- The 40th annual National Press Club Book Fair & Authors’ Night — a fundraiser for the club’s scholarship and training programs — will feature novelists, historians, cultural critics and journalists such as Marvin Kalb, Ibram X. Kendi, Alice McDermott, Bob Schieffer, Helene Cooper and Angela J. Davis. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 to $10. National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. press.org/bookfair.
- “Meet an F-4 Pilot” will feature Mark Hewitt, who flew in the Marine Corps and served as director of maintenance with the Border Patrol and the Air Force. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present violinist Jean Provine, violist Caroline Brethauer, cellist Jan Timbers and pianist Enoch Gordis performing music by Brahms. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- The Friday Music Series will feature Arco Belo, a chamber/world/jazz ensemble led by Simone Baron. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- The Providence, R.I.-based avant-rock trio Arc Iris will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The National Symphony Orchestra and the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore will present “Notes of Honor: NSO Salutes the Military,” a Veterans Day concert with “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The DC Strings Orchestra and concerto audition winners Michael Rogers, Raycurt Johnson, Kevin Shu and Kevin Jones will perform classical music. 7 p.m. $10. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 555 Water St. SE. dcstrings.org.
- The American University Jazz Orchestra will present “Fall for Jazz,” featuring an evening of classic swing, bebop, funk and blues. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.
- Washington Performing Arts will present the Verona Quartet performing works by Ravel, Sebastian Currier and Beethoven. 7:30 p.m. $40. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
Discussions and lectures
- In conjunction with the opening of the “Remembering Vietnam” exhibition, Amy Hawk will discuss her book “Six Years in the Hanoi Hilton: An Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in Vietnam,” the story of her stepfather’s experiences as a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot who was captured by the North Vietnamese Army and spent six years as a prisoner of war. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will host a talk on “Can We Trust the News?” by Jeffrey Herbst, former president and CEO of the Newseum and the Newseum Institute and former president of Colgate University. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. olli-dc.org/lecture_series.
- In conjunction with the opening of the “Remembering Vietnam” exhibition, Vietnam veteran Donna Lowery will discuss her book “Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Story.” 2 to 3 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- In conjunction with a display of Vietnam War-era helicopters on the National Archives grounds, members of the North Carolina Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association will participate in a discussion moderated by Dwayne Williams, a decorated Vietnam War helicopter pilot and former chief pilot at Bell Helicopter. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Lawrence O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” will discuss his book “Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist and host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat from Hell,” will discuss his book “Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life With Your Cat.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
- Lee F. Satterfield, former chief judge of the D.C. Superior Court, will discuss his book “Courageous Warriors: Overcoming Obstacles to Inspire and Lead.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Reel Affirmations XTRA will present Iranian filmmaker Abbas Raziji’s film “Cold Breath” — about 30-year-old Maryam, born a woman and living as a man — as part of its “Countries and Closets” series of films that depict the lives of individuals who live in countries where being LGBTQ is illegal or banned. 7 p.m. $12 to $25. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. reelaffirmations.org.
Performances and readings
- The Tonic Theater Company will present a reading of Arthur Giron’s passionate comic-drama “Emilie’s Voltaire,” about a love affair that scandalized Europe between Voltaire, the greatest wit of his time, and the beautiful scientist Gabrielle Emilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, Marquise du Chatelet. 7 p.m. $15 to $20; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- Wilson High School will present the hit Broadway show “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which follows sorority girl Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. email@example.com. The performance will repeat Nov. 11 and 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
- The In Series will present “Jacques Brel: Songs From His World,” a new cabaret show featuring the works of the famed Belgian singer-songwriter performed by vocalists Byron Jones, Fleta Hylton, Simon Charette and Brian J. Shaw. 8 p.m. $20 to $46. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Nov. 11 and 17 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m.; and Nov. 18 at 2:30 and 8 p.m.
- Teatro de la Luna will present “Los Ojos Abiertos de Ella/Her Eyes Wide Open” by Raquel Diana (performed in Spanish). 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance will repeat Nov. 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 12 and 19 at 4 p.m.
- The Fuego Flamenco XIII festival, which brings leading Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians to the U.S., will feature the U.S. premiere of “Binomio,” an imaginative new flamenco piece choreographed by Francisco Hidalgo. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Georgetown University will present “Caesar,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play staged with a female-driven cast and set in the context of 2017 America. 8 p.m. $7 to $15. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.
- American University will present “What Goes Around …,” about a series of 10 affairs, focusing on the power struggles between the characters and the lies they tell themselves as they move from one encounter to another. 8 to 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
- Artist, songwriter, singer, composer and poet Satinder Sartaj will perform Punjabi folk songs, Sufi songs and more. 8:30 p.m. $30 to $200. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
- The Georgetown University Improv Association will perform. 9 p.m. $4 to $6. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- 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.
- The Marine Band will commemorate the 242nd anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps in a wreath-laying memorial ceremony. 10 a.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. 202-433-4011.
- The Lightscape Foundation’s World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 will feature images that cover everything from contemporary issues and general news to nature and sports. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.
- Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer will welcome drop-in visitors to talk about the history of “El Tendedero/The Clothesline Project” and work with her to contribute to the exhibition, which aims to facilitate a dialogue around women’s experience with violence. 10 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Teresa Lozano Long Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. The drop-in hours will also be offered Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 5 p.m. and Monday from 2:30 to 5 p.m.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Pittsburgh Penguins. 7 p.m. $56 to $373. 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.