- St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual fall bazaar and fundraiser with homemade dinners, thrift tables, a bake sale and vendors offering crafts, photographic art, vintage jewelry, books and gifts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; homemade dinners served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 728 23rd St. NW. 202-333-3985. The sale will continue from Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Unity Community on the Hill’s Grand Bazaar will feature clothes, kitchen items, dinnerware and jewelry as well as services such as photos, color consultation, music lessons and more. 2 to 6 p.m. Free admission. Sanctuary, Unity Community on the Hill, 3655 Calvert St. NW. communityonthehill.org. The bazaar will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Deb Perelman will sign copies of “Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites.” Noon. Free. Politics and Prose Pop-Up at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. 202-364-1919.
Classes and workshops
- As part of the National Italian American Foundation’s 42nd anniversary gala weekend, introductory sessions will offer instruction in “all things Italian,” including a cooking demonstration by expert chef and cookbook author Domenica Marchetti; a look at the history, language and culture of Sicily with expert Gaetana Cipolla; and a language class taught by the Italian Cultural Society of Washington, D.C. 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road NW. email@example.com.
- Kellie Cox, professional botanical artist, horticulturist and director of gardens and grounds at Tudor Place, will lead an “Art in the Garden” workshop focusing on pen and ink (for ages 16 and older). 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. $45 to $50; reservations required. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- 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.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Khachaturian, Laitman, Saint-Saëns and others. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- Phillip Lamb of New York City will present an organ recital. 12:15 p.m. Free. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. 202-797-0103.
- The Friday Music Series will feature drummer Joe McCarthy and his trio. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 — Gregor Mendel” will feature a concert by Czech-Canadian folk artist Lenka Lichtenberg. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. lenkalichtenberg.eventbrite.com.
- The National Symphony Orchestra Youth Fellows offer a recital of solo performances. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Apollo Orchestra will perform works by Mozart and Mahler with Metropolitan Opera luminaries Elizabeth Bishop and Barry Banks. 7:30 p.m. Free. The United Church, 1920 G St. NW. 202-331-1495.
- The Institute of Musical Traditions will present a concert by musicians Maeve Gilchrist and Keith Murphy. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $25. Seekers Church, 276 Carroll St. NW. 301-960-3655.
- Former National Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra in Stravinsky’s provocative ballet score “The Rite of Spring” for a “Declassified” concert featuring dynamic multimedia and audience interaction. 9 p.m. $39. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- The Smithsonian American Art Museum will present a symposium exploring the meaningful interactions between Mexican and U.S. art and artists during the 20th century. 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University will host a talk on “The Bolshevik Revolution: Reflections on the Centenary” by Eric Lohr, chair of the History Department at American 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.
- Alessandro Bianchi, a postdoctoral museum research fellow at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries, will discuss “Drawing With Words: Calligrams in Pre-modern and Early-modern Japan.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.
- “Secrets of the Sommeliers” will feature Jeff Porter, wine director for Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group; Amanda Smeltz, a sommelier at the high-profile Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud in New York; Eduardo Porto Carreiro, who oversees beverage operations for the Ford Fry group of restaurants in Atlanta; and Taylor Parsons, a Los Angeles-based sommelier who has managed wine programs for the likes of chefs Wolfgang Puck, Nancy Silverton and Walter Manzke. A guided tasting will follow the presentation. 6:45 p.m. $80 to $90. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Adam Ruben will discuss his book “Pinball Wizards: Jackpots, Drains, and the Cult of the Silver Ball.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Smithsonian Associates in partnership with Politics and Prose will present a talk by astronaut Scott Kelly on his book “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery.” 7 p.m. $25 to $35; $45 to $55 for a pre-signed book and one ticket. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-633-3030.
- The 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History will feature a public screening of short documentary films about D.C., including “All Souls Church, Ward 1, and Racial Justice,” directed by Jenice L. View and Rahima Rice; “Building the 12th Street YMCA,” directed by Aviva Kempner; “Dignity and Defiance: A Portrait of Mary Church Terrell,” directed by Robin N. Hamilton; and “Through Chinatown’s Eyes: April 1968,” directed by Penny Lee and Lisa Mao. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW. dchistory.org/programs/annual-conference.
- Union Market will present “Willy Wonka” as part of its monthly drive-in movie series. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; film begins at 8 p.m. $10 per car; free for walk-up fans in the picnic area. Parking lot, Union Market, 1305 5th St. NE. unionmarketdc.com.
- The 25th annual Film|Neu festival of German-language cinema will feature “LOMO — The Language of Many Others,” a coming-of-age story through the eyes of an online generation. A discussion with director Julia Langhof will follow the screening. 6:30 p.m. $9.50 to $12.50. Landmark’s E Street Cinema, 555 11th St. NW. filmneu.org. The festival will continue through Sunday.
- The Telluride Mountainfilm series will open with a screening of 12 short films focusing on inspiring individuals and their challenges, including “Denali’s Raven,” “Johanna Under the Ice” and “Zain’s Summer: From Refugee to American Boy.” 7 to 10 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700. The festival will continue Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m.
- The all-volunteer Picnic Theatre Company, specialists in site-specific cocktail party theater, will present Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance starts at 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Belle Vue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. dumbartonhouse.org.
- The “Chinese Menu Comedy Invitational” will pit out-of-town improv teams against the best in D.C. in a mashup that will also feature special guests. 7 and 9:15 p.m. $8 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. The competition will continue on Saturday at 6:30, 8:45 and 11 p.m.
- DancEthos will present a performance in collaboration with the West Shore Piano Trio, fusiondance and RawArts Dance. 8 p.m. $10 to $25. The Dance Loft on 14 Theater, 4616 14th St. NW. dancethos.org. The performance will repeat Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- The Fuego Flamenco XIII festival, which brings leading Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians to the U.S., will open with a performance of “Flamenco Extranjero/Foreign Flamenco,” choreographed and directed by Edwin Aparicio, Aleksey Kulikov, Fanny Ara and Carola Zertuche. 8 p.m. $25 to $40. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Teatro de la Luna will present “Informe para una Academia/A Lecture for an Academy” by Franz Kafka with Pablo Guillén (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. 4 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 4 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. 4, 9, 10 and 11 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 2 p.m.
- Georgetown University’s Black Theatre Ensemble will present “The Hand That Feeds You,” a play by students Mackenzie Foy and Kendell Long about the political and professional arc of two influential black activists who meet after a protest. 8 p.m. $5. Village C Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Beny Blaq will host the “Live! From Busboys Talent Showcase.” 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- The Oyster-Adams Bilingual School will host its 23rd annual Bilingual Book Fair, with proceeds benefiting primary and middle school library programs. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Oyster Campus, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2801 Calvert St. NW. 202-671-6130. The sale will continue Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- As part of the monthly First Friday Dupont art event, the Heurich House Museum will open its first floor and host pop-up shops from Ray Goodrow and from Neek and Nan’s. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894.
- “Ladies Night: Some Excellent Fortune” will feature an evening of magic, mystery and merriment with fortune-telling activities and a signature cocktail. 6 p.m. $10. Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- The Lightscape Foundation will present an opening reception for the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017, with remarks by Lars Boering, managing director of World Press Photo; Henne Schuwer, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; Jonathan Bachman, photographer of “Taking a Stand in Baton Rouge”; Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the International Women’s Media Foundation; and Robert W. Meins: executive director of the Lightscape Foundation. 6 to 10 p.m. $50. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- The National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden will present “Escape the Botanic Garden!,” a chance to solve a plant forensics case (for ages 21 and older). 7 to 9:30 p.m. $40 to $45. Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. usbg.gov/programs.
- Story District and DC Shorts will present “Real to Reel,” featuring a live performance of eight stories that will inspire adaptations or interpretations by filmmakers who will have five days to write, shoot and edit their films. 7 p.m. $20 to $30. Miracle Theatre on Capitol Hill, 535 8th St. SE. storydistrict.org. The films will be shown Nov. 10 at 7 and 9 p.m.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. 7 p.m. $48 to $489. 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.