Working on being a better person this year? Best-selling author Karen Armstrong can help you—check out the reading and discussion of her latest book, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. She’s signing books afterward. 7 PM; purchase tickets ($10) at TicketFly. For a book event on the other end of the spectrum, astronomer Mike Brown is discussing and signing copies of How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. 2 PM; free.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Library is hosting an evening of jazz and art to celebrate the opening of “Picture Equality” from youth activist photography group Critical Exposure. The jazz performance is by DC Jazz Festival bassist Herman Burney and singer Akua Allrich. There’ll be light appetizers. 6:30 to 8:30; free.
Catch the “Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo” at the Kennedy Center’s free Millennium Stage concert. Jayme Stone’s style is influenced by West African music, Brazilian literature, and more. 6.