Monday, March 28
The Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff (no conflict of interest here!) will read from and sign copies of his new book, The Threat Matrix: The FBI at War in the Age of Global Terror at the National Press Club tonight at 6:30. Call 202-662-7523 for reservations; $5 charge for non-members.
Tuesday, March 29
Jose Luis Merlin and Brian Baumbusch, also known as the Cacho Ensemble, are performing a set of classical guitar music and sharing traditional Argentinean folktales at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. 5:30.
Wednesday, March 30
In honor of Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Month, the museum is hosting “A Women in Jazz Tribute to the International Sweethearts of Rhythm” at Artisphere. The program begins with a discussion of jazz and civil rights, led by Radio One’s Cathy Hughes, followed by a preview of the new documentary Girls in the Band. Finally, there’ll be swing dancing with live music by an all-female jazz quartet. 7 to 11.
Monday, March 21
Catch four short films at the Carnegie Institution, presented by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Each piece looks at global water and population issues. A reception and panel discussion follow the screening. Register on Eventbrite. 6 PM.
Tuesday, March 22
Strathmore Artist-in-Residence Alicia Ward plays contemporary and classical pieces at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. The young cellist started performing solo at age 12, and has since won numerous awards and competitions. 6 PM; free.
Wednesday, March 23
The National Portrait Gallery’s Pop Quiz: Women’s History Month Challenge is on Wednesday evening. Test your knowledge of women featured in the gallery’s portrait collection. 6:30.
Monday, March 14
Jazz keyboardist Will Rast, a Fairfax native who has performed with R&B musician Mya, is playing a free show at Tryst from 8 to 10.
Tuesday, March 15
Michael Farquhar, author of Behind the Palace Doors: Five Centuries of Sex, Adventure, Vice, Treachery, and Folly from Royal Britain, is speaking and signing books at Politics and Prose. His latest book looks at British royalty going back to the Tudors and chronicles their most fascinating and unexpected moments. 7 PM.
Monday, March 7
The talk show “You, Me, Them, Everybody Live!” returns to Looking Glass Lounge from 8:30 to 10. Hosted by Brandon Wetherbee, the show’s guests include standup comedian Patrick Palafox, musician Ian Walters, and other local luminaries.
Monday, February 28
The 19th-century Shakespearean actor Ira Aldridge comes to life in the latest installment of the National Portrait Gallery’s Culture in Motion series. Hosted in conjunction with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the play Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius looks at the man’s life and explores how he was able to transcend racial divides and become one of his generation’s most acclaimed actors. The play is in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium. Seating is limited; call 202-633-8520 to reserve a spot. 7 PM.
Monday, February 14
It doesn’t matter if you have a Valentine or not at the Black Cat’s free dance party tonight, featuring oldies music from the ’50s and ’60s. In the Red Room bar at 8 PM.
Tuesday, February 15
Explorer, architect, and film producer Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed ocean explorer Jacques, speaks at the National Museum of Natural History about his four decades of exploring the planet’s waters. 5:30 PM.
Monday, February 7
Keep your Super Bowl Sunday sports high going at Busboys and Poets’ 14th and V streets location tonight, where there’s a viewing party for the premiere of Comcast SportsNet Celebrates Black History Month. The TV special looks at the ways sports and African-American history have intersected. Optional donations benefit Teaching for Change. 9 PM.
Tuesday, February 8
The Alexandria Kleztet has played Eastern European-influenced music with a modern twist for more than a decade. The award-winning group takes the stage at the University of Maryland’s Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at 5:30.
Wednesday, February 9
Since picking up the horn at age ten, local musician Trumpet Grrrl has played at Carnegie Hall and performed with the National Symphony Orchestra. She’s performing a free show at Wonderland Ballroom from 9 to midnight along with North Country and Liz and the Lost Boys.
Monday, January 31
Get an insider’s look at the Gray Lady at the National Press Club, where Marvin Kalb is moderating “All the News That’s Fit to Print: Behind the Scenes at the New York Times.” Executive Editor Bill Keller and Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet talk about what goes on at the venerated newspaper. 8 PM.
Tuesday, February 1
Michael Scheuer, the first head of the CIA’s bin Laden unit, is discussing and signing copies of his new book, Osama bin Laden, at Politics and Prose. 7 PM.
Wednesday, February 2
Take your lunch break at the Department of the Interior’s (1849 C St., NW) Rachel Carson Room, where there’s a discussion of activist Mary McLeod Bethune’s contributions and leadership. 1 to 2.
Monday, January 24
Clarence Lusane, associate professor of political science at American University, is at Busboys & Poets’ 14th and V streets location to discuss and sign copies of his new book, The Black History of the White House, which looks at the presidential residence through the eyes of African-Americans who have worked there. 6:30.
Tuesday, January 25
Former First Son Ron Reagan stops by the Borders at 18th and L streets in downtown DC to talk about and sign copies of his latest book, My Father at 100. 12:30.
Wednesday, January 26
The National Museum of Natural History is sponsoring “Citizens of the Sea: Perspectives From Australia,” a discussion about the world’s oceans and the future of coral reefs. The museum’s Nancy Knowlton and Ian Poiner of the Australian Institute of Marine Science are on the panel, held at the Embassy of Australia. To RSVP, call 202-797-3025. Photo ID is required for entry. 6:30 to 8:30.
Tuesday, January 18
Dragana Jugovic del Monaco, a mezzo-soprano and the principal soloist for the Serbian National Theatre, performs at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. She’s accompanied by guitarist Nemanja Bogunovic. 6 PM.
Wednesday, January 19
A selection of videos from the Videofreex archive, which chronicled the social and political upheaval of the 1960s and 70s, is showing at DC Arts Center. Some of the topics covered include the anti-Vietnam protests in DC and the downtown-New York arts culture. 7:30.
Thursday, January 20
Elvis hasn’t left the building yet—at least not at the National Portrait Gallery, where tribute artist Scot Bruce is performing as part of the museum’s Cultures in Motion series. The performance is narrated by E. Warren Perry Jr., who co-curated the “Elvis at 21” exhibition that features photos by Alfred Wertheimer. Seating is limited, so call 202-633-8520 or e-mail email@example.com to reserve your spot. 7 PM.