Events calendar: Saturday, Oct. 21


Children’s programs

  • 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.
  • “Portrait Party for Young Learners” will offer a chance to learn about the National Museum of Women in the Arts; practice museum manners; and discover art concepts through developmentally appropriate discussions, a themed story and hands-on activities (for ages 3 through 6 with an adult chaperone). 10 to 11 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet at the information desk in the lobby, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • 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.
  • As part of the Kids Euro Festival, the National Gallery of Art will present celebrated French animator and storyteller Michel Ocelot’s 2016 film “Ivan Tsarevitch and the Changing Princess” (in French with English subtitles). 10:30 a.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The film will be shown again Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
  • 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 Frida Kahlo 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.
  • “Robert Post’s Comedy Theatre for Kids” will feature a one-man variety show filled with bumblers, dreamers and cartoonish heroes of every stripe. 2 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The monthly Drop-In & Gab Book Club will feature snacks, stories and discussion (for ages 8 through 13). 2:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • GALita will present the world premiere of Cecilia Cackley’s “Blancaflor — The Girl Wizard,” a bilingual production based on a Spanish fairy tale and featuring puppets and music (for ages 4 and older). 3 p.m. $10 to $12. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.
  • A park ranger will lead a “Spooky Night Sky” planetarium program about strange and unusual astronomical occurrences (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070. The program will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • “Boo at the Zoo” will feature animal encounters and festive decorations along with candy and snack foods from more than 40 treat stations throughout the National Zoo. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20 to $30. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. The event will repeat Sunday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

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.
  • Lawrence Butler, associate professor of art history at George Mason University, will present a seminar on “Portugal’s Golden Ages: An Artistic and Cultural Mosaic.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • George E. Munro, professor of history at Virginia Commonwealth University with a specialty in Russian history, will present a seminar on “The Russia That Just Won’t Go Away: What Is This Eternal Survivor’s Secret?” 9:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. $90 to $140. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Lauren Kingsland, author of “The Extraordinary T-shirt Quilt: The Scrapbook You Can Sleep Under,” will present a seminar on “Laundry to Legacy Marathon: Repurposing Treasured Garments Into Memory Quilts.” 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $75 to $95. 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 Jenna Makharita. 10 a.m. Free; reservations suggested. Grand Foyer, Kennedy Center.
  • 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.
  • Heather Markowitz, founder of WithLoveDC, will lead a “Practice With Love” yoga class. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. National Garden Lawn Terrace, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.


  • Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens Fall Jazz Night will feature world music artist JaneliaSoul. 4 to 6 p.m. Free. Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE.
  • “Levine Presents: Bernstein, With Stravinsky on His Mind” will feature clarinetist Gabriela Cohen, violinist Sarah Foard, pianist Sophia Kim Cook and narrator Elizabeth Johnson with commentary by music historian Saul Lilienstein. 7 to 9 p.m. $15 to $20. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW.
  • George Washington University’s “Acappellapalooza” will feature the GW Vibes, GW Sirens, Sons of Pitch, GW Motherfunkers, GW Troubadours, The Voice Gospel Choir and GW Pitches. 8 p.m. Free; donations will benefit Miriam’s Kitchen. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • Dumbarton Concerts will open its 40th anniversary season with “A Schubertiade” performed by cellist Steven Honigberg, violinist Karen Johnson, violinist Lily Honigberg, violist Daniel Foster and pianist Adam Golka. 8 p.m. $39 to $42. Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW. 202-965-2000.
  • The Dizzy Gillespie Centennial Celebration will feature performances by The Dizzy Gillespie All-Star Big Band; National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Heath and Jimmy Owens; Terell Stafford, Antonio Hart, Cyrus Chestnut and Steve Davis with bassist and Dizzy Band executive director John Lee; and others to be announced. 8 p.m. $19 to $69. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Washington National Opera will present a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program recital featuring a repertoire inspired by the Kreeger Museum collection. 8 p.m. $30 to $40; reservations required. Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW. 202-337-3050, ext. 318.

Discussions and lectures

  • Marvin Kalb will discuss his book “The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956 — Khrushchev, Stalin’s Ghost, and a Young American in Russia.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and the Newseum will present a panel discussion with D.C. author Marita Golden on her novel “The Wide Circumference of Love” and D.C.’s history with Alzheimer’s disease, which disproportionately affects African-Americans. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Documentary Theater, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW (use C Street group entrance).
  • In connection with the exhibit “Murder Is Her Hobby: Frances Glessner Lee and the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death,” William Tyre — executive director and curator of the Glessner House Museum — will discuss the life of Frances Glessner Lee, and the impact she had on the world of forensics as the creator of the Nutshell Studies. 2 p.m. Free. Rubenstein Grand Salon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Daniel Golden will discuss his book “Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI, and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Sridhar Pappu will discuss his book “The Year of the Pitcher: Bob Gibson, Denny McLain, and the End of Baseball’s Golden Age” in conversation with Michael Schaffer. 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Ayendy Bonifacio will discuss his memoir “Dique Dominican.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.

Family programs and festivals

  • “Family Day: (Un)Common Threads” will feature a day of art and music, including hands-on projects and a demonstration by artist Ai Kijima, who will turn secondhand scraps of fabric into spunky, vibrant collages. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a scavenger hunt at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
  • Cathedral Commons will host its third annual Fall Festival, featuring live music by Nelly’s Echo, local food, drink specials, a fitness class and children’s activities. Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission. Cathedral Commons, Newark Avenue at Wisconsin Avenue NW.


  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s classic movie series will present “Labyrinth,” at noon; “Ghostbusters,” at 2:30 p.m.; “Poltergeist,” at 7 p.m.; and “The Shining,” at 10 p.m. $5 to $10 per screening. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • “From Vault to Screen: Czech National Film Archive” will feature a screening of Vladislav Vancura 1933 movie “On the Sunny Side” and Carl Junghans’ 1929 film “Such Is Life.” 1:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • ArtWorks for Freedom will present a screening of “Food Chains,” about the human cost of our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. 1:30 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
  • The DC Anime Club will screen Makoto Shinkai’s 2011 film “Children Who Chase Lost Voices” (for ages 13 and older). 2 to 5 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.
  • “Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard” will feature a “Ciné-Concert” screening of Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 film “Mother,” about a woman who fails to comprehend why her son would risk his life as an activist for the revolution. The screening will feature pianist Andrew Simpson in performance, with introductory remarks by Peter Rollberg. 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • The Mariinsky Ballet will present “La Bayadère,” replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal and a spectral voyage to the afterlife. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. $39 to $150. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
  • “Comedy at the Kennedy Center” will feature Underground Comedy, an independent D.C.-based comedy production company that produces more than 50 shows a month. 6 p.m. Free; tickets distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will present Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the story of a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys that brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the dispute. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Georgetown University’s Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present Neil Simon’s classic farce “Rumors.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW.
  • Teatro de la Luna will present “Desde el Andamio/From the Scaffold” by Argentine playwright Carlos M. Alsina (performed in Spanish). 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • The Georgetown University Improv Association will perform. 9 p.m. $4 to $6. Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.

Special events

  • The Lupus Research Alliance’s 16th annual “Walk With Us to Cure Lupus” will include live music, children’s activities, food and more in conjunction with the walk. Check-in at 8 a.m.; walk starts at 9 a.m. Free. Sylvan Theater, Washington Monument grounds, 15th Street and Independence Avenue SW.
  • Esther Productions Inc., My Sister’s Place, artist Brittany Nicole Adams and author Jonetta Rose Barras will present “The Gift: An Interactive Arts Healing and Reconciliation Experience,” a program designed to help girls and women struggling with the pain and adverse effects of father absence. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. 1313 New York Ave. NW.
  • The Junior League of Washington will host “Kids in the Kitchen,” a family-friendly nutrition fair featuring games, crafts, hands-on learning and prizes to celebrate better nutrition education and a healthy lifestyle (activities geared for ages 3 through 13, with everyone welcome). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. YMCA Anthony Bowen, 1325 W St. NW.
  • The Science of Spirituality Meditation Center will host a Diwali celebration with Indian food, games, a henna competition, meditation and music. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. Science of Spirituality Meditation Center, 2950 Arizona Ave. NW.
  • 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. 7:30 p.m. Free. Military Field near the Picnic Grove 13 parking lot, Glover Road near Military Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Capitals will play the Florida Panthers. 7:30 p.m. $23 to $224. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

Teen event

  • Joseph LMS Green will host a youth open mic poetry event with teen members of the DC Youth Slam Team. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.


  • Washington Walks will present “Capitol Hauntings,” a walking tour through the Capitol Hill neighborhood focusing on long-ago ghoulish goings-on inside the U.S. Capitol. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Meet outside the Capitol South Metrorail station. The tour will repeat Oct. 28.