Starting with Friday’s Vietnam War symposium, it is a weekend of countries and cultures. That night, you can drape kilts at Dumbarton House or hear from the author of the book “When the U.S. Spoke French.” There’s free tai chi on Saturday morning and, on Sunday, a Central American fiesta and an Egyptian accordion concert. Please note: due to Hurricane Florence, this year’s King Street Art Festival in Old Town Alexandria has been postponed until Sept. 21 and 22. For more September events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
‘The Vietnam War Revisited’
In collaboration with the Assembly for Democracy in Vietnam, the National Archives, Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets NW, presents a one-day symposium exploring the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective on Friday, Sept. 14, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Scheduled speakers include: Pierre Asselin, Rufus Phillips, Bùi Diễm, Tạ Văn Tài and Kieu-Linh Valverde. The event is free with RSVP. For details, visit archivesfoundation.org or call 202-357-5000.
Scottish Heritage at Dumbarton House
In partnership with the Saint Andrews Society and the Scottish-American Women’s Society, Dumbarton House, 2715 Q St. NW, hosts a Scottish Heritage Night on Friday, Sept. 14, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will feature scotch tastings, live music and dance, food, kilt-draping and broadsword demonstrations. Tickets are $30, additional $20 for scotch tasting. For details, visit dumbartonhouse.org or call 202-337-2288.
Book Talk: ‘When the U.S. Spoke French’
Also on Friday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Alliance Française of Washington, D.C., 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW, François Furstenberg will give a presentation about his book, “When the U.S. Spoke French,” about five refugees from the French Revolution who shaped our young nation. Tickets are $15. For details, visit francedc.org or call 202-234-7911.
Tai Chi Class in Chinatown Park
The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs is hosting free hour-long tai chi classes on Saturday mornings in Chinatown Park, 555 I St. NW, including this Saturday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. Described as meditation in motion, tai chi promotes serenity and is recognized for its health and wellness benefits. For details, visit eventbrite.com or call 202-727-3120. Note: Weather cancelations are posted on MOAPIA’s social media accounts.
Apollo Orchestra with Guitarist Ana Vidović
Classical guitarist Ana Vidović will give a free performance with the Apollo Orchestra at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, 1524 35th St. NW, on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. The program includes Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8 and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra. For details, visit apolloorchestra.com.
Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre
Dance Place, 3225 8th St. NE, presents the D.C. premiere of “Make Believe,” a work by Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre that investigates religious upbringing and spiritual practices. Joined by dramaturg David Brick and designer Maiko Matsushima, Herrera, a Miami-based contemporary choreographer, takes audience members on a journey through the interspaces between belief, faith and love. Performances are Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 to $30. For details, visit danceplace.org or call 202-269-1600.
La Fiesta del Barrio
La Clinica del Pueblo, 3166 Mt. Pleasant St. NW, is celebrating 35 years with the community. On Sunday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a Fiesta del Barrio, there will be dancing, music, art, an interactive mural, vendors and activities showcasing healthy behaviors and lifestyles. Tickets are $15, $10 for age 10 and younger. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Cocktails & Karaoke Yacht Party
Katryce Petro, aka the Funny Momma, invites area residents to celebrate her birthday on Sunday, Sept. 16, with cocktails, good music and her favorite thing — karaoke — on a two-level yacht with an open roof deck. Check-in and boarding will take place on the deck outside Nick’s Riverside Grill, 3100 K St. NW, at 1:30 p.m. The boat will depart at 2 p.m., rain or shine. There is a full bar but no food is served onboard. Tickets for the two-hour sailing are $25. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
‘Handel & Bach: Sing a New Song’
The Washington Bach Consort will open its 41st season and welcome new Artistic Director Dana Marsh on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 3 p.m. with a program that includes Handel’s Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day, Bach’s cantata “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” and, as the concert finale, Bach’s Magnificat. Tickets to the concert, at National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, are $10 to $69. For details, visit citychoir.org.
Youssra El Hawary
Also on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., accordionist Youssra El Hawary, a musical storyteller of everyday life, will give a free Millennium Stage performance in which she captures the tales of Cairo and the alchemy of the Mediterranean basin. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 800-444-1324.