Spring Architecture Lecture Series: “An Exploration of Irish Design Culture and Built Heritage,” exploring Irish design in the city of Dublin, in County Mayo and in the United States. All events at Koubek Auditorium, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Ave. NE unless otherwise noted. All at 5:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Through April 14. 202/319-5188, architecture.cua.edu
• Symposium: “James Hoban, Architect of the White House.” Commemorating the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Irish-born architect. Scholars, authors, historians. Decatur House Museum, 1610 H St. NW. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13. Register through www.whitehousehistory.org/hoban.
Fifth Annual National Black History Month Film and Discussion Series
Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. The Urban Film Series presents films with the theme of “The Black Hand Side” 7-9 p.m. every Thursday in February. $10-$15 per day; $25-$40 per series. 202/452-7672, www.landmarktheatres.com, www.urbanfilmseries.com
• Palms of Blackness: “Drawing Angel” (19 min.); “Too Saved” (78 min.). Feb. 21.
• The Back Hand: “68 Degrees and Clear” (12 min.); “A Loud Color” (7 min.); “Back To You” (36 min.); “Chocolate City”(45 min.). Feb. 28.
Folger Shakespeare Library
201 East Capitol St. NE. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu
• Words on Will: Teller. The magician of Penn & Teller fame talks with “Macbeth” director Aaron Posner on magic’s thematic and inspirational role in their staging of the play. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 6 p.m. Feb. 27. $25.
• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: Washington Writers: Beyond the Capitol. PEN/Faulkner finalist Edward P. Jones and writer Dinaw Mengestu, both Washington residents, read from their latest works. 8 p.m. Feb. 29. $15.
• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: An Irish American Evening: Alice McDermott, Frank McCourt, introduced by Richard McCann. 8 p.m. March 14. $15.
Goethe-Institut of Washington
812 Seventh St. NW. 202/289-1200, www.goethe.de/washington
• Film Series: “Michael Haneke: A Cinema of Provocation.” In German with English subtitles. All films 6:30 p.m. $4.75-$6.75 through the Web site: “The Castle” (1997), Feb. 25; “Fraulein” (1984/85), March 3; “The Rebellion” (1993), March 10; “Who Was Edgar Allan?” (1984), March 13; “Three Paths to the Lake” (1976), March 17.
International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW. Unless otherwise noted, advance registration required; tickets do not include admission to the museum. Tickets through Ticketmaster at 800/551-SEAT, online at ticketmaster.com, in person at the museum or through 202/393-7798. www.spymuseum.org.
• Operation Night Spy: Espionage in the Dark. 7-9 pm. Feb. 28. Sold out.
The Library of Congress
202/707-4604, 202/707-5664, www.loc.gov
• Panel discussion: The National Visionary Leadership Project collection of African American oral histories. Celebrating the 200 videotaped interviews with prominent black Americans whose oral life histories will be held in the American Folklife Center. Choreographers Arthur Mitchell and Carmen De Lavallade, moderated by TV correspondent Renee Poussaint. Performance by students of the Dance Theater of Harlem. Montpelier Room, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 11 a.m. Feb. 22. Free; no tickets required.
• Black History Month film screenings: Clips from the library’s comedy collections, including performances by Moms Mabley, Chris Rock, Redd Foxx and Richard Pryor. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon-1 p.m. Feb. 29. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-5479.
National Air and Space Museum
Independence Avenue and Fourth Street SW. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Metro: L’Enfant Plaza. 202/633-1000. Imax theater schedule: 877/932-4629.
• Talk: “Tuskegee Airmen’s Congressional Medal of Honor.” Museum curator Alex Spencer. Meet at the museum seal near the Mall entrance. Noon Feb. 27.
National Gallery of Art
East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Events free. First come, first seated. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov
• Film: “Duke Ellington at the White House.” Historical, 16 mm, 18-minute film shows the jazz legend observing his 70th birthday at a White House party hosted by President and Mrs. Nixon. A Black History Month program. Noon Feb. 26.
• Film series: “Being Julia” (2004), 4 p.m. Feb. 23; “Relatives” (2006), 4 p.m. Feb. 24.
• Special lecture series: “A Peculiar Destiny: The Mission of the Paul R. Jones Collection,” with Mr. Jones and Amalia Amaki, Feb. 24. A Black History Month program.
National Museum of the American Indian
Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. All events in Rasmuson Theater unless otherwise noted. 202/633-1000, www.nmai.si.edu
• Community Discussion: Native Women in Documentary Filmmaking. With Velma Craig (Navajo), Yolanda Cruz (Chatin), Helen Haig-Brown (Tsilhqot’in), and Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki). Resource Center, Third level. 3:30 p.m. March 15. Free.
• Vine Deloria Jr. Native Writers Series: Buffy Sainte-Marie. Reading, discussion and CD signing with the Cree musician, songwriter and visual artist. In celebration of Women’s History Month. Noon and 6:30 p.m. March 19. Free.
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I St. NW. 202/789-0900, www.sixthandi.org
• Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer in Conversation. The justice talks with Jeffrey Rosen of the George Washington University Law School. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $8.
• “American Gangster” Inspiration: Richie Roberts. The detective tells the story of his pursuit and capture of gangster Frank Lucas. 8 p.m. Feb. 25. $18, $25.