- James Rosen will sign copies of his book “High Hand.” 1 to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- The Georgetown Library will host “Song and Dance,” a weekly 20-minute program of music and movement (for ages 5 and younger). 10:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Tots and Toys Playdate,” during which children can play with toys, browse books, visit with friends and toddle (for ages 3 and younger, with parent or caregiver). 11 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Mount Pleasant Library’s weekly “Friday Films” program will feature a family movie. 4 p.m. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
Classes and workshops
- Michelle Mirpour, a professional organizer and renewed lifestyle coach, will host a “Reducing Clutter Reduces Stress” workshop about transforming one’s lifestyle, followed by a Q&A and refreshments. 3 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- Christian Kloc will present a juggling workshop. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Donation of at least $5 suggested. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- Capitol Hill Arts Workshop teaching artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will present “Paint & Sip,” an evening of painting and wine. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- The Friday Noon Concert series will continue. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Dello Joio, Copland and others. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- Tyler Canonico of Harrisburg, Pa., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
- The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the West Potomac SoundStations. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
- The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows will offer a recital of solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Students of Esther Haynes will perform a winter recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Jazz Nights” series will feature D.C. jazz trio Epsilon, with Mike Okusami on bass, Paul Jung on drums and Matt Henderson on keyboard. 6 to 7:45 p.m. Free. Mezzanine, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688. The series will continue Dec. 15.
- Levine Music will host its monthly jazz and blues jam. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. levinemusic.org.
- “Stars of the Russian Chamber Art Society” will feature classical music from pianists Vera Danchenko-Stern and Victor Danchenko in a concert celebrating Danchenko-Stern’s 75th birthday. The second half of the performance will include Russian music. 7:30 p.m. $55 to $100. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. thercas.com.
Discussions and lectures
- New editor Robin Veder will discuss plans for the future of the Smithsonian American Art Museum publication American Art, the premier journal for scholars of American art history. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. MacMillan Education Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Conservator Ariel O’Connor will hold a “Crime Scene Conservation” gallery talk on the similarities between conservation and forensic science. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Lobby, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-7970.
- Anderson House deputy director and curator Emily Schulz Parsons will discuss “Gibraltar in the Revolutionary War,” based on a portrait of British Gen. William Green and a 1757 flintlock musket used in the failed siege of Gibraltar in 1781. 12:15 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-495-7127.
- The Japan Information and Culture Center’s “Animezing!” series will feature Mamoru Oshii’s 1995 movie “Ghost in the Shell.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.
Performances and readings
- Levine Music will present “Ragtime,” a musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $17 to $25. Kogod Cradle, Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. levinemusic.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will present Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20; free for ages 16 and younger with a paying adult. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. go.gwu.edu/gwamahl. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 p.m.
- The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform “Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances,” celebrating the culmination of 16 seasons with an all-Balanchine program to include “Chaconne,” “Tzigane,” “Meditation,” “Serenade” and “Gounod Symphony.” 7:30 p.m. $29 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- As part of the “Bergman 100 Celebration,” the National Theater of Norway will present the U.S. premiere of “Private Confessions,” featuring a non-linear series of “confessions” that delve into the realms of infidelity, family relationships, loneliness, and the weighty results of keeping secrets deep within. 8 p.m. $19 to $49. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
- CulturalDC’s SPACE4: Performing Arts will present “The Open Box Project,” a new collaboration featuring the sounds of the string players of Rogue Collective and the virtuosic choreography of Orange Grove Dance. 8 p.m. $22 to $32. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. culturaldc.org/events. The performance will repeat Dec. 9 and 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
- Busboys and Poets will present “11th Hour Poetry Slam,” hosted by 2Deep the Poetess. 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Guy Mason Recreation Center’s “Friday Free for All” will feature board games at 11 a.m.; lunch at noon; and a screening of a “The Bishop’s Wife,” starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven, at 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The Heurich House Museum’s “Mini Markt: Deck the Halls” will feature items to decorate your home for the holidays from Urban Jungle, The Dirt Society and gus + bean. The event will include a self-guided tour of the mansion decorated for the holidays. 5 to 8 p.m. $10; $2 for ages 2 through 12. Castle Garden, Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. heurichchristmas.org/mini-markts.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
- Jhumpa Lahiri — award-winning author of works such as “Interpreter of Maladies,” “The Namesake,” “Unaccustomed Earth” and “The Lowland” — will receive the 2017 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. 8 p.m. $25. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street SE. 202-544-7077.
- The Washington Capitals will play the New York Rangers. 7 p.m. $50 to $359. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- The American University Museum will present a docent-led tour of one of its fall exhibitions. 11:30 a.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- “Gardener’s Focus: Holiday Decor” will feature a tour led by Hillwood floral and event decor designer Ami Wilber highlighting Christmas trees inspired by Marjorie Post’s spectacular gems and jewelry. 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. $15 to $18; tickets distributed at the Visitor Center upon opening each day. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807. The tour will repeat Dec. 12, 14 and 15 at 12:45 p.m.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Combination Tower Climb” will present both the “Gargoyle Tower Climb,” featuring a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers, and the “Classic Tower Climb,” offering a look at the ringing chamber, 333 steps high in the central tower with scenic views of Washington. 1 p.m. $75; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.