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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.

"LORD GOD BIRD" DOCUMENTARY, George Butler's chronicle of the 2004 sighting of the supposedly extinct ivory-billed woodpecker. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $18. 202-857-7700.

JAZZ RECITAL, trombonist Sarah Morrow. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center Terrace Gallery, KC Jazz Club, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

AUTHOR READINGS, prize-winning authors Alice McDermott and Frank McCourt read from their works; a reception follows, sponsored by Folger Shakespeare Library. 8 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 212 East Capitol St. NE. $15. 202-544-7077.

SATURN LECTURE, Michael Flasas of NASA discusses "Titan's and Saturn's Atmospheres," sponsored by the Philosophical Society of Washington. 8:15 p.m., Cosmos Club, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, 2170 Florida Ave. NW. Free. 703-370-5282.

Saturday 15

"FURIA FLAMENCA!," a performance of traditional gypsy-style Spanish dance blended with modern flamenco. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

KITES OF ASIA, museum staff members tell tales of centuries-old kitemaking traditions, Asian kite experts show their elaborately decorated kites and help visitors create one to take home. 10 a.m.-3 p.m., National Air and Space Museum, Seventh and Independence SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

NEW DEAL FILM FESTIVAL, a selection of U.S. government-produced films related to the Depression era and Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. 10 a.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

"BARBIE MARIPOSA" ANIMATED FILM, about a butterfly fairy who loves to read. 10 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.

FABERG┬┐ EGG FAMILY FESTIVAL, a reenactor portraying Tsar Nicholas II talks with visitors about the traditional Russian Easter eggs and imperial history, performances by storyteller Arianna Ross, an egg-decorating workshop, Russian springtime games including egg-rolling and egg and spoon racing, and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $7 per child and two accompanying adults, $12 per additional adult; seniors, $10; students, $7; age 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

"CARAVAN" DOCUMENTARY, for age 10 and older, about two boys embarking on a caravan on yaks or camels in two remote parts of the world along trade routes followed by their ancestors, in Dolpo and Tamashek with English subtitles. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-789-4995.

"ARCTIC TALE," (2007), about the challenges faced by a polar bear and her companion walrus pup in an icebound, slowly melting world. Noon, National Geographic, Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Free. 202-857-7700.

"THE QUEEN OF TREES" DOCUMENTARY, (2005), the film about the African fig tree and its interlocking and codependent world of insects, birds and animals. Noon-5 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

ST. PADDY'S DAY PARTY, for all ages, performances by Pete Moss and the Bog Band with the Sean Culkin Irish Dancers; a reception follows. Noon, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $10; ages 2-16, $9; 1 and younger, free. 202-633-8700.

BLOOMING HOUSEPLANT SHOW AND SALE, hosted by the National Capital Area Chapter of the Gesneriad Society, lectures on plant breeding and the finding of new species, sale of African violets, streptocarpus, Chiritas, Kohlerias and other exotics. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. Free admission. 703-304-8652.

"SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK: RAISE YOUR VOICE" DOCUMENTARY, about the a cappella ensemble. 2 p.m., Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW. Free. 202-383-1835 or RSVP@historydc.org.

ANDY WARHOL'S "ELECTRIC CHAIR," Laurie Anderson discusses the pop artist's creation. 4:30 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000.

"SHOWDOWN AT ELKTOWN" DOCUMENTARY, (2006) about the town of Mammoth, in the heart of Yellowstone National Park, and its unusual gathering of hundreds of elk that take over the town for their annual rut. 4:50 p.m. Saturday, 1:45 p.m. Sunday, National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"MAJOR BARBARA" FORUM, Akiva Fox, Shakespeare Theatre Company literary associate, and Rebecca Blank, University of Michigan professor of public policy and director of the National Poverty Center, discuss "Money and Gunpowder: Confronting Poverty in 'Major Barbara'." 5 p.m., Shakespeare Theatre, Sidney Harman Hall, 450 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-547-1122, Ext. 4.

CELLO RECITAL, the Kindler Cello Society and guest cellist Alban Gerhardt. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

AMELIA PIANO TRIO, a performance of works by Lu Pei, J. S. Bach and Ravel. 8 p.m., Dumbarton United Methodist Church, 3133 Dumbarton Ave. NW. $30; students and seniors, $26. 202-965-2000.

CLASSICAL GUITAR RECITAL, David Russell performs, proceeds benefit the Levine School of Music scholarship and outreach programs. 8 p.m., Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. $45; 12 and younger, $25. 202-686-8104 or rcarlson@levineschool.org.

Sunday 16

AUGUST WILSON'S "FENCES," about a once-famous Negro Leagues baseball player who must reconcile his anger over past racial inequities when his son is offered a football scholarship. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and April 4. Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $65. 202-467-4600.

"THE RITCHIE BOYS" DOCUMENTARY, about a group of young men who escaped the Nazis during World War II and returned as members of a special army unit trained in intelligence and prisoner interrogation; a panel discussion follows. 10:30 a.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. 202-237-2700.

"ALL IN THIS TEA," about tea expert David Lee Hoffman's travels to remote regions of China in search of the finest handmade teas only to find that they are now mass-produced; filmmaker Les Blank leads a discussion following the screening. 2:30 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $9.75; seniors, students, military, $7. 202-966-6000.

CHORAL CONCERT, Adam Graham conducts the Jubilate! Choir in a performance of Easter-themed works by Faur┬┐, Mozart, Beethoven, Joel Raney and others. 3 p.m., St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3655 Calvert St. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-333-4949.

"TRUE ADVENTURES OF THE ULTIMATE SPIDER HUNTER," about British water treatment engineer Martin Nicholas's spider-hunting hobby and his discovery of a Tuscan blond tarantula in the Arizona desert, a silk-producing spider in Mexico, the world's most dangerous spider with a leg span of 12 inches and others. 3 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, 10th and Constitution NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DVORAK'S "STABAT MATER," Norman Scribner conducts the Choral Arts Society of Washington, soprano Kelley Nassief, mezzo soprano Stacey Rishoi, tenor Jonathon Boyd and bass Trevor Scheunemann. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $15-$65. 202-467-4600.

J. S. BACH'S "ST. JOHN PASSION," Michael McCarthy directs the Cathedral Choir, soloists and baroque orchestra. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $22-$82. 877-537-2228 or http://www.music.cathedral.org.

"ANIMALS IN LOVE," (2007), about the courtship rituals of dolphins, lions, clown fish, kangaroos, monkeys, crabs, birds and insects including the dances, songs and other gestures of love. 4 p.m., Embassy of France, La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-944-6091 or http://culturel.washington=amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr.

"THE PRICE OF SUGAR," Paul Newman narrates the plight of Haitians who are promised good wages on neighboring Dominican Republic sugar plantations and end up beaten, starved and denied clean drinking water while privileged tourists frolic in a nearby tropical paradise; shown with "Cooking With Brass." 4:45 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $9.75; seniors, students, military, $7. 202-966-6000.

BIG BAND JAZZ CONCERT, the Blues Alley Youth Orchestra performs. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday 17

IRISH DANCING, artists from the Laureen O'Neill-James School of Irish Dancing perform jigs, step dancing and more. 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

"THREE PATHS TO THE LAKE" (1976), about an internationally successful photojournalist who returns to her home town and finds everything changed, in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $6; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

"FRIDA," Salma Hayek and Alfred Molina star in Julie Taymor's story of the love between Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Frida's affair with Leon Trotsky and her romantic entanglements with women. 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1161.

"THE PLANET" DOCUMENTARY, the 2006 film that examines the entire planet and the climatic, geographical and anthropological changes we are experiencing; a discussion with Edward Barrows, director of Georgetown University's Center for the Environment, representatives of the embassies of Denmark, Norway and Sweden and others follows. 7 p.m., Georgetown University Medical Center, 4000 Reservoir Rd. NW. Free. 202-687-4328.

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION, Grada performs traditional and contemporary Irish music to Breton, Eastern European and other regional styles. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $28. 202-857-7700.

"HIS WIFE'S LOVER," a newly restored print of the 1931 film billed as the "first Jewish musical comedy talking picture," about a bet between two men who question the existence of a virtuous woman. 7:30 p.m., D.C. Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. $10; seniors and students, $9. 800-494-8479 or 202-777-3248.

Tuesday 18

WORLD MUSIC CONCERT, percussionist Ko'mm Duo performs. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Free, donations requested. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

ORCHESTRA CONCERT, the McDowell Intermediate High School Orchestra performs works by J.S. Bach, Rimsky-Korsakov and Andrew Lloyd Webber. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

PIANIST ALFRED BRENDEL SPEAKS, the pianist discusses his life, career and music with Washington Performing Arts Society President Neale Perl and former National Public Radio music director Benjamin Roe; a reception follows. 6:30 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. $45, reservations required. 202-785-9727.

BASIC HOME REPAIR WORKSHOP, hosted by the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of the District of Columbia, learn how to fix a problematic toilet tank. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-576-7252.

"DARWIN'S NATURAL HEIR" DOCUMENTARY, about Edward Osborne Wilson, the person who discovered the first known colony of fire ants in the United States at the age of 13; a discussion with Wilson and filmmaker Neil Patterson follows. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $18. 202-857-7700.

Wednesday 19

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATES, Allen C. Guelzo discusses his book "Lincoln and Douglas: The Debates that Defined America," about the 1858 debates between presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, a U.S. senator. Noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE SPEAKS, the musician, songwriter, activist and member of the Cree nation discusses her compositions and song lyrics. Noon and 6:30 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

DESIGNING WOMEN LECTURE, Howard Kurtz, assistant curator of costumes and textiles, discusses the House of Callot Soeurs, a Paris fashion house that was founded in 1895 by four sisters and invites visitors to view items from the closets of Marjorie Merriweather Post and some of the Callot Soeurs' handmade gowns. Noon, Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $12; 65 and older, $10; 6 to 18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

CORCORAN JAZZ RECITAL, the Dave Bond Trio performs. 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.

BLUES AND SOUL MUSIC, the Christopher Dean Band. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

"STRANGE DAYS ON PLANET EARTH," Edward Norton narrates two episodes of the National Geographic's series: "Dirty Secrets," about world water systems, and "Most Dangerous Catch," about the effects of overfishing; a discussion with producer Mark Shelley and ecologist Justin Brashares follows. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $18. 202-857-7700.

"THE TIGER AND THE MONK" DOCUMENTARY, about the harmonious relationship between predators and humans in the area of the Wat Pa Luangta Bua monastery in Thailand. 8 p.m., Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Ct. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-895-6776 or rsvp@austria.org.

Thursday 20

JAZZ CONCERT, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Alumni Quartet. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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