- 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.
- “Pajama Movie Night” will feature “Sing.” 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
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.
- “Draft ‘n’ Draw,” a hands-on drawing workshop, will offer a chance to explore the galleries with a teaching artist and then head to the museum’s courtyard to learn basic drawing skills while enjoying a pint or two. 6 p.m. $13 to $25; reservations required. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature jazz saxophonist, bandleader and composer John Kocur performing big band music. Noon to 1 p.m. Free. Woodrow Wilson Plaza, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-312-1300.
- The Take 5! Jazz Series will feature the Ele Rubenstein Ensemble celebrating Jimi Hendrix’s 75th birthday. 5 to 7 p.m. Free. Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- The Music on the Lawn series will feature Yamomanem performing New Orleans-style brass music. 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. 28.
- “Fringe Music in the Library” will feature a concert by the D.C. trio Park Snakes. 6:30 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.
- The Seattle-based band Polyrhythmics will perform a blend of funk, Afrobeat and soul. 8:30 p.m. $10 to $12. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW. gypsysallys.com.
Discussions and lectures
- Cristin McKnight Sethi, assistant professor of art history and director of graduate studies at George Washington University, will discuss “Textiles for Buddhist Temples and Imperial Palaces.” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- Camille Reyes will discuss her book “Water Planet: Culture, Politics, Economics and Sustainability of Water on Earth.” 12:30 to 2 p.m. Free. Room 450, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- Society of the Cincinnati executive director Jack Warren will discuss “Memorializing George Washington: Why We Do It, What It Means.” 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
- Ben Loory will discuss his book “Tales of Falling and Flying.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Juliana “Jewels” Smith will discuss her comic book “(H)afrocentric: Volumes 1-4.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW. pottershousedc.org.
- Ayahuasquero Javier Regueiro will discuss his books “Ayahuasca: Soul Medicine of the Amazon Jungle” and “San Pedro/Huachuma: Opening the Pathways of the Heart.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- A Hispanic Heritage Month book discussion will focus on “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende. 7 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. 202-576-7252.
- French author Pénélope Bagieu will discuss her work. 7 p.m. $10 to $15. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- The Georgetown Book Club will discuss Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Underground Railroad,” winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. 7:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. email@example.com.
- Local book critic Bethanne Patrick — who tweets at @TheBookMaven — will lead a discussion on the work of some of D.C.’s best writers, including novelist Carolyn Parkhurst, poet Sandra Beasley, explorer Scott Wallace and etiquette doyenne Judith Martin. 8 p.m. Free. The Den at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “Banned Books” month of celebrations, the Thursday Morning Film Series will feature the 2000 drama “Amores Perros.” 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- “The Cost of Fashion and the Quest for Sustainable Solutions” will feature a screening of Andrew Morgan’s 2015 documentary “The True Cost” and a talk on how to be fashionable and sustainable by Janice Wallace, editor-in-chief of Façon Magazine. 5 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 — Gregor Mendel” will feature Otakáro Mario Schmidt’s 2016 documentary “Mendel — The Father of Genetics,” about the twist of fate that led Mendel to discover an entirely new science, genetics, in his garden. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required by Sept. 20. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. mendelfather.eventbrite.com.
- The Japan Information and Culture Center will present a night of short animated films featured in the New York Japan CineFest 2017. A post-screening Q&A will feature Naoko Hara, animator for “The Shining Star of Losers Everywhere.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW. www.us.emb-japan.go.jp/jicc.
- Goethe-Institut Washington’s film series on “Luther the Reformer: 500 Year Legacy” will feature the first three segments of the six-part documentary “The Luther Code.” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite.com.
- The Local Dance Commissioning Project will present “LOCS/you can play in the sun,” featuring choreography by MK Abadoo. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 6 p.m.
- Teatro de la Luna will present Juana Estrella from Ecuador in “Penelope” by Jorge Dávila Vázquez (in Spanish). 8 p.m. $25 to $30. Casa de la Luna, 4020 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-882-6227. The performance will repeat Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
- The Institute for Policy Studies will host its 41st annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards, honoring Opal Tometi of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and Javier Rojas Uriana of the Shipia Wayuu Association. 5 to 8 p.m. $75. Arena Stage, 1101 6th St. SW. 202-787-5272.
- A “Nat Geo Nights” happy hour with music, food and drinks will focus on sharks, with presentations by marine ecologist Pelayo Salinas de León and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Gregg Marshall. 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. $20. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- Dupont Underground and Take Five Meditation will present “Fall Equinox Gong Bath,” a sound healing meditation event. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. $35. Dupont Underground, 1500 19th St. NW. dupontunderground.org.
- Certified arborist and education specialist Alexandra Torres will present a tour of the U.S. Botanic Garden’s outdoor gardens and trees. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations required. Meet on the Terrace by the Conservatory entrance, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.