Events calendar: Sunday, Nov. 19


Children’s programs

  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Children will hear a story about Sitting Bull and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Dinovember,” during which kids can make and name their own “dino-mite” dinosaur skeletons (for toddlers to age 12, with their caregivers). 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about American Indian star stories and constellations in honor of Native American Heritage Month (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
  • Jackson Art Center will host a children’s workshop as part of its Fall Open Studios. 3 p.m. Free. Jackson Art Center, 3050 R St. NW.

Classes and workshops

  • Personal trainer/fitness instructor Elie Cossa and health coach Susan Bodiker will lead a class on the causes of and self-care cures for pain, including exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. 2 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • Circle Yoga will host a perinatal mental health training class followed by a brief information session on postnatal yoga teacher training.  2 to 3:30 p.m. Free. Circle Yoga, 3838 Northampton St. NW. 202-686-1104
  • The Smithsonian Associates and Washington Performing Arts will present “What Makes It Great?” with commentator, conductor and composer Rob Kapilow focusing on Beethoven’s “Piano Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97.” The event will include a performance by musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music, followed by a Q&A. 6 to 8 p.m. $25. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of American History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-785-9727.


  • Classical pianist Sara Daneshpour will perform works by Bartók, Chopin and Bach. 3 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda will perform Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” as well as works by Respighi, Chausson and Falla. 3 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Mantra Percussion will present Michael Gordon’s “Timber,” an evening-length work scored for six graduated, amplified, wooden simantras. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Phillips Collection will present flutist Annie Wu and pianist Feng Niu performing works by Burton, Debussy, Gaubert, Beaser and Dutilleux. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • In collaboration with the Wagner Society of Washington DC, the Georgetown University Orchestra, bass baritone Kevin Deas and tenor William Green will perform musical excerpts from Wagner’s “Parsifal” and “The Valkyrie.” Pre-concert talk at 4:15 p.m.; performance at 5 p.m. Free. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • Students of Magdalena Duhagon and Joan Cushing will perform a winter recital. 5 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • Guest organist Kipp Cortez from Concord University will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The Georgetown University Gospel Choir will perform its fall concert. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. St. William Chapel, Copey Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Ed Roslof, former seminary professor and dean, will discuss the Roman Catholic response to the Protestant Reformation, which marks its 500th anniversary this year. 10:15 a.m. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286.
  • As part of the Amram Scholar Series, film historian and author Steven J. Ross will give a lecture on the little-known story of how Jews in Los Angeles thwarted Nazi plots against America. 10:30 a.m. Free. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW.
  • National Gallery of Art curator James Meyer and independent photo editor and picture researcher Alexandra Truitt will discuss “Anne Truitt in Washington,” about the career and studio life of the late artist, considered one of the most original and important sculptors to emerge in the United States during the 1960s. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Journalist Adam Valen Levinson will discuss his book “The Abu Dhabi Bar Mitzvah: Fear and Love in the Modern Middle East” in conversation with American Civil Liberties Union fellow Shana Knizhnik. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Beverly Louise Brown of the Warburg Institute will discuss “Sugar and Spice and All Things Nice? Titian’s Portrait of Clarice Strozzi.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Lectures series will present a talk by local artist Sonia King, whose mosaic techniques use both a micro and macro approach to create organic forms. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • John Burgess will discuss his novel “The Stairway Guide’s Daughter,” a vivid imagining of 12th-century Cambodia. 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Lauren-Brooke Eisen will discuss her book “Inside Private Prisons: An American Dilemma in the Age of Mass Incarceration.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Holly Dugan, associate professor of English at George Washington University, and director Ethan McSweeny will discuss the lyricism, tone and history of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.” 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.


  • “Sweden on the Screen” will feature Pernilla August’s “A Serious Game,” a passionate and fiery love story about a young couple who find that their dream demands greater sacrifice than they could ever imagine. 2 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW.
  • The National Gallery of Art will present “Immortality for All: A Film Trilogy on Russian Cosmism,” featuring artist Anton Vidokle’s look at the utopian tenets of a 20th-century philosophical movement that combined ideas from Western enlightenment, Eastern spiritual thought, Russian Orthodox tradition and Marxism. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “Oruro: Ballets folclóricos de Bolivia,” featuring an array of spectacular folkloric dance, exotic garb and centuries-old Bolivian music. 2 p.m. $20. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.
  • The In Series will present “Jacques Brel: Songs From His World,” a new cabaret show featuring the works of the famed Belgian singer-songwriter performed by vocalists Byron Jones, Fleta Hylton, Simon Charette and Brian J. Shaw. 2:30 p.m. $20 to $46. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763.
  • The monthly “In Your Ear” show features 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.
  • Teatro de la Luna will present “Los Ojos Abiertos de Ella/Her Eyes Wide Open” by Raquel Diana (performed in Spanish). 4 p.m. $20 to $25. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227.
  • The Congressional Chorus will present “We Will Rise! The Search for Equality, Justice & Freedom in Song, Poetry & Dance,” featuring the D.C. premiere of Mark Hayes’ four-movement song cycle, “Like Dust I Rise,” based on the poetry of Maya Angelou. 4:30 p.m. $18 to $36. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-629-3140.
  • “Sunday Kind of Love” 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.
  • Comedian and actor Ahmed Bharoocha will perform as part of the Comedy at the Kennedy Center series. 6 p.m. Free. Terrace Gallery, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Washington Concert Opera will present Bellini’s “La straniera,” the tale of a French king’s scandalous divorce from a Danish princess and his subsequent marriage to a mysterious foreign woman. Performers will include soprano Amanda Woodbury, tenor Gerard Schneider, mezzo-soprano Corrie Stallings and baritone Javier Arrey. 6 p.m. $40 to $110; $15 for students. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University,  730 21st St. NW. 202-364-5826.

Special events

  • Temple Sinai’s annual “Holiday Mart” will feature gifts, food, wine tastings, a bake sale and children’s activities. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. 202-363-6394.
  • The Junior League of Washington’s 59th annual Holiday Shops fundraiser will feature more than 70 merchants, with items for sale including food, clothing, stationery and more. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 to $10 for a one-day pass. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.
  • The Lightscape Foundation’s World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 will feature images that cover everything from contemporary issues and general news to nature and sports. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Jackson Art Center’s Fall Open Studios will feature studio art, music, refreshments and the opportunity to explore 30 working artist studios in Georgetown’s historic Jackson School. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Jackson Art Center, 3050 R St. NW.
  • Ravi Kohli will conduct a Thanksgiving meditation retreat in English and Hindi accompanied by a vegetarian meal. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. 202-810-9780.
  • “Innovation Nuno Trunk Show” will feature Reiko Sudo’s designs, which combine traditional weaving techniques with state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing technologies. 1 to 5 p.m. Free admission. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Solar United Neighbors will host a D.C. Solar Celebration to highlight the group’s successes over the past decade, its vision for the future, its emerging work on electric vehicles and its new “Solar for All” low-income program. 2 to 4 p.m. Free admission. Brookland Production House + Tasting Room, Right Proper Brewing Co., 920 Girard St. NE.

Walks and tours

  • A park ranger will lead a walking tour of Georgetown focusing on the port city’s rough beginnings and its rise as a posh Washington neighborhood. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Meet at the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.
  • The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will host a Pleasant Plains/Howard Town Photo Walk, featuring a guided tour. The event will include an introduction of the historical context of the neighborhood, a resource guide to collections available through the Kiplinger Research Library, and tips on compiling the documentation necessary to make your contemporary photography work a possible resource for future historians or descendants. 2 to 4 p.m. $20 to $30. Meeting location provided upon registration.