Thursday, Oct. 30

Gen. “Black Jack” Pershing: diplomat and leader, a National Park Service ranger discusses the man who helped President Franklin Roosevelt prepare for World War II. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Joe Mohr, 202-426-6841. Free.

Garden tour and kids in snugglers, volunteers take turns leading parents or care providers with one child in a snuggly for a 45-minute guided tour of the conservatory; no strollers. 10:30 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov . Free; registration required.

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 .

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.

Founder’s Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln, journalist, biographer and historian Richard Brookhiser discusses his book about the president’s lifelong struggle to carry on the founding fathers’ work. Noon, National Archives, Jefferson Conference Room, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Halloween on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour and tells horror stories from the city’s past. 2-4 p.m., Washington Monument Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Matt Hornberger, 202-359-7080. Free.

Microsoft Word basics, D.P. Grogan teaches participants to create letters, résumés, faxes and other documents needed for job applications; bring a flash drive to save class work. 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of America’s front yard. 2-4 p.m., through Friday, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. 202-426-6841. Free.

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.

Ghoulish gathering, for ages 13-19, watch a Halloween film, have snacks, enter a mummy wrap contest and paint faces, costumes encouraged. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Asian American literature, MacArthur fellow Yiyun Li reads from her work and discusses the state of Asian American literature. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5394. 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.

Music from Latvia, a folk/pop ensemble from the Riga-European Capital of Culture 2014 performs a sing-along program with the audience, part of the Kids Euro Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. 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.

Microsoft Word basics, L. Turner teaches participants to navigate and adjust default settings, create and insert stylized headers and footers, footnotes; bring a flash drive to save your class work 6:15 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-0321. Free.

Nelson Rockefeller — an American original, biographer Richard Norton Smith discusses the grandson of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller and Smith’s book “On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller ,” about the man who helped his father develop Rockefeller Center and his mother establish the Museum of Modern Art before he was 30, served four terms as New York’s governor and two years as vice president in the Gerald R. Ford administration. 7-8:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $25.

Filmmaker Robin Bell, creator of the soon-to-be-released “Positive Force: More Than a Witness, 30 Years of Punk Politics in Action” discusses aspects of punk culture related to political activism in 1980s and 1990s Washington, D.C. 7 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, Large Meeting Room, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121. Free.

ALEA Ensemble concert, the string ensemble performs traditional and contemporary Austrian music by Austrian composers. 7:30 p.m., Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Ct. NW. 202-895-6776. Free. Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/concert-string-action-tickets-13289700853.

“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. Thursday-Friday evenings, $30; Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees, $35. 703-418-4808. www.gallaudet.ticketleap.com .

“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.

“The Wolfe Twins,” Mike Donahue directs Rachel Bonds’ play about growing older and changing amid the festering of old wounds and intimate secrets, starring Tom Story. 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Studio Theatre’s Milton Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. $25. 202-332-3300.

Music of George Lewis, a performance by Ensemble Dal Niente including a new commission from the Library of Congress and a recent work written especially for the Chicago-based group. 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.

Classical piano recital, Maurizio Barboro performs works by Liszt, Schumann, Chopin and Debussy. 8 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. 202-319-5414. Free.

Friday, Oct. 31

Seniors line dancing, for age 50 and older. 10 a.m. Fridays, Woodridge Interim Library, 1790 Douglas St. NE. 202-541-6226. Free.

Total body workout, for active seniors, a class led by Carolyn Gichner; bring a mat and light weights. Sponsored by Sibley Senior Association. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fridays and Wednesdays through Nov. 14, Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, Vestry, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-364-7602. Call for prorated fees.

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 Brahms, Peter Wesenauer and others. Noon, Calvary Baptist Church, 755 Eighth St. NW. 202-333-2075. Free.

Pipe organ recital, Julie Vidrick performs Halloween-themed works by J.S. Bach (his Toccata and Fugue in D minor) and works by Louis Vierne, Seth Bingham, Charles Gounod and Léon Boëllmann. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. 202-797-0103. Free; donations welcome.

Nosferatu F.W. Murnau’s 1922 silent film adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula ,” shot in the Carpathian Mountains. 2:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

“The Way of Taichi,” Liang Bibo’s 2010 film, a hybrid of fiction and documentary about two women who meet at a remote center in the Wudan Mountains to learn Taoist practice, philosophy and culture, in Mandarin and local dialects with English subtitles; and Please Vote for Me ,” Wiejun Chen’s 2007 film about three elementary school students whose parents are busy behind the scenes as the children run for office, in Mandarin and local dialects with English subtitles. 3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

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. 202-727-1488. Free.

Prague Philharmonic Choir concert, a performance of works by Dvorak and other composers. 3:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Fear at the Freer! learn about spooky objects in the collection, make a Freer-inspired mask to take home and watch a 7 p.m. screening of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 film “The Ring,” which inspired the American thriller with the same name, in Japanese with English subtitles. 5 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. 202-633-1000. Free.

Hilloween trick-or-treating for art, a stop at the Southeast Branch Library, a Suzuki violin performance and more, costumes encouraged, a piano concert follows at 7:45 p.m. at the workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE; sponsored by Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Eastern Market, 225 Seventh St. SE. 202-547-6839. www.chaw.org . Free.

Justin Trawick in concert, the local singer and songwriter performs a variety of music, from folk to bluegrass and acoustic funk-infused hip-hop. 6-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov . Free.

Halloween dance party and costume contest, learn to dance the “Monster Mash ,” “Time Warp ,” and “Thriller ” dances; come at 5 p.m. for a lesson. Dancing with live music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Organ pipes for Halloween, a coven of goblin organists (distinguished artists on all other days of the year) will perform haunting melodies on the newly completed 6,000-pipe Austin Organ Co. instrument. Costumes are encouraged. Surprises should be expected. Everyone will receive a sweet treat to take with them. 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th St. NW. Free. 202-383-2206 or www.firstbaptistdc.org .

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.

Faith Prince, vocal recital, the Tony Award-winner performs Broadway tunes. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $45.

Strange but true walking tour, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour and discusses some tragic Halloween events and stories. 8-10 p.m., Washington Monument Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call Kathy Kagle, 202-438-5377. Free.

“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. Previews, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday; regular shows, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays; theater dark on Thanksgiving, Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. 202-290-2328. www.scenatheatre.org . Previews, Friday through Nov. 5, $10; regular shows, $35; seniors and students, $20.

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.

“Julius Caesar,” Robert Richmond directs the Shakespeare play, starring Anthony Cochrane, Maurice Jones, Michael Sharon and Deidra LaWan Starnes. Previews, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Regular shows, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 7; Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu . Previews, $30-$40; regular performances, $40-$75.

Saturday, NOV. 1

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 .

Paul Hadfield: Spats the lost Vaudevillian, juggling, unicycling, music and the physical comedy characteristic of Vaudeville. 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.

Shifting power in the Opera House: creative dramas, prima donnas and the evolution of an art, musicologist Saul Lilienstein discusses some of the most dramatic struggles that have occurred before the curtain rises because of competition among composers, librettists, directors, conductors, singers, designers and managers, DVD and CD recordings will be played. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030 or www.smithsonianassociates.org . $130.

AARP safe driver course Learn safe driving tips and possibly save on your auto insurance, valid driver’s license required. 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Lab School, 4759 Reservoir Rd. NW. 202-244-4750. Register: Bob, reedface50@yahoo.com. $20; free parking.

John Henry’s Halloween concert a costume concert “Spook-tacular” with live children’s music and more. 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. $6.50.

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.

“Beware the Ides of March,” for ages 6-12, explore Julius Caesar and learn how Shakespeare helped translate historical events into thrilling drama. 10 a.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Free; registration required.

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. Free. 202-281-2583.

Stonehenge Yields Its Secrets, archaeologist Michael Parker Pearson discusses why Stonehenge was built, who built it and why some of its stones were brought from nearly 200 miles away, describes the excavations carried on by his team, the cutting-edge scientific techniques they used and the cremated remains of more than 60 people buried there. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $130.

NSO Kinderclassic, for age 4 and older, musicians from the Kennedy String Quartet demonstrate many types of musical contrasts that work together, explore simple musical building blocks and play works by Haydn, Beethoven and others. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $20.

Cemetery tour, a docent leads a tour of the cemetery that provides a final resting place for John Philip Sousa and other notables. 11 a.m.-noon, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org . Free.

Yoga, a teacher from Yoga Activist leads beginner classes for teens and adults. 11 a.m. Saturdays, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-243-1188.

Diabetes support group, health-care professionals give information and answer questions on food choices, exercise and medicine; group meets every three weeks. Noon, Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

Carillon recital, carillonneur Edward M. Nassor performs works for All Saints Day. 12:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bishop’s Garden and other outdoor areas, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Tuskegee Air Women: reflections, in recognition of Veterans Day, learn about the contributions of Tuskegee Air Women and meet an original Tuskegee Airman. 1 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. 202-645-0755. Free.

U.S. Navy Band concert, the Sea Chanters perform, part of the Capital Maritime Music Festival. 1 p.m., U.S. Navy Memorial Plaza, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-433-2525. Free.

Art + coffee with Katie McLain, the degree candidate discusses Bearded Iris-Cobalt by Mary Carroll. Beverages served until 3:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, F Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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.

Halloween bash, come in costume for games and prizes, photobooth, crafts, music and refreshments. 2 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488. Free.

Halloween party, crafts, games, stories; come in costume for library trick-or-treating. 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1248. Free.

“Fabriflicks,” part of the American Originals Now: Jodie Mack film series, about the formal and cursory elements shared between fine-art abstraction and mass-produced graphic design, the role of decoration in daily life and more. 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Gamers galore, for ages 13-19, play board games, trading-card games, video games and more. 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Teen Space, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Fists in the Pocket ,” part of the Morality and Beauty: Marco Bellocchio film series, the 1965 provocative, low-budget film set in the claustrophobic household of a blind widow and her four grown children living in picturesque seclusion until one of the sons makes a crucial decision. 4:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-842-6799. Free.

Trick-or-treating at the Folger, on the front lawn. 5-8 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. Free.

Cuban jazz pianist Jorge Luis Pacheco , a performance that blends Cuban and jazz music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Dead Men’s Hollow concert, traditional bluegrass group performs transitional and original works. 7 p.m., Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. kris@cornerstorearts.org . 202-255-2180. $20; in advance, $15.

“Occupy” Vincent E. Thomas performs this multimedia, multi-dimensional dance piece designed to provoke the mind, spirit and body. 8 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. 202-269-1600. www.danceplace.org. $30; seniors, $20; college students and age 17 and younger, $15.

Kennedy Center jazz concert, the Pedrito Martinez Group with Ariacne Trujillo performs jazz in the Afro Cuban rumba tradition and in the bata rhythms and vocal chants of the music of Yoruba and Santeria. 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $26-$32.

Sunday, NOV. 2

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 .

Bob Woodward address, The Washington Post investigative journalist discusses Watergate: 40 years later. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org . Free.

Museum Community Day, visit the exhibit “Soda_Jerk: After the Rainbow,” and other museum favorites. Noon-5 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. 202-783-5000. 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.

Knitting and crocheting workshop, join fellow needlers as they create items for those in need, instruction, needles and yarn provided. Washington National Cathedral, Fourth Floor of the South Tower, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Mila Michael, knitting@cathedralcongregation.org . 202-537-6200. 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.

Close-up cathedral tour: Needlepoint, a docent leads a tour and discusses the 1,500+ pieces in the building and explains how they convey messages throughout. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. next Thursday, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org . $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16.

Georgetown Library yoga, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 1:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. 202-727-0232 or erika.rydberg@dc.gov .

El Greco in America: critics, collectors and connoisseurs, a lecture by Richard L. Kagan, professor emeritus of history and academy professor of history, Johns Hopkins University. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

Portrait Story Days: Pocahontas, listen to a story about the Virginia Indian woman famous for her friendship with the Colonial settlement at Jamestown and complete a hands-on activity. 2-5 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151,Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

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. Free. 202-727-1278.

“Slingshot” safe water machine, Dean Kamen, founder of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), discusses his energy-efficient creation that can turn unfit water (seawater, poisoned wells, river sludge) into pure, safe water with no chemicals or filters, a discussion and a question-and-answer session follows with filmmaker Paul Lazarus, part of the Environmental Film Festival. 3 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030. Free; registration required. www.go.si.edu/cleanwater .

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.

Classical choral concert, organist J. Reilly Lewis and the Washington Bach Consort perform preludes from J.S. Bach’s “Little Organ Book,” covering the Advent through Lent portion of the church year. 3 p.m., National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-429-2121 or www.bachconsort.org . $23-$65; age 17 and younger, $10.

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.

Raul Sunico piano recital, the president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines performs “Love for Bohol,” a program of classical and Filipino masterpieces arranged for this event, a benefit to restore a 300-year-old Jesuit-built churches and community damaged by an earthquake and typhoon Haiyan, pianist and tenor Carlos Ibay performs the opening work. 4 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free..

Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker conducts a performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $15-$75.

“Let Your Light Shine,” part of the American Originals Now: Jodie Mack film series, five short works that question the role of abstract animation in a post-psychedelic climate, including “Dusty Stacks of Mom: The Poster Project (2013),” featuring a live vocal performance by Mack. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. 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.

Maurice Duruflé’s “Requiem,” the Cathedral Choir of Men and Girls performs the masterpiece that remembers the Feast of All Souls. 6 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org . Free.

“The Ugly Animal Roadshow,” For age 7 and older, writer, scientist and TV presenter Simon Watt tells all about the weird but vital creatures recently crowned the world’s ugliest endangered species. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Monday, NOv. 3

AARP driver safety class, for age 55 and older, insurance certificate issued upon completion of the course, light refreshments served. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Hospital Center, Siegel Auditorium, 110 Irving St. NW. 202-877-2084. $20; registration requested; includes parking.

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 .

Harlem Rattlers and the Great War: The Undaunted 369th Regiment and the African-American Quest for Equality” Authors Jeffrey T. Sammons and John H. Morrow discuss their book about the African American World War I combat unit that grew out of the 15th New York National Guard and is known for never having lost a man to capture or a foot of ground that had been taken. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5221. Free.

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, Monday and Wednesday, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

The Secret of the Gondola ,” David Alan Brown, curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, discusses his book, a mystery about an art-historical investigation that evolves into detective work. 12:10 and 1:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. Free.

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. teresa.sakon@dc.gov or 202-724-8698. Free; registration required.

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.

Rózsafa Folk Ensemble, Hungary’s contribution to the Kids Euro Festival performs traditional Hungarian folk music and dancing. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

LGBTQ Youth MeetUp, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth will have a safe place with their peers for fun and expressive activities. 6 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, Large Meeting Room, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. 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.

“Here We Come,” Nico Raschick’s film with footage from the Western hip-hop movement’s roots to its appearance on some of the old East Germany’s largest stages, and interviews with some of East Germany’s B-Boys, in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

Zumba, led by Stephanie. 7 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Yoga for beginners, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7 p.m. Mondays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

China National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra concert, pianist Yuja Wang and the orchestra perform works by Qigang, Ravel and Dvorak. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $19-$75.

Tuesday, NOV. 4

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: pilgrimages@cathedral.org . 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org . $15.

Rebel the film story of Cuban immigrant Loreta Velazquez, Confederate soldier turned Union spy, one of an estimated 1,000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War, senior military archivist DeAnne Blanton discusses the film with writer-director Maria Agui Carter following the screening. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

“Cultural Identity in the Songs of Helen Hopekirk,” a lecture by the Music Division’s James Wintle. Noon, Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Medicinal and poison plants tour, biochemist Beth Burrous leads a walking tour and discusses the medicines derived from plants, the potential risks associated with them and the fatal cases of poisoning by plants. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. Free.

Yoga at noon, led by traditional yoga teacher and therapist Heather Ferris; bring a mat. Noon Tuesdays, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. 202-727-1288. Free.

Washington Bach Consort in concert, with organ accompaniment by Julie Vidrick Evans. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20. Suggested donation, $10.

Yoga at the Georgetown Library, led by a teacher from Yoga Activist. 12:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free; registration required. erika.rydberg@dc.org .

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., Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.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. Free. 202-633-1000.

Explorer’s club, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and math with hands-on experiments, crafts and more, meets once a month. 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

D.C. Youth Slam Team poetry, for ages 13-19, a poetry workshop; bring your imagination. 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free; registration required. Jonathan Tucker, 202-787-5279.

“AHA! Fun with Science,” For age 4 and older, Estonia’s Science Centre leads awesome experiments, part of Kids Euro Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. Free.

Meditation and Qigong, Eve Soldinger discusses how to release negativity and enjoy a greater sense of well-being by using therapeutic meditation guided meditation and simple flowing Qigong exercises. 6:15-7:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600 or www.smithcenter.org. $10.

Presidential term limits: Is their time up? political science professor Michael J. Korzi and American politics professor Irwin L. Morris debate the question of abolishing or extending the current two-term limit for the presidency, a glass of wine and a show-of-hands vote conclude the program. 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $42.

The Life of a Poet: August Kleinzahler, Ron Charles, Washington Post fiction editor, moderates a discussion of the author of 11 books of poems including “Sleeping it Off in Rapid City ,” the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award winner, sponsored by the Library of Congress. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. 202-549-4172. Free; registration required.

“Ready for a Brand New Beat: How ‘Dancing in the Street ’ became the anthem for a changing America,” a librarian leads a discussion of the Mark Kurlansky book . 7 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 221, 901 G St. NW. Questions or recommendations: margaret.gilmore@dc.gov . 202-727-0321. Free.

Yoga for beginners, taught by an instructor from Yoga Activist. 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080. Free.

“Cry Havoc,” using Shakespeare’s timeless words and a few of his own, actor/veteran Stephan Wolfert leads an interactive journey to meet Shakespeare’s soldiers, a panel discussion follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077. $20.

Wednesday, NOV. 5

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., 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.

Outside the lines, Kiersten Gallagher and Ali Decker explore creative projects in a safe and healing space. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $10.

Knitting in the Nook, with Project Knitwell & Friends, trained volunteers provide knitting instruction and quality materials in an effort to foster wellness, comfort and community among participants. 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, 1632 U St. NW. 202-483-8600. www.smithcenter.org. $15.

Gallery talk, associate educator Addie Gayoso discusses pieces in the museum’s collection. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War ,” author Mark Harris discusses how Hollywood changed World War II through five legendary American film directors caught up in the war: John Ford, William Wyler, John Huston, Frank Capra and George Stevens. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. Free.

Classical organ recital , Greg Morris, Associate Organist of the Temple Church, London, will perform works by Handel, Purcell, Stanley, Thalben-Ball and Langlais. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org/. Free.

Let There Be Light ,” Academy Award-winning director John Huston’s film commissioned by the U.S. Army Signal Corps, about the treatment of emotionally traumatized GIs from their admission at a psychiatric hospital to their reentry into civilian life. 2 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000. 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.

D.C. Youth Poetry Slam Team workshop, for teens, biweekly poetry and spoken word workshops designed to empower teens to speak up about issues of social justice. 4:30 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. 202-281-2583. Free.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday and the first Wednesday of each month, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-645-4532. Free.

“Little Dancer” insider’s look, company members engage participants in a lively discussion and answer questions about the production. 5 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $12.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman ,” Harvard historian and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore discusses her book and William Moulton Marston, the man behind the popular female superhero, from his interest in feminism as a Harvard undergraduate and the influence of British suffragist Emmeline Pankhurst, his and his wife’s pursuit of a life of nonconformity, his invention of the lie detector and more. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $42.

Justice denied: the roots of the reparations movement, a lecture by historian C.R. Gibbs. 7 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-698-6373. Free.

Kathleen Foster art lecture , the scholar and Philadelphia Museum of Art curator discusses her recent study of Winslow Homer’s famous painting “The Life Line.” 7-9 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed in the G Street Lobby at 6:30 p.m. 202-633-1000.

Author talk: Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of “The Case for Reparations” discusses the legacy of racism in America and how to repay African-Americans for a system of institutional racism that’s robbed them of wealth and success for generations. 7 p.m., American University, Katzen Performing Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-885-5978.

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.

“Technology and the Entrepreneur: The Ever-Evolving Landscape of the Music Industry,”a discussion with Panos Panay of the Berklee Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship, Sonicbids and Casey Rae, vice president for policy and education at the Future of Music Coalition. 7:30 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. 202-707-5502. Free.

Friday Morning Music Club concert, Pablo Saelzer leads a performance of works by Beethoven with the orchestra and pianist Somang Jeagal. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. 202-333-2075. Free tickets distributed at 6:30 p.m. in the Terrace Theater lobby.

Sanah Kadoura in concert, the drummer performs jazz with the Hill Center Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $20; in advance, $15; registration required. www.hillcenterdc.org or 202-549-4172.

Babysitter Speed Dating, parents will be introduced to UrbanSitter, an online resource that connects parents with babysitters through people they know, get tips on finding the best babysitter and interview at least 10 sitters at five-minute intervals, light refreshments served. 7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3263. miriams@washingtondcjcc.org . $10.

Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig concert, a performance of works by Mendelssohn and Bruckner. 8 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. 202-467-4600. $38-$105.

“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. Wednesdays through Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays, continues through Dec. 21, Studio Theatre’s Mead Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW. 202-332-3300. www.studiotheatre.org . $44-$88.

Thursday, NOV. 6

American Diplomatic Leaders 1914-1934, a National Park Service ranger discusses the legacies of 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.

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 a 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.

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.

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.

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.

HIV/STI testing, for ages 13-24, hosted by Metro TeenAIDS. 4:30-7:30 p.m. first Wednesdays, Parklands-Turner Library, 1547 Alabama Ave. SE. 202-645-4532. Free.

Teen comic book club, for ages 13-19, fans of manga, superhero comics and more. 5 p.m. first Thursdays, Northeast Library, mezzanine-level conference room, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free; registration required. northeastlibrary@dc.gov or 202-698-0183.

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.

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 before the individual or team competition. 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 such as flour, butter and sugar into tempting pastries, the personal stories behind his creations and the Cronut recipe in his new book, stay for a tasting of his Christmas Morning Cereal, a concoction of clusters of puffed rice covered in Valrhona Caramelia chocolate with smoked cinnamon mini-meringue kisses and spiced hazelnuts. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org . $30.

The Mirrored World ,” the 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. The Dec. 6 book club discusses Jodi Picoult’s novel “Sing You Home .” 7 p.m.Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

Poetry reading at the library, two poets 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 the Nov. 4 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.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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