District Community Events April 10-17, 2008

District Community Events April 10-17, 2008

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Thursday 10

DUKE ELLINGTON PORTRAIT TALK, National Museum of American History curator John Hasse discusses the portrait by Peter Hurd. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"GRAPES WITH THE APES," for age 21 and older, samples of Virginia and Maryland wines, with hors d'oeuvres, live music, animals, a wine seminar and a visit to the Great Ape House, proceeds benefit the Asian Elephant Conservation Fund. 6-9 p.m., National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $55. 202-633-3026 or http://www.fonz.org/afterhours.htm.

DANCES OF JAPAN, the Tamagawa University Dance Ensemble performs new and traditional dances in colorful costumes. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

INDIGO TEXTILE TALK, scholar Jenny Balfour-Paul discusses "A Passion for Indigo: My Fascination With the Exotic Past and Exciting Future of this Unique Dyestuff," about the use of the color blue in the textile arts; visitors will be invited to view the exhibit "Blue." 6:30 p.m., Textile Museum, 2320 S St. NW. $8, reservations required. 202-667-0441, Ext. 64.

"THE FILMS OF 1907," turn-of-the-20th century films from around the world, includes trick films, films showing actual events, primitive dramas and gag films; live music by composer Michael Mortilla. 7 p.m., National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

VIOLINIST ITZHAK PERLMAN and Julliard players, performance of works by Alexander Krein, Osvaldo Golijov, Joel Engel and others. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $50. 202-467-4600.

MILES DAVIS AND HIS SIDEMEN, a performance of jazz standards and tunes written by the ensemble. 7:30 p.m., Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St. NW. $50 (in advance, $45); seniors, $45 (in advance, $40). Free, reservations required. 202-686-8000, Ext. 1615.

"DO I HEAR A WALTZ?," musical about a vacationing American woman who falls in love for the first time in Venice, music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. 8 p.m. today-tomorrow, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, American University, Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $5-$15. 202-885-2587 or http://www.american.tix.com.

Friday 11

MOREHOUSE COLLEGE GLEE CLUB CONCERT, noon, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1184.

FRENCH ART RECEPTION, for "Bretagne: Sea and Sky," a collection of seascape photographs of Brittany, France, by Louis Forget. Reception, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday; exhibit continues, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, through May 27, Alliance Francaise, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-234-7911.

"SEASONS OF LIFE," for children 5-10 with an adult, a multicultural show about celebrations of spring around the world, such as the May Day maypole dance, the Persian New Year and Buddha's birthday. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday and April 22-25, Smithsonian, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, free. 202-633-8700.

CLASSICAL LATIN MUSIC RECITAL, flutist Joseph Cunliffe and guitarist Georgia Cavallero perform. Noon, Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. Free. 202-331-7282.

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