The Kennedy Center is celebrating the centennial of choreographer Merce Cunningham. Dancer or not, you can get moving early on Friday morning at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. Meanwhile, close to home … the Georgetown Fall Market on upper Wisconsin Avenue goes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; Volta Park Day is on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and, on Sunday, take your animals to be blessed at St. John’s at 2 p.m. and at Christ Church at 4 p.m. Next Thursday, plan to attend the Friends of Rose Park Fall Celebration. For more October events, visit The Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Merce Cunningham at 100
To open the Kennedy Center’s contemporary dance season, Compagnie Centre National de Danse Contemporaine-Angers will present “Beach Birds” and “BIPED,” two masterworks by Merce Cunningham, in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. 2019 is the centennial of Cunningham, one of the most important figures in modern dance. Performances are: Thursday, Oct. 3, Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. There will be a pre-performance talk on Thursday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $79. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Daybreaker DC at Arts and Industries
On Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 9 a.m., Daybreaker DC will take over the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, 900 Jefferson Drive SW, a National Historic Landmark built in 1881, for a futuristic yoga session and dance party. Participants — who are encouraged to dress like time travelers from 2235 — have a choice of vinyasa flow yoga, restorative yoga, a belly dance fusion class or a salsa dance class starting at 6 a.m. A dance experience featuring Jesse Houk, aka the Scumfrog, goes from 7 to 9 a.m. There will also be free kombucha and breakfast treats by Manitoba Harvest. Admission is $35 ($25 for dancing only). For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Leonardo’s Musical and Theatrical Inventions
Also on Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Embassy of Italy, 3000 Whitehaven St. NW, the Italian Cultural institute will present “Ingenious Sounds: Leonardo da Vinci, Music and Theatre in the Renaissance.” Gabriele Rossi Rognoni, curator of the Royal College of Music Museum, and Gianni Cicali of Georgetown University will discuss the Renaissance master’s designs of musical instruments and theatrical machinery. The event will also feature a performance of a capella music by the Georgetown University Chamber Singers led by Artistic Director Frederick Binkholder. A limited number of “last call” registrations will be available on Eventbrite between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
This year’s Craft2Wear show and sale, produced by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, will take place on Friday, Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. The show will feature limited-edition jewelry, clothing and accessories by 67 acclaimed artists, including cutting-edge couture of emerging designers and elegant creations by returning favorites. Proceeds support education, research and conservation grants to the Smithsonian’s nine research centers and 19 museums and the National Zoo. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the door. For details, visit smithsoniancraft2wear.org.
East of the River Book Festival
The sixth annual East of the River Book Festival — on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in THEARC West Black Box Theatre, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE — will highlight the efforts of self-published authors, small publishers and independent bookstores. Attendees are encouraged to wear a costume to reflect a favorite author or character and budding authors can participate in panels and workshops. Admission is free. For details, visit eotrbookfest.com.
DC Metro Modern Home Tour
On Saturday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the DC Metro Modern Home Tour will offer area residents an up-close-and-personal look at exceptional examples of modern architecture and design, along with the chance to learn directly from the minds that created them. Tour homes may be visited in any order. A map and instructions will be emailed the day before. Tickets are $40 ($50 at the door of any tour home on tour day), $20 for ages 10 to 17. No attendees younger than 10. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Sculpture Talk with Foon Sham
Macao-born artist Foon Sham, professor of art at the University of Maryland, will give a free talk about his 2009 work “Revolve” in the sculpture garden of the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road NW, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2 p.m. For details, visit kreegermuseum.org or call 202-337-3050.
Opening Reception: ‘Movements of Time’
The Washington Printmakers Gallery, 1641 Wisconsin Ave. NW, will host a free opening reception for “Movements of Time,” an exhibition of recent prints by RISD alumnus Ron Meick, on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. Meick makes use of drypoint, lithography, monotype and embossing. The prints on view incorporate clock/pendulum movements, sound, metals, the matrix (printing plate) and historical prints. For details, visit washingtonprintmakersgallery.com.
Artist Talk: Dancing for Merce Cunningham
As part of the Kennedy Center’s “Let’s Talk Dance” series and the centennial of choreographer Merce Cunningham, there will be a panel discussion about Cunningham’s process and collaborations featuring Compagnie Centre National de Danse Contemporaine-Angers Artistic Director Robert Swinston, Cunningham’s former director of choreography, on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 4 p.m. in the Justice Forum at the Reach. Tickets are $15. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Painting & Prosecco at Via Umbria
Claudia Ribigini, who paints traditional art on Italian ceramics at Studio Geribi in Deruta, Umbria, will teach a class on the technique on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Via Umbria, 1525 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Complimentary prosecco will be served. Tickets, including all supplies, are $75. For details, visit viaumbria.com or call 202-333-3904.
Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba Tribute
On Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m., jazz vocalist Akua Allrich, a D.C. native and Howard University graduate, will perform a tribute to powerhouse singers Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba with her band at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $20 for students, seniors and military. For details, visit atlasarts.org or call 202-399-7993.
Music by Mohammed Fairouz at Dumbarton Oaks
“Circles: A Recital of Song Cycles,” a program of music by Mohammed Fairouz showcasing his engagement with American poets, will be performed by singers and chamber ensembles of bowed string instruments, winds and piano on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 7, at 8 p.m. at Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. Tickets are $54. For details, visit doaks.org or call 202-339-6401.