On Feb. 13, 4 to 6 p.m., at Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW, the Washington Urban Debate League will lead a workshop for fifth to 12th graders on how to form evidence–based arguments. A librarian will then explain how to use library resources to gather authoritative evidence. Students will be given time to work on their own original speeches and the program will culminate with the opportunity for students to present their speeches before a panel of judges, who will provide feedback. dclibrary.org/watha.
On Feb. 11 to 13, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy Into the Great Unknown-African American Adventurers and Explorers. Leadership, courage and adventure take center stage in this inspiring Discovery Theater original. From Matthew Henson, co-discoverer of the North Pole, to astronaut Mae Jemison, meet a century’s worth of bold men and women who challenged the Western frontier, the highest of mountains and the vastness of outer space. For ages 6 to 12.
On Feb. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., enjoy Going the Distance. Race to the finish line with two black Olympians who changed history! Soaring music contributes to a vivid portrayal of the lives of Jesse Owens and Wilma Rudolph. Watch them as they overcome childhood illness, infirmity and poverty to become the world’s fastest man and woman. For ages 6 to 12.All shows are $6 for kids; under two, $3; adults, $8. Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, 1000 Jefferson Dr. SW. discoverytheater.org.