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Community and cultural events in the District, May 5-11, 2017

Posted on May 05,2017
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ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Friday, May 5

Cathedral flower mart Mayor Muriel Bowser, honorary chair, makes this year’s opening remarks to begin a day of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal and boutique gifts, herbs and flowers, horticultural displays, an international floral exhibit and one of two 1890s antique traveling carousels. Also, breathtaking tower climbs to a point 300 feet above the ground with some of the best views of the city, plus a bell ringing demonstration. Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $10 per person. White elephant tent Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the North Lawn. Washington National Cathedral, nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. or Most everything is free.

Conversation Circle Practice English in small groups as you learn about American history through portraiture. 10 a.m.-noon. National Portrait Gallery, G St. lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Move, dance, create Group warm-up, stretching, improvisation and choreographed sequences from a variety of dance influences, led by Kelly King. Fridays at 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. $10 per class, $25 per month.

Epic Tomatoes From Your Garden
Gardening author and lecturer Craig LeHoullier discusses his 30-year passion in the world of tomatoes and provides what is needed to achieve success in your own garden. Noon. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or Free; registration required.

Music and veterans panel discussion
The Library of Congress Music Division and Veterans History Projects discuss the role of music in supporting service members and veterans from the Vietnam era through the present. 12-1:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Pipe organ concert
Organist Clara Gerdes, a third-year student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, presents a program of music by Charles Tournemire, Maurice Ravel, Herbert Howells and Charles-Marie Widor. 12:15-1 p.m. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. Free; donations welcome.

Integrated: Korean Clay and Paper Heritage in Contemporary American Art
Opening of an exhibition of works by six American artists whose inspiration from Korean history and culture helps integrate elements of East and West in their art. Through May 31. 6 p.m. Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Korean Cultural Center, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-587-6168.

Saturday, May 6

2017 Kennedy Center Arts Summit With Yo-Yo Ma, Kennedy Center artistic adviser at large, in collaboration with the Aspen Institute Arts Program, Citizen University, and the Annenberg Foundation and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Numerous performers and speakers, all listed at 8:30 a.m. registration and breakfast, continues through a concert and reception from 5-7 p.m. in the States Gallery. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600.

Fitness event: Practice With Love yoga gatherings. Bring a mat. Saturdays 10:30 a.m. U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory West Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Festival photography class at Flower Mart Start with an orientation on outdoor event photography, including camera settings and camera use. Participants will be guided through Flower Mart events, learning how to get the best shots.11 a.m. Washington National Cathedral, Nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. $74.

Yoga at your library For beginner adults and teens, taught by Yoga Activist. No experience necessary; bring a mat or borrow one from the library for the class. Saturdays 11 a.m. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.

Dance Place Gardening with Carla Perlo
Learn to plant from seed, care for plants and garden in the native plant garden and around Brookland/Edgewood.11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. Free; no experience necessary.

Woodshop for kids: The drill
Master one of the handiest tools by learning how to use it safely and choose the appropriate bit, then practice by making a peg board game to take home. Introduction to power and hand drills geared to kids who like to build and create.1-2:30 p.m. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. $20, age 7 and older with adult supervision.

Ranger Run
Join a National Park Service Ranger for a trek around the National Mall and listen to stories about some of the most iconic sites in the city, plus not-so-famous ones. The pace is about 10 minutes per mile, with multiple stops along the way. 8-9:30 a.m. Meet at Washington Monument Lodge, 15th Street NW between Jefferson and Madison drives. Laura Abbott, 202-370-2785. Free.

Discover Cuba: One island, Many Worlds. Emilio Cueto, a popular Smithsonian Journeys’ study tour leader to Cuba, is the guide for a virtual journey around the island and discusses how the country has fared since U.S. citizens were banned from travel there, and what may happen now that diplomatic relations have somewhat thawed. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. $45.

Masterworks of Five Centuries 2016-2017 Concert Series The 40th season of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society features masterpieces from the early 17th to the early 21st century, played on some of the world’s most highly prized instruments. Kenneth Slowik, artistic director and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award, curates a series of pre-concert lectures Saturday at 6:30-7:15 p.m. The program features Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47. National Museum of American History, Music Hall, third floor, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. $30.

Dance Place annually curated showcase The performance will feature 2016 Dance Place New Releases Commission recipient Briana Stuart, with a new work by Stuart, Esperonto Bean, Klynveld & Peat, Shanna Lim and Tarik O'Meally. 8 p.m. Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. $30, $25 seniors and artists, $15 college students and age 17 and younger.

CityDance 2017 Dance Spectacular: “Dreamscape” Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert at 8 p.m. The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. 301-581-5204. Tickets: $25-$250.

Sunday, May 7

Bike tour: Working Women in American history A
National Park Service ranger leads a six-mile bike ride. Explore the evolution of working woman from Colonial times through two world wars and up to today as you bike the National Mall within view of the Capitol, National World War II Memorial, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans memorials, a stop at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial and a cruise around Hains Point. Meet at the Smithsonian carousel on the Mall, opposite Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. Catherine Cilfone, 202-306-3893, or Bethany Bagent, 202-359-1529. Free.

Museum Community Day Visit the exhibitions “Border Crossing,” and “New Ground” and the museum’s collection. Noon-5 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000. Free.

Reading group Participate in a moderated discussion about Simone de Beauvoir's short story “The Woman Destroyed,” in conjunction with the exhibition “From the Desk of Simone de Beauvoir.”1-3 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000. Free. Reservations required: Go to

Margaret Leng Tan, concert pianist “The Three C’s: Cage, Cowell, Crumb,” featuring the world premiere of “Metamorphoses,” by avant-garde composer George Crumb, based on 10 of Crumb’s favorite paintings, shown on-screen before each movement. 4 p.m. National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Nathan Gunn, baritone, concert
The internationally renowned baritone performs an eclectic program from Schubert to the American Songbook with his wife, Julie Gunn, pianist, accompanying him. A reception follows in Blake Hall. 5 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. $40, free parking at the Hyde Addison School, across from the church on O St. 202-338-1796.

Monday, May 8

Gentle yoga With Beth Lawrence. Join a class that draws largely from Sivananda and Integral yoga, incorporating the mind and body into their practices, mentally focusing on relaxation and working toward stilling the mind, renewing our true natures of peace and contentment by following a set sequence of poses. Mondays 10:30-11:45 a.m. Through May 22. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. Free.

Cancer support group Facilitated by Jennifer Bires. Participants explore their experiences with cancer and other life matters in a group setting and with a trained social worker. 6-7:30 p.m. May 8 and 22. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. Free.

“How I Found My Jewish American Family” Genealogist Daniel Horowitz of MyHeritage shares techniques, resources and repositories in the United States and in the world that helped him discover the U.S. branch of his family. Noon. Library of Congress, African/Middle Eastern Reading Room, second floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-3780. Free.

Tuesday, May 9

“A Time to Act: John F. Kennedy’s Big Speech” The picture book’s author, Shana Corey, speaks briefly about her work. Library of Congress, Young Readers Center, ground floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-2255. Free.

Chair yoga classes Beth Lawrence teaches gentle adapted yoga that connects body and mind. All experience levels welcome. Tuesdays at noon. Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. $10 per class, $25 per month.

“Sidney Robertson Cowell and the WPA California Folk Music project, 1938-1940”
Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Sketching: Draw and discover
Draw inspiration from artists’ sketches and objects on display in the Luce Foundation, and then sketch on the center’s workshop. Bring a sketchbook and pencils; other materials provided. Tuesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center information desk, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Double Take: One Artwork, Two Viewpoints Two Smithsonian specialists of different disciplines team up to talk about a single artwork. The program features experts from varied fields, including anthropology, geology, aeronautics and agriculture, and encourages sharing thoughts and questions with the group. 6 p.m. Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Artist in conversation Enjoy a reception and a gallery talk led by Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald. 6:30-9 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. Reservations required: 202-783-5000. $25; members, seniors, students $15.

Yoga classes Elizabeth Goodman teaches all experience levels; bring your own mat. Proceeds given to William Penn Quaker work camps. Tuesdays from 6:30-7:45 p.m. William Penn House, 515 E. Capitol St. SE. 202-543-5560. Pay-what-you-can.

Mark Twain: A Celebration Explore the life and art of Twain with author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar, who offer readings from some of Twain’s most memorable works. Then raise a toast in celebration of the author who reminds us “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.” A reception follows. 6:45-8:45 p.m. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. $45.

“Timon of Athens”
Robert Richmond directs Shakespeare’s tragic satire about a wealthy aristocrat who loses his fortune and his friends because of his over-generosity. An exploration of materialism, money and friendship. Ian Merrill Peakes plays the title role. Tuesdays-Thursdays 7:30 p.m., Fridays 8 p.m., Saturdays 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays 7 p.m. Through June 11. $35-$75, with discounts available. 202-544-7077.

Classical music concert
Acting Artistic Director Todd Fickley directs the Washington Bach Consort and organist William Neil in works by J. S. Bach. 12:10-1 p.m. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. $10.

Wednesday, May 10

Bird walk in the Oldsted Woods
Meet at the George Washington equestrian statue on Pilgrim Road. Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-537-2228. Free.

Ethical implications of commercial space projects
Christopher Ketcham speaks about the need to balance the economic value of commercial ventures with safety and ethical concerns for life on Earth. 11:30 a.m. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-1207. Free.

Gallery talk Deborah Gaston, National Museum of Women in the Arts director of education and digital engagement, discusses a selection of artwork in the museum’s collection. Noon–12:30 p.m. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.

“A Minor Apocalypse: Warsaw During the First World War” Robert Blobaum discusses his latest book. Blobaum is the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of history at West Virginia University, the author of several award-winning books. Library of Congress, European Reading Room, second floor, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-4371. Free.

“Oh, the Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files”
Although the search for a Chinese Exclusion Act case file may be difficult and challenging, the rewards can be great, as these files may contain a treasure trove of information for the family and social historian. Presented by the National Archives at Seattle Director Susan Karren in recognition of the Chinese Exclusion Act’s 135th anniversary. National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Lunder Conservation Center tour Learn how Smithsonian American Art Museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects from the collections in the Lunder Conservation Center. Wednesdays at 3 p.m.Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Thursday, May 11

Neuroscience discussions Learn about the neuroscience of trauma and matter with retired Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Bill Marks, and attorney Jeanine Hull. Next lecture in the series is May 25 at 6 p.m. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

Source Washington post

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