Fall color in Olmsted Woods, cathedral horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer leads a walk focusing on autumn in the woods and the importance of native trees and shrubs. 10 a.m., meet at the George Washington statue, Pilgrim Road off Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Behind the scenes cathedral tour, for age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows, and climb a lot of stairs to view the city from high, take 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 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., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $30. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.
“Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover’s Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath,” a presentation of the manuscript that was the culmination of the literary project launched by Hoover during World War II. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
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 http://americanart.si.edu.
Mother Teresa artwork dedication, with music by the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. 5:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Human Rights Porch, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Suzanne Farrell Ballet, performance of works scheduled for the coming season. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Open Studio,” artists Shanti Norris and Darien Reece paint, do collage and experiment alongside new and experienced artists. 6-8:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org.
Secret White House tapes and Cuban Missile Crisis, “The Fourteenth Day, JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Secret White House Tapes,” a panel discusses President Kennedy’s White House recordings; opening remarks by Caroline Kennedy. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Does Ecumenism Have a Future? panel discussion, Friedrich Wilhelm Graf of the University of Munich talks with Michael Root of Catholic University and others about Ecumenism, presented by German Research Foundation and the Goethe-Institut. 7 p.m., Theological Consortium, 487 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-289-1200.
Paul Huang, classical violinist, performance of works by Beethoven, Saint-Saens, Ysaye, Messiaen, Ravel, Debussy and Waxman; sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727 or www.wpas.org.
Used Book Sale, most books $1 each; $10/bag on Saturday; bargain books $.25 each; $3/bag both days; proceeds earmark equipment fund for Palisades branch. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday/Saturday, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139 or FriendsOfPalisadesLibrary@gmail.com.
Pipe organ recital, Charles Miller and the Ephraim Brass Quintet perform works by Richard Strauss, J.S. Bach, Andrea Gabrieli and Eugene Gigout. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
Philosophy lecture, Duquesne University’s Ronald Polansky discusses “Aristotle on Accidental Perception.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.
ILL-Abilities, a program created to inspire and entertain audiences while working to change misconceptions society might have about people with disabilities. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Amernet String Quartet recital, pianist James Tocco joins the ensemble in a concert of works by Haydn, Beethoven and Franck. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $38. 202-467-4600.
Lecture on molecules, Arthur Olson, Scripps Research Institute professor, discusses “Grasping the Molecules of Life: Modeling in Three Dimensions.” 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.
Presidential pets, a National Park Service ranger discusses pets of U.S. presidents; optional to bring a leashed dog. 4-6 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
Hello Federal Triangle, Farewell Murder Bay, a National Park Service ranger discusses the massive 1930s Federal Triangle area construction project. 11:30 a.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, Tower Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Titus Early, 202-606-8691.
Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by J.S. Bach and Brahms. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Classical clarinet and piano recital, clarinetist Anthony McGill and pianist Lura Johnson perform. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Drawing at dusk, for all ages and abilities, with a clothed model and many artworks for inspiration, basic drawing materials provided. 5:30 p.m. Friday and Feb. 15, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-5435.
A work-in-progress showing and conversation, director Michael Rohd and his Sojourn Theatre Company with Rachel Chavkin’s The TEAM in a residency showing exerpts and discuss their original devised play based on research done around the nation on human communication. 6 p.m., Georgetown University, Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787 or www.performingarts.georgetown.edu.
Tudor Place history haunt, for age 21 and older, a guide leads a tour of the mansion’s outbuildings and “ghostly” five acres of gardens and tells spooky tales; cocktails and other refreshments served. 6-8 p.m. on the half hour, Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. 202-965-0400 or http://tudorplacehistoryhaunt.eventbrite.com.
“Aladdin,” performance of Kathryn Schultz Miller’s work about a poor boy who weds the girl of his dreams and becomes a prince with the help of a genie, a magic carpet and more. 7 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
History-related run, a one-hour run with a National Park Service ranger at the Mall’s historic memorials. 8 a.m., Washington Monument, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Nikolette Williams, 202-345-6361.
“The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,”Bright Star Theatre Company performs the story of bumbling schoolmaster Ichabod Crane. 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.
Pottery showcase, featuring the work of 15 nationally-recognized ceramic artists from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Virginia and Maryland; Louise Allison Cort, the Curator for Ceramics at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, delivers a talk entitled “Pots and People,” at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Saturday. Saturday. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.potteryonthehilldc.com.
John Henry’s Halloween Bash, come in costume, live children’s music10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $6.50. 202-966-6000.
A Melancholy mile, a guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops along the way; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SE. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.
The Sultan’s Garden, a talk and a tour by curator Sumru Belger Krody. 11 a.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441.
Juliette Gordon Low and the Girl Scouts, visit the exhibit “Girl Scouts 1912-2012,” learn about Low, founder of the Girl Scouts ; Tim Winkle discusses the museum’s Girl Scout collection and answers questions. 11 a.m., National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low and portrait, learn about the founder of the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. in 1912, and view her portrait. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Haunted chocolate house workshop and tea, sandwiches, snacks and sweets served as a costumed interpreter tells tales about tea; learning how to make a chocolate house. 1-2:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $25 per child; $10 per accompanying adult. 202-965-0400 or tudorplacehauntedchocolatetea.eventbrite.com/.
“The Patsy” silent film, King Vidor’s 1928 film with live piano music played by Ben Model, starring Marion Davies, Lillian Gish and Pola Negri. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
“Spooky Pooch Howl-o-Ween Celebration,” take a leashed dog to explore the grounds; plus pet costume contest, games and refreshments for the pooches. 2-4 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15 per dog with one or two owners. 202-686-5807.
Weave a Turkish talisman, for age 5 and older, basic weaving with yarn taught. 2-4 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
“Ernie Kovacs: Video Art for the Intimate Vacuum,”comedian Kovacs’s tongue-in-cheek definition of television, a discussion with three Kovacs historians follows the screening. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Election special: Music for “uncivil discourse,” the 21st Century Consort performs Fred Rzewski’s “The People United Will Never Be Defeated,” Jon Deak’s “Greetings From 1984” and Peter Maxwell Davies’s dramatic portrait of George III, “Eight Songs for a Mad King,” 5 p.m.; lecture, 4 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. $20; post-concert reception, $20. 202-633-3030 or americanart.si.edu.
Navajo codes during World War II, a National Park Service ranger discusses the Navajo Indians who successfully transmitted secret communications, based on their native language, on battlefields. 6 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Tyler Smith, 202-426-6841.
Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, performance of Schubert’s Octet in F. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Spooky stories and the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and discusses the city’s ghoulish stories. 6-8p.m., Washington Monument, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call Kathy Kagle, 202-438-5377.
“Wings of Desire,”Wim Wenders’s 1987 classic film about two angels who walk the streets of Berlin, lending their help to depressed souls along the way, in German, English and French with English subtitles. 6 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
“Finian’s Rainbow,” the Broadway musical by Burton Lane, E. Y. Harburg and Fred Saidy. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; seniors and students, $10. 202-319-4000.
Georgetown Improv Association, performance of comedy inspired by suggestions from the audience, features adult themes. 9 p.m., Georgetown University, Leavey Center, Bulldog Alley, 37th and O Streets NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-687-2787.
L’Enfant’s Vision and the Territory of Columbia, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk and discusses L’Enfant’s ideas for the city’s streets, buildings and monuments and what remains of his vision for Pennsylvania Avenue. 10:30 a.m., meet at the Old Post Office Pavilion, Benjamin Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Jason Barna, 202-425-3442.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss the genesis of the “city of trees”; take a bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.
Sculptor’s lecture, Joel Shapiro discusses his almost 50 years of work in sculpture, from early minimal objects to increasingly expansive and complex forms. Noon, National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
NSO Halloween Spooktacular concert, for age 5 and older, Ankush Kumar Bahl leads National Symphony Orchestra musicians costumed as ghosts, ghouls and goblins in a performance of works by Berlioz, Mussorgsky, John Williams and others. 1 and 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$105. 202-467-4600.
Halloween kids craft pop-ups, for age 6 and older, artist Carol Barton teaches visitors how to make and decorate a pop-up haunted house and scene for a window sill; includes crafts, treats and ghost stories. 1-3 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $15 per child. 202-272-2448.
“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,”Milos Forman’s 1975 film about a nonconformist prisoner who is being evaluated in a state mental hospital, starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher. 1 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Art with Mariah Anne Johnson, the artist discusses her latest project, featuring meticulously folded sheets; coffee and tea served. 1:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 americanart.si.edu.
Masterpieces of American furniture, 1700–1830, discussed by curator Wendy Cooper. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.
U.S. Marine Band classical concert, works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Claude Bolling. 2 p.m., John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, Seventh and K streets SE. Free. 202-433-4011.
Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Perry Auditorium, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5; families with reservations, $30. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Curator’s tour: “1812: A Nation Emerges,” historian Peter MacLeod of the Canadian War Museum leads a tour of the exhibit. 2 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, second floor, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Fairytale film “The Frog King,”the story of a princess who must choose between a young man who wants to marry her and a frog who knows how to rescue her golden ball, co-sponsored by Goethe-Institut. 2 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172.
“The Mark of Zorro” silent film, 1920 film about the son of a wealthy rancher in the old Spanish California of the 19th century who takes a stand against the mistreatment of people by rich landowners and an oppressive government, starring Douglas Fairbanks; musical accompaniment by Hesperus ensemble . 2 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets in the G Street lobby at 1:30 p.m. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu.
“The Conference of the Birds,” performance of Jean-Claude Carriere and Peter Brook’s stage version of the work based on Farid Uddi Attar’s poem, a 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine; with music. 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, through Nov. 25, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $39-$68. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre.
Classical guitar concert, Christopher Jenkins performs works by Roland Dyens, J.S. Bach, Rodrigo, Mangore, Albeniz and Brouwer; followed by a reception. 3:30 p.m., Church of the Holy City, 1611 16th St. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-462-6734.
“Five Days, Five Nights,” screening of a film about a Soviet Army captain who finds Dresden in rubble in May 1945 and searches for hundreds of old master paintings that had disappeared from the Soviet art collection, in Russian and English with English subtitles. 4:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Classical choral concert, soprano Rachel Evangeline Barhan, mezzo-soprano Alexandra Christoforakis, tenor Steven Soph, bass James Edward Rogers and the City Choir of Washington perform Handel’s “Coronation Anthems.” 5 p.m., National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $15-$50. 301-572-6865 or www.thecitychoirofwashington.org.
Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center, a program featuring artists and themes from the Arctic. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Junior Ranger program, talk with a National Park Service ranger, make crafts and learn a history lesson, parents are welcome. 6 p.m., Washington Monument, Survey Lodge Ranger Station, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. Kristel Nelson, 202-497-1357.
National Gallery classical piano recital, Tanya Vegvari Plescia performs works by Mozart, Hewitt and Reinagle. Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
Mary Surratt’s ghost tours, for age 10 and older, a lantern-lit behind-the-scenes tour led by the “spirit” of a convicted conspirator in the Abraham Lincoln assassination. 8-9 p.m. Sunday, Wednesday and Nov. 4, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20, registration required. 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org.
How Monopoly grew out of the Great Depression, play a couple of rounds and learn about the game’s history. 4-10 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
“Red Riding Hood,” a minimalistic performance from Luxembourg that uses spoken word, music and a few objects. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“The Harvey Girls,”George Sidney’s 1946 film about a group of young ladies who bring grace and refinement to a new Harvey House restaurant, starring Judy Garland, Angela Lansbury, Ray Bolger, Cyd Charisse and Marjorie Main. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.
New office space for D.C., a discussion of the design, engineering and construction challenges involved in creating office space designed by architect Kevin Roche. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12. Free. 202-272-2448.
UDC Jazz, performances by the UDC JAZZtet with vocalist Sandra Y. Johnson, pianist Allyn Johnson, bass player Steve Novosel, saxophonist Lyle Link and others. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Film: “Rimini Protokill: Soil Sample Kazakhstan,” Stefan Kaegi’s 2010 documentary-theater piece about five performers working with a Berlin-based theater company as they trace the route of the oil pipeline from Kazakhstan, in Russian and German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
Avanti Orchestra concert, guest cellist Matthew Zalkind performs music by Brahms and Shostakovich. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6:30 p.m. 202-467-4600.
“We Are Here: Memories of the Lithuanian Holocaust,” Ellen Cassedy discusses her book , her longing to recover the knowledge of Yiddish she lost and more. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free, reservations requested. 202-518-9400.
“44 Plays for 44 Presidents,” short, biographical scenes highlighting the lives of all the U.S. presidents, written by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston and Karen Weinberg. 8 p.m., Source, 1835 14th St. NW. Pay what you can. www.dogandponydc.com.
Warren G. Harding and his era, a National Park Service ranger discusses the life of the 29th president. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Matthew Furman, 240-882-8290.
The Great Zucchini’s Halloween Party, the Great Zucchini performs magic; come in costume. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.
Armonia Nova classical music recital, medieval and Renaissance music of Europe. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Cathedral tour and tea, docents lead an hour-long tour of the building’s gothic architecture and art, followed by a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30, reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or email@example.com.
“A Crocodile in a Family of Ducks,” performance of a Spanish tale of a croc who thinks he is a duck until he meets another crocodile. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Textiles and costume collection at Tudor Place, curator Erin Kuykendall discusses the political and social implications of three centuries of clothing and furnishing textiles, from Martha Washington’s chintz to Caroline Ogden-Jones Peter’s designer wardrobe. 6:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. 202-965-0400 or politicsoffashion.eventbrite.com.
“Harvest of Empire” film, a look at the origins of the growing Latino presence in the United States; followed by a panel discussion. 6:30 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000 .
“Stories From the Wilderness,” a collection of short films and a discussion about the role of film in protecting wild lands. 7 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, third floor, Mary Graydon Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-3408 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opera Lafayette concert, with soprano Emmanuelle de Negri, pianist Susan Manoff, violinist Ryan Brown and members of the orchestra; music by Sebastien le Camus, Clerambault, Duparc and others. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35-$50. 202-467-4600.
Red, White and Blue: Poets on Politics, Nikky Finney, Brian Turner and Elizabeth Alexander explore the role of politics in the literary landscape; with readings of their works; followed by a reception. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/poetry.
“Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real,”a Patrick Stewart-narrated film that takes a scientific look at the winged predators that never existed. Noon, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
Nominating and electing the president, a National Park Service ranger discusses the process of electing a president. 6 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Paul Maisto, 240-375-6375.
Latin American poet, Electa Arenal, translator and emeritus professor of Hispanic literature, discusses Mexico’s poet and playwright Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, 3162 Mount Pleasant St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.
African Americans in military, Asa Gordon discusses “The U.S. Colored Troops: Their Legacy of Redemption and National Democracy.” 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Christine Brewer, soprano, a recital of Spanish songs by Turina, Mompou, Toldra and Obradors, as well as American works by Copland, Barber and Bolcom. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. 202-467-4600.
The Building Zone for kids, for children 2-6 with an adult, learn about building trades through play. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays, through Nov. 30, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $3. 202-272-2448.
Cathedral symbolism and iconography, a docent shows the cathedral’s symbolism in stone, stained glass and fabric art and teaches how to read the art’s stories. 3 p.m. Nov. 1 and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Washington National Cathedral, West End, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10, reservations suggested. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
The Giants of Barcelona: Picasso, Miro, Dali, and Gaudi, art critic Judy Pomeranz discusses the work of Antonio Gaudi, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Salvador Dali who all lived and worked in Barcelona, Spain. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $30. 202-633-3030.
Jazz piano legend Marian McPartland, Paul de Barros discusses and reads from his biography “Shall We Play That One Together,” followed by a question-and-answer session. 7 p.m., UDC, Recital Hall, Building 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or email@example.com.
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