- The Washington Winter Show — featuring antiques and fine arts, with the theme “The Charm of Chinoiserie” — will open with a reception for sponsors, benefactors and designers, from 6 to 6:30 p.m.; and for gala patrons and young collectors, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. $200 to $500. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. washingtonwintershow.com.
- Discovery Theater will present “Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly,” a program led by arts educator Ryan Sellers on aeronautics and the joy of flight (for ages 3 through 7). 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Air and Space Museum, Independence Avenue between 4th and 7th streets SW. 202-633-8700. The program will repeat Friday at the same times.
- U.S. Botanic Garden docent Marjorie Abbot will host a “January Snugglers” tour for parents and care providers with a tiny one in a snuggly (no strollers or older siblings due to narrow paths and the nature of the program). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
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.
- University Legal Services will present an information session for first-time homebuyers (in English and Spanish). 6 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Trombonist Corey Henry and Treme Funktet will fuse the rich musical history of New Orleans with a modern, funky sensibility. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet and the National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Yutaka Sado will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “The Age of Anxiety” as well as works he conducted, including Tchaikovsky’s “Francesca da Rimini” and Ravel’s “Boléro.” 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cooke will present a demonstration on “Winter Pick-Me-Ups,” featuring ideas on how to liven up and power up ordinary foods and beverages. Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
Discussions and lectures
- The National Portrait Gallery’s “Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30” program will explore the changing experience of women in the workforce through the lives of three individuals featured in “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers.” Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Peter Baker, chief White House correspondent for The New York Times, will discuss his book “Obama: The Call of History.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- Sarah Newman, curator of contemporary art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, will present a gallery talk on the exhibition “Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)” and the artist’s provocative take on images of the Civil War. 5:30 p.m. Free. Meet in the F Street lobby, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Tabitha Whissemore, president of the D.C. chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, will lead a monthly reading group in a discussion of Jessica Strawser’s “Almost Missed You.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Artist Diana Al-Hadid — known for creating sculptures using such materials as cardboard, plywood, plaster and resin — will discuss her work in conversation with Vesela Sretenović, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at the Phillips Collection. 6:30 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW. 202-387-2151.
- Theresa Rebeck, director of “The Way of the World,” will share creative insights into her production. 6:30 p.m. $20. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE. 202-544-7077.
- Rachel Corbett, author of “You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin,” will discuss “Rilke and Rodin: A Friendship and a Clash of Egos.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Ann Hulbert will discuss her book “Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Dr. Wayne Jonas will discuss his book “How Healing Works: Get Well and Stay Well Using Your Hidden Power to Heal.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
- The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a talk on “Operationalizing the Concept of Differentiation of Self for Family Research” by family therapist and pastoral counselor Randall Frost. 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.
- The weekly Textiles at Twelve series will present two short films featuring contemporary artists Janet Echelman and Michelle Grabner. Afterward, participants will discuss personal inspiration while engaging in a miniature paper weaving activity led by education assistant Morgan Kuster. Noon to 2 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
Performances and readings
- As part of the National Gallery of Art’s “Evenings at the Edge” series, the D.C.-based poetry organization Split This Rock will present rhythmic readings, performances by local poets and artists, and opportunities to share your own voice. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. nga.gov/evenings.
- The Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show: Wintry Mix,” a medley of company ensembles and special guests. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. witdc.org. Performances will continue through Feb. 4 each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with different lineups for each show.
- “Soirée Galette des Rois” will highlight the traditional French celebration of Epiphany with a piece of king cake and a glass of cider. 6 p.m. $7 to 12. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- The Greater Washington, DC Region of the National Organization of Italian American Women will present its ninth annual Epiphany event, which will honor Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University; Angela Puglisi, artist and educator of fine arts; and Beatrice Tierney Stradling, founder and CEO of the Children’s International School. 6:30 p.m. $115. Maggiano’s Little Italy, 5333 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 212-642-2003.
- The Georgetown Library’s monthly Trivia Night will offer a chance to team up with friends or join fellow nerds to take home a prize (for adults and savvy teens). 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Carolina Hurricanes. 7 p.m. $17 and up. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.