What's Doing

Friday, July 31, 2009


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The District

"ART NOUVEAU: NEW STYLE FOR A NEW CENTURY" Friday at noon. Bonita Billman completes a series of lectures on the origins of art nouveau. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.americanart.si.edu. $23.

BEWARE OF SLIMY SANDWICHES Saturday 11 to 5. Kids and parents can learn picnic food safety basics. Koshland Science Museum, Sixth and E streets NW. 202-334-1201 or http://www.koshland-science-museum.org. Free.

BE THE ARTIST FAMILY PROGRAM Saturday 12 to 5:30. Art classes teaching young people about the art of Marcel Duchamp. A class for kids ages 10-14 runs from noon to 2 p.m., another for children ages 5-10 lasts from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.npg.si.edu. Free.

ANIMALS R US! FAMILY DAY Saturday 1 to 3:30. Learn about stamps featuring animals, and design your own. National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. 202-633-5555 or http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu. Free.

BOLLYHIPHOP WORKSHOP Saturday 2 to 4. Bollywood and hip-hop dance blend in this new style, taught by the Dhoonya Dance Company. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1305 or http://www.flashpointdc.org. $40.

SCOTT GIACOPPO Saturday at 3:30. The chief programs officer of the Washington Humane Society talks about animal cruelty. National Museum of Crime & Punishment, 575 Seventh St. NW. 202-393-1099 or http://www.crimemuseum.org.

"GENIUS IN TANDEM: ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG AND JASPER JOHNS" Sunday at 2. Diane Arkin lectures on the two great artists. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202-737-4215 or http://www.nga.gov. Free.

WARHOL HIMSELF Sunday at 4 and Monday at 7. Actor Kryztov Lindquist portrays American artist Andy Warhol and talks with interviewer/actor Jewell Robinson about his life and work. National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-8520 or http://npgpublicprograms@si.edu. Free; reservations suggested.

INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY Wednesday at 11. Archives staff members will present a lecture on basic genealogical research in the federal records. National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-357-5000 or http://www.archives.gov. Free.

GORDON S. BROWN Wednesday at noon. Gordon S. Brown discusses his book "Incidental Architect: William Thornton and the Cultural Life of Early Washington, D.C., 1794-1828." Veterans of Foreign Wars Building, Ketchum Hall, 200 Maryland Ave. NW. 202-543-8919, Ext. 38. Free, reservations recommended.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR Wednesday at 1. Facility manager John Gallagher leads a tour of the conservatory systems and discusses how the Jungle area kept feeling like a jungle, how the World Desert area is set to duplicate desert conditions, and the roles of the heating, cooling and misting equipment; includes a walk through the air tunnels under the Conservatory. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Registration, 202-225-1116 or http://www.usbg.gov/education/events. Free.

PLANTING DESIGN FOR HOMEOWNERS Wednesday 6:30 to 8:30. Landscape architect Cheryl Corson concludes a three-session workshop to view Botanic Garden plantings; select and arrange perennials and shrubs for microclimate, size, color, texture, period of bloom, wildlife value and more; and prepare for late-season plant sales and early fall planting. U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. 202-225-1116. $95, registration required.

MAN RAY'S "LE VIOLON D'INGRES" Thursday at 6. Paul Messier, a Boston-based conservator and expert in vintage photographic papers, discusses new research into Man Ray's techniques and materials, focusing on his investigation into an early print of the iconic "Le Violon d'Ingres." Smithsonian American Art Museum, Eighth and F streets NW. 202-633-1000. Free.

"MORTIFIED: ADOLESCENT ANGST ON STAGE" Thursday at 6:30. Adults read the journals they wrote as teenagers out loud. Part of Phillips After 5. Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St. NW. 202-387-2151 or http://www.phillipscollection.org. Free with museum admission.


SHAWL TECHNIQUE Saturday. Learn about the use of the shawl in flamenco dancing. Joy of Motion Dance Center, 7702 Woodmont Ave., Suite 180E, Bethesda. 301-986-0016. $60, $50 in advance.

BIRD WALK Saturday at 7:30. Bring binoculars to spot local wildlife. Fran Uhler Natural Area, 10300 Lemons Bridge Rd., Bowie. 410-765-6482. Free.

CACTUS SHOW Saturday 9 to 5 and Sunday 9 to 4. Sponsored by the National Capital Cactus and Succulent Society; cacti and succulents on display and some for sale. Brookside Gardens, visitors center, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. 301-962-1400 or http://www.brooksidegardens.org. Free.

SIGNAL CORPS WEEKEND Saturday and Sunday 11 to 5. Demonstrations of battlefield signaling and lectures on wartime battlefield communication. Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield, 18906 Shepherdstown Pike, Sharpsburg. 301-695-1864. $2 suggested donation.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL Saturday and Sunday 12 to 9. A celebration of world cultures with bands, dance troupes, martial arts demonstrations, belly dancing, food, a soccer tournament and a citizenship ceremony. Poly/Western High School, Falls Road and West Coldspring Lane, Baltimore. 410-396-3141 or http://www.baltimorecity.gov/ifest. Free.

COCONUT BALL Saturday 6 to 10. A benefit for breast cancer research that includes food, live music, auctions and a cash bar. Annapolis Maritime Museum, 723 Second St., Annapolis. 410-295-0104 or http://www.amaritime.org. $35 in advance, $40 at the door.

"A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM" Sunday 1 to 4. Watch a performance of Shakespeare's popular play; writing and craft workshop prior to show. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt. 301-397-2208. Free.

GUIDED WALKING TOUR Sunday at 1, through Nov. 28. A guided walking tour of National Park Seminary Historic District; extensive walking on outdoor paths with steps and rough areas; tour signs will be posted on Linden Lane; tours begin across from 2755 Cassedy Street, in front of the gymnasium at Cassedy and Linden Lane; Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen is dedicated to the preservation, history and future of the National Park Seminary Historic District. National Park Seminary Historic District, Linden Lane, Silver Spring. 301-589-1715. $5.

BIRD WALK Thursday at 6, through Aug. 20. Stroll the Luther Goldman Birding Trail in search of local fauna. Lake Artemesia Natural Area, Ruatan Street and Berwyn Road, College Park. 301-459-3375. Free.


SULLY DAIRY DAYS Friday 1 to 4. Families can learn about early American summer life by making ice cream, churning butter and playing historical games. Sully Historic Site, 3650 Historic Sully Way, Chantilly. 703-437-1794. $5.

DC BIG FLEA MARKET Saturday 9 to 6 and Sunday 11 to 5. Dulles Expo Center, Willard Road off Route 28, Chantilly. 703-378-0910. $10.

HISTORIC FIRE COMPANY FESTIVAL Saturday 9 to 2. Collection of antique fire equipment, display of modern fire equipment, crafts, food and cake. Fire helmets and balloons for children. Friendship Firehouse, 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. 703-705-9462. Free.

FLORAL DESIGN LECTURE Saturday 9:30 to 11. Bruce Nash demonstrates several methods of preserving and drying flowers and foliage, then shows arrangement possibilities. Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria area. 703-642-5173. $18, registration required.

FORT WARD HISTORY TOUR 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. A one-hour guided walking tour, learn about the history of Fort Ward; dress for the weather. Fort Ward Museum, 4301 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria. 703-838-4848 or http://www.fortward.org. Free.

RESTON ASIAN FESTIVAL Saturday 10 to 10 and Sunday 11 to 6. This year's festivities focus on India and feature traditional food, crafts, music and fashion from the subcontinent. Lake Newport Tennis Facility, 11452 Baron Cameron Ave., Reston. 703-435-6502. Free.

CARLYLE OPEN HOUSE Saturday 12 to 4. Learn about Colonial midwifery and medicine. Carlyle House Historic Park, 121 N. Fairfax St., Alexandria. 703-549-2997. Free.

TAVERN MUSEUM DAY Saturday 1 to 5. Tours led by costumed guides; with period music and light refreshments. Gadsby's Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St., Alexandria. 703-838-4242. Free.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Saturday 1:30 to 5:30. Police, fire department and community services displays, games, McGruff the Crime Dog, an animal shelter petting zoo and refreshments, sponsored by the Prince William County Police Department. Sean T. Connaughton Community Plaza, 1 County Complex Ct., Woodbridge. 703-792-7270. Free.

SUMMER FLING DRESSAGE SHOW AND CANAAN RANCH PAS DE DEUX Saturday 5 to 8. Horse riding meets show business with horseback performances paying homage to Michael Jackson and the musical "Hair." Morven Park International Equestrian Center, 41793 Tutt Lane, Leesburg. 703-777-2890. $5, VIP tickets $75.

POTOMAC RIVER DANCE CRUISE Saturday, boarding 8:15 p.m., sail 8:30-11:30 p.m. For singles age 21 and older, music, cash bar, snacks and dancing aboard the Cherry Blossom, sponsored by the Catholic Alumni Club of Washington. Alexandria City Marina, North Union and Cameron streets, Alexandria. 301-916-6336 or http://www.dcsinglecatholicpro.org. $47, register online by noon Saturday.

SOUTHERN GRILLING CLASS Sunday 11 to 3. Learn how to grill from chef Joe Randall. Loudoun Valley Vineyards, 38516 Charlestown Pike, Waterford. 540-882-3375. $130 per person, $250 per couple.

GUNSTON HALL ARCHITECTURE TOUR Sunday at 2. For adults and youths 12 and older, a 90-minute tour exploring the mansion's exterior and interior, including the basement. Gunston Hall Plantation, 10709 Gunston Rd., Mason Neck. 703-550-9220 or http://www.gunstonhall.org. $9; seniors, $8; youths, $5.

NATIVE PLANT SUMMER TOUR Sunday at 2. See eupatorium, sunflowers, liatris, milkweed, obedient plant, purple coneflower and other native plants blooming in the woodland garden. Meadowlark Botanical Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct., Vienna. 703-255-3631. Free.

WINE DINNER Thursday 6 to 9. A multi-course meal that explores non-traditional wine pairings. Philip Carter Winery, 4366 Stillhouse Road, Hume. 540-428-3175. $80, $150 per couple, reservations required.

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