Thursday, DEC. 20
The Building Zone, for age 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays except Dec. 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.
Woodridge Library chess club, for age 2 and older, a child-oriented way to learn the game. 10 a.m. Thursdays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles, stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from on high; take 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.
Computer workshop, a librarian answers questions about downloading e-books, setting up e-mail accounts, surfing the Internet and other queries. 11 a.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
“Treasure Island,” Byron Haskin’s 1950 film of the classic story, starring Bobby Driscoll and Robert Newton. 1:30 pm, West End Library, 1101 24th St. NW. Free. 202-724-8707.
“Love on the Range,” performance, Nat Love, a cattle driver of the American West, talks to visitors before he sets out on the trail with the herd, and talks about being a decent cowhand, reading brands, rounding up steers, fighting off rustlers and delivering longhorns on time and with few losses. 2:30 p.m. Thursdays except Dec. 27, National Museum of American History, first floor, east wing by the John Bull locomotive, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
Evening in the conservatory, Klezmer music by Lox & Vodka. 6 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Last Train Home, the D.C. roots-rock scene favorite performs holiday tunes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Handel’s “Messiah,” Rolf Beck conducts the University of Maryland Concert Choir, the National Symphony Orchestra and soloists Katherine Whyte, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sunnyboy Vincent Dladla and Panajotis Iconomou. 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.
“Million Dollar Quartet,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the story of the famed recording session that brought together rock-and-roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve, call theater for showtimes through Jan. 6. Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $55-$160. 202-467-4600.
“My Fair Lady,” Molly Smith directs the Lerner and Loewe musical based on the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion”; stars Benedict Campbell, Nicholas Rodriguez and Manna Nichols. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays; 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays; noon Wednesday, Dec. 26. Through Jan. 6. Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$94, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300.
Friday, DEC. 21
Black Masala, the D.C.-based group plays a mix of New Orleans jazz, Latin grooves, ambient and experimental indie rock riffs and a hint of Appalachian twang. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Far Away, So Close: A Celebration of Mongolia,” a multimedia presentation by filmmaker Shebana Coelho, a Fulbright researcher who spent more than a year there, with excerpts from her radio documentary on Mongolian women and audiovisual clips. 6:30 p.m., Embassy of Mongolia, 2833 M St. NW. Free. 703-966-4437.
Monument tour by night, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the famous memorials of American history; take 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.
ZooLights, sparkling lights, zookeeper talks, live entertainment, viewing the small mammal and great ape houses and more. Proceeds from the ZooLights concessions and parking fees benefit animal care and conservation science at the National Zoo. 5-9 p.m. Friday through Sunday, 5-9 p.m. nightly Friday-Jan. 1 except Dec. 24, 25 and 31. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; parking, $16. 202-633-4470.
An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour viewing the monuments of American history in an entirely new light; take 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.