D.C. community calendar, Feb. 6 to Feb. 13, 2014

Garden tour and kids in "snugglies," volunteers take turns leading parents or care providers with one child in an infant carrier for a tour of the conservatory. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, through next Thursday, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. Pre-registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older; see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Laugh cafe, bring your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales. Memorization not required; bring your lunch, coffee and dessert provided. Sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free with one joke. Registration: 202-364-7602.

Managing stress and improving your well-being, a discussion led by Al Zara, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, suggested donation $55 for 8 weeks. 202-364-7602.

"The Heart of Everything that Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend ," book talk. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Computer skills class for beginners, learn how to create an e-mail account, search the Internet, use library online services and more. 1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Tax help, meet with a qualified tax aide from Community Tax Aid who can help answer your questions and prepare your 2013 filing, limited to individuals with less than $35,000 in income (taxable and non-taxable) and families with less than $52,000 in income (taxable and non-taxable). 4:30-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 1-4 p.m. Sundays through April 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Rooms A-9 and A-10, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Walk with a park ranger, for a sampling of the memorials that make up the landscape of our nation's history. 2-4 p.m. daily through Feb. 28, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

Meditation and mindfulness, Al Zara leads a meditation and mindfulness session where seated participants practice meditation techniques. 2 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free, suggested donation, $50-$75 for 8 weeks. 202-364-7602 or www.sibley.org .

Cathedral tour: patriots at the cathedral, for age 10 and up, docents discuss depictions of patriots, statesmen and heroes from George Washington to the Marines (and one corpsman) raising of the flag at Iwo Jima. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, West End Docent Station, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Teen game time, ages 12-18; compete with your friends in some favorite games or just hang out. 3:15 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

Crafty Thursdays, age 5 and up; all materials provided. 4 p.m. Thursdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1184.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Meeting Room 2, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

Georgetown art show, a showing of oil and watercolor paintings, prints, sculpture and photography by local residents and artists who have studios in Georgetown, and midday art talks on Saturday and Sunday. Reception, 6-9 p.m. Thursday; Viewings, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, House of Sweden's premier gallery room, 2900 K St. NW. Free. 202-337-7313.

Kennedy Center comedy, Emmy-winning comedian, blogger and podcaster Sara Schaefer and comedian Brian Parise. Post-show happy hour with a signature cocktail, program contains mature themes and strong language. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Lowland Hum performs, the North Carolina husband and wife folk duo, featuring Daniel and Lauren Goans, crafts a multi-sensory performance that allows audience members to connect with their art and with each other as fellow listeners. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Is genetic information different? Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health, moderates a discussion of personal questions relating to information received from genome testing. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

Why biblical stories still speak to us: new meanings from modern Midrash, focusing on the creative analysis of familiar stories to uncover new meanings that relate to our own personal and spiritual lives, Rabbi Bruce Aft, adjunct professor of Judaism, University of Mary Washington and Marymount University, examines how deeper investigations of powerful sacred stories such as those of Adam and Eve, Abraham, Sarah, Cain and Abel, and Isaac and Ishmael provide insights into our lives, our evolution as spiritual beings and how we can make our relationships more meaningful. 6:45-9 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030.

"Longwood Gardens: 100+ Years of Garden Splendor ," Longwood P.S. du Pont fellow Colvin Randall discusses his book, the story of the magnificent gardens, the evolution of Longwood's bucolic landscape, the performing arts in the gardens and the world famous pipe organ. 7-8 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7; four-lecture series on Feb. 13, 19 and 27, $70; students, $25. 202-686-5807. www.hillwoodmuseum.org .

National Symphony Orchestra concert, Christoph Eschenbach conducts the orchestra and cellist Steven Isserlis in a performance of works by Haydn, Schumann and Brahms; Thursday's performance is followed by an "AfterWords" discussion. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

The Life of a Poet: Carl Phillips, Ron Charles, Washington Post fiction editor, moderates a discussion about the author of 12 collections of poetry and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, sponsored by the Library of Congress. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-549-4172.

"The Book of Schmaltz: Love Song to a Forgotten Fat," food writer Michael Ruhlman discusses his new book about his investigation of the flavor possibilities offered by schmaltz, a singular fat, and enjoy a schmaltzy snack afterwards. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $12. E-mail lilikg@washingtondcjcc.org. 202-777-3254.

"Richard III," by William Shakespeare, directed by Robert Richmond, a portrait of maniacal ambition and digging into the truth about this king's real nature with this celebrated history play, configured "in the round." 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 9; pre-show talk at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday; post-show talk Feb. 20, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $39-$72. 202-544-7077.

"Violet," based on Doris Betts's " The Ugliest Pilgrim ," with music by Jeanine Tesori, lyrics and book by Brian Crawley, direction and choreography by Jeff Calhoun, the touching story of hope, love and healing in the early 1960s when a young woman on a journey across the South meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own worth. 11 a.m. Thursday, and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Feb. 23, noon Feb. 13 and 20, Ford's Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $15-$62, discounts for groups, seniors, military and age 35 and younger. 202-347-4833. www.fords.org .

"The Tallest Tree in the Forest," Moises Kaufman directs the music-infused work by playwright and performer Daniel Beaty. The piece is an intimate look at Paul Robeson - scholar, athlete, activist, vocalist and celebrated actor of stage and screen. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Feb. 16, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

"The Best Man ," by Gore Vidal, directed by Tim Lynch and Christina A. Coakley, a darkly satirical drama about power, ambition, political secrets, ruthlessness and the race for the presidency set at a national convention where two candidates compete for their party's nomination. 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 22, Andrew Keegan Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30. boxoffice@keegantheatre.com . 703-892-0202, www.keegantheatre.com .

"Shear Madness," performance of a comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

"Mother Courage and Her Children ," Molly Smith directs Kathleen Turner and Rick Foucheux in an in-the-round staging of Bertolt Brecht's work with original music by James Sugg, the story of a tough-as-nails matriarch who profits off the war that steals her children from her one by one. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, through March 9, noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Feb. 19, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

Workshop performance of new work by Samuel D. Hunter, the playwright explores his new work in collaboration with a director, Institute Dramaturg Jocelyn Clarke and company of actors, discussing the new piece for the first time. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $10. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

Friday, FEB. 7

Tax help, available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through April 11, Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. 202-541-6255; and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays through April 11, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Seniors line dancing, age 50 and up. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Pictures in a Box, bring your favorite photos and create a keepsake box; all materials and box provided. 10-11:30 a.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Smithsonian preservation program, for ages 8-11, learn from primary resources about preserving family oral histories and objects; includes a reading of " Ruth and the Green Book " by Calvin Ramsey and Gwen Strauss, on the history of segregation. 11 a.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-541-6100.

Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by J.S. Bach, Laitman, Copland and Schubert. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Pipe organ recital, Hans Hielscher performs works by European composers Denis Bédard, Enrico Pasini, Josef Rheinberger and Franz von Suppé. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

Open studio Fridays, for all ages to explore different selections of art materials. 1-4 p.m. Fridays through Feb. 28, National Portrait Gallery, first floor, education center, room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Museum films, "Double Door," Charles Vidor's 1934 rendition of a popular play about the legendary Wendels, the Gilded Age dynasty whose Murray Hill mansion was one of the very last on Fifth Avenue to be razed; and "Supernatural," Victor and Edward Halperin's 1933 film exposé of spiritualism, the story of an heiress who falls under the spell of a charlatan psychic, starring Carole Lombard. 3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Join the "STeAM" team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create and more. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

animated chinese new year cards design traditional dance performance, China's Jinfan Dance Troupe of Beijing School No. 9, about 25 middle and high school dance students give a performance featuring a compilation of various regional Chinese traditional dances. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Working from the figure, drop-in figure drawing, work on drawings or paintings in front of a live model in a session without an instructor. Bring drawing materials; easels available. 6:30-9:30 p.m., first and third Fridays, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20; $76 for a four-class pass. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Game night at St. Augustine's, for all ages, bring board and card games to play with family or friends; meet new friends, too. 7 p.m. Bring a potluck dish for dinner. 6:30 p.m., St. Augustine's Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free. 202-554-3222 or rector@staugustinesdc.org .

Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; bring water and a flashlight. 7-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-426-6841.

Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, a performance of new works. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$31. 202-467-4600.

Saturday, FEB. 8

Northeast Library re-opening, join friends and neighbors as they view the completed renovations and learn about the library's upgrades. Light refreshments served. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3320.

Paul Hadfield: general foolishness, circus skills, music and physical comedy that invites audience participation on Hadfield's zany adventure. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

Macular degeneration support group, physician Donald Gagliano discusses research findings reported at the annual conference of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 2, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

The Artistic Legacy of Byzantium, art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine explores some of the most remarkable aspects of the Byzantine legacy as seen through its visual culture: the extraordinary icons, frescoes, architecture, and other art works created throughout the empire that reflected its position at a confluence of west and east. 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Dante's Divine Comedy: A Timeless Journey, Frank Ambrosio, director of Georgetown University's My Dante Project, lays out a roadmap that enables participants to experience the Comedy as Dante intended: a journey of his self-discovery, both terrible and sublime, set in a landscape as varied as the array of unforgettable characters who reside there. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Meditation: Changing the Brain, Opening the Heart, meditation teacher Hugh Byrne explores the ways in which meditation practices help change the brain and open the heart, each session includes periods of guided seated meditation, no prior meditation experience is required. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030.

Used library book sale, most books $1; proceeds benefit library programs. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377.

Tax help, available to taxpayers with low and moderate incomes, with special attention to those 60 and older, through trained volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through April 12, Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Zen Through-the-Lens Photography, an illustrated presentation on stunning nature photographs, many from the Arboretum, entertaining and thought-provoking stories behind the prize-winning photographs and a talk about how to train the eye and cultivate the mind to enable the creation of memorable images. 10 a.m.-noon, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15, registration required. 202-245-4521.

Yoga at a library, for adult and teen beginners with an instructor from Yoga Activist, no experience required, bring a mat or use one from the library, 10 a.m. Saturdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583; and 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Family art day, artist/photographer Camille Clifton works with gallery visitors of all ages on a variety of projects. 10-11:50 a.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

Photographic exhibition opening: "The Landscape Architecture Legacy of Dan Kiley," tour the works of Dan Kiley (1912-2004), one of the most important and influential modernist landscape architects of the 20th century, a retrospective that features vibrant photographs that chronicle several dozen of Kiley's more than 1,000 projects worldwide, continues through May 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free with museum entry: $8; youth, students and seniors, $5. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Living self-portrait: Henry "Hank" Aaron, ESPN's Howard Bryant, author of " The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron ," hosts a live interview with Aaron discussing the scope of his life and accomplishments in celebration of his 80th birthday. Noon-1:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Valentine's Day card workshop, staff members help visitors create handmade notes using pretty papers and beautiful Valentine-themed stamps, all materials provided. Noon-4 p.m., Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-633-5555. www.npm.si.edu .

About Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King, Jr., a National Park Service ranger discusses the men's individual fights for equal rights and the differences in their lives. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Virginia Hughes, 202-426-6841.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs a concert with selections for St. Valentine's Day. 12:30 p.m. Saturdays, Washington National Cathedral, Bishop's Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

"International House," Joseph H. Lewis's 1933 film about the eccentric Dr. Wong, who calls an international conference at a swanky hotel in "Wu Hu, China," to demonstrate his latest invention, the radioscope, starring W.C. Fields, George Burns, Gracie Allen and Edmund Breese. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Outreach 24/7 in concert, the gospel ensemble performs in honor of Black History Month. 1 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

"Orphie and the Book of Heroes," for age 9 and older, the story of a spunky and curious girl in ancient Greece who sets out to save storyteller Homer and his Book of Heroes in this humorous world premiere musical. 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and Feb. 16 and 23; 11 a.m., 1:30 and 5 p.m. Feb. 15 and 22, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.

Curator's tour: "American Cool," Frank Goodyear leads a tour of the special exhibit. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, meet at the exhibit entrance, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Artists in conversation, photographer Veronika Adaskova and sculptor Saeri Kiritani, finalists in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, discuss their artistic vision and their works on view in the exhibition. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Museum films, " Wavelength ," Michael Snow introduces his 1966-67 silent film, a single, slow zoom from a full frame to a minute detail within a loft filled with light and sound; and "So Is This," Snow's 1982 silent film, 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

NSO Prelude concert, NSO and Kennedy Center music director Christoph Eschenbach performs with NSO members flutist Aaron Goldman, oboist Nicholas Stovall, clarinetist Loren Kitt, bassoonist Sue Heineman and hornist Laurel Ohlson for an evening of classical music featuring Widor's Suite for Flute and Piano, Debussy's Syrinx for Solo Flute and Mozart's Quintet for Piano and Winds. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Claude Bessmann, classical pianist, the French native and professor of piano at the Ecole Nationale de Musique de Paris and at the National Conservatory of Music and Dance of Paris performs works by Liszt and Ravel, sponsored by Alliance Francaise. 7 p.m., Embassy of Hungary, 2950 Spring of Freedom St. NW. $25. www.afwashington.extranet-aec.com/products/view/11-event_tickets . 202-234-7911.

Frédéric Yonnet in concert, the urban jazz harmonicist performs fluid jazz-inspired improvisations that blend multiple genres including rock and rhythm and blues. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26-$30. 202-467-4600.

Sybarite5 in concert, the string quartet performs works by Radiohead, Piazzolla, Mozart and Brubeck. 8 p.m., Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25. 202-408-3100.

"Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host: Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass," the Washington Premiere of a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories. George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $45, $52.50, $60. 202-994-6800. www.lisner.org .

Sunday, FEB. 9

The Presidency of James Madison, Katherine Imhoff, president of the Montpelier Foundation, discusses the nature of Madison's presidency. 10 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org .

Pennsylvania Avenue: America's Main Street, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and reveals some of its lesser-known history. 10:30 a.m. Sundays through Feb. 23, Old Post Office Tower, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

The Collecting of African American Art X: Rodney Merritt Miller: Reflections on Collecting, a discussion with curator Ruth Fine and collector Rodney Merrit Miller. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Before Flowers and Fruits, Todd Brethauer discusses what came before flowering plants, how we study the fossil record and their living descendants to understand their place in the environment, how they are used by people around the world and how modern laboratory methods and the fossil record are being used to look back in time to understand their evolution and how to protect endangered species. 2-3:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Left Bank Quartet concert, violinists David Salness and Sally McLain, violist Katherine Murdock, cellist Evelyn Elsing, baritone Andrew McLaughlin, pianist Naoko Takao, playing the museum's Steinway Concert Grand piano, and double bass player Robert Oppelt perform works by Franz Schubert, Béla Bartók and György Kurtág. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed at 2:30 p.m. in the G Street lobby. 202-633-1000 or 202-633-8490.

Games in the afternoon, play German games by German designers including Asara, Settlers of Catan, Lost Cities and Carcassonne. 3-6 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5. Register: www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com . 202-289-1200.

Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic concert, a performance of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1, Ron Nelson's "Savannah River Holiday" and Stanley Curtis's "Night Passages," concerto for flugelhorn, trumpet and piccolo; come at 2:15 p.m. for a pre-concert discussion with Stephen Bertino. 3 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. $20; 18 and younger, free. 703-799-8229. www.wmpamusic.org .

Afternoon asanas, tone and stretch as you practice yoga using chairs. Tailored to age 50 and up with limited mobility. Doctor's consent, liability waiver with signature required. 3 p.m., will be scheduled every second and fourth Sunday of the month, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188 or www.dclibrary.org .

Classical piano concert, Simone Dinnerstein performs works by J.S. Bach, Crumb, Muhly and Beethoven, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $25-$85. 202-467-4600. www.wpas .

The Gregorio Uribe Big Band, Colombian musician Gregorio Uribe leads the 16-piece musical experience that blends Afro-Colombian rhythms with funk grooves and powerful big band arrangements, bringing together musicians from around the world. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Fine Arts Quartet in concert, a performance of works by Kreisler, Zymbalist and others. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Kennedy Center Chamber Players in concert, violinist Marissa Regni, violist Daniel Foster, cellist David Hardy, pianist Lambert Orkis and guitarist Benjamin Beirs perform works by Paganini, Grieg, Leisner and Beethoven; an "AfterWords" discussion follows. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.

Monday, FEB. 10

Tax help, available to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and up, through trained volunteers from the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through April 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755; and 1:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays through April 14, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188; 3:30-8 p.m. Mondays through April 14, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752. Free.

Art for toddlers, for ages 2-5 and an adult companion, listen to a story about Martin Luther King Jr. then participate in a hands-on activity. 10:30 a.m., National Portrait Gallery, G Street lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000. www.eventbrite.com/org/810710525 .

Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients, Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead cancer patients, survivors and their caregivers. 10:30 a.m.-11:45 p.m. Mondays and 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .

Italian conversation, have coffee as you practice conversational Italian with native speaker Anna Nicolosi, new members welcome, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 11 a.m.-noon, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

U.S. Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common; a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon Mondays through Feb. 24 and Wednesdays through Feb. 26, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.

Knitwits, a knitting group facilitated by Mimi Mihalchik, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-4 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. Mondays. Sponsored by MetroHealth. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.

"The Atomic States of America," an American documentary about the first new nuclear power plant construction in more than 32 years, followed by a reception and screening of " Yellow Cake: The Dirt Behind Uranium ," a German documentary about a major cleanup operation in Wismut, the world's third-largest uranium mine, in the former East Germany. 4 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Chess Club, instruction open to children and teens. 5:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.

Kennedy Center Comedy Night, contains mature themes and strong language, a post-show happy hour from 7-8 p.m. features a signature cocktail and a discount on selected food items. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Knitting and crocheting, all experience levels welcome. 6:30 p.m. Mondays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

"We Are Proud to Present . . ." Michael John Garcés directs and stars in Jackie Sibblies Drury's innovative examination of race and empathy, told through the story of a group of idealistic actors who gather to tell the story of a centuries-old conflict in South West Africa, now Namibia, co-starring Andreu Honeycutt, Joe Isenberg, Holly Twyford and Michael Anthony Williams. Pay-what-you-can performances, 8 p.m. Monday-Tuesday; regular performances, 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through March 9, no matinee Feb. 15, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $35-$75, subject to availability. tickets@woollymammoth.net or 202-393-3939.

Tuesday, FEB. 11

Civil rights litigation case files, archivist Tina Ligon discusses recently processed Department of Justice files that relate to the modern civil rights movement and highlight key events in African American history. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Ashley's Meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn leads a session on meditation techniques, then invites you to ask questions and share experiences. 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday and 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 4, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Curator lecture, Chris Hartten discusses "The Lost Art of Landowska." Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.

George Washington's birthday, a National Park Service ranger in colonial clothing discusses the president's birthday and invites visitors to sign a birthday sheet and view toys from George Washington's childhood. Noon-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

Look your best at any age, a team from Rockledge MedSpa discusses eliminating sun damage, facial veins, blotchy skin, wrinkles, lines and dull-looking skin, facial rejuvenation and smoother, healthier complexions. Noon, Sibley Renaissance Building, Meeting Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Classical piano recital, Wen-Yin Chantilly performs masterworks by J.S. Bach and Beethoven. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Tea at Tudor Place, a traditional Victorian tea with a variety of tea blends and sandwiches, scones, petite desserts and fresh fruit, a presentation on 19th-century tea customs and manners and a self-guided tour of the gardens, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 1-3 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $33, reservations required. 202-364-7602.

"Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh and America's Fight Over World War II, 1939-1941 ," a discussion of Lynn Olson's book, cookies and coffee served. 1:30 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a sketchbook to work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Homework help, and help with special projects, for ages 13-19. 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, Teen Space, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30 p.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Ethiopian music, accordionist and keyboardist Hailu Mergia performs a blending of traditional Ethiopian songs, electric piano and more. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Art crimes of the 20th century, a lecture by Thomas Kline. Arts Club of Washington. 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202 331-7282. www.artsclubofwashington.org.

"I Am Abraham," Jerome Charyn discusses his novel from the voice of Abraham Lincoln. 6:30 p.m., President Lincoln's Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. NW. Free, reservations required: HMalson@savingplaces.org. 202-829-0436, Ext. 31228.

"Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1," an American documentary film about the "Secret Project" that conducted 67 U.S. nuclear tests in the Marshall Islands in the 1950s, illustrates the incredible effects of radiation on humans and shows how savagery reaches new levels with the advent of advanced technology, a panel discussion with the film's directors follows. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

Spotlight on Design: Johnston Marklee, Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee discuss their design firm's innovative buildings that explore the relationship between design and building technologies. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

50 Years of Beatlemania in America, Bob Santelli, executive director of the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, and Mark Lewisohn, author of " The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970 ," discuss the legacy of the four mop-topped young Brits in the United States. 6:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-633-3030.

Portraits of power: American presidents in the National Portrait Gallery, Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator at the National Portrait Gallery, discusses some of the most important portraits, gives details about the artists who created them and tells how the works came into the national collections, including Gilbert Stuart's famed Lansdowne portrait of George Washington, Alexander Gardner's photograph of Abraham Lincoln and Elaine de Kooning's expressionist portrait of John F. Kennedy, painted months before his assassination, sponsored by Smithsonian Associates. 6:45 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. $25. 202-633-3030.

The Flavors of India: the original fusion cuisine, Monica Bhide discusses Indian cuisine's history and contemporary expressions, focusing on how modern Indian food combines time-honored and distinctly regional styles with new culinary influences and cross-cultural ingredients and showcases spices that form the heart of the cuisine, and offers a tasting of chutneys, spice mixes and other foods that showcase the delicious diversity of India. 6:45-8:15 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Mitsitam Café, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $30. 202-633-3030.

Wednesday, FEB. 12

Genealogy lecture, Archives specialist Nancy Wing gives tips on navigating www.archives.gov for genealogy research. 9:30 p.m., National Archives, Room G-25, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Zumba for seniors, seated or standing. 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

"Being a Rockefeller: Becoming Myself, A Memoir," Eileen Rockefeller discusses her book. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

Dumbarton Oaks tapestry and the legend of the true cross, Dumbarton Oaks curator and George Washington University lecturer James Carder discusses a late-Gothic tapestry altar-hanging in the Dumbarton collection that depicts scenes from the legend of the true cross and examines it in context of the legend's long and varied visual tradition. Noon, Textile Museum at George Washington University Alumni House, 1918 F St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

Alzheimer's Club Memory, a social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, must be accompanied by their spouses or other caregivers, sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 1-3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

205th Lincoln Birthday, a National Park Service ranger in period clothing invites visitors to sign a birthday sheet with a period pen and discusses the 16th president. 1:30-4 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.

Bereavement support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association and Widowed Persons Outreach. 2-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Lunder behind the scenes, a staff member discusses how conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the museum collection in the Lunder Conservation Center. 3 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

What the Tower Sees, a National Park Service ranger discusses the city's geography, architecture, history and future; bring a camera. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 26, Old Post Office Tower, Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.

Meditation and mindfulness, Ashley Nunn leads a seated session in which participants practice meditation techniques. 4 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.

Bereavement support group,for those grieving the loss of a family member or friend. 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Main Hospital Building, first floor, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. 202-444-0109. E-mail registration required to Sara Moore, chaplain for adult oncology, SLM36@gunet.georgetown.edu .

Lincoln's Birthday Dialogue, a dynamic program and discussion of Lincoln's evolving views on equality and liberty and its relevance to us today. 6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Susan Philpott, 202-426-6841.

"Stranger Than Paradise," a special showing of a landmark work of American independent cinema and dark comedy, the story of a Hungarian émigré, his friend and his cousin who travel between New York City, Cleveland, Ohio and a Florida suburb. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Film screening: best short French films of 2013, as determined by a jury of French film professionals, some with mature themes and intended for an adult audience, part of a week-long celebration led by the Alliance Française de Washington. 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Fukushima and nuclear power plant risks, a discussion of the effects of the disaster in Fukushima and a screening of the Japanese documentary "Forbidden Ground Fukushima," followed by "High Power," a documentary about the Tarapur Nuclear Power Project, India's first civil nuclear establishment. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.

Bowen McCauley dance concert, "An Evening to Love," four works including one heart-wrenching duet that will eventually be part of an evening-long collaboration. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $40-$45. 202-467-4600.

Parent workshops, "Babysitter speed dating": parents will be introduced to UrbanSitter, an online resource that connects parents with babysitters through people they know, get tips on how to find the best babysitter and an opportunity to speak with at least 10 sitters in five-minute intervals; sips and nibbles served. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10. miriams@washingtondcjcc.org . Miriam, 202-777-3263.

Soweto Gospel Choir in concert, an evening of African gospel music performed in 11 languages and accompanied by a four-piece band and percussion section. 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. $30-$45. 202-994-6800. www.lisner.org .

"Colette," the Czech film shot in English, based on a novel by Pulitzer Prize nominee and former American University professor Arnost Lustig, a story of a man and his vigorous determination to escape from a hopeless life and his courage to face death, shown with Czech subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, FEB. 13

Before the People Came: An African Fable, for ages 5-10, African rhythms, masks, vivid costumes and life-size puppets in a delightful mini-spectacular in the spirit of " The Lion King ," a magical folk tale in which a drought leaves the animals weak from thirst until a rabbit discovers a juicy pear tree, complete with a tiger who guards it. Discovery Theater at National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Preschool program: Treasure Quest, for ages 2-5 with one accompanying adult, enter a world of wonder in this three-part series as you hunt for hidden gems, gold and magnificent treasures that glitter and sparkle, explore a new mansion room each week of make believe, art projects and imaginative play. 10:30-11:15 a.m. (other sessions on Feb. 20 and 27), Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $30, three-class series; $12, single class. Registration: 202-686-5807.

The dawn of freedom: researching of records of the Freedmen's Bureau, Reginald Washington discusses the importance, availability and research strategies of Freedmen's Bureau records for African American genealogical research. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

"The Offspring of Our Own Choice: Amendments in Constitutional Thought and Practice," David Kyvig, a Northern Illinois University professor, discusses Article V of the Constitution, the founders' device for allowing the highest law of the land to be kept up to date and amendments that were later added, plus those that came close to adoption but failed, providing insight into the unfolding history of the Constitution for more than two centuries. Noon, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

"Psychiatry and Brazilian Republicanism, 1889-1930," a lecture by scholar Manuella Meyer, David B. Larson Fellow in Health and Spirituality. Noon, Library of Congress, Room 113, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.

The Language of flowers: Victorian bouquet making demonstration, Amy Brecount White, author of " Forget-Her-Nots," helps you plan a perfect Valentine's Day bouquet for your special someone by learning to speak the language of flowers. 1 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

"The Actual Dance," Sam Simon in a one-of-a-kind performance and discussion about navigating cancer, life and love, written and performed by Sam Simon. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org .

National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: love stories, a trivia game that focuses on famous couples in the Portrait Gallery collection, not necessarily with fairytale endings, with a prize awarded to the top scorer at the end of the evening; snacks and beverages available. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Best Short French Films of 2013, a selection of the best French short films of 2013, some with mature themes for adult audiences, as determined by a jury of French film professionals; come at 5:30 p.m. and tour the mansion and exhibit "Passion of the Empress," co-sponsored by Alliance Francaise. 6:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

NSO concert, Cristian Macelaru conducts the orchestra and violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter in a performance of works by Janacek, Martinu, Currier and Dvorak, an "AfterWords" program follows the Feb. 13 performance. 7 p.m. Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 15, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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