Events calendar: Tuesday, April 17


Classes and workshops

  • Bring a sketchbook and pencils to the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Center and participate in a “Sketching: Draw and Discover” event, taking inspiration from the objects on display at the museum. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free; walk-ins welcome. Smithsonian American Art Museum, F and 8th St. NW. 202-633-5435. This event repeats weekly.
  • The Washington National Cathedral’s Sanctuary Committee will hold a training session for volunteers who are interested in visiting detained immigrants. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • Dumbarton House will host a chamber music concert in its Belle Vue Room. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-0348.
    • Pianist Christopher Schmitt will perform Ravel’s suite, “Gaspard de la Nuit,” and Beethoven’s Sonata Op. 81a, “Les Adieux.” 12:10 to 1 p.m. Free; $10 donation suggested. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. This concert is part of the Tuesday Concert Series that repeats every week.
  • The University of D.C. small jazz ensembles will perform a concert under the direction of Allyn Johnson to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. 12:30 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Performing Arts – Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5083.
    • Instrumentalist and composer Abraham Brody will combine Lithuanian traditions alongside Lithuanian vocal Trys Keturiouse (singing ancient ritual sutartines) for a contemporary music performance at the Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The band Accordi e Disaccordi will perform their unique genre known as “hot Italian swing,” which combines jazz, swing, blues and folk influences. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. 202-518-0998.

Discussions and lectures

  • Aaron Bryant, curator of the Smithsonian Institute’s “City of Hope” exhibition, will give a lecture on the Poor People’s Campaign organized by Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph David Abernathy to address poverty as a human rights issue. Following King’s assassination, the movement evolved into “Resurrection City,” a weeks-long demonstration on the National Mall. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20. District Architecture Center, 421 7th St. NW. 202-272-2448.


  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “Waiting for Godot,” Samuel Beckett’s tragicomedy about two men killing time as they wait at a bus stop for a man who never arrives. 7:30 p.m. $38 to $102. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. This production will run through May 20.


  • “Tour and Tea” will offer an in-depth tour of the Washington National Cathedral, followed by traditional English tea with a view at the seventh floor Pilgrim Observation Gallery. 1:30 p.m. $36. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200. This tour will repeat Tuesdays and Wednesdays through Aug. 8.
  • Jessica Bonilla, head gardener at Hillwood, will lead a “Spring Designs” tour of the estate’s seasonal plants. 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Tour covered by suggested donations for visitors. $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, $10 for college students, $5 for children ages six to 18. Free for children under six and Hillwood members. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. This tour will repeat Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through April 20.