U.S. Botanic Garden tour, education technician Alex Torres leads a walking tour of the National Garden and discusses his favorite native plants, how to improve a gardens and the sustainable practices used at the gardens; sunscreen, protective clothing and water suggested. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 25, meets on the terrace by the entrance to the conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Kids garden sculpture safari, for children 2-5 with an adult, an exploration of a garden, an art project, songs and more. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 25, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $30. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.
War of 1812 talk, history professor Troy Bickham discusses the turning point in the war. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Improving urban areas, Mike Lydon discusses “depaving,” open streets, intersection repair and other ways to revitalize urban areas. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.
Renwick Sit ’n’ Stitch, for all abilities, specialists teach different types of stitching. 12:30 p.m., Renwick Gallery, Palm Court, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu/calendar/?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99790076 .
Gallery tour for deaf visitors, a gallery volunteer uses American Sign Language to discuss works in the museum. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Fendiko Ethiopian performance, musicians and dancers in a program of traditional Ethiopian dance and music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Environmental aspects of gardens, horticulturist Ray Mims and education specialist Alex Torres show how home gardens can produce environmental, social and economic benefits, and discuss ways to reduce energy and water costs, runoff and harmful pollutants; participants welcome to bring a drawing or site assessment of their gardens. 6:30-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Lecture and award ceremony, David Childs, former chairman of the National Capital Planning Commission, receives the American Architecture Foundation’s inaugural George White Award, to honor the former Architect of the Capitol, and delivers an original presentation. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448.
“Mark Lombardi: Death Defying Acts of Art and Conspiracy,” the artist who had created BCCI, an intricate illustrated map of the links between global finance and terrorism, following the trail of money leading to the 9/11 attacks and the documentary that simultaneously explores the fascinating life and work of an artist whose sudden death left many unanswered questions. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101148187 .
Hillwood costume talk, Martin Kamer discusses his collection of antique clothes, and the Hillwood paper costume exhibit “Pret-a-Papier,” by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave. Exhibit viewing, 6-7 p.m.; talk, 7-8 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7. 202-686-5807.
Classical piano recital, Richard Goode performs Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $65. 202-785-9727.
“Far Away” play, performance of Caryl Churchill’s 2000 work about a terrible secret involving the bloodied bodies of children and others. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday-Saturday: $18; students, $10. Sunday: $15; students, $8. 202-687-2787.
“A Clockwork Orange,” for age 16 and older, Scena Theatre’s production of Anthony Burgess’s play, with music; about free will versus social order and the human capacity for evil and redemption. Previews, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 p.m. Sunday. Regular shows, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 19, H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Previews, $10. Regular shows, $25-$35. 703-683-2824 or www.scenatheater.org.
Improvisational comedy, “POTUS (President of the United States) Among Us.” 8 p.m. Thursdays, 8 and 10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, through Nov. 3, Source, Washington Improv Theater, 1835 14th St. NW. $20; in advance, $15. 202-204-7770.
Citywide preservation conference, presented by the D.C. Preservation League. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Charles Sumner School, 1207 17th St. NW. $35; students, free. 202-783-5144. Register at http://www.dcpreservation.org/event/washington-dc-2012-citywide-preservation-conference/ .
Botanic Garden shrub program, horticulturalist Rick Lewandowski discusses the role of native shrub plants. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Cuban Missile Crisis talk, “The Armageddon Letters: Kennedy, Khrushchev, Castro in the Cuban Missile Crisis,” James Blight and Janet Lang discuss their book. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by Schubert, Handel, Schumann, Brahms and Prokofiev. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Design craft: DreamHome, DreamHome designers Catherine Hailey and Miriam Dillon discuss their inspiration acquired from “40 under 40” artists Uhuru and Sabrina Gschwandtner and creative process. Noon, Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 and http://americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D99786201
Modern Musick recital, the instrumental ensemble performs 17th- and 18th-century compositions; followed by a question-and-answer session. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Aristotle lecture, University of Notre Dame’s Sean Kelsey discusses “Aristotle on Thinking vs. Perceiving.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.
Opera: “Evelyn Lear: A Celebration,” music and words to honor the late opera singer and her influence on opera stages around the world, performers include Frederica Von Stade and other musicians. 7:30 p.m., George Washington University, Funger Hall, 2201 G St. NW. Free. 703-370-1923 or www.wagner-dc.org.
Maureen McGovern concert, 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
Jazz concert, the U.S. Air Force Band’s Airmen of Note with vocalist Roberta Gambarini. 8 p.m., George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW. Free. 202-767-5658.
Film: “Argo,” about the covert operation to rescue six Americans that unfolded behind the scenes of the Iran hostage crisis in 1979. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
Bats, rats and creepy crawlies, a National Park Service Ranger leads you through the more eerie side of the National Mall seeking critters that make you cringe, take a flashlight. 8-10 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
Lecture on ants, Cameron R. Currie, University of Wisconsin professor, discusses ants in connection with agriculture. Sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
Hula With Mokihana, a performance of a traditional Hawaiian chants and hula; the audience will be invited to participate in cultural dances. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.
Used Southeast Library book sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Library. 10 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.
Creative Journaling: Autumn, Old Leaves/New Leaves, Rebecca Wilkinson leads a program featuring drawing, painting and stenciling. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $45. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop film fest, including “Attack of the Giant Pants,” “Alien Invasion” and short films made by CHAW students. 10 a.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-547-6839, www.chaw.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tudor Place fall foliage tour, horticulturalist Suzanne Bouchard leads a stroll on 51 / 2 acres of gardens and identifies different types of trees. 10-11 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $12. 202-965-0400 or register at tudorplacefallfoliagetour.eventbrite.com.
Tudor Place harvest tea, tour the 1816 National Historic Landmark mansion, then have a Victorian tea, featuring sandwiches, scones, dessert and history tea blends. 10:30
a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $30. 202-965-0400 or tudorplacefallharvesttea.eventbrite.com.
Civil War Georgetown: house and walking tours, a staff member leads a tour of the house and discusses life during the war, how masters and enslaved workers managed on the estate and where Union soldiers were boarded alongside them. 10:30 a.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. House or walking tour, $10; house and walking tour, $15. 202-965-0400 or http://octobercivilwartour2012.eventbrite.com/.
National Garden tour, intern Kelly Whitson discusses plants of historical significance, the history of public gardens and how the National Garden reflects both the past and the future of public gardens. 11 a.m.-noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, National Garden Lawn Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Hill Center storytime, for children, a staff member reads stories. 11 a.m.-noon, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs.
“The Missiles of October,” 1974 CBS Television Studios docudrama of the Cuban Missile Crisis, starring William Devane and Martin Sheen. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Chile peppers tasting, members of the Mid-Atlantic Units of the Herb Society of America offer tastes of a variety of peppers and samples of chile-based food; includes a visit to the National Herb Garden’s collection of more than 60 varieties, including some of the world’s hottest peppers. 1 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free. 202-245-2726.
Classical music recital, Inon Barnatan performs works by Debussy, Ades, Ravel, Britten and Schubert; sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $42. Free. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Diva It Up: Put on Your Opera Face, in time for Halloween; learn how to “glam it up” opera-style in this makeup class. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Hall of Nations, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.
Inside Tchaikovsky’s “Seasons,” Levine School of Music faculty member and pianist Efi Hackmey performs excerpts from “The Seasons” and discusses the work. 6 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; in advance, $15. 202-686-5807.
Music to honor Woody Guthrie, a three-night celebration of the folk singer’s 100th birthday. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra concert, classic jazz tunes. 7:30 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25. 202-3030.
Kennedy Center Jazz Club, keyboard player John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bass player Chris Wood perform. 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Atrium, 2700 F St. NW. $20. 202-467-4600.
Fighting poverty and disease, discussed by Tom Hart, U.S. executive director of ONE, a global advocacy organization that fights poverty and disease by working with political leaders to support policies and programs that save lives. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
“Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey between Genders,” in conversation with Susan Weidman Schneider, Ladin’s memoir that brings us inside her struggles with God, the pain of her children in losing the father they love and after forty years, learning to walk and talk as a woman; part of the Jewish Literary Festival, continuing through Oct. 24. 11 a.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $15, includes light brunch. 202-528-9400.
Kennedy Center Chamber Players recital, violinist Marissa Regni, cellist David Hardy and pianist Lambert Orkis perform works by J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn; followed by a discussion with the performers. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-467-4600.
U.S. Marine Band concert, works by Brahms, Ravel and Sofia Gubaidulina. 2 p.m., Marine Barracks Annex, John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Seventh and L streets SE. Free. 202-433-4011.
Lecture: Plant Diversity and the Role of Heritage Plants to Our Food System, Ira Wallace, Southern Exposure Seed Exchange, discusses the threats to our rich genetic heritage in food crops and how they might disappear in a generation if we don’t defend them. 2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333.
“Sleeping Beauty” film, about a princess who falls into a 100-year sleep until a simple man breaks through a thorn hedge and rescues her, in German with English subtitles. 2 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
Left Bank Quartet recital, violinists David Salness and Sally McLain, violist Katherine Murdock, cellist Evelyn Elsing and pianist Edward Newman perform works by Britten, Elgar and Haydn. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed at 2 p.m. in the G Street lobby. 202-633-1000, 703-536-0222 or americanart.si.edu.
U.S. Navy Band 237th birthday concert,4 p.m., DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. Free. 202-433-2525 or www.navyband.navy.mil.
“The Invisible Men,” film about persecuted gay Palestinians who have run away from their families and are hiding in Tel Aviv and seeking asylum outside Israel; in Hebrew, English and Arabic with English subtitles. 4 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free, reservations recommended. 202-777-3251.
Cathedral pipe organ recital, Peter King performs. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
“What Makes It Great?” with Rob Kapilow, and pianist Brian Ganz performing mazurkas, nocturnes and polonaises by Chopin. Sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 6 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $20. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Classic music recital, pianist Thomas Mastroianni, soprano Alessandra Marc and violinist Ricardo Cyncynates perform works by Paganini, Liszt and Verdi in conjunction with the celebration of Italian art, music and film; come at 6 p.m. for a pre-concert talk in the West Building Lecture Hall. Latecomers not admitted. Concert. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
“Telegraph Avenue: A Novel,” Michael Chabon’s story that deals with race and class in urban America; opening night of the Jewish Literary Festival, continuing through Oct. 24. 7:30 p.m., Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. $25; seniors and students, $20. 202-528-9400.
Tour in the garden of “good and evil,” biochemist Beth Burrous discusses the poisonous and medicinal plants growing at the facility and some fatal cases of poisoning by plants. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Our City Film Festival, “Community Harvest” (2011), about the natural and cultural harvests of community and the transformation of a forgotten vacant lot in Columbia Heights; “Chocolate City” (2007), about how more than 400 families from the Arthur Capper housing project in Southeast were forced from their homes as part of a nationwide redevelopment program. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
A Red-Hot Evening With Kathleen Turner, the actress discusses her career, including her current role as Molly Ivins in “Red Hot Patriot” at Arena Stage, through Oct. 28. 7 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. $30. 202-633-3030.
The Real Widows of the Pension Office, archives volunteer Pamela Loos-Noki discusses the common contents of widow pension files. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Library tutoring for SAT and GED, preparation by Greater D.C. Cares Neighboring Now volunteers. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
Looking Homeward Toward Earth: The Power of Perspective, NASA chief scientist Waleed Abdalati discusses the tremendous power of the space-based perspective in affecting science and daily life. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.
Is This Art?, a museum staff member leads a discussion of modern and contemporary art to help those who do not understand or appreciate it. Noon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or http://americanart.si.edu.
Beau Soir Ensemble recital, the flute, viola and harp trio performs works by Mozart, J.S. Bach and Debussy. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
UDC jazz concert, Allyn Johnson directs a performance of the UDC Jazz ensembles. 12:30 p.m., University of the District of Columbia, Building 46-West, auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or email@example.com .
Curator Smithsonian gallery talk, Joann Moser leads a tour of the exhibit “Abstract Drawings” and discusses techniques used by the artists. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.
Latino college night, for parents, a panel discussion and bilingual financial aid workshop. 6-9 p.m., American University, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-244-3438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Crossing the Borders of Time:, A True Story of War, Exile, and Love Reclaimed,” read by Leslie Maitland, and “In the Shadow of the Banyan,” read by Vaddey Ratner.” 6:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 16, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.
“Kafka’s Last Story”: An Evening of Film and Theater, screening of Sagi Bornstein’s film about the fate of Franz Kafka’s writings and papers, in Hebrew with English subtitles; followed by a theatrical reading of excerpts from Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” by Theater J’s Delia Taylor, part of the Hyman S. and Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival. 7 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $11. 202-518-9400.
Southwest Chamber Players concert, works by J.S. Bach, Erwin Shulhoff and Eldin Burton. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Free, donations appreciated. 202-484-6354.
Genealogy and War of 1812, genealogy specialist John Deeben reviews federal records relating to Army service during the war. 11 a.m., National Archives, Research Center, Room G-25, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Renwick craft talk, deputy chief of operations Fern Bleckner discusses Vivian Beer’s “Slither.walk.fly.” Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.cfm?trumbaEmbed=view%3Devent%26eventid%3D101164389 .
Kennedy Center open dance rehearsal, dance scholars guide visitors through a behind-the-scenes view of dancers preparing for a performance. 1:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.
“The Radiant Sun” textile designer film, Terri Sarris’s documentary about the life of mid-20th-century designer Ruth Adler Schnee, a German immigrant to Detroit who became an influential textile and interior designer; followed by a discussion with Schnee and producer Ronit Eisenbach. 6:30-8:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. 202-272-2448.
Intelligence during the Cuban missile crisis, retired CIA scientific intelligence officer Eugene Poteat discusses overhead reconnaissance. 6:30 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $15. 202-393-7798.
African American Heroines of the Civil War, discussed by historian C.R. Gibbs. 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Songs of Migration, Hugh Masekela musical tribute to migrant workers in Africa. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Oct. 20, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
French film, “Sister,” about a 12-year-old boy who lives with his older sister in a housing complex below a luxury Swiss ski resort and who provides for the two of them by stealing equipment from wealthy tourists and selling it; in French with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
U.S. Botanic Garden tour, education technician Alex Torres leads a walking tour of the National Garden, gives tips for improving a home garden and discusses his favorite native plants; sunscreen, protective clothing and water suggested. 10:30 a.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 25, meet on the terrace by the entrance to the conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Mushroom cuisine talk, gardening specialist Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook Navidi discuss innovative ways to use mushrooms . Noon-1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Cuban Missile Crisis films, from the National Archives, including “One Week in October” (1964) and “Conversation With the President” (1962). Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Slavery abolitionist art talk, Maurie D. McInnis discusses her book “Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade,” about British artist Eyre Crowe’s depiction of slave auctions and how the art influenced the abolitionist movement; followed by a reception. 4 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.
Brian Settles Quartet tribute to Redman, the quartet performs original arrangements of works by tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman; a free drawing workshop during the performance involves creating a sketchbook from recycled materials to take home. 5-7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.
“Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints,” co-author Joy E. Stocke and Harriet Fulbright, former executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, discuss Stocke’s book about the complexities and contradictions of ancient Anatolia and modern-day Turkey. 6 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 29.
Kids Euro Festival, “Friendship,” a humorous performance about two friends who examine the meaning of friendship as they recall and retell memories of many of the friendships they have had since childhood, from Denmark; other festival events city-wide through Nov. 13. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Collecting art, Lillian Fitzgerald, Myrtis Bedolla and some of the area’s top art dealers and experts discuss their experiences and advice on starting and expanding an art collection. 6:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. Free. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org.
“Helen Dorey on Sir John Soane, R.A.:, His Influence and Architecture, and how it inspired him to establish a museum filled with collections of antiquities, books and works of art. 6:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $20. 202-965-0400 or http://sirjohnsoane.eventbrite.com/
“Far Away,” Caryl Churchill’s 2000 play directed by Jason Loewith, about a terrible secret involving the bloodied bodies of children and others. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Devine Studio Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Friday-Saturday: $18; students, $10. Sunday: $15; students, $8. 202-687-2787.
“The History Boys,” presented by the Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society, Alan Bennett’s story of clever and rowdy sixth-form boys in northern England and the tutoring they get, 2006 Tony Award-winner for Best Play. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Oct. 24-27, Georgetown University, Poulton Hall Stage 3, 37th and P streets NW. $10; students, $8. 202-687-2787 or http://performingarts.georgetown.edu .
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