Events calendar: Sunday, Oct. 1

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Children’s programs

  • Children will hear a story about Cesar Chavez 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.
  • Georgetown’s City Kids Theater will present “The Adventures of the Extra Ordinary Super Heroes,” a new play written by Nan and Ray Ficca and directed by Ray Ficca (for ages 5 to 13). 1 and 3 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. citykidstheater.org.

Class

  • The Theater Alliance’s Word Becomes Action Festival — an exploration of the diversity of experiences and narratives of the African diaspora — will feature a development workshop on “Connecting Museums and Theater for Social Change,” presented by the Shared World Art Project, a collective of college artists. 4:30 p.m. $20. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE. theateralliance.com.

Concerts

  • Curtis on Tour will perform string sextet works by Mozart and Brahms as well as “Arcana” by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  •  San Francisco-based Alexander String Quartet will perform works by Zoltán Kodály and Dmitri Shostakovich, as well as a new quartet by British composer Tarik O’Regan. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
  • Levine Music will launch its performance series “Infinite Variety: The Iconic Influences of Leonard Bernstein” with a sneak preview of the season’s offerings. 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. levinemusic.org.
  • The Rev. Benjamin Straley, Washington National Cathedral organist, will present a recital. 5:15 p.m. $10 donation suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
  • The Multiflora Music Festival will feature a performance by Mdou Moctar, a tuareg songwriter and musician based in Agadez, Niger, and one of the first musicians to perform modern electronic adaptations of tuareg guitar music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Sunday Forum will present a conversation on courage and vulnerability with Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston and author of “Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone.” 10:10 a.m. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
  • Eli J. Finkel will discuss his book “The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work” in conversation with Daniel Pink. 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Julia Bryan-Wilson, associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of California at Berkeley, will discuss her book “Fray: Art and Textile Politics” — about textiles and their role at the forefront of debates about process, materiality, gender and race in times of economic upheaval — in conversation with Lynne Cooke, senior curator for special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Jessica Bruder will discuss her book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Andrea Pitzer will discuss her book “One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Films

  • As part of the Nordic Film Festival, the House of Sweden will host a screening of Felix Herngren’s “The Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.” 2 to 4 p.m. Free. House of Sweden, 2900 K St. NW. www.swedenabroad.com/washington.
  • “The Flaherty Seminar” will feature Laura Huertas Millán’s 2016 film “La Libertad” and Eduardo Williams’ 2016 film “The Human Surge.” 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

Performances and readings

  • The In Series will present a new English adaptation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” about a prince’s quest to rescue his love from a mysterious sage. 2:30 p.m. $20 to $47. D.C. Scottish Rite Temple, 2800 16th St. NW. 202-204-7763.
  • Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society will present a reading of Aaron Posner’s “My Name Is Asher Lev,” an intimate exploration of a young man’s struggle to explore his artistic talent while remaining true to the traditions of his conservative Hasidic community. 7 p.m. Free. Herman Room, Healey Family Student Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.
  • “Orion’s Rise: A Special Performance With Solange and The Sun Ra Arkestra” will feature songs from Solange’s album “A Seat at the Table.” 8 p.m. $49 to $169. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Regie Cabico and Danielle Evennou will host “Sparkle,” an open mic event for LGBT-dedicated poets. 8 to 10 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special events

  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will hold its monthly Community Day, featuring an opportunity to explore current exhibitions and the museum’s regular collection. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.
  • The Washington National Cathedral will host a Blessing of the Animals. 2:30 p.m. Free. West Steps, Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
  • St. Columba’s Episcopal Church will host its annual Blessing of Animals at an outdoor worship service in celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Participants are asked to keep their pets leashed or appropriately restrained. 5 p.m. Free. St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. 202-363-4119.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Nationals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates. 3:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.

Tours and walks

  • As part of the Cleveland Park Historical Society’s “Day of Tours,” Tregaron Conservancy executive director Lynn Parseghian will present a behind-the-scenes look at the history and stewardship of the historic Tregaron estate, designed a century ago by the pioneering landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman in partnership with Charles Adams Platt, the leading architect of the American Country House Movement. 10 to 11 a.m. $15 to $30; reservations required. Meeting location provided upon registration. clevelandparkhistoricalsociety.org. The day’s other featured tours are “The Development of Connecticut Avenue in Cleveland Park, 1916 to 1952,” led by Judy Hubbard (2 to 3:30 p.m.; $20 to $35) and “The Kit Houses of Cleveland Park,” led by Catarina Bannier (3 to 5 p.m.; $25 to $40).
  • In partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the National Portrait Gallery will present a gallery tour highlighting American writers featured in the 160-year-old publication’s pages during the 19th century, at 11:45 a.m.; and writers featured in the 20th century, at 1:30 p.m. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • The National Museum of Women in the Arts will host a “Fierce Women” tour highlighting artists, activists and innovators who refused to let men define their place and rejected the limited roles provided by society. 1 to 2 p.m. Free. Meet at the information desk in the lobby, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-7370.