Events calendar: Wednesday, March 14

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Children’s programs

  • Hillwood’s March preschool series, “Fanciful Heroes,” will take children ages 2 to 5 on an imaginative tour of the estate that includes hunting for dragons and making hero’s capes. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. $10 to $12 per session. Ticket includes one child and one accompanying adult; additional adults $18 each. Hillwood Estate, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. This program will repeat on March 15 and 21.

Classes and workshops

  • 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. The Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, 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 College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia will host a series of free Propagation Clinics covering how summer crops become food. 5 to 8 p.m. Free. The University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-274-6103.
  • The National Portrait Gallery will hold a “Teen Museum Council Portrait Pop-up,” where teens can create art that will be showcased at the TMC Paint Ball. 5 to 6:30 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-8300.

Concerts

  • Baltimore-based band Horse Lords will create deep, hypnotic grooves of bold new American rock ‘n’ roll at the Kennedy Center, performing music from their 2016 album “Interventions.” 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Scholar Susan Van Dyne will lead a gallery talk poetry reading and a discussion of the life and legacy of Sylvia Plath, as part of the programming for the exhibition “One Life: Sylvia Plath.” Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-8300.

Films

  • The Japan Information and Culture Center will screen “The Hidden Fortress,” a 1958 film about a general who must guard the princess of his clan as they smuggle treasure across hostile territory. The film was a major influence on George Lucas’ “Star Wars.” 6:30 p.m. Free; registration required. Embassy of Japan, 1150 18th St. NW. 202-238-6900.

Performances

  • Hip hop artist and veteran arts performer Jamal Gray and Uptown Art House will present “The Landing,” an immersive performance including sound, movement and video of progressive responses to today’s society. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Theater J will put on a production of “Becoming Dr. Ruth,” a one-woman show about the story of Ruth Westheimer, who escaped Nazi Germany and worked as a sniper in Jerusalem before becoming a successful sex therapist in the U.S. 7:30 p.m. $20 to $50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3210. This production will run until March 18.