Events calendar: Tuesday, Oct. 17


Children’s programs

  • “Tudor Tots: Houses” will feature songs, stories and movement (for ages 2 through 4). 10 a.m. $5; free for accompanying adults. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. The fall “Tudor Tots” series will continue weekly through Oct. 31.
  • Julie Segal-Walters and Brian Biggs will discuss their book “This Is Not a Normal Animal Book” (for ages 4 through 8). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

Classes and workshops

  • A certified yoga instructor will lead a walk-in gentle yoga class targeted to ages 55 and older. 10 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • The Georgetown Library will present a walk-in yoga class practicing introductory vinyasa techniques. 11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • CASS Fitness will present a weekly outdoor fitness class led by a certified personal trainer. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Free. The Parks at Walter Reed, Georgia Avenue and Butternut Street NW. The class will continue weekly through Oct. 24, weather permitting.
  • Facilitator Catharin Dalpino of the Washington English Center will lead an Evening English Conversation Group for members to talk about ideas and events and practice conversation skills. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.


  • The Tuesday Concert Series will feature Amy Domingues and Donna Fournier on violas da gamba and Anthony Harvey on theorbo performing works by French and Dutch masters Marin Marais and Johannes Schenck. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • The members of Trad.Attack! will perform their own interpretation of Estonian folk — a fusion of rock, folk and bagpipe-drive. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Soulful reggae star Sammy Johnson will perform with supporting act Mahi and co-headliner Anuhea. 8 p.m. $20 to $23. Gypsy Sally’s, 3401 K St. NW.

Discussions and lectures

  • Carrie Mae Weems will discuss her “Kitchen Table Series,” which features 20 staged photographs that tell the story of a woman’s life as seen through the intimate space of the kitchen. Noon. Free. East Building Auditorium, National Gallery of Art, 4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Journalist and memoirist Pythia Peay, co-author of “America on the Couch: Psychological Perspectives on American Politics and Culture,” will discuss why U.S. voters elected Donald Trump president and what his election reveals about the psychology of the American people. 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.
  • Musicologist Saul Lilienstein will discuss “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man” as part of a six-part series on “Puccini: A Deeper Look.” Noon to 1:30 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Realtor Ebony Bates will host a real estate information session. 6 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • “Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017 — Gregor Mendel” will feature a presentation on the fertile wine region of South Moravia of the Czech Republic, an area dotted with majestic castles and picturesque villages as well as prominent universities and research institutes. 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW.
  • As part of the 17th Italian Language Week in the World, Caterina D’Amico, director of the Centro di Cinematografia Sperimentale in Rome, will discuss how Italian cinema changed and shaped the Italian language. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.
  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a panel on the state of cancer research will feature Elizabeth Franklin, senior director of policy and advocacy at the headquarters of the Cancer Support Community, and Greg Simon, president of the Biden Cancer Initiative. 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Amanda Sheffer, professor of German at Catholic University, will lead a Goethe Book Club discussion of Mechthild Gläser’s “The Book Jumper (Die Buchspringer).” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Goethe-Institut Washington, Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW.
  • The American University Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present a talk on “Birds and People That Inspire Conservation Storytelling” by Aditi Desai, director of multimedia at the American Bird Conservancy. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; program at 7 p.m. Free. Doyle/Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-3408.
  • Joshua Clark Davis, assistant professor of U.S. history at the University of Baltimore, will discuss his book “From Head Shops to Whole Foods: The Rise and Fall of Activist Entrepreneurs.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • Herb Auerbach, real estate development consultant, and Ira Nadel, professor of English at the University of British Columbia, will discuss their new book “Placemakers: Emperors, Kings, and Entrepreneurs — A Brief History of Real Estate Development.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $10 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.
  • Author Grace Cavalieri will discuss her latest book, “Other Voices, Other Lives,” featuring a selection of poems, plays and interviews drawn from over 40 years of work by one of America’s most beloved and influential women of letters. 7 p.m. Free. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282, ext. 3.
  • Leaders from Jews United for Justice and Rabbi Suzy Stone will present “The Facts of Life: A Paid Family Leave Workshop,” about the D.C. law adopted last year but under review by the D.C. Council for possible changes or repeal. 7 p.m. $5. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • Muhammad Yunus will discuss his book “A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Amanda Litman will discuss her book “Run for Something: A Real-Talk Guide to Fixing the System Yourself.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • The Chevy Chase Library’s “Crime and Punishment” discussion series — a look at 10 works of fiction from different eras and genres that explore humankind’s struggle for systems of justice that work for all — will delve into “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • In conjunction with the upcoming opening of the National Archives exhibit “Remembering Vietnam,” journalist Cokie Roberts will moderate a discussion with directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick about their PBS documentary series “The Vietnam War.” 7 to 9 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th streets NW. 202-357-5000.
  • Esther Perel will discuss her book “The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity” in conversation with Rabbi Shira Stutman. 7 p.m. $18; $32 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.
  • “Into the Arctic Kingdom” will feature a talk by wildlife and conservation photojournalist Florian Schulz on his multi-year quest to document the Arctic. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • Busboys and Poets, DC LaborFest and the Immigration Film Fest will present Prakash Wadhwa’s film “From the Land of Gandhi,” about four immigrants a decade after they came to study in the United States. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. The festival’s “No Room for Refugees” series will continue through Oct. 28 at various venues.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s fall season will feature Cheryl Halpern’s 2016 documentary “Wishmakers,” about a winery established in a residential adult special needs community in Israel’s Jezreel Valley that fosters a caring environment while providing employment, dignity and purpose for the residents. A panel discussion on vocational programs for adults with disabilities will follow. 7:30 p.m. Pay-what-you-can. Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW.


  • Recovery International will host a small group meeting for people coping with issues such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, stress, anger, fear and obsessive-compulsive disorder. 7 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-2680.

Performances and readings

  • The “Two Faces Comedy Series,” drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln’s legendary humor and self-deprecation and presented by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the DC Improv, will feature a performance for kids by ComedySportz, an improv comedy crew. 5:30 to 7 p.m. $5. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW.
  • The Mariinsky Ballet will present “La Bayadère,” replete with forbidden love, shocking betrayal and a spectral voyage to the afterlife. 7:30 p.m. $39 to $150. Opera House, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m.
  • The Lannan Center author series will feature readings by poets Peter Balakian and Layli Long Soldier. 8 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • The Washington Improv Theater’s “Harold Night” will feature long-form improv performances by various ensembles. 8 and 9 p.m. By donation. Source, 1835 14th St. NW.
  • Drew Anderson will present an open mic poetry night. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.

Special event

  • “Digital Eye @BlindWhino” will feature an interactive event merging theater, film, a live game show and a town hall-style discussion to explore how the digital age is affecting everyday life. 6 and 8:30 p.m. $20; reservations required. Blind Whino SW Arts Club, 700 Delaware Ave. SW.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Capitals will play the Toronto Maple Leafs. 7 p.m. $17 to $202. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.