E Pluribus Unum: Seeking Unity, Respecting Diversity

As part of Ford’s Theatre’s Lincoln Legacy Project, John Harris of Politico moderates a panel on diversity featuring Reps. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.), Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Silvestre Reyes (D-Tex.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho). Local historian and author Jay Winik starts things with a presentation on Lincoln’s presidency. This is the first in a discussion series every Monday evening in October.

7 p.m. Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. 202-347-4833. . Free; $2.75 convenience charge online.



Carmen Souza

Lisbon native Carmen Souza heads to the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage to perform a mix of jazz, Latin and soul with a healthy helping of “sodade,” or nostalgic longing, a signature element of Portuguese music.

6 p.m. Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 800-444-1324 .



‘Shining Stars’ reception

Out of Zenith Gallery has risen a multidimensional show with sculptures and mixed media from five local artists. The show opened Sept. 8, and if you haven’t seen it, Wednesday’s reception is a good excuse. The artists will be on hand to meet and greet, and answer questions.

5:30 p.m. The Eleven Eleven Sculpture Space, 1111 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-2963.



Taste of Armenia

At this festival, try traditional dishes, pastries and desserts in a celebration of Armenian culture. In a rush? Grab something tasty to go. Or check out the kids’ corner, merchants’ mall and, on Saturday at 7 p.m., music and dancing.

At noon through Saturday. Soorp Khatch Armenian Apostolic Church, 4906 Flint Dr., Bethesda. 301-229-8742. Free; food available for purchase.



La Catrina Quartet

La Catrina Quartet plays pieces that have long been part of the traditional string quartet repertoire. But the group also works with contemporary composers on new material, all while promoting Mexican arts and culture. See what the quartet is about at a free show at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

7 p.m. Mexican Cultural Institute, 2829 16th St. NW. 202-728-1628. . Seating is limited; RSVP recommended.



Taste of DC

Indulge in a smattering of D.C. cuisine this weekend with the return of Taste of DC. The festival, which has been absent amid a slew of other “Taste of” events in the area, will be held on Pennsylvania Avenue. Expect high-quality samples of cuisine from some of the best restaurants in the city.

Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pennsylvania Avenue between Ninth and 14th streets NW. 202-618-3663. Admission is free; food and drinks cost $15 per 10 tickets. Each restaurant will have at least one dish for one or two tickets.



‘Downtown 81’

The last in the four-film Downtown Scene NY Film Series is “Downtown 81,” a snapshot of the life of a young Jean-Michel Basquiat, who in the early 1980s was a little-known but influential street artist in New York. The film follows Basquiat as he tries to raise money to reclaim the apartment from which he has been evicted. A discussion follows the screening.

4 p.m. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. 202-639-1700. . Registration encouraged.

— Jess Righthand