Events calendar: Wednesday, April 18


Classes and workshops

  • Stretch some muscles while surrounded by art at Yoga in the Galleries. Bring your own mat; blocks and blankets are also recommended. 10 a.m. $10 per class; $5 per class for Museum Members. The Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Classes are held every Wednesday.
  • The Alzheimer’s Association will hold a free workshop for individuals and families who would like to know more about legal and financial issues surrounding a diagnosis with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, including practical strategies to help, government programs and how to find legal and financial assistance. 2 p.m. Free. Palisades Village, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 800-272-3900.
  • Ysaye Barnwell will lead a “Community Sing” to teach singers of all levels and ages five-part harmonies and other techniques. 7 to 8 p.m. $5 at the door. Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW.


  • Vocalist LaMarione Shephard, a jazz studies student at the University of D.C., will perform a jazz concert for her senior recital. 7 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Performing Arts – Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.  202-274-5803.
  • Japanese singer, songwriter and guitarist Kana Uemera will perform Japanese and American pop music at the Kennedy Center as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Jerusalem Fund will host writer Jana El-Hassan for a book talk about her fictional novel, “The Ninety-Ninth Floor.” El-Hassan’s story follows Majed, a Palestinian born and raised in Lebanon who becomes successful working in the computer game industry in New York. But Majed, a survivor of a 1982 massacre in Lebanon, is haunted by his past. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. The Palestine Center, 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-338-1958.
  • Leaders from UNESCO and the International Council on Monuments and Sites will discuss urban cultural landscapes with a focus on the 2012 World Heritage City, Rio de Janeiro. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • The Sibley Institute of Bone and Joint Health will hold an informative seminar about rotator cuff tears, arthritis and shoulder replacement with orthopaedic surgeon Noah Raizman. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Sibley Memorial Hospital Building A, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6789.
  • Cory Richards, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will hold a “1000 Words” conversation about his unforgettable selfie taken after he survived a Class 4 avalanche and his experiences as an explorer. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Gilbert H. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • Historic Chevy Chase D.C. will present Chris Myers Asch, co-author of “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital,” who will hold a public discussion with President Carl Lankowski about the book and how growing up in Chevy Chase shaped his perspective on the city’s racial history. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact for more information.
  • Join authors/experts Tom Diaz and Josh Horwitz for a revealing and pragmatic conversation about gun violence in the United States. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $12. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW.


  • The French Cinémathèque will present “Chez nous (This is Our Land),” a film that explores French politics, particularly on the far-right, through the story of a young single mother who naively agrees to run for mayor in the North of France. 8 p.m. $12.50. The Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.