- U.S. Botanic Garden docent Marjorie Abbot will host a “September 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.
Classes and workshops
- The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a tai chi class. 8 to 9 a.m. Free. Chinatown Park, 5th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 202-727-3120.
- “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.
- Career coach Joan Sherman will lead a job search seminar for adults on the job market. 2 p.m. Free; reservations required. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- 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.
- “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature The Kendrick Project performing smooth jazz. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
- An American roots concert series will feature David Bach performing jazz. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. National Garden Amphitheater, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- The Music on the Lawn series will feature Little Red & the Renegades performing Zydeco and New Orleans-style R&B. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Lawn, Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100. The series will continue Sept. 21 and 28.
- Combo Chimbita and Dark Water Rising will perform as part of “First Nations + First Americans” in collaboration with ArtChangeUS. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
- The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s 15th anniversary Educating America National Tour will present an educational conference, community memory screenings and more in a program open to professional caregivers and people who are caring for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease. 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Whittemore House, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 866-232-8484.
Discussions and lectures
- A National Portrait Gallery educator will discuss paintings of captains of industry and robber barons. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Artist Mark Wagner will discuss “How to Make Money by Cutting up Money.” 6:15 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Robert Lustig will discuss his book “The Hacking of the American Mind: The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Artist Michael Jones McKean will discuss the nature of objects in relation to folklore, technology, anthropology and mysticism as presented in his works. 6:30 p.m. $12; reservations suggested. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- Celeste Ng will discuss her book “Little Fires Everywhere.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Shawna Kenney and Rich Dolinger will discuss their book “Live at the Safari Club,” about a quirky D.C. underground club that lasted a decade until it burned down under mysterious circumstances. 7 p.m. Free. Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1630 7th St. NW. 202-727-1288.
- Panelists Maria Hinojosa, Ramesh Ponnuru and Khazir Khan will discuss the historical and modern importance of the Constitution to American society, with an emphasis on America’s changing demographic landscape. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
- Journalist Franklin Foer will discuss his book “World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech.” 7 p.m. $18; $30 for one ticket and one book. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
- Georgetown University art historian Ori Soltes will provide an overview of 3,000 years of Jewish art and architecture in a presentation on his book “Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art & Architecture.” 7:30 to 9 p.m. $11.50. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. dcjcc.org.
- As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “Banned Books” month of celebrations, the Thursday Morning Film Series will feature “A Clockwork Orange.” 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s series “5777: A Year in Review,” a tribute to major Jewish artists who passed away, will feature Lian Lunson’s 2005 film “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man,” at 6:30 p.m.; and Robert Altman’s 1971 film “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” at 8:30 p.m. $13.50 per screening. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. wjff.org. The series will continue through Sept. 17.
- The DC Shorts Film Festival, the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District, the Goethe-Institut and the Japan Information and Culture Center will present an outdoor showcase featuring films from Japan, Germany and the United States. 7:20 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Farragut Square Park, Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW. festival.dcshorts.com.
- Washington Improv Theater will present “Rise Up!,” a politically inspired improv performance. 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. witdc.org. Performances will continue through Oct. 1 with a different lineup at each show.
- 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 Nationals will play the Atlanta Braves. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.
- 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 and 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
- A slide show and outdoor tour will focus on the Washington National Cathedral’s whimsical stone gargoyles and grotesques (for ages 10 and older). 6:30 p.m. $18 to $22; reservations suggested. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.