Events calendar: Tuesday, Dec. 19


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.
  • Discovery Theater will present “Seasons of Light,” an interactive program about the history and customs of Ramadan, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Los Posados, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations’ tradition of the winter solstice (for ages 5 through 10). 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. Performances will continue Dec. 20 and 21.
  • Discovery Theater will present a screening of the animated film “The Snowy Day,” with a singalong of holiday songs (for ages 3 through 7). 10:30 a.m. and noon. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700.
  • 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.
  • The 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.


  • The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Choir of the Church of the Epiphany with organist Christopher Betts performing seasonal readings and music. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. The weekly concerts will resume Jan. 9.
  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature Vox Pulchra. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • The U.S. Air Force Band’s Chamber Players will perform holiday chamber music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Samovar will play Russian, Ukrainian and Gypsy folk 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.
  • Violinist Damien Escobar will perform as part of his “Heart & Soul Tour.” 8 p.m. $45 to $85. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.

Discussions and lectures

  • The West End Library will host a weekly meeting of “People & Stories: Adult Short Story Discussion Group.” 1 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707. Sessions will continue through Feb. 6.
  • National Gallery of Art senior lecturer Eric Denker will discuss “Pictures in Paintings.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Phil Ziperman, director of the D.C. attorney general’s Office of Consumer Protection, will present a holiday consumer protection seminar for seniors, focusing on fraud, scams and other safety considerations. 3 p.m. Free. Assembly Hall, Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-7623.
  • Author, educator and speaker Ivory A. Toldson will discuss “Male Educators of Color Impacting the Public Education System.” 5 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The monthly “Bread and Roses” labor series will feature a talk by Duke University history professor Nancy MacLean on her book “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Nicolas Guillen Room, Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • “Hasidism: Lifting the Veil of Obscurity” — about a mass religious movement among the Jews of Eastern Europe that transformed the Jewish religion in several significant ways — will feature David Assaf, professor of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University; David Biale, professor of Jewish history at the University of California, Davis; and Samuel Heilman, professor of sociology at Queens College and the City University of New York Graduate Center. A book signing of “Hasidism: A New History” will follow. 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Chris Matthews, political commentator and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” will discuss his book “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.” 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.

Family program

  • A Winter Holiday Party will feature cookie decorating, festive crafts and holiday films (for children, teens and parents). 4:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.


  • Bistro Bohem’s “Film and Beer” series — featuring Czech musicals and comedies — will present Jan Sverák’s 2014 film “Three Brothers,” about siblings who embark into the world and magically venture into famous fairy tales, encountering unexpected moments of love and adventure along the way. 6:45 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. 202-735-5895.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen “Bang: The Bert Berns Story,” an English documentary about the filmmaker’s late father — an underappreciated 1960s songwriter and producer who helped start the careers of Van Morrison and Neil Diamond. 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

  • In honor of Hanukkah, Story District will present “My So-Called Jewish Life,” featuring funny, poignant, powerful and peculiar autobiographical stories from Cody Pomeranz, Heidi Maria Zansler, Rachael Strecher, Shai Fierst, Deborah Vishnevsky, Arianna Skibell and Irina Vayndiner. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • 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.
  • Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Drew Anderson. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • 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.
  • “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).
  • Terre Margaritelli winemaker Federico Bibi will lead a wine tasting and describe the visionary approach of his Umbrian winery. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $50; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the New Orleans Pelicans. 7 p.m. $9 to $161. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • “Gardener’s Focus: Bones of the Winter Garden” will feature a tour led by Brian Barr, director of horticulture at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. 12:45 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 Dec. 21, 22, 26, 28 and 29 at 12:45 p.m.