- St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will hold its annual fall bazaar and fundraiser with homemade dinners, thrift tables, a bake sale and vendors offering crafts, photographic art, vintage jewelry, books and gifts. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; homemade dinners served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. 728 23rd St. NW. 202-333-3985. The sale will continue from Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- 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
- “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.
- Joan Sherman, a job search and networking coach at Networkshops.net, will host a workshop on “Questioning and Active Listening Skills: Networking Techniques and Establishing Credibility in Your Job Search.” 10 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The D.C. Small Business Development Center will present a seminar on how to start your own business. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. dcsbdc.org.
- 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.
- Washington National Opera artistic director Francesca Zambello will present an opera master class for pre-professional singers. 7 p.m. $12. Rehearsal Room, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- 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.
- Pianist Francesco Attesti plays Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” one of the most demanding works ever written for keyboard. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Former National Symphony Orchestra music director Leonard Slatkin will lead the orchestra in Bernstein’s “Slava! A Political Overture” and “Songfest” as well as Stravinsky’s legendary ballet score “The Rite of Spring.” 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Opening night of the 19th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature the Israeli group Tararam performing a blend of rhythm and movement interwoven with tightly choreographed body drumming sequences. 7:30 p.m. $28.75. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. wjmf.org/events. The festival will continue through Nov. 12.
Discussions and lectures
- A National Portrait Gallery educator will present an in-depth look at the sculpture of Rosa Parks by Marshall D. Rumbaugh. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Curator Nora Atkinson will present a gallery talk on “The Final Stop,” a gallery turned into an underground subway platform created by set designer and artist Rick Araluce. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Meet in the first-floor lobby, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue 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.
- Carol Joynt’s Q&A Cafe series will feature journalist Sally Quinn, author of “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir.” 12:15 p.m. $35, with lunch included. The George Town Club, 1530 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-9330.
- Julie Chen, a professor of book art at Mills College, will discuss highlights from her 30-year career as a studio book artist. 3 to 4 p.m. Free. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- 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 Louise Erdrich’s novel “The Round House.” 6 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Amanda Lucidon, the official White House photographer from 2013 to 2017, will discuss her book “Chasing Light: Michelle Obama Through the Lens of a White House Photographer.” 6 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- Historian Mark Benbow will launch “Nation’s Capital Brewmaster: Christian Heurich and his Brewery 1842-1956,” his new biography of the original owner of the Victorian mansion now home to the Heurich House Museum. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. bit.ly/HHMBenbowBk.
- The 44th Annual Conference on D.C. History will open with the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Lecture on “Washington, D.C. 1968: Activism, Art, and Architecture,” presented by Marya Annette McQuirter, curator of the dc 1968 project. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Warner Bros, Theater, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. dchistory.org/programs/annual-conference. The conference — “Echo & Resonance: 1968,” marking the 50th anniversary of the civil unrest that year — will continue Friday and Saturday at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church, 1313 New York Ave. NW; registration costs $15 to $30.
- Bruce P. Baganz, co-chair of the board of trustees of the George Washington University Museum and president of the board of trustees of The Textile Museum, will discuss “Splendid 19th-Century Central Asian Ikat Textiles and Their Modern Revival.” 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
- Kate Moretti will discuss her book “The Blackbird Season.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Scott Shapiro will discuss his book “The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- Georgetown University’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life will host a forum on “Moral and Policy Questions on Nuclear Arms and North Korea,” featuring Chuck Hagel, former U.S. secretary of defense, former U.S. senator from Nebraska, a Vietnam War veteran and a visiting fellow at Georgetown University; Stephen Colecchi, director of the Office of International Justice and Peace at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; and Maryann Cusimano Love, associate professor of international relations at the Catholic University. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Heart, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. catholicsocialthought.georgetown.edu.
- Pernessa C. Seele, founder and CEO of the nonprofit Balm in Gilead Inc., will discuss her book “Stand Up to Stigma: How We React to Fear and Shame.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- DC Internationals’ Middle East South Asia Language Institute will present a book talk by Steven A. Cook, author of “False Dawn: Protest, Democracy, and Violence in the New Middle East.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. email@example.com.
- Candida R. Moss and Joel S. Baden will discuss their book “Bible Nation: The United States of Hobby Lobby.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Former National Hockey League player Sean Avery will discuss his book “Ice Capades: A Memoir of Fast Living and Tough Hockey.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
- Nikolaus Wachsmann, professor of modern European history at the University of London, will discuss “Concentration Camps — The Limits of Representing History.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-460-0460.
- Author and journalist Matt Taibbi will discuss his book “I Can’t Breathe: A Killing on Bay Street.” 7 p.m. $5 to $10; $30 for one book and one ticket. Meeting House, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW. politics-prose.com.
- Poet Mary-Sherman Willis will present her recent translation of Jean Cocteau’s “Grace Notes” poems and discuss the renowned director’s life. 7 to 9 p.m. $10 to $25; reservations required. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
Performances and readings
- 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.
- Georgetown University will present “Caesar,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play set in the context of 2017 America with its ubiquitous media coverage, cult of personality, and the capricious loyalty of public opinion. 8 p.m. $7 to $15. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. Performances will continue through Nov. 11.
- Georgetown University’s Black Theatre Ensemble will present “The Hand That Feeds You,” a play by students Mackenzie Foy and Kendell Long about the political and professional arc of two influential black activists who meet after a protest. 8 p.m. $5. Village C Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- The Oyster-Adams Bilingual School will host its 23rd annual Bilingual Book Fair, with proceeds benefiting primary and middle school library programs. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Oyster Campus, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2801 Calvert St. NW. 202-671-6130. The sale will continue Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- The Woman’s National Democratic Club will present Hillary Rodham Clinton with the 2017 Democratic Woman of the Year Award in recognition of her contributions to American politics and international affairs, as well as the inspiration she has provided to women and girls around the world. 4 to 6 p.m. $100 to $250. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- This month’s “Phillips After 5” installment — “Fashion à la Renoir” — will feature opportunities to learn about fashion in Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s famous “Luncheon of the Boating Party” and other artworks featured in “Renoir and Friends”; strike a pose wearing vintage-inspired items from Proper Topper in a photo booth; and create Renoir-inspired accoutrements with vintage materials. 5 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- The Washington Capitals will play the New York Islanders. 7 p.m. $11 to $166. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- “Close-up Tour: 20th-Century American Gothic” will explore the Gothic style and its unique characteristics, purposes and building methods (for ages 10 and older). 1:30 p.m. $18 to $22. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.