Events calendar: Monday, Oct. 23


Children’s program

  • Children’s performer Marsha Goodman-Wood 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.


  • International touring trumpeter Volker Goetze will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • As part of the “Black Studies Now!” lecture series, Amber Jamilla Musser, professor at Washington University in St. Louis, will discuss “Carrie Mae Weems and the Sensations of Brown Jouissance.” 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Room 214, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW.
  • Jacqueline Drayer, community outreach and grants manager for the DC Preservation League, will discuss “Adapting Washington’s Historic Buildings,” with particular attention to case studies of Dorsch’s White Cross Bakery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Franklin School. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, will discuss her book “Madame President: The Extraordinary Story of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf,” about the world’s first elected black female president and Africa’s first elected female head of state. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • George William Van Cleve will discuss his book “We Have Not a Government: The Articles of Confederation and the Road to the Constitution.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Ziya Meral, an expert on Turkish and Middle Eastern foreign policies, will discuss “Turkey in Uncharted Waters,” about the current social, political and religious dynamics in Turkey that affect its diplomatic relationships and regional influence. 2:30 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. McGhee Library, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • The Dupont Circle Village’s monthly “Live and Learn Seminar” will feature a talk on “All About Medicare” by Chris DeYoung, co-director of the Health Insurance Counseling Project, part of the George Washington University Law School’s Community Legal Clinics. 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; registration requested. Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. 202-234-2567.
  • Elliott Abrams, professor at the Georgetown University Center for Jewish Civilization and former White House adviser on Middle East policy, will discuss his forthcoming book “Realism and Democracy: American Foreign Policy After the Arab Spring.” 3:30 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • The National Churchill Library and Center will present a talk by Daniel Mulhall, ambassador of Ireland to the United States, on Irish politics, history and diplomacy in the wake of Brexit. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 101, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW.
  • Luisa Cifarelli will discuss “The Lost Notebook of Enrico Fermi — The True Story of the Discovery of Neutron-Induced Radioactivity.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • Charles Derber will discuss his book “Welcome to the Revolution: Universalizing Resistance for Social Justice and Democracy in Perilous Times.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Mike Wallace — a distinguished professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and director of the Gotham Center for New York City History — will discuss “How Manhattan Became an Isle of Joy,” a talk inspired by his book “Greater Gotham: A History of New York City From 1898 to 1919.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Jennifer Egan will discuss her novel “Manhattan Beach.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Josh Dean and Jason Fagone will discuss their respective books, “The Taking of K-129: How the CIA Used Howard Hughes to Steal a Russian Sub in the Most Daring Covert Operation in History” and “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • “Trump’s First Year: Will Politics, Policy and the Presidency Ever Be the Same?” will feature panelists Glenn Thrush of The New York Times, April Ryan of American Urban Radio, John Roberts of Fox News, Olivier Knox of Yahoo! News and Sarah Binder of George Washington University. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Jack Morton Auditorium, Media and Public Affairs Building, George Washington University, 805 21st St. NW.
  • Biographer Ron Chernow will discuss his book “Grant.” 7 p.m. $22; $40 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-838-3006.


  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 1984 film “A Soldier’s Story,” starring Denzel Washington as an African-American military officer investigating a murder during World War II. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.

Performances and readings

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “ReDiscovery” series will feature a reading of Kate Hamill’s “Vanity Fair,” an adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel. A panel discussion with Hamill and Victorian literature scholar Rachel Vorona Cote will follow. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th St. NW. 202-547-1122, option 4.
  • As part of the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series, “Words Wanting to Be Said” will feature poets John Burnside and Phillis Levin reading from their work. 7:30 p.m. $15. Folger Theatre, Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • Keegan Theatre’s “Boiler Room Series” will feature a staged reading of “Reason for Return,” a new play by DC Cathro. A discussion will follow. 7:30 p.m. $10. Andrew Keegan Theatre, 1742 Church St. NW.


  • 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.