Theatre of the Voiceless
Explore documentary theater with expert presentations and play readings at this day-long symposium. Renowned practitioner Ping Chong will be speak and Taffety Punk Theatre Company will perform before a staged reading of Milo Rau’s “Hate Radio.” 11 a.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, 37th and O Streets NW. 202-687-3838. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
Love reading but hate dating? With “Book Dating,” Reston Regional Library offers a night of one-on-one timed chats, book suggestions, group socializing and light refreshments. Make friends, chat about literature and maybe leave with something more. Free online registration is required. 7 p.m., Reston Regional Library, 11925 Bowman Towne Dr., Reston. 703-689-2700. www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library/branches/rr.
NBC4 reporter Tom Sherwood discusses the challenges facing the District’s public school system with D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The event is the newest installment of “All Politics is Local,” a quarterly series of programs anchored by Sherwood.
7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. www.hillcenterdc.org.
As the first resident diplomat of the Congo Free State, Lt. Emory Taunt of the U.S. Navy set out to explore the Congo River in 1885. Five years later, Taunt died penniless and disgraced. Author and former Navy aviator Andrew Jampoler discusses what he learned about Taunt while writing his book.
Noon, William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000. www.archives.gov.
It’s not often the public gets to witness Venetian glass-blowing. The artisans at D.C. Glassworks and Sculpture Studios are presenting a live demonstration along with Montpelier Arts Center on Friday.
6:30 p.m., D.C. Glassworks, 5346 46th St., Hyattsville. 301-927-8271. www.dcglassworks.com.
Enter The Haggis
Hailing from Ontario, these Celt-infused musicians mingle melodies and traditions from all over the globe. The group has been touring regularly since 1996, and this stop in Lorton is part of the Mount Vernon Nights concert series.
7 p.m., Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. 703-584-2900. workhousearts.org/events/performing-arts/mount-vernon-nights-2013.
Carpe Diem String Quartet
As likely to draw from folk or jazz as Bach or Beethoven, these Midwestern musicians play with a refreshing sense of adventure and quirk. The performs material by New Jersey-born composer Jonathan Leshnoff at the National Gallery.
6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. www.nga.gov.