “History Bites” tour at Dumbarton House will offer historic food and cocktails to give visitors a taste of how people dined when they lived in the mansion. 1 to 4 p.m. $35 for members’ $40 for non-members. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.