- Alliance Française de Washington will present “Heure du conte,” an interactive storytime in French. 10 to 10:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- The National Gallery of Art will present “Color’s Garden: An Adventure With the Elements of Art,” a play by Mary Hall Surface that celebrates the joys and discoveries of making a new kind of art (for ages 4 and older). 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. nga.gov/family. The performance will repeat Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
- The Fuego Flamenco XIII festival will present “Flamenco en Familia,” featuring family-oriented interactive demonstrations of flamenco zapateo, castanets and fans, led by members of the Spanish Dance Society. 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. galatheatre.org.
- Swedish artist and art teacher Karin Lithell will lead a workshop for children. Noon to 3 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington.
- A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the season’s brightest stars, planets and constellations (for ages 5 and older). 1 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Children will hear a story about Sequoyah and then create a special piece of art. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The program will repeat Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
- The House of Sweden will host a weekly storytime for children and families to experience Swedish children’s literature. 2 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington.
- Girls Rock! D.C. will present an instrument share for ages 6 through 13 to try out instruments (open to all genders). 3:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about the solar system, the Milky Way and other deep space objects (for ages 7 and older). 4 to 4:45 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
Classes and workshops
- Gayla April will present a weekly dance/exercise class. 9:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Volunteers from the Washington English Center will lead an “ESL Conversation Circle” for English learners who already have some knowledge of the language. 10 a.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- University Legal Services will present a First-Time Homebuyer’s Credit Seminar (in English and Spanish). Noon. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- The Friday Morning Music Club will present its High School Competition for Strings. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-333-2075.
- The U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band will present a Veterans Day tribute. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The National Veterans Day Concert will feature the Washington National Cathedral Choir and “The President’s Own” Marine Chamber Orchestra performing patriotic and contemplative music. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- The 19th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature musicians David Buchbinder and Simone Baron in a world-premiere collaboration drawing from diverse multicultural wellsprings. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $18. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. wjmf.org/events.
- Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will feature violinist Leila Josefowicz and frequent collaborator John Novacek performing works by Sibelius, Prokofiev, Mahler, Saariaho and Zimmermann. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- A recital to dedicate a new handcrafted Estonia grand piano will feature Shaun Tirrell performing works by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Gershwin and others. 8 p.m. Free. First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G St. NW. firstuccdc.org.
- Dumbarton Concerts will continue its 40th anniversary season with the Grammy-nominated Ensō String Quartet presenting “Fullness of the Spirit,” a concert of works by Beethoven and Webern. 8 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.
- The National Symphony Orchestra and new music director Gianandrea Noseda will perform Beethoven’s “Eroica” in a program that will also include music spotlighting soprano Corinne Winters. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- Stefano Ionescu, an independent researcher on Oriental carpets, will discuss “Tuduc Fakes in European and American Collections.” 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- In conjunction with the opening of the “Remembering Vietnam” exhibition, Frances O’Roark Dowell will discuss her book “Shooting the Moon,” the story of 12-year-old Jamie, whose brother enlists in the Army and is sent to Vietnam. 11 a.m. to noon. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Daniel Swift will discuss his book “The Bughouse: The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Noam Cohen will discuss his book “The Know-It-Alls: The Rise of Silicon Valley as a Political Powerhouse and Social Wrecking Ball.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- “Best in Show, the Trawick Prize” — about the regional Trawick Prize for Contemporary Arts competition — will feature past winners Lauren Adams, Richard Cleaver, Larry Cook, Neil Feather, Mia Feuer, Lillian Bayley Hoover, Gary Kachadourian, Maggie Michael, Jonathan Monaghan, Jiha Moon, David Page, James Rieck, Jo Smail and Rene Trevino discussing their art, with one of them receiving the Ruby Award for “Best in Show.” An opening reception will follow. 5 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. tinyurl.com/AlperTickets.
- Bill McKibben will discuss his book “Radio Free Vermont: A Fable of Resistance.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- In conjunction with the opening of the “Remembering Vietnam” exhibition and the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a panel discussion will explore the history and legacy of “The Wall.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Isabel Allende will discuss her book “In the Midst of Winter.” 7:30 p.m. $37 for one pre-signed book and one ticket. Meeting House, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. politics-prose.com.
- “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature four shorts that highlight the intricate soundscapes of longtime collaborator Trevor Mathison — “The Genome Chronicles,” “Memory Room 451,” “All That Is Solid (Melts Into Air)” and “The Call of Mist Redux.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- In conjunction with the opening of the “Remembering Vietnam” exhibition, Joseph Galloway will introduce a screening of the 2002 film “We Were Soldiers,” starring Mel Gibson and Madeleine Stowe. 2 to 4:15 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- The Nineteenth Street Baptist Church will present D.C. native A.J. Ali’s film “Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. Is the Answer,” about how to end racial profiling and bridge the painful gap between peace officers and the communities they serve. A panel discussion will follow. 4 p.m. Free; reservations required. Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, 4604 16th St. NW. bit.ly/walkingblack.
- American University will present “What Goes Around …,” about a series of 10 affairs, focusing on the power struggles between the characters and the lies they tell themselves as they move from one encounter to another. 2 and 8 to 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.
- Wilson High School will present the hit Broadway show “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which follows sorority girl Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance will repeat Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 18 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- The Bel Cantanti Opera Company will present a family production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” featuring human-size puppets and costumed singers performing in German with English supertitles. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $40. Wesley Campus, National United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. 240-230-7372. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
- The GU GraceNotes and the GU Phantoms will present the DC A Cappella Festival. 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Gaston Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
- Dance Metro DC will present a fall benefit concert featuring dancers from UpRooted Dance, Company Danzante, ClancyWorks Dance Company, RebollarDance and Terre Dance Collective, among others. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
- Georgetown University will present “Caesar,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play staged with a female-driven cast and set in the context of 2017 America. 8 p.m. $7 to $15. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- The In Series will present “Jacques Brel: Songs From His World,” a new cabaret show featuring the works of the famed Belgian singer-songwriter performed by vocalists Byron Jones, Fleta Hylton, Simon Charette and Brian J. Shaw. 8 p.m. $20 to $46. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Nov. 12 and 19 at 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 18 at 2:30 and 8 p.m.
- The Fuego Flamenco XIII festival, which brings leading Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians to the U.S., will feature the U.S. premiere of “Binomio,” an imaginative new flamenco piece choreographed by Francisco Hidalgo. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Teatro de la Luna will present “Los Ojos Abiertos de Ella/Her Eyes Wide Open” by Raquel Diana (performed in Spanish). 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance will repeat Nov. 12 and 19 at 4 p.m. and Nov. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.
- The Friends of the National World War II Memorial and the National Park Service will host a Veterans Day event to pay tribute to the more than 16 million men and women who served with the U.S. armed forces during World War II. 9 a.m. Free. National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues. wwiimemorialfriends.org.
- In honor of Veterans Day, Tudor Place will offer tours highlighting memories and artifacts of the Peter family at war and on the home front from the War of 1812 through World War II. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. $3 to $10; free admission for retired and active-duty service members and their families. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- 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.
- In honor of Veterans Day, the National Museum of American Jewish Military History will host a Shabbat service, from 10 a.m. to noon; a volunteer activity to put together care packages for hospitalized veterans with personalized cards and thank-you notes, from noon to 3 p.m.; and a book reading and other children’s activities, from 2 to 3 p.m. Free. National Museum of American Jewish Military History, 1811 R St. NW. veteransdayshabbat.eventbrite.com.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library’s “Game On!” event will offer all ages a chance to play a bevy of board games and video games. 1 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- The DC Anime Club will hold an Anime Swap Meet (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. dcanimeclub.org.
- The Washington, D.C., chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters will hold its ninth annual Viennese Ball with an elegant seated dinner, Grande Marche, Fledermaus Quadrille, Viennese dessert buffet and the music of the con brio! salon ensemble. Pre-dinner reception at 5 p.m.; pre-ball reception at 7 p.m. Registration required. Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- “Dinner at the Chef’s Table: Game Dinner” will feature a four-course menu of fowl, wild boar and venison inspired by the tradition of hunting and cooking with game meats popular in Umbria. 7 p.m. $75; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. viaumbria.com/events.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks. 7 p.m. $11 to $182. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
Walks and tours
- The 6.5-mile inaugural Warrior Expeditions Veterans Day Hike will extend along the C&O Canal Towpath past the veterans memorials on the National Mall and culminate downtown with a BBQ & Blues Reception featuring recording artist Brendan James. Proceeds will benefit Warrior Expeditions, a veteran nonprofit outdoor therapy program. Registration from noon to 1 p.m.; reception from 2 to 6 p.m. $40. Meet at Fletcher’s Cove, 4940 Canal Road NW. warriorexpeditions.org/support/veterans-day-hike.
- Washington Walks will present a walking tour on “The Imprint of World War I.” 2 p.m. $15 to $20. Meet by the statue of Gen. John J. Pershing in Pershing Park, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. washingtonwalks.com.