District Community Events March 6-13, 2008

District Community Events March 6-13, 2008

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Thursday 6

"THE CHAIRS," Scena Theatre's David Bryan Jackson, Colleen Delany and Ian Blackwell Rogers perform Eugene Ionesco's "tragic farce." 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through March 30, Warehouse Theater, 1021 Seventh St. NW. $20, $25. 703-683-2824.

"CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE," Washington Post book critic Michael Dirda discusses his collection of short essays that lead readers to new authors and lesser-known classics. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5221.

SHIRLEY HORN, the jazz singer performs; bring lunch. Noon, Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW. Free. 202-383-1835 or e-mail rsvp@historydc.org.

CLASSICAL PIANO RECITAL, Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez performs works by Beethoven and Chopin. 12:15 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Donations requested. 202-232-0323.

JULIA WARD HOWE PORTRAIT TALK, historian Jim Barber discusses the John Elliot and William H. Cotton portrait of the abolitionist, social activist and poet. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"PARIS ON THE POTOMAC," architectural historians Cynthia Field and Isabelle Gournay and decorative arts curator Liana Paredes discuss French influence on the city's appearance. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $20; students, $12; reservations required. 202-272-2448.

GLOBAL WILDLIFE TRAFFICKING, Steve Galster, director of Wildlife Alliance's Thailand program, discusses the criminal trade that is killing tigers, clouded leopards, elephants and other animals and shows excerpts from "Crime Scene Wild," 7 p.m.; light refreshments, 6:30 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free; reservations requested. 202-633-4085.

POETRY READINGS, Witter Bynner Fellowships will be awarded to two poets, who will read from their own works. 6:45 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

Friday 7

ART RECEPTION, for a collection of oil paintings by Scott Hutchison, platinum and palladium photographs by Carolyn Rogers and drawings by Elzbieta Sikorska. Reception, 6:30-9 p.m. Friday; exhibition continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, through March 29, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282, Ext. 23.

SHAKESPEARE'S SONNETS IN DANCE, a CityDance interpretation of the classic poems set to new music. 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, the Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $20, $35. 202-547-1122.

FLORESTAN TRIO RECITAL, a performance of works by Beethoven, Ives and Arensky. 8 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.75 service charge per ticket. 301-808-6900 or 202-707-5502.

Saturday 8

GEORGE WASHINGTON MUSICAL,"Chasing George Washington: A White House Adventure," for ages 9 and older, about three White House visitors who accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life, turning their tour into an unexpected adventure; a co-production of the Kennedy Center and the White House Historical Association. 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 and 4 p.m. Sunday, 1:30, 4 and 7:30 p.m. March 15, 1:30 and 4 p.m. March 26, Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.

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