- Hillwood’s April preschool series, “Spectacular Statues,” will focus on exploring animals and other creatures in the sculptures located throughout the estate’s gardens. This three-part program is open to children ages two to five. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. $10 to $12 per session or $25 to $30 for all three classes. Cost covers one child and one accompanying adult. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
- Dumbarton’s Homeschool Series will feature a “Farm to Table” session, where students will tour the house to learn where food comes from and how to be responsible citizens of the Earth. 1 to 3 p.m. $7 per student; $3 per accompanying adult. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
Classes and workshops
- “Cook sisters” Adrienne and Danielle Cook will lead a cooking demonstration on “Spring Greening,” using palate-cleansing greens in a range of colors, shapes, sizes and flavors. Noon. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The class will repeat at 12:50 p.m.
- A weekly class on “Basic Knitting: Casting On, Garter Stitch, Purl Stitch” will offer instruction for beginners who want to learn the essential foundations of knitting. 5 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The Chuck Brown Band will pay homage to the “Godfather of Go-Go,” performing non-stop percussion-driven groove with funky horns and audience participation. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Hidejiro Honjoh will blend Eastern and Western art and aesthetics in a performance of classical pieces, as well as modern compositions by U.S.-based Japanese composers, on a traditional instrument called the shamisen. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St. NW. 202-238-6900.
- Heegan Lee Shezen, an extraordinarily talented Singaporean pianist who mastered complicated classical piano without formal training when he was five years old, will perform at the Embassy of Singapore as part of the Embassy Concert Series. 6:45 to 9:30 p.m. $80. Embassy of Singapore, 3501 International Place NW. 202-625-2361.
- The Los Angeles Philharmonic will collaborate with the Washington Chorus, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Catholic University Chorus and Washington Performing Arts’s Men and Women of the Gospel Choir for a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 “Choral.” 8 p.m. Tickets start at $85. Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-833-9800.
Discussions and lectures
- Karthika Audinet, the creative director of St. Coletta of Greater Washington, will hold a lecture on “The Story of Cotton and the Indian Subcontinent,” tracing the origins of cotton from the Indus Valley civilization to the fine muslins of Dhaka. Noon. Free. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Join in on a discussion on Alexander Hamilton, his legacy and his impact on the District with panelists Emily Parsons from the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, George Washington University history professor Denver Brunsman and Anne Dobberteen, an assistant curator of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. 5 p.m. Free. The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Christopher Moran and Mark Stout, editors of “Spy Chiefs: Volume 1” will examine how depictions of spies in pop culture differ from the real lives and work of intelligence agents. 6:30 p.m. $8 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- The Goethe-Institut Washington will hold a screening of “Marx Reloaded,” which includes interviews with both leading experts and critics of the current Marx-Renaissance and explores whether communism can provide solutions to the growing economic and environmental challenges facing the planet. 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, 1900 K Street NW, Suite 03. 202-847-4700.
- As part of a senior capstone project, graduating theatre and musical theatre students at American University will present an original production inspired by Homer’s “Odyssey.” 8 p.m. $10 to $15. Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com. This performance will run through April 28.
- The Smithsonian Women’s Committee will present its 36th annual Smithsonian Craft show featuring 120 American artists, with this year’s show highlighting Asian cultural influences on American crafts. Particpants can also purchase a $25 Friends Night Out ticket for the Thursday event, which will include nibbles and a signature cocktail made by a D.C. mixologist at the event. 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. $17 to $20 admission. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. SmithsonianAssociates.org/ticketing/tickets/242014. The craft show will continue until April 29.
- The Calvert Woodley Fine Wines and Spirits will hold a rose tasting and a buffet of gourmet cheeses, breads and charcuterie from their local La Cheeserie & International Deli. 5 to 7 p.m. $20. University of the District of Columbia, Heritage Hall, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW. www.calvertwoodley.com/newsletters/2018/03/15/2017-Rose-Grand-Tasting-n0425968jg.
- Heurich House Museum will offer a public brewmaster tour, which includes an hour-long guided museum tour and one beer flight per person, showcasing three local craft beers. 5 to 6:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894.