- Doogie Horner will discuss his book “Kid Authors: True Tales of Childhood From Famous Writers” (for ages 8 to 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- “Spooky Spy Family Night” will feature tests of your family’s spy skills as you disguise yourself as your favorite spy, run secret missions, go undercover, crack codes, transform your appearance with the help of professional makeup artists, and enjoy spy snacks. The event will feature a talk by Anthony Horowitz on his book “Never Say Die,” the latest in his Alex Rider series. 6 to 9 p.m. $12 to $14; registration required. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- “Ciné-Mômes” will feature “Ma vie de courgette,” a French-Swiss stop motion animated film. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
Classes and workshops
- 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 pencil and pastels (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.
- Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will host “Mind, Magic, and Merlot,” a monthly workshop presented by mentalist Alain Nu — part performance and part instruction in the mystic arts, with complimentary Merlot wine available until supplies run out. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $35 to $45. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St. SE. 202-547-6839.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present a concert of works by Strauss, Haydn and David Robert Jones. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- The Friday Noon Concert series will feature the Left Bank Quartet. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
- Michael Batcho of Milwaukee, Wisc., 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 Mdou Moctar, a Tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, and his trio performing a rocking and raw electric set of original compositions sung in the Tuareg language. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- The Luce Unplugged Community Showcase will feature Poppy Patica, a psychedelic pop band. The event will include snacks and drinks available for purchase. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Levine Music will host a Blues Jam for musicians of any age and proficiency to practice their skills in a supportive, fun environment. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. levinemusic.org.
- Superstar soprano Renée Fleming, artistic adviser at large for the Kennedy Center, will pair her radiant vocals with the iconic jazz sounds of bassist Christian McBride, a four-time Grammy winner. 7 and 9 p.m. $69 to $79. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- The National Zoo’s Conservation Immersion Seminar will feature an in-depth discussion on Asian elephant conservation and welfare efforts with leading experts on the subject. 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. $150. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-3045.
- James Holland will discuss his book “The Allies Strike Back, 1941-1943: The War in the West, Vol. II.” Noon to 2 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 by Alice M. Rivlin, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, on “Saving American Democracy: Can We Bridge the Partisan Divide?” 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Spring Valley Building, American University, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. olli-dc.org/lecture_series.
- Debut young adult authors Misa Sugiura, Katy Upperman, Lisa Rosinsky and Meg Eden will discuss their works as well as the writing and publishing process. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- Roz Chast will discuss her book “Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- John Wennersten and Denise Robbins will discuss their book “Rising Tides — Climate Refugees in the Twenty-first Century” at a talk hosted by the SW Emergency Preparedness Task Force in honor of International Disaster Risk Reduction Day. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, 555 Water St. SW. 202-570-0427.
- “A Wild Life” will feature a talk by Michael “Nick” Nichols, former National Geographic magazine editor at large for photography, on techniques to create genre-bending wildlife photography that combines elements of fine art with photojournalism. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- The Immigration Film Festival will feature Fernando Luis González Mitjáns’ 2015 film “Limpiadores,” about a group of Latin American immigrants working as janitorial and cleaning staff at London’s most prestigious universities who decide to unionize and campaign for pension, health and vacation benefits. Noon. Free; reservations suggested. AFL-CIO, 815 16th St. NW. immigrationfilmfest.org. The festival’s “No Room for Refugees” series will continue through Oct. 28 at various venues.
- “Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard” will feature a screening of Esfir Shub’s 1927 movie “The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty.” 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
Performances and readings
- Matthew Bourne/New Adventures will present “The Red Shoes,” based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $29 to $129. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
- Paisajes Sonoros — a multimedia, live performance by Mexican composers Carlo Nicolau, Vicente Rojo Cama and Vanessa Garcia Lembo — will feature amplified violins and electro-acoustic sounds, instruments, musical textures, ambiences and images. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company’s “Fall Festival of South Asian Arts” will present “Mad and Divine,” featuring Rama Vaidyanathan and company in an evening of dance, music and poetry based on the lives of two female mystic poets who went through tremendous hardships before earning recognition for their spiritual awakenings. 7:30 p.m. $27.50 to $60. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. dakshina.org. The festival will continue Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
- En Garde Arts will present “Wilderness,” a new multimedia documentary theater work derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity (for ages 14 and older). 7:30 p.m. $29 to $35. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Comedian, author, actress and activist Whoopi Goldberg will perform stand-up comedy as part of a 20th anniversary celebration of the Mark Twain Prize, which she won in 2001. 8 p.m. $49 to $125. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- 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.
- “Music for Meditation” will offer an opportunity to discover the peace and silence of the spiritual heart through music. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave NW. 202-452-5954.
- 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. 1 p.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. The tour will also be offered Oct. 27.
- Washington Walks will present “The Most Haunted Houses,” delving into violent quarrels, vicious attacks and deaths associated with otherwise tranquil Lafayette Park. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Meet at the Octagon House Museum, 1799 New York Ave. NW. washingtonwalks.com. The tour will repeat on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout October.