Thursday, Feb. 9
Noon music talk, Kevin LaVine discusses music associated with the Russian imperial collection. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5347.
Public transit and communities, Jarrett Walker discusses his book “Human Transit: How Clearer Thinking About Public Transit Can Enrich Our Communities and Our Lives.”12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
West End Library kids history program, for ages 8-11, two-part program. On Thursday, a librarian reads Calvin Ramsey’s “Ruth and the Green Book,” about a girl traveling in the 1950s; and on Friday, a teacher from the National Museum of African American History and Culture shows children how to analyze artifacts, record what they see and determine how to preserve them. 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.
God in and out of philosophy, Kurt Pritzl discusses whether the phrase “Catholic philosopher” is a contradiction in . 4:15 p.m., Catholic University, Pryzbyla University Center Great Room, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5260.
“Lost Washington D.C.,” John DeFerrari discusses his book about places that have disappeared, including Griffith Stadium, the Gayety Theater, a burlesque house, the Key Mansion (former home of Francis Scott Key) and Suter’s Tavern; followed by a question-and-answer session. 6 p.m., Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. Free. 202-337-2288 or programs@dumbartonHouse.org.
“The Greatest Songs You’ve Never Heard,” tenor Doug Bowles, soprano Karin Paludan and pianist Alex Hassan perform romantic and bouncy tunes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad,” the Ari Roland Jazz Quartet performs works by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday and the quartet’s compositions, 6 p.m.; Mountain Quickstep performs bluegrass and music from the Adirondacks, Appalachia and the Smoky Mountain areas, 7:15 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. Free. 202-857-7700.
Poetry reading, Yusef Komunyakaa reads from his works, sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library. 6:30 p.m., Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. $15. 202-544-7077.
Treason and sedition in U.S. history, a two-part Smithsonian series examining several historic and controversial cases that vindicate the caution of the founding fathers, show the conflict between public perception and judicial reality and demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the legal system. 6:45 p.m. Thursday and Feb. 16, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $60. 202-633-3030.
“Modern Times,” Charles Chaplin’s 1936 film about a bumbling factory worker who falls in love with an orphan girl, the last of the “Little Tramp” films, starring Charles Chaplin and Paulette Goddard. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000. http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=eventid%3D97193740%26view%3Devent%26
“Operation Night Spy: Espionage in the Dark,” for ages 10-13, scientists from the University of Maryland help children use infrared night goggles and ultraviolet light. 7-9 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $25, registration required. 202-393-7798.
“Anna in the Tropics,” a play about workers in a 1920s Florida cigar factory whose lives change as they listen to a reading of Tolstoy’s novel “Anna Karenina,” in Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 4, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $20-$38; discounts for military, students and age 60 and older. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.
“Laughter on the 23rd Floor,” for age 16 and older, Keegan Theatre performs a Neil Simon comedy inspired by the playwright’s experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows” comedy TV program. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Feb. 18, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30. 703-892-0202 or www.keegantheatre.com.
Friday, Feb. 10
“Meet Benjamin Franklin,” a reenactor chats with visitors about Franklin’s life and accomplishments, and Cecilia Brauer plays the armonica, a musical instrument invented by Franklin. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., National Archives, O’Brien Gallery Lobby, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common; plus discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon Fridays and Wednesdays, through Feb. 29, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, Baroque songs and arias by Martinu and others. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075 or www.fmmc.org.