Events calendar: Wednesday, Feb. 14


Classes and workshops

  • The Arts Club of Washington will host a paint workshop with Pattee Hipschen. Session 5 of 9. 10 a.m. $25. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Sessions run every Wednesday until March 7.
  • 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. American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300. Classes are held every Wednesday.
  • The Friendship Heights Toastmasters Club will offer tips for communicating more effectively in a friendly atmosphere. 4:30 p.m. First two classes free; registration required. Geico, 5260 Western Ave NW. Chevy Chase. 301-986-3985. The class will repeat several times until March 28.


  • The D.C. Legendary Musicians will present Ida Campbell and her Bluesz Nation Band, which is known to light up a room, leaving the audience audience mesmerized and wanting more with blues, gospel, and old school R&B music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Igor Lukes, a history and international relations professor at Boston University, will give a lecture on the 1948 coup d’etat in Prague and present his own theories about the causes of political crisis in Czechoslovakia. 10 a.m. to noon. Free; RSVP required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. 202-274-9100.
  • Georgia Southern University professor Reed Smith will give a presentation on Cecil Brown, a little-known figure in journalism history who advocated social justice and First Amendment rights as a broadcaster from the 1930s to the 1970s. 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Edward B. Bunn, S.J. Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. Contact Anastasiia Stoiatska at
  • Laura Papish, an assistant professor of philosophy at George Washington University who teaches a seminar on love, sex and friendship, will lead “The Love Lecture” on the topic as part of the Profs and Pints lecture series. 6 p.m. $10 to $12. Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.
  • For the American University Visiting Writer Series, travel writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest will discuss her latest nonfiction book, “All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands.” 8 p.m. Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2971.

Special events

  • The International Spy Museum will hold a special “Lips, Locks and Body Language” event on Valentine’s Day, featuring cocktails, sweet treats and tips on reading and relaying body language from Lena Sisco, a former military intelligence officer and interrogator. 6 p.m. $25 to $35. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Inspired by the “Theatre de Salon Soirée” popular in 19th century French high society, the Arts Club of Washington will present a Valentine’s Day “Salon Theatre,” an evening of drinks, dinner and three short, comedic plays. 6:30 p.m. $90 per person or $160 per couple. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282.
  • Busboys and Poets will hold a “Painting. Loving. Resisting” paint and sip event allowing couples to create a joint venture painting of two love birds perched on a tree spanning two canvases. Ticket includes all necessary art supplies, access to a dessert buffet and a drink ticket. 6 to 8 p.m. $50. Busboys and Poets, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • For Valentine’s Day, The Hillwood Estate will host “Romance Around the Table,” where guests can meet the designers of The Artistic Table exhibition, enjoy food and deserts from Design Cuisine and bid on items in a silent auction. 7 to 10 p.m. $100 for members; $125 for non-members. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-243-3974.