Thursday, March 29
Comic strip art talk, Lara Saguisag discusses “Sketching the ‘Secret Tracts’ of the Child’s Mind: Theorizing Childhood in Early American Fantasy Strips, 1905-1914,” about how early 20th-century comic strips featuring child protagonists revealed the nature of the child during that era. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9115.
Library of Congress music lecture, Thomas Brothers, a Duke University professor, discusses “Louis Armstrong, Composer of King Oliver’s ‘Dipper Mouth Blues’.” Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
“Green” and energy-efficient trends in construction, discussed by Harvey Bernstein. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.
Langdon Park Kite Day, staff members help participants build and fly their own kites. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Langdon Park Recreation Center, 2901 20th St. NE. Free. 202-576-6595 or www.dpr.dc.gov.
“The Art of Kyogen,” Kyogen master Man Nomura, his son Manzo Nomura IX and actress Keiko Matsuzaka perform traditional Japanese comic theater. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Food That’s Out of This World,” Vickie Kloeris, who develops packaged food for astronauts, discusses how the NASA menu has changed and the technology that keeps food edible for a long time. 6:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $35. 202-633-3030.
The art of Rivera, Kahlo, Siqueiros, and Orozco, discussed by art specialist Gregorio Luke. 6:45 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Seventh and Independence SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
“Puccini: A Master of the Verismo Style,” Colleen Fay, host of WAMU’s “Metro Connection,” discusses “La Boheme,” “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly” and plays highlights of them on CD and DVD. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
“The Art of Navajo Weaving,” Joe and Cindy Tanner, Navajo arts specialists, discuss a variety of woven works. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
Early American paintings, “American Painters on Technique: The Colonial Period to 1860,” conservators Lance Mayer and Gay Myers discuss innovations in early American painting. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Eben Trio recital, works by Fiala, Smetana and Dvorak. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.
“The Flu Season,” Robert Duffley directs Nomadic Theatre in Will Eno’s hospital-setting drama about the changes wrought by time on art and affection. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Georgetown University, Walsh Black Box Theatre, 36th and Prospect streets NW. $12; students, $10. 202-687-2787 or performingarts.georgetown.edu.
Friday, March 30
“The Art of Ito Jakuchu,” discussed by scholars and conservators of Japanese art from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the National Gallery of Art and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery; with illustrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Sarasate. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
Georgetown cello recital, Vasily Popov and pianist Ralitza Patchev, his wife, perform works by Franz Schubert. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-3838.
Philosophy lecture, Eva Brann, former dean of St. John’s College in Annapolis, discusses “The Dispassionate Study of the Passions.” 3 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259 or philosophy.cua.edu.
Vocalist Jay Hayden, the Strathmore artist-in-residence songwriter and rhythm and blues vocalist performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Southwest Chamber Players gala, with guest musicians, works by J.S. Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Brahms, and the premiere of Lembit Beecher’s piano trio work commissioned for this gala event. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations requested. 202-484-6354, www.southwestchamberplayers.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Five Hours With Mario,” Mari Vi Pena performs Miguel Delibes’s homage to the Spanish writer, in Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, GALA Hispanic Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. $25; students and seniors, $20. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.