Events calendar: Tuesday, Dec. 5


Book signing

  • “Meet an F-4 Pilot” will feature Mark Hewitt, who flew in the Marine Corps and served as director of maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.

Children’s programs

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Children’s author and illustrator Mark Siegel will discuss his book “5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior” and “Oskar and the Eight Blessings.” 4:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • 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

  • Smithsonian Gardens horticulturist Christine Price-Abelow will lead a seasonal workshop on how to create a holiday wreath with fresh mixed evergreens, winterberry and holly, as well as an assortment of natural and fanciful man-made holiday accents and decorative ribbon. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $85 to $100. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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.
  • Guy Mason Recreation Center will hold a twice-weekly interval training class. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • 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.
  • Michelle Mirpour, a professional organizer and renewed lifestyle coach, will host a “Reducing Clutter Reduces Stress” workshop about transforming one’s lifestyle, followed by a Q&A and refreshments. 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527. The class will repeat on Friday at 3 p.m.


  • The Friday Morning Music Club will perform a concert of works by Vilsmayr, Pleyel and Haydn. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Bellevue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
  • The Tuesday Concert Series will feature a Washington Bach Consort recital with organist and conductor Dana Marsh. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • “Holiday Music in the Garden” will feature The Capital Hearings performing a cappella music. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
  • The Peace Ringers and Carol Ringers will perform holiday music on traditional hand bells in “Who Let the Bells Out?” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • An “OnStage Korea” showcase will present the Global Arts Project’s “The Land of Poet,” featuring the innovative band Fairy Tale performing their spin on traditional Korean music. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Mead Theatre, Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW.
  • Vocal Arts DC will present Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko, winner of the 2011 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition Song Prize, and pianist Gary Matthewman performing selections by Ibert, Fauré, Ravel, Sviridov, Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. 7:30 p.m. $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Georgetown University Chamber Music Ensembles will hold its fall concert. 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.

Discussions and lectures

  • Experts will discuss “U.S.-Taiwan Economic Relations: Domestic and International Drivers.” 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. State Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
  • Edward Keefer, author of “Harold Brown: Offsetting the Soviet Military Challenge, 1977-1981,” will moderate a discussion on how the former Secretary of Defense Harold Brown worked to counter the Soviet Union’s growing military strength during the administration of President Jimmy Carter. Panelists will include Brown, former Secretary of Defense William Perry and historian Elliot Cohen. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Juan Gabriel Valdés, ambassador of Chile to the U.S., will discuss the implications of Chile’s 2018 elections in bilateral relations between the two countries. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • The Moveable Feast Classics Book Club will discuss “Northanger Abbey” by Jane Austen. 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Jennifer Henel, curatorial coordinator for digital content at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Striking the Right Chord: Seeing Music in Dutch Genre Painting.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • A Science Café 360 forum will focus on “Coordination, Strength, and Flexibility, They’re Not Just for PE: Using Data to Build Strong Partnerships Between Schools and Health Systems.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE.
  • Steven Salaita will discuss his book “Inter/Nationalism: Decolonizing Native America and Palestine.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Psychologist and executive coach Camille Preston will discuss her book “Create More Flow: Igniting Peak Performance in an Overwired World.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. The Loft, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Scott Sagan, professor of political science at Stanford University and chair of the New Dilemmas in Ethics, Technology, and War project at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, will discuss a series of drawings by a Minneconjou Sioux warrior who fought at the 1876 Battle of the Little Bighorn that vividly and candidly portrayed the unrestrained brutality of the battle and its aftermath. 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Free; registration required. Q?rius Theater, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • North Carolina lawyer, legislator and teacher Deborah Ross — who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2016 as the Democratic nominee but lost to Republican incumbent Richard Burr — will discuss “Voter Suppression and Gerrymandering.” 6:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
  • Ken Wilcox will discuss his book “A National Jaunt: Footster’s Guide to Washington, D.C.,” a full-color guide that describes more than 90 miles of the best walks in the Washington metropolitan area. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • The Chevy Chase Library Book Club will discuss the book “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • Cullen Murphy, editor at large at Vanity Fair, will discuss his book “Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen Alexandra Dean’s documentary “Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story,” about the 1940s Hollywood icon who invented a “secret communication system” to help the Allies fight the Nazis. 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

  • “Fieldwork for Mixed Disciplines Showing” will feature works-in-progress from various artistic disciplines and points of view. 7 to 9 p.m. $10. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
  • 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 Twain Dooley. 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).


  • 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 Dec. 6, 12 and 14 at 6 p.m.