Events calendar: Monday, Oct. 16

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Children’s program

  • Drum Lady K 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.
  • Instructor Joe Yablonsky will present a class on “Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs.” 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. $45 to $65. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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. dcinfo@sos.org.

Concert

  • Taimane and her Hawaii Trio will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
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Discussions and lectures

  • “Conversations at The Kreeger Museum,” a program for those with memory disorders and their caregivers, will feature a discussion of the architecture of Philip Johnson’s building, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050, ext. 318.
  • Clare Lise Kelly, architectural history specialist at the Montgomery County Planning Department, will discuss her book “Montgomery Modern: Modern Architecture in Montgomery County, Maryland, 1930-1979.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The Ward Circle Chapter of AARP will present a talk by Seabury Resources for Aging social worker Sally Walther about her group’s services, including arranging help with Medicare costs. 12:30 p.m. Free. National United Methodist Church (formerly Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church), 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
  • A launch event for the Initiative for Sustainable Energy Policy will feature a talk by Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All and special representative of the U.N. secretary-general. 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. sais-jhu.edu.
  • As part of the Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington’s “Tech Talk Mondays” series, Patrick Timony of the D.C. Public Library will discuss assistive technology available for those with low vision. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington Headquarters, 233 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-234-1010.
  • As part of the 17th Italian Language Week in the World, author Edoardo Ripari will discuss “Screening the Classics: Italian Literary Canon and Cinema.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
  • American Forests will host a book talk by ecologist and conservationist Joan Maloof, author of “The Living Forest” and “Nature’s Temples.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • The Washington National Cathedral will host “Gracious and Courageous Conversations: Deepening Understanding About Race, Community, and Country,” an evening of guided conversation about the nation’s long struggle with race and racism. 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
  • A panel discussion on the “History and State of DC’s Black Press” will feature Jazmin Goodwin, editor-in-chief of The Hilltop at Howard University; James Wright, local reporter for the Washington Afro-American; A. Peter Bailey, author and professor of the history of the black press; and Denise Rolark-Barnes, publisher of The Washington Informer. 6:30 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
  • Princeton University professors Steven S. Gubser and Frans Pretorius will discuss their book “The Little Book of Black Holes.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Sharon Harrigan will discuss her book “Playing With Dynamite.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
  • Poet Aja Monet will discuss her book “My Mother Was a Freedom Fighter.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Laurie Olin, recipient of the National Building Museum’s Vincent Scully Prize and founder of the Philadelphia-based OLIN studio, will discuss his long career as an educator, writer and landscape architect in conversation with James Corner. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $12 to $20; free for students. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Christopher Griffin, a study leader for Smithsonian Journeys, will discuss “The Wit, Works, and Woes of Oscar Wilde.” 6:45 p.m. $35 to $50. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Montserrat Valle, founder of Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, and Richie Brandenburg, director of culinary strategy at Union Market in D.C., will discuss the evolution of food markets and their role as places of exchange, consumption and socialization. A tasting of regional products and traditional recipes from Madrid will follow. 6:45 p.m. $15; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. spainculture.us.
  • Lisbeth Strimple Fuisz, a lecturer in the English department at Georgetown University, will lead a discussion of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” 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.
  • Kwame Alexander and Mary Rand Hess will discuss their book “Solo.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
  • Kenneth Whyte will discuss his book “Hoover: An Extraordinary Life in Extraordinary Times.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The D.C. support group of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation will hold its monthly meeting. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. crohnscolitisfoundation.org.
  • “The Incredible Dr. Pol” will feature veterinarian Jan Pol, the star of Nat Geo WILD’s most popular series known for practicing a tried-and-true, no-nonsense brand of veterinary medicine on large farm animals and family pets alike. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.

Films

  • The Georgetown Library’s Documentary Matinee series will feature “Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles,” a chronological review of his personal life and achievements in theater, radio, and film. 1 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 2004 film “Ushpizin,” about a devout Hasidic Jewish couple who unexpectedly end up hosting two ex-cons in their home during the Sukkot holiday. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

Reading

  • Poet Kenny Fries will read from his memoir “In the Province of the Gods,” about his experiences after embarking on a journey of profound self-discovery as a disabled foreigner in Japan, a society historically hostile to difference. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Room 201-A, White-Gravenor Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.

Special events

  • “Digital Eye @BlindWhino” will feature an interactive event merging theater, film, a live game show and a town hall-style discussion to explore how the digital age is affecting everyday life. 6 and 8:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Blind Whino SW Arts Club, 700 Delaware Ave. SW. goethe.de/digitaleye. The event will repeat Tuesday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
  • The Ciesla Foundation, the Helen and Milton Covensky Fund and the Chaim Kempner Fund will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rosenwald Fund and the release of Aviva Kempner’s documentary “Rosenwald” in a two-disc DVD package with bonus features. The event will include panel discussions with author Stephanie Deutsch; American diplomat and attorney Stuart E. Eizenstat, former U.S. ambassador to the European Union; civil rights lawyer Leslie Harris; former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis, daughter of Dr. Charles Drew, a Rosenwald Fund grantee; author Gary Krist; activist poet Ethelbert Miller; Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page; Rabbi David Saperstein; NAACP Washington Bureau director Hilary Shelton; and David Stern, Julius Rosenwald’s great-grandson. 7:30 to 10 p.m. $13.50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. wjff.org/film/rosenwald.

Tour

  • U.S. Botanic Garden volunteer docent Nancy Ragsdale will discuss the history of the National Garden, plants attractive to butterflies, native plants of the middle Atlantic area and roses that grow well in the Washington environment. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Meet by the entrance to the National Garden on the Conservatory Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.