Events calendar: Tuesday, Jan. 30

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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 “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 DMV Sanctuary Congregation Network will host a training session for volunteers interested in accompanying immigrants to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement check-ins and hearings. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Perry Auditorium, Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Contact Claudia Russell or Marty Dickinson at sanctuary@cathedralcongregation.org.

Concerts

  • Soprano Alexandria Shiner, mezzo-soprano Eliza Bonet, tenor Alexander McKissick, and baritone Michael Hewitt from Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program will present a recital of art song and concert works, exploring the relationship between text and music, poet and composer, pianist and voice. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • On tour in North America for his latest album, “Talea,” Sardinian guitarist Paolo Angeli will bring his unique sound to D.C. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; registration suggested. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St., NW. 202-518-0998.  

Discussions and lectures

  • James Reston Jr. will discuss and sign copies of his book, “A Rift in the Earth,” which chronicles the history of constructing the Vietnam War Memorial. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; registration suggested. William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Museum, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. archives.gov/calendar.
  • 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 Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Unsex Me Here” series will host a panel of women with expertise in the mental health field to discuss portrayals of bereavement and madness in “Hamlet.” 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.
  • Named “Pollster of the Year” in 2014 by the American Association of Political Consultants, Anna Greenberg will talk about what’s in store for the 2018 midterm elections. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. $20 for Woman’s National Democratic Club members, $25 for non-members, $15 for Young Democrats. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Contact Patricia Fitzgerald at 202-232-7363 or pfitzgerald@democraticwoman.org.
  • Author, historian and journalist Ken Walsh will reflect on a turning point in American history at “1968: The The Tumultuous Year That Changed America.” 6:45 p.m. $25 for Smithsonian Associates members, $35 for non-members. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Join the Glover Park Jane Austen Book Club for a discussion of “A Room with a View” by E.M. Forester. 7 p.m. Free. Contact Elaine at erowley@corpadvisorysolutions.com for more information.
  • Christopher Kimball, founder of the Boston-based cooking school and media company “Milk Street,” will discuss his new cookbook, which features 125 home cooking recipes. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
  • “Work in Progress: Women in Media” will bring together reporters from CNN, The Washington Post and NPR to discuss their experiences as female journalists and offer advice to those hoping to break into the industry. 7 p.m. $12. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202-408-3100.

Films

  • Docs in Progress will screen “The Queen of the Capital,” which follows drag queen Muffy Blake Stephyns in her quest to be crowned Queen of the Imperial Court of Washington, D.C., an LGBT philanthropic organization. 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. $10 donation suggested; purchase tickets in advance. Room 307, George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st St. NW. 301-789-2797.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival will screen “The Young Karl Marx,” recounting the early days of friendship between Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels as they struggled to establish the Communist Party and complete the Communist Manifesto. 7:30 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Tours

  • The Phillips Collection’s director Dorothy Kosinski and Curator Elsa Smithgall will lead a tour of the “Ten Americans: After Paul Klee” exhibit which explores the effects that the Swiss-born artist has had on other important figures in American abstract expressionist painting. 10 a.m., with coffee and registration starting at 9:30 a.m. 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151.

Performances

  • Opera Lafayette and Kalanidhi Dance will present Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Erminia” and Francesco Geminiani’s “La forêt enchantée” or “The Enchanted Forest,” an opera sung in Italian with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $130. Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. This event will repeat on Wednesday, Jan. 31.
  • The American Ballet theater will perform “A Program of Repertory Works,” featuring dances such as “Serenade after Plato’s Symposium,” “Other Dances,” “Thirteen Diversions” and “I Feel the Earth Move.” 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $49. Kennedy Center Opera House. 202-467-4600. This performance will repeat on Jan. 31.

Sporting events  

  • The Washington Wizards basketball team will play a home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. 7 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Capital One Arena, 601 F St. NW. www.nba.com/wizards/tickets.