Events calendar: Wednesday, Feb. 7


Children’s programs

  • Children ages 3 to 5 are welcome to the U.S. Botanic Garden’s “February Sprouts” educational event exploring the fascinating world of plants. 1:30 p.m. Free, registration required. U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.

Classes and workshops

  • The Arts Club of Washington will host a paint workshop with Pattee Hipschen. Session 4 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.
  • Health coach Jessica Braider will lead “Raising Healthy Eaters: How to Win the Mealtime Wars,” a workshop to help parents understand the reasons behind picky eating, with advice for trying new approaches and recipes. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $12 for Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center Members; $15 for non-members. Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-518-9400.


  • The “First Wednesday Concert” at St. John’s Church will feature soloists from the St. John’s choir and a performance on the Lively-Fulcher pipe organ. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Church, 16th and H streets NW. 202-347-8766.
  • The Chicago Symphony Orchestra will return to D.C. for the first time in nearly 13 years to perform music from Brahms, Verdi and composer Samuel Adams. 8 p.m. $50 to $165. Concert Hall, The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • In the fourth part of his ongoing lecture series about composer Leonard Bernstein, conductor Saul Lilienstein will cover Bernstein’s major compositions from the 1950s, including “Candide” and “West Side Story.” 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25. Lang Recital Hall, Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW.
  • Yale University French professor Alice Kaplan will explain how Albert Camus’ 1942 novel “The Stranger (L’Etranger)” came to be the classic it is today. 5 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 1421 36th St. NW. Contact Josiah Osgood at
  • Chas Freeman, a former U.S. ambassador and interpreter for President Richard Nixon, will speak at American University’s School of International Service. 3:30 to 5 p.m. School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1623.
  • Georgetown University’s Department of Performing Arts will hold a conversation with Mary Kathryn Nagle, the playwright behind “Sovereignty,” about a Cherokee lawyer fights to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction while confronting the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
  • The National Building Museum will host “Supportive Housing Solutions,” a panel about affordable housing featuring experts from Community Solutions and So Others Might Eat. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $20 for non-members; $12 for members and $10 for students. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Composer and music historian Jeff Sultanof will lead a JAZZForum to discuss his new book, “Experiencing Big Band Jazz: A Listener’s Companion.” 7 p.m. Free. Recital Hall (Performance Arts – Building 46-West), 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-5803.
  • Ronit Stahl will discuss her book “Enlisting Faith: How the Military Chaplaincy Shaped Religion and State in Modern America.” 7 p.m. Free. Bender Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville. 301-348-3756.


  • American University’s School of Communication will screen clips of the Iraq war film “Thank You for Your Service,” followed by a Q&A with David Finkel, a Washington Post reporter who wrote the book on which the film is based. 5:30 p.m. Free. Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2220.
  • The Alliance Française Ciné-Club will show the romantic drama “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf (The Lovers on the Bridge),” followed by a Q&A with Nicholas Elliott, U.S. correspondent for the French magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $12 general admission; $7 for members. Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. 202-234-7911.


  • Arlington-based Company Danzante will bring the work by five contemporary choreographers – Marcus Willis, Shaun Boyle, Karen Reedy, Katherine Horrigan and Arturo Garcia – to the Kennedy Center. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Dog & pony dc will present “Peepshow,” featuring a non-male identifying cast that will confront the complexities of the male gaze through Broadway show tunes, review the history of feminism in a wrestling ring and expose the modern woman’s complicity in her own oppression through a synchronized swimming- and Kpop-inspired ballet. 8 p.m. $20 to $40. Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW. The show will continue until Feb. 25.

Special events

  • All ages are welcome to the Washington National Cathedral for an Indoor Carnival Night, featuring carnival games, popcorn, scavenger hunts, maze and other family-friendly activities. 4 to 9 p.m. $5 donation suggested, registration suggested. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-6200.
  • Gallery B is happy to announce its February exhibit, “Us Four,” featuring artwork by Katty Biglari, Yolaine Rilhac Brochard, Nora Maccoby and Grazia Montalto. Galley will be open Wednesdays through Saturdays, Noon to 6 p.m. The gallery will also be open for the “Us Four” opening reception on Feb. 9 from 6 to 8pm. Gallery B, 7700 Wisconsin Ave., Suite E, Bethesda. Laura Kellermann, 301-215-6660, ext. 116.