The Going Out Guide recommends free things to do for every day of the week.
Banned Book Read-Out
Taboo, restricted, banned. To bring awareness to the harms of censorship and celebrate the right to read, the Athenaeum is hosting an event where guests will read short excerpts from banned books.
4:30 p.m. Athenaeum, 201 Prince St., Alexandria. 703-548-0035. www.nvfaa.org.
The members of this Holland-based quartet - Alex Simu, Mehmet Polat, Franz von Chossy and Sjahin During - combine jazz and contemporary improvised music. The group was founded in 2010, and the four musicians hail from different countries: Romania, Turkey, Germany and the Netherlands. Hear them play at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
6 p.m. Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. www.kennedy-center.org.
Ellen Harvey talks aliens
If extraterrestrials landed in Washington, how would they find their way around? The artist behind the Corcoran exhibit "Ellen Harvey: The Alien's Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C." discusses her art, which explores that idea. Harvey's exhibition will be on display through Oct. 6.
7 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. www.corcoran.org.
'Up the Down Staircase'
What do the movies "Dangerous Minds," "Freedom Writers" and "Up the Down Staircase" have in common? All are stories about teachers handling challenging situations in the classroom. Teachers fighting the odds for their students is a regular narrative in cinema. Visit the Library of Congress Packard Campus for a screening of this 1967 film, which stars Eileen Heckart, Jean Stapleton and Patrick Bedford.
7:30 p.m. Library of Congress, Packard Campus, 19053 Mount Pony Rd., Culpeper. 202-707-5840. www.loc.gov.
New York-based artist Tim Okamura painted images of 11 Washington women, learning about the city's politics and culture through their stories. Join him at an opening reception for his portrait series, which will be on display through October at the Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery. There also will be an artist talk Oct. 17.
7 p.m. Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org.
Get the family together for a lesson in storytelling at the National Museum of the American Indian. Cuban artist and poet Jorge Luis Porrata, an art instructor at George Mason University, will tell stories based on Mayan folk tales and lead a workshop on clay sculpting.
11 a.m. National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000. www.nmai.si.edu.
Learn more about the Washington Ballet during this family-friendly afternoon of performances, makeup demonstrations, crafts, shopping, discussions, food and more. Guests also will have the opportunity to meet and have their photo taken with a dancer
and help create a ballet.
1 p.m. The Washington Ballet, 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-362-3606. www.washingtonballet.org.