- 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.
- Kevin McCloskey will discuss his book “Something’s Fishy” (for ages 4 through 8). 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 “Minions.” 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- In conjunction with the exhibit “The Box Project: Uncommon Threads,” education assistant Morgan Kuster will present 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. The workshop will conclude Nov. 16.
- The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature guitarists Steve Herberman and Donato Soviero, bassist Michael Bowie and drummer Lenny Robinson performing the music of guitar great Emily Remler. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Lady Mary and the Indahouse Band will perform R&B. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- PostClassical Ensemble will present “The Russian Experiment: Soviet Culture in the 1920s,” featuring pianist Vladimir Feltsman and cellist Benjamin Capps. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. postclassical.com.
Discussions and lectures
- The Chevy Chase and Georgetown chapters of National Active and Retired Federal Employees will host a talk by a member of the legislative staff on the federal budget and other legislative issues affecting federal employees and retirees, including concerns that federal benefits may be at risk. 6 p.m. Free. Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle St. NW.
- The McClendon Center will host a panel discussion on the status of mental health care disparity in the District today, who it affects, and why it matters. 6 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- Denise Kiernan will discuss her book “The Last Castle,” about the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States — the Biltmore, a Gilded Age mansion on an 8,000-acre estate in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains whose story spans world wars, the Jazz Age and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family. Joining Kiernan in conversation will be Dan Zak, reporter for The Washington Post. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Clinical psychologist Diane Pomerantz will discuss her book “Lost in the Reflecting Pool.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- Artist Amy Cutler — known for creating exquisitely detailed narrative works through a pastiche of personal memories, political observations and cultural insights — will discuss her work in conversation with Lisa Freiman, director of the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University. 6:30 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- Renowned chef and restaurateur José Andrés will discuss the past, present and future of the Spanish gastronomy revolution with food writer and scholar Anne McBride, following a screening of the culinary documentary “Snacks. Bites of a Revolution.” The evening will conclude with a sample tasting of Spanish wines. 6:45 p.m. $15; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. spainculture.us.
- The Hurston Wright Legacy Award Reading — honoring the best in black literature in the United States and around the globe — will feature nominees Jacqueline Woodson, Patricia Bell-Scott and Ibram X. Kendi, among others. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW. politics-prose.com/wharf.
- Nathan Englander will discuss his novel “Dinner at the Center of the Earth.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Adult Book Club will host a discussion on “Disgrace: A Novel” by J.M. Coetzee. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
- “Why North Africa? An American Invasion” will feature Edna Friedberg, historian at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum; Meredith Hindley, historian and author of “Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II”; and Robert Satloff, executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and author of “Among the Righteous: Lost Stories From the Holocaust’s Long Reach Into Arab Lands.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. 202-460-0460.
- CNN political contributor Van Jones will discuss his book “Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together” in conversation with Jake Tapper. 7 p.m. $20; $35 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
- Mara Liasson, a national political correspondent for NPR, will speak as part of a series on “Journalists on Journalism.” 7 to 8:15 p.m. $25 to $40. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
- The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Zadie Smith’s 2016 novel “Swing Time.” 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The New York Times will present “From Anchor Suits to Bare-ing Arms: The Evolution of Fashion in Washington,” featuring designer Hilton Hollis, Washington boutique owners Betsy Fisher and Theresa Watts, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Helene Cooper. 7:30 p.m. $15 to $20. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- Local book critic Bethanne Patrick — who tweets at @TheBookMaven — will lead a discussion on October’s most haunted reads, including “Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places” and “The Apparitionists: A Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost.” 8 p.m. Free. The Den at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- ArtWorks for Freedom will present a screening of “The Harvest (La Cosecha),” about three of the estimated 400,000 children in the U.S. who work in the fields without the protection of child labor laws. A panel discussion with survivors of child labor will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3121.
- The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as part of a classic movie series. 7 p.m. $5 to $10. Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW. 202-547-5688.
- Double Exposure — a four-day investigative film festival and symposium that pairs film screenings with discussions with working journalists and filmmakers in a project of the investigative news organization 100Reporters — will host an opening-night screening of “One of Us,” a 2017 film directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady about the experiences of three Hasidic Jews who leave their ultra-Orthodox community to join the secular world. A discussion will follow. Reception at 5 p.m.; screening at 7 p.m. $25 to $75. National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. doubleexposurefestival.com. The festival will continue through Sunday with screenings at the Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; tickets cost $12.50 to $15 per screening, with an all-film pass available for $79 to $99.
- “Reel Affirmations: Washington, DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival” will open with Jennifer Reader’s coming-of-age drama “Signature Move,” at 7 p.m.; and Francis Lee’s atmospheric romance “God’s Own Country,” at 9 p.m. $12 per screening. GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St. NW. reelaffirmations.org. The festival will continue through Sunday; festival passes cost $110 to $325.
- The Second City will present “When Life Gives You Clemens,” a tribute to Mark Twain and the humor he found in satire, politics and human nature (recommended for ages 16 and older). 7 and 9 p.m. $39 to $55. Family Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 7 and 9 p.m.
- George Washington University’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design will present Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” the story of a playground altercation between 11-year-old boys that brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting to resolve the dispute. 7:30 p.m. $10 to $20. Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre, George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW. 202-994-0995. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
- Georgetown University’s Nomadic Theatre will present Lauren Gunderson’s “Exit, Pursued by a Bear,” about a woman who decides to take matters into her own hands when her relationship with her husband becomes abusive. 8 p.m. $8 to $12. Village C Theatre, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. performingarts.georgetown.edu. Performances will continue through Oct. 28.
- A “Nat Geo Nights” happy hour with music, food and drinks will focus on what it’s like to come face-to-face with wild animals, survive extreme environments, and make unexpected discoveries, with presentations by filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade, writer/photographer Ryan Bell and adventure sports photographer Krystle Wright. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- The Heurich House Museum’s monthly History & Hops series will feature Greg Kitsock, editor of the Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. The event, for ages 21 and older, will also include snacks and tours of the historic home. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30. Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-429-1894.
- Certified arborist and U.S. Botanic Garden education specialist Alexandra Torres will present “Fun With Trees,” a tour spotlighting outdoor gardens and trees. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet by the entrance to the Conservatory, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.