- Innosanto Nagara will discuss his book “The Wedding Portrait” (for ages 8 to 10). 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.
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.
- Reiko Sudo — “Scraps” designer and managing director of Nuno, a textile design firm at the forefront of innovation that combines the Japanese handcraft tradition with advanced technologies — will lead a “Scraps Patchwork” workshop on how to turn fabric remnants into an entirely new textile. 11:30 a.m. $125 to $150; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
- University Legal Services will present an information session for first-time homebuyers (in English and Spanish). 6 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- 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.
- Czech violinist Marketa Vokácová, a member of the world-famous Czech Philharmonic, will team up with pianist Stanislav Gallin to perform pieces by legendary Czech composer Bedrich Smetana and other masters. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Levine Music will present a Jazz Combo recital. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. levinemusic.org.
- The National Symphony Orchestra and new music director Gianandrea Noseda will perform Beethoven’s “Eroica” in a program that will also include music spotlighting soprano Corinne Winters. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
Discussions and lectures
- Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a lecture by Stanford University history professor emeritus David M. Kennedy on “A Tale of Three Cities: How the United States Won WWII.” 9 a.m. Free; reservations required. Lincoln Hall Auditorium, National Defense University, Fort McNair, 260 5th Ave. SW. wwiimemorialfriends.org.
- The National Portrait Gallery’s “Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30” program will focus on the development of 19th-century American identity through the lives of Bayard Taylor, August Belmont and Noah Webster. Noon. Free. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Chris Matthews, political commentator and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” will discuss his book “Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Rawnak Natour and Ron Gerlitz — co-directors of Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel — will discuss “Palestinian Citizens of Israel: The Struggle for Equality.” Noon to 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Room 505, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. go.gwu.edu/sikkuyevent.
- A speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association will discuss Alzheimer’s disease and what you can do to make a difference. 1 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Edward Luce, the Washington columnist and commentator for the Financial Times, will discuss his book “The Retreat of Western Liberalism” in conversation with Sheri Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College. 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations required by Nov. 5. Kenney Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. sais-jhu.edu.
- Shadi Hamid, senior fellow in the Project on U.S. Relations With the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution, will discuss “Religion, U.S. Foreign Policy, and the Trump Administration: One Year In.” 5 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. State Room, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 1957 E St. NW. elliott.gwu.edu.
- Glyn Robbins will discuss his book “There’s No Place: The American Housing Crisis and What It Means for the UK.” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Reiko Sudo — “Scraps” designer and managing director of Nuno, a textile design firm at the forefront of innovation that combines the Japanese handcraft tradition with advanced technologies — will discuss “Kibiso Silk — From Trash to Treasure.” 6 p.m. $10 to $15; reservations required. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-7394.
- Journalist Sally Quinn will discuss her book “Finding Magic: A Spiritual Memoir,” an exploration of her search for meaning. Joining her in conversation will be Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post journalists Mary Jordan and Kevin Sullivan. 6 to 8 p.m. $20 to $25. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- The Institute for Social Policy and Understanding will present a talk by Rebecca Karam, Marisol Dorantes and Dalia Mogahed on “Muslims for American Progress: An Evidence-Based Portrait of American Muslims.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
- Artists Hiroyuki Hamada, Francie Hester, Ellington Robinson and Wilfredo Valladares will join curator Taras W. Matla to discuss their contributions to the exhibition “Laid, Placed, and Arranged” at the University of Maryland Art Gallery. 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- Intelligence historian John Prados will discuss his book “The Ghosts of Langley: Into the CIA’s Heart of Darkness.” 6:30 p.m. $8 to $10. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- Barbara Ehrlich White will discuss her book “Renoir: An Intimate Biography,” a look at the artist’s life using more than 1,100 extracts from letters. 6:30 p.m. $12 to $25; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- “Lee Child on Jack Reacher’s Latest Adventure” will feature a talk by the best-selling author on his book “The Midnight Line.” 6:45 p.m. $45 to $55 for one ticket and one pre-signed book. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- Russell Shorto will discuss his book “Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Herta Feely will discuss her novel “Saving Phoebe Murrow,” about the difficulties of parenting in a technological and social media-centered world. 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- “Books, Bites and Brews” — a D.C. Public Library book club for 20- and 30-somethings — will discuss “Sweetbitter” by Stephanie Danler. 7 p.m. Free. The Coupe DC, 3415 11th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- George Washington University and Politics and Prose will present a talk by veteran journalist Dan Rather on his book “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism” in conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jonathan Capehart. 7 p.m. $24 for one book and one ticket. Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University, 730 21st St. NW. politics-prose.com.
- Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, will discuss his book “Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter,” about the fundamental irrationality of personal finance. 7 p.m. $16; $30 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
- The “Textiles at Twelve” series will feature the documentary “Craft in America: Origins.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Washington National Cathedral will present the documentary “Let There Be Light,” which follows Rowan LeCompte and Dieter Goldkuhle as they make their last window for the Cathedral. A post-screening discussion will feature producer and director Peter Swanson with artists Mary Clerkin Higgins and Andrew Goldkuhle. 7 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C., will present a performance of the modern ballet “Work” by Kim Yong-geol Dance Theater. 7:30 p.m. $25. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Washington Improv Theater will present “Road Show.” 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833. Performances of “Road Show” also will be held Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
- American University will present “What Goes Around …,” about a series of 10 affairs, focusing on the power struggles between the characters and the lies they tell themselves as they move from one encounter to another. 8 to 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Studio Theatre, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3634. The performance will repeat Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m.
- The Fuego Flamenco XIII festival, which brings leading Spanish flamenco dancers and musicians to the U.S., will feature the U.S. premiere of “Binomio,” an imaginative new flamenco piece choreographed by Francisco Hidalgo. 8 p.m. $30 to $45. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. 202-234-7174. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Georgetown University will present “Caesar,” an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic play staged with a female-driven cast and set in the context of 2017 America. 8 p.m. $7 to $15. Gonda Theatre, Davis Performing Arts Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. The performance will repeat Nov. 10 and 11 at 8 p.m.
- “Evenings at the Edge” will feature performances by D.C. artists Christylez Bacon and Nistha Raj blending hip-hop and classical Indian music; experimental short films; and pop-up talks exploring how ideas and identities merge. 6 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. nga.gov/evenings.
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of the National Capital Area will host the 2017 BIG Celebration Gala to honor volunteers in the One-to-One Mentoring Program. The event will include a cocktail reception, dinner and an auction, with keynote remarks by two-time Super Bowl champion Dexter Manley. 6 to 9 p.m. $250. Marriott Marquis Washington, DC, 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW. bbbsnca.org/BigCelebration.
- The Georgetown Library’s monthly Trivia Night will offer a chance to team up with friends or join fellow nerds to take home a prize (for adults and savvy teens). 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Los Angeles Lakers. 7 p.m. $28 to $291. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.
- U.S. Botanic Garden facility manager Ian Donegan will lead a behind-the-scenes tour focusing on what it takes to keep the conservatory functioning properly. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet in the Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- Alexandra Torres, an education specialist at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and Claire Alrich, a staff member at the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden, will lead a guided nature walk focusing on “Nature in Motion” and incorporating stretching and calming exercises. Noon. Free; reservations required. Meet on the Terrace by the Conservatory entrance, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.