Events calendar: Wednesday, Jan. 3


Children’s program

  • 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.

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.


  • The National Symphony Orchestra will hold a community performance featuring music by violinist Lisa-Beth Lambert, violist Jennifer Mondie, cellist Eugena Chang and oboist Nicholas Stovall. 11 a.m. Free. Central Union Mission, 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • Saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman and drummer Darrell Green will present a tribute to Horace Silver in collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s American Music Abroad. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Organist Russell Weismann and harpsichordist Todd Fickley will present “The Evolution of the Keyboard” as part of “NSO in Your Neighborhood.” 7 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. 202-467-4600.
  • National Symphony Orchestra members Marissa Regni on the violin, Rachel Young on the cello, Paul Cigan on the clarinet and Lisa Emenheiser on the piano will perform chamber music. 7 p.m. Free. Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • National Museum of Women in the Arts associate curator Virginia Treanor 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.
  • Linda Gordon will discuss her book “The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Scott Tong will discuss his book “A Village With My Name: A Family History of China’s Opening to the World.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.


  • Chris Thomas 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.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the New York Knicks. 7 p.m. $16 to $843. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.