- The Takoma Park Library will host “Build a Better World Lego Club” (for ages 5 and older). 4 p.m. Free. Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St NW. 202-576-7252.
Classes and workshops
- Housing Counseling Services Inc. will present a foreclosure prevention clinic. Noon. Free; reservations requested. Suite 100, 2410 17th St. NW. 202-265-2255. The clinic will also be offered Jan. 17 and 24 at noon and Jan. 31 at 6 p.m.
- St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, will host a weekly tai chi class. 2 p.m. Free. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Rock Creek, 201 Allison St. NW. 202-726-2080.
- The Petworth Library will host a writers’ workshop. 7 p.m. Free. Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. 202-243-1187.
- Instructor Min Xiong will lead a six-week course on basic conversational Chinese. 7 p.m. Free; reservations required. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. email@example.com.
- The First Wednesday Concerts series will feature organist Julie Vidrick Evans performing works by French composers. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. stjohns-dc.org.
- The Latvian Radio Big Band will perform some of the best Latvian jazz from recent decades. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- David Major, a retired supervisory special agent of the FBI and director of counterintelligence and security programs at the National Security Council staff at the White House, will provide an update on global terrorism, espionage and cybersecurity issues. Noon. Free. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. 202-393-7798.
- National Museum of Women in the Arts director of education and digital engagement Deborah Gaston will discuss several works in the special exhibition “Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today.” Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- The Rumi Forum will present a panel discussion on “Responding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions From Faith Traditions” with Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, the Rev. Dr. Beverly Janet Goines and Rumi Forum president Emre Celik. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. rumiforum.org.
- Sam Quinn, an astronomer with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will discuss “Are We Alone in Our Place Among the Stars?: Exoplanets May Reveal the Answer.” 6:45 p.m. $30 to $45. Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, 7th Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-3030.
- Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen will discuss their romantic thriller “The Wife Between Us.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- The Georgetown Library’s Book Hill Talks series will feature Eleanor Shevlin, professor of English at West Chester University, leading a discussion of the 18th-century publisher Harrison and Co. and its role in the development of the novel as a respected and collected art form. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Maria Tatar will discuss their book “The Annotated African American Folktales,” a kaleidoscopic study of the African-American folklore tradition. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000.
- Torie Bosch will discuss her book “What Future: The Year’s Best Ideas to Reclaim, Reanimate & Reinvent Our Future” in conversation with Ross Andersen. 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at the Wharf, 70 District Square SW. 202-488-3867.
- Daniel Pink will discuss his book “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” in conversation with Shankar Vedantam. 7 p.m. $15; $28 for a ticket and one book. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. sixthandi.org.
- The Avalon Theatre’s Film in Focus series will feature “Frank Serpico,” followed by a Q&A with composer Brendan Canty. 8 p.m. $7.25 to $12.50. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-966-6000.
Performances and readings
- Tim Livengood and Noa Baum will host “Tales of Folk: Engaging Culture” as part of “Grapevine: Storytelling Series.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Simply Sherri will host an open mic poetry event. 9 to 11 p.m. $5. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
- The Washington Wizards will play the Utah Jazz. 7 p.m. $8 and up. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.