Events calendar: Wednesday, Nov. 8


Children’s program

  • Jeanne Walker Harvey will discuss her book “Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines” (for ages 5 to 9). 10:30 a.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.

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.
  • Maurice Schiff will lead a twice-monthly French conversation class. 11 a.m. to noon. Free; reservations required. Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. 202-727-7527.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • As part of the second annual Korean Culture Week, the World Music Ensemble E-DO will perform modern and traditional Korean music. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
  • Violinist Danbi Um will make her D.C. debut as part of the 20th anniversary season of the Shenson Chamber Music Concert series. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Performance Hall, National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
  • The 19th annual Washington Jewish Music Festival will feature a double bill with the Contra Ponte Project and Klezmer With Bacon: Seth Kibel & Christylez Bacon. 7:30 p.m. $8 to $10. Songbyrd Record Cafe & Music House, 2475 18th St. NW.
  • The Washington Chorus will perform Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” Morten Lauridsen’s “Mid-Winter Songs” and William Walton’s epic “Belshazzar’s Feast” in Christopher Bell’s debut concert as the group’s artistic director. 8 p.m. $18 to $72. Concert Hall, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.

Discussions and lectures

  • A community lecture series on “The Consequences of World War I Peacemaking” will feature a talk by Georgetown University history professor David Goldfrank on “From Russia to Soviet Union to Russia.” 10:30 a.m. to noon. $39.50. Auditorium, School of Continuing Studies, Georgetown University, 640 Massachusetts Ave. NW. The lecture series will continue Nov. 14.
  • 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.
  • Jessica Stanton, associate professor in global policy at the University of Minnesota, will discuss her book “Violence and Restraint in Civil War: Civilian Targeting in the Shadow of International Law,” the 2017 winner of Georgetown University’s Lepgold Book Prize. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Free. Conference Room, Mortara Building, Georgetown University, 3600 N St. NW.
  • Combat veteran and Society of the Cincinnati member Charles W. Newhall III will discuss his book “Fearful Odds: A Memoir of Vietnam and Its Aftermath.” 6 p.m. Free; reservations required. Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-495-7127.
  • Caitríona Perry — Washington correspondent for Ireland’s public broadcaster, RTÉ — will discuss her book “In America: Tales From Trump Country.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
  • Philip Brenner and Peter Eisner will discuss their book “Cuba Libre: A 500-Year Quest for Independence.” 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. 202-387-7638.
  • Kyle Harper, senior vice president and provost at the University of Oklahoma, will discuss his book “The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire.” 6:45 p.m. $20 to $30. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. 202-633-3030.
  • Dr. Neal Barnard — nutrition researcher, health advocate and founder of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine — will discuss his book “The Cheese Trap: How Breaking a Surprising Addiction Will Help You Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Get Healthy.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
  • Robert Dallek will discuss his book “Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
  • Chris Myers Asch, editor of Washington History, and George Derek Musgrove, associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will discuss their book “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose at The Wharf, 70 District Square SW.
  • Religious scholar Reza Aslan will discuss his book “God: A Human History” in conversation with Michelle Boorstein, a religion reporter at The Washington Post. 7 p.m. $20; $30 for one book and one ticket. Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 800-838-3006.
  • Novelist John Grisham will discuss his book “The Rooster Bar” in conversation with author David Baldacci. 7 p.m. $35 for one book and one ticket. Meeting House, Sidwell Friends School, 3825 Wisconsin Ave. NW.


  • The Italian Cultural Institute, New Italian Cinema Events and New York University Washington, DC, will present Sergio Castellitto’s 2017 film “Fortunata (Lucky).” 6:30 p.m. Free; reservations required. Abramson Family Auditorium, New York University Washington, DC, 1307 L St. NW.

Performances and readings

  • Polish poet Tadeusz Dabrowski will kick off a U.S. tour for his new book “Srodek wyrazu” in a joint reading with area poets Sean Enright and Joshua Weiner. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. The Potter’s House, 1658 Columbia Road NW.
  • The Grapevine Storytelling Series will feature guest performers, followed by an open mic. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
  • 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.
  • “Choreolab 2017,” an evening of concert dance, will feature works in progress developed by emerging American University student choreographers. A discussion will follow. 8 p.m. $5. Greenberg Theatre, American University, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-885-2587.
  • 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.

Special events

  • The Friends of the National World War II Memorial will host a brief ceremony and wreath presentation to mark the 75th anniversary of Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of French North Africa. 11:30 a.m. Free. Atlantic Arch, National World War II Memorial, 17th Street between Constitution and Independence avenues.
  • The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will announce winners of its latest “For the Record” juried exhibit, which features 44 works capturing and interpreting eight neighborhoods across the city, including Burleith/Georgetown, Palisades and Shepherd Park. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW.