Georgetown’s Fall Days of Design are underway in Cady’s Alley, with a cocktail crawl tonight from 5 to 8 p.m. Jazz fans know Dan Morgenstern, speaking tonight at the Library of Congress; fiction fans know Jhumpa Lahiri, speaking on Friday night at Georgetown University; and opera fans know Joyce DiDonato, singing on Friday and Saturday night at the Kennedy Center. On Monday, Veterans Day observances begin at 9 a.m. at the National World War II Memorial and at 10:30 a.m. at Arlington National Cemetery. For more November events, visit the Georgetowner’s online calendar.
Jazz Critic Dan Morgenstern
On Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., critic and author Dan Morgenstern will give a talk, “Reminiscing in Tempo: Some Highlights from Nine Decades with Jazz,” at the Library of Congress, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Morgenstern, 90, a former editor of Downbeat magazine, served as director of Rutgers University’s Institute of Jazz Studies. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit loc.gov or call 202-707-5000.
Fall Days of Design
Cady’s Alley, 3314 M St. NW, the heart of the Georgetown Design District, is the site of the Fall Days of Design, featuring interior design events on Thursday, Nov. 7, and Friday, Nov. 8, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a cocktail crawl from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, with sips and bites at participating stores. Also, visitors who collect four or more stamps on their passports at showrooms can enter to win prizes. For details, visit georgetowndc.com.
Jhumpa Lahiri at Georgetown University
Pulitzer-winning author of short-story collection “Interpreter of Maladies” and professor of creative writing at Princeton, Jhumpa Lahiri will discuss her latest book, “The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories,” with Nicoletta Pireddu, professor of Italian literature at Georgetown University, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. The free event will take place in Room 103 of the Reiss Science Building on the Georgetown campus, 37th and O St. NW. For details, visit guevents.georgetown.edu.
Explorer Trivia Night
National Geographic, 1145 17th St. NW, has partnered with District Trivia to offer a mind-bending night of questions on geography and exploration, complete with prizes, on Friday, Nov. 8, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. National Geographic staff members will create teams of solo and partial-team ticket buyers at the event. (Groups of eight may reserve a table.) Tickets are $10. For details, visit nationalgeographic.org or call 202-857-7000.
In Conversation: ‘Living with Duchamp’
On Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m., the night prior to the opening of “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection,” the Levines — whose collection includes more than 35 works by Duchamp — will talk with Hirshhorn Museum Director Melissa Chiu about their obsession with this influential 20th-century artist. The free event will take place in the museum’s Ring Auditorium, Independence Avenue and 7th Street SW. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Washington Bach Consort
Washington Bach Consort principal cellist John Moran will direct a performance by the consort on Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. at Live! at 10th & G, 945 G St. NW. The program — which imagines an evening when Bach played together with family and friends at his home in Leipzig — includes: Bach’s Sonata for Violin in G Major, Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Trio Sonata in G Major; Stölzel’s Quartet in E Minor; and Telemann’s Sonata à 5 in E Minor. Tickets are $35, $10 for age 18 and under. For details, visit bachconsort.org or call 202-628-4317.
Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE
Also on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8 p.m., dance company Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE will perform works in Brown’s exquisitely crafted blend of African, modern, Caribbean and social dance styles at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Bethesda, Maryland, to live Afro-Cuban jazz by the Arturo O’Farrill Ensemble. Tickets are $35 to $75. For details, visit strathmore.org or call 301-581-5100.
Smithsonian Food History Weekend
The fifth annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend, “Power Through Food,” on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9. will explore how the food-related enterprises of migrant and refugee women and organizations are helping to create sustainable livelihoods and stronger communities. The free event will include cooking demonstrations, hands-on learning, book signings and dynamic conversations at the National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave. NW. Unless sold out, programs are first-come, first-serve. For details, visit eventbrite.com.
Joyce DiDonato Sings Baroque Arias
Grammy Award winner Joyce DiDonato will sing Baroque arias by Handel, Purcell and others from her new album “In War & Peace – Harmony through Music,” on Friday, Nov. 8, and Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. as part of the Renée Fleming VOICES series at the Kennedy Center. Maxim Emelyanychev will conduct the orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro. Tickets are $39 to $79. For details, visit kennedy-center.org or call 202-467-4600.
Grand Opening: Scilla + Luna
On Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6 to 8 p.m., mother and daughter Mary Pat Boarman and Katherine Boarman will hold a grand opening party for their studio/gallery of homemade goods for a creative life and home, Scilla + Luna, located at 1675 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Starting that day, regular hours will be Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For details, visit scillaandluna.com or call 202-891-7174.
Pianist Mark G. Meadows and Vocalist Rochelle Rice
As part of the Dumbarton Concerts series at Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton St. NW, pianist Mark G. Meadows and his band, the Movement, will perform with vocalist and songwriter Rochelle Rice on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. The program melds Meadows’s trademark combination of jazz, R&B and gospel to Rice’s fusion of jazz, pop and soul. Tickets are $43, $40 for seniors. For details, visit dumbartonconcerts.org or 202-965-2000.
Veterans Day-Themed Tours
On Sunday, Nov. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW, will offer “Generations of Service Tours,” guided house tours focusing on stories and artifacts recalling six generations of an American family in wartime, abroad and at home. Tickets are free with RSVP. For details, visit tudorplace.org or call 202-965-0400.
Flicks4Change D.C. Film Festival
Also on Sunday, Nov. 10, Flicks4Change, the film festival with a social conscience, will take place from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The festival will feature: two 75-minute programs of socially conscious short films, at 1:45 and 5:30 p.m.; town hall-style discussions about the films and how to take action on the issues; a performance by Leonard, Coleman & Blunt — formerly of the Temptations, the Platters and the Drifters — at 4:45 p.m.; interactive exhibits; light snacks (alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages available); and voting by the audience on their favorite films and the most impactful. All-day passes are $30. VIP all-day passes are $40, including preferential seating and special catering. For details, visit eventbrite.com.