- Mount Pleasant Library will host “Little Builders!,” a STEM program for the library’s youngest guests. 10 a.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
Classes and workshops
- Professional artist and painting instructor Adrienne Kralick will present “A Day With Renoir and Friends,” featuring a bus trip to the Phillips Collection for a guided visit to the exhibition “Renoir and Friends: Luncheon of the Boating Party” followed by a studio session to create a Renoir-inspired painting using techniques observed in his works. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. $150 to $195. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Radke Nations will present a weekly yoga class. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
- The D.C. Public Library and Goethe-Institut Washington will present a lunchtime chamber music series featuring local musicians Ralitza Patcheva and Vasily Popov with special guests. Noon. Free. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goethe.de/washington.
- The monthly Luce Unplugged series will feature Dreamcast, a local singer-songwriter who combines chill beats with soulful vocals. The event will include snacks and drinks available for purchase. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The New York-based Mivos Quartet will perform works by composers Alban Berg and Igor Stravinsky, as well as Elliott Carter and D.C. native Jeffrey Mumford. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Happenings Happy Hour” series will feature the Beau Soir Ensemble. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- “Holiday Music in the Garden” will feature Tony Craddock Jr. & the Cold Front performing jazz. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The University of the District of Columbia’s annual holiday concert will feature the UDC Chorale, The Voices and the UDC Jazz Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Free. Theater of the Arts, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. jazzaliveudc.org.
- PostClassical Ensemble will start its inaugural season as the Washington National Cathedral’s ensemble in residence with “Music in Wartime: A Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration,” featuring musical responses to war from Hanns Eisler, Dmitri Shostakovich and Arnold Schoenberg performed by baritone William Sharp, pianist Alexander Shtarkman, the Cathedral Choir and members of PostClassical Ensemble. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $65. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. postclassical.com.
- NSO Pops will present “A Holiday Pops!” featuring Tony-nominated stage and screen star Megan Hilty performing comforting classics and singalong carols. 8 p.m. $24 to $99. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- “Thursdays at Noon: Slow Looking” will feature a National Portrait Gallery educator leading visitors in a conversation about Francis Hyman Criss’ artwork “Alma Sewing.” Noon. Free. Meet in the G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The “Textiles at Twelve” series will present “Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Author LA Smith will discuss her debut novel “Fukushima on the Hudson.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- Robert Sutter, professor of the practice of international affairs at George Washington University, will discuss his book “US-China Relations — Perilous Past, Uncertain Present.” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 602, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/uschina3rd.
- Author and attorney Morris E. Fischer will discuss his book “Maximize Your Employment Lawsuit With My Top Secrets.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Reiter’s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327.
- Tabitha Whissemore, president of the D.C. chapter of the Women’s National Book Association, will lead a monthly reading group in a discussion of Celeste Ng’s novel “Everything I Never Told You.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- HumanitiesDC will sponsor a “Humanitini” happy hour focusing on “Surviving Homelessness in DC,” about the contrasts between Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative to build homeless shelters across the District and an alternative “housing first” approach pioneered in Utah. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE. wdchumanities.org/humanitini.
- “Spotlight on Design: nARCHITECTS and the Making of Carmel Place” — about the development of a 55-unit micro-studio mid-rise in New York City that occurred despite regulatory, site and design challenges — will feature Mimi Hoang, the firm’s co-founding principal; Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council; and Kirk Goodrich of Monadnock Development. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
- Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University, will discuss the historical conditions that gave rise to the first practitioners of scientific archaeology as part of a five-session lecture series on “Indiana Jones, the Eternal Explorer: The Politics of Archaeology, Empires, and Exploration.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The group Carecen will present a session on “Navigating the Immigration Process,” including eligibility for naturalization and the benefits, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
- Award-winning local author and Georgetown University creative writing professor David Ebenbach will discuss his novel “Miss Portland.” 7 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727- 7527.
- Dar Williams will discuss her book “What I Found in a Thousand Towns: A Traveling Musician’s Guide to Rebuilding America’s Communities — One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman will present “Politico Playbook Live,” featuring a special extended version of the “Playbook Audio Briefing.” 7 p.m. $15 to $18. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.
- A panel discussion on the role of the television journalist during the Vietnam War will feature Ted Koppel, a longtime broadcast journalist and former anchor of “Nightline”; Yasutsune “Tony” Hirashiki, former ABC News cameraman and author of “On the Frontlines of the Television War: A Legendary War Cameraman in Vietnam”; and Barrie Dunsmore, a journalist who covered foreign affairs for 30 years. 7 to 8 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Musician and composer Jason Moran — artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center and artist in residence at Georgetown University — will discuss his research into the architectural patterns of famous jazz venues. 7:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. bit.ly/2iRehyp.
- The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family will present a talk by administrator and faculty member Amie Post on “Navigating the Waters of Adolescence — Moving From Surviving to Thriving in the Education Experience.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, 4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-965-4400.
- Wendelin Ettmayer, former Austrian ambassador to Finland, Canada and the Council of Europe, will discuss “War & Peace in International Relations — What Has Changed?” 7:30 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. acfdc.org.
- The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Lee Gae-byok’s 2016 comedy “Luck-Key.” Appetizer social at 6 p.m.; film at 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C, 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW. KoreaCultureDC.org. The film will be shown again Dec. 21.
Performances and readings
- Dana Tai Soon Burgess, the National Portrait Gallery’s choreographer in residence, will present “I Am Vertical,” a new repertory that draws from Sylvia Plath’s writing and poetry. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The performance will repeat Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m.
- The Georgetown Library will host its monthly First Thursday Evening Poetry Reading, followed by an open-mic event. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Suzanne Farrell Ballet will perform “Forever Balanchine: Farewell Performances,” celebrating the culmination of 16 seasons with an all-Balanchine program to include “Chaconne,” “Tzigane,” “Meditation,” “Serenade” and “Gounod Symphony.” 7:30 p.m. $29 to $89. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.
- “Mason Bates’s KC Jukebox” will feature “Ear/Eye,” a multimedia performance exploring the intersection of music and imagery. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The 13th annual Downtown Holiday Market will feature exhibitors, local food and live music. Noon to 8 p.m. Free admission. Sidewalk of F Street between 7th and 9th streets NW, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. downtownholidaymarket.com. The market will continue through Dec. 23 from noon to 8 p.m. daily.
- The Washington Harbour ice rink will offer public skating. Noon to 9 p.m. $9 to $10. Washington Harbour, 3000 K St. NW. 202-706-7666. Regular hours are Monday and Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday from noon to 9 p.m., Friday from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Alliance Française de Washington will host a holiday happy hour featuring mulled wine and the traditional French Christmas cake known as Bûche de Noël. 5 to 6:30 p.m. $5 to $10; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- The monthly “Phillips After 5” series will feature a “Fête at the Phillips” event where members of the public will enjoy a wine tasting and make impressionist holiday cards modeled after Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting “Luncheon of the Boating Party.” 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW. 202-387-2151.
- “ZooLights” will feature environmentally friendly LED displays, a light show set to music, 150-foot-long “snow tubing” tracks, the Conservation Carousel, live entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark play zone for children. 5 to 9 p.m. Free admission. National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-633-4470. The event will repeat daily through Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24, 25 and 31).
- “Tudor Lights: Garden Lights, Festive Night” will feature a chance to stroll the historic landscape at Tudor Place to see it twinkling with holiday lights and to see the mansion decked with festive decorations and installations recalling the home’s first electrically lit Christmas in 1914. The event will include hors d’oeuvres, seasonal confections, cocktails and other libations. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $25; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.