- 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 Poulenc, Rabaud and Fauré. Noon. Free. Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th St. NW. 202-333-2075.
- The Friday Noon Concert series will feature flutist Sarah Frisof and pianist Daniel Pesca. Noon. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
- Nicholas Will of Steubenville, Ohio, 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 Brazilian choro performed by Rogério Souza on guitar and Tiago Souza on mandolin. 1:15 p.m. Free. McNeir Auditorium, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. 202-687-2787.
- “Meet Me at the Underground: A Jazz Age Soirée” will feature live music by musician Dante Pope and vocalist Rochelle Rice. 7 p.m. $20 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- Award-winning bassist and National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Ron Carter will perform with his trio. 7 and 9 p.m. $30 to $50. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Embassy Series will present a concert by classical guitarist Nilko Andreas Guarin, cellist Molly Aronson and flutist Laura del Sol performing works by Piazzolla, Kolosko, Mejia, Uribe, Villa-Lobos and more. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $150. Residence of the Colombian Ambassador, 1520 20th St. NW. 202-625-2361.
- Cellist Friedrich Kleinhapl and pianist Andreas Woyke will present “About Brahms — Don’t Ask So Stupid,” featuring a concert of works by the composer as well as a reading by two actors of a dialogue between Johannes Brahms and his housekeeper Mrs. Truxa. 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. acfdc.org.
- Teatro Lirico of DC will present a double bill of two of the wittiest zarzuelas in the Spanish lyric repertoire, Gimenez’s “The Barber of Seville” and Barbieri’s “Wigs and Glory.” 7:30 p.m. $25 to $80. D.C. Scottish Rite Temple, 2800 16th St. NW. 202-360-3514.
- The GU GraceNotes and the GU Phantoms will present the DC A Cappella Festival. 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The festival will continue Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
- NSO Pops will present Pink Martini with lead singer China Forbes. 7 p.m. $24 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- A.C. Grayling, professor of philosophy and master of the New College of the Humanities, London, will discuss his book “Democracy and Its Crisis.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- A kickoff event for the Impact Design Summit will feature a talk by Patrick Meier, co-founder of WeRobotics, the first global platform to promote and support the development of robotics for social good. 6 to 9 p.m. $15 to $25; free for students. Reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- Alex Prud’homme and Katie Pratt will discuss their book “France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child” in conversation with Pat Pratt, a longtime friend of Julia Child. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Chef Alice Waters will discuss her book “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,” about the events that led her to Chez Panisse and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. Joining Waters in conversation will be Andy Shallal, founder of Busboys and Poets. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- “From Russia With Amour” will feature a panel discussion with Wilfried Zeisler, chief curator at Hillwood Museum and Gardens and an expert on the decorative arts in France and Russia. 7 to 9 p.m. $10; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- The Japan Information and Culture Center’s “Animezing!” series will feature Rintaro’s 1979 movie “Galaxy Express 999.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.
- “Films Across Borders: Stories of Migration” will feature a screening of the documentary “Risking It All: Children at the Border,” followed by a Q&A with Univision anchor and documentary journalist Maria Elena Salinas. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Doyle/Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. filmsacrossborders.org.
- Goethe-Institut Washington’s “Movie Night” will feature Edward Berger’s 2014 film “Jack,” about the development of a boy who has learned to take responsibility from a young age. 6:30 p.m. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goethe.de/washington.
- The 22nd annual Arabian Sights Film Festival — featuring new movies from today’s Arab world — will feature Marwan Hamed’s film “The Originals,” an Egyptian box office smash hit. 6:30 p.m. $13. AMC Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave. NW. filmfestdc.org/arabiansights. The festival will continue through Sunday.
Performances and readings
- As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Padi Dapi Fish of Lithuania will present “Forgotten Princesses,” a contemporary dance performance. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Jennifer Chang will read from her new poetry collection “Some Say the Lark” at a book launch hosted by Lisa Page. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- “Grey Skies Blue” will feature 15 young dancers from Minneapolis-based Shapeshift Theatrical telling tell powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes. 7 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 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 Oct. 28, Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 and Nov. 5 at 4 p.m.
- Laugh Index Theatre will present “A Comedy of Horrors,” a Halloween-themed variety show with stand-up comedians, improv teams and sketch comedy. 10 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. The performance will repeat Saturday at 10 p.m.
- “You’re the Expert Live” will feature host Chris Duffy leading three comedians on an adventure of science and discovery full of interactive games, sketches and hilariously misguided guesses to figure out what a surprise guest explorer does all day. 6 to 8 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- “Night of the Living Zoo,” a pre-Halloween party, will feature a dance party, costume contest and performance art. 6:30 to 10 p.m. $40 to $90. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalzoo.si.edu.
Tours and walks
- A guided garden tour will trace two centuries of landscape history reflected in 5.5 acres of heritage trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. $10; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.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.
- Tour guide Dwane Starlin will lead a “Spirits of Georgetown Walking Tour” with visits to the Exorcist Steps and cemeteries and tales of séances, witches, apparitions and more. 6 to 8 p.m. $18 to $20; reservations suggested. Meet at 27th and Q streets NW. dumbartonhouse.org/events.
- 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 Saturday at 7:30 p.m.