Events calendar: Wednesday, Nov. 1


Children’s programs

  • Steven Weinberg will discuss his book “Fred & the Lumberjack.” 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • The Mount Pleasant Library will host a Dia de los Muertos craft activity for children to decorate a sugar skull with sequins, feathers and more. 4 p.m. Free. Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. 202-671-3122.

Classes and workshops

  • Kripalu yoga teacher Eva Blutinger will lead a “Yoga in the Galleries” class. 10 a.m. $5 to $10. American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.
  • 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.
  • Guy Mason Recreation Center will offer a weekly “Gentle Gyrokinesis” class to improve posture, balance and agility. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
  • A monthly short story discussion group led by Jayanthi Sambasivan will focus on a literary short story and the poetics, tensions, ambiguities and issues found within the text. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7703.
  • Instructor Andrea McCabe will present a weekly yoga class. 7 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • The Poets on the Fringe will host a weekly poetry workshop to critique participants’ poems. 7 to 9 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
  • Instructor Tara Bishop will lead a weekly “Yoga for All” restorative yoga practice. 7:30 p.m. Free. Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. 202-541-6100.


  • The First Wednesday Concerts series will feature “For All the Saints,” an organ recital by Brent Erstad, assistant director of music at St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW.
  • Guitarist, composer and conductor Javier Acosta Giangreco will perform. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Washington Performing Arts will present pianist Nikolai Lugansky performing works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann. 8 p.m. $65. Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-785-9727.

Discussions and lectures

  • On the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, scholars will debate and discuss how the Reformation influenced Christian theologies of conscience, dignity and freedom. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Copley Formal Lounge, Copley Hall, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts curatorial associate curator Virginia Treanor 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.
  • Music historian Saul Lilienstein will discuss “Leonard Bernstein: Rise to Prominence” as part of a lecture series focusing on the famous composer. 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $25. Lang Recital Hall, Levine Music, 2801 Upton St. NW.
  • Allison M. Kuchar, a certified health education and end-of-life specialist with Capital Caring Hospice, will discuss “What Is Hospice — Debunking the Myths,” about the true nature of hospice and palliative care. 2 to 3 p.m. Free; reservations required. Grand Lodge of DC, 5428 MacArthur Blvd. NW. 202-244-3310.
  • Mechthild Fend, reader in history of art at University College London, will discuss “Textures and Tissues: On Fragonard’s Paint Handling.” 3:30 p.m. Free. West Building Lecture Hall, National Gallery of Art, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215.
  • Jan Stuart, curator of Chinese art at the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries, will discuss the lives of empresses in China’s last dynasty, explicating their role in court politics, art and religion. 4 to 5 p.m. Free. Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-6822.
  • American studies professor Nikki Lane will discuss Beyonce’s musical phenomenon “Lemonade” and its relation to contemporary black feminist thought. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Battelle-Tompkins Atrium, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2583.
  • A Science Café 360 forum on “From Placenta to Preschool: The Developing Brain and What Communities Can Do to Support It” will feature Dr. Anna Penn, a neonatologist and developmental neuroscientist at Children’s National Health System; Dr. Lee Beers, a pediatrician and director of the DC Mental Health Access in Pediatrics program and Early Childhood Innovation Network; and Gail Avent, executive director and founder of the Total Family Care Coalition. 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. Busboys and Poets Brookland, 625 Monroe St. NE.
  • Seattle-based journalist David Neiwert will discuss his book “Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • The Sibley Institute of Bone and Joint Health will present an educational seminar on “What’s New in Joint Replacement: From Anterior Hip Replacement to Innovations in Knee Replacement” with Dr. J. Stuart Melvin, a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Conference Room 2, Building A, Sibley Memorial Hospital, 5215 Loughboro Road NW. 202-660-6789.
  • Rene Denfeld will discuss her book “The Child Finder.” 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free. Cullen Room, Busboys and Poets 5th & K, 1025 5th St. NW. 202-789-2227.
  • Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, will discuss his book “Written Out of History,” four mostly forgotten Americans — Aaron Burr, Mercy Otis Warren, Canasatego and Elbridge Gerry. 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Author, historian and tour guide Garrett Peck will discuss “Prohibition in Washington, D.C.: Where the Noble Experiment Flopped.” A tasting of Prohibition-era cocktails will follow. 6:45 p.m. $35 to $50. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Tamora Pierce and co-authors Julie Holderman, Timothy Liebe and Megan Messinger will discuss their book “Tortall: A Spy’s Guide” (for ages 12 and older). 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Anne Nelson will discuss her book “Suzanne’s Children: A Daring Rescue in Nazi Paris.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • National Geographic explorer Ronan Donovan, a biologist turned photographer, will discuss “Lessons From the Wild: Apes, Wolves, and Bears,” about his work in documenting these animals and what we, as fellow social mammals, can learn from them. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $25. Grosvenor Auditorium, National Geographic, 1600 M St. NW. 202-857-7700.


  • The National Building Museum will present “The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand,” the first documentary about the pioneering work of the designer of Dumbarton Oaks and the only woman among the 11 founding members of the American Society of Landscape Architects. A post-screening panel discussion will feature Karyl Evans, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker; Darwina L. Neal, landscape architect and former chief of Cultural Resources Preservation Services for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service, and Maureen Joseph, regional historical landscape architect for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service. 6:30 to 8 p.m. $5 to $20; reservations required. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. 202-272-2448.

Performances and readings

  • The all-volunteer Picnic Theatre Company, specialists in site-specific cocktail party theater, will present Agatha Christie’s “The Unexpected Guest.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance starts at 7:30 p.m. $12 to $15. Belle Vue Ballroom, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW. The event will repeat Thursday and Friday at the same times.
  • The National Academy of Sciences and the Shakespeare Theatre Company will present a staged reading of Caryl Churchill’s “A Number,” an intimate family play that explores the possibilities of human cloning and the complexity of nature versus nurture. 7:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. National Academy of Sciences, 2101 Constitution Ave. NW.
  • Laugh Index Theatre will present “Three’s Comedy,” featuring three types of comedy. 8 p.m. $5 to $10. DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. 202-462-7833.
  • Joy of Motion Dance Center will present “Mixed Movement: Entertainment in Motion,” a series that mixes dance with live music, poetry and theater to illuminate the “life cycle” of artistic creation. 8 p.m. $15 to $30. Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE. 202-269-1600.
  • Chris Poetryzchyld Thomas 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.

Special event

  • The Oyster-Adams Bilingual School will host its 23rd annual Bilingual Book Fair, with proceeds benefiting primary and middle school library programs. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Oyster Campus, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, 2801 Calvert St. NW. 202-671-6130. The sale will continue Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sporting event

  • The Washington Wizards will play the Phoenix Suns. 7 p.m. $6 to $129. Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center), 601 F St. NW. 800-745-3000.