Events calendar: Monday, Oct. 2


Children’s program

  • Children’s performer Audrey Engdahl 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.
  • Teatro de la Luna will present a weekly acting workshop for adults. 6:30 to 9 p.m. $100 per month. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227.


  • Pianist and composer Eri Yamamoto will perform as part of the Piano Jazz at the Arts Club series. 7 p.m. $15 to $30. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.

Discussions and lectures

  • Deane Madsen, founder of the BrutalistDC blog, will discuss “Brutalist Architecture in Washington, D.C.,” highlighting notable and contentious buildings amid the rise of Brutalist architecture in the District. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • “Frederick Douglass and the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C.” will feature Sarah Cash, associate curator of American and British paintings at the National Gallery of Art, and Ka’mal McClarin, museum curator of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Collection. 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.
  • In celebration of Batik Fashion Week, textile designer Helen Dewi Kirana will discuss the iconic coastal motifs in batik design and Indonesia’s growing efforts to preserve its batik heritage. The program will include an interactive batik styling demonstration and a brief fashion presentation. Lecture and fashion show at 2:30 p.m.; reception at 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • A forum on physicist Enrico Fermi will feature Fernando Ferroni, president of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics; Nigel Lockyer, director of Fermilab; and Giovanni Organtini, director of the Physics Museum of Sapienza University of Rome. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • Samhita Mukhopadhyay and Kate Harding will discuss their book “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance, and Revolution in Trump’s America.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Politics and Prose will present a talk by musician Art Garfunkel on his book “What Is It All But Luminous: Notes From an Underground Man.” 7 p.m. $30 for one book and one ticket. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • “From Palestine to Diaspora: The Movement for Palestinian Liberation” will feature Palestinian activist Issa Amro and US Campaign for Palestinian Rights executive director Yousef Munayyer. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.


  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 2017 film “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” about the Warsaw Zoo workers who helped save hundreds of Jews during the Nazi occupation of Poland. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • SPAIN arts & culture, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the American University will present Nely Reguera’s feature debut “María (y Los Demás)” as part of “Mujeres de Cine: Traveling Spanish Film Showcase Made by Women.” 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.

Performances and readings

  • The DC Palestinian Film and Arts Festival will present a preview of its seventh annual run with a showcase of Palestinian performance artists covering storytelling, music and theater. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The festival will run from Oct. 5 through 8 at various venues; for details, visit
  • The Theater Alliance’s Word Becomes Action Festival — an exploration of the diversity of experiences and narratives of the African diaspora — will feature a reading of “For Black Trans Girls” by Dane Figueroa Edidi. 8 p.m. $20. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the Guangzhou Long-Lions in an exhibition game. 7 p.m. $5 to $92. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • 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 in the lobby of the Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.