Events calendar: Tuesday, Feb. 13


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.


  • In honor of Black History Month, the Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts will present “Sweet Chariot,” a collection of spirituals performed by members of the Washington National Opera. 12:10 p.m. Free; a $10 contribution is suggested. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635. This event is part of a weekly series that repeats every Tuesday.
  • Musicians from the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra will play selections by Beethoven and Bartók. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Vienna-based ensemble Trio Immersio will perform works by 19th, 20th and 21st century composers from France and Austria. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW.
  • Known for his interpretations of Baroque music, French pianist Alexandre Tharaud will perform Bach’s Goldberg Variations, BWV 988. 7:30 p.m. $60. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Bienvenido Nebres, president of Ateneo de Manila University, will give a talk at Georgetown University on establishing peace in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao, Philippines. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Healey Family Student Center, 3700 O St. NW. Contact Andria Wisler at   
  • Mount Vernon historical interpreter Samuel Murphy will demonstrate 18th-century chocolate making while relating its history in America, following by sampling of the chocolates and opportunities for participants to make historically inspired Valentine’s Day cards. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 general admission, $10 for members. Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • East City Bookshop’s Social Justice Book Club will discuss “We Should All Be Feminists” and “Dear Ijewele, Or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-290-1636.


  • The Embassy of Italy will show director Franco Zeffirelli’s film adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet,” which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 6 to 8:15 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. 202-518-0998.
  • The American University School of Communication will host a screening and discussion of “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” the second documentary from former Vice President Al Gore about climate change and policy. 7 to 9:15 p.m. Free. Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408.
  • The French Embassy will screen “Aya of Yop City,” about a 19-year-old woman who finds out she is pregnant in a small working class neighborhood in the 1970s, as part of their “Comic Screens” film series. 7 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW. 202-994-6042.
  • Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center will screen “Foxtrot,” an Israeli film about a couple grieving the loss of their son, a soldier who died in the line of duty. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.


  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “Noura,” Heather Raffo’s play about an Iraqi immigrant couple whose lives are changed when they host a refugee from the country. 7:30 p.m. $71 to $102. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122. This production will run several times until March 11.

Special events

  • To celebrate Mardi Gras, Washington National Cathedral will hold Shrove Tuesday races, where staff, school students, clergy and local college mascots will compete in the Gargoyle Gallop and the Satterlee Special for the Golden Skillet prize. 11 to 11:45 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.
  • “Disney on Ice” will partner with Big Brother Big Sisters of the National Capital Area for an afternoon of mentorship tips for nearly 40 mentors and mentees at the top of the Watergate Hotel’s brand new rooftop ice skating rink, in time for the show to celebrate bringing “Frozen” to the Capital One Arena on Feb. 14. 5 p.m. Free; registration required. The Watergate Hotel, 2650 Virginia Ave. NW. 212-981-5193.
  • Join the Saint James’ Episcopal Church community for a delicious Shrove Tuesday pancake supper prepared by the Men’s Prayer Breakfast Group.  6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. St. James’ Episcopal Church, 11815 Seven Locks Road, Potomac. 301-762-8040.
  • As part of the “Year of the Bird” that celebrates bird protection laws, the National Geographic Museum will hold a launch party for their “Day to Night” exhibit, featuring a conversation with photographer Stephen Wilkes who photographed iconic bird migrations across Kenya, Scotland, the Falkland Islands and Nebraska. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7700.