- U.S. Botanic Garden docent Marjorie Abbot will host an “October Snugglers” tour for parents and care providers with a tiny one in a snuggly (no strollers or older siblings due to narrow paths and the nature of the program). 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The Kid’s Chess Club will offer weekly chess instruction. 5 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- Tembembe Ensamble Continuo — a group that strives to research, re-create and disseminate the relationship between music from the Baroque period and traditional Mexican and Latin American music — will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The U.S. Army Blues will present a Hispanic Heritage Month concert. 7 p.m. Free. Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th St. NW. usarmyband.com.
- Philadelphia’s premier Baroque orchestra Tempesta di Mare and the Folger Consort will present “Fire & Invention — Telemann’s Showpieces for the Dresden Orchestra,” featuring two concertos for orchestra and the modern premiere of six newly found entr’acts. 7 p.m. $29 to $49. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. 202-544-7077.
- Led by conductor Juanjo Mena, National Symphony Orchestra will pair Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” Symphony with Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Piano Concerto featuring soloist Garrick Ohlsson. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
- “Ireland’s Poet-Patriots: A Musical History” will feature original classical crossover and Irish traditional tunes performed by D.C. musicians and Irish soloists Muireann nic Amhlaoibh, Christy O’Leary, Aimée Farrell-Courtney and Derek Ryan. 7:30 p.m. $30 to $175. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- Fortas Chamber Music Concerts will present “2-4-6-8! A Chamber Music Celebration by the Numbers,” featuring the Emerson String Quartet, the Dover Quartet, National Symphony Orchestra pianist Lisa Emenheiser and trumpeters Brandon Eubank and Amy McCabe performing a duet, a quartet, a sextet and an octet. 7:30 p.m. $45. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present “Autumn Harvest.” Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
Discussions and lectures
- A National Portrait Gallery educator will discuss posters of Geraldine Farrar, Charlie Chaplin and Bill Pickett. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Ambassadors Franz Cede and Christian Prosl, authors of “Ambition and Reality: Austria’s Foreign Policy Since 1945,” will discuss “The European Union — Challenges and Chances: A View From Austria.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Room 662, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. acfdc.org.
- Noah Charney, adjunct professor of art history at the American University of Rome and University of Ljubljana and founder of the Association for Research Into Crimes Against Art, will discuss his book “Collector of Lives: Giorgio Vasari and the Invention of Art.” 3:30 p.m. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
- The Contemporary Art Crash Course series will feature a look at “Identity and Stereotype — How Artists Tackle Tough Topics,” examining the work of artists like Mel Casas, Betye Saar and Kara Walker, who use loaded imagery as a way to expose inequality. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free. McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- “Free Parking: Salon Style Conversation at the Alper” will feature curator John Anderson in conversation with artists and friends of the Jefferson Place Gallery, Washington’s premier contemporary art space opened by artists in 1957. 5:30 to 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. tinyurl.com/Alpertickets.
- Sonja Wolf will join an expert panel to discuss her book “Mano Dura: The Politics of Gang Control in El Salvador.” 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- Jeffrey Edward Post, chair of the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution and curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection, will discuss the stories behind some of the famous gems and jewels in the Smithsonian’s collection. 5:30 to 8 p.m. $7 to $20; reservations required. Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. 202-686-5807.
- The World Affairs Council will present a talk on current areas of conflict and United Nations activity by Grigor Hovhannissian, ambassador of Armenia to the United States. Free; reservations required. 6 to 8 p.m. Horizon Ballroom, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. worldaffairsdc.org.
- Donya Williams — the granddaughter of Jefferson and Annie Mae Yeldell, founding members of Greater New Hope Baptist Church and Springfield Baptist Church in Northwest D.C. — will discuss her book “Comes to the Light: Learning About the Entangled Families of Edgefield, South Carolina.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free. The Loft, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- Vera Kochanowsky will discuss her father’s memoir “Lenin, Hitler, and Me.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Reiter’s Books, 1900 G St. NW. 202-223-3327.
- Annalee Newitz will discuss her book “Autonomous,” about a rakish female pharmaceutical pirate named Jack who traverses the world in her own submarine. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Mickey Ibarra, founder of the Latino Leaders Network and co-editor of “Latino Leaders Speak: Personal Stories of Struggle and Triumph,” will participate in a panel discussion with contributors to the book. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- Robert Richmond, director of “Antony and Cleopatra,” will offer creative insights into the Folger Theatre’s new production. 6:30 p.m. $20. Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library, 301 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-7077.
- Caitlin Doughty will discuss her book “From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Dick Lehr will discuss his book “Trell” in a program for teens and adults. 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Phillips Collection will present the 2012 film “Renoir,” about the last years of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s life at Cagnes-sur-Mer. 6 p.m. $10 to $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Kim Yong-hwa’s 2009 megahit “Take Off,” about the joy and sorrow of Korea’s first national ski jump team. 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 Oct. 26.
- En Garde Arts will present “Wilderness,” a new multimedia documentary theater work derived from the real-life stories of six families exploring issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity (for ages 14 and older). 7 p.m. $29 to $35. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company’s “Fall Festival of South Asian Arts” will present Mallika Sarabhai and her company Darpana in a program spanning from classical to contemporary in form and theme. 7:30 p.m. $27.50 to $60. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. dakshina.org. The festival will continue Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
- Matthew Bourne/New Adventures will present “The Red Shoes,” based on the film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. 7:30 p.m. $29 to $129. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
- Georgetown University’s Mask & Bauble Dramatic Society will present Neil Simon’s classic farce “Rumors.” 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Stage III, Poulton Hall, Georgetown University, 1421 37th St. NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. Performances will continue through Oct. 21.
- “War & Art, WWI — USA in Italy” will feature a preview of a previously unreleased documentary about World War I provided by the Museo Centrale del Risorgimento in Rome, followed by a panel discussion. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
- 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.
- An anti-human trafficking fundraiser will feature an art exhibit and a screening of the documentary “I Am Jane Doe,” about American mothers waging a battle on behalf of their teenage daughters who were victims of online sex trafficking. 7 p.m. $30 to $50. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- U.S. Botanic Garden deputy executive director Susan Pell will present “Marvelous Morphology: Plant-Animal Interactions.” 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.