- The Georgetown Library Friends group will host a used-book sale with a wide range of fiction, history, children’s materials and more. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free admission. Lower level, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Friends of the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library will hold a used-book sale. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Large Meeting Room, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- “Saturday Morning at the National” will feature family-friendly circus clowns Pinot & Augustine in a show packed with physical comedy. 9:30 and 11 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Helen Hayes Gallery, National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. thenationaldc.org/winter-2017.
- 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.
- “Turkey Tots” will celebrate Thanksgiving with songs, stories and movement (for ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- The Kreeger Museum’s “First Studio: Story + Workshop” will feature a gallery tour of paintings, sculpture and architecture, as well as a story and a hands-on art-making experience (for ages 3 to 5). 10 to 11 a.m. $10 per child; registration required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050.
- Juana Martinez-Neal will present a “La Princesa and the Pea” storytime. 11 a.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- CulturalDC will present a workshop production of Pocket Change Theatre Company’s “MuSEEum,” a 20-minute original work about a family that gets lost in a museum and is surprised when the exhibits come to life (for ages 4 through 6 and their families). 11 a.m. Pay-what-you-can. Rehearsal Hall, Source, 1835 14th St. NW. culturaldc.org.
- 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 Sitting Bull 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.
- The Tenley-Friendship Library will host “Drop-In & Gab (DIG) Book Club,” a monthly book club with snacks, stories and discussion (for grades 4 to 7). 2:30 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.
- John M. Freymann, permanent military professor in history at the U.S. Naval Academy, will present a class on the emergence and development of 16th-century reformations from the late Middle Ages into the early modern period. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine will present a class on Vermeer’s artistry and legacy. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Mount Pleasant Library will present “Saturday Morning Yoga.” 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- The Kennedy Center will host an all-levels vinyasa yoga class led by Atticus Mooney. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center. Kennedy-center.org.
- 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.
- Georgetown University’s Guild of Bands will perform. 2 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- The “Fringe Music in the Library” series will feature Kamyar Arsani, a Sufi singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Iran. 2:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. dclibrary.org/fringe.
- The Choral Arts Society of Washington will present Mondeverdi’s “Vespers of 1610,” featuring guest artists The Thirteen. 3 p.m. $15 to $69. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Chiarina Chamber Players will present “Epic Journeys,” a chamber music concert with violinist Deborah Wong, cellist Robert La Rue and pianist Efi Hackmey performing works by Beethoven and Dvorák. 4 p.m. $10 to $20. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 301 A St. SE. chiarina.org.
- Members of the National Symphony Orchestra will play chamber works. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Students of Andrew Frankhouse will perform a winter recital. 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
- Jazz@Wesley will present multi-instrumentalist Sharon Thomas in “Da Juke Joint.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10; free for ages 12 and younger. Fellowship Hall, Wesley Campus, National United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW. nationalchurch.org/event-calendar.
- The World Percussion Ensemble will perform works by some of America’s most prominent percussion ensemble composers, as well as original compositions. 7 p.m. Free. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
- The Washington National Opera will present Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists in all of the lead roles in Handel’s spellbinding opera “Alcina,” about an island sorceress whose powers of seduction are put to the test by true love. 7 p.m. $39 to $99. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda will perform Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” as well as works by Respighi, Chausson and Falla. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Sunday at 3 p.m.
- The John E. Marlow Guitar Series will present guitarist Meng Su performing solo works by J.S. Bach, William Walton, Sergio Assad and John Williams, with a pre-concert lecture by Hart Wells. Lecture at 7 p.m.; performance at 8 p.m. $35 to $45. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-799-4028.
Discussions and lectures
- The University of the District of Columbia Latino/a Law Students Association will host a Puerto Rican Diaspora Summit to discuss policy issues and community responses to the island’s economic and humanitarian crises from the perspective of Puerto Ricans in the D.C. area as well as other stakeholders. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free; reservations required. University of the District of Columbia Student Center, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. law.udc.edu/event/Summit.
- Kelvin Webb, collector and co-treasurer of the International Hajji Baba Society, will discuss “Non-Turkmen Central Asian Rugs.” 10:30 a.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- The “Coffee & Conversation” series will feature artists Frank Hallam Day and Trevor Young discussing painting and photography. 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Addison/Ripley Fine Art, 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-5180.
- Jeff Koehler will discuss his book “Where the Wild Coffee Grows: The Untold Story of Coffee From the Cloud Forests of Ethiopia to Your Cup.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- As part of FotoWeekDC, Mark Parascandola will discuss his book “Once Upon a Time in Almería,” about his work documenting the history and politics behind the meteoric transformation of the sleepy town of Almería into “Hollywood in Spain” through its demise in the 1970s due to changing economic conditions and the ultimate end of the Franco dictatorship. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. fotodc.org/events. FotoWeekDC will feature events and exhibits at various venues through Sunday.
- James H. Mittelman, distinguished scholar in residence and professor emeritus at American University’s School of International Service, will discuss his book “Implausible Dream: The World-Class University and Repurposing Higher Education” in conversation with Randolph Persaud, associate professor at American University. 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Abigail Marsh, an associate professor of psychology at Georgetown University, will discuss her book “The Fear Factor: How One Emotion Connects Altruists, Psychopaths, and Everyone In-Between” in conversation with NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Contributors Tim Carman, Jane Black, Joe Yonan and Todd Kliman will join editor Holly Hughes to discuss their book “Best Food Writing 2017.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
- “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the films “Tropikos” and “Peripeteia,” with introductory remarks by Aboubakar Sanogo of Carleton University, Ottawa. 2:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- “Lateral Time: John Akomfrah and Smoking Dogs Films” will feature the 2013 film “The Stuart Hall Project,” about the Jamaica-born sociologist and theorist who established the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies. Aboubakar Sanogo of Carleton University, Ottawa, will make introductory remarks. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- The Renwick Gallery will present Susan Marks’ film “Murder in a Nutshell: The Frances Glessner Lee Story,” a feature-length documentary about the mysterious and brilliant woman who pioneered the field of forensics in the male-dominated world of police investigation. 5:30 p.m. Free. Rubenstein Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
Performances and readings
- Poets Ann A. Philips and Henry Crawford will read from their work. 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present its annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival. 2 and 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. 202-687-2787.
- 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. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. $5 to $15. Theater, Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St. NW. email@example.com.
- 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. 2:30 and 8 p.m. $20 to $46. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
- Members of the Nanuri Dance Company and the a cappella group MTM will present “GaNaDa Flow,” a Korean dance performance for university and high school students who are studying Korean language, history and culture. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Lohrfink Auditorium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- The George Washington University South Asian Society will present “Raas Chaos XVII,” a national intercollegiate dance competition featuring a traditional style of dance originating in western India. 7 p.m. $15. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
- The American University Chorus will explore themes of darkness, sleep and dreams with music from rising stars in the world of choral composition, including choral innovator Eric Whitacre and Norwegian songwriter Ola Gjeilo. 7:30 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.
- Comedian and storyteller Al Madrigal, “senior Latino correspondent” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” will perform. 7:30 p.m. $39 to $49. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- 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.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre will present “Oruro: Ballets folclóricos de Bolivia,” featuring an array of spectacular folkloric dance, exotic garb and centuries-old Bolivian music. 8 p.m. $20. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 10 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Nov. 24 and 25 at 10 p.m.
- “Innovation Nuno Trunk Show” will feature Reiko Sudo’s designs, which combine traditional weaving techniques with state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing technologies. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200. The trunk show will continue Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
- The Junior League of Washington’s 59th annual Holiday Shops fundraiser will feature more than 70 merchants, with items for sale including food, clothing, stationery and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 to $10 for a one-day pass. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. jlw.org. The event will continue Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- 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.
- “Cooking Up History: Cod and New England Coastal Cuisine” will feature D.C. restaurateur Ris Lacoste cooking a cod recipe and discussing how cod fishing historically drove the regional economy and how salt cod exports influenced cuisine past and present. As part of the event, a food historian will share new research about one enslaved man’s history on the working waterfront in 18th-century Massachusetts. 1 p.m. Free. Coulter Performance Plaza, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. s.si.edu/CookHistory.
- Teen designers from the Design Apprenticeship Program will present their modular seating solutions for the National Building Museum, featuring a discussion of their design process and a chance to try out the newly fabricated seating. 1 to 3 p.m. Free. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- The Parks at Walter Reed will host the inaugural Holiday Reflection & Tree Lighting event, dedicated to remembering the history of the campus and ringing in winter with live seasonal music by The Marquees, commemorative ribbon decorating, festive snacks and the lighting of a 20-foot holiday tree. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. The Parks at Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW. TheParksatWalterReed@gmail.com.
- Project Nur, a student-led initiative of the American Islamic Congress, will host “Monologues for Dialogue,” an open mic night to promote interfaith and interethnic understanding. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. busboysandpoets.com.
- The Heurich House Museum will host a Thanksgiving dinner with exclusive access to the museum, bar service, piano music and a four-course meal prepared by caterer Eric Fleischer. Cocktail hour and tours from 6 to 7 p.m.; dinner from 7 to 9 p.m. $165; reservations required. Heurich House Museum, New Hampshire Avenue and 20th Street NW. heurichhouse.org.
- Politics and Prose will host “Nerds! Trivia Night,” challenging competitors of all ages to three rounds of mind-bending trivia. Prizes awarded. Signup at 7 p.m.; game at 8 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The National Capital Astronomers will present “Exploring the Sky,” featuring a night of stargazing through the lens of a telescope with the summer triangle directly overhead. 7 p.m. Free. Military Field near the Picnic Grove 13 parking lot, Glover Road near Military Road NW. 202-895-6070.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Minnesota Wild. 7:30 p.m. $27 to $248. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- Joseph LMS Green will host “Youth Open Mic” as part of a monthly series that features poets, singers, musicians and actors from area middle and high schools. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- “Teen Night Out @ Natural History” will feature food, a DJ, musical performances, hands-on science stations and opportunities to learn more about youth programs at the National Museum of Natural History (for ages 13 through 19 with a valid school ID). 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Q?rius, Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. YouthNMNH@si.edu.
Tours and walks
- “Thanksgiving During the Civil War” will feature a brisk walk to Fort DeRussy, where a park ranger will point out the earthworks hidden in the terrain and share stories about how soldiers celebrated the holiday around D.C. (for ages 8 and older). 10 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.
- Washington Walks’ “Get Local!” series will explore the Dupont Circle neighborhood. 11 a.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the 19th Street NW entrance to the Dupont Circle Metrorail station. washingtonwalks.com.
- “Close-up Tour: 20th-Century American Gothic” will explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes and building methods (for ages 10 and older). 2 p.m. $18 to $22. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.