American Diplomatic Leaders 1914-1934 A National Park Service Ranger discusses the legacies left by Woodrow Wilson and Charles Evans Hughes in the course of American Foreign Relations. 10 a.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Joseph Mohr, 202-426-6841. Free.
Coyote Mischief Tales For ages 5-10, Philip Blue Owl Hooser’s play about Trickster Coyote, a crafty, funny and fearless fellow who is a little too smart for his own good, but learns about making choices, sharing and giving gifts from the heart with the help of his spirit guide, Hashtahi. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Dates through Nov. 20. Visit Web site for additional dates and times. Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org. $8; ages 2-16 $6; 1 and younger $3.
Larry Yazzie and the Native Price Dancers For age 5 and older, the world champion fancy dancer and his troupe from many Indian nations perform the Native American pow wow with full tribal regalia, celebrating nature, ancestors and the tribal community with drums, flute, intricate footwork and voice. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Discovery Theater at National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org . $8; ages 2-16 $6; 1 and younger $3.
National Cathedral behind the scenes Age 11 and older, see gargoyles and stained-glass windows and climb a lot of stairs for a panoramic view of the city. Bring a camera. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25; ages 11-12, $21. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .
John Philip Sousa’s birthday celebration The U.S. Marine Band pays homage to its 17th director in a musical tribute of Sousa marches, including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Semper Fidelis,” at the gravesite. 11 a.m., Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. Free.
Kingdom of rarities: nature’s best-kept secret Eric Dinerstein leads a tour that explains why biologists embrace a theory that most species on Earth are rare and which ones have always been rare. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov . Free; registration required.
American art: after and before A staff member discusses a featured artwork in a gallery after it has received treatment by conservators and shows the science, art history and skilled hands that have prepared it for exhibition then get a behind-the-scenes visit to the Lunder Conservation Center. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Art lecture Brigitte Daprà, director of exhibitions and loans, Superintendency of Cultural Heritage for the City and the Museums of Naples and the Royal Palace of Caserta, discusses Titian’s “Danae,” during World War II. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.
Memorials on the Mall A National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 2-4 p.m., through Nov. 30. Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.
Close-up tour: needlepoint A docent leads a tour of some of the 1,500 pieces and explains how the exquisite treasures convey messages throughout the building. 3 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org. $20; children, seniors, military and students $16.
Beading for teens Learn to bead as you hang out with and meet new friends, create key chains, animals, jewelry; all materials provided; ongoing projects may be stored at the library; snacks served. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.
Manga madness For those interested in manga, anime and everything Japanese, this week: End of Naruto/Shonen Fun. 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.
Teen comic book club For ages 13-19, for fans of manga, super hero comics and more. 5 p.m. Thursday and the first Thursday of every month, Northeast Library, Mezzanine level conference room, 330 Seventh St. NE. Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-698-0183. Free.
Wii dance-off For ages 13-19, a weekly competition using Wii. 5:30 p.m. Thursdays, William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1184. Free.
Sanna Valvanne in concert The Finnish performer uses storytelling, singing, dancing and theater to take the audience on a journey around the globe in 60 minutes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
“Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities” Author Richard Striner, a founder of the Art Deco Society of Washington, discusses his design expertise and touches on examples of the area’s Art Deco style including the Sears/Best Buy building in Tenleytown. 6 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.
Curator gallery talk: “The Singing and the Silence” Contemporary art curator Joanna Marsh leads a walk through the exhibit and gives her insight into artists’ representations of birds as a way to understand and respond to contemporary culture. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Lincoln Gallery, third floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Anacostia Library chess club For ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708. Free.
“Craft in America” A film screening and discussion of the newest episode of the Peabody Award-winning series that explores America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade, Eugene Burks Jr., Saddler and leathersmith of the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, and Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens discuss their experience with crafts and the military. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. in the G Street Lobby.
Dimensions of healing: cancer Shanti Norris discusses how integrative cancer care can support healing on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels. 6:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. Free.
National Portrait Gallery pop quiz: presidential portraits Test your knowledge at the museum’s trivia night inspired by the “America’s Presidents” exhibit, get a refresher from a quick visit prior to the individual or team competition. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
National Portrait Gallery pop quiz: presidential portraits Test your knowledge and challenge your friends at this month’s trivia night inspired by the “America’s Presidents” exhibit, play as an individual or in a team of up to six. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Chef Dominique Ansel: sweet secrets from a pastry master The chef and author of “Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes” talks with Washingtonian magazine dining editor Todd Kliman about the secrets of transforming humble ingredients like flour, butter and sugar into the most tempting and satisfying pastries imaginable, the personal stories behind his creations and the Cronut recipe in his new book, stay for a tasting of his Christmas Morning Cereal, a delicious concoction of clusters of puffed rice covered in Valrhona Caramelia chocolate with smoked cinnamon mini-meringue kisses and spiced hazelnuts. 6:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $30.
“The Mirrored World” Rev. Janice Mynchenberg of Georgetown Lutheran Church leads the Faith and Fiction Book Club in a discussion of the Debra Dean novel based the life of a Russian saint and explores the line between sanity and insanity. Dec. 6 book club discusses Jodi Picoult’s “Sing You Home.” 7 p.m. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.
Poetry reading at the library Two poets will read from their works. 7 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.
Congressional drama: midterm election analysis A bipartisan group of former members of Congress and other political experts examine Tuesday’s midterm election results, focusing on the issues that brought voters to the polls, the importance of voter participation in the primary process, any surprises from election night and the election’s impact on President Obama’s final two years in office. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.
Pretty Yende soprano recital The South African soprano makes her Washington recital debut. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $50.
“Visible Language” A world premiere musical about the 1890s culture war that changed the lives of deaf people in America, commemorating Gallaudet University’s 150th anniversary. Pay what you can, Thursday and all Saturday matinees through Nov. 15; other performances, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, continues through Nov. 16, Gallaudet University, Eastman Studio Theatre, Elstad Annex, 800 Florida Ave. NE. 703-418-4808. www.gallaudet.ticketleap.com . Thursday-Friday evenings, $30; Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, $35.
“Julius Caesar” Robert Richmond directs the Shakespeare play, starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones, Michael Sharon and Deidra LaWan Starnes. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, through Dec. 7; Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu . $40-$75.
“Shear Madness” A comedy-mystery set in Georgetown, with audience participation to help solve a mock murder. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 6 and 9 p.m. Saturdays, 3 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.
“Handbag” Robert McNamara directs Mark Ravenhill’s black comedy about the convoluted plans of a pair of gay couples who plan to have a child in present-day London, and a second plot line, a prequel of Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest .” Contains adult themes, language and sexuality. 8 p.m. Thursday (opening night), 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Monday, theater dark on Thanksgiving, continues through Nov. 30, see Web site for remaining shows, Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. 202-290-2328. www.ScenaTheatre.org. Thursday (opening night), $40; other shows, $35.
“Bad Jews to DC” Serge Seiden directs the Joshua Harmon comedy and off Broadway hit about three cousins who engage in a verbal battle royale over a family heirloom. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, continues through Dec. 21, Studio Theatre’s Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org. $44-$88.
Business planning process workshop A two-hour seminar by the D.C. Small Business Development Center to give an overview of the thought process that goes into the development of a business plan and a discussion of the reasons why. 10 a.m., Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708. Free.
Seniors line dancing For age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.
Helping Our People Engage In the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents matinees Friday mornings, followed by a discussion group. 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708. Free.
Friday Morning Music Club recital A performance of works by Fauré, Debussy, Bartók and Schubert. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. 202-333-2075. Free.
“The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered” Author Laura Auricchio discusses her book. National Portrait Gallery, meet at the sculpture of the Marquis de Lafayette, first floor, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
Pipe organ recital Franklin Pifferitti Jr. performs works by David German, David Conte, J. Christopher Pardini, George Thalben-Ball, Jay Ungar and Gaston Belier. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. Free; donations welcome.
Secrets of the Washington Monument grounds A National Park Service Ranger leads a two-hour walking tour and discusses the landscape where centuries of hidden history await discovery. 2-4 p.m., Refreshments Stand-Paddle Boat Parking Lot near the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Michael Kelly, 202-359-2662. Free.
“Red Dawn” John Milius’s 1984 film about a group of teenagers who form a defense of their town and their country at the start of World War III, starring Patrick Swayze and C. Thomas Howell. 2:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.
Basic Internet safety Learn to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious error and the most catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Digital Commons, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.
Join the “S.T.E.A.M.” team For ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover, create and more4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.
College of the Body (El Colegio del Cuerpo) dance company The Colombia-based contemporary dance company performs a mix of traditional Afro Indian and Caribbean styles. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
“Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers” Author Paul Dickson discusses his book, an anthology of the English language’s greatest wordsmiths, including Shakespeare, a reception follows. 6 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. www.folger.edu. Free, registration required.
“The Uninvited Guest” Vlastimil Venclík’s 1969 film about a building with private intruders entering all of its flats; and “Every Young Man,” Pavel Juracek’s 1966 film about the path of a soldier’s life under socialism, both films shown in Czech with English subtitles, sponsored by National Gallery of Art. 7 p.m., American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-842-6799. Free.
“Urban Bungalow” Opening art reception. Guest curator Jennifer Lindsay shows the results of her invitation to a community of new and established artists to transform the gallery into a “home,” to challenge our assumptions about what can be locally made and to change our quotidian routines into rituals that are worth savoring. Friday, 7-9 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. Free.
“Cut Out the Eyes” Xu Tong’s 2014 documentary film that shows Inner Mongolia’s folk and popular culture through an itinerant performer whose boisterous musically infused epic poems tell of his life’s travails, in Mandarin with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Memorials of the Mall by night A National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 7-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-426-6841. Free.
Veterans appreciation concert The U.S. Marine Corps Orchestra and Washington National Cathedral Choir perform John Williams’s “Liberty Fanfare,” John Rutter’s music set to Psalm 23 and other works with selections from the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University, letters sent from the warfront during the major conflicts of the past 100 years, listen to personal stories of courage, patriotism and sacrifice. 7 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org. Free.
Quatuor Ebene in concert The ensemble performs works by Haydn and Mendelssohn followed by a jazz repertoire. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $32.
Kennedy Center jazz Chicago-based jazz bassist, vocalist and composer Katie Ernst performs song settings of Dorothy Parker’s poetry. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $22.
Catholic University Chamber Choir A performance led by Leo Nestor, professor and director of the Institute of Sacred Music. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, St. Vincent de Paul Chapel, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-317-5416. Free.
Art and science lecture Painting conservator Carol Christensen, National Gallery of Art, discusses “Revealing Art: Science in the Technical Examination of Paintings,” sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. 703-370-5282. Free.
Concert pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard A performance of excerpts from the first book of J.S. Bach’s “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” and masterworks by Beethoven and Brahms. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket.
“Fiddler on the Roof ” the 50th anniversary of the Broadway musical based on the book by Joseph Stein , music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on stories by Sholom Aleichem, an in-the-round production directed by Molly Smith, the story of a family, community and life’s unexpected twists and turns, starring Jonathan Hadary and Ann Arvia. 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon Nov. 18 and 19, noon Dec. 10 and 31, continues through Jan. 4, Arena Stage, Fichandler Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org . $50-$99, subject to change and based on availability.
American University Band concert The Symphonic Band performs a repertoire for winds and percussion instruments with musicians from the AU student community and the greater D.C. area. 8 p.m., American University, Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787 or email@example.com. $10; seniors, $5.
U.S. Navy Band clarinet day The band hosts its third annual day of recitals and master classes with guest artists. 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Navy Yard, historic Sail Loft, 617 Warrington Ave. SE. 202-433-2525. http://www.navyband.navy.mil/event_feature_clarinet_day.shtml. Free.
Ward 8 farmers market Fresh fruits and vegetables, cooking demonstrations, yoga. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 22, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. 202-889-5901 or www.thearcdc.org .
Lesole’s dance project: dancing through South Africa A morning of drumming and dance. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-783-3372.Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show.
Families in action: Julius Caesar Ages 10-14 may celebrate Shakespeare’s language using performance-based techniques and stage combat to bring Julius Caesar to life. 9:30 a.m.-noon, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $40.
In Search of the Emerald Isle’s many colors Travel writer Reid Bramblett shares tips and sets you on the road to discovering the magic found only in Ireland. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $130.
Existentialism: the human search for meaning Francis J. Ambrosio, an associate professor at Georgetown University specializing in 20th-century European philosophy, guides an examination of four major themes of the philosophy. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $130.
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial tour A National Park Service ranger discusses the newest monument and the sacrifices, struggles and triumphs experienced by veterans disabled while serving the United States. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, 150 Washington Ave. SW. 202-426-6841. Free.
Presidential election of 1864 National Park Service rangers in period attire discuss Abraham Lincoln’s bid for a second term as president and the effects of his decision on the nation’s history. 10 a.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Mike Rose, 202-438-9667. Free.
Yoga for adults Taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist; wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat; some mats may be available. 10 a.m. Saturdays, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.
Yoga A teacher from Yoga Activist leads beginner classes for teens and adults. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.
Degas and his dancers Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator, department of French paintings, the National Gallery of Art, discusses the French artist’s body of work that depicts dancers and his lifelong fascination with the art form that inspired him. Noon, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
Carillon recital Carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org . Free.
Ayurvedic Kitchen Yoga teacher Cathryn Gunnerson leads a workshop to help participants find balance and healing by discovering their basic constitution, or dosha, and examining their current physical, mental and spiritual condition. 1-5 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $40.
Portrait story days: Sitting Bull Listen to a story about the Hunkpapa Lakota Medicine man who led his people during years of resistance to the federal government’s policies and complete a hands-on activity. 1-4 p.m. Saturday, 2-5 p.m. Sunday, National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Tea and tour A tea in the Dower House and a stroll through the mansion. 1-3 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400. www.tudorplace.org. $30, registration required.
Foster care information Make a difference in a child’s life by providing a safe, nurturing home for children or teens who are temporarily separated from their families through no fault of their own, ideal for those who wish to become foster or resource parents. 2 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.
Before and after the wall: music and art in East and West Germany German Historical Institute’s Leonard Schmieding and filmmaker Nico Raschick discuss German artists on both sides of the wall whose lives and work were shaped by the division. 2-5 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. Free, registration required. www.goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
Beatrice Rana, classical pianist A performance of works by J.S. Bach, Chopin, Scriabin and Prokofiev, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-785-9727. $38.
Guided bike ride About three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss moments in American history; bring your bike, water and snacks; helmets required. 2-5 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.
The Complete History of Malta (More or Less) The More or Less Theatre’s hilarious family show of 7,000 years of Maltese history in an action-packed and interactive hour. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
Kennedy Center jazz George Cables Songbook featuring Victor Lewis, celebrating his 70th birthday. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $26-$32.
Jazz concert Guitarist Nels Cline performs his “relentlessly exploratory approach” to free jazz. 9 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-707-5502. Free, tickets required.
Palisades farmers market Locally grown seasonal produce year-round, music by Sherier Mountain. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. www.palisadesfarmersmarket.com .
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial tour A National Park Service Ranger discusses the newest monument, telling about the tremendous sacrifices, struggles and triumphs experienced by veterans disabled while serving America. 10 a.m., American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, 150 Washington Ave. SW. Park Ranger, 202-426-6841. Free.
Get it “write” study hall Get help with homework or feedback on your creative writing in a quiet study space. 1 p.m. Sundays, Mount Pleasant Library, Lower Level, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.
Family MESS For ages 3-12 to learn about math, engineering and science in the world around them through experiments, building and other activities, parental/caregiver participation encouraged. 1 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1184. Free.
“The Boys from Fengkuei” Hou Hsiao-hsien’s 1983 film that shows the shift in Taiwanese cinema toward greater naturalism and stories dealing with youth and provincial life as it follows the lives of three bored teens. 1 p.m.; and “A Summer at Grandpa’s,” Hsiao-hsien’s 1984 film about two children who stay in the grandfather’s rural home, adapting to a slower life style in a seemingly placid environment, both films shown in Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Digital photo club A collaborative learning group that draws from the knowledge of all who attend, amateur photographers of all skill and experience levels welcome. 1:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.
Goodnight, sleep tight . . . Claire Lerner, a licensed clinical social worker and child development specialist, leads a workshop on developing good sleep habits and addressing typical challenges that arise when helping children learn to soothe themselves to sleep and stay asleep. 2 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. MiriamS@washingtondcjcc.org. 202-777-3263. $47.
Join the STEAM team For ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 2 p.m. Sundays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1278. Free.
Smithsonian Chamber Players A performance of 19th-century works by Beethoven and Schumann. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free tickets distributed at 2:30 p.m. in the G Street Lobby.
Smooth jazz and Scrabble Relax to the sounds of many different artists. 3-5 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellevue Library, Lounge in the Main Meeting Room, 115 Atlantic St. SW. 202-243-1184. Free.
Board games in the afternoon For age 10 and older, play board games with friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. Free.
Shaw knitting and crocheting circle All experience levels welcome; bring needles and yarn for a take-home project. 3 p.m. Sundays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.
Zumba for kids For ages 4-13, a combination of fun and fitness. 4 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Free.
Catholic University Symphony Orchestra concert Violinist Tatiana Chulchnikova, cellist Dorotea Racz and the orchestra perform works by Verdi, Vivaldi, Procaccini and Tchaikovsky. Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. 202-319-4000. Free.
Classical organ recital Andrew Vu performs works by Bruhns, Phillips, Franck and Buck, part of the Music @ the Monastery series. 4 p.m., Franciscan Monastery, 1400 Quincy St. NE. 202-526-6800, Ext. 374. www.myfranciscan.com. Free.
Catholic University Symphony Orchestra concert Simeone Tartaglione will lead the orchestra and soloists Tatiana Chulachnikova and Dorotea Racz in a performance of works by Procaccini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Vivaldi. 4 p.m., Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. 202-319-5414. Free.
Films from Czechoslovakia “The Mist” Raduz Cincera’s 1966 film about Prague’s celebrated Theatre on the Balustrade, a center for experimentation, mime and theater of the absurd, where Vaclav Havel began as a dramaturge and stagehand, and where his plays were later produced; and “A Report on the Party and the Guests,” Jan Nemec’s 1966 film about what happens after a few pushy intruders force a group of friends to play a round of ridiculous party games; both films shown in Czech, sponsored by National Gallery of Art. 4:30 p.m., American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-842-6799. Free.
Brazilian Jazz All Stars Featuring Duduaka Da Fonseca, Maucha Adnet, Helio Alves and Chuck Redd. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
Classical music concert Guitarist Francisco Bernier performs Spanish Renaissance music in honor of the exhibit “El Greco in the National Gallery and Washington-Area Collections: A 400th Anniversary Celebration.” Latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.
Companhia Urbana de Danca The ensemble of street performers performs a mix of contemporary Brazilian dance and hip-hop. 7 p.m., Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $30; seniors and artists, $20; college students, $15.
“Krishna, Love Re-Invented” Ramli Ibrahim leads the Sutra Dance Theatre of Malaysia in an Odissi dance that portrays the Hindu god as the ultimate embodiment of love. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $40.
English conversation classes Volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center hold classes twice a week. 10 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
Therapeutic yoga classes for cancer patients Corrin Bennett and Alaina Sadick lead patients, survivors and caregivers. 10:30 a.m. Mondays, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. $25/month. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org .
U.S. 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, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .
Yoga at West End Smita Kumar of Yoga District teaches a weekly class; bring a mat or use one of the library’s. 12:30 p.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-724-8698. Free; registration required.
Insight painting Shanti Norris Discover your creative self and experience exercises that will open up your creative process as you paint, draw or write your way to relaxation, new ideas, insights and fun. 2-4 p.m. Mondays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $10.
Afterschool lounge For ages 11-19, group study facilities, space for board and card games, conversation and snack area, crafts, trivia, tournaments, video games and other activities on a rotating basis. 3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.
Tech Mondays Learn basic computer skills. 3 p.m. Mondays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. 202-939-5946. Free.
Mental health and HIV confidential group For people with HIV and mental-health problems, sponsored by MetroHealth. Transportation tokens and refreshments provided. 3:30 p.m. 1012 14th St. NW. Free. 202-638-0750.
Homework help For ages 12-18, bring your school assignments, other materials or papers to be reviewed. 3:30 p.m. Mondays, Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.
Reader’s theatre For those in grades 2-5, bring stories to life, read aloud scripts from popular children’s books and hone your acting chops; parent participation encouraged. 4 p.m. Mondays, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th NW. Free. 202-671-3121.
Woodridge Checkmates For ages 7-19, learn how to play and win. 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Cancer support group Jennifer Bires, a trained social worker, leads participants to explore their experience with cancer and connect with others facing similar challenges in a safe setting. 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. Free.
Creative movement and expression Cynthia Word leads a program in which movements happen with beautiful music and other people. 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $10.
Brock McGuire Band concert An evening of traditional Irish music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
Socrates Club meeting Themed “Tolerance a Good Enough Excuse for Acceptance?” A casual forum that allows participants to bring experience, opinions and literature to the table to discuss the current month’s theme. 6:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.
German films Works by artists Wolf Vostell, one of the early adopters of video art and a pioneer of the Fluxus art movement, and Lutz Dammbeck, one of the key representatives of independent film and media art in the former GDR and a fascinating phenomenon within modern contemporary art, art historian and curator Eckhart Gillen introduces the films and leads a discussion of them following the screening. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. $7; seniors and students, $4.
D.C. Foto week talk Photographer Mark Seliger discusses his work and the evolution of portrait photography. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Veterans Day holiday For visitors to the Jefferson Building’s Great Hall. Exhibitions from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. with a special Main Reading Room program. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-8000. Free.
American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial tour A National Park Service Ranger discusses the nation’s newest monument, the sacrifices that it signifies and the triumphs of the disabled veterans who served. 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, 150 Washington Ave. SW. 202-426-6841. Free.
Spiritual Reflections Tour, a one-hour docent-led tour that explores stories of faithful action and devotion highlighted in glass and stone, including story, silence, poetry and reflective invitations, participants will receive a pilgrimage medallion. 10:45 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Questions: email@example.com . 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org . $15.
Classical music concert Flutist Rebecca Collaros and pianist Matt Van Hoose perform English and French music. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. Suggested donation, $10.
Cathedral tour and tea A docent-led tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and art — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or firstname.lastname@example.org . $30; registration required.
Sketching workshop Bring pencils and a small sketchbook, work with objects on display in the center. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
“Music on a String” Classical pianist Orion Weiss and the Salzburg Marionettes perform works by Schumann and Debussy, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $45.
Public Panel: The Voynich Manuscript Scholars Bill Sherman and René Zandbergen explore one of the world’s most enduring mysteries: the still “uncracked” manuscript whose secrets have remained hidden for more than four hundred years, in conjunction with the Folger exhibit “Decoding the Renaissance,” a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $15.
Nixon legacy forum: the opening of China Fox News National Security Analyst, KT McFarland moderates a panel including Jonathan Howe, Winston Lord, Nicholas Platt and Richard Solomon as they discuss the behind-the-scenes efforts and ramifications for the United States and its allies. 10 a.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.
Coyote Mischief Tales For ages 5-10, Philip Blue Owl Hooser’s play about Trickster Coyote, a crafty, funny and fearless fellow who is a little too smart for his own good but learns about making choices, sharing and giving gifts from the heart with the help of his spirit guide, Hashtahi. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Nov. 14, call for additional dates, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org . $8; ages 2-16 $6; 1 and younger $3.
Art of James Castle American Art’s conservators give a gallery talk that features an inside look into the techniques used to treat and preserve Castle’s artworks on display. Noon, Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Gallery talk Heather Slania, director of the library, discusses selections from an exhibit featuring graphic novelist Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. Free.
Tai chi classes 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. Free. 202-726-2080.
Chess for kids Instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.
Classical music concert Winners of the Asian American Music Society’s 2014 Woodwind, Piano, String and Voice International Competition perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
“The Red Orchestra” Stefan Roloff’s 2003 film about the largest civil anti-Nazi underground network that helped people escape persecution and conducted a truth and information campaign, making themselves possible hanging victims of Hitler and necessitating the secrecy of their existence, a discussion with the filmmaker follows. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. 202-289-1200. $7; seniors and students, $4.
“Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Wasn’t Hardball” TV pundit Chris Matthews discusses his book about how two powerful figures were able to avoid gridlock and deliver on a range of issues, including welfare, taxes, covert military operations and Social Security, and how their affection for each other made it possible for them to transcend politics and work together to govern the nation. 7-8:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-3030. $42.
“Heir To An Execution: A Granddaughter’s Story” A screening of Ivy Meeropol’s 2004 documentary film about the trial and execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the height of the Cold War, a discussion with Meeropol and her father Michael Meeropol follows, questions welcome. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.
Recovering and preserving sound images: an encounter with IRENE A lecture by Peter Alyea, digital-conservation specialist in the Library’s Preservation Reformatting Division. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.
“Cannons For The Cause” Author Martin R. Ganzglass discusses his historical novel set during the American Revolutionary War, the story of a remarkable feat that helped end the hated eight-year British occupation of Boston, the 300-mile transport of 59 cannons, some weighing more than a ton, on wagons and sleds from Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y., to Cambridge, Mass., during the brutally cold winter of 1775-1776. 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.
Yoga for adults and teens Led by instructor Sandra Flores, all fitness levels welcome, mats provided. 7:15 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. 202-724-4752. Free.
“You are Not a Gadget” A librarian leads a discussion of Jaron Lanier’s book. 7:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188. Free.
Salzburg Marionettes A peek behind the scenes Learn about the traditional and extraordinary art of puppetry. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776 or Register: www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-the-salzburg-marionettes-tickets-13759299435. Free.
Wilkes expedition: the Navy explores to Antarctica in the 1840s A National Park Service ranger discusses their discovery of a new continent. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-737-2300 or www.navymemorial.org. Free.
“War Dogs: Tales of Canine Heroism, History, and Love” Author Rebecca Frankel discusses her book about canines in the U.S. military, some of their experiences and their special abilities. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.
Chess for teens Learn how to play and master strategies. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Art signs: gallery talk in ASL 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. email@example.com or 202-633-1000.
“Der Rosenkavalier” Franz Welser-Most directs the Vienna Philharmonic and soloists in a performance of the Richard Strauss opera, a comedy of manners with current issues including the role and standing of women. 6 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776 or www.eventbrite.com. Free, reservations requested.
Arabic lute concert Presented by the Oud Hobbyists Association. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.
“Curious Worlds: The Art & Imagination of David Beck” An intimate film portrait of one of America’s most accomplished and original artists, a question-and-answer session follows with Beck and director Olympia Stone, in conjunction with the exhibit “The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art.” 6:30-8:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.
Maimonides and Thomas Aquinas: Medieval theologies, modern relevance Ori Soltes, Goldman professorial lecturer in theology and fine arts at Georgetown University, discusses how these two giants offer parallel visions and how their thought is remarkably relevant to life in the 21st century. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $42.
Istanbul: the world in a city Nigel McGilchrist, Blue Guides writer, leads a vicarious journey to Istanbul, a Mediterranean city of extraordinary history and cultural diversity, part European and part Asian, its cuisine, customs and traditions, from steam baths and coffee to Oriental rugs and exquisite tiles. 6:45-9 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org. $42.
McGowan Forum on Communication: White House Press Secretaries Panelists and former official White House press secretaries Mike McCurry, Marlin Fitzwater, Robert Gibbs and Ron Nessen discuss behind-the-scenes stories, the changes that have taken place and what it is like to be in the spotlight. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.
“Theatre Piece” The Arcturus Theater Company performs John Cage’s multifaceted happening with performances of all sorts at the library. 7:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. www.arcturustheater.com/johncage.html. Free.
Classical music concert Twin pianists Christina and Michelle Naughton perform music written or arranged for two pianos by Stravinsky, Brahms, Debussy and Lutosławski. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $32.
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