Events calendar: Tuesday, Dec. 12


Children’s programs

  • The Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library will hold “Pop of the Tots,” a toddler dance party (for ages 5 and younger). 10, 10:30 and 11 a.m. Free; tickets required. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • The Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library will host “Mid-Morning Movies,” a weekly popular-film screening geared toward those with developmental disabilities but open to everyone. 11 a.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Teen Scene @ Tenley,” a weekly program offering a hour of gaming, films, crafts and/or karaoke after school. 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1225.

Classes and workshops

  • The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory vinyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library’s “Adult Learning Lab” will offer tutoring for adults with skills at the high-school level. 4 to 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • Facilitator Catharin Dalpino of the Washington English Center will lead an Evening English Conversation Group for members to talk about ideas and events and practice conversation skills. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.
  • Rabbi Shira Stutman will teach a class on “The Hardest Conversation,” about the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement. 7 p.m. $15. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.


  • The Tuesday Concert Series will feature guitarist Jeremy Lyons and soprano Lisa Perry performing Spanish masterpieces by de Falla and Joaquín Rodrigo. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Thomas Circle Singers. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • A holiday celebration of opera from around the world will feature soprano Beyana Soldo, pianist Milena Gligic and baritone Jose Sacín. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Project Natale will play versatile, contemporary jazz music as part of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “Holiday Music in the Garden” series. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Discussions and lectures

  • H. Perry Chapman, professor and associate chair of Northern Baroque art at the University of Delaware, will discuss “Virtuous Rivalry in the Age of Vermeer.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Harriet Elam-Thomas, former U.S. ambassador to Senegal, will discuss her memoir “Diversifying Diplomacy: My Journey From Roxbury to Dakar.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
  • Writer, speaker and activist Jaclyn Friedman will discuss her book “Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Physicist Paul Halpern will discuss his book “The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionized Time and Reality.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030.


  • As part of a film series on “Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration,” the Embassy of France will present Julie Bertuccelli’s 2014 film “School of Babel,” about a diverse group of newcomers to France attending the same class to learn French. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen Leah Warshawski and Todd Soliday’s 2016 documentary “Big Sonia,” a humorous portrait of the power of love to triumph over bigotry. 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW.


  • Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680.

Performances and readings

  • The Arts Club of Washington will commemorate the “Nanking Massacre” of 1937 with “Rhyme for Human Peace/Comfort for the Atrocity Victims,” featuring poetry readings by local writers and live piano performance of works by Chopin, Schubert and others. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
  • The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW.
  • Story District will present “Home for the Holidays: Stories About Returns and Reunions.” 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St. NW.
  • Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Joseph LMS Green. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • Aid to Artisans will hold its 2017 Holiday Craft Sale, featuring handmade artisan crafts from Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia, India and other countries. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Creative Learning, Suite 104, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW. The sale will continue daily through Dec. 18.
  • The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
  • The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • As part of Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week, a backstage tour will follow the daily path of actors from dressing rooms to the stage. 4:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. Tours will also be offered Friday at 5:15 p.m.
  • “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).

Sporting event

  • The Washington Capitals will play the Colorado Avalanche. 7 p.m. $9 to $158. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • “Gardener’s Focus: Holiday Decor” will feature a tour led by Hillwood floral and event decor designer Ami Wilber highlighting Christmas trees inspired by Marjorie Post’s spectacular gems and jewelry. 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. $15 to $18; tickets distributed at the Visitor Center upon opening each day. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will repeat Thursday and Friday at 12:45 p.m.
  • Tudor Place will host a candlelight tour featuring the mansion’s glittering holiday decor and outdoor illuminations. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The tour will also be offered Thursday at 6 p.m.