- 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.
Classes and workshops
- Artist Will Fleishell will present a drop-in figure drawing class. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- 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.
- The Friday Noon Concert series will feature the DaPonte String Quartet. 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 Shawn Head, Ponce and Debussy. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- Derrick Ian Meador of Laurel, Miss., will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
- Andrew Lippa — whose epic oratorio for men’s chorus, orchestra and soloists, “I Am Harvey Milk,” has seen more than 20 productions at venues such as Disney Hall and Lincoln Center — will perform as part of the “Broadway, the Next Generation” series. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Students of Nathaniel Aguilar will perform a winter recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
- The American University Chorus will explore themes of darkness, sleep and dreams with music from rising stars in the world of choral composition, including choral innovator Eric Whitacre and Norwegian songwriter Ola Gjeilo. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- Society of the Cincinnati library director Ellen McCallister Clark will discuss a rare copy of Thomas Hanson’s 1775 book “The Prussian Evolutions in Actual Engagements,” one of the earliest military manuals published for the instruction of young officers during the Revolutionary War. 12:30 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will host a talk on “Elvis at 21” — about Elvis Presley’s life in 1957, the year before he exploded onto the international music scene — by Chris Murray, co-curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition “Elvis at 21” and the author of “Alfred Wertheimer: Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll.” 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. olli-dc.org/lecture_series.
- “Free Folger Friday: The Imaginary Cleopatra” will feature a talk by Jacquelyn Williamson of George Mason University on Cleopatra in the ancient Roman imagination, which informed Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- Lynn Comella, associate professor of gender and sexuality studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, will discuss her book “Vibrator Nation: How Feminist Sex-Toy Stores Changed the Business of Pleasure.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- David Goldfield, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, will discuss his book “The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Journalist Theo Emery will discuss his book “Hellfire Boys: The Birth of the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World’s Deadliest Weapons.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
- Jenn Pelly will discuss her book “The Raincoats” — about the radical band’s impact on both punk music and feminism — in conversation with Katie Alice Greer, lead singer with the D.C. band Priests. 8 p.m. Free. The Den, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- As the culmination of a weeklong residency with American University Dance Company, Erin Foreman-Murray will discuss her choreographic process, as well as give a sneak peek of her new work. 8 to 10 p.m. Free. Dance Studio, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- The Woman’s National Democratic Club’s “Movie Night” will feature the film “Scarred Lands & Wounded Lives: The Environmental Footprint of War,” followed by a Q&A with directors Alice and Lincoln Day. 6 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- The Japan Information and Culture Center’s “Animezing!” series will feature Hayao Miyazaki’s 1986 movie “Castle in the Sky.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.
- Goethe-Institut Washington’s “Movie Night” will feature Doris Dörrie’s 2016 film “Greetings From Fukushima.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goethe.de/washington.
- As part of the Friday Music Series, self-taught animator Brent Green will present his films paired with live narration, foley and improvised soundtracks by a band including Brendan Canty (of Fugazi), Ben Harbert and Kate Ryan. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- Stand-up comedian Gabriel Iglesias will bring his “FluffyMania World Tour: 20 Years of Comedy” tour to the Kennedy Center. 7 and 10 p.m. $39 to $134. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Dance Place will present an open dress rehearsal of its production “What’s Going On?,” an evening-length work featuring modern, jazz and West African dance in a contemporary take on Marvin Gaye’s insights into life, love and social justice. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The weekend performances on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. are both sold out.
- 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 Saturday at 2:30 and 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 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 Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “Oruro: Ballets folclóricos de Bolivia,” featuring an array of spectacular folkloric dance, exotic garb and centuries-old Bolivian music. 8 p.m. $20. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present its annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival. 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
- Kosi Dunn will host a College Open Mic Night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- 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.
- “Innovation Nuno Trunk Show” will feature Reiko Sudo’s designs, which combine traditional weaving techniques with state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing technologies. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. The trunk show will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
- Alliance Française de Washington and the French-American Chamber of Commerce will host “Beaujolais and Beyond Celebration 2017,” featuring a French buffet, free-flowing Beaujolais Nouveau, a DJ, dancing, a silent auction and a raffle drawing. 8 p.m. to midnight. $69 to $895. Embassy of France, 4001 Reservoir Road NW. francedc.org.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Miami Heat. 7 p.m. $13 to $190. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- The Washington National Cathedral’s “Angels and Monsters Tower Climb” will feature a close-up look at various gargoyles and grotesques while visiting the open-air walkway wrapping around the two western towers. 10:15 a.m. $50; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- 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.
- The Heurich House Museum will host a “Brewmaster Tour,” featuring a one-hour guided tour through the mansion and a half-hour craft beer tasting in the conservatory. 4 to 5:30 p.m. $25. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW. heurichhouse.org.