- Frolic the Fox will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Banjo Man will present “Rise + Rhyme,” a storytelling and performance series for ages 5 and younger. 9:30 to 11 a.m. $5 per child. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- Discovery Theater will present “Seasons of Light,” an interactive program about the history and customs of Ramadan, Diwali, Sankta Lucia, Hanukkah, Los Posados, Kwanzaa, Christmas and the First Nations’ tradition of the winter solstice (for ages 5 through 10). 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. $3 to $8. Discovery Theater, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-8700. Performances will continue Dec. 19, 20 and 21.
- The Petworth Library will host a weekly playgroup with toys (for ages 4 and younger and their caregivers). 10:30 a.m. Free. Second-floor children’s room, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
- “Sip & Paint” attendees will have a chance to grab some holiday cheer while they learn to paint the cover of “The Nutcracker” — with the first drink included in the ticket price. 6:30 p.m. $35. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. kramers.com.
- The “Holiday Lobbying” concert series will feature the Children’s Chorus of Washington. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Lobby, The Willard InterContinental, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-628-9100.
- Pianist Christopher Schmitt and cellist Caroline Bean-Stute will perform works by Schumann, Beethoven and Chopin as part of The Embassy Series, meant to unite people through music diplomacy. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $30. International Student House, 1825 R St. NW. 202-625-2361.
Discussions and lectures
- National Gallery of Art assistant curator Alexandra Libby will discuss “Time and Temporality in Seventeenth-Century Dutch Genre Painting.” 12:10 and 1:10 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- National Gallery of Art lecturer David Gariff will discuss “The Christmas Story in Art.” 2 p.m. Free. West Building Rotunda, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The talk will repeat Dec. 20, 21 and 22 at 2 p.m.
- Profs & Pints will present a discussion of Russia’s beloved winter folktale about the Snow Maiden led by folklorist Philippa Rappoport of George Washington University. 6 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. profsandpints.com.
- Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of Jessie Redmon Fauset’s “Plum Bun” as part of a class on “American Novels of the ’20s.” 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $35. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host the Tenleytown Memoir & Essay Writing Club for all aspiring and amateur writers. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- “Feeder’s Advisory: A Book Club for Those Who Love Food” will discuss Chandra Moskowitz’s “The Superfun Times Vegan Holiday Cookbook: Entertaining for Absolutely Every Occasion.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. dclibrary.org/node/58852.
- The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present Ritesh Batra’s 2017 mystery drama “The Sense of an Ending,” based on the novel of the same name by Julian Barnes. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- The National Academy of Medicine will present J. Stephen Morrison’s documentary “The New Barbarianism,” about the health care and humanitarian workers who are increasingly in the crosshairs as hospitals and aid centers have become part of the battlefield in today’s wars. A panel discussion will follow. 4:30 to 6:20 p.m. Free. National Academy of Sciences Building, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW. nas.edu.
Performances and readings
- Everyman Theatre will present Lauren Gunderson’s hit play “The Revolutionists,” a new work about feminism, legacy and standing up for one’s beliefs, starring an all-female cast featuring Megan Anderson, Beth Hylton, Emily Kester and Dawn Ursula. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The DC Anti-Violence Project and host Rayceen Pendarvis will present “Taking the Stage, Taking a Stand: LGBTQ Voices Against Violence,” featuring spoken word, dance, poetry and visual art. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets, 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- EmpowerDC will present a performance of “On My Mind/In My Heart: The Voices of Women in Public Housing,” developed by playwright Caleen Sinnette Jennings and set to a soundtrack by DC RBI. An audience discussion with the actors and EmpowerDC staff members will follow. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $10. Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington DC, 1529 16th St. NW. edcjcc.org.
- Carolyn Malachi will host “Monday Night Open Mic.” 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Pearl Bailey Room, Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. 202-636-7230.
- Aid to Artisans will hold its 2017 Holiday Craft Sale, featuring handmade artisan crafts from Egypt, Guatemala, Colombia, India and other countries. 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Free admission. Creative Learning, Suite 104, 5225 Wisconsin Ave. NW. aidtoartisans.org.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- The West End Library will host its twice-weekly program “Between the Lines: Coloring Club for Adults.” 2 p.m. Free. West End Library, 2301 L St. NW. 202-724-8707. The program will repeat Thursday at 2 p.m.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).