WALTER HOOD -- Monday at 7 p.m. The landscape architect talks about turning neglected urban areas into parks that celebrate local history. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17, students $10. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.
THINKING AS DOING: AN INVESTIGATION INTO DESIGN METHODOLOGY, FABRICATION TECHNIQUES AND THE EXPERIENTIAL -- Saturday at 7 p.m. Catholic University's School of Architecture and Planning unveils its cutting-edge design technology exhibit, which includes computer-generated drawings and an 80-foot-long 3-D installation. Catholic University, Crough Center for Architectural Studies, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-6861.
Arts and Crafts
EMBROIDERY DEMONSTRATION -- Wednesday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Members of the District's chapter of the Embroiderers' Guild of America demonstrate and display types of embroidery. National Museum of American History, Textile Hall, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
Books and Authors
ELLEN FELDMAN -- Monday at 7 p.m. The author discusses her book "The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank," in which she imagines that Peter Van Pels, who hid in the attic with Anne, survived and came to America. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
CHARLES MCCARRY -- Monday at 7 p.m. The "Old Boys" author reads from his novel "The Tears of Autumn," a 1975 bestseller about espionage and foreign affairs. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.
QUANG PHAM -- Wednesday at noon. The author discusses his book "A Sense of Duty: My Father, My American Journey," about his experiences during the Vietnam War and his reunion with his father. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-501-5000.
LOCAL AUTHOR NIGHT -- Thursday at 6:30 p.m. A panel discussion with Celia Ford, Theresa Allen, Judy Jackson and Amanda Jackson. Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.
ADAM MANSBACH -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The author discusses "Angry Black White Boy," his satire on racial stereotypes. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.
ROBERT SCHIMMEL -- Thursday-May 1, Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8 p.m. Stand-up from the comedian, who has written for "In Living Color." Improv Comedy Club, 1140 Connecticut Ave. NW. $22-$25. 202-296-7008.
DAMIEN JURADO -- Today at 9 p.m. Urban folk from the singer-songwriter. With Radar Bros. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $8. 202-667-7960.
BOB WEIR AND RATDOG -- Tuesday-Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Rock and electronica. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $35. 202-265-0930.
WALTER BEASLEY -- Friday at 8 p.m. Jazz. Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, 2455 Sixth St. NW. $25.50-$30.50. 202-397-7328.
VICTOR MANUELLE -- Friday at 8 p.m. Salsa. DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $32-$52. 202-397-7328.
IVY -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. New York alt-pop. With Stars and Astaire. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. 202-667-7960.