Here is a sampling of the week’s occasions and easy methods to tune in (all occasions are Eastern). Note that occasions are topic to alter after publication.
Explore the historical past of jazz in Washington with the musician, broadcaster and historian Ken Avis, as he discusses what made town a capital for the style and the way the music has modified via the years. This occasion, introduced by the Smithsonian Associates, prices $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Registration closes two hours earlier than the occasion.
When 6:45 p.m.
Listen to a dialog between Priyanka Chopra Jonas and the writer Glennon Doyle, introduced by Live Talks Los Angeles. The two will talk about Ms. Chopra Jonas’s new memoir, “Unfinished,” which recounts the actress and producer’s 20-year, dual-continent profession. Tickets price $38, and embody a signed copy of “Unfinished,” which is out there to ship solely inside the United States.
When 9 p.m.
Watch the Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith carry out a monologue, initially commissioned by the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, exploring the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, a Black teenager, in 2014. Presented by the Center Theater Group, All Arts and eight regional theaters, the manufacturing pulls from Ms. Orlandersmith’s personal interviews with residents within the Ferguson space, and makes use of footage from her efficiency on the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. This occasion is free to look at at any time, though donations are accepted.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year’s distinctive meals traditions in a chat from the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which make up the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. Jan Stuart, the Melvin R. Seiden curator of Chinese artwork, will current works from the museum’s assortment that relate to the vacation’s culinary traditions, and Lydia Chang,of the Peter Chang restaurant empire, will share tales about her household’s celebratory dishes. This occasion is free, and attendance is capped at 500.
When 6 p.m.
Dive deep into the science of attraction and aphrodisiacs with the drag queen Coleslaw, introduced by the Museum of Science in Boston. The occasion, which is prerecorded, contains a dialog, Q. and A. and a few video games. Coleslaw will probably be joined by Martha Hopkins, writer of “The New InterCourses: An Aphrodisiac Cookbook” to be taught, ask and play within the title of science. This occasion is free (though donations are accepted).
When 7:30 p.m.
Sit down for a dialogue with Adrian Miller, the James Beard Award-winning writer of “The President’s Kitchen Cabinet,” as he explores the historical past of African-American cooks who cooked in and supported the White House kitchen through the presidencies of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Barack Obama, amongst others. Mr. Miller will study how these cooks, cooks and workers members contributed to American tendencies and tradition via their delicacies, and can delve into the tales of those that labored within the White House and the presidents whom they served. Tickets to this occasion, which is introduced by 92Y, are $20. The session will probably be recorded and viewable later for individuals who register.
When 5 p.m.
Spend the night listening to poetry from COUPLET, a quarterly studying collection produced, curated and hosted by the poet Leah Umansky. The winter version, introduced alongside The Red Room at KGB Bar and sponsored by Poets & Writers, options work from each established and rising poets, together with Patricia Smith, Shane McCrae and Benjamin Garcia. This occasion is free.
When 7 p.m.
Join Ensemble NYC for a night of operatic love songs. Featuring well-known artists, equivalent to Maggie Woolums, the occasion will embody items like Gioachino Rossini’s “Una voce poco fa” and Mozart’s “La ci darem la mano.” A portion of the proceeds will probably be donated to West Side Campaign Against Hunger. Tickets are need-based and may be bought for as little as $10.
When 7:30 p.m.
Dance together with your little ones whereas listening to a particular Valentine’s Day live performance from the Laurie Berkner Band. In a stay efficiency, Ms. Berkner, a youngsters’s recording artist, will play family-friendly songs, dance with animations and even introduce particular visitors. Tickets are $20, and provides viewers entry to each the 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. exhibits.
When 12 p.m. or 5 p.m.
Plan the right Valentine’s Day date evening at dwelling with a efficiency of “Romeo and Juliet,” from Shakespeare’s Globe in London, starring Nathan Welsh as Romeo and Charlotte Beaumont as Juliet. Recorded in 2019, the tragic romance involves life in a duplicate of the unique open-air theater, which opened in 1599, the place the play would have been staged in Shakespeare’s time. The present is free to look at on-line till the tip of March.