Events calendar: Thursday, Nov. 16

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Children’s programs

  • John Parra will discuss his book “Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos” (for ages 5 through 9). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • “Pajama Movie Night” will feature “The Little Mermaid.” 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.

Classes and workshops

  • “Tai Chi Health Lab” will offer a chance to learn about tai chi through practice and a study of texts such as “The Harvard Medical School’s Guide to Tai Chi” and Kenneth Cohen’s “The Art of Qigong.” 9:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • In conjunction with the exhibit “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads,” education assistant Morgan Kuster will conclude a two-part workshop on “Thinking Inside the Box,” about how to make box art. Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.

Concerts

  • The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature musician JS Williams in a program honoring the life and music of fellow trumpeter Alan Shorter and putting a modern spin on his music. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
  • Max Vernon — a composer, lyricist, playwright, performer and brooch enthusiast whose musical “The View UpStairs” ran 105 performances off-Broadway — will perform as part of the “Broadway, the Next Generation” series. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s “Happenings Happy Hour” series will feature singer-songwriter Be Steadwell. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
  • The National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda will perform Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” as well as works by Respighi, Chausson and Falla. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
  • ​Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights will host “Viva Venezuela: A Concert for Human Rights in Venezuela,” a musical celebration honoring 2017 laureate Alfredo Romero. 7 p.m. $10. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. VivaVZ.eventbrite.com.
  • The Georgetown University Chamber Singers and the Georgetown University Jazz Ensemble will perform choral music and jazz, including a combined performance of works by Cole Porter, Billy Strayhorn, Thad Jones and Jimmy McHugh. 7:30 p.m. $5; free for students. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu.

Discussions and lectures

  • A forum on “Teen Pregnancy and Fatherlessness” will feature a panel discussion and a keynote address by Jonetta Rose Barras, author of “Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl? The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women.” 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. American Public Health Association, 800 I St. NW. dccampaign.org.
  • Myrna Goldenberg, professor emeritus at Montgomery College, will discuss her book “Before All Memory Is Lost,” about the experiences of women during the Holocaust. Noon to 1:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Center for Contemporary Arab Studies Boardroom, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
  • Daniel Innerarity, professor of political and social philosophy at the University of the Basque Country, will discuss “A World of Everyone and No One: The Return of Piracy and the New Global Disorder.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 550, Regents Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
  • Goethe-Institut Washington and the D.C. Public Library will host a monthly German-language conversation group. 12:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
  • Journalist and historian Paola Caridi will discuss her book “Jerusalem Without God: Portrait of a Cruel City.” 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 270, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
  • Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, will discuss “Reflections on America and the World in the Trump Era.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. sais-jhu.edu.
  • National Archives technicians Aaron Arthur and Kaitlyn Crain Enriquez will offer expert tips and examples of how to effectively research World War II military unit photographs housed at the National Archives Still Pictures Branch. 2 to 3 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Artist William Woodward will discuss the narrative paintings in his solo exhibition “The Seven Deadly Sins” in conversation with artist Clarice Smith, author Katherine Neville and American University Museum director Jack Rasmussen. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • The Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host a seminar on the Federal Health Insurance Program’s open season by health economist and author Walt Francis. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW.
  • A panel discussion on the challenges and rewards of designing sustainable clothing and housewares with 2 percent waste or less will feature Christina Kim, “Scraps” designer and founder of Dosa; and Timo Rissanen, assistant professor of fashion design and sustainability at the Parsons School of Design. 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
  • Elizabeth Rosner will discuss her book “Survivor Café: The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Stephen E. Elardo, staff scientist at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Geophysical Laboratory, will discuss “The Roadside Geology of Earth’s Moon.” 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Broad Branch Campus, Carnegie Institution for Science, 5251 Broad Branch Road NW. carnegiescience.edu/events.
  • Theodore Richards will discuss his book “The Great Reimagining: Spirituality in an Age of Apocalypse.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
  • Panelists will explore the past, present and future of the monument as a cultural phenomenon. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. sgordon@american.edu.
  • Artist Chloe Piene — known for videos and drawings that assert a wry and morbid sexual prowess — will discuss her work with Klaus Ottmann, deputy director for curatorial and academic affairs at the Phillips Collection. 6:30 p.m. $12; free for students. Reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
  • Historian Richard Bell will discuss “Thomas Paine: Revolutions of a Founding Father.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • “What Did Faith Communities Stand For? Doctrine and Deed in Nazi Europe” will feature panelists Rebecca Carter-Chand, visiting assistant professor of history at Clark University; Matthew D. Hockenos, associate professor of history at Skidmore College; Kevin Spicer, professor of history at Stonehill College. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-460-0460.
  • David Ignatius will discuss his book “The Quantum Spy: A Thriller.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Dr. Howard Bennett will discuss his book “The Fantastic Body: What Makes You Tick & How You Get Sick” (for ages 6 through 12 and their families). 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • A panel discussion on “Vietnam: 50 Years: Lessons Learned and Lessons Ignored” will feature Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient Harry Robinson III and three former members of Congress — Ambassador James Jones, chief of staff to President Lyndon B. Johnson; former U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; and former U.S. Rep. Milton Robert Carr, D-Mich. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. tinyurl.com/yb6r5mxx.
  • Novelist Andy Weir will discuss his book “Artemis” — a fast-paced thriller set in the first lunar city — in conversation with Eliza Barclay, the science, health and environment editor at Vox.com. 7 p.m. $12; $30 for one book and one ticket. Meeting House, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. politics-prose.com.
  • The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Maria Semple’s 2016 novel “Today Will Be Different.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. julia.strusienski@dc.gov.
  • The New York Times will present “Capturing the Story With a Camera,” featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalists Todd Heisler and Leslye Davis. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.

Films

  • The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Yeon Sang-ho’s film “Train to Busan,” about a group of terrified passengers who fight their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train to Busan. 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.
  • Goethe-Institut Washington’s film series on “Luther the Reformer: 500 Year Legacy” will feature Julia von Heinz’s 2017 film “Luther and I” and Lothar Barke’s 1971 film “The Winged Serpent: Lucas Cranach the Elder.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.

Performances and readings

  • Five Caribbean authors who live in the Washington area will read from their work at a fundraiser for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. 6 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
  • The Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present its annual Donn B. Murphy One-Acts Festival. 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.

Special events

  • The Lightscape Foundation’s World Press Photo Exhibition 2017 will feature images that cover everything from contemporary issues and general news to nature and sports. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. $10 to $25. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org. The photo exhibition will be open daily through Nov. 26 except on Thanksgiving Day.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will hold “Job Seekers,” an event during which attendees can get one-on-one help with their resumés, cover letters and more. 2:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • A “Nat Geo Nights” happy hour with music, food and drinks will spotlight the Silk Road with a look at the ancient network of trade routes extending from eastern China to the Mediterranean Sea with archaeologists Fredrik Hiebert and Michael Frachetti, travel journalist Emma Thomson and wildlife biologist Mimi Kessler. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
  • The Collective, Teach for America’s alumni of color board, will host its second annual Story Slam, a live storytelling event and scholarship fundraiser. 7 to 9 p.m. $25. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.