Events calendar: Thursday, March 22

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Classes and workshops

  • “Cook Sisters” Adrienne and Danielle Cook will lead a cooking demonstration on how to incorporate mushrooms into meals. Noon and 12:45 p.m. Free. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • 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.
  • Promote “common sense gun safety” by signing up for a spin class at Flywheel Sports in Dupont, when proceeds will benefit Everytown for Gun Safety. 8:30 p.m. $27. Flywheel Sports, 1927 Florida Ave. NW. Contact flyforourlives@gmail.com for more information.

Concerts

  • 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

  • Israeli-American author and activist Miko Peled will discuss his book “Injustice: The Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five,” an investigation into the arrest of five Palestinian-Americans in 2004. 12:30 to 2 p.m. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
  • Eric Hinderacker, a professor of history at the University of Utah, will discuss his book “Boston’s Massacre,” about the event and the campaign to transform it to a touchstone of American identity. 6 p.m. Free. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Busboys and Poets will host a reading of Jean R. Freedman’s new play “Lysistrata in Jerusalem,” about women solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by withholding sex from their men until a peace treaty is signed. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets, 234 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Titus Kaphar and Ken Gonzales-Day, the artists from the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition “UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light,” will discuss their work along with the gallery’s curators Taina Caragol and Asma Naeem. 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-8300.

Performances

  • Four members of Moscow’s famous Bolshoi Young Artist Program will join several Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists for a special joint concert which will later be performed at the Russian Embassy. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Phillips Collection will hold a poetry reading with Sherwin Bitsui and Paisley Rekdal, as part of an event responding to the exhibition “Ten Americans: After Paul Klee” which explores the influence of artist Paul Klee on mid-20th-century American Art. 6:30 p.m. $15. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-544-7077.

Special events

  • The National Museum of the American Indian will hold an “Americans” After Hours event after the public museum closes, where visitors will enjoy drinks, snacks and discuss the role of American Indians in shaping the nation’s identity. 6:30 to 9 p.m.  $40 for one ticket or $70 for a pair of tickets. National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. and Independence Ave. 202-633-6613.