Events calendar: Saturday, Oct. 7


Book sale

  • Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide will hold “Art & BookFair 2017,” featuring used books, art, stamps, coins and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Exhibit Hall, U.S. State Department, C Street between 21st and 23rd streets NW. 703-820-5420. The sale will continue Oct. 8, 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children’s programs

  • The Folger Shakespeare Library’s monthly family program will feature “Supernatural Shakespeare,” offering a look at the Bard’s ghosts and witches. 10 a.m. to ages 5 through 7; 11 a.m. for ages 8 through 14. Free; reservations required. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
  • The Weekend Family Matinees series will present “Shrek.” 10 a.m. $8. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
  • 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. The program will repeat Oct. 21.
  • 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.
  • Children will hear a story about U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor 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.
  • 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. The performance will repeat Oct. 14 and 21 at 3 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.
  • 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 Katie Costello. 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.
  • The D.C. Small Business Development Center will present a seminar on how to start your own business. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.
  • The Theater Alliance’s Word Becomes Action Festival — an exploration of the diversity of experiences and narratives of the African diaspora — will feature a workshop on “Reimagining Story,” presented by Lady Dane with guided meditation and writing. 4:30 p.m. $20. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.
  • Tiffany Rea-Fisher — artistic director of the Elisa Monte Dance Company and a faculty member at the Joffrey School of the Ballet — will lead a master class on modern dance drawing on Pilates, yoga, modern and contemporary techniques. 5 to 7 p.m. $30 to $45. Joy of Motion, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The Washington International Piano Arts Council will present a fall concert by pianist Toni Hall. 1:30 p.m. Free. The Kosciuszko Foundation, 2025 O St. NW. 202-785-2320.
  • The Petworth Jazz Project will present a children’s show by Baba Ras D, at 5 p.m.; and a concert by JaneliaSoul, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Lawn, Petworth Recreation Center, 8th and Taylor streets NW.
  • Singer-songwriter Josiah Johnson and the songwriting duo Planes on Paper will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Violinist James Buswell and the Pressenda Chamber Players will perform works by Mendelssohn and Mozart. 8 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle. 301-320-2770.
  • The Friday Morning Music Club Chorale will perform Leavitt’s “Requiem” with soprano Madalaine Vander Linden, mezzo-soprano Linda Maguire, tenor Tae Kwak and bass Daryl Yoder. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free will offering. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-333-2075.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra, guest conductor Nathalie Stutzmann and violinist Arabella Steinbacher will perform works by Dvorák, Brahms and Lalo. 8 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Civil War Roundtable will feature historian and author Calvin Goddard Zon on his book “Divided We Fall: The Confederacy’s Collapse From Within, a State-by-State Account.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6000.
  • Historian and journalist Johanna Neuman will discuss her book “Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote” in conversation with Judy Woodruff. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Susan J. Erenrich and Jon F. Wergin will discuss their book “Grassroots Leadership and the Arts for Social Change.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Scott S. Greenberger will discuss his book “The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur.” 3:30 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • In conjunction with its production of “The Arsonists,” Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company will present a panel discussion on “Organizing for Equity.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D St. NW.
  • Manoush Zomorodi will discuss her book “Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self.” 6 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Family programs and festivals

  • The annual “Taste of DC” will offer the chance to sample the fare from more than 65 of the region’s most popular restaurants, taste a variety of beers and wines, watch culinary entertainment, peruse a local artisan market, and enjoy music and entertainment. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with “Taste After Dark” from 7 to 10 p.m. Free admission; food and drink packages available from $9.99 to $49.99. Lot 8 at the Festival Grounds of RFK Stadium, 2400 East Capitol St. SE. The event will continue Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The Washington Jewish Music Festival will present its fifth annual “Day in the Park,” a Sukkot celebration featuring games, fun activities and musical performances by Mister G and Joanie Leeds. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Stead Park, 1625 P St. NW.
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Family Day will feature music and dance performances, an art scavenger hunt, craft activities and more. 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Presented by UberEATS, the fourth annual music and food festival All Things Go Fall Classic will feature performances by headliners Foster the People, Young Thug and Galantis and a food court with menu items from Maketto, Buredo, Ivy & Coney, Milk Cult and DGS. Noon to 11:30 p.m. $74 to $150 per day; $169 to $250 for a three-day pass. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. The festival will continue Sunday from noon to 11:30 p.m.
  • PorchFest, a community music festival in Adams Morgan, will feature performances on front stoops, porches and plazas throughout the neighborhood, kicking off with the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of the all-female group Batalá Washington. Opening concert at 1:30 p.m., followed by overlapping 45-minute sets from 2 to 6 p.m. at various locations. Free. Maps will be available at the BB&T Plaza near 18th Street and Columbia Road NW, the site of the opening concert.


  • “Docs in the City: Spotlight on Coming of Age Documentaries” will feature a screening of “Unfinished Work,” about a teenager discovering his identity as an artist and searching with his parents for a long-elusive peace, followed by an audience feedback session with filmmakers Stephanie Lucas and Josh Kasselman, from 1 to 2 p.m.; and a screening of “American Promise,” about two boys in Brooklyn and their divergent paths from kindergarten through high school graduation, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Michèle Stephenson, from 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. $10 per screening; $15 for both films. Doyle/Forman Theater, McKInley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • “The Flaherty Seminar” will feature Peter Nestler’s 2009 film “Death and Devil” and his 1963 film “Compositions,” at 1:30 p.m.; and Naomi Kawase’s 1964 film “Katatsumori” and Joaquim Pinto and Nuno Leonel’s 2015 film “Fish Tail,” at 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • Grammy Award-winning musician Dan Zanes, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Claudia Eliaza and percussionist Yuriana Sobrino will present the world premiere of “Night Train 57,” a sensory-friendly folk opera (for ages 3 and older). 1:30 and 4 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Washington Performing Arts, the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the VelocityDC Dance Festival, featuring the city’s best-known ensembles as well as undiscovered gems. Family matinee at 2 p.m.; regular performance at 8 p.m. $18 to $30. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-1122.
  • The Washington Ballet will present “Russian Masters.” 2 and 8 p.m. $25 to $140. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m.
  • Israel’s Roy Assaf Dance will present “Six Years Later,” about a meeting between two mysterious figures. 8 p.m. $20 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600. The performance will repeat Sunday at 7 p.m.
  • The Theater Alliance’s Word Becomes Action Festival — an exploration of the diversity of experiences and narratives of the African diaspora — will feature “Klytmnestra,” written and performed by Dane Figueroa Edidi. 8 p.m. $20. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 p.m.
  • Teatro de la Luna will present Argentine actor and singer Francisco Pesqueira and Argentine pianist Ramiro Pettina in “I Gift You With a Song,” a tribute to various composers and authors. 8 p.m. $25 to $30. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance will repeat Sunday at 4 p.m.
  • “Chinese Menu Comedy” will feature an all-star lineup. 10 p.m. $8 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.

Special events

  • The NAACP Women’s Health Fall Expo will feature workshops on mental health, physical health, oral hygiene, mentorship and leadership. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free. Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M St. NW.
  • The Army Ten-Miler Expo will feature displays by the U.S. Army Special Operations Recruiting Battalion, along with vendors selling clothing, shoes, accessories and more. Open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission. D.C. Armory, 2001 East Capitol St. SE.
  • The Smithsonian Craft2Wear 2017 show and sale will feature one-of-a-kind, handmade clothing, jewelry and accessories, designed by more than 60 top craft artists. 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $13 to $15. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW.
  • The National Building Museum’s “Ghost Tour: Escape the Museum” will have participants solve puzzles and find clues to reveal the truth and escape the room (for ages 12 and older). 7 and 8:30 p.m. $30; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Alliance Française de Washington will host its third annual fashion show and silent auction, “Beyond the Little Black Dress,” featuring local and international designers. Proceeds will benefit the group’s cultural programs. 7:30 p.m. $135; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Capitals will play the Montreal Canadiens in the home opener. 7 p.m. $37 to $292. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.

Tours and walks

  • Docomomo DC will present “Rediscovering Brutalism: Understanding DC’s Concrete Architecture,” with an opening lecture on “Heroism and Hubris” by architectural historian Michael Kubo on the evolution of Brutalist design and its development within the District; and a walking and Metro tour of the K Street and Dupont Circle areas to view buildings that demonstrate the varied scales, material choices and functions seen in the city’s Brutalist structures. 1 to 5 p.m. $25 to $35. Boardroom, American Institute of Architects National Headquarters, 1735 New York Ave. NW.
  • 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.
  • 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 on Saturday evenings throughout October.