Events calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 16


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 National Building Museum will host “Story Time with the DC Public Library.” Story times for children age 5 and younger are packed full of reading, songs, and activities designed to promote language and literacy skills. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Meet in the Great Hall or check at Information Desk for location. National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. 202-272-2448.
  • 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

  • A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in moderate yoga class for those with some experience. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Smithsonian Associates offers the The Joy of Photography 8-Session Evening Exploratory Course from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Course is eight sessions, three hours each. This course is for beginners who want to learn how to use digital SLR cameras. The goal is to gain skill in technical aspects so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Room 3113, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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 writer’s workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.


  • The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Natalia Kazaryan on the piano, 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.

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.
  • Princeton University professors Peter and Rosemary Grant will discuss their research on demonstrating 40 years of evolution with Galapagos Island finches, as told in their Pulitzer-winning book “The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time.” 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW. 202-387-6400.
  • Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe will have a discussion of “I Contain Multitudes” by Ed Yong at 6:30 pm. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe 1517 Connecticut Avenue, NW 202-387-1400.
  • Author Paula Young Shelton, who is the daughter of civil rights activist Andrew Young, will discuss her children’s biography “Child of the Civil Rights Movement,” which recounts her experiences growing up as a child in the deep south during the Civil Rights era. 6:30 p.m. Free. Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
  • The Women’s National Democratic Club will have a screening and discussion about “This is Palestine.” Stella O’Leary will discuss the ways in which the lessons learned in the Northern Ireland peace agreement could be applied to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Her remarks will be followed by Q & A. 6 p.m. $25 for non-members. Includes buffet. Cash Bar. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. 202-232-7363.


  • Edlavitch DCJCC will host a screening of “Two Trains Runnin’,” a documentary featuring the story of college students and musicians traveling to Mississippi in June 1964 as part of Freedom Summer, attempting to find blues singers Son House and Skip James and coax them out of retirement. 7:30 p.m. $13. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3242.


  • 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 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.
  • The Potter’s House will host a Poetry Reading with Anastacia-Reneé. Award-winning poet Anastacia-Reneé, coming all the way from Seattle, stops by The Potter’s House to read from her latest collection. RSVP via Facebook. 6:30 to 8 p.m. The Potter’s House 1658 Columbia Road Northwest. 202-232-5483.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will host “Grand Tapestry,” a band that creates a cinematically beautiful blend of classical Indian music with Hip Hop. 6 p.m. No tickets required. The John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW. 202-467-4600.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “Hamlet” at the Sidney Harman Hall at 7:30 p.m. Medium to low availability left for shows on Jan. 16, 17, 18 (8 p.m.) and 19 (8 p.m.). Prices vary. See theatre website for tickets and prices. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street, NW. 202-547-1122.