Events calendar: Monday, Oct. 30


Children’s programs

  • Children’s performer Audrey 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.
  • As part of the Kids Euro Festival, Pirjo Polari-Khan and her puppets will present “Finland: Celebrate the Power of Poetry,” a program designed to inspire children to read, write and help make the world a better place (for ages 7 and older). 4:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.

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.


  • Dawg Yawp will present their folk-based sitar style with drum samples and beautiful harmonies. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • A community lecture series on “The Consequences of World War I Peacemaking” will feature a talk by Georgetown University history professor Aviel Roshwald on “Paris 1919: The Dilemmas of National Self-Determination.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. $39.50. Auditorium, School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University, 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The lecture series will continue Nov. 7, 8 and 14.
  • Melanie Gifford, research conservator at the National Gallery of Art, and Lisha Glinsman, conservation scientist at the National Gallery of Art, will discuss “Innovation, Competition, and Fine Painting Technique: Marketing High-Life Style in the Dutch 17th Century.” 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.
  • Joseph Janes, associate professor of information science at the University of Wisconsin, will discuss his book “Documents That Changed the Way We Live.” 2 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Jan Grabowski, professor of history of the Holocaust at the University of Ottawa, will discuss “The Role of ‘Bystanders’ in the Implementation of the ‘Final Solution.’” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • “Debates on U.S. National Security: Is Pakistan a Problem or Opportunity for the United States?” will feature Douglas E. Lute, former White House coordinator for Afghanistan and Pakistan; Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan; and Shamila N. Chaudhary, fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies. 4:45 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Rome Auditorium, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • An awards ceremony and panel discussion for the Italian winners of the third edition of the Bridge Book Award will feature Maria Ida Gaeta, Tiziana Rinaldi Castro, Eli Gottlieb, Andrea Inglese and Antonella Tarpino. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • Hospice nurse Nicole Heidbreder will lead a “Death Cafe,” featuring conversation about the taboo subject of death and dying in a non-judgmental environment. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • American Forests will present a book talk by Jill Jonnes, author of “Urban Forests: A Natural History of Trees and People in the American Cityscape.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW.
  • Novelist John Boyne will discuss his book “The Heart’s Invisible Furies,” a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Gareth Hinds will discuss “Poe: Stories and Poems,” his graphic novel adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s best-known works. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • Alex Guarnaschelli, author of “The Home Cook,” will discuss her career working in restaurants and appearing on the Food Network and offer tips on everything from simple vinaigrettes and roast chicken to birthday cake and cocktails. Joining her in conversation will be Mary Beth Albright of the Washington Post. 6:45 p.m. $45 to $55. Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Avenue 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.
  • Roger D. Hodge will discuss his book “Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “Refugee Crisis: Stories From the People Taking Action on the Front Lines” will feature Sister Norma Pimentel from Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley and Amber Arriaga Salinas from Proyecto Azteca. 7 p.m. Free; donations to Proyecto Azteca and Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley encouraged. Robert L. Smith Meeting Room, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The “D.C. Mondays at the Museum” series will present a screening of “The Campaigns of Molly Hundley,” about a longtime French and Latin teacher at Dunbar High School who sought to broaden the opportunities for her African-American students during the Jim Crow era and who led a campaign to save the historic Dunbar building in the 1970s. A discussion with Marvin T. Jones, executive director of Chowan Discovery Group, will follow. Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • The “Marvelous Movie Monday” series will present the 1994 film “With Honors,” about a Harvard student whose thesis is found by a homeless man who then holds it hostage in exchange for lodging and food. 2 and 6:30 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • “Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community” will present the documentary “Check It.” A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • A screening of the newly released film “The Truth Smugglers” will precede a conversation with former Syrian detainee and torture survivor Mazen Al-Hummada. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Friends Meeting of Washington, 2111 Florida Ave. NW.


  • The National Folk Dance Troupe of Egypt will perform as part of its U.S. tour. 6:30 p.m. $15. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • Laugh Index Theatre will present “Improv Wars,” a friendly competition among improv troupes, with the audience voting for the winner. 8 p.m. $8 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

Special events

  • The Oyster-Adams Bilingual School will host its 23rd annual Bilingual Book Fair, with proceeds benefiting primary and middle school library programs. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Oyster Campus, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2801 Calvert St. NW. 202-671-6130. The sale will continue Tuesday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The fifth annual “Howl-O-Ween: Trick or Treating for Dogs” will feature prizes for most creative, most adorable and funniest dog in costume. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Courtyard Garden, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown, 2401 M St. NW (enter courtyard through the M Street alley).
  • 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.


  • 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.