Thursday, Sept. 25

History lesson, political portraiture in the United States and France during the Revolutionary and Federal eras, 1776-1814, during a complicated alliance that affected patterns of cultural representation and consumption on both sides of the Atlantic. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, National Portrait Gallery, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free; registration required. 202-633-1000 or www.npg.si.edu .

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. Thursdays, through Oct. 30, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

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 .

Monitoring world’s diseases, Lawrence C. Madoff, professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, discusses the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, an online network of more than 55,000 members who monitor the four corners of the world for emerging infectious diseases of humans, animals and plants. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

The People vs. Larry Flynt ,” Milo Forman’s 1996 film about the Hustler Magazine publisher, part of the First Amendment Film Festival. 2 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

Author talk, Columbia University’s Hisham D. Aidi discusses his book “Rebel Music: Race, Empire and the New Muslim Youth Culture ” in conjunction with the exhibit “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom.” Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-8437.

Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service ranger leads a walking tour of a selection of memorials. 2-4 p.m. daily through Tuesday, Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. 202-426-6841.

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. Free. 202-727-0232.

Teen advisory group, bring ideas for library programs, earn community service hours and help to make Teen Space a better space. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Music on the Lawn, jazz saxophonist Marshall Keys and bass player Herman Burney perform; bring a picnic supper and a blanket or lawn chair. Gates open 5:30 p.m.; music, 6-7:15 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, Georgetown, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Donations appreciated. 202-333-7100 or www.gracedc.org .

Pilates on the square, a certified instructor leads a relaxing after-work exercise program, sponsored by Golden Triangle BID, 5:30 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 16. Farragut Square Park, 17th and K streets NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

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. Free. 202-243-1184.

Dance concert, dancer and choreographer Arturo Garcia’s “Here & Now” with the Arlington-based Danzante dance company, an exploration of emotional connections to people’s habits. 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Anacostia Library chess club, for ages 10-16. 6 p.m. Thursdays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Dead Poets Society ,” Peter Weir’s 1989 film about an English teacher who inspires his students to love poetry, starring Robin Williams, Robert Sean Leonard and Ethan Hawke. 6:30 p.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

Business planning workshop, hosted by the D.C. Small Business Development Center, an overview of the thought process necessary for developing a business plan and discussion of the reasons why. 6:30 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free; registration required. 202-806-1550.

Guitars not guns, for ages 8-18, a national program that uses music as a catalyst to encourage children and teens to use their creativity to divert themselves from self-destructive influences; permission from a parent or guardian required. 6:30 p.m., William O. Lockridge/Bellvue Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW. Free. 202-243-1185.

Wars of the Roses: Family Feud, Plantagenet Style, Tudor and Renaissance scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger discusses the family battles of the Wars of the Roses from the inside out, learning the truth behind Shakespeare’s warning, “uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.” 6:45-8:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Book talk, National Park Service Ranger Scott Einberger discusses his book “A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, D.C. ,” from the cabin of eccentric poet Joaquin Miller to the city’s oldest house. 7 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Breath of Freedom ,”a film about the million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II and the conflict they faced when they returned home. 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Spark,” for age 16 and older, by Obie Award-winning playwright Caridad Svich, a gritty drama about a veteran returning from war and the economic challenges, emotional conflict and specter of war that haunts her and her family. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Pl. SE. $35; seniors and students, $20. 202-241-2539 or www.theateralliance.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.

“Cancun,” José Zayas directs the Jordi Galceran comedy about two married couples vacationing in Cancun, contemporary relationships and old secrets, in Spanish with English subtitles. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, continues through Oct. 5, Gala Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. Friday-Saturday evenings, $42; other shows, $38; discounts for seniors and military. 202-234-7174 or www.galatheatre.org.

“The Devil in his Own Words,” created and performed by Marcus Kyd, directed by Lisa Bruneau, music by Kathy Cashel, sponsored by Taffety Punk Theatre Company, a fast-paced tragicomedy that digs deep into the identity of humanity’s oldest villain. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and Wednesdays, continues through Oct. 4, other performances, 3 p.m. Saturday and next Saturday, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $15. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org .

“The Shoplifters,” Morris Panych’s biting comedy about society’s haves and have-nots and how much they might actually have in common in this high-stakes battle of wills. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, continues through Oct. 19, Arena Stage, Kreeger Theater, 1101 Sixth St. SW. $45-$90, subject to change and based on availability. 202-488-3300 or www.arenastage.org .

“Marie Antoinette,” Yury Urnov directs Kimberly Gilbert in the David Adjmi play about a society that might just be consuming itself to death. 8 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 p.m. Oct. 8, continues through Oct. 12, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. $39-$78, subject to availability. 202-393-3939. www.woollymammoth.net .

Friday, Sept. 26

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

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. Call for prorated fees. 202-364-7602.

Helping Our People Engage, in the spirit of revitalizing the historic cinema theaters of Anacostia, such as the Carver, Anacostia, Naylor and Congress theaters, the Anacostia Neighborhood Library presents matinees Friday mornings, a discussion group follows. 11:30 a.m. Fridays, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE. Free. 202-715-7707 or 202-715-7708.

Classical piano recital, pianist, composer and teacher Sam Post performs works by J.S. Bach and his own compositions. Noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Nicky’s Family ,” the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

True tales from the ginseng trade: a plant’s journey from Appalachia to China, David A. Taylor, author of “Ginseng, the Divine Root,” discusses the true tales of this trade and sets the record straight about the not-so-true tales. Noon, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Pipe organ recital, John Cannon performs works by J.S. Bach, Edward Elgar, Percy Grainger and César Franck. 12:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free; donations welcome. 202-797-0103.

New York Stories ,” Woody Allen’s 1989 film about a middle-aged artist obsessed with his pretty young assistant, a precocious 12-year-old hotel dweller and a neurotic attorney and his possessive mother, starring Woody Allen, Nick Nolte and Rosanna Arquette. 2:30 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Board games at the library, for ages 13-19, bring your own or borrow one of the library’s. 4 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-0058.

Basic Internet safety, learn to avoid the most flagrant fraud, the most egregious error and the catastrophic misjudgments of online etiquette. 4 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Digital Commons, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Join the “STEAM” team, for ages 6-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering, art and/or mathematics and a desire to design, construct, discover and create. 4 p.m. Fridays, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Ted Garber, harmonica artist, the songwriter and instrumentalist performs. 6-8 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Journey to Italy ,” Roberto Rossellini’s 1954 film about a mismatched English couple who travel through Naples, Pompeii and other sites and arrive at a near-transcendent moment in their lives, starring Ingrid Bergman and George Sanders. 7 p.m., American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Invisible Waves ,” Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s 2006 film about a Japanese hit man posing as a chef and living in Macau, starring Tadanobu Asano, in English, Japanese, Thai and Cantonese with English subtitles. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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. Free. 202-426-6841.

Chances Are ,” starring Cybill Shepherd and Robert Downey Jr. 7 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free. Register: www.hillcenterdc.org . 202-549-4172.

Driving Miss Daisy ,” Jennifer L. Nelson directs the Alfred Uhry play about the clash of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man who serves as her chauffeur, starring Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, no matinees on Sept. 27 and 28, continues through Oct. 26, Ford’s Theatre, 511 10th St. NW. $15-$62, discounts for seniors, military and age 34 and younger. 202-347-4833. www.fords.org .

“Courting Elizabeth: Music and Patronage in Shakespeare’s England,” the Folger Consort, an early-music ensemble, performs a program that recently premiered at Canada’s Stratford Summer Music Festival; come at 7 p.m. Friday for a pre-concert discussion led by radio personality Robert Aubry Davis. 8 p.m. Friday, 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $37. 202-544-7077.

Saturday, Sept. 27

Run with a National Park Service ranger, on a three- to four-mile run around the nation’s iconic memorials, about 10 minutes per mile. 8 a.m., Washington Monument Lodge bookstore, 15th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Survey lodge, 202-426-6841.

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 .

What’s That Sound?, celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Cantare and their journey through Latin American with interactive folktales that provide magical explanations for the origins of the first night, the first eclipse, how the turle got its shell and how the armadillo learned to sing. 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.

When Paris went dark: the city of light under German occupation, Ronald C. Rosbottom discusses the four-year occupation and resistance that grew around it, and the cautious period during which the population waited to see which side would win. 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Hot new plants — introduction gardening tour, arboretum horticulturist Brad Evans discusses design tips that maximize seasonal interest and minimize maintenance. 10 a.m.-noon, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $12; registration required. 202-245-4521. www.usna.usda.gov .

Library book sale, novels, biographies, children’s and cook books, hardcover, trade paperbacks and DVDs, $1; small paperbacks and children’s books, $.50; coffee table/art books, $2; bag of books at 3 p.m., $5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Admission, free. 202-576-7252.

Ulysses ” read-a-thon, a two-hour reading of the James Joyce classic in honor of Banned Books Week, volunteer readers are welcome to sign up with a librarian. 10 a.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752 or www.dclibrary.org .

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.

National Public Lands Day, features an array of children’s activities that could earn a Junior Ranger badge. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Korean War Veterans Memorial, Independence Avenue at French Drive SW, West Potomac Park. Free. Laura Abbott, 202-426-6841.

Cesar Chavez “Si Se Puede!” a National Park Service ranger discusses the peaceful leadership practiced by Hispanic civil rights leader Cesar Chavez. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Call JoAnn Garcia, 202-329-1641.

How to downsize your home with style, New York-based interior designer Lauri Ward discusses decorating strategies for making a new or existing smaller home comfortable, functional and elegant by making furnishings and accessories look smaller and space look bigger. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $130. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Walking with wheat, a journey through history, botany and culture, staff from the newly opened U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, the National Gallery of Art and U.S. Botanic Garden lead an exploration of wheat’s impact on visual culture, including the National Gallery of Art’s newly acquired “Green Wheat Fields, Auvers” by Vincent van Gogh; bring walking shoes, sunscreen and weather-appropriate protective clothing. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, The Capitol. Free; registration required. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

You said, I said: how conversations work, linguist Anne Curzan discusses conversational dynamics, from how to build rapport through your words to how to prepare someone for “no,” and from the trickiness of giving and getting compliments to effective strategies for good dinner party conversation, explores whether men and women speak differently and gives tips for navigating conversations at work, home, out on the town and online. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Grass Roots’ Golf Course Day, local golf course turf professionals demonstrate the techniques and equipment they use to keep courses attractive and durable, talk with the pros about golf course management and your lawn care questions, view the exhibit “Grass Roots.” 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free; registration requested. 202-245-5965.

Closer look at the emergence of modern art, art historian and scholar William Kloss discusses modern art. 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. Register: www.closerlook.eventbrite.com or 202-633-1000.

Nutrition in a vegetarian diet, Sapna Batheja, of the UDC College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, discusses how to meet nutritional needs as you follow a vegetarian diet and gives meal ideas. 11 a.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

Cemetery tours, a docent leads a tour of the cemetery that provides a final resting place for John Philip Sousa and other famous people. 11 a.m.-noon Saturdays through Nov. 1, Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St. SE. Free. 202-543-0539. www.congressionalcemetery.org .

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.

Art lecture, curator Justine Topfer discusses the Afrofuturisms of Astro Black. Noon, National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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

Foot care for diabetics, Brandy Schobey, a registered nurse specializing in foot ulcers and the prevention of amputations discusses what neglecting foot sores and poor circulation may bring, what to do daily to avoid these and basic wound do’s and don’ts. 1 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. www.knowledgecommonsdc.org or 202-698-6373.

Portrait story days: Dolores Huerta, listen to a story about the labor leader and civil rights activist and create a piece of art inspired by her life and portrait. National Portrait Gallery, first floor, Education Center, Room E151, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Chess tournament, for adults. 1 p.m. Saturday and the last Saturday of each month. 1 p.m., Dorothy I. Height/Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-281-2583.

The Warmth of Other Suns ,” a librarian leads a discussion of the Isabel Wilkerson nonfiction book about Ida Mae Gladney, George Starling and Robert Foster, all with stories of struggle and perseverance. 1 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

“The Odd Couple,” staged reading, a staged reading of the female version of the Neil Simon play. 2 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Great Hall, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Geocaching: the hidden world around us, for adults, Rodney Phelps teaches the history and the rules before you head out on your nearby scavenger hunt. 2 p.m., Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. Register: http://knowledgecommonsdc.org/classes/geocaching-hidden-world-around-you/. 202-724-4752.

Classical piano recital, Steven Lin performs works by Mozart, Schumann, David Hertzberg, Chopin and Ravel, sponsored by Washington Performing Arts Society. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $35. 202-785-9727.

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. Saturday-Sunday, Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. 202-426-6841.

“Everyone to Battle,” a National Park Service ranger discusses the Marshal Ferdinand Foch phrase uttered in 1918 during World War I. 2 p.m., D.C. War Memorial, Independence Avenue between the National World War II and Lincoln memorials. Free. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

“Daredevils,” Baltimore-based artist Stephanie Barber’s 2013 film, the experimental narrative of a young writer who interviews an established artist and continues to feel reverberations from their discussion throughout the day. 2:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Tango lesson, for adults, learn and practice the Argentine tango with Rendezvous Tango’s Bahman Aryana, all skill levels welcome. 2 p.m. , Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

“Out of the Basement,” a screening of Natalie Avery, a Mount Pleasant filmmaker, and Kyle Centers’s documentary short that follows boxer Greg Newby and tells about D.C.’s boxing subculture, a question-and-answer session follows. 4 p.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-727-1488.

Operation Market Garden, a National Park Service ranger discusses the Allies’ bold attack, dramatized in the film “A Bridge Too Far ,” and tells about its impact on World War II. 4 p.m., World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Call Paul O’Brian, 202-438-7066.

Dog walking tour, a National Park Service ranger leads visitors and their leashed dogs and discusses how they help us when we most need them. 4-6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Call Kathy Kagle, 202-438-5377.

Hispanic Medal of Honor recipients, a National Park Service ranger leads a tour of the Mall’s war memorials to Hispanic heroes. 4-6 p.m., Lincoln Memorial, 23rd Street NW and West Potomac Park. Free. Eury Cantillo, 202-647-8432.

Chamber orchestra concert, the New Orchestra of Washington performs Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, a rarely heard piece that features soprano Linda Mabbs, and a new composition by Julian Wachner. 7 p.m., First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. $35; in advance, $30; ages 13-18, $15; 12 and younger, free. 202-235-5088. www.neworchestraofwashington.org .

The Capital Hearings in concert, a cappella ensemble presents “Seasons,” a concert of Connor J. Koppin’s “There will come Soft Rains,” and works by Johannes Brahms, Rodgers & Hammerstein and Avicii through Claude Debussy, Vernon Duke and Earth, Wind & Fire. A reception follows. 8 p.m., All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave. NW. $15; in advance, $12. 202-630-6067. www.thecapitalhearings.com .

“Apocalyptic Fairytale for the Modern Age,” a dance concert performed by Deviated Theatre with sound manipulation by French musicians Haunter Days & Witch’s Teat. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $30; in advance, $25; seniors and artists, $20; age 17 and younger, $15. 202-269-1600 or www.danceplace.org .

Sunday, Sept. 28

Palisades farmers market, locally grown seasonal produce, music by Sherier Mountain. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sundays, 48th Place and MacArthur Boulevard NW. www.palisadesfarmersmarket.com .

Cathedral restoration and preservation, James W. Shepherd, director of preservation and facilities, joins stone mason Joe Alonso to present a progress report on earthquake restoration and the preservation project as well as the needs related to deferred maintenance. 10:10 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Front Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

D.C. Turkish Festival, authentic Turkish art and culture, live musical and folk dance performances, hands-on activities for kids, art demonstrations, guest speakers, arts and crafts vendors and Turkish foods, sponsored by the American-Turkish Association of Washington D.C. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 12th and 14th streets. 202-650-5500.

National Gallery of Art Wind Ensemble concert, the music of Andrew Wyeth’s favorite composers (J.S. Bach and Beethoven) and other composers in honor of the “Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In” exhibit. Noon and 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Cathedral potluck picnic, in celebration of the building’s 107th birthday, visitors are asked to bring items assigned according to their last initial. Surnames ending in A-H: bring salads; surnames I-M: desserts; surnames N-Z: appetizers and finger foods. Label any foods that contain allergens such as tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, soy or dairy. 12:45 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, front lawn, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15 per person or $35 per family. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

“Ploy,” director Pen-Ek Ratanaruang makes an appearance at the screening of his 2007 film about a married Thai couple’s reassessment of their marriage after infidelity challenges them, in Thai with English subtitles. 1 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Know your rights, volunteers from the Network for Victim Recovery of D.C. discusses rights under the criminal and civil courts including hate crimes, domestic violence and more. 1 p.m., Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

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. Free. 202-671-3121.

Yoga at Georgetown Library, teachers from Yoga Activist lead the classes. 1:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:15 p.m. Monday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. erika.rydberg@dc.gov or 202-727-0232.

Cathedral gargoyle tour, a docent shows slides of the building’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques, followed by an outdoor tour; binoculars and cameras welcome. 2 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $15; age 12 and younger, $6. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Art exhibit introduction, Sarah Greenough, senior curator and head of the department of photographs, discusses “Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852-1860.” 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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.

Washington Bach Consort concert, with guest soprano Sherezade Panthaki performing Mozart’s “Requiem,” and other Mozart works. Come at 2 p.m. for a pre-concert lecture. 3 p.m., National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. $23-$65; age 17 and younger, $10. 202-429-2121 or www.bachconsort.org.

Chicago Piano Duo concert, a performance of works for four hands by Schubert and for two hands by Brahms, a reception and show of art quilts follows. 3 p.m., Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-4900.

Board games in the afternoon, for age 10 and older, play board games with your friends or learn to play chess. 3 p.m. Sundays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

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. Free. 202-727-1288.

“Nymph,” Pen-Ek Ratanaruang’s 2009 film about a love triangle that has a ghost in it, in Thai with English subtitles. 3:30 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Zumba kids, for ages 4-13, the perfect combination of fun and fitness. 3:30 p.m., Capitol View Library, 5001 Central Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-0755.

Il Sorpasso ,” Dino Risi’s 1962 film about a wildly reckless road trip from Rome to rural southern Italy, in Italian with English subtitles. 4:30 p.m., American University, Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater. 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

Cathedral pipe organ recital, artist-in-residence Jeremy Filsell performs works by Leo Sowerby, Richard Wayne Dirksen, Charles Callahan, Richard Roecklein, Douglas Major and Calvin Hampton on the 10,650-pipe organ. 5:15 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Great Choir, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Hip-Hop and spoken word, the winners of the Youth Speaks “Raise Up” contest perform a program about their education and aspirations. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Ghost tours, for age 10 and older, wander the museum’s darkened halls and learn its newly discovered spooky stories. 8:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 and 9 p.m. Oct. 12, 17, 19 and 28, National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $25; registration required. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Monday, Sept. 29

English conversation classes, volunteer teachers from the Washington English Center facilitate classes twice a week. 10 a.m. 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 .

Landslide: LBJ and Ronald Reagan at the Dawn of a New America,” Jonathan Darman discusses his book about two giants of American politics, telling how the two men, at the same age and driven by the same heroic ambitions, changed American politics forever. Noon, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

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, Mondays and Wednesdays through Oct. 29, U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333 or www.usbg.gov .

Impressionist prints in context, a lecture by Eric Denker. 12:10 and 1:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Lecture Hall, Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

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

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.

Spotlight on Hispanic heritage, a National Park Service ranger discusses diversity. 2 p.m., Thomas Jefferson Memorial, 900 Ohio Dr. SW. Free. Call JoAnn Garcia, 202-329-1641.

Tech Mondays, learn basic computer skills. 3 p.m. Mondays, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

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.

Front Country in concert, an outdoor concert of bluegrass music and more. 4 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org .

Reader’s theater, 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.

STEM Mondays, for ages 7-12 with an interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, participate in experiments, study nature, do real-world math problems and take the Hour of CODE challenge, an introductory lesson in computer science, where children learn basic concepts of problem solving and programming. 4:15 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

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.

Teen night in Shepherd Park, play video and board games with old or new friends, watch a movie, create crafts, get help with your homework. 5 p.m. Mondays, Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

SambaDá in concert, the Santa Cruz-based Brazilian band performs music based in Brazil’s musical traditions and blended with reggae beats. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Yoga for adults, led by a teacher from Yoga Activist, mats provided. 6:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free; registration requested. 202-698-6373.

Nosferatu ,” F.W. Murnnau’s 1922 film based on the story of Dracula in which vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent, features a new score written by Michael Obst. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200. www.goethe.de.

Bob Colacello on Andy Warhol, Colacello recalls life with Warhol as he tells of wild celebrity-studded parties and intimate and honest moments with his friend, presenting a personal portrait of an extraordinary man, brilliant, controlling, private, insecure and immeasurably influential. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $30. 202-633-3030.

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.

Fiction fun with Gary Hall, the dean of Washington National Cathedral leads a discussion of Willa Cather’s “The Professor’s House .” 7:30 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Bratenahl House, 3525 Woodley Rd. NW. Free; registration required. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Tai chi classes, taught by Susan Lowell. 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free; registration required. 202-727-0232 or megan.mcnitt@dc.gov .

Tuesday, Sept. 30

Computer classes, for adults, topics change from week to week. Tuesday: introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint. 10 a.m.-noon, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

T-Shirt Travels ,” filmmaker Shantha Bloemen’s true story about the clothing given to charities in America and sold to Africans half a world away. Noon, George Washington University’s Marvin Center, 800 21st St. NW. Free. 202-994-5200.

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. Free. 202-727-1288.

Ayreheart in concert, a performance of works by John Dowland and William Byrd. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $10. 202-347-2635, Ext. 20.

Dollars and sense of city building, architect Joseph Minicozzi discusses the fiscal impact of land use and design decisions on the bottom line of cities as he helps visualize the economic productivity of urban growth patterns, shows how cities adopt growth and offers design strategies to ensure long-term financial solvency. 12:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. Free; registration required. 202-272-2448. www.nbm.org .

Health literacy workshop, a presentation on navigating health-care Web sites by the Project of Intermediate Advocates, bring a flash drive or WiFi-enabled device. 1 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

Cathedral tour and tea, a docent-led tour of the cathedral, its history, architecture and art — plus a traditional English tea and a scenic view of the city from the cathedral tower. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Washington National Cathedral, Docent Station at the Rear Nave, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $30; reservations required. 202-537-8993, www.allhallowsguild.org or misbister@cathedral.org .

Meet the author, for ages 7-12, Cece Bell discusses her book “El Deafo ,” a graphic novel describing her experiences growing up hearing impaired in the 1970s and what special powers she discovered when she got a hearing aid, refreshments served. 1:30 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. 202-282-3139; and 4 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232. Free.

E-Reader drop-in clinic, a librarian helps visitors with their portable devices for downloading e-books, audiobooks, music and videos, bring your iPad, Nook or Kindle. 2 p.m., West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. Free. 202-724-8698.

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.

Captain Underpants ” party, for ages 6-12, celebrate 2013’s most-“challenged” book with games, activities and fun. 4 p.m., Mount Pleasant Library, Children’s Room, second floor, 3160 16th St. NW. Free. 202-671-3121.

Introduction to Microsoft Publisher, taught by D. P. Grogan, take a flash drive to save class documents. 4:15 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 311, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-0321.

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.

Mary Poppins ,” Robert Stevenson’s 1964 pioneering film with animation, based on the P.L. Travers story about a perfect nanny and her lovable chimney sweep friend, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. 5 p.m., Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE. Free. 202-727-5012.

Yoga on Farragut Square, a certified instructor leads a relaxing after-work exercise program, sponsored by Golden Triangle BID, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Oct. 21. Farragut Square Park, 17th and K streets NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

Hillwood Museum lecture, James Archer Abbot, author of “A Very Chic World: Maison Jansen, Monarchical Finery and the Modern Century,” discusses his firm’s most alluring commissions, including rooms for the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the Shah and Shahbanou of Iran, and President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline; come at 5:30 for a view of “Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems.” 6:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7. 202-686-5807.

“Seventh and T,” a screening of a documentary that depicts the area’s rich musical heritage in the heart of Shaw, WPFW radio personality Rusty Hassan leads a discussion of the film. 6:30 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-727-1288.

Yoga in the evening, one-hour lesson, all skill levels welcome, mats provided. 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays except the first one in each month, Northwest One Library, 155 L St. NW. Free. 202-939-5946.

Richard Nixon’s secret White House tapes: echoes of a cover-up, historian Ken Hughes discusses the part of the scandal referred to as the Chennault Affair, plays excerpts from the tapes and shares declassified documents showing a pattern of law-breaking that began before Nixon’s presidency. 7-9 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Style and influence: first ladies’ fashions, Tim Gunn, former host of Project Runway, moderates a panel discussion on the fashion sense of America’s first ladies through conversation and photos presented on screen, in conjunction with the exhibit “Making Their Mark.” 7 p.m., National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Ninth Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

“Murder as a Fine Art,” a librarian leads a discussion of the David Morrell historical thriller. 7 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

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

Wednesday, OCT. 1

“Uno, dos, tres con ANDRES!,” for ages 2-6, local kids’ music star Andrés Salguero leads sing-alongs to songs familiar and new and more, creating bilingual fun. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday through Oct. 3, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org.

Gallery talk, educator Addie Gayoso facilitates a conversation about videos by artists Dara Birnbaum and Margaret Salmon. Noon-12:30 p.m., National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. Free. 202-783-5000.

U.S. Army Chorus concert, part of the church’s “First Wednesdays” program. 12:10-12:45 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 1525 H St. NW. Free. 202-347-8766 or www.stjohns-dc.org .

“Father of the Refugees,” a Czech Republic film about the mysterious 1967 drowning death of Charles Jordan, a top American Jewish official who was to present his groundbreaking plan to rehabilitate Palestinian refugees to the United Nations a week after his death. 1 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-9897.

Botanic Garden talk and tour, Susan Klusman leads a tour and tells how the building came to be at its present site and discusses the genesis of the Bartholdi Fountain and where the plants originated. 2 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, Conservatory Garden Court, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-8333. www.usbg.gov .

Chess for kids, instruction for all ages. 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

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. Free. 202-645-4532.

Opening of the Russian Sacred Arts Gallery, Scott Ruby discusses the development of the new gallery and traces the history of the Eastern Orthodox Church and Russia, how icons are used at churches and in homes and religion in the Soviet Union, come early to view rarely seen icons, liturgical vessels and vestments. 5:30-8 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; students, $7. 202-686-5807.

Jazz piano concert, Cuban artist Harold López-Nussa performs a blend of traditional Cuban and jazz music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Open mike, take a few minutes to read the poem or short story of your choice or sing your best song. 6-7:30 p.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-698-6373.

Amazing Iceland, geologist Jim Zimbelman discusses the island nation where the interaction of glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs — and Vikings — produced a rich tapestry of natural and human history, gives tips for visitors about the 30-plus volcanoes and more, includes a light reception, courtesy of the Embassy of Iceland. 6:45-8:45 p.m., Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue at Seventh Street SW. $42. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org .

Zumba class, led by Christine, a certified instructor, no experience necessary, but all participants must sign a waiver, dress comfortably. 7 p.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

Yoga for adults and teens, led by instructor Sandra Flores, all fitness levels welcome, mats provided. 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

York Herald of Arms in Ordinary, Peter O’Donoghue discusses the 500-year history of the College of Arms in London and his role as an officer of arms in modern Britain, a reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. $15. 202-544-7077.

“Martha Clarke’s Chéri,” adapted from Colette’s classic story of forbidden love, a combination of theater, live music and dance with ballet stars Herman Cornejo and Alessandra Ferri and actress Amy Irving, accompanied by pianist Sarah Rothenberg playing works by Debussy, Ravel and others. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Oct. 3, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $42. 202-467-4600.

“The Mermaid of Churna Island,” the film story of Rosheen Khan, Pakistan’s first and only female scuba diving instructor, a woman of courage who dared to live her dream, a panel discussion follows. 7:30 p.m., Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; registration required. 202-549-4172 or www.hillcenterdc.org .

National Symphony Orchestra concert, Matthew Halls conducts the orchestra and the Washington Chorus, organist Paul Jacobs, sopranos Tamara Wilson and Twyla Robinson and tenor Paul Appleby in a performance of works by Poulenc, J.S. Bach and Mendelssohn. 8 p.m. Wednesday, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, 8 p.m. Oct. 4, Kennedy Center, Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10-$85. 202-467-4600.

Thursday, Oct. 2

Sing-along, for ages 2-6, local kids’ music star Andrés Salguero leads sing-alongs to songs familiar and new and more, creating bilingual fun. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 2 and 3, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $8; ages 2-16, $6; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or www.discoverytheater.org .

Poetry reading, poets Jennifer Michael Hecht and Peter Streckfus read selections from the work of Wallace Stevens, discuss his influence on their writing and celebrate his birthday. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

American art: after and before, a staff member discusses a featured artwork that has received treatment by museum conservators then leads a tour of the Lunder Conservation Center for a behind-the-scenes look at the way staff members apply science, art history and skilled hands to address the artworks before they are unveiled in exhibition spaces. 1 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, G Street Lobby, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Close-up cathedral tour: 20th century American gothic, a docent leads a tour and discusses the building’s unique characteristics, purposes and building methods, and tells why it was built in the Gothic style. 3 p.m. Oct. 2 and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $20; children, seniors, military and students, $16. 202-537-6200 or www.nationalcathedral.org .

Beading for teens, learn to bead as you hang out with and meet new friends, create key chains, animals, jewelry and more, all materials provided, ongoing projects may be stored at the library, snacks served. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

Should We Get Married? J. Max Barger discusses the tangible benefits of marriage, of being domestic partners and more, sponsored by Dupont Circle Village. 6-7:30 p.m., St. Thomas Church, 1772 Church St. NW. Free; registration requested. lindajkh@mac.com or 202-234-2567.

Los Angeles’ Wild Horses Improv Troupe, a part of the Bentzen Ball Comedy Festival. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Exploring Castle — panel discussion, curator Nicholas Bell and others discuss the remarkable life and artistic vision of artist James Castle. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

“Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War,” author Karen Abbott discusses her nonfiction work that profiles the wartime characters who changed the direction of its outcome. 6:45-8:15 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $25. 202-633-3030. www.smithsonianassociates.org.

Poetry reading at the library, poets Rocky Jones and David Taylor Nielson will read from their works. 7 p.m., Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. Free. 202-727-0232.

— Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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