Events calendar: Thursday, Jan. 18

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Children’s program

  • 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.
  • Lee Coykendall, the children’s education specialist for the U.S. Botanic Garden, will hold a workshop for elementary school teachers on ideas to use the Botanic Garden as an extension of their classroom. 4:30 to 7 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The Sibley Memorial Hospital is offering a free Hatha Yoga class open to the public taught by Antionette Solnik. 5 to 6 p.m Free. Building A, Conference Room 2, 215 Loughboro Road, NW. Asolnik1@jhmi.edu.

Concert

  • Mike Davis and his quintet will play music of jazz musician Cal Massey as part of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s “Take 5!” series. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-8300.
  • Diderot String Quartet will perform an action-packed program with music from Franz Joseph Haydn and Beethoven, recounting the stories of the composers writing the music in history. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $10 to $40. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.
  • Country band Western Centuries will perform music from their new album “Weight of the World,” after an opening act by Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno. 8:30 p.m. $12. Pearl Street Warehouse, 33 Pearl St. SW. 202-380-9620.

Discussions and lectures

  • Walter Shaub, a former director of the Office of Government Ethics, will discuss government ethics as part of the program on law and government for American University Washington College of Law. Noon. Free; registration required. Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Ave. NW. Wcl.american.edu/secle/registration.
  • Belinda Weinberg, a low vision specialist, will discuss methods for “Making Your House a Home for a Lifetime” as an event hosted by the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free; registration preferred. 233 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-234-1010.
  • Neal Hurst, Colonial Williamsburg’s associate curator of costumes and textiles, will discuss “The Soldier’s Knapsack,” exploring materials and uses of knapsacks used by infantry soldiers during the American Revolution. 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Politics and Prose book store will have a reading of Emily Dufton’s “Grass Roots: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Marijuana in America.” Check out the store’s events for the week at http://www.politics-prose.com/events. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe will have a discussion of “When to Jump: If The Job You Have Isn’t The Life You Want” by Mike Lewis. 7 p.m. $30. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW. 202-387-1400
  • Busboys and Poets Books hosts “An Evening with Krista Suh” from 7-8:30 p.m. Suh is a feminist, artist, Hollywood screenwriter, activist and creator of The Pussyhat Project who’s mission is to make the world a safer place for women. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th Street NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The Potter’s House will host a discussion on New Moon, New Wave: The Unity of Sisterhood on our Journey to Motherhood at 7 p.m. Jesse and Rio are two doulas passionate about racial justice. We invite you to share your story, concerns and journey so we can come together to use knowledge as our tool. RSVP via Facebook. The Potter’s House 1658 Columbia Road Northwest. 202-232-5483.

Film

  • The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum will hold a screening of three student-made “Textiles 101” documentaries on common textile fibers: cotton, silk and wool. Noon. Free. 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Alliance Française de Washington, D.C. will show “L’AF Fait son Cinéma – Screening “L’Effet Aquatique” – “The Together Effect…” The film will be shown in original language (French) with English subtitles. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Alliance Française de Washington DC, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.
  • The Kreeger Museum will screen “Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art.” Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the 60s and 1970s and features renegade artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert of the American southwest. 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Members are free. The Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW. 202-337-3050.
  • French Cultures will host The International Short Films Festival. The International Shorts Film Festival presents 10 short films selected from more than a 1,000 submissions. 7 to 9:30 p.m. Free; registration required. 4101 Reservoir Road, NW.

Performances

  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will host Super! Silver! Haze! 6 p.m. Free. The John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW. 202-467-4600.
  • Georgetown University will perform “MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY.” In Post-Apocalyptic America, a group of survivors attempt to recount an episode from everyone’s favorite cartoon sitcom, The Simpsons. 8 p.m. $12 general. $8 faculty/staff/senior/student. Poulton Hall, Stage III, 1421 37th St., N.W. 202-687-0100. The play will run again on Friday and Saturday.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents Happenings Happy Hour and “Oh He Head.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free; registration required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street, NW. 202-547-1122.
  • The Friday Morning Music Club will hold the Composers Concert Series from 11 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. No tickets required. The Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike. 301-581-5109.

Special Events

  • Busboys and Poets host a Mentor Appreciation and Recruitment Event. United Way of the National Capital Area and Deloitte celebrate the contributions of mentors to the growth and development of the region’s youth. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Langson Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St, NW. 202-387-7638.
  • The Sixth & I will host a speed-friend-making event entitled “Friend Request, For women in their 20s and 30s.” Connect with other local women in their 20s and 30s at our 9th annual speed-friend-making event. 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Register online or call 877-987-6487. Sixth & I, 600 I Street, NW.

Tour

  • The U.S. Botanic Garden will hold a special “January 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.