District Community Events Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2007

District Community Events Nov. 29-Dec. 6, 2007

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Thursday 29

"THE MAIDS," a Scena Theatre performance of Jean Genet's play about two domestic workers who destroy and then murder their female employer. 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays, through Dec. 16, Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $25-$32. 703-684-7990.

NORWEGIAN TREE LIGHTING, a ceremony to illuminate the 8,000 lights on a 30-foot Christmas tree donated by the government of Norway; with a performance by the Children's Chorus of Washington, 6 p.m.; a holiday model train with a backdrop of Norwegian fiords on display, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily, through Jan. 6. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve's Toys for Tots charity, daily through Dec. 20. Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. 202-333-6000 or http://www.norway.org/xmas.

FOREIGN POLICY LECTURE, in "Containing Fear in Foreign Policy: Recovering Our National Identity," William F. May addresses the religious apprehensions embedded in U.S. politics. 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-2692.

"THE NUTCRACKER," the Washington Ballet and its dance students perform Septime Webre's choreography of Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic. 5:30 p.m.; 7 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Today, $35, includes refreshments; Friday and Saturday, $20; students and seniors, $10. 202-484-3272.

"ROCK MY RELIGION," Dan Graham's video explores the connections between religion and rock music. 6 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ART BOOK TALK, art historian Mark Levitch discusses "Pantheon de la Guerre: Reconfiguring a Panorama of the Great War," is about a revered football-field-length mural that fell out of favor in France and subsequently found its way to a Kansas City, Mo., World War I museum. 6:30 p.m., La Maison Francaise, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free; reservations required. 202-944-6091.

ANSEL ADAMS'S LIFE AND ART, David Peeler, chairman of the U.S. Naval Academy's Department of History, discusses the circumstances that brought about some of the nature photographer's most significant images. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free with museum admission: $6; age 6 and younger, free. 202-639-1774.

CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, the ModernWorks ensemble performs works by Ge Gan-ru and then joins with guest artist Margaret Leng Tan in a performance of Ge's melodrama "Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!" 7:30 p.m., Freer Gallery, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CONVERSATION WITH A COMEDIENNE, TV writer Amy Sedaris talks about her book "I Life You: Hospitality Under the Influence," with Amy Cohen. 8 p.m., Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $25; in advance, $15. 202-408-3100.

Friday 30

GOLD AND SILVER JEWELRY, contemporary painter Keri Ataumbi, a Kiowa tribe member from Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, displays her jewelry creations. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

QUILTING PROGRAM, members of the Annapolis Quilting Guild discuss techniques and their creations in various stages of development. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ANCIENT PEOPLES AND SHORELINES, museum archaeologist Dennis Stanford discusses the shorelines of Pleistocene-era Europe and the Chesapeake Bay. Noon, National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

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