Events calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 17

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Children’s programs

  • National Archives will hold a Ben Franklin-themed storytime for children ages 3 to 5. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. 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.
  • Smithsonian Associates will host a DISCOVERY THEATER: Marcee’s Fruity Vegetable Party. Mom’s birthday is coming up and Marcee is planning a very special party with her favorite foods – fruits and vegetables. Recommended for children ages 3 to 7. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. $3 to $8. S. Dillon Ripley Center, Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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 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

  • The Arts Club of Washington will host a paint workshop with Pattee Hipschen. Session 2 of 9. 10 a.m. $25. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Patteepower@msn.com. Sessions run every Wednesday until March 7.
  • Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a foreclosure prevention clinic. Noon. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-265-2255. The clinic will also be offered Jan. 24 at noon and Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.
  • 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.

Discussions and lectures

  • Commercial Real Estate Women DC will host renowned artist and urban designer Candy Chang for a luncheon discussion on methods to inspire creative thought to reimagine and redesign cities, parks and homes. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Free, registration required. The Capital Hilton Hotel, 1001 16th St. NW. Crewdc.org.
  • Military historian Max Boot will discuss his book “The Road Not Taken,” which recounts legendary CIA operative Edward Lansdale’s plan to win the trust of the Vietnamese people had the events of the Vietnam War not crushed his plan for diplomacy. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Georgetown University will host a discussion entitled “Esotericism in Modern Muslim Thought” with Teena Purohit. This paper examines the place of esotericism, in particular Bahai thought, in Abduh’s writings which Rida, his biographer, vehemently opposed. 12:30 p.m. Free. Edward B. Bunn S.J. Intercultural Center, #270, 37th and O St., N.W. as3831@georgetown.edu.
  • The National Gallery of Art will host a gallery talk entitled “Blue Morning” (In Memory of Vincent Scully) by George Bellows. 2 p.m. Free East Building Atrium. Located between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW. 202-842-6905.
  • The Sixth & I will hold a class entitled “Take on the Talmud,” allowing participants to study the Talmud with Rabbi Scott. Over two nights, dive into this famously rich, famously difficult magnum opus of Jewish ethical and spiritual thought. 6 p.m. $30. Register online or call 877-987-6487. Sixth & I, 600 I Street, NW.
  • The International Spy Museum hosts “Escape the Enemy: An Aggressively Interactive Evening with Navy SEAL Clint Emerson.” When the world hands you a bad situation, Emerson can give you the skills to be prepared. 6:30 p.m. $20. 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • As part of an “Art Without Boundaries” event at the Georgetown Library, art historian Vanessa Badré will discuss key concepts of European and Japanese art. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.

Film

  • The Italian Embassy will be showing “Ill Confromista,” or “The Conformist,” an Italian film with English subtitles about a man joining the Fascists in Mussolini’s Italy in an attempt to fit in, who finds that he can’t escape flashbacks of his past. 6 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. 202-612-4400.
  • The Japan Information & Culture Center and the Japanese Embassy will screen “La La La at Rock Bottom,” a Japanese film with English subtitles about a man with amnesia who becomes the lead singer of a band while struggling to remember his past. 6:30 p.m. 1150 18th St. NW, Suite 100. 202-238-6900.
  • The National Archives will screen a 1987 Emmy-winning HBO documentary featuring actors and actresses reading authentic letters home from men and women serving in Vietnam. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. National Archives William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Avalon Theatre will hold a screening of the French film “The Sweet Escape” or “Comme un avion” about a middle-aged graphic designer setting out on a kayak adventure on a whim. 8 p.m. $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.

Performances and readings

  • Busboys and Poets will present an open mic poetry night hosted by Jonathan B. Tucker. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th Street NW. 202-789-2227.
  • The Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage will host Ava Rocha. Brazilian singer, songwriter, and filmmaker, Rocha plays classic Tropicália with a punk rock twist, psychedelia, and pop. 6 p.m. Free; no tickets required. The John F. Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street, NW. 202-467-4600.
  • Levine Music will host a community sing event. Singers of all ages can join our joyful Community Sings led by Ysaye Barnwell. 7 to 9 p.m. $5. Jane Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton Street NW. 202-686-8000.

Special event

  • “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. busboysandpoets.com.
  • The National Archives will be celebrating “Museum Selfie Day,” encouraging visitors from around the world to take selfies using the costumes, backdrops and reproductions of the documents in the Archives’ Boeing Learning Center. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
  • American University will hold its Farmers Market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fresh fruits, vegetables, Amish cheese and yogurt from Agora Farms and hearth baked breads and treats from Girardot’s Crumbs Bakery! In the Quad at Eric Friedheim Quadrangle Roadway. 202-885-1000.
  • The Edlavitch D.C. Jewish Community Center organized a Dave and Buster’s Night. 7 p.m. Must purchase tickets online. 8661 Colesville Road.