Events calendar: Wednesday, Dec. 13


Children’s programs

  • The National Archives will hold a storytime event with an Arctic exploration theme (for ages 3 through 5 with an accompanying adult). 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Boeing Learning Center, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • The Chevy Chase Library will host a “Toddler Dance Party,” with music and dancing for the entire family. 10:30 a.m. Free; tickets required. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • The Takoma Park Library will host “Build a Better World Lego Club” (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St NW. 202-576-7252.
  • The Georgetown Library will host “Lego Playtime” (for ages 4 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Petworth Library will host a weekly coloring club with themed coloring sheets and all supplies provided (for ages 5 and younger). 4:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
  • Pratham DC Young Professionals will host “Arts for Kids: An Evening of Music and Theater,” an evening of music and theatre presented by the South Asian Performing Arts Network and Institute. 7 to 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW.

Classes and workshops

  • Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-726-2080.
  • The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.
  • The Petworth Library will host a workshop on “Retro Holidays: Digitize Your Memories.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
  • Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop to critique participants’ poems. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly “Yoga for All” restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.


  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Capital Accord Chorus. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • The U.S. Navy Band Brass Quintet will perform selections from its repertoire of more than 400 songs spanning six centuries. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • ThePianoGuys — who became YouTube stars by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos — will perform their new live show “Christmas Together.” 7:30 p.m. $60.75 to $103.75. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The performance will repeat Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m.
  • Getty Music will present “SING! An Irish Christmas,” featuring Keith and Kristyn Getty in a program built around their Christmas church music catalog and their love for historic carols. 8 p.m. $70 to $175. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts editorial associate Emily Haight will discuss several works in the special exhibition “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • Molly Burton will discuss her book “Finally, A Parade for You,” which includes biographies of armed services members who served in the Vietnam War. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Historians Robert Dallek and Rebecca Erbelding will discuss President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s leadership style near the beginning of World War II and how it affected the U.S.’s response to the Nazi threat. 1 p.m. Free; registration required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-488-0460.
  • Robert Eisenstein, director of the Five College Early Music Program and a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College, will lead a seminar on the upcoming concert “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming.” 6 p.m. $20. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ayanna Howard will discuss pediatric robots and their use for helping children with disabilities worldwide as part of Carnegie Institution for Science’s Capital Science Evenings. 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. $10 donation suggested; registration required. Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P St. NW.
  • Profs & Pints will present “The Christmas Truce of 1914,” with Mark Facknitz, professor emeritus of English at James Madison University and a member of the World War I Centennial Commission’s historical advisory board. 6 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.
  • Mike Solomonov and Steven Cook will discuss their book “Federal Donuts: The (Partially) True Spectacular Story.” 7 p.m. $15 to $35. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW.


  • The Japan Information and Culture Center will present Hirozaku Kore-eda’s 2015 film “Our Little Sister,” an adaptation of Yoshida Akimi’s best-selling graphic novel. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.
  • The Lions of Czech Film series will feature “Angel of the Lord 2,” the sequel to the popular Czech fairy tale about the angel Petronel, who works at Heaven’s door but is convinced that he deserves a better job. 8 p.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.


  • Cajun cellist Sean Grissom will host “Holiday Vaudeville,” featuring juggler Jacob D’Eustachio, local klezmer quartet The Alexandria Kleztet, woodwind player Seth Kibel, violinist Helen Hausmann, bassist Bob Abbott and percussionist Tim Jarvis. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Tim Livengood and Noa Baum will host “Grapevine: Storytelling Series.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • Simply Sherri will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

Special events

  • “The Village — Co-working + Childcare = Parenting Bliss” will offer two hours of child care while parents can use Wi-Fi and tables. 9 to 11 a.m. $20. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW.
  • The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
  • The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Family Week will feature a family-friendly musical theater singalong. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • The Georgetown boutique Lilly Pulitzer will host an evening of holiday shopping at a “Shop ’n Share” benefit for Tudor Place. 6 to 8 p.m. Free admission. Lilly Pulitzer, 1079 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • “Chanukah Community Candle Lighting” will feature a menorah lighting followed by latkes, doughnuts, dreidel games, music, crafts and more. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Kay Community Hall, Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the Memphis Grizzlies. 7 p.m. $7 to $139. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • The Heurich House Museum will host a “Holiday Brewmaster Tour,” featuring a one-hour guided tour through the mansion and a half-hour craft beer tasting in the conservatory. 6 to 7:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW. The tour will repeat Dec. 21.