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District Community Events May 22-29, 2008

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thursday 22

"THE JOURNEY OF LYNDON JOHNSON," documentary about Johnson's life; audience questions answered by Harry McPherson, who was special counsel to the president from 1965 to 1969. Noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

CHILDREN'S READING PROGRAM, Mike Rose performs comedy and magic to encourage children to read during the summer. 1:30 p.m., Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6100.

LANGSTON LIBRARY BOARD GAMES, for all ages, playing chess, checkers and other games. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays, Langston Community Library, 2600 Benning Rd. NE. Free. 202-724-8665.

"SOUNDS OF THE FOREST," for ages 6 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses the challenges facing birds living in a noisy urban environment. 4 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

ROCK CONCERT, Everyone But Pete. 5-7 p.m., Farragut Square Park, 17th and K streets NW. Free. 202-463-3400.

ACOUSTIC STRING MUSIC RECITAL, by students from Berkley College of Music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

"THE GREAT GATSBY,"1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. 6 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Free. 202-727-1222.

BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT, representatives of the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency discuss how families can help homeless children through foster care. 6-8 p.m., the agency, 400 Sixth St. SW. Free. 202-671-5683 or http://www.cfsa.dc.gov.

PORTRAIT GALLERY TALK, Robert Cressman of the Navy Historical Center discusses a portrait of William Frederick "Bull" Halsey, who was a Naval officer and commander of the Third Fleet in the Pacific during World War II. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"WHAT HAPPENS TO STOLEN ART?," Bonnie Magness-Gardiner, manager of the FBI's art theft program, discusses how art theft and fraud is discovered and investigated, and the role of art experts in investigations. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

AFGHANISTAN CULTURE PRESERVATION, panel discussion of efforts to preserve endangered elements of Afghanistan's cultural heritage. Panelists include Omara Masoudi, director of the National Museum of Afghanistan; archaeologist Fred Hiebert; photographer Steve McCurry; and Shamim Jawad, founder of Ayenda, a foundation dedicated to improving the lives of Afghan families. 6:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $18. 202-857-7700.

INTERNET SAFETY SEMINAR, Gregory S. Smith, author of "How to Protect Your Children on the Internet: A Road Map for Parents and Teachers," discusses online sexual predators, inappropriate content and personal data protection. 6:30 p.m., Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3080.

FREEDOM RIDE, three civil rights activists who defied racism by traveling in integrated, interstate buses in 1961 in the South, discuss their experiences with history professor Roger Wilkins and author and photographer Eric Etheridge. 6:45 p.m., Smithsonian, S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. 202-633-3030.

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK, for ages 10 and older, members of the Shakespeare Theatre perform "Hamlet." 7:30 p.m. daily except Mondays through June 1, no performance May 26, Carter Barron Amphitheatre, 4850 Colorado Ave. NW. Free tickets (limit of four per person) available on the day of the performance at Carter Barron and the Shakespeare Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW, and Tuesdays-Fridays at The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW. 202-334-4790 or http://www.shakespeare.org.

Friday 23

"HANSEL AND GRETEL," for ages 5-10, the Washington National Opera performs the operetta. 10:30 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE., and 1:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3377, 202-698-3320.

OLD POST OFFICE JAZZ CONCERT, the Deep Creek Elementary Jazz Band and Show Choir. Noon-1 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

PHOTOGRAPHY LECTURE, Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman, photographic process historians, discuss Calotype photography techniques. Noon, National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

MUSEUM EUROPEAN-LATIN JAZZ CONCERT, by Alex Martin's Amerique Latine. 5-8:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden, Seventh and Constitution NW. Free. 202-289-3360.

CLASSICAL MUSIC RECITAL, by students from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Saturday 24

LIBRARY SCRABBLE, for all ages, Randy Taylor demonstrates how to improve spelling, reading and memory skills playing Scrabble. 1 p.m. Saturdays, Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6025.

PIANO COMPETITION, semifinalists perform in the Washington International Competition for Piano, sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club. 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. in Rome Hall, Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-333-2075.

PARK TOUR ON HORSEBACK, for ages 12 and older, a National Park Service ranger leads a one-hour ride along a creek; borrow a horse or bring your own. 9:30 a.m. Saturday and May 31, Rock Creek Park Horse Center, 5100 Glover Rd. NW. $30, reservations required. 202-895-6070 or 202-362-0017.

FORT STEVENS CLEANUP, for ages 10 and older, National Park Service rangers work with volunteers to clean up the park, gloves and bags provided. 10-11:30 a.m., car caravan to the fort starts at Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW, Free. 202-895-6070.

"NIM'S ISLAND," film based on the novel by Wendy Orr, starring Abigail Breslin as a girl on a remote island with her scientist father and several animal companions. 10 a.m. Saturday-Monday, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5. 202-966-6000.

HONOR GOURD DANCE, the Black Creek Gourd Society of Window Rock, Ariz., performs the traditional dance that honors warriors from the past. Noon-5 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth and Independence SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

SMITHSONIAN ART WORKSHOP, artist Jamaliah Morais demonstrates the tools and techniques used in works in the exhibit "Obata's Yosemite," and works with participants on their techniques. 1-4 p.m., Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. $50, reservations required. 202-633-8490.

OLD POST OFFICE JAZZ CONCERT, by the Pan American Rhythm Project. 1-3 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

CIVIL WAR HISTORY, for ages 8 and older, a National Park Service ranger discusses the bravery of 40 Union soldiers who died defending Washington during an attack by Confederates. 3 p.m., Battleground National Cemetery, 6625 Georgia Ave. NW, Free. 202-426-6851.

MAURICE LYLES QUARTET, performance of swinging jazz standards, pop, Latin and bebop. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Sunday 25

ROCK CREEK PARK WALK, for ages 7 and older, a National Park Service ranger leads a three-mile walk along a mostly flat area. 10 a.m., Peirce Barn, Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

CAPITOL HILL OUTDOOR CONCERTS, jazz, blues and swing by Hokum Jazz, 10:30 a.m.; acoustic blues by Robert Lighthouse, 1 p.m., Seventh Street and North Carolina Avenue SE. Free. 202-544-7978.

AFGHAN TRADITIONAL MUSIC, performed by an ensemble of Afghan musicians. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building, Sixth and Constitution NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

AFGHAN "HIDDEN TREASURES" ART LECTURE, archaeologist Fredrik T. Hiebert, director of a project to catalogue artworks saved from the Taliban and Russian intruders, discusses "Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul." 2 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

PIANO COMPETITION FINALS, six finalists compete in the Washington International Competition for Piano, sponsored by the Friday Morning Music Club. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free, tickets required. 202-333-2075 or 202-333-3133.

CHORAL FESTIVAL, Andre Thomas directs a 400-voice choir and the Eastern Wind Symphony in a performance of Randall Thompson's "Testament of Freedom" and other works honoring the nation's fallen heroes. 2 p.m., Kennedy Center Concert Hall, 2700 F St. NW. $10. 202-467-4600.

AFGHAN AMERICAN CHILDREN'S RECITAL, Afghan composer Vaheed Kaacemy directs an ensemble of Afghan American children and Afghan musicians in a performance of works from "Afghan Children's Songbook"; Shamim Jawad, wife of the Afghan ambassador to the United States, discusses the music with Louise Pascale, a music educator and former Peace Corps volunteer who helped develop the songbook. 4 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

"BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN," Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film about a 1905 sailors' revolt, filmed using real sailors and residents of Odessa, shown with English subtitles. 5:45 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.

FALCON RIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL PREVIEW, a performance by musicians who will play at the New York four-day event in late July. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Monday 26

KENILWORTH AQUATIC GARDENS WALK, for ages 12 and older, National Park Service ranger Kate Bucco leads the walk. 11 a.m., Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, 1550 Anacostia Ave. NE. Free. 202-426-6905.

CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT, members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra perform. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

"MEASURE FOR PLEASURE," David Grimm's bawdy comedy about a womanizer, a cross-dresser, a puritanical woman and a romantic valet. Previews, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; play continues, 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2 and 7 p.m. Sundays, through June 29, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St. NW. May 26 and 27, pay what you can; other performances, $24-$57. 202-393-3939 or http://www.woollymammoth.net.

Tuesday 27

CHILDREN'S READING PROGRAM, Mike Rose performs comedy and magic to encourage children to read during the summer. 10:30 a.m., Woodridge Regional Library, 1801 Hamlin St. NE., and 1:30 p.m., Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Interim Library, 945 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6226 or 202-671-0212.

NEO SOUL AND JAZZ CONCERT, the Tye Sherman Duo. Noon-1 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.

CLASSICAL SOPRANO RECITAL, Deborah Sternberg performs. 12:10 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW. Suggested donation, $5. 202-347-2635, Ext. 18.

ART GALLERY SKETCHING, a museum staff member discusses gallery sketches; bring pencils and a sketchbook. 3-4:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"DOUBLE INDEMNITY" FILM NOIR, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson and Fred MacMurray star in the 1944 Billy Wilder film about greed and murder. 4 p.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

CREATIVE WRITING FOR YOUTHS, for ages 12-19, author and educator Tariq Omari Walton discusses how to create and develop characters and stories. 4 p.m., Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-6300.

PIANO RECITAL, by Lilia Stoytcheva, a professor of music at North Greenville University. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Wednesday 28

CHILDREN'S READING PROGRAM, Mike Rose performs comedy and magic to encourage children to read during the summer. 10:30 a.m., Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3090.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL," for ages 5-10, the Washington National Opera performs the operetta. 10:30 a.m., Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW. Free. 202-282-3139.

MUSIC AND TEA, Levine School of Music faculty and students perform, tea and light refreshments served. 11 a.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-686-8000, Ext. 1068.

BECOMING A FOSTER PARENT, representatives of the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency discuss how families can help homeless children through foster care. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Room 221, 901 G St. NW. 202-671-5683 or http://www.cfsa.dc.gov.

"FIVE CENTIMETERS PER SECOND," Japanese animated film by Makoto Shinkai subtitled "A Chain of Short Stories About Their Distance." 2 p.m., Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-373-1828 or e-mail rsvp@historydc.org.

ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER CELEBRATION, performances by Dana Tai Soon Burgess and Company, Fairfax Chinese Dance Troupe and others. 6-8 p.m., Historical Society of Washington, 801 K St. NW. Free, reservations required. 202-383-1828 or e-mail rsvp@historydc.org.

SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK CONCERT, a cappella ensemble. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

WORLD WAR II DOUBLE FEATURE FILMS, Bruce Bennett in "Atlantic Convoy," a drama set at a Marine flying patrol station off Iceland's coast; and "U-Boat Prisoner," Bennett stars in a film based loosely on the true story of merchant seaman Archie Gibbs and a group of foreign scientists imprisoned on a German U-boat bound for Germany. 7 p.m., Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $5. 202-547-6839.

Thursday 29

CHILDREN'S READING PROGRAM, Mike Rose performs comedy and magic, to encourage children to read during the summer. 10:30 a.m., Southeast Library, 403 Seventh St. SE, and 1:30 p.m., Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE. Free. 202-698-3377, 202-698-3320.

SENIORS COMPUTER CLASSES,10:30 a.m., Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. Free. 202-645-4297.

"HANSEL AND GRETEL," for ages 5-10, the Washington National Opera performs the operetta. 10:30 a.m., Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Pl. SW. Free. 202-724-4752.

NAVY HISTORY BOOK TALK, George C. Daughan discusses his book "If By Sea: The Forging of the American Navy, From Revolution to the War of 1812." Noon, National Archives, Constitution Avenue NW, entrance near Seventh Street. Free. 202-357-5000.

BEADING WORKSHOP, jewelry designer Kathleen Manning leads a workshop involving beading, tool handling and wire working. 1-5 p.m., Renwick Gallery, 17th and Pennsylvania NW. $35, reservations required. 202-633-8490.

DOYLE LAWSON AND QUICKSILVER, a cappella bluegrass music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

"THE LEGEND OF PRINCESS DER LING," Grant Hayter-Menzies discusses his book "Imperial Masquerade: The Legend of Princess Der Ling," about the first-lady-in-waiting to the empress dowager of the "Forbidden City" in early-20th century Peking. 7 p.m., Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

YOUNG SOLOISTS CONCERT, performances by the MacIntyre Family Singers, pianist Ashlee Young, oud player Issam Elayyan and the Avocat Rap Bi trio. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $15. 202-467-4600.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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