D.C. community calendar, July 29 to Aug. 5, 2010
FRANZINI FAMILY SCIENCE CIRCUS, for ages 5-12, Professor Franzini and Lippo the Clown use hula hoops, umbrellas, balls, cigar boxes, balloons and Rosie "the scientifically trained wonder dog" in a show about gravity, inertia, circular motion, air pressure and balance. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, free. 202-633-8700.
"SPUDS UNEARTHED," Jean Beagle Ristaino, a plant pathology professor at North Carolina State University, discusses the Irish potato killer and its present-day significance. 11 a.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free, registration required. 202-225-1116.
ALTERNATIVE SOUL BY LEVI STEPHENS, noon-1 p.m., Old Post Office Pavilion, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-289-4224.
ARCHIVAL BOY SCOUT FILMS, "Films From the Vaults: 100 Years of the Boy Scouts," noon Thursday-Friday, National Archives, McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.
NATIVE AMERICAN VETERANS, "Native American Veterans: Storytelling for Healing," a documentary showing nine veterans of World War II and the Vietnam, Persian Gulf and Operation Iraqi Freedom wars telling stories about their experiences. 12:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"POTATOES: TASTY AND HEALTHY," scientist Charles R. Brown of the U.S. Department of Agriculture discusses the nutritional aspects of potatoes, including new specialty varieties. 1:30-2:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Free. 202-225-1116.
"PORTRAITS ALIVE!," teenagers active in the D.C. Summer Youth Employment Program perform biographical portrayals of the people depicted in photography, paintings, drawings, sculpture or prints. 2:15 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Tuesday-Aug. 6 and Aug. 10-13, National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
WHITE HOUSE AREA FARMERS MARKET, farm products, cheese and baked goods. 3-7 p.m. Thursdays, through Nov. 18, Freshfarm Market, Vermont Avenue NW, between H and I streets NW. Admission, free. 202-362-8889 or http:/
NATIVE AMERICAN DOCUMENTARY, "Free Land," Minda Martin's story about her parents' chronic homelessness and the homelessness imposed on her ancestors by the forced removal of the Cherokee people from Cherokee Nation 170 years earlier. 3:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.
"CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF FILM IN GEORGETOWN," for age 21 and older, view an exhibit of early-20th century movie scores and historic film equipment and stroll through the historic mansion and gardens, drinks and light refreshments served, ticket price includes one ticket to any AMC theater. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. 202-965-0400.
PIANO COMPETITION RECITALS, participants in the 2010 Washington International Piano Festival perform as soloists and in piano ensembles. 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.
RONALD REAGAN PORTRAIT TALK, historian Sid Hart discusses Reagan's life. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.