Events calendar: Thursday, March 15

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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.

Concerts

  • Faculty and students from the University of Maryland’s School of Music will perform a concert celebrating the music of Fazil Say as part of a partnership with the Phillips Collection concert series. 4 p.m. $20 to $40. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-387-2151.
  • The writings of the 13th-century poet Rumi will come to life with musical accompaniment at “The Rumi Concert.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.
  • The Congressional Chorus and Chamber Ensemble will perform “Curtain Up! A Broadway Cabaret.” 8 p.m. $42 to $49. Atlas Performing Arts Center. 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993. The show will continue until March 8.

Discussions and lectures

  • Join Walter Stahr for a Cottage Conversation about his new book, “Stanton: Lincoln’s War Secretary,” a biography of Abraham Lincoln’s controversial Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton. Reception at 6 p.m. and discussion at 6:30 p.m. $10 for the reception and $10 for the lecture. President Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-829-0436.
  • Folger Theatre will host a stage director talk with Aaron Posner, the director of the theater’s production of the Shakespeare play “The Winter’s Tale,” who will discuss insights into the production. 6:30 p.m. $20. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • Dr. Judith Gerson, a Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies professor at Rutgers University, will lead a discussion on her research about how German Jewish refugees during World War II remembered their lives in the aftermath of the Holocaust. 7 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-488-0460.
  • Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center will host Rabbi Shai Held and philosopher Martha Nussbaum as part of their Words and Ideas program, which brings together dynamic thought-leaders to examine contemporary ideas through a Jewish lens. 8 to 9:30 p.m. $30 to $35. Edlavitch DC JCC 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.

Performances

  • Forum Theatre will present the new play “Nat Turner in Jerusalem,” which imagines the last night of the infamous leader of the 1831 slave uprising in a jail cell in Jerusalem, Va. 8 p.m. $18. Silver Spring Black Box, 8641 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring. 301-588-8279. The show will continue until April 7.

Special events

  • This month’s “Nat Geo Nights” event will revolve around the theme “From the Front Lines,” featuring a conservation technologist, a conservation biologist and a big cat biologist to talk about their efforts to protect the planet. Food and drink specials will be available at a cash bar, and entertainment throughout the night will include music and interactive activities. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $20. The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7700.