Events calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 2

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Classes and workshops

  • Bring a sketchbook and pencils to the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Center and participate in a weekly “Sketching: Draw and Discover” event, taking inspiration from the objects on display at the museum. 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Free. Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-5435.
  • The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.

Concert

  • Wes Swing’s performance at the Kennedy Center will include singing and cello music featuring rapid staccato, full-bodied resonance and legato sounds. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

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.
  • The Chevy Chase Library Book Club will discuss the book “Beautiful Ruins” by Jess Walter. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • Bruce Bartlett will discuss his book “The Truth Matters: A Citizen’s Guide to Separating Facts From Lies and Stopping Fake News in Its Tracks.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Meeting

  • 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

  • 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. witdc.org.
  • 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.