- 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.
- “Family Fun: A Celebration of ‘Sesame Street’” will feature stories, crafts and other activities for families with young children. 10 a.m. to noon. Free. National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Avenue NW. 202-663-1000.
- The Georgetown Library will present “The Sword in the Stone.” 4 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Tenley WinterFest will feature a viewing of the animated classic “Frosty the Snowman.” 4 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- 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.
- 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 monthly Luce Unplugged series will feature the ethereal pop duo NUEX. 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 Embassy Series will present a concert by Jordanian guitarist and singer Farah Siraj with Andreas Arnold on guitar, Andres Rotmistrovsky on electric bass and Marcelo Woloski on percussion. 7 to 10:15 p.m. $90. Embassy of Jordan, 3504 International Drive NW. 202-625-2361.
- Soloist Yuja Wang and National Symphony Orchestra with conductor Gianandrea Noseda will perform works by Britten, Rachmaninoff and Prokofiev. 7 p.m. $15 to $94. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The concert will repeat Friday at 11:30 a.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.
- “Renée Fleming Voices” will feature singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo. 8 p.m. $29 to $79. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- Curator Taína Caragol will discuss Gaspar Enriquez’s portrait “Luis Jiménez.” Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Melvin Goodman, a former CIA intelligence analyst, will discuss “The Failure of Intelligence: The Decline and Fall of the CIA,” with special attention to the problem of the politicization of intelligence under President Donald Trump and CIA director Mike Pompeo. 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.
- The Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington will host a talk by low-vision specialist Dr. Belinda Weinberg on “Better Light for Better Sight,” about assistive lighting solutions. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, 233 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-234-1010.
- Carol Anderson, professor of African-American studies at Emory University, will discuss her book “White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide.” 4 to 5:15 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- Louis Goodman, Antoni Estevadeordal and contributors to “21st Century Cooperation” will discuss regional public goods, global governance and sustainable development. 5 to 7 pm. Free; reservations requested. Abramson Family Founders Room, School of International Service Building, American University, Nebraska and New Mexico avenues NW. american.edu/sis/events.
- In conjunction with the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, “World on the Move: 100,000 Years of Human Migration” will feature a public roundtable discussion with anthropologists and curators from the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress and Towson University on migration, immigration and displacement; and a screening of “El mar la mar,” a documentary on undocumented immigration to the U.S. Roundtable discussion at 3 p.m.; reception and photo gallery from 5 to 7:30 p.m.; screening from 8 to 9 p.m.; Q&A with filmmaker J.P. Sniadecki and producer Jason DeLeon from 9 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. New York University Washington, DC, 1307 L St. NW. tinyurl.com/ycuzkbpj.
- Curator Claudia Rousseau and artists Anne Marchand, Pat Goslee and Cianne Fragione will discuss the feminine energy in their collaborative exhibition of paintings and assemblages. 6 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company Book Club will discuss Jeffrey Eugenides’ Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Middlesex.” 6 to 7:15 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Forum, Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- The World Affairs Council will present a talk by Aisha Ahmad on her book “Jihad & Co.: Black Markets and Islamic Power,” about the security risk posed by the presence of militant jihadist groups throughout the world. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. worldaffairsdc.org.
- “The Making of Mystery” will feature Matt Fitzsimmons, author of “Cold Harbor”; Ellen Crosby, author of “The Wine Country Mysteries”; and Con Lehane, author of “The Brian McNulty Series” and “42nd Street Library Mysteries.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- Amy Starecheski, co-director of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia University, will discuss her book “Ours to Lose: When Squatters Become Homeowners in New York City.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- Neuroscientist Greg Berns will discuss “What It’s Like to Be a Dog,” about his research with dogs and other animals that indicates that complex intelligence is all around us. 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Politics and Prose will host “Romance and the Resistance,” a panel discussion with Alisha Rai, Alyssa Cole and Sarah Wendell about the impact of romance novels. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
- Stephen Kotkin, professor of history and international affairs at Princeton University, will discuss his book “Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929-1941.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- “NPR’s How I Built This: Live From DC” will feature host Guy Raz in conversation with Robert L. Johnson about the ingenuity and grit that led Johnson to co-found BET and the RLJ Cos. 8 p.m. $45. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. 202-994-6800.
- Mount Pleasant Library will screen David Leitch’s action-thriller “Atomic Blonde,” starring Charlize Theron. 6 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- The National Portrait Gallery and the German Embassy will present “The Blue Angel,” one of Marlene Dietrich’s first films. 6 p.m. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- “Natural History on the Big Screen” will feature a screening of the film “How to Survive a Plague,” the story of how activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. A post-screening panel discussion will focus on the current state of the HIV/AIDS pandemic locally, nationally, internationally and within the nonhuman primates that are the wildlife reservoir of the virus. 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. Free; registration required. Baird Auditorium, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. s.si.edu/2iYJxM6.
- GALA Hispanic Theatre’s sixth annual international film festival “Reel Time at GALA” will continue with a screening of “El Sitio de Los Sitios/Site of Sites,” about the creation of an artificial beach on a Caribbean resort. 7 p.m. $10; $30 for a festival pass. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. 202-234-7174.
- The Avalon Theatre’s Film Studies series will feature “Score: A Film Music Documentary,” followed by discussion with writer/director Matt Schrader on the process of making the film and how it grew from a personal exploration of film music’s power into one of 2017’s most successful documentary films. 7:30 p.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
- An honors tribute to opera legend Marian Anderson will feature performances of some of her most memorable pieces woven together with spoken word that explores the challenges of African-American performers and race in America. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, 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.
- “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).
- A geographical journey with experts on beer will feature a talk by “Atlas of Beer” authors Nancy Hoalst-Pullen and Mark Patterson, accompanied by a guided tasting with food pairings led by James Beard Award-winning brewmaster Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery. 7 to 9 p.m. $100. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- The Washington Capitals will play the Los Angeles Kings. 7 p.m. $11 to $185. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.