Garden sculpture safari, for children 2-5 with an adult, garden exploration, an art project, songs and more. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Thursday and Oct. 25, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $30. 202-686-5807 or www.hillwoodmuseum.org.
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 recommended. 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Oct. 25, meet on the terrace by the entrance to the conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Cuban Missile Crisis films, “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.
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.
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/calendar/event.
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/calendar/event.
“Anatolian Days and Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Land of Dervishes, Goddesses, and Saints,” co-author Joy E. Stocke discuss her book about 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 recall the friendships they have had since childhood, from Denmark; other festival events in the city through Nov. 13. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
An Evening with a park ranger, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses the history of the memorials; take water and a flashlight. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Kathy Kagle, 202-438-5377.
Collecting art, Lillian Fitzgerald, Myrtis Bedolla and art dealers discuss their experiences and give 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/
“Songs of Migration,” performance of the Hugh Masekela musical tribute to migrants in Africa. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
“Far Away,” performance of Caryl Churchill’s 2000 work 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. Other performances, $15; students, $8. 202-687-2787.
“The History Boys,” Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society performs Alan Bennett’s play about clever and rowdy male students in northern England and the tutoring they receive. 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 performingarts.georgetown.edu .
Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by Brahms, Telemann, Erwin Schulhoff and Lennox Berkeley. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.
Gender equality in U.S. history symposium, in conjunction with the exhibit “A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic,” five historians discuss the origins of the movement toward gender equality in the 18th and early 19th centuries; followed by a reception. 2-7 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free, registration required. 202-633-1000.
Philosophy lecture, Jonathan Beere discusses “Energeia in Aristotle’s De Anima.” 2 p.m., Catholic University, Aquinas Hall Auditorium, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5259.
Paul Brown, multi-instrumentalist, the NPR journalist, guitarist, fiddler, piano player and banjo player performs. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
Herbaceous native plants, horticulturalist Rick J. Lewandowski discusses the advantages of using native plants in a garden. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
German board games, play board and card games, including Bohnanza and Asara, or bring a game of your own; snacks and drinks available. 6-9 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5. 202-289-1200 or www.boxofficetickets.com/goethe.
“Seeking Happily Ever After,” screening of Michelle Cove and Kerry David’s film about the lifestyles of 30-something women. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Film preservation and restoration in the digital age, a panel discussion, including Josef Linder, preservation officer for the Academy Film Archive. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Anat Cohen Quartet jazz concert, a combination of modern jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro and Argentine tango. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26. 202-467-4600.
Zach Stock in concert, folk arrangements with diverse instrumentation and vocal harmonies. 8 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs.
Civil War film: “Glory,” Edward Zwick’s 1989 Civil War film that focuses on the Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry 54th Regiment, the first army unit for black soldiers, starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington and Morgan Freeman; come at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of the film. 7 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
French film: “Tomboy,” the story of a French family with two daughters and a new neighborhood where gender confusion becomes an issue for them, in Franch with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. $6. 202-234-7911 www.francedc.org.Events?id=50
Bats, rats and creepy crawlies, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the Mall looking for creatures, take a flashlight. 8-10 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
“Ten Timid Ghosts” book, author Jennifer O’Connell reads her children’s book and discusses it with children, then helps them create a character and setting for a new tale. 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.
Home movie day, take your film videos to share with others or just watch theirs; play Home Movie Day bingo. Formats: 8 mm, Super 8, 16mm and video. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.
Family bike ride, a National Park Service Ranger leads a ride and discusses how true American history is stranger than fictitious American history; take your own bike and water, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.
Horticulture and John Bartram, reenactor Kirk Brown brings Bartram, an 18th-century botanist, to life with drama, passion and humor. 10 a.m.-noon, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $15. Free. 202-245-4521 or www.usna.usda.gov.
Corcoran community day and art fair, try your hand at printmaking, bookbinding, ceramics, pottery and more; watch a performance by Corcoran College of Art + Design students. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1700.
Kids operation undercover and disguise, for ages 8-11, makeup artists, hair stylists and spy specialists transform children into “spies” on an undercover mission to retrieve “top-secret intelligence.” 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $30, registration required. 202-393-7798.
Elizabethan garden tours, docents lead tours of the library’s knot garden, which features plants mentioned in Shakespeare’s works and herbs that were popular during his era. 10 and 11 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Free. 202-544-7077.
Census search strategies, discussed by Claire Kluskens. 10 a.m., National Archives, Room G-25, Research Center, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Family bike ride, a National Park Service ranger leads a ride and discusses U.S. history; take a own bike and water, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.
Alouette the Dragon, performed by puppeteer Pamela Ferguson. 11 a.m. noon, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $15. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org or www.instantseats.com.
Amelia Earhart stories, listen to a story about the aviator and create a piece of art. 1-4 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Education Center, E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Civil War film: “Gettysburg,” Ronald F. Maxwell’s 1993 film about “the greatest battle ever fought,” based on Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; come at 1 p.m. for a discussion of the film. 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Church jazz concert, vocalist Rochelle Rice with pianist Warren Wolf, bass player Eric Wheeler and drummer John Lamkin. 3:30 p.m., All Souls Church Unitarian, 16th and Harvard streets NW. $20; students, $10. 202-332-5266, www.all-souls.org.
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.
Raw Men Empire concert, the Israeli indie folk band performs with audience interaction. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
World War II and FDR walk, a National Park Service Ranger leads a walk and discusses President Roosevelt’s experiences with two world wars and the connections between them. 6-8 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Stargazing at museum observatory, 6:30-8:30 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Civil War film: “Gods and Generals,” Ronald F. Maxwell’s 2003 film based on Jeff Shaara’s best-selling historical novel about the pre-1863 Gettysburg events; come at 6:30 p.m. for a discussion of the film. 7 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Brothers Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Jazz by the Heath brothers, tenor saxophonist Jimmy Heath and drummer Albert “Tootie” Heath perform styles from bop to swing. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26. 202-467-4600.
Vida Guitar Quartet concert, works by de Falla, Bizet, Turina, Arnold and Crittenden. 8 p.m., Historic Dumbarton Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. $33; students, $29. 202-965-2000 or email@example.com.
Mary Surratt 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. Saturday-Sunday and Oct. 28, 31 and Nov. 4, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20, registration required. 202-272-2448 or www.nbm.org.
Vienna in the early 2oth century, Eric Kandel discusses the early 1900s in Vienna and the artists and scientists of the period, including Freud; part of the Jewish Literary Festival. 8 p.m., Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW. $25. 202-528-9400.
Homegrown Hilarity comedy troupe, Rallo Boykins, Keith Correy, Russ Green and Randy Syphax perform; music by Justin Trawick. 10 p.m., D.C. Arts Center, $15; in advance, $10. 202-431-4704 or capitalcityshowcase.com.
Jonathan Turley discusses the Supreme Court, the George Washington University professor, writer and broadcast legal analyst discusses the cases being heard by the court this term. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
JCC children’s literature event, for age 8 and younger, including folk tales with Bini Silver, a singalong, yoga with Sarah Waxman and a book fair. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Admission, free. 202-528-9400.
Fall performance fest, featuring the Rhythm Wranglers, a troupe of African heritage dancers and drummers, Ziva’s Spanish Dance Ensemble, American Poetry Museum, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, Ana Martinez Flamenco Dance Company, KanKouran West African Dance Company and others; also, a musical instrument petting zoo, face painting and food for purchase. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free. 202-889-5901 or www.wpas.org.
Gallery tour for deaf visitors, a volunteer uses American Sign Language to discuss works in the museum. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Gone With the Wind,” screening of Victor Fleming’s 1939 film, starring Clark Gable, Vivian Leigh, Leslie Howard, Olivia de Havilland and Hattie McDaniel; arrive at 1 p.m. for a discussion of the film. 2 p.m., National Museum of American History, Warner Bros. Theater, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Fairy tale film “Mother Hulda,” about two sisters, one industrious and one lazy, who must prove their worth to a kind woman who makes snow fall from the sky, co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. 2 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Analysis and Design Thinking for Public Art, St. Louis-based artist and Washington University School of Architecture Professor Ben Fehrmann delivers a participatory lecture to help artists and their patrons better understand and improve their response to public art opportunities. 2-3:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free, registration required. 202-272-2448.
U.S. Marine Band classical concert, works by Mozart, John Mackey and Bedrich Smetana. 2 p.m., John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, Seventh and K streets SE. Free. 202-433-4011 or www.marineband.usmc.mil .
“What the Tower Saw: Women and the Vote,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the demonstrations, marches and other civil rights events that have happened at this location. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, Ben Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Julia Clebsch, 202-606-8691.
The Glory of France choral concert,Cathedral Choral Society, mezzo-soprano Carla Dirlikov, baritone Michael Kelly and organ soloist Todd Fickley perform works by Maurice Durufle, Marcel Dupre, Cesar Franck and Camille Saint-Saens. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $31-$57. 202-537-2228 or www.cathedralchoralsociety.org.
Capital City Symphony concert, with pianist Ryo Kaneko, works by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Khachaturian. 5 p.m., Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. $16-$25; age 16 and younger, free. 202-399-7993 or www.capitalcitysymphony.org.
Georgetown pipe organ performance, Bruce Neswick performs on the church’s new Casavant Freres organ, works by J.S. Bach, Howells, Durufle and an improvisation on a submitted theme. 5 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-338-1796.
Role-playing game, Halloween Vampire Mystery players discover the secret of Aorta Springs while dining on barbeque with homecoming queen Buffy Chaste. 5-8 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $45. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org.
Belo, Haitian singer-songwriter, and his band perform jazz, world beat, rock and reggae. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Classical music by I Musici di Roma, works by Bossi, Rota and other Italian composers, latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.
American chestnut tree history, environmental historian Donald Edward Davis discusses the tree that has largely disappeared from North American landscapes and how it played an important role in the economy, ecology and material culture of the eastern United States; archival photos of chestnuts will be shown. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov.
Medicare information, representatives from George Washington University Law School’s community legal clinics discuss what is covered, changes that might be made during Medicare Open Enrollment, Medigap choices and more. 3:30-5 p.m., American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Ave. NW. $10; reservations, Linda Harsh, 202-234-2567, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano, Rubin reads from her book “Do You Dream in Color: Insights From a Girl Without Sight” and performs works from a recent album. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Wills and advanced directives, a lawyer from Neighborhood Legal Services discusses what you need to know about them. 6 p.m., Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free. 202-698-1175.
“Latest from the Da-Da-R,” Joerg Foth’s 1990 film, a series of cabaret pieces, Steffen Mensching and Hans-Eckardt Wenzel – highly acclaimed East German poets, songwriters and comedians – satirize East German life in the historic year after the Wall came down. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
New York Festival of Song, a performance of George and Ira Gershwin’s satirical songs about politics. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $45. Free. 202-467-4600.
“For Me and My Gal,” Busby Berkley’s 1942 film about a small town singer trying to hit it big in Vaudeville, starring Judy Garland and Gene Kelly. 6:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed at 6 p.m. 202-783-3372.
“Seward: Lincoln’s Indispensable Man,” author Walter Stahr discusses his book. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
The Friends of Fasch recital, performance of works by Fasch and Telemann on period instruments. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
“The Conference of the Birds,” Aaron Posner directs Jean-Claude Carriere and Peter Brook’s stage version of the work based on Farid Uddi Attar’s poem, original music performed by Tom Teasley, a poignant 12th-century Persian fable about the search for the divine. 7:30 Tuesdays-Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, continues through Nov. 25, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. Pay-what-you-can, cash only: Tuesday. $39-$68. College Night, November. 2, $10 with valid college ID. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/theatre.
Interactive magic show, a non-spoken show by Charlekas of Estonia, with musical portions and audience participation. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“Audre Lorde – the Berlin Years 1984 to 1992,” introduced by Cerue Diggs, Professor, Department of German, Howard University; the film documents the time of writer, poet and activist Audre Lorde in Berlin and her influence on the German cultural scene during a decade of profound social change which witnessed the fall of the Berlin Wall and the re-unification of East and West Germany, in English and German with English subtitles. 6 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200
“Archaeologies of Identity and Bonds with the Past,” panel discussion, In conjunction with the exhibition “Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” panelists include Svend Hansen, German Archaeological Institute Berlin, Michael Frachetti, Department of Anthropology, Washington University St. Louis, and Alexander Nagel, Assistant Curator of Ancient Near East, Freer/Sackler. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-289-1200, Ext. 168 or email@example.com.
Alexandra Cousteau expeditions discussion, the National Geographic “Emerging Explorer” filmmaker continues the work of her grandfather, Jacques-Yves Cousteau, and her father, Phillippe Cousteau Sr., as she discusses her stories and films relating to expeditions around the world. 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.
Jade music instruments and folk song recital, musicians play instruments made of jade by Shao Zhongtian, a sculptor and musician. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free, tickets required. 301-424-5978 or 315-480-8481.
The Muslim experience in America, Gary Hall, dean of the cathedral, moderates a panel including Thomas R. Pickering, ambassador, Daisy Khan, executive director of the American Association for Muslim Advancement, Feisal Abdul Rauf, Imam and president of the Arab American Institute, and James J. Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, discussing the challenges that Muslims in the United States continue to face, including suspicion and discrimination, and what role the faith community can play in fighting Islamophobia. 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $10; students, $5. 202-537-6200 or https://tickets.cathedral.org/public/show.asp?shcode=311 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Poetry talk, Dana Greene discusses her book “Denise Levertov: A Poet’s Life.” Noon, National Portrait Gallery, “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets” exhibit, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Inventing a Better Mousetrap” tour, Charles Robertson, American Art’s deputy director emeritus, shows patent models from the Rothschild Collection. 5:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, meet in F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000 or americanart.si.edu/calendar/event.
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company, a performance in celebration of the company’s 20th anniversary; followed by a reception. 5:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. $20, reservations required by Tuesday. 202-331-7282, Ext. 6, or www.artsclubofwashington.org.
Sakhioba folk song ensemble, the group from the country of Georgia performs folk songs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Ancient art and culture of Kazakhstan, scholars Alexander Nagel and Svend Hansen discuss how excavations have provided insight into the nomadic Eurasian steppe cultures of the eighth to the first centuries B.C. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
Library lecture, historian C. R. Gibbs discusses “Let Your Motto Be Resistance:Great Slave Revolts.” 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
Jazz forum: A family celebrates the life and music of multi-instrumentalist Rufus Harley, known as “the world’s first jazz bagpiper.” 7 p.m., UDC, Recital Hall, Bldg. 46-West, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-274-5803 or email@example.com.
Slave revolts lecture, historian C.R. Gibbs discusses Let Your Motto Be Resistance:Great Slave Revolts. 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
“Fortuny Interiors” lecture, author Brian Coleman traces the designer’s love affair with textiles to “the most beautiful, timeless and unique fabrics in the world,” come early and enjoy Hillwood’s own exquisite interiors in the Mansion or the special exhibition “Pret-a-Papier.” Tour. 6-7 p.m. Lecture. 7-8 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $8.75-$22.25. 202-686-5807.
Berlin Today: “The Wall,” and “After the Wall,” John Hesse’s award-winning PBS documentaries that capture an inside look at the revolution that swept across Europe and the events that surrounded the Wall’s historic collapse, interviewing both ordinary people caught up in politics as well as political leaders including George Bush, Mikhail Gorbachev and Helmut Kohl. 6 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200 .
Fall color in the Olmsted Woods cathedral horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer leads a walk focusing on autumn in the woods, All Hallows Amphitheater and the importance of native trees and shrubs. 10 a.m., meet at the George Washington statue, Pilgrim Road, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.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.
Mother Teresa carving 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.
The Suzanne Farrell Ballet, a 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, 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.
“The Fourteenth Day: JFK and the Aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis/The Secret White House Tapes,” a panel discusses President Kennedy’s secret White House recordings to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, 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, University of Munich, talks with Michael Root, Catholic University, and others about the distinctive 20th century feature and why it may not work; presented in cooperation with the German Research Foundation and the Goethe-Institut. 7 p.m., Theological Consortium, 487 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-289-1200.
Paul Huang, classical violinist, a 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.
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