What's Doing

Friday, March 20, 2009


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The District

ROMAN ART AND CULTURE ON THE BAY OF NAPLES Friday 11 to 5 and Saturday 1 to 5. Lectures by art scholars John Bodel, Lucilla Burn, Faya Causey, John R. Clarke, Bjoern Ewald, Nathalie Kampen, Barbara Kellum, Miranda Marvin, Rebecca Molholt, John Pollini and Hérica Valladares. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov. Free.

WASHINGTON HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Friday 11 to 9, Saturday 10 to 9 and Sunday 11 to 6. Annual garden show includes exhibitors, 5 1/2 acres of flowers, seminars and information on decorating and remodeling. Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW. 202-249-3400 or http://www.washingtonhomeandgardenshow.com. $9 Friday, $12 Saturday and Sunday. Children younger than 12 are free.

THE REGENCY WORLD OF JANE AUSTEN Saturday 9:30 to 4:15. Learn about the culture of the world Jane Austen was raised in. S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. 202-633-3030 or http://www.smithsonianassociates.org. $131.

COURAGE! THE CIVIL WAR IN WASHINGTON Saturday at 11. A walking tour of landmarks that played a part in the Civil War. Cosi, 10th and E Street NW. 301-588-9255 or http://www.historicstrolls.com. $10, $5 ages 6 to 15, younger free.

"HELP! I'M STUCK" Saturday 12 to 4. Learn how to overcome common dilemmas during the search for your family heritage. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000 or http://www.archives.gov. Free.

KIRSTIN DOWNEY Sunday 2 to 4. The author of a new biography of 1930s secretary of labor Frances Perkins, "The Woman Behind the New Deal," speaks about her work. Holiday Inn Georgetown, 2101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. 202-338-1594 or http://www.pressebooks.com. Free.

PICASSO AND TRUTH: OBJECT Sunday at 2. Art historian T.J. Clark gives a lecture on Picasso, part of a series hosted by the National Gallery. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov. Free.

"SINGLE LADIES" DANCE CLASS Saturday 6 to 8. Choreographer Quynn Johnson teaches the dance moves from Beyoncé's "Single Ladies" video. Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. 202-399-7993 or http://www.joyofmotion.org. $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

"BREAKING THE SILENCE" Monday at 7. A documentary and discussion about modern torture. Foundry United Methodist Church, 1500 16th St. NW. 703-519-4486. Free.

GERMAINE GREER Monday at 7:30. The eminent Australian academic discusses her book "Shakespeare's Wife," the first biography of Anne Hathaway. Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol St. SE. 202-544-4600 or http://www.folger.edu. $12.

FUSED GLASS JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP Tuesday 7 to 9:30. Laurie Siegel and Kris Swanson instruct on making jewelry. The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave. SE. 202-544-5807 or http://www.cornerstorearts.org. $80, reservations required.

EFFECTIVE INTERNET SEARCHING Wednesday 10:15 to 12:45. Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens leads a workshop on how to use the Internet and genealogy software to increase research capabilities. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5333. $20, reservations required.

ROBERT V. REMINI Wednesday at noon. The author and historian of the House of Representatives discusses his book "Andrew Jackson," about Jackson's military career and how his leadership led to his election as president in 1828. National Archives, Jefferson Room, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000 or http://www.archives.gov. Free.

BILL LARGESS Wednesday at 5:30. The artistic director for the Washington Stage Guild discusses the politics of George Bernard Shaw. Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW. 202-331-7282 or http://www.artsclubofwashington.org. $20 includes wine and appetizers. Registration required.

YOUR INNER FISH Wednesday at 7. Author Neil Shubin speaks about our connection to animals via evolution. National Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW. 202-334-2436 or http://www.nas.edu. Free.

PARDISS KEBRIAEI Wednesday at 7. A Guantanamo Bay lawyer tells about his experience working with prisoners. Georgetown University Law School, 600 New Jersey Ave. NW. 703-519-4486. Free.

PRESERVATION CONFERENCE Thursday 8 to 7. Learn about advancements in document preservation and record-keeping. National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. 202-357-5000 or http://www.archives.gov/preservation/conferences/2009. $125, $75 for full-time students, registration required.

U.S. SOURCES FOR BEGINNING IRISH RESEARCH Thursday 10:15 to 12:45. Elizabeth Kelley Kerstens teaches research strategies using original sources to track the origin of Irish immigrants, including passenger lists, immigration records, military records, census records, city directories and others. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5333 or http://www.archives.gov. $20, reservations required.

WINE WITH WASHINGTON Thursday 6 to 8. Sample Virginia wines and check out George Washington's wine cooler. Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. 202-965-0400 or http://www.tudorplace.org. $10, reservations required.

GIORGIO MORANDI: ALWAYS THE SAME, ALWAYS DIFFERENT Thursday at 6:30. A discussion about Morandi's work by artists, historians and curators. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151 or http://www.phillipscollection.org. Included in museum admission: $12, $10 for students and age 62 and older.

THE SEARCH FOR LIVING PLANETS Thursday at 6:45. Astronomer Alan Boss talks about methods of finding planets similar to Earth. Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. 202-633-3030 or http://www.smithsonianassociates.org. $25.

DAVID POLONSKY Thursday at 8. The animator discusses his work on the film "Waltz With Bashir." Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu. Free.


LEGENDS AND LORE TOUR Friday and Saturday 5:30 to 7. A tour of the mansion for people 16 and older with accounts of spirits seen on the premises. Historic Sotterley Plantation, 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood. 301-373-2280 or http://www.sotterley.org. $20, reservations required.

HO-KISS PO-KISS Friday 6 to 11:30. Dinner and dancing with the variety show band performing. College Park Moose Lodge, 3700 Metzerott Rd., College Park. 301-935-5525. $15.

MIDDLE SCHOOL SPELLING BEE Friday at 7. Top spellers from Prince George's County middle schools will vie for top honors and the opportunity to advance to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall, University of Maryland, Route 193 and Stadium Drive, College Park. 301-405-2787 or http://www.claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Free.

ROSE SOLARI AND ADELE STEINER Friday at 7:30. The two area poets read their works alongside a group of Welsh writers. The Writer's Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664 or http://www.writer.org. Free.

INDOOR FLEA MARKET Saturday 9 to 1, through April 18. Montgomery County Agricultural Center, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 301-258-6350 or http://www.gaithersburgmd.gov. Free.

THE LATEST IN LINCOLN SCHOLARSHIP Saturday 9 to 6. A series of lectures on the life of Lincoln. National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Rd., College Park. 202-707-1085. Free.

GEM-MINERAL-FOSSIL SHOW Saturday 10 to 6 and Sunday 10 to 5. The Gem, Lapidary and Mineral Society of Montgomery County show includes rocks from around the world, more than 40 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and kid-friendly activities. Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut St., Gaithersburg. 301-926-7190 or http://www.glmsmc.com. $6, children younger than 12 are free.

BLUEBIRD TRAIL MONITOR VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Saturday 10 to noon. Learn how to protect the bluebirds and why they are so important. The Accokeek Foundation, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113. Free, registration required.

COLONIAL FOODWAYS Saturday 10 to 4. Colonial-costumed interpreters demonstrate how foods were prepared in the late 1700s. National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek. 301-283-2113. $2, 50 cents ages 4 to 11.

CANDLELIGHT CONCERT SOCIETY VISITS TIN PAN ALLEY Saturday 7 to 10. The Bob Thulman Quartet performs popular music from the early 20th century, including selections by Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. Evening includes a buffet and an open wine bar to benefit Candlelight's educational and community outreach programs. Vantage House Retirement Community, 5400 Vantage Point Rd., Columbia. 410-997-2324. $50.

PRESCHOOL GARAGE SALE Sunday 9 to 1. Children's clothing, toys, games, books, baby and toddler gear and maternity clothes. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-881-0100 or http://www.jccgw.org. Free.

SPRING HEALTH FAIR Sunday 10 to 1. Participate in fitness assessments and group exercise demonstrations, and get general information about health problems. Sponsored by Suburban Hospital and the JCC Health and Wellness Department. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. 301-348-3860 or http://www.jccgw.org. Free.

SAILOR MADE: THE ART OF THE WOOLIE Sunday 2 to 4. Collector Don Berezoski speaks about pieces of embroidery created by sailors. Accompanied by demonstrations of needlework. Annmarie Garden, 13480 Dowell Rd., Solomons. 410-326-4640 or http://www.annmariegarden.org. Free with garden admission: $3, $2 seniors and ages 5 to 12, younger free.

GEORGE WITTE AND SUE ELLEN THOMPSON Sunday 2 to 4. Witte, author of "Deniability," and Thompson, author of "The Leaving," will read from their work. The Writer's Center, Reading Room, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda. 301-654-8664 or http://www.writer.org. Free.

SCRIPTURE AND THE SCRIBE: ADORNING THE BIBLE ACROSS 1,500 YEARS Sunday at 2. Michelle Brown, a professor from the University of London, discusses illuminated Bibles throughout history. Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. 410-547-9000 or http://www.thewalters.org. $10, $5 students.

STRATHMORE AFTERNOON TEA Tuesday at 1. Music by Meg Baker, harp and piano. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5108 or http://www.strathmore.org. $21, reservations required.

STRATHMORE AFTERNOON TEA Wednesday at 1. Music by Octtava Piano Duo: Hsien-Ann Meng and Wei-Der Huang. Mansion at Strathmore, 10701 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda. 301-581-5108 or http://www.strathmore.org. $21, reservations required.

LIA PURPURA AND STEPHEN COREY Wednesday at 7. The two poets will give readings of their work. Kensington Row Bookshop, 3786 Howard Ave., Kensington. 301-949-9416 or http://www.kensingtonrowbookshop.com. Free.

STEPPIN' OUT TO CELEBRATE SPORTS Thursday 6 to 10. Dance, munch, drink wine and bid on silent auction items at a benefit for TurnAround, which helps victims of domestic violence and abuse. M&T Bank Stadium, 1101 Russell St., Baltimore. 410-377-811 or http://www.turnaroundinc.org. $75.

OYSTER WARS OF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY Thursday at 7. A lecture by American history professor John R. Wennersten. Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis. 410-295-0104 or http://www.amaritime.org. $15.


VEGETABLE GARDEN PROGRAM Friday 1:30 to 2:30. Green Spring master gardeners share tips on vegetable gardening, give time-saving techniques and debunk horticulture myths. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. $12, registration required.

SUPER PET EXPO Friday 4 to 9, Saturday 10 to 7 and Sunday 10 to 5. Learn about new pet products and trends in pet ownership through more than 150 exhibits including Ultimate Air Dogs, Bwana Jim's Wildlife Show, the Monkey Man, pets with disabilities and Dominic Rizzo's Reptile Discovery. Trainers will be on hand to answer questions about your pets' behavior. Leashed pets welcome. Dulles Expo Center, Willard Road off Route 28, Chantilly. 703-378-0910 or http://www.superpetexpo.com. $12, $6 for children ages 4 to 12, younger free.

HUNKS WITH HEART Friday 7 to 9. An event for women only to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Washington DC. Wine and refreshments, a jazz band and an auction with special items, plus a scavenger hunt to find "The Perfect Man." Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr., Fairfax. 703-698-7080 or http://www.rmhc.greaterdc.org. $75; tickets required.

POLITICAL MEMORABILIA SHOW AND SALE Saturday 9 to 4. The National Capital Chapter of the American Political Items Collectors holds its annual show. Crowne Plaza Tysons Corner, 1960 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean. 717-623-2748. $3.

FRENCH STYLE FLORAL DESIGN CLASS Saturday 9:30 to 11. Laura Dowling shares floral design techniques she learned from French masters. Floral designs from the class will be awarded as door prizes. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. $18, registration required.

ARTS AND CRAFT SHOW Saturday 10 to 4. More than 65 exhibitors sell handcrafted items, including handbags, toys, photography, jewelry and woodcrafts. Garfield Elementary School, 7101 Old Keene Mill Rd., Springfield. 703-798-4774. Free.

FOUR SEASON GARDENING Saturday at 10. Learn how to tailor your gardening practices to each season. Sponsored by Merrifield Garden Center. Merrifield Community Hall, 8104 Lee Hwy., Falls Church. 703-560-6222 or http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com. Free.

GARDENING: MAKE IT A FAMILY AFFAIR Saturday at 10. An all-ages workshop to learn about basic gardening. Merrifield Garden Center Fair Oaks, 12101 Lee Hwy., Fairfax. 703-968-9600 or http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com. Free.

SPRING LAWN CARE Saturday at 10. Learn how to keep your lawn green this spring. Merrifield Garden Center, 6895 Wellington Rd., Gainesville. 703-368-1919 or http://www.merrifieldgardencenter.com. Free.

SWORDSMEN'S RENDEZVOUS Saturday 11 to 4:30. A display, demonstration and discussion of weapons; includes audience participation. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-838-4242 or http://www.gadsbystavern.org. $5, registration required.

KAREN BUSSOLINI Saturday 1:30 to 2:30. The author of "Elegant Silvers" talks about the phenomenon of silver plants. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173 or http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/gsgp. $16.

JOHN AND DIANE MACPHERSON Saturday 2 to 4. The authors of the "Foster Harris House Cookbook" discuss their recipes. R.H. Ballard's Art, Rug and Home, 307 Main St., Washington, Va. 540-675-1411. Free.

DISPLAYING YOUR COLLECTIONS TEA PROGRAM Sunday 1 to 3. Hear tips on displaying a collection of family heirlooms, teapots or ceramics and a traditional English tea. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-941-7987. $25, reservations required.

MEADOWLARK BOTANICAL GARDENS: OVERVIEW AND HISTORY Sunday at 1. The Northern Virginia Daylily Society hosts a presentation about the daylily collection at Meadowlark. McLean Governmental Center, 1437 Balls Hill Rd., McLean. 703-534-7729. Free.

CONIFERS FOR GARDENS Sunday 1:30 to 3. Richard Bitner, author and instructor at Longwood Gardens, discusses using various genera of conifers in garden design and highlights the best cultivars for the area. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. $10, registration required.

"LOSING EVERYTHING" Sunday at 3. David L. Martin discusses his memoir. Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545. Free.

READING FOOD LABELS LECTURE Monday 3 to 4:30. Herbert Weinstein discusses how to read labels and what information to use when purchasing and consuming food. Sponsored by Arlington Learning in Retirement Institute. Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-2144. Free.

"STAND THE STORM" Monday at 7. Breena Clarke discusses her book about the Coats family. Arlington Central Library, auditorium, 1015 N. Quincy St., Arlington. 703-228-5990. Free.

"THE NEW URBAN RENEWAL" Tuesday at 7. Derek Hyra discusses his book, "The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville." Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545. Free.

"THE 5TH INNING" Wednesday at 7. E. Ethelbert Miller discusses his memoir. Shirlington Library, 4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-228-6545. Free.

ALEXANDRIA HISTORY TALK Wednesday at 7:30. James D. Bish discusses "Alexandria: From Farm, to Port, to Town, and the Importance of the West Family," about the development of Alexandria in the 18th century. The Lyceum, 201 S. Washington St., Alexandria. 703-683-2636 or http://www.alexandriahistorical.org. Free.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JOHN SINGLETON MOSBY Thursday at 7. David Goetz presents a lecture sponsored by the Prince William County Historic Preservation Division. Old Manassas Courthouse, 9248 Lee Ave., Manassas. 703-257-5243. Free.

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