Events calendar: Tuesday, Oct. 24


Children’s programs

  • “Tudor Tots: Colorful Leaves” 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 conclude Oct. 31 with a Halloween-themed program.
  • Sarah Albee will discuss her book “Poison: Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines” (for ages 8 through 12). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • As part of the Kids Euro Festival, the Embassy of Italy will present Edoardo Palma’s 2016 film “Quando sarò bambino (Once I’ll Be a Child).” 6 to 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW.

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 conclude its fall series of weekly outdoor fitness classes 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.
  • Via Umbria butcher Scott Weiss will present a “Mangia Meatballs Cooking Class.” 7:30 p.m. $35; reservations required. Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The Tuesday Concert Series will feature the Polaris Piano Trio with pianist Laura Kobayashi. 12:10 p.m. Free. Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. 202-347-2635.
  • The Friday Morning Music Club will perform works by Galliard, Handel and Beethoven. Noon to 1 p.m. Free; reservations suggested. Bellevue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. 202-337-2288.
  • Exprezz Duo will perform improvisation in various styles. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • The University of the District of Columbia’s “JAZZforum” will present a concert by the Allyn Johnson Ensemble. 7 p.m. Free. Recital Hall, Building 46-West, University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW.
  • The Embassy Series will present a concert by violinist Jaroslav Sveceny and pianist Václav Mácha featuring works by Beethoven, Janácek, Piazzolla, Dvorák and Smetana. 7 to 9:30 p.m. $95. Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW. 202-625-2361.
  • Opera Lafayette’s 23rd season will open with “Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” and other works by Claudio Monteverdi, featuring lutenist Thomas Dunford, harpsichordist Jean Rondeau and soprano Lea Désandre. 7:30 p.m. $25 to $100. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • Musicologist Saul Lilienstein will discuss “Refining His Craft” 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.
  • Suzanne Maloney, deputy director of the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, will discuss “U.S.-Iran Relations in the Trump Era.” 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.
  • The “Around the World Book Club” will discuss the graphic novel “Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me” by Harvey Pekar. 2 p.m. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-282-0021.
  • Historian Rachel Engl will discuss “Brother Officers and Comrades-in-Arms: The Social Community of the Continental Army During the American Revolution.” 6 p.m. Free. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-785-2040.
  • Mike Wallace — a professor of history at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and director of the Gotham Center for New York City History — will discuss his book “Greater Gotham: A History of New York City From 1898 to 1919” in conversation with George Washington University professor Tyler Anbinder. 6 to 7 p.m. Free. Room 101, Gelman Library, George Washington University, 2130 H St. NW.
  • Christian Roden, programming and communications coordinator of the Decorative Arts Trust, and Grant Quertermous, curator of Tudor Place, will discuss “Icons of Identity — Ocean Liners + Design in the 20th Century,” about the great U.S. and European ships that once carried prominent, wealthy families like the Peters. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; $15 donation suggested. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW.
  • Jere Van Dyk will discuss his book “The Trade: My Journey Into the Labyrinth of Political Kidnapping.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • The American University Center for Environmental Filmmaking will present a talk on cable television’s top animal-focused channel by Geoff Daniels, executive vice president and general manager of Nat Geo WILD. 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.
  • Adam Braver will discuss his novel “The Disappeared” in conversation with Howard Norman. 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
  • The Potter’s House will host the D.C. launch of the anthology “Two-Countries: US Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • As part of an event series on “The Future of Food Is Female,” Union Market and pineapple DC will host a “DC Bombesquad” panel discussion featuring D.C. visionaries Kerry Diamond and Claudia Wu of Cherry Bombe, Ann Yang of Misfit Juicery, Krystal Mack of Blk//Sugar, Amanda McClements of Salt & Sundry and Suzanne Simon of Chaia. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. $30 to $67. Union Market, 1309 5th St. NE.
  • Steven Hill will discuss his book “Raw Deal: How the ‘Uber Economy’ and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Eric Kurlander, professor of history at Stetson University, will discuss his book “Hitler’s Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich.” 6:30 p.m. $10 to $12; registration required. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
  • Maria Alyokhina — one of the founding members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist protest punk rock organization formed in 2011 — will discuss her memoir “Riot Days.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Mark Perry will discuss his book “The Pentagon’s Wars: The Military’s Undeclared War Against America’s Presidents.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • The Israel Policy Forum will present a panel discussion on the latest regional developments and how Israel’s security can be bolstered in the absence of a peace process. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec St. NW.
  • Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen will discuss their book “Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want.” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Bryant Johnson, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal trainer, will discuss his book “The RBG Workout: How She Stays Strong … and You Can Too!” in conversation with Isaac Dovere, chief Washington correspondent for Politico. 7 p.m. $15; $25 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 877-987-6487.


  • The Georgetown Library’s “Movie of the Month!” series will feature the 2017 comedy “Girls Trip,” starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Tiffany Haddish as four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • ArtWorks for Freedom will present “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” a documentary that investigates the use of child labor in the cocoa industry. A panel discussion will follow. 6:30 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Bistro Bohem’s “Film and Beer” series — featuring Czech musicals and comedies — will present Ladislav Rychman’s 1964 film “Green Gold.” 6:45 to 9 p.m. Free; reservations required. Bistro Bohem, 600 Florida Ave. NW. 202-735-5895.
  • The Embassy of France’s fall film series “Dance, Sing, Play!” will feature Christophe Honoré’s 2007 movie “Love Songs.” 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.
  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival’s fall series will feature “Bye Bye Germany,” a Yiddish-inflected postwar comedy following an enterprising group of Jews determined to extract reparations from their German countrymen — one well-meaning scam at a time. 7:30 p.m. $13.50. 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 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.
  • Gowri Koneswaran 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 events

  • The 59th annual Washington International Horse Show will open for six days of international show jumping and top national hunter and equitation competition. 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. $15 to $150, with discounts available. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. The event will continue daily through Sunday.
  • “Paddleboarding With Polar Bears: A Virtual Reality Exploration” will feature a visual adventure led by National Geographic explorer Mike Libecki. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • U.S. Botanic Garden conservation and sustainability horticulturist Ray Mims will lead a “Rediscover Bartholdi Park!” tour to highlight recent renovations to upgrade accessibility, safety and sustainability, as well as the park’s history. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Meet by the Bartholdi Park Fountain, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW.