Events calendar: Thursday, Feb. 1


Classes and workshops

  • 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.

Discussions and lectures

  • Frank Smith, founder of the African American Civil War Museum, will give a lecture on the often-forgotten African American soldiers who fought in the Union Army. 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room A, Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-895-4860.
  • Join Shakespeare Guild President John Andrews for lunch as he leads a conversation with seasoned stage actor Keith Baxter, who is currently playing the Gravedigger in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of “Hamlet.” 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact Patricia Fitzgerald at 202-232-7363.
  • The Jerusalem Fund will host a lecture from Ambassador Husam S. Zomlot, Head of the General Delegation of the Palestine Liberation Organization to the United States. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; RSVP suggested. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
  • American artist Erik Thor Sandberg, known for his Magical Realism-style paintings, will discuss his newest solo exhibition. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • Politicians’ family members will explain how they handle life in the public eye at “Meet the Better Half: Congressional Partners, Spouses and Families.” 7 to 8 p.m. Free; registration suggested. William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Museum, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.


  • Erin Jackson’s stand-up comedy act will highlight her conversational style and relatable humor that has helped to propel her onto the national stage.6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The American Ballet Theatre will perform “Whipped Cream,” a critically acclaimed ballet about pastries in a sweetshop coming to life. 7:30 p.m. $49 to $249. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. The performance will also be held Feb. 2 through Feb. 4.

Special events

  • The U.S. Botanic Garden will hold a special “February Snugglers” tour of the Conservatory for parents with infants in a snuggly. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • To celebrate Christian and Mathilde Heurich’s 131st wedding anniversary, the Heurich House Museum will provide “Weddings on the House” – a series of free, 30-minute, pop-up wedding ceremonies in its Conservatory. Reservations are limited and will close at 12 p.m. on Jan. 31. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact Amy Somogy at
  • The Phillips Collection will host a celebration of all things D.C. with local artists, entrepreneurs and musicians who will discuss the local artists featured in the permanent collection. 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.
  • Get glammed up at Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center’s “Night Out: Manicures, Make-up, and More.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. 202-518-9400.
  • No cooking experience is necessary to prepare food for homeless shelters at Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center’s “Hunger Action” event. 7 to 9 p.m. $7 donations requested. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. 202-518-9400.

Sporting events

  • The Washington Wizards basketball team will play a home game against the Toronto Raptors. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $11. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW.