- Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam 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
- The weekly “Yoga Mondays” program will feature a gentle yoga class. 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Free; tickets distributed at the second-floor reference desk beginning at 10:15 a.m. to the first 30 people who arrive. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Instructor Abigail Bruhlmann will present an English as a second language class covering conversation and basic skills. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- Author Ingrid Anders will present a Short Fiction Writing Workshop. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. dclibrary.org/node/55755.
- 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. email@example.com.
- Nikko Benson will perform as part of the “Broadway, the Next Generation” series. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- “Conversations at The Kreeger Museum,” a program for those with memory disorders and their caregivers, will feature a discussion of Georges Braque’s “Vanitas.” 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050, ext. 318. The program will repeat Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- Washington Concert Opera co-founder Peter Russell will discuss Bellini’s “La straniera” and Donizetti’s “Maria di Rohan.” 2 to 4 p.m. $10; reservations required. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW. 202-895-9407.
- “Japanese Domestic Politics and U.S.-Japan Relations” will feature Tobias Harris, a fellow for economy, trade and business at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and an analyst of Japanese politics and economics at Teneo Intelligence; and Kuniko Ashizawa, an adjunct professor at American University. 4 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. elliott.gwu.edu/calendar.
- In conjunction with the World Press Photo Exhibition 2017, Spanish photographer Jaime Rojo will discuss how his winning photograph “Monarchs in the Snow” is a representation of the effects of climate change, the role of these magnificent insects and the impact of the strong snow storms that hit the El Rosario butterfly sanctuary in 2016. 5 p.m. Free with a ticket to the exhibition for $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- Peggy Madden Davitt will discuss the death of her son, U.S. Army Specialist Russell Madden Davitt, during combat in Afghanistan and her work to assist the families of soldiers who have died at war. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. auhumanitieslab.com/social-impact-talks.
- The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Aman Hingorani, a lawyer and mediator in the Supreme Court of India and the High Court of Delhi, on his book “Unravelling the Kashmir Knot.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. worldaffairsdc.org.
- American Forests will present a book talk by David Haskell, author of “The Songs of Trees” and professor of biology and environmental studies at the University of the South. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. busboysandpoets.com.
- In conjunction with the exhibition “Inalienable Truths,” George Washington University’s Gallery 102 will present a panel discussion on the state of immigration in the U.S. today on the grass-roots level and on Capitol Hill. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Smith Hall of Art, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design, 801 22nd St. NW. facebook.com/gallery102.
- Profs & Pints will present “What Every Gardener Should Do in the Fall,” with Che Axum, director of the Center for Urban Agriculture at the University of the District of Columbia. 6 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. profsandpints.com.
- “Capitol Crossing: Local Perspectives” — about the urban planning and design behind one of downtown’s largest remaining undeveloped sites — will feature panelists Neil Albert, president and executive director of the DowntownDC Business Improvement District; Braulio Agnese, freelance architecture and design journalist; Sean Cahill, senior vice president of development at Property Group Partners; and Wallace Mlyniec, professor of clinical legal studies at Georgetown University Law Center. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of Willa Cather’s “The Professor’s House” 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 Tenleytown Memoir & Essay Writing Club will meet to provide constructive feedback in a supportive group of adult writers. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- John Banville will discuss his novel “Mrs. Osmond.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Veteran National Geographic photographer Jodi Cobb — known for breaking through barriers and lifting a curtain on hidden societies — will discuss “Stranger in a Strange Land,” offering a whirlwind retrospective of a distinguished career spanning four decades. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. asmpdc.org/cobb.
- Ilana Kurshan will discuss her book “If All the Seas Were Ink” — an accessible and personal take on the Talmud that sheds new light on its stories and provides a modern, inclusive take on its life lessons — in conversation with Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt of Adas Israel Congregation. 7 to 9 p.m. $11.50; $31.50 for one book and one ticket. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. edcjcc.org.
- The Georgetown Library will present “For the Love of Spock,” a 2016 film that examines the appeal of Leonard Nimoy and his iconic portrayal of Spock. 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Sibley Senior Association will present Stu Maddux’s documentary “Gen Silent,” about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older people so afraid of discrimination by caregivers or bullying by other seniors that they decide to hide their orientation. A discussion will follow. 1:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 1, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. tinyurl.com/GENSilent-Sibley.
- The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present John Huston’s 1967 film “Reflections in a Golden Eye,” starring Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- As part of the Second Week of Italian Cuisine in the World, the Italian Cultural Institute will present the world premiere of Luca Verdone’s documentary “La Pizza, il cuore di Napoli (Pizza, the Heart of Naples).” A pizza tasting will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
- The Meet the Press Film Festival will feature 16 short-length political documentaries produced by filmmakers from across the country, including “Election Day 2016,” “A Debtors’ Prison,” “Knife Skills” and “From Aleppo to L.A.” A post-screening Q&A for each of the seven thematic screenings will feature the filmmakers and an NBC News correspondent. Screenings start at various times from 6:25 to 8:40 p.m. $10 per screening of one to four films. Landmark Atlantic Plumbing Cinema, 807 V St. NW. afi.com/events/meetthepressfilmfestival.
- “More Than Shorts: Canarias en Corto” will feature a selection of short films from the Canary Islands and a presentation from the team behind the Cislanderus cultural project about a community in Louisiana. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. spainculture.us.
Performances and readings
- German poet Jan Wagner and American poet David Keplinger will read from their work “The Art of Topiary,” a collection of vivid, tightly knit poems from one of the most important contemporary poets writing in German. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
- Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “ReDiscovery” series will feature a reading of Edith Wharton’s “The Shadow of a Doubt,” the only known play by the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122, option 4.
- The Lightscape Foundation’s World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 will feature images that cover everything from contemporary issues and general news to nature and sports. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Sacramento Kings. 7 p.m. $6 to $149. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.