Events calendar: Sunday, Oct. 29

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Book signing

  • Chef Alice Waters will sign copies of her book “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,” about the events that led her to Chez Panisse and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. 10 a.m. Free. Dupont Circle Freshfarm Market, 1500 20th St. NW. 202-364-1919.

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 Edgar Allan Poe 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.
  • Pirjo Polari-Khan and her puppets will present “Finland: Celebrate the Power of Poetry,” a program designed to inspire children to read, write and help make the world a better place. 2 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
  • 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.

Classes and workshops

  • Instructor Renate Maile-Moskowitz will present a workshop on nuno-felting scarves. 10:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. $115 to $135. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • 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.

Concerts

  • Musicians of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Ewazen, Copland, Elias and Beethoven. 2 p.m. Free. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra’s “Halloween Spooktacular” will feature ghoulishly attired musicians, with trick-or-treating and a “Haunted Hall Musical Instrument ‘Petting Zoo’ offered before the show (for ages 5 and older). 2 and 4 p.m. $15 to $18. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The sacred music ensemble Pomerium will present “Flemish Musical Mastery in the Age of Bosch and Bloemaert.” 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Pianist Steven Osborne will perform Messiaen’s monumental cycle “Vingt Regards su l’Enfant-Jésus.” 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
  • Piano, voice, and cello students of Fairouz Foty will perform a winter recital. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-244-7326.
  • The Washington Master Chorale will present “Youthful Indulgence: Early Masses of Mozart and Martin.” 5 p.m. $10 to $50. National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. washingtonmasterchorale.org.
  • The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra — a 17-piece big band founded by baritone saxophonist Brad Linde and co-directed by Linde and Joe Herrera — will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • The Amram Scholar Series will present a talk by New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on the stresses and challenges of succeeding in our current world of dizzying accelerations. 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free. Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St. NW. whctemple.org/Amram.
  • Dr. Victoria Sweet will discuss her book “Slow Medicine: The Way to Healing.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • “Meet a Spy” will feature Sandy Grimes, a longtime veteran of the CIA’s clandestine service. 1 to 4 p.m. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • The 1882 Foundation and Library Takeout will present “Talk Story: The Kim Loo Sisters,” featuring clips from a documentary film about this Chinese American jazz vocal quartet. A panel discussion about the sisters and the state of American jazz in the first half of the 20th century will feature Leslie Li, the film’s director, producer and author; Jenny Cho, author of “Chinese in Hollywood”; and Krystyn Moon, director of American studies at the University of Mary Washington and author of “Yellowface.” 1:30 p.m. Free. Chinese Community Church, 500 I St. NW.
  • Artist Amy Sherald — known for her dynamic portraits that depict the psychological consequences of stereotyping and racism — will discuss her work in conversation with Erin Christovale, assistant curator at the Hammer Museum. 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center’s “Words and Ideas Symposium: Making a Scene — Growing Older, Growing Bolder” will feature Roz Chast, author of the graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” Joining Chast in conversation will be producer Barbara Lane. 2 to 3:30 p.m. $30 to $50. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. edcjcc.org.
  • Chef Alice Waters will discuss her book “Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook,” about the events that led her to Chez Panisse and the tumultuous times that emboldened her to find her own voice as a cook when the prevailing food culture was embracing convenience and uniformity. 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Adrian Shirk will discuss her book “And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy,” a personal exploration of American women and their religions. 4 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
  • The Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center’s “Words and Ideas Symposium: Making a Scene — Growing Older, Growing Bolder” will feature a presentation by documentary director Peter L. Stein with film clips on “Beyond Grumps and Spinsters: American Movies Take on Aging.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. $20 to $25. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. edcjcc.org.
  • Cartoonist and illustrator Barry Blitt will discuss his book “Blitt” in conversation with Mike Allen, co-founder of Axios and former chief political reporter for Politico. 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • L.Y. Marlow will celebrate the 10th anniversary of her group Saving Promise and discuss her book “Don’t Look at the Monster: One Woman’s Journey to Embrace a Purposeful Life — the Gifts, the Lessons and the Blessings.” 5 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. busboysandpoets.com.
  • Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of an American Muslim Army captain killed while preventing a suicide attack in Iraq, will discuss his book “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice” in conversation with writer and lawyer Wajahat Ali. 5 p.m. $18; $30 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-838-3006.
  • Profs & Pints will present “Queering ‘Dracula’ in Staging the Dark Count,” a discussion with Carl Menninger, assistant professor of performing arts at American University, and Elizabeth Morton, theater major. 6 p.m. $10. The Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW. profsandpints.com.
  • London-based artist Aadil Abedi, who is fusing Arabic calligraphy with contemporary brushstrokes to transform Rumi’s poetry and spiritual verses, will discuss his art in conversation with journalist, writer and lawyer Wajahat Ali. 7 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. busboysandpoets.com.

Festivals and family programs

  • Friends of Forest Hills Playground will celebrate Halloween with a costume parade, a dance party, a storytime, a fire truck visit, face painting and a bake sale. 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Forest Hills Playground, 32nd and Chesapeake streets NW. facebook.com/ForestHillsPlayground.
  • The Friends of Volta Park group will hold Volta Park Day, featuring music, rides, games, grilled food and drinks. Kickball game at 1 p.m.; other activities from 2 to 5 p.m. Free admission. Volta Park, 34th and Q streets NW. voltapark.org.
  • Mitchell Park Annual Fun Day will feature food and entertainment for kids and adults, including a clown, face painting, a moon bounce, a bake sale, music and snacks. 2:30 to 5 p.m. Free. Mitchell Park, 23rd Street and Bancroft Place NW. mitchellparkdc.org.

Films

  • “From Vault to Screen: Czech National Film Archive” will feature a screening of Gustav Machaty’s 1931 movie “From Saturday to Sunday.” 4:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Busboys and Poets will present Jeanne Hallacy’s documentary “Sittwe,” about youth affected by the violence and segregation in Burma. A talk by Myo Win, director of the Burmese group Smile Education and Development, will follow. 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Performances

  • “Grey Skies Blue” will feature 15 young dancers from Minneapolis-based Shapeshift Theatrical telling powerful, personal stories of a summer of friendships in the ensemble’s trademark style of interwoven vignettes. 1:30 and 4 p.m. $20. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • New York City-based trio LMnO3 will present “B.A.N.G.S.: Made in America,” a kaleidoscopic pageant of status and femininity. 7 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
  • “Tales of Mystery and the Imagination: Halloween in Georgetown” will feature Guillotine Theatre actors communicating with the spirits in a historic church and cemetery to read poems and short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, including “Morella,” “Hop-Frog,” “The Oval Portrait,” “Annabel Lee” and “The Raven,” with a “supernatural” occurrence promised. 7:30 p.m. $10 donation requested. Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. CathAselford@comcast.net.

Special events

  • Friends of Theodore Roosevelt Island and the National Park Service will celebrate the life and legacy of the 26th president and the 50th anniversary of the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial with activities such as birdwatching, Island Safari walking tours, Teddy Bear Storytime, historical re-enactors, a photo contest and guest speakers. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the main program at 2 p.m. Free. Roosevelt Island. theodorerooseveltisland.org.
  • Georgetown Lutheran Church will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the beginning of what became known as the Reformation with a festive service featuring George Mason University professor and trumpeter Dennis Edelbrock. A German-themed luncheon will follow. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-337-9070.
  • The 2017 Makers Mart Arts & Craft Fair will feature a pop-up artisan market, promoting local women artists and designers who create handcrafted art and merchandise. Noon to 5 p.m. $6 to $10. Great Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000. The sale will continue Monday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tour

  • Curator Dorothy Moss will take visitors for a journey through the exhibition “One Life: Sylvia Plath.” 3 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.