Walking club, for fitness and better health, co-sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 8:30-9:30 a.m. Thursdays and Tuesdays, Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Fall garden tours, docents lead visitors through the gardens, discuss the story behind each of the formal settings and identify plantings. 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Nov. 10, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; 65 and older, $12; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.
Behind-the-scenes cathedral tour, age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city; bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. most weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Garden tour and kids in “snugglies,” volunteers take turns leading parents or care providers with one child in a “snuggly” for a tour of the conservatory. 10:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Music talk, Electra Slonimsky Yourke talks with music division curator Kevin LaVine about a new collection of letters by her father, renowned musicologist, conductor and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.
Laugh cafe, bring your favorite jokes, humorous stories, riddles or personal tales. Memorization not required; bring your lunch. Moderated by Tom Reynolds. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Memorial Hospital, Level G, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Register: 202-364-7602. Free.
Basket exhibit talk, collectors Steven Cole and Martha Ware and curator Nicholas Bell lead a tour of the exhibit “A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets,” and discuss how they built the impressive collection. Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Justice: Disagreement and Objectivity, nobel laureate Amartya Sen delivers the Frederic R. and Molly S. Kellogg biennial lecture on jurisprudence. 3 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-4642.
Concert and lecture, the Georgetown University Chamber Singers and accompanist Jinsun Cho perform Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s Pope Marcellus Mass in collaboration with the conference “Trent and Its Impact,” with speakers John DeGioia, John O’Malley and Anthony R. DelDonna. 5 p.m., Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Listen Local First D.C. performance, a concert by a local music initiative devoted to raising awareness of the city’s talented artists. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Defining and defying Latino art, curator E. Carmen Ramos moderates a panel of contemporary Latino artists working in the United States: Elia Alba, María Martínez-Canas, Miguel Luciano, Amalia Mesa-Bains and Jesus Moroles. 6-8 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed at 5:30 p.m. in the G Street lobby. 202-633-1000.
“A Path to Equality: The Impact of the Civil Rights Acts of the 1960s,” political journalist Todd Purdum moderates a panel that examines the political challenges and debate that resulted in this groundbreaking legislation, gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to pass both acts and analyzes the impact of these laws as their 50-year anniversaries approach. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“Romeo and Juliet,”Aaron Posner directs the Shakespeare tragedy about star-crossed lovers. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 1, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Previews, $30-$40. Regular shows, $39-$72. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu.
Sphinx Virtuosi in concert, a performance of works by Perkinson, Britten, J.S. Bach, Piazzolla, Montgomery and others. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
“Inventing Van Gogh,” a play by Steven Dietz and directed by Steven Carpenter; the Washington Stage Guild performs the story of a contemporary young painter hired to forge a lost painting, justifying his decisions to Vincent himself. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 14, Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $20-$40. 240-582-0050.
“Love in Afghanistan,” by resident playwright Charles Randolph-Wright, directed by Lucie Tiberghien, the story of two people who find love as religious differences and political unrest swirl around them. Starring Melis Aker, Khris Davis, Joseph Kamal and Dawn Ursula. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Nov. 17. Arena Stage,1101 Sixth St. SW. $40-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org.
“The Woman in Black,” Colin Smith and Mark A. Rhea direct Stephen Mallatratt’s adaptation of Susan Hill’s classic thriller, a terrifying trip through time into a tragic and ghostly world where the horrors of the supernatural combine with the power and intensity of live theater. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, continues through Nov. 30, Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW. $35; students and seniors, $30.703-892-0202, www.keegantheatre.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Hamlet,” Derek Goldman directs Georgetown University theater and performance students in the Shakespeare drama. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Other performances Nov. 14-16, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday-Saturday evenings: $18; seniors, $15; students, $10. Other performances, $15; seniors, $12; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or guevents.georgetown.edu .
Seniors line dancing, age 50 and older. 10 a.m. weekly, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Library of Congress lecture, a staff member from the library’s Science, Technology and Business Division discusses the life and work of geneticist Gregor Johann Mendel. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
Holiday sweets, biochemist Beth Burrous discusses the plants that impart flavor to sweet foods, and sugar cane, papaya, banana, tamarind, ginger, allspice, coffee and chocolate; sample some sweets along the way. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333 or ww.usbg.gov.
Author talk, Cate Lineberry discusses her book, “The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines,” about 26 nurses and medics who boarded a cargo plane in November 1943 and crash-landed in Nazi-occupied Albania, leading to a months-long struggle for survival behind enemy lines. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Save your back, a talk by physical therapist Chris Morrow, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Hospital, Renaissance Building, Conference Room 2, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, a performance of works by Ginastera, Mussorgsky and Bonneau. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Pipe organ recital, classical pipe organist Charles Miller performs Charles Marie Widor’s “Allegro” from Organ Symphony No. 6, “Ye Sweet Retreat,” by William Boyce, “Now Thank We All Our God,” by J.S. Bach, “Londonderry Air,” arranged by Robert Hebble, and Charles Marie Widor’s “Tocata,” from Organ Symphony No. 5. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Classical music concert, soprano Jennifer Ellis Kampani and harpsichordist Mark Janello perform works by Handel and others. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Larsen Design Studio: Bringing Ikat west in the 1970s, Fashion Institute of Technology professor Desiree Koslin discusses the collections brought to North American and European markets by Jack Lenor Larsen and explains their roots in the resist-dyed fabric traditions of Central and Southeast Asia, highlighting his prescient work, handwoven Thai-silk ikats and his Afghan collection. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $25, registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Classical music concert, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Sip and paint art workshop, with instruction by artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear, create your own artwork, enjoy snacks and wine. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $30, includes materials and refreshments. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Dance workshop, weaving simple, guided movement sequences and free exploration, JourneyDance reconnects you with your innate well-being; Refreshments follow. 7-9 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $25; in advance, $20, registration requested. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.
Art reception, for “Against the Bias,” a collection of works by 8 artists who have transformed commonplace materials and methods including sewing, crocheting, knitting, embroidering and quilting into contemporary reflections on community, historical legacy, identity and even the sacred. Reception. 7-9 p.m. Nov. 8; continues through Dec. 21, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org.
Choral concert, the Catholic University Chamber Choir performs under the baton of Leo Nestor, conductor and professor, and director of the Institute of Sacred Music. 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Parish, K St., 2430 K St. NW. Free. 202-319-5416.
Lucie Arnaz in concert, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Emmy-winning actress and singer, performs Broadway and other pop tunes, part of Barbara Cook’s “Spotlight.” 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
Southwest Chamber Music Players,“The Winds of November,” sopranos Natalie Barrens and Allison Hughes, hornist Brad Tatum, flutist Mary Norris, clarinetists Jerry Schwarz, Nancy Sulfridge, Bernard Arons, Harold Yaffe and Donald Oehler, and pianist David Ehrlich perform works by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Spohr, Shostakovich,chumann, Barber and Mozart. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. David Ehrlich, 202-484-6354.
“The Summoning of Everyman,” a medieval play performed by Edge of the Universe Players 2, features the characters Death, God, Everyman and others, a medieval stage play with roots as early as the 2nd to 4th centuries. 8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, no performance Friday; continues through Nov. 24, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, Melton Rehearsal Hall, 641 D St. NW. $15. 202-393-3939 or www.universeplayers2.tix.com.
Run with a ranger, through the Mall at a pace for all experience levels. 8 a.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Where justice and mercy meet: Catholic opposition to the death penalty, with keynote address by Helen Prejean, author of “Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States,” and other speakers addressing “Practical Arguments on the Death Penalty,” and “Moral/Theological Aspects of the Death Penalty.” 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Byron Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5600.
Yoga for adults, 9:30 a.m.,weekly. Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.
Used book sale, most books $1; proceeds benefit library programs. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. 202-698-3377.
Author talk, novelist and attorney Allan Topol discusses his new book “The Russian Endgame,” the third in a trilogy about a ruthless Chinese general who joins forces with a Russian president to inflict damage on the United States and Europe. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. Free. 202-393-7798.
Singing Lizard in concert, original music for kids, a sound between eclectic electronica and soulful pop, fun songs and in a high-energy performance promoting singing along and dancing with joy. 10:30 a.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.thesinginglizard.com or www.chaw.org.
Carillon recital, Cathedral carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs a weekly concert. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Kids Euro Festival 2013: “Windstorm,” ages 6 and older, a film about a girl who must spend her summer with her strict grandmother when she fails to be promoted to the next grade, who then meets and tames a wild and shy horse. In German with English subtitles. 2 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. Registration: www.kidseurofestival.org. 202-289-1200
Paper bag baskets workshop, learn to weave ordinary paper bags into a fun new basket. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger; bring your bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.
Wine and chocolate tasting, a pairing of fine wines with gourmet hors d’oeuvres and chocolates and an enticing silent auction that includes an opportunity to conduct a Christmas carol during the Dec. 15 Joy of Christmas concert. 6 p.m., St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. $125. 202-537-5510 or contact Jessica Zaluzec at email@example.com.
Kids Euro Festival: Estonia, “Lotte from Gadgetville,” the story of a little girl puppy that tells stories and sings songs about all the great things that happen in Gadgetville and the importance of friendship. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Line dance social, refreshments available. 6-11 p.m., St. Thomas More Church, Cedar Room, 4275 Fourth St. SE. $10. Laura, 301-899-8099.
Composition Program recital, music students performworks from their Composition Program. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5416.
D.C. A Cappella Festival, the university’s coed group the Phantoms performs; songs range from rock to oldies to modern pop. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown University, Gaston Hall, 37th and O streets NW. $10; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or events.georgetown.edu.
KC Jazz Club, Jason Moran and the Bandwagon perform. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26-$30. 202-467-4600.
“White Rabbit, Red Rabbit,” a Theatre Alliance staged reading of the Nassim Soleimanpour work read by a different actor at each performance: Saturday, Michael Glenn, Nov. 16, Nadia Mahdi, Nov. 23, Gwydion Suilebhan. 8 p.m., Saturdays through Nov. 23, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15, pre-reserved seats; other seats, name-your-own-price. 202-547-6839 or www.theateralliance.com or www.chaw.org.
Bluegrass Music Meets Modern Dance, Blue Mountain Express dances its debut event, a program where contemporary dance and bluegrass music collide. 8 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, the Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE. $15; in advance, $12. 202-631-6291.
Primer: Wet and Needle Felting, international teacher and textile expert Renate Maile-Moskowitz teaches the basics of felting, a non-woven cloth produced by matting and compressing woolen fibers, and discusses its use in clothing, shelter and more; create two- and three-dimensional shapes for fashion and home accessories. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $45. Register: 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Author conversation: Women artists in the new millennium, Eleanor Heartney, Nancy Princenthal, Helaine Posner and Sue Scott discuss how the work of women artists reflects contemporary concerns and how women fare in the hyper-commercialized contemporary art market. 12:30-2 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free, with admission: $10; 65 and older and students, $8; members and 18 and younger, free. 202-783-5000 or www.nmwa.org/events..
Autumn wonder walk, Tiffany Montavon, Center for Prayer and Pilgrimage coordinator, leads a walk through the Bishop’s Garden and discusses what the season has to teach us. 1 p.m., meet in the narthex of Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free, reservations suggested: firstname.lastname@example.org. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Luce Unplugged with Sam McCormally, after an art talk, the singer, composer and instrumentalist performs. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Third Floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Classical chamber music concert, violinist Heather LeDoux Green, cellist James Lee and pianist Kenneth Slowik perform Haydn’s Trio in G, Hob. XV/25 with the “Gypsy Rondo,” Beethoven’s Trio in B-Flat, Op. 11, and and Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, the “Ghost.” 3-4:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed at 2:30 p.m. in the G Street lobby. 202-633-1000.
“Legacy and Life,” Scott Tucker conducts the Choral Arts Society of Washington in a performance of the Steven Stucky work that commemorates the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; a performance of Verdi’s “Requiem” follows. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$75. 202-467-4600.
Kids Euro Festival: Luxembourg, Double Entendre and Xiam mix an intricate blend of magic, juggling, comedy and Intrika’s amazing visual imagery — where solids seem liquid and gravity becomes a game. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Library of Congress open house, for visitors to the Jefferson Building’s Great Hall, exhibitions from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-8000.
Botanic Garden lunchtime tour, museum volunteers lead a tour of plants and discuss what manila folders, Chanel No. 5, vanilla and fossil fuels have in common. Also, a discussion of possible breakthroughs in medicinal plant research. Noon, Monday and Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Veterans Day panel discussion, members of the panel include Janice Agazio, associate professor of nursing, who will talk about her work on military nursing care delivery; Karlynn BrintzenhofeSzoc, associate professor of social work, who will discuss the National Catholic School of Social Service’s doctoral program for active duty service members; and David Jobes, professor of psychology, who will discuss his research on soldier suicide. Noon, Catholic University, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, Great Room A, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5689.
Intimacy and dating after 50, a discussion group sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon-1 p.m., Sibley Medical Building, Conference Room 5, 5215 Loughboro Rd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Mental health and HIV confidential group, for people with HIV and mental health challenges. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. Mondays. Sponsored by MetroHealth. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
Kids Euro Festival: Croatia, “And Who Are You?” Puppets tell a tale of three friends playing in an imaginative world where they are joined by new friends, including a hedgehog, a crow, a squirrel, a bunny and a kitten, a story that teaches people to work together. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Shakespeare for My Father,” a staged reading of Lynn Redgrave’s play performed by her friend and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Chalfant; stay and view Redgrave’s exhibit, “Here Is a Play Fitted.” 7:30 p.m. Monday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE; and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. $25. 202-544-7077.
Tudor Tots, ages 2-4, children and caregivers read, sing and play in the gardens and historic spaces. 10 a.m. Tuesdays through Nov. 19, Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $5 per child and adult couple. 202-965-0400. Register: www.tudorplacefalltudortots.com. 202-965-0400.
Doris Kearns Goodwin, the historian and author discusses her book, “The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism,” about the first decade of the Progressive era, the tumultuous time when the nation was coming apart and reform was in the air. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Fall Into Phenology, Project BudBurst contractor Emily Porter leads a tour and discusses how to make contributions to scientific understanding of local plants by observing their changing leaves and buds; bring sunscreen and water, wear protective clothing. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, terrace by the conservatory entrance, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Yoga, led by yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris; bring a mat. Noon, weekly, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.
Levine School of Music faculty recital, the program fuses the genres of sacred singing with folk, blues and percussive elements from around the globe. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Diabetes wellness workshop, learn about risk factors, resources and improving one’s health, co-sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. 12:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Cathedral tour and tea, a docent leads a tour of the building’s highlights, favorite sites and scenic views from the seventh floor, followed by a traditional English tea with sandwiches and scones. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, Docent station at the rear nave, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or www.tea.cathedral.org .
Sketching workshop, bring pencils and a sketchbook, work with objects on display in the Luce Foundation Center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. weekly , Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or AmericanArtLuce@si.edu.
Cliff Hines in concert, the New Orleans progressive jazz guitarist performs with jazz vocalist Sasha Masakowski. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Vertigo,” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 thriller about an acrophobic San Francisco police detective and the troubled woman whom he rescues from the Bay, starring James Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes. 6 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Film and discussion, “Rosenstrasse,”Margarethe von Trotta’s 2003 film about a woman who travels to Berlin, starts probing into the past of her mother Ruth and learns that she was raised by an “Aryan” woman, Lena, who must come to terms with her past. A discussion of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht follows. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
“Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation,” author Robert Wilson discusses the Civil War photographer, businessman, portraitist and historian, connecting his photographs to places and people loved by the Peter family of Tudor Place; come early for a wine serving. 6:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $20. Registration: Jennifer Schleining, 202-486-0400, Ext. 104.
“Born in East L.A.,” the 1987 film about a Mexican American man who is mistakenly deported to Mexico and must find his way home, written, directed and starring Cheech Marin. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Rosenstrasse,” Margarethe von Trotta’s 2003 film about a women who probes her mother’s past, her upbringing by an Aryan woman and the help she provides her mother as she comes to terms with her past, in German with English subtitles. A discussion follows, “75 Years: Night of Broken Glass,” led by research fellow Stefan Hordler and history professor and author Nathan Stolzfus. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. Registration: www.goetheinstitut.com. 202-289-1200.
Drawing inspiration with cartoonist Jim Toomey, the nationally syndicated cartoonist who draws “Sherman’s Lagoon” uses live drawing to demonstrate how he weaves an environmental message into his work and how he has applied “old media” to creating short films and animation for an online audience. 7 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, Third Floor, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3408 or palmer@americanedu.
“Life on the Home Front,” from the 1942 Academy Film Archive, rarely seen short films that were designed to emphasize American unity for the war effort on the home front, including “The Last Will and Testament of Tom Smith” (1943), starring George Reeves and Lionel Barrymore; and “Prices Unlimited” (1944). 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
“End of Days: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy,” Sam Donaldson talks with author James L. Swanson about his book. After the discussion, Swanson will sign copies of the book. 7 p.m., Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. Free, tickets required. Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787 or from the box office, www.fords.org.
Enso String Quartet performs works by Richard Strauss, Puccini and Verdi. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $32. 202-467-4600.
“Sleeping Beauty – New Adventures,” age 7 and older, British choreographer Matthew Bourne’s re-imagining of the classic ballet. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $30-$120. 202-467-4600.
Gallery talk, Megan Harris of the Veterans History Project presents “Soldier Diaries: Civil War to the Present,” in “The Civil War in America” exhibit. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-4604.
“Beyond Words,” Helena Trestikova’s 2006 documentary about the mass murder of Czech Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944, in Czech with English subtitles. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.
Hip or knee replacement class, nursing staff, physical/occupational therapists and post-acute care coordinators discuss the surgery, hospital stay and rehabilitation. Wednesday, Noon-1:30 p.m., MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Gorman Auditorium, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. Registration: 202-342-2400.
Gallery talk, a staff member discusses “Wanderer: Travel Prints by Ellen Day Hale.” Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.
Club Memory, a social club for people with early-stage Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, must be accompanied by their spouses or other caregivers, sponsored by Sibley Memorial Hospital. 1-3:30 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free, registration requested. 202-364-7602.
What the Tower Sees, a National Park Service ranger discusses the city’s geography, architecture, history and future; bring a camera. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Tower, Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-606-8691.
Bereavement support group, f or those grieving the loss of a family member or friend. 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, Main Hospital Building, First Floor, 3800 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. 202-444-01098. E-mail registration required to Sara Moore, chaplain for adult oncology, SLM36@gunet.georgetown.edu .
Kids Euro Festival: Italy, “The Magic World of Alan,” master magician Zanin Ivano brings his zany and fun show to America for the first stime. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Friends and family of the mentally ill, a weekly support group for family and friends of those recovering from mental health issues. 7-8:30 p.m.Wednesdays, National Alliance on Mental Illness, 422 Eighth St. SE. Free. 202-546-0646 or email@example.com.
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, a program of music from the choir’s homeland and works by Arvo Part. 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. $30; students, $25. 202-338-1796.
Twenty-minute operas, members of the Washington National Opera’s American Opera Initiative perform three operas by three different composers and librettists, accompaniment by a small chamber orchestra; a question-and-answer session follows. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.
“Vojta Lavicka: Ups and Downs,” a Czech documentary that follows 16 years in the life of the the Romany musician, journalist and activist, in Czech with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11.50; students, $9; seniors, $8.75; military and age 12 and younger, $8.50. 202-966-6000.
Weight-loss surgery seminar, a presentation by bariatric surgeon Etwar McBean. Noon-1 p.m., Providence Hospital, Ross Auditorium, 1150 Varnum St. NE. Free, registration requested. 877-937-4226 or www.providencebariatrics.com.
Managing stress and improving your well-being, a discussion led by Al Zara, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. Noon, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Main Hospital, Private Dining Room 3, 5255 Loughboro Rd. NW. Suggested donation, $55 for eight weeks. 202-364-7602.
Parkinson’s support group, sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 3-4:15 p.m., Grand Oaks, 5901 MacArthur Blvd. NW. Free. 202-364-7602.
Art Signs: Gallery Talk (American Sign Language), a volunteer American Sign Language gallery guide leads conversations about various artworks. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“The Art of Mindy Weisel and the Relevance of Abstract Expressionism,” Erich Keel discusses the work of the painter whose expressive use of color and courageous probing of tragic events such as the Holocaust follows in the steps of Rothko, Gottlieb, Motherwell and others in search of the absolute. 6:30 p.m., Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. $10. 202-338-3552.
Blood pressure checks and HIV screenings, 6:30 p.m. Community Education Group mobile medical unit, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-543-2376.
NSO concert, Neeme Jarvi leads the orchestra and German-Japanese pianist Alice Sara Ott in a performance of Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, excerpts from Prokofiev’s ballet score for “Romeo and Juliet” and more; ticket holders for the Nov. 14 performance may stay for a free mini recital by organist Jeremy Filsell, artist-in-residence at Washington National Cathedral. 7 p.m. Nov. 14, 8 p.m. Nov. 15 and 16., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.
Michael Fabiano in concert, the noted American tenor and emerging star at the Met, La Scala and English National Opera performs works by Liszt, Duparc and Tosti with pianist Danielle Orlando. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
“A Dream Play,” written by August Strindberg, adapted by Matthew Buckley and directed by Colin Hovde, about a girl who comes to Earth and is trapped by the sufferings and cruelties of mankind, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Nov. 23, 2 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 24, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; seniors, $10; students, $5. 202-319-4000.
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