Events calendar: Wednesday, Dec. 20


Children’s programs

  • 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.
  • Discovery Theater will present “Seasons of Light,” an interactive program about the history and customs of Ramadan, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Los Posados, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations’ tradition of the winter solstice (for ages 5 through 10). 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. Performances will continue Dec. 21.
  • 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 West End Library will present the 2017 remake of the Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast.” 4 p.m. Free. Children’s Room, West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • 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.

Classes and workshops

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chef Jennifer Mcllvaine will present an Umbrian cooking class and dinner. 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. $100; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature Philomela. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
  • The Embassy of Colombia will present a concert by Nalamala, a three-part harmony vocal group that performs a mix of jazz, gospel and pop. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Capital Encore Chorale will present a holiday choral concert. 7:30 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 301-261-5747.
  • Folger Consort will hold a concert named after the Christmas carol “Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming,” featuring German Advent and holiday music performed by the vocal ensemble Cathedra, viol consort Arcadia Viols, organist Adam Pearl and artistic co-director Robert Eisenstein. 7:30 p.m. $50. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. The performance will repeat Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.; and Dec. 23 at 4 and 8 p.m.
  • NSO Pops will present “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration,” commemorating the 25th anniversary of the award-winning gospel album that reinterpreted Handel’s famous oratorio. Performers will include Jennifer Holliday, BeBe Winans, CeCe Winans, Take 6, The Clark Sisters, Chanté Moore, Deitrick Haddon, Billy Porter, Kelly Price, Sheléa, Janice Chandler-Eteme, Nnenna Freelon and the Steven Ford Singers. 8 p.m. $29 to $149. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts senior educator Adrienne L. Gayoso 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.
  • National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss “The Christmas Story in Art.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The talk will repeat Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m.


  • The National Gallery of Art will present Jean-Pierre Cottet and Guillaume Cottet’s 2017 documentary “Vermeer, Beyond Time,” which focuses on the artist’s family life, his artistic contemporaries, his conversion to Catholicism, and the wider world of the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Dec. 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 and 30 at noon and Dec. 31 at 2 p.m.
  • The West End Library will present the 1983 comedy “A Christmas Story,” about the young Ralphie Parker, whose most wished-for Christmas gift is the “Red Ryder air rifle.” 6:30 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707.
  • The Avalon Theatre’s French Cinémathèque series will feature Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne’s 2016 film “The Unknown Girl,” a searing saga of guilt and redemption. 8 p.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.


  • Mary Bowman 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 Palisades Community Church will host a Family Vespers Service, an informal time of singing, scripture and discussion of the week’s themes of peace, hope and joy. Dinner at 6 p.m.; service at 7 p.m. Free. Palisades Community Church, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW. 202-966-7929.