District Community Events March 13-20, 2008

District Community Events March 13-20, 2008

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Thursday 13

"PORTIA COUGHLAN," Linda Murray stars in Marina Carr's play about a woman whose twin brother died 15 years earlier. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, through April 6. H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. $20. 800-494-8479 or http://www.solasnua.org.

JAMES BROWN PORTRAIT TALK, researcher Jennifer Beck discusses Diane Arbus's study of the musician known as the godfather of soul. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"MALARIA: KILLER NUMBER ONE" AND "SALUD!" DOCUMENTARIES, about the disease that claims 3 million lives annually in countries south of the Sahara; and a look at Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls "one of the world's best health systems." 6 p.m., Johns Hopkins University, Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT'S NEW DEAL CAMPAIGN OF 1932, archivist Allen Weinstein moderates a panel including Senate historian and author Donald Ritchie, Newsweek editor and author Jonathan Alter, and Allida Black, director and editor of "The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers: Human Rights Years 1945-48." 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

"WASTE = FOOD," Rob van Hattum's documentary about American architect and designer William McDonough and German ecological chemist Michael Braungart and their idea for a "cradle-to-cradle" protocol in which discarded products become usable as another product or break down into nontoxic food for the biosphere or the technosphere; a question-and-answer session follows. 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $15. 202-639-1774.

"LORD ARTHUR SAVILE'S CRIME" ADAPTATION TALK, Washington Stage Guild dramaturg Bill Largess discusses his adaptation of the Oscar Wilde tale of high-society murder and marriage and the upcoming production by the guild. 7:30 p.m., Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

Friday 14

IRISH GENEALOGY, Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens discusses the basics of finding Irish ancestors' origins using resources available in the United States, including passenger lists; immigration, military and census records; city directories; and other sources. 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. $20, reservations required. 202-357-5333.

"ARID LANDS" DOCUMENTARY, the 2006 film about the land where an atomic bomb was produced and how it has changed into a place where salmon spawn in the middle of golf courses and wine grapes grow in sagebrush 60 years after its nuclear plant was decommissioned. Noon, Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center, Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-342-2564.

SPITZER SPACE TELESCOPE LECTURE, Michael Werner, chief scientist for astronomy and physics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, discusses the telescope's ability to detect faint objects in the infrared universe. 4 p.m., Catholic University, Hannan Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5315.

CANADIAN NATIVE PEOPLES DOCUMENTARY,"Waban-Aki: People From Where the Sun Rises," a discussion with filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin follows. 7 p.m. tomorrow, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO-NARRATED FILM,"The 11th Hour," about the state of the air, water and land, including the phenomenon of climate change; panel discussion with R. James Woolsey, associate producer Stephan McGuire and others follows. 7 p.m., Georgetown University Medical Center, 4000 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. 202-687-4328.

AUGUST WILSON'S "SEVEN GUITARS" PLAY, LaTanya Richardson Jackson and Russell Hornsby star in the story of seven people who realize their own mortality and the pain of losing a loved one. 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays, through April 3, Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $65. 202-467-4600.

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