Events calendar: Sunday, May 21

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Children’s programs

  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about animal constellations and star stories, as well as how animals use the night to migrate, survive and thrive (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • “NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood” will feature an invigorating new perspective on Prokofiev’s classic by the critically acclaimed Brooklyn-based production company Giants Are Small, with a narrator and the musicians of the National Symphony Orchestra creating all of the sound effects on stage (for ages 5 and older). 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Class

  • The Kadampa Meditation Center will host a weekly class on meditation. 10 and 11:30 a.m. $6 to $12. Kadampa Meditation Center, 1787 Columbia Road NW. 202-986-2257.

Concerts

  • Flute and piano duo Tabatha Easley and Tracy Cowden will perform works by Gareth Farr, Carl Vine, Ross Edwards, Mark Olivieri and Judith Shatin. 1 p.m. Free; donations will benefit the food pantry ministry. Christ Lutheran Church, 5101 16th St. NW. 202-829-6727.
  • The U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Rameau, Leclair and Mozart in honor of the exhibition “America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting.” 2 p.m. Free. East Garden Court, West Building, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The DC Concert Orchestra will perform works by Samuel Barber, Serge Koussevitzky and Howard Hanson. 3 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. dcconcertorchestra.org.
  • The Poulenc Trio will present “Trains of Thought: Animated,” with viewers experiencing an animated M.C. Escher-like fantasy world, populated by line-drawn figures inspired by New Yorker illustrator Saul Steinberg. 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Led by guest conductor Patrick Dupré Quigley, the Cathedral Choral Society will present “Te Deum Finale,” featuring the premiere of Nico Muhly’s “Looking Up,” with the composer in attendance; Vaughan Williams’ “The Lark Ascending,” with violinist Nurit Bar-Josef, concertmaster of the National Symphony Orchestra; and Vaughan Williams’ “Five Mystical Songs” and Dvorák’s “Te Deum,” with soprano Colleen Daly and baritone Michael Nyby. Pre-concert talk at 3 p.m.; performance at 4 p.m. $25 to $79. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228.
  • The Heritage Signature Chorale will present its 17th annual spring concert. Pre-concert lecture at 3 p.m.; performance at 4 p.m. $35. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. heritagesignaturechorale.org.
  • Washington Performing Arts will present pianist Kirill Gerstein performing works by Bach, Brahms and Liszt. 4 p.m. $52. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-785-9727.
  • The Citizens Association of Georgetown will present singer-songwriter Rebecca McCabe and Human Country Jukebox as the first event in its annual Concerts in the Parks series. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. 202-337-7313.

Discussions and lectures

  • Artist Mitch Epstein will discuss “The Geography of Culture: Photographic Narratives in the Landscape of the American East.” Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Biographer Mary V. Dearborn will discuss her book “Ernest Hemingway: A Biography.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington and Sibley Senior Association will present a talk by Gail Snider on “Taking Hold of Happiness: Managing Vision Loss Blues.” 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 1, Sibley Medical Building, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-364-7602.
  • Local mixed-media artist Khanh Le will discuss his paintings based on scrapbooking culture, historical painting technique and photography transforming everyday scenes into colorful abstractions. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will provide an introduction to the exhibition “America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting.” 3 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • J. Courtney Sullivan will discuss her book “Saints for All Occasions,” about the lives of two very different sisters. 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Panelists will discuss “How Can the Arts Inspire Environmental Advocacy?” 4:30 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • Andrea Petersen, health care reporter for The Wall Street Journal, will discuss her book “On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “Calling, Service, and Justice: Stories From Spiritual Entrepreneurs,” a monthly speaker series, will feature a talk by the Rev. Rebecca Stelle, director of Becoming Church and founding director of Reunion: Dismantling Mass Incarceration through Relationship and Commitment. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.

Film

  • The Embassy of Sweden’s film series will feature Hogir Hirori’s documentary “The Girl Who Saved My Life,” about the experiences of people fleeing ISIS in Iraqi Kurdistan. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington.

Performances and readings

  • The monthly “In Your Ear” show will feature readings and performances by poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. 3 p.m. $5. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • Alliance for New Music-Theatre will present Czech playwright Václav Havel’s play “Protest,” about the power of a society that spies on its citizens and the thin line between acquiescence and culpability. 3 p.m. $35. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
  • Petworth Citizen and Upshur Street Books will present the DC Literary Open Mic, featuring writers sharing poetry, a story or a piece of flash fiction. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. petworthcitizen.com.
  • “Sunday Kind of Love,” a monthly program, will feature readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • “Everyday Oz” will feature a family-friendly performance and demonstration that partners individuals with disabilities and professional performers. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform. 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • Petworth Citizen will host a comedy showcase. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Reading Room, Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur St. NW. petworthcitizen.com.

Special event

  • The annual Constance Stevens Jazz Extravaganza and Buffet Dinner — featuring vocalist Shirleta Settles — will benefit the Food Pantry of Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ. 3 p.m. $60; reservations required. Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, 4704 13th St. NW. 202-829-5511.

Tours and walks

  • A park ranger will lead a bird walk, explaining how to identify birds through sight and sound and why migratory birds choose Rock Creek Park as a stopover on their journey (for ages 8 and older). 8 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • A park ranger will lead a Georgetown Waterfront Walk and discuss the history of how Georgetown evolved from an active port town into a vibrant community (for ages 7 and older). 11 a.m. Free. Meet at the water fountain in Georgetown Waterfront Park, Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW. 202-895-6070.
  • The Shepherd Park Citizens Association will hold its 13th annual garden tour, featuring a self-guided look at selected gardens in Shepherd Park, North Portal Estates and Colonial Village. 2 to 5 p.m. $7 to $15. Tickets available online or on the day of the tour starting at 1:30 p.m. from a kiosk at Shepherd Elementary School, 7800 14th St. NW. shepherdpark.org.