- Katherine Rundell will discuss her book “The Explorer” (for ages 8 to 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- 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.
- David Newcomb will lead a workshop on “Finding Inner Peace and Calmness Through Meditation.” 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1188.
- “Live! Concert Series on the Plaza” will feature Claritee Band performing guitar/blues music. 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 Jason Ricci performing blues. 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 Marshall Keys on saxophone and Herman Burney on upright bass. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Lawn, Grace Episcopal Church, 1041 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-333-7100.
- Guy Mason Recreation Center will host “Jazz in the Park.” 6 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
- The Congressional Chorus, American Youth Chorus and Northeast Senior Singers will present “A Starry Night at the Miracle Theatre,” a talent show to benefit the group and its community engagement and education programs. 7 to 10 p.m. $20 for general admission; $25 entry fee for performers. Miracle Theatre, 535 8th St. SE. congressionalchorus.org.
- The National Symphony Orchestra and organist Cameron Carpenter will perform favorites by Bernstein and Adams. 7 p.m. $15 to $89. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Saturday at 8 p.m.
- Gardening and cooking writer Adrienne Cook and nutritionist Danielle Cook will present “Apples and Pears.” Noon and 12:50 p.m. Free. Conservatory Garden Court, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333.
Discussions and lectures
- “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 — Gregor Mendel” will present a symposium on “Mendel’s Peas and Today’s Genes: Healthcare, Ethics, and Genetics,” featuring a keynote address on Gregor Mendel and his legacy by Ondrej Dostál, director of the Mendel Museum in the Czech Republic. A buffet lunch of Czech cuisine will follow. 10 a.m. Free; reservations required by Sept. 25. Fisher Colloquium, Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. geneticstoday.eventbrite.com.
- Architect and art historian Andrea Gallelli Huezo will discus “Mughal Textiles as Symbols of Dynastic Succession in the ‘Padshahnama.’” Noon. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. 202-994-5200.
- National Portrait Gallery historian Kate Lemay will discuss Irving Penn’s portrait of Marlene Dietrich. Noon. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.
- Retired U.S. Army Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, professor at the College of William & Mary and George Washington University, will discuss “The Future of Our National Security State.” Luncheon at 12:15 p.m.; program at 1 p.m. $10 to $30. Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW. 202-232-7363.
- Optometrist Belinda Weinberg will discuss “Making the Most of Your Low Vision,” about the eye conditions that can cause low vision. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Prevention of Blindness Society of Metropolitan Washington, 233 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-234-1010.
- Retired U.S. Gen. David H. Petraeus, chairman of the KKR Global Institute and a partner in the global investment firm KKR, will discuss current affairs and his career in conversation with Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. sais-jhu.edu.
- Jane Dorothy Hartley, former U.S. ambassador to France, will discuss “The U.S., France and Europe — Where Do We Go From Here?” 4:30 to 6 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Copley Formal Lounge, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. guevents.georgetown.edu.
- Artists Joan Belmar, Mary Early and Sondra Arkin and curator Sarah Tanguy will discuss their site-specific installations in “Twist — Layer — Pour.” 6 to 7 p.m. Free. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
- As part of the Cottage Conversation series, former National Park Service chief historian Robert Sutton will discuss his book “Stark Mad Abolitionists: Lawrence, Kansas, and the Battle Over Slavery in the Civil War Era.” Reception at 6 p.m.; lecture at 6:30 p.m. $10 to $20. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. 202-688-3735.
- Abigail McEwen, associate professor in art history at the University of Maryland, will discuss her book “Revolutionary Horizons: Art and Polemics in 1950s Cuba” in conversation with Vesela Sretenovic, senior curator of modern and contemporary art at The Phillips Collection. 6:30 p.m. Free. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. phillipscollection.org/events.
- Bhu Srinivasan will discuss his book “Americana: A 400-Year History of American Capitalism.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Nobel laureate James E. Rothman, professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology at the Yale University School of Medicine, will discuss “How Vesicles in Our Cells Allow Communication in the Body and the Brain.” 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Free; reservations required. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-328-6988.
- Jennet Conant will discuss her book “Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist,” a deeply researched biography about her grandfather. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Leigh Bardugo will discuss her book “The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic.” 7 p.m. Free. Children & Teens Department, Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive will present excerpts from the Ford’s Theatre production of “Come From Away” and host a discussion with director of artistic programming Patrick Pearson and cast member Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
- Brookings Institution senior fellow John Hudak will lead the “News in Longform” book club in a discussion of Jeff Flake’s “Conscience of a Conservative.” 7 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- Joan Nathan will discuss her book “King Solomon’s Table: A Culinary Exploration of Jewish Cooking From Around the World.” 7 p.m. $15 to $25. Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. francedc.org.
- Politics and Prose will present a talk by Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk, author of “The Red-Haired Woman.” Joining him in conversation will be Azar Nafisi, author of “The Republic of Imagination” and “Reading Lolita in Tehran.” 7 p.m. $28 to $30 for one book and one ticket. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. politics-prose.com.
- The Georgetown Library’s Twentythirtysomething Book Club — a group for younger adults ages 21 and older — will discuss “A Colony in a Nation” by Chris Hayes. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Mad Fox Tap Room, 2218 Wisconsin Ave. NW. email@example.com.
- “Finding Amelia” — about theories surrounding the tragic disappearance of aviator Amelia Earhart 80 years ago and new investigations into the flight’s fate — will feature panelists Tom King, David Jourdan, Les Kinney and Aurora Elmore. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.
- The Thursday Morning Film Series will feature “Pan’s Labyrinth.” 10:30 a.m. Free. West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW. 202-724-8707.
- The Korean Cultural Center’s K-Cinema series will present Na Hong-jin’s 2016 film “The Wailing.” 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.
Performances and readings
- The American Women Writers National Museum will present A. Anokwale Anansesemfo performing a dramatic presentation of the work of Zora Neale Hurston, author of “Their Eyes Were Watching God.” Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations requested. McClendon Room, National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Local Dance Commissioning Project will present “When Snails Collide,” featuring choreography by Kyoko Ruch. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Friday at 6 p.m.
- Washington National Cathedral will present the Holy Eucharist in celebration of the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, the 110th anniversary of the dedication of the Cathedral. The service will include hymns, readings from Holy Scripture, a short sermon and Communion. Noon. Free. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. cathedral.org.
- As part of the D.C. Public Library’s “Banned Books” month of celebrations, the Cleveland Park Interim Library will host a “Banned Book Button Bonanza” for kids and adults to create their own book-themed buttons. 6 p.m. Free. Cleveland Park Interim Library, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-3080.
- A reception will mark the opening of “Shipwrecked! Preserving Our Underwater Heritage,” an interactive exhibit that unveils the untold stories of the Spanish shipwrecks found on U.S. coasts. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Former Residence of the Ambassadors of Spain, 2801 16th St. NW. spainculture.us.
- “Tudor Nights: Traveling in Style” will feature a cocktail evening centered on the bygone era of luxury travel on private rail cars and trans-Atlantic ocean liners, with steamer trunks, hat boxes, valises and more. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $15; free for members. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. tudorplace.org.
- The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will host the “Making D.C. History Awards,” honoring D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, artists Di and Lou Stovall, chef José Andrés, entrepreneur Paul Ruppert, and developers Paul Millstein and Douglas Jemal. Reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.; awards dinner and presentation from 7:30 to 9 p.m. $250 to $300. Knight Conference Center, Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. dchistory.org.
- The Washington Nationals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates. 7:05 p.m. $12 to $370. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287. The series will continue Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 3:05 p.m.
- In partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the National Portrait Gallery will present a gallery tour highlighting American writers featured in the 160-year-old publication’s pages during the 19th century, at noon; and writers featured in the 20th century, at 2:30 p.m. Free. G Street lobby, National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. The tours will be offered daily at the same times through Sept. 29 and at 11:45 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.