Author Jon Meacham at the Hay-Adams SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2016 AT 12:00 PM | $85 | EKRAVCHENKO@HAYADAMS.COM | TEL: 202-835-2263 | EVENT WEBSITE
Next in the series of author luncheons at the Hay-Adams hotel, Jon Meacham will discuss his latest work, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush.”
The Hay-Adams, 800 16th St. NW
Opening Reception for ‘Humor Heals’ SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2016 AT 05:00 PM | FREE WITH RSVP | TEL: 202-783-2963 | EVENT WEBSITE
Visitors to Zenith Gallery can meet the artists whose work is on view in the “Humor Heals” exhibition at this opening reception. The theme of the show relates to the importance of laughter. Without laughter, life would be intolerable, and humanity highly rewards those who make a living by inducing laughter in others. Also Saturday 9/24 at 2 p.m.
Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris St. NW
Jazz Pianist Mark G. Meadows SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2016 AT 06:00 PM | FREE | TEL: 800-444-1324 | EVENT WEBSITE
Recently named both Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year by Washington City Paper, Mark G. Meadows continues to make an impression on the D.C. jazz scene as a jazz pianist, vocalist, composer and educator. Meadows recently made his acting debut as Jelly Roll Morton in “Jelly’s Last Jam” at Signature Theatre.
Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW
Farmers Market Harvest Festival SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016 AT 09:00 AM | FREE | TEL: 202-827-5437 | EVENT WEBSITE
Fall favorites — apples, pumpkins, corn and more — have arrived at the family- and dog-friendly Glover Park & Burleith Farmers Market. At the festival there will be live music by the Market Band, free food samples and free yoga from 10 to 11 a.m. Ace of Glover Park is providing free popcorn and chalk for kids to use decorating the market. DC Vintage Cycles will be on hand for bike sales and repairs. Pop-ups this Saturday include Oh-Mazing Food’s small-batch granola, a local olive oil purveyor and sustainable seafood vendor Cold Country.
Parking lot of Hardy Middle School, 1819 35th St. NW
Walking Tour: From Swamp to Swank SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016 AT 09:00 AM | $60 | TEL: 202-633-3030 | EVENT WEBSITE
This guided walk, presented by the Smithsonian Associates, takes participants through the Dupont Circle neighborhood, providing glimpses of Washington’s social and architectural emergence from the post-Civil War years into the Gilded Age. Among the grand homes of the era the tour will cover are Heurich House and Anderson House.
Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW
2016 National Book Festival SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016 AT 10:00 AM | 0.00 | BOOKFEST@LOC.GOV | TEL: 888-714-4696 | EVENT WEBSITE
Approximately 120 authors, illustrators and poets will make presentations in stages dedicated to children, teens, picture books, books to movies, contemporary life, graphic novels, fiction, food and home, history and biography, international programs, mysteries, thrillers and science fiction, poetry and prose and science. A main stage of 2,500 seats will feature six of the most popular festival authors. A poetry slam will also be held.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW
Alexandria Symphony Family Fall Festival SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016 AT 12:00 PM | $20 FOR ADULTS, KIDS ARE FREE | ALEX@ALEXSYM.ORG | TEL: 703-548-0885 | EVENT WEBSITE
Children receive free admission at the festival, which features live music groups, rotating activities, a variety of food trucks and beer and wine. Adult admission includes five dollars’ worth of food/drink/activity tickets. Check-in is required at the event; attendees over 21 will be wrist-banded and required to show photo ID at entry. All proceeds support the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Walking Tour: Assassinations SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2016 AT 01:00 PM | $20 | TEL: 202-737-3213 | EVENT WEBSITE
The experts from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial will guide participants through the underside of the nation’s capital. On this 90-minute walking tour in the heart of D.C., the group will learn about presidential assassinations, attempted assassinations and the officers who work behind the scenes protecting our president.
Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington Bach Consort presents ‘Iconic Bach’ SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2016 AT 03:00 PM | TICKETS $25-$69, STUDENTS 18 AND YOUNGER $10, PAY YOUR AGE 18-38 | CONTACT@BACHCONSORT.ORG | TEL: 202-429-2121 | EVENT WEBSITE
Featured on the program are Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1,” “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme,” “Prelude and Fugue in A Minor” and “Auf, schmetternde Töne der muntern Trompeten.” The performers will include soprano Laura Choi Stuart, alto Kristen Dubenion-Smith, tenor Nicholas Fichter, bass Richard Giarusso and hornists Todd Williams and Brad Tatum.
National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW
Kafka’s ‘Report to an Academy’ SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2016 AT 03:00 PM | $30 | TEL: 202-399-7993 | EVENT WEBSITE
In “Report to an Academy,” based on a story by Franz Kafka, an intelligent African ape named Red Peter is captured. To survive, he imitates his captors and learns to behave like a human. Soon he presents his fascinating tale of transformation — and the horrid details of his ape life — to a leading scientific academy. In this wild parable brought to life on the stage, actor Robert McNamara compels us to ponder the issues of free will, vegetarianism and animal rights. Also Thursday 9/22, Friday 9/23 and Saturday 9/24 at 8 p.m.
Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE
Workshop for Girls: Story Spaces and Visual Bioscapes SEPTEMBER 25TH, 2016 AT 03:00 PM | FREE | TEL: 703-838-4565 | EVENT WEBSITE
Post-graduate resident Danielle Smith conducts a series of free writing and painting workshops aimed at girls ages 8 to 16. The goal is to provide a space for girls to discuss aspects of society that directly affect their lives, while channeling their emotions — both positive and negative — into artistic processes. These one-hour workshops are free, but space is limited. Advanced registration is encouraged. Also Thursday 9/22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday 9/24 at 3 p.m.