Events calendar: Tuesday, Feb. 20


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.


  • Currently on his U.S. tour, Austrian organist Lukas Hasler will perform compositions by Bach and Franck for the Church of the Epiphany’s Tuesday Concert Series. 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 a weekly program held every Tuesday.
  • UDC Jazz Studies director and pianist Allyn Johnson will join bassist and recording artist Michael Bowie for a “Meet the Artist on the Bandstand” performance and conversation. 12:30 p.m. Free. Recital Hall (Performing Arts — Building 46-West), UDC Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5803.

Discussions and lectures

  • Harry Holzer and Sandy Baum, authors of “Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students,” will discuss how to improve higher education opportunities for economically diverse students at a book talk and lunch. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, 3700 O St. NW. Contact Mary Goodman at
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Unsex Me Here” series will host a panel of women leaders to discuss the connections between culture and identity explored in Heather Raffo’s play, “Noura.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.
  • “Fukushima Now: The Untold Stories” will bring together a panel of four researchers to weigh in on the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan. 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St. NW. 202-238-6900.
  • Author Adam Nicolson will discuss his new book, “The Seabird’s Cry,” about 10 species of seabird and their fights for survival. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. National Geographic Campus, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winner Tyehimba Jess will give a reading of his poetry for the Lannan Center Readings and Talks Series at Georgetown University. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, 37th and O streets NW. Contact Patricia Guzman at


  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival will include a screening of “Naples ‘44,” featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as British soldier Norman Lewis creating an image of post-World War II Naples becoming a ravaged land and then a city of infinite charm. The film will be followed by a conversation with Dr. Sheldon Goldberg, a historian at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.


  • Ellen cherry, an award-winning song and story alchemist based in Baltimore, will perform “Portraits in Song,” featuring original songs, stories, and large–scale projected portraiture that gathers audiences together in a spirit of empathy to spark conversations about the concept of feminism and the fight for equal rights for all people. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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.