- Busboys and Poets 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.
Classes and workshops
- Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The West End Interim Library will host an all-levels yoga class. 6 p.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- A workshop on retirement savings will explore how to pay for retirement, common types of investments used for retirement and how to know whether you’re on track. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
- The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will begin a four-week class on Jyoti meditation, a discipline focusing on the experience of inner light. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Nordic Jazz 2017 festival will feature the Oskar Stenmark Trio, Swedish sextet Klabbes Bank and the Nordic ensemble Yggdrasil. 6:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington
- The U.S. Navy Band’s Concert Band will perform. 8 p.m. Free. West Steps, U.S. Capitol. Navyband.navy.mil.
Discussions and lectures
- “A Conversation on North Korea,” will feature Michael Morell, former deputy director of the CIA and a 30-year veteran of the agency, and Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, president of Daniel Morgan Academy and former senior adviser to the director of national intelligence. Noon to 1:30 p.m. $79. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- The Dupont Circle Village’s monthly “Live and Learn Seminar” will feature a talk by geriatric pharmacist Jen Wolfe on “Medication Safety,” with tips and steps one can take to make sure that prescriptions are the most appropriate, the most effective and the safest possible. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; registration requested. First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th St. NW. 202-234-2567.
- As part of the “Social Role of the Arts” series at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, technology artist Drue Kataoka will discuss “Merging Art and Technology for Social Impact.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. $10 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- Alexandra Lord, chair and curator of the division of medicine and science at the National Museum of American History, will discuss “Doctor’s Orders: The Growth of the Public Health Movement,” about the cultural context of medical and public health advances of the 1920s. 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Nina George will discuss her novel “The Little French Bistro.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- “Profiles in Creativity” will feature three-time Tony Award-winning actress, author and songwriter Bernadette Peters in conversation with philanthropist and Kennedy Center board chairman David M. Rubenstein as part of a new series of sit-down conversations with high-profile figures from the arts and culture field. 7:30 p.m. $30. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Local film producer Marvin T. Jones will screen his documentary “Dunbar High School’s Classic Age: 1870-1957,” about the District’s first public high school for African-Americans. 6:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.
- The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive will present excerpts from a recording of the Folger Theatre’s world premiere of “District Merchants,” followed by a panel discussion with playwright Aaron Posner and cast member Craig Wallace. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Southeast Library, 403 7th St. SE. email@example.com.
- Sweet Spot Aerial Productions and Street Light Circus will present a cabaret of modern circus arts in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. A Q&A with performers will follow. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The World Affairs Council will host the WorldQuest Pub Quiz, a team-based international affairs and current events trivia contest. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 per team (up to four people). Lucky Bar, 1221 Connecticut Ave. NW. worldaffairsdc.org.
- A Bourbon & Cigar fundraising event to benefit the Washington Capitals Alumni Association and a scholarship for a local student-athlete will feature Mike Knuble, Olie Kolzig and Rod Langway participating in samplings and storytelling sessions. 7 to 10 p.m. $125. Rooftop, W Hotel Washington D.C., 515 15th St. NW. washingtoncaps.com.
- The Washington Nationals will play the Chicago Cubs. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. and Thursday at 4:05 p.m.
- Cathy Frankel, vice president for exhibitions and collections at the National Building Museum, will lead a tour of the Hive installation to reveal how the concept was transformed into a reality, including the engineering and construction of over 2,700 structural paper tubes into a 60-foot-tall structure. 6 to 7 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448. The tour will repeat Wednesday at 6 p.m.