Events calendar: Thursday, March 8

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Classes and workshops

  • Sisters Adrienne and Danielle Cook will lead a “Zing and Zest” cooking demonstration on how to use lemons to enhance all-new spring recipes. Noon to 12:45. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The class will repeat at 12:50 p.m.
  • 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

  • Pianist Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center artistic director of jazz, will improvise using the work from the “Ten Americans: After Paul Klee” exhibit at the Phillips Collection. 5:30 p.m. Free, reservations required through the Kennedy Center. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • The Jazz Heritage Series from the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note will return with a concert featuring jazz pianist Kenny Barron as the guest artist. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center, 4915 East. Campus Drive, Alexandria. 202-767-4310.
  • Baltimore’s Peabody Institute will present its new music group, Now Hear This, which will perform works by George Crumb, Steve Reich and Kate Soper. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Anita Waltz, a librarian at Virginia Tech, will present an American University colloquium on scholarly education about the open education movement, which aims to replace traditional college textbooks with free, openly licensed materials. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free; RSVP required. Bender Library, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3847.
  • Nearly 20 years after publishing his 1999 memoir, Nathaniel Philbrick will discuss “Second Wind: A Sunfish Sailor, an Island, and the Voyage That Brought a Family Together.” 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Listen to stories and musical excerpts from New York Philharmonic soloist Aaron Diehl and Tony Award-winning playwright Murray Horwitz as part of a “How Do We Listen” event focusing on harmony at the National Portrait Gallery. 7:30 p.m. $25. National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-3030.

Films

  • In celebration of the D.C. Francophonie Festival, the Bureau de Québec will sponsor a screening of “Chasse-Galerie: La Légende,” an award-winning film set in the 1800s about a man whose family is threatened when he makes a deal with the devil. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; registration required. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.
  • The American University School of Communication will host a premiere showing of “U Street Contested,” a documentary about the history and transformation of the U Street Corridor in D.C. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free; registration recommended. Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact Michael Barry at mb6368a@student@american.edu.

Performances

  • At Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Happenings Happy Hour,” actor Nora Achrati will use interactive storytelling to bring “Tales from the Arabian Nights” to life. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reserve in advance. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.