- U.S. Botanic Garden education specialists will present “October Sprouts,” a four-week program combining art, science and a walking adventure through the gardens (for ages 3 to 5 with an accompanying adult) 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free; reservations required. Conservatory Classroom, U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-8333. The program will continue Oct. 11, 18 and 25.
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.
- A homebuyers workshop will provide information on how to purchase a home using a DC Open Doors mortgage product, featuring James Gaudiosi of Atlantic Coast Mortgage and Chris Corry of Berkshire Hathaway. 6:30 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations requested. D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. 202-777-4663.
- Instructor Andrea McCabe will present a weekly yoga class. 7 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 the U.S. Army Chorus and the U.S. Army Brass Quintet. 12:10 to 12:45 p.m. Free. St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, 16th and H streets NW. stjohns-dc.org.
- European jazz guitar star Libor Smoldas will present his organ trio, featuring a groovy mixture of jazz, blues, soul and funk. 6 p.m. Free. Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600.
Discussions and lectures
- National Museum of Women in the Arts senior educator Adrienne L. Gayoso will discuss several works in the museum’s collection. Noon to 12:30 p.m. Free. National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. 202-783-5000.
- Blaine Harden will discuss his book “King of Spies: The Dark Reign of America’s Spymaster in Korea.” 6:30 p.m. Free. Kramerbooks & Afterwords, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-387-1400.
- L.B. Gschwandtner will discuss her book “The Other New Girl.” 6:30 p.m. Free. East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. eastcitybookshop.com.
- The D.C. Public Library and Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will sponsor a book talk by Mark Stein, author of “Vice Capades: Sex, Drugs, and Bowling From the Pilgrims to the Present.” 7 p.m. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-727-1488.
- Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Robert H. Latiff will discuss his book “Future War: Preparing for the New Global Battlefield.” 7 p.m. Free. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-364-1919.
- Heather Anne Thompson will discuss her Pulitzer Prize- and Bancroft Prize-winning book “Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Free. Auditorium, Bunn Intercultural Center, Georgetown University, 37th and O streets NW. prisonsandjustice.georgetown.edu.
- To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nobel laureate Luigi Pirandello, the Italian Cultural Institute will present a double-feature screening of the documentary “Uno Nessuno Pirandello” and a production of “Sei Personaggi in Cerca d’Autore.” 6 to 8 p.m. Free; reservations required. Auditorium, Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. www.iicwashington.esteri.it.
- “Focus-In! Film Series: Cinema for a Conscious Community” will feature a screening of the new documentary “More Than a Word,” about the name of the Washington football team as a derogatory term and the history of Native American cultural appropriation. A panel discussion will follow. 6 to 8 p.m. $5 donation suggested. Busboys and Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St. NW. 202-726-0856.
- Busboys and Poets gender and sexuality series ZAMI will present the short film “Garden of Eden,” about a 17-year-old trying to make sense of her life as a newly outed lesbian forced into homelessness after an altercation with her father. A talkback with co-directors Imani Dennison and Robin Williams will follow. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. $15. Langston Room, Busboys and Poets 14th & V, 2021 14th St. NW. busboysandpoets.com.
Performances and readings
- Fully Charged Productions will present graduates of the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts in “Banned!,” a world-premiere play celebrating banned books and asserting their power in the face of fear. 7 p.m. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. 202-727-0232.
- The Washington Ballet will present “Russian Masters.” 8 p.m. $25 to $140. Eisenhower Theater, Kennedy Center. 202-467-4600. The performance will repeat Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 and 8 p.m.
- 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.
- The Washington Nationals will host a Halloween-themed “Haunted Pep Rally” to celebrate the start of the postseason with activities such as a Zombie Zone, a Trick-or-Treat Kids Zone and a main stage with events and entertainment. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Free. Nationals Park, 1500 South Capitol St. SE. 888-632-6287.