Events calendar: Sunday, Oct. 8


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. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Children’s program

  • 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.

Classes and workshops

  • 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.
  • Author Ingrid Anders will facilitate a monthly reading group for writers, with participants reading a celebrated short story aloud and discussing the literary devices used by the author. 2:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.


  • Musicians of “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band will perform works by Vivaldi, Daughtrey, Muczynski and Bach. 2 p.m. John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex, 7th and K streets SE. 202-433-4011.
  • The Kennedy Center Chamber Players will perform works by Leclair, Copland and Schumann. 2 p.m. $36. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Canales Project will present a concert exploring issues of culture and identity with performances by pianist Lara Downes; Kaoru Watanabe, a Brooklyn-based composer and practitioner of the Japanese taiko drum and shinobue bamboo flutes; and Grammy-nominated tabla player Sandeep Das. 3:30 p.m. Free. West Garden Court, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Conductor Robert Dodelin and Sidney’s Orchestra will present the timeless classics of the big-band era. 4 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Pianist Sergei Babayan will make his Phillips Collection debut with works by Vladimir Ryabov, J.S. Bach, Frédéric Chopin and Sergei Rachmaninoff. 4 p.m. $20 to $40; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW.
  • “Navetoberfest!” with Norwegian virtuoso Bjarte Eike’s Alehouse Sessions will offer a chance to experience the food, drink and music of a 17th-century English tavern with performances of Henry Purcell’s overtures, English sea chanteys and Scandinavian folk songs. 6 p.m. $75, with food and drinks included. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW.
  • The Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration will feature performers Jason Moran and Kenny Barron in a salute to the lasting legacy of the late pianist, composer and architect of modern jazz. 8 p.m. $20 to $59. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Washington Writers Publishing House will present talks by the winners of its 2017 prizes in poetry and fiction — Jacob Weber, author of “Don’t Wait to Be Called,” and Nicole Tong, author of “How to Prove a Theory.” 1 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Yuriko Jackall, assistant curator of French paintings at the National Gallery of Art, will present an introduction to the exhibition “Fragonard: The Fantasy Figures.” 2 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Matthew Zapruder will discuss his book “Why Poetry” in conversation with Howard Norman. 3 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Historian Alfred W. McCoy will discuss his book “In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power.” 3 to 5 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Writer, social justice advocate and attorney Khary Lazarre-White will discuss his novel “Passage.” 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Lenora Chu will discuss her book “Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve.” 5 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.


  • 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. 11 a.m. to 6 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.
  • Presented by UberEATS, the fourth annual music and food festival All Things Go Fall Classic will feature musical performances 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. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.


  • In conjunction with the Immigration Film Festival, the National Gallery of Art, Goethe-Institut Washington and Films Across Borders will present Philip Scheffner’s 2016 movie “Haverie,” with the director in attendance. 4 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215. The festival’s “No Room for Refugees” series will continue through Oct. 27 at various venues.
  • Busboys and Poets will host the D.C. premiere of the comedic web series “The North Pole,” followed by a talkback with lead actress Reyna Amaya and writer/producer Josh Healey. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.

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.
  • 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. 2 p.m. $20. Anacostia Playhouse, 2020 Shannon Place SE.
  • The Washington Ballet will present “Russian Masters.” 2 and 8 p.m. $25 to $140. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • 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. 4 p.m. $25 to $30. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227.
  • 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.
  • The JaM Project will present “Good Times, Bad Times,” using tap dance, classic rock and Motown music to provide a brief glimpse into the Vietnam War and the different themes associated with the time. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • In conjunction with the exhibition “Human Trafficking: Reclaiming Freedom, A Call and Response,” Busboys and Poets will host an Artworks for Freedom poetry reading with visual art projections. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Israel’s Roy Assaf Dance will present “Six Years Later,” about a meeting between two mysterious figures. 7 p.m. $20 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.

Special event

  • The Colonial Dames of America Chapter III will host an open house at the historic Abner Cloud House, the oldest original building along the C&O Canal and a primary example of Federal architecture in Washington. Noon to 5 p.m. Free. Abner Cloud House, Canal and Reservoir roads NW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the Cleveland Cavaliers in a preseason game. 3 p.m. $9 to $135. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.