Stars, a biopic about Polish soccer player Jan Banaś, plays Wednesday at the Avalon. Film still courtesy the Avalon Theatre.
MONDAY, AUGUST 28
BOOKS Preserving foods has had a long tradition in Jewish history, for both practical and spiritual purposes. Emily Paster’s new book, The Joys of Jewish Preserving: Modern Recipes with Traditional Roots, for Jams, Pickles, Fruit Butters, and More—For Holidays and Every Day, celebrates these histories with 75 traditional and new recipes. Paster will discuss her book and share samples of her preserves at Politics & Prose. Free, 7 PM.
IMPROV Laugh Index Theatre hosts a weekly Improv Wars on Monday nights at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. This friendly competition showcases local improv troupes in an anything-goes exhibition; the audience votes for the winner. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the door, 8 PM.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 29
FILM Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta co-founded the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez; she continues to fight for racial and labor justice to this day and is one of the most defiant feminists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The documentary Dolores tells the story of her life and impact as well as the personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change. The film will screen at the National Museum of the American Indian. Huerta and director Peter Bratt will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. Free (registration required), 7 PM.
TELEVISION Are your friends and coworkers sick of your yammering about the Game of Thrones season finale? You’re in luck if you’ve still got theories and predictions to discuss. Fans of the HBO series can congregate at DC Public Library’s Northeast Branch to their thoughts about characters, plot twists, and separation anxiety until season 8. Free, 6:30 PM.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 30
FILM The Avalon Theatre will screen the 2017 Polish film Stars, about soccer player Jan Banaś, who played for Poland’s national team in the 1960s and 1970s. The film follows Banaś’s rivalry on and off the field with a childhood friend and his choices about participating in the Olympic Games and the Football World Cup. Tickets $12.50, 8 PM.
MUSIC The United States Army String Quartet celebrates music by US composers or music written while composers were visiting the United States. The Quartet will celebrate the influence of United States on the music world at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Free, 6 PM.