Cathedral bird walk and woods exploration,birder Sheila Cochran leads a walk and discusses how native ground covers, shrubs and trees attract birds and other wildlife; take binoculars and wear sturdy shoes; meet at the George Washington statue on Pilgrim Road, 8:30 a.m.; and Deanne Eversmeyer, cathedral horticulture manager, leads a tree identification program, 10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-2319.
Irish Aran Islands music lecture, by Deirde Ni Chonghaile. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-0213.
“Gesture and Movement: Degas’s Sculptures,” practicing artists lead a workshop on sketching and conversation using observation, drawing and discussion, all materials provided. 1-3 p.m., National Gallery of Art, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free, registration at 12:30 p.m. 202-737-4215 or drawingsalon2nga.gov.
Teen game night, for ages 12-19, participate in playing video games, board games, trading card games and more. 4-6 p.m. Thursdays, Lamond-Riggs Library, Meeting Room No. 1, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NE. Free. 202-541-6255.
“Sancho, Dulcinea, Their Knight and His Quest,” Company E, a D.C.-based contemporary repertory dance company, uses puppetry, projection, song, film and shadow to present Cervantes’s tale “Don Quixote.” 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Sculpture opening reception, for an exhibit of works by Hary Annella “Mimi” Frank, Linda Hesh, Damien Yannessa and other, juried by Jeff Spaulding, sculptor and artist-in-residence, American University. Reception. 6-9 p.m. Thursday; exhibit continues, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays through December 16 and one hour before Katzen events. Free. 202-686-8696 or www.washingtonsculptors.org.
Blair House, the president’s guest house, Blair House curator Candace Shireman discusses the history of the house on Lafayette Square. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
Charles Dickens talk, readings, Dickens scholars Karen Chase and Michael Levenson discuss the rise of Dickens’s literary career; actor Will Wurel gives Dickens readings. 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
Southwest Chamber Music Players, performance of works by Beethoven, Burgmuller, Mendelssohn and others. 7:30 p.m., St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Donations requested. David Ehrlich, 202-484-6354, or www.southwestchamberplayers.org.
“Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations: Ten Practical Lessons to Help You Implement Change and Achieve Your Goals,” Misha Galperin, president and CEO of Jewish Agency International Development, discusses his book on seeing what is working and what is not in today’s increasingly demanding world, a practical way to improve current lay and professional leadership in Jewish community organizations. 7:30 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free with reservation. 202-777-3254.
“Becoming Calvin,” a play written and directed by Ann Timmons in celebration of the 500th anniversary of French scholar John Calvin’s birth, about the struggles of the early Reformation that involved churchmen and royalty, censorship, academic politics, and sly social maneuvering. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Fellowship Hall Theatre, Capitol Hill Presbyterian, 201 Independence Ave. SE. $20; Sunday, $15. 703-244-7546 or BecomingCalvin@gmail.com..
Pipe organ recital, organist Rhonda Sider Edgington performs works by J.S. Bach, Olivier Messiaen, William Bolcom and August Gottfried Ritter. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-797-0103.
“Detropia,” Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s film about the lives of several Detroiters who try to survive the city and make sense of what is happening to it. Call theater for showtimes, continues through Sept. 27, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000 or http://detropiathefilm.com/.
Steve Ross, voice and piano, the cabaret performer sings American songs. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-2787.
“The Butcher,” Gwydion Suilebhan’s story of five lives that are changed by one man’s fanatical (or is it faithful?) gesture in a halal meat market. 2 p.m., Washington D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $5. 202-777-3254
Congress and Lincoln, a National Park Service ranger discusses key congressional figures and what they did during the era that ended slavery. 3 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Jan Buerger, 202-497-1397.
Rick Bartow’s o utdoor sculpture, installation and dedication of “We Were Always Here,” featuring depictions of a bear and a raven, 5 p.m.; Frank LaPena, blessing and song, 5:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
”The !!!! Beat” 1966 TV show, library music specialist Larry Appelbaum shows episodes of the show, featuring rhythm and blues performers such as Maurice and the Radiants, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, Mamie Galore and others. 7 p.m. Friday and Sept. 28, Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs.
Korea: 60 years ago, a National Park Service Ranger discusses what really happened on the battlefield to break what was viewed as a stalemate. 7 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Arthur Schnitzler and the birth of film, Lorenzo Bellettini discusses the relationship between the Austrian novelist and script writer and the fledgling film industry when Vienna was at the peak of its cultural influence. 7:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-895-6776 or www.acfdc.org/events-registration.
Happiness choral concert, the Korean Adopted Children’s Choir performs a program to benefit Korean adoptees. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $30. 202-467-4600.
“Fly” play and Tuskegee Airmen, performance of Trey Ellis and Ricardo Khan’s play based on the experiences of four African American Tuskegee Airmen, who were officers and pilots during World War II coping with racism. 7:30 p.m. most Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. most Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. most Tuesdays-Thursdays, 11 a.m. Oct. 11 and 18, no performances Oct. 7, 14 or 21, no matinees this Saturday or Sunday, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $15-$62, subject to availability; discounts for seniors, military and age 35 and younger. 202-347-4833.
Comet lecture, by Michael A’Hearn, professor at the University of Maryland, sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.
National Book Festival, appearances by U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), David and Julie Nixon Eisenhower, Susan Hertog and others, and more than 100 authors, such as Geraldine Brooks, Patricia Cornwell, Jeffrey Eugenides, Mike Lupica and David Maraniss. Sponsored by the Library of Congress. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m. Sunday, the Mall, between Ninth and 14th streets NW. Free. 888-714-4696 or www.loc.gov/bookfest.
Once Upon a Time, two actors from Bright Star Theatre Company tell the stories of “Cinderella” and “Jack and the Beanstalk,” portraying a dozen roles each. 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.
Secrets of Easter Island, scholars discuss the latest research including the giant stones (or moai), the excavations of homes, fields, roads and underwater archaeological sites, and new insights into ancient engineering techniques, ceremonies, and art. 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $120. 202-633-3030.
Taking care of textiles, Esther Methe, chief conservator at the Textile Museum, discusses how to protect textiles from light, moisture and pests, and how to store them. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $40. 202-633-3030.
The Big Build: A Hands-On Family Festival, visitors can try carving, designing and construction while learning about tools, trucks and the building arts. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
Emancipation Proclamation programs, a National Park Service ranger discusses the Civil War and the struggle to free slaves, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., African American Civil War Memorial, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, free, call Jeff Jones at 202-329-2238; and rangers in Civil War-era attire discuss the effect of the proclamation announcement on slavery and the Civil War, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park, free, call Mike Rose at 202-438-9667.
Bird walk, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour searching for and identifying bird species during fall migration; binoculars provided. 10 a.m.-noon, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Ohio Drive NW. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.
“Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” monument tour, a National Park Service ranger discusses the symbolism of the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial and other structures. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., Washington Monument, east side, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-438-4173.
Wireless and mobile computing help, bring iPads, iPods, tablet computers and other devices and learn how to get the most use out of them; instructors L. Petersen Sr. and J. Patterson also discuss security issues related to wireless computing. Co-sponsored by Shiloh Baptist Church. 10 a.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Computer Lab, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Plant literacy festival, Botanic Garden staff members and volunteers discuss the world of plants, from roots to fruit and microbes to menu items. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Terrace, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333.
Rhode Island Avenue walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along Rhode Island, from Connecticut Avenue to Boundary Street. 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m., meet at Rhode Island and Connecticut avenues NW. Free. Tim Moore, 240-375-5755.
Guided bike ride, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger, with stops to discuss book banning in the United States since colonial times; take a bike, water and snacks; helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Heidi Dietze, 202-438-7033.
Emancipation Proclamation announcement, National Park Service Rangers in Civil War attire discuss the effect of the announcement on slavery and the Civil War. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Mike Rose, 202-438-9667.
Jim Henson Family Day, music, puppet-making activities, interactive puppet theater and gallery talks to celebrate the life of Henson; followed by a screening of “The Muppets.” 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Courtyard, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Latin America and memorials, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of Latin American memorials. 1-4:30 p.m., Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro station, 2301 I St. NW. Free. Call Michael Balis, 202-438-9710.
Ghan talk, “The Birth of a New Nation,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the link between Ghana’s independence and the struggle for civil rights in the United States. 1 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, West Potomac Park, between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Michelle Edwards 202-426-6841.
D.C. German-American heritage tour, historian Alice Stewart leads a 90-minute tour showing how German immigrants from the mid-19th through the mid-20th centuries enriched and beautified the city and expanded its culture with artistic and architectural contributions including buildings by architects Adolf Cluss, Julius Germuiller, Julius Wenig and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and sites associated with the fresco painters Schutter and Rakeman and with landscape painter Max Weyl. 1:30 p.m., meet at the District Architecture Center, 421 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200.
Origins of the U.S. Constitution talk, by a National Park Service ranger. 2-4 p.m., Washington Monument, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Robert Steele, 202-438-9574.
“The Seventh Companion” film, Aleksei Guerman’s 1967 work about a general in the Russian czar’s army who is arrested by police and later released into the new world of the Soviet Union, who campaigns to return to the battlefield when he learns his former apartment no longer exists, in Russian with English subtitles. 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building Concourse, auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
Lincoln Haunts Jaunts, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of areas associated with President Abraham Lincoln. 5-7 p.m., Washington Monument, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.
Fashion talk at Hillwood, “Nuit de la Mode” (Night of Fashion), discussion of fashion, culture and art inspired by the work of Isabelle de Borchgrave. 5:30-9 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $35; members and students, $30. In advance, VIP, $50; general admission, $30; members and students, $25. 202-686-5807.
Music by John Bucchino, presented by cabaret, pop and opera performers. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Lincoln and George McClellan history talk, a National Park Service ranger discusses the man who ran against Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election. 7-9 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
Classical violin recital, by Kanyakumari Avasarala, with an orchestra. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.
Saints and Sinners: The Capital Hearings in Concert, and special guests, the Sweater Set, an exploration of the themes of faith and doubt, love and lust, and downfall and redemption featuring music from everything from Russian Orthodox chant to the Beach Boys and more; a reception follows. 8 p.m., All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. $15; in advance, $12. 202-630-6067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student architecture design competition, teams of students from six area collegiate architecture programs participate in a day-long competition. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday; awards ceremony for the college teams, 5 p.m. Monday, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free. 202-272-2448.
Israeli-Palestinian relationship, Karen Getman, Grace Said and Jane Deland, members of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington’s Companion Diocese Committee for Jerusalem, discuss the current Israeli-Palestinian situation and misconceptions about it. 10 a.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766.
Vermont Avenue walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk along Vermont, from the White House to Boundary Street. 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m., meet at the White House, North Gate, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Tim Moore, 240-375-5755.
Civil War to Civil Rights bike tour, about three hours, led by a National Park Service ranger; take your own bike, water and snacks, helmets required. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call Richard Ayad, 202-438-3456.
LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, questioning) Family Tashlich Picnic, for all ages, gather in Rock Creek Park with the center’s GLOE (Gay and Lesbian Outreach) Youth and Family program to celebrate the new year with other LGBTQ parents, teens, kids and families for a casual afternoon of community, games and tashlick, the High Holiday tradition of tossing bread crumbs into a flowing body of water, casting off the negatives and more. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Rock Creek Park, Picnic site #9, Beach Drive at Sherrill Drive NW. Free. 202-777-3253 or www.washingtondcjcc.org/gloe.
Columbia Heights, Mount Pleasant tours, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of the communities; wear comfortable shoes and take water. 1-5 p.m., meet at the Columbia Heights Metro station exit, 3030 14th St. NW. Free. Mike Balis, 202-438-9710.
Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10; age 12 and younger, $5; families with reservations, $30; reservations recommended for everyone. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org.
Nathan Gunn, baritone, performance of opera music with the Washington National Opera Orchestra. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Opera House, 2700 F St. NW. $25. Free. 202-467-4600.
Music by Daniel Mate, performances of lyrics and music written for “The Trouble With Doug,” “The Story of Jo-Beth,” and more. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Urban wildlife walk, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour to look for the homes of wildlife that have adapted to urban conditions. 6 p.m., Washington Monument, Survey Lodge Ranger Station, Independence Avenue SW. Free. Call Eddy Kahle, 202-462-6841.
Walking tour along U Street, starting at the Greater U Street Neighborhood Visitor Center. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Other tour locations listed at www.culturaltourismdc.org. 1211 U Street NW. Free. 202-661-7581.
Walking tours around the District of Columbia, bite-sized WalkingTown D.C. lunchtime tours offered for an educational experience in less than an hour. Noon, locations listed at www.culturaltourismdc.org. 202-661-7581.
L’Enfant’s vision for the District, a National Park Service ranger discusses Pierre L’Enfant, who designed the layout of Washington’s streets. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, Ben Franklin statue, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Jason Barna, 202-425-3442.
World music by Nan Jombang, the Indonesian family of artists performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
“The Star Spangled Banner, Uncle Sam and All That: The War of 1812,” a National Park Service Ranger discusses what Uncle Sam, the burning of Washington, the flag and forging a nation have in common. 6-8 p.m., Washington Monument, the Lodge, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Lowell Fry, 202-438-9603.
Cardozo High construction tour, led by Sarah Norman of GCS-SIGAL LLC. 6-8 p.m., Cardozo High School, 1200 Clifton St. NW. $25. 202-783-5144 or http://www.dcpreservation.org/cardozo-high-construction-tour-registration-form/.
“Last Call for Planet Earth” film, screening of Jacques Allard’s 2009 work about 12 contemporary architects, their environmental efforts in connection with their architectural practices and their building projects that set an example for sustainable urban planning, shown in a variety of foreign languages with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.
Architecture talk, Marc Tsurumaki discusses how his firm’s designs, limited by small budgets, awkward spaces and strict zoning, result in innovative architecture. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $10. Free. 202-272-2448.
“The Marriage Plot,”author Jeffrey Eugenides reads from his novel about love and the self-discovery of adulthood; followed by a reception. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077 or www.folger.edu/penfaulkner.
Accessing history documents online, discussion of www.fold3.com by a National Archives staff member, who gives tips on searching for documents from the archives. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
E-reader show and tell, demonstration of new devices and discussion of how to download books, music and movies from the library’s Web site; bring a device or view one of the library’s. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Classical German piano recital, James Litzelman performs German Romantic music. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.
Teen poetry workshop, a library staff member works with teenagers on their writing skills. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Teen Space on second floor, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.
Mariano Gonzales, harpist, performance of Paraguayan folk music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Teen relationship education workshop, a staff member from the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, using language appropriate for teenagers, discusses sexual harassment, “date rape,” sexual assault, teen dating violence, asserting one’s rights and the ability to recognize risk. 6 p.m., Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. Bobbie Dougherty, 202-939-5946, or email@example.com.
American Proxy Wars, a National Park Service Ranger leads a tour of the memorials that resulted from these wars. 6-7:30 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Raul Nazareno, 202-426-6841.
Botanic National Garden tour, curator Bill McLaughlin discusses how native plants aid pollinators throughout the year; sunscreen, protective clothing and water suggested. 10:30 a.m.-noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-8333.
Downloadable media clinic, take your library card and e-book reader or MP3 player and learn how to download and check out digital materials; those unable to attend can get help by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Noon, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.
“The President’s Czars, Undermining the Congress and the Constitution,” Mark Rozell discusses the the history of the Presidential czars since FDR’s administration. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Innovative city of Bottrop, Germany, Bernd Tischler, mayor of the city of Bottrop, and Dale Medearis, senior environmental planner for the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, discuss the mid-size city’s 116,000 inhabitants and its winning of a public-private competition to develop a model city for climate protection. Noon-2 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200, Ext. 164, or email@example.com.
Chess club, for players of all ages and abilities. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.
Hanggai, folk music group, the Beijing group performs Mongolian folk music and modern styles, such as punk rock. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Dupont Circle and German Americans, focusing on Germans and German Americans and the Dupont Circle area, William Gilcher leads walking tour, starting at the Heurich House. 6-8 p.m., meet at the German Historical Institute, 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. Free, register at www.walkingtowndc.org. 202-289-1200.
“Pop Quiz: History’s Mysteries,” happy hour and collection-inspired trivia game, with a prize for top-scoring team; snacks and beverages available. 6:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Kogod Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
“Race, Urban Renewal and Gentrification in the Nation’s Capital,” a lecture by historian C.R. Gibbs. 7 p.m., Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE. Free. 202-541-6226.
The Hindenburg: Sifting Memories from the Ashes, Cheryl Ganz, the National Postal Museum’s chief curator of philately, discusses unpublished documents, discovered while conducting research for the museum’s exhibition “Fire and Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic,” photographs and artifacts. Noon-1:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
“Hello Federal Triangle, Farewell Murder Bay,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the massive 1930s Federal Triangle area construction project. 3:30 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, Tower Observation Deck, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. Call Titus Early, 202-606-8691.
Beauty and the East, an opening art reception for “The Sultan’s Garden: The Blossoming of Ottoman Art,” with co-curator Sumru Belger Krody. Bohemian gorgeous dress is encouraged, and dress your best for a chance to have your photo taken for “Scene Stealers” in The Washington Post’s Fashion Washington. Reception. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. Free. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.
“Words, Beats, & Life Inc.,” a showcase of performances by poets, break dancers, deejays and others. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
Architecture in an Aging Society, German-born architect Matthias Hollwich discusses his his perspective on the question of aging and on how architecture can adapt to the changing needs of people. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-289-1200, Ext. 167 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chaotic 14th Century, Mary Frances Giandrea, an assistant professor of history at American University, discusses the most significant challenges of this world in transition and an age that, in some ways, resembles our own. 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $35. 202-633-3030.
Hollywood versus World War II, a National Park Service Ranger discusses the World War II interest that sprang up following the releases of “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers.” 7 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.
The Oceans of Europa: Jupiter’s Cradle of Life?, program scientist Curt Niebur discusses Europa and its importance in our search for oases beyond Earth. 7-8:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030.
Apps for artists, Nancy Freeman discusses how tablet computer and smartphone software applications can be used to create electronic art. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free, registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org/home/programs.
JFK Film and discussion, Charles Guggenheim’s 1979 documentary “John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963,” capturing the president’s humor. Eloquence, leadership and courage while facing challenges at home and abroad; historian and author Timothy Naftali moderates a panel discussion including Harris Wofford and Jay Lash Cassidy. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
Film: “Invisible,” about the emotional toll on the victims of a serial rapist 20 years after his offenses and the coincidental meeting of two of them, in Hebrew with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; students, $9; seniors, $8.25; age 12 and younger, $8. 202-966-6000.
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