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Monday, October 19, 2009

Monday

"Red Roses and Petrol" at Flashpoint

Dublin's award-winning Fishamble Theatre Company focuses on performing new Irish plays. Local Irish arts group Solas Nua is sponsoring a series of staged readings of Fishamble's recent works; tonight's features this dark comedy by Joseph O'Connor.

7 p.m. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1317 or http://www.solasnua.org.

Tuesday

"From Orchids to Octopi: An Evolutionary Fantasy" at the National Library of Medicine

In honor of Charles Darwin's 200th birthday, the National Institutes of Health presents this play, a collaboration between Boston's Underground Railway Theater and MIT. Though it's ostensibly about evolution and "The Origin of Species," the play explores what happens when "a muralist's work is derailed by hallucinations, pregnancy and dinosaurs." Before the show, look for complimentary drinks and snacks, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

6:30 p.m. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health Bldg. 38A, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda. 301-594-0348 or http://www.nlm.nih.gov.

Wednesday

"Over Africa! Low and Slow With the Kenya Wildlife Service" at the National Air and Space Museum

One of the most effective tools to prevent the poaching of African elephants and rhinos is the use of airplanes, which fly "low and slow" over the plains to look for poachers. Stunt pilot Patty Wagstaff went to Africa to teach the Kenya Wildlife Service the correct methods of flying, and director Miles O'Brien tagged along to document the trip. After a screening of "Over Africa!," Wagstaff and O'Brien will discuss the program and take questions from the audience.

7:30 p.m. National Air and Space Museum Imax Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.nasm.si.edu.

Thursday

"Paul Feinberg: Another Washington" at the Katzen Arts Center

Feinberg's photos of Washington capture drag queens, storefronts, greasy spoons and personalities that populated D.C. in the 1970s. If you're a D.C. native (and especially if you're not), make a point to visit the exhibition, which closes Sunday.

11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-1300.


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