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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thursday, Aug. 12

BEHIND THE SCENES CATHEDRAL TOURS, for age 11 and older, docents lead visitors to see stained-glass windows, gargoyles and other works of art and architecture; be prepared for stair climbing, close quarters and heights. 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. weekdays, Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW. $10. 202-537-6200, or

"PLACE AND THE POLITICS OF BELONGING," discussed by Debra Lattanzi Shutika of George Mason University. Noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5510.

"EDVARD MUNCH: MASTER PRINTS," David Gariff discusses the Norwegian symbolist painter and printmaker. 1 p.m., National Gallery of Art, East Building, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

THEATER: "PORTRAITS ALIVE!," teenagers active in the 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program perform biographical portrayals of the people depicted in artworks. 2:15 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 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. Admission, free. 202-362-8889 or

HISTORY TALK ON THE MALL, a National Park Service ranger discusses "Stalingrad: Struggle on the Volga," about the Battle of Stalingrad between German and Soviet forces, the significance of the engagement and how it helped turn the tide of the war in eastern Europe. 6-7 p.m., National World War II Memorial, 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. Call Paul O'Brian, 202-438-7066.

U.S. NAVY BAND CONCERT, the band's chamber music ensembles perform music from the 16th century to the present. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

KATHERINE HEPBURN FILM, "State of the Union" (1948), a Frank Capra film about the how the harsh realities of politics affect a marriage, co-starring Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Angela Lansbury and Adolphe Menjou. 6:30 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

GILBERT AND SULLIVAN'S OPERA "THE MIKADO," performed by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Arts Consortium and the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 7 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20. 202-547-6839 or

MUSIC AT FORT RENO PARK, performances by Office of Future Plans and America Hearts; babies and dogs welcome. 7-9:30 p.m., Fort Reno Park, Chesapeake Street and Nebraska Avenue NW. Free. 202-550-7393.

"AVENUE Q," the Tony Award-winning puppet-and-people musical for adults, the story of a bright-eyed Princeton graduate who goes to New York with big dreams and a tiny bank account. 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Lansburgh Theatre, 450 Seventh St. NW. $75-$85. 202-547-1122 or

"NOISES OFF," Michael Frayn's play-within-a-play about putting on a comedy. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Church Street Theater, 1742 Church St. NW. $25-$30. 800-494-8479 or

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