Events calendar: Sunday, Oct. 15


Book sale

  • Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide will continue its “Art & BookFair 2017,” featuring used books, art, stamps, coins and collectibles. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission, with books available at half the earlier prices. Exhibit Hall, U.S. State Department, C Street between 21st and 23rd streets NW. 703-820-5420.

Children’s programs

  • 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 Pedro Martinez 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.
  • 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.


  • Musicians of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Wagenseil, Villa-Lobos, Simpson and Mozart. 2 p.m. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.
  • Washington Performing Arts and Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present the Sphinx Virtuosi in a concert of works by Vivaldi, Beethoven, Vaughan Williams, Michael Abels and Jimmy López. 2 p.m. $35. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.
  • A concert version of the beloved opera “La Boheme” will feature Melissa Chavez, Elliot Matheny, Nicholas Carratura and Lindsay Espinosa. A reception and a show of sumi-e paintings will follow. 3 p.m. Free. National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. 202-363-4900.
  • The DC Chamber Orchestra will perform works by Mozart, Elgar and Ravel. 3 p.m. Free. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE.
  • The Steinway Series will feature the Mendelssohn Piano Trio performing works by Mendelssohn and Hensel. 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 Vermont Avenue Baptist Church’s Washington DC Club will host a concert by the FAME Jazz Band under the direction of composer and artistic director Nat Adderley Jr. 3 p.m. $20; reservations required. John R. Wheeler Family Life Center, Vermont Avenue Baptist Church, 1630 Vermont Ave. NW. 202-277-0541.
  • Led by conductor Juanjo Mena, National Symphony Orchestra will pair Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony with Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. 3 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Dali Quartet and percussionist Orlando Cotto will perform works by Latin American composers Ricardo Lorenz, Guido López Gavilán and Jorge Mazón. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Washington Cornett and Sackbutt Ensemble, a D.C.-based ensemble of historic brass instrument specialists, will present a program of Renaissance and Baroque improvisations. 4 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, 1 Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2209.
  • Led by guest conductor Kent Tritle, the Cathedral Choral Society will present Mozart’s “Requiem in D Minor” with soprano Danielle Talamantes, mezzo-soprano Sara Murphy, tenor John Matthew Myers and bass Matt Boehler. 4 p.m. $25 to $79. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. 202-537-2228.
  • Ensemble 4.1 will make its D.C. debut with a performance of works by Francis Poulenc and Walter Gieseking for piano and wind instruments. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • The Middle C at the Center Sunday Concert Series will feature tango quartet Da Capo Tango and classical guitarist Magdalena Duhagon performing international favorites. 6 to 8 p.m. $15 donation suggested. The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Emerson String Quartet will perform works by Purcell, Britten and Shostakovich. 6 to 8 p.m. $50 to $60. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-633-3030.

Discussions and lectures

  • Helen Benedict will discuss her book “Wolf Season.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Meryl Gordon — director of magazine writing at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at New York University and author of “Bunny Mellon: The Life of an American Style Legend,” the first biography about the American gardener, horticulturist, philanthropist and art collector — will discuss the interplay between the public and the private Bunny Mellon, as well as her close friendship with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Nathan Runkle will discuss his book “Mercy for Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion, and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals.” 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • JJ Amaworo Wilson, author of “Damnificados,” and Elizabeth Hand, author of “Fire,” will explore ideas of climate change, identity, police repression and social justice through the lens of sci-fi and fantasy. 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Peter Manseau will discuss his book “The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Busboys and Poets will present a book event for “Nasty Women Project: Voices From the Resistance.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.


  • The National Gallery of Art will host the Washington premiere of Christophe Cupelin’s 2013 film “Capitaine Thomas Sankara,” with introductory remarks by Sally Shafto. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.

House tour

  • The Dupont Circle Citizens Association will hold its 50th annual self-guided house tour, highlighting the varied architecture along the historic 16th Street corridor with stops at row houses, apartment buildings, embassies, institutional buildings and churches. The event will include a lavish afternoon tea at the Temple of the Scottish Rite. Noon to 5 p.m. $40 to $50. Day-of-tour tickets will be available at the Temple of the Scottish Rite, 1733 16th St. NW.

Performances and readings

  • Matthew Bourne/New Adventures will present “The Red Shoes,” based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 1:30p.m. $29 to $129. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • En Garde Arts will present “Wilderness,” a new multimedia documentary theater work derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity (for ages 14 and older). 2 p.m. $29 to $35. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The monthly “In Your Ear” show features readings and performances by poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. 3 p.m. $5. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • “Sunday Kind of Love,” a monthly program, will feature readings by emerging and established poets, followed by an open mic segment. 5 to 7 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Indonesian shadow master Gusti Sudarta will present “Sutasoma,” a program based on a Hindu-Buddhist legend from the island of Bali and accompanied by live traditional music performed by Gamelan Raga Kusuma. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • ArtWorks for Freedom will present “Strong in the Broken Places,” an evening of dance featuring artists Holly Bass, Christopher K. Morgan, Erica Rebollar and PearsonWidrig DanceTheater. 7 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.


  • A park ranger will lead a walking tour of Georgetown focusing on the port city’s rough beginnings and its rise as a posh Washington neighborhood. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. Meet at the Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. 202-895-6070.