Events calendar: Sunday, Nov. 12


Book signing

  • David Lebovitz will sign copies of his book “L’Appart: The Delights and Disasters of Making My Paris Home.” 9 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose Pop-Up at Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE. 202-364-1919.

Children’s programs

  • 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). 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • “Kids@Katzen” will feature a family art-making workshop led by sculptor Christopher Carter, whose work is on view in “Tethered to the Cradle” (for ages 5 through 12). 1 to 3 p.m. $10 per child. Reservations requested. Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.
  • A park ranger will lead a planetarium program about American Indian star stories and constellations in honor of Native American Heritage Month (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. 202-895-6070.

Classes and workshops

  • Dumbarton House will host an “English Country Dance” workshop. 1 to 3 p.m. $5. Bellevue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will present a monthly “Family Yoga!” program. 2 p.m. Free. Children’s Room, Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • A member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will lead an “Improv Crash Course,” an introduction to the basics of how to perform long-form improv scenes. 2 p.m. $75. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • Young students from the Washington Conservatory Suzuki String Academy will play a short performance followed by an opportunity for children to try out the violin. The program will also include a reading of “Little Rat Makes Music.” 3 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.


  • The DC Chamber Musicians will present a charity benefit concert featuring works by Mozart, Arensky and Beethoven. 1 p.m. Free; donations will benefit Loaves & Fishes, a charity to feed the homeless. St. Stephen and the Incarnation Episcopal Church, 1525 Newton St. NW.
  • The 19th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature artist-in-residence Simone Baron performing a selection of chamber works by women composers. 1 p.m. $8 to $10. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.
  • The DC Strings Orchestra and concerto audition winners Michael Rogers, Raycurt Johnson, Kevin Shu and Kevin Jones will perform classical music. 2 p.m. $10. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.
  • The Steinway Series will feature cellist Adrian Daurov and pianist Spencer Myer performing selections by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Foss. 3 p.m. Free; tickets available in the G Street lobby at 2:30 p.m. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The Ensemble da Camera of Washington — featuring Claire Eichhorn on clarinet, Ricardo Cyncynates on violin/viola and Anna Balakerskaia on piano — will perform works by Brahms, Fuchs and Schubert with guest artists Jennifer Kim, Tsuna Sakamoto, Eugena Chang and Robert Oppelt. 3 p.m. $10. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.
  • The George Washington University Orchestra’s fall concert will celebrate the service of veterans with music from around the world that addresses war and peace, including works by Elgar, Holst, Ravel, Haydn and Joan Tower. 3 p.m. $15. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
  • The American University Symphonic Band will present “The Winds of Time,” a varied program of new classics and old favorites. 3 p.m. $5 to $10. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634.
  • International Contemporary Ensemble and the Crossing Choir will present “The National Anthems,” featuring works by Ted Hearne, Caroline Shaw and David Lang. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Marine Chamber Orchestra will perform a prelude for the Marine Corps Worship Service. 3:30 p.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • Mezzo-soprano Mary Burke and pianist Allison Tsai will perform modern American opera and art song. 4 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • The Phillips Collection will present the Van Kuijk Quartet performing works by Mozart and Debussy. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave. NW.
  • The Fairfax Choral Society will honor its longtime artistic director and conductor at “Bravi, Tutti! A Celebration to Honor Dr. Douglas Mears,” featuring Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” Fauré’s “Requiem” and Willcocks’ “Sing.” 5 p.m. $10 to $45. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.
  • Songwriter Oliver Houser will perform as part of the “Broadway, the Next Generation” series. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Middle C at the Center Sunday Concert Series will feature “Six-String Soul Revolution,” an acoustic concert by singer and guitarist John Linn. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 donation suggested. The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Axelrod String Quartet will perform works by Haydn, Brahms and Mozart after an introductory lecture by Kenneth Slowik, artistic director of the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society and recipient of the Smithsonian Distinguished Scholar Award. Lecture at 6:30 p.m.; concert at 7:30 p.m. $27 to $35. Hall of Music, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.
  • Washington Performing Arts will present the Mariinsky Orchestra and pianist Daniil Trifonov performing works by Mosolov, Strauss and Prokofiev, as well as Trifonov’s recently composed piano concerto. 7 p.m. $45 to $115. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
  • The 19th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival will present a closing-night concert by Nomadica featuring a re-imagining of the rich, soulful and righteously celebratory music of Arabs, Roma and Jews. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $30. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Ed Roslof, former seminary professor and dean, will discuss Martin Luther and other leaders of the Protestant Reformation, a religious revolution that shook Christianity. 10:15 a.m. Free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-363-8286.
  • Jeffrey A. Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, will discuss his book “When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Former at-large D.C. Council member and five-time mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz will discuss her autobiography “Quite a Life! From Defeat to Defeat … and Back,” about her life story as well as a front-row view of local D.C politics spanning five decades. A book signing will follow. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Free. Spices, 3333-A Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • Ronald K. L. Collins, professor at the University of Washington School of Law, will discuss his book “The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons” in conversation with Adam Liptak, Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • M.C. Atwood will discuss her debut novel “The Devils You Know,” about  five teenagers who discover that what lies within a local, infamous house is darker, and more personal, than any urban legend. 4 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • “Tea With a Bookseller: Previews of the Newest Nonfiction Titles” will feature Jon Purves of Politics and Prose. 4 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Mexico City-based artist Mónica Mayer will discuss the ways art can create awareness and inspire community-based advocacy directed at reducing violence against women. 4:30 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • Matthew Weiner will discuss his novel “Heather, the Totality” in conversation with Maureen Dowd, op-ed columnist for The New York Times. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Profs & Pints will present “Bots, Trolls, and the Fake News,” with Alan Rosenblatt, professor of political science at Johns Hopkins, George Washington and American universities and pioneer in the use of digital media for public affairs. 7 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.


  • The Exhibition on Screen documentary series will feature David Bickerstaff’s film “Vincent Van Gogh: A New Way of Seeing.” 10:30 a.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000. The film will be shown again Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.
  • “Revolutionary Rising: Soviet Film Vanguard” will feature a “Ciné-Concert” screening of Fridrikh Ermler’s 1929 film “Fragment of an Empire” and Alexander Dovzhenko’s 1930 film “Earth.” The screening will feature pianist Andrew Simpson in performance. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.


  • 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. 2 p.m. $30 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174.
  • 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 p.m. $20 to $46. Source, 1835 14th St. NW. 202-204-7763. The performance will repeat Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.; Nov. 18 at 2:30 and 8 p.m.; and Nov. 19 at 2:30 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. 4 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
  • Teatro de la Luna will present “Los Ojos Abiertos de Ella/Her Eyes Wide Open” by Raquel Diana (performed in Spanish). 4 p.m. $20 to $25. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance will repeat Nov. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.
  • Poet and educator Matt Gallant will host a Jazz & Verse Open Mic event. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • As the culmination of their Veterans Storytelling Class, Story District and the Armed Services Arts Partnership will present a performance by 12 veterans who will take the stage to tell their stories for the first time. 7 p.m. $20. Drafthouse Comedy, 1100 13th St. NW.
  • Members of the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will perform. 7 p.m. $20 to $75. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.

Special event

  • 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. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Capitals will play the Edmonton Oilers. 7 p.m. $16 to $199. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.


  • Curator Dorothy Moss will lead a tour through the exhibition “The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers.” 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.