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D.C. community calendar, March 10 to 17, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011; T20

Thursday, March 10

Smithonian raptor programs, for age 6 and older, slide show on birds of prey and discussion of the ancient sport of falconry, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Thursday-Friday, Discovery Theater, 202-633-8700, $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, free; and for adults, two master falconers show live hawks, falcons and owls and tell stories of falconers throughout history, 6:45 p.m., S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW, $40, 202-633-3030.

Black veterans documentary, screening of "Their Stories, Their Voices: African American World War II Veterans Who Served on Iwo Jima"; actor John Amos discusses the film with two veterans. Noon, National Archives, William G. McGowan Theater, Constitution Avenue and Seventh Street NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

"Carl Djerassi: My Life," a film portrait of the chemist, novelist and playwright who helped invent the first oral contraceptive pill; followed by a discussion by Djerassi and American Chemical Society Executive Director Madeleine Jacobs, sponsored by the Embassy of Austria. 6:45 p.m., Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. Free. 202-895-6776.

"De Florida a Coahuila," a documentary about "black seminoles" in Mexico and their heritage. 7 p.m., Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4844.

Wordless Music Orchestra with Tyondai Braxton, works by John Adams, Jefferson Friedman, Caleb Burhans, Louis Andriessen and Tyondai Braxton, 8 p.m., in the Coolidge Auditorium. Pre-concert presentation by orchestra founder Ronen Givony and composer Braxton, 6:15 p.m., in the Whittall Pavilion, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. Free tickets available by phone, with a $2.80 service charge per ticket. 202-397-7328 or 202-707-5502.

Friday, March 11

Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by Bizet, Takemitsu and Schubert. Noon, Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Classical pipe organ recital, Christopher Gage performs works by J.S. Bach, George Thalben-Ball and Max Reger. 2:15-1 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-232-0323.

"The Last Trek," documentary about the arduous, semiannual journey taken by Navajo elder Helen Bitsilly and her sheep to distant grazing lands. 12:30 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, through March 31, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Poetry readings and music, Emily Dickinson scholar Judith Farr and soprano Julie Keim perform poetry readings and a new song cycle by Gary Davison. 12:30-1:15 p.m., St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-363-8286.

"My Name Is Kahentiiosta," film about a young Kahnawake Mohawk woman arrested during a 78-day armed standoff during the 1990 Oka crisis in Canada. 3:30 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays, through March 31, National Museum of the American Indian, Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Indian rock music by Parikrama, 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Smithsonian art talk, Alexander Nemerov, exhibit curator of "To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America," discusses Ault's paintings. 7 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Jazz by Rudresh Mahanthappa and the Indo-Pak Coalition, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $26. 202-467-4600.

Sitar and cello recital, by Shubhendra Rao and Saskia Rao-de Haas. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $18. 202-467-4600.

Antares with guest soprano Marianna Mihai-Zoeter, works by Harbison, Schubert, Mallonee and Messiaen, 8 p.m., in the Coolidge Auditorium. Pre-concert presentation by James Wintle on "Messiaen's 'Quartet for the End of Time'," 6:15 p.m., in the Whittall Pavilion, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.

Saturday, March 12

Cathedral tower climb, walk up 333 steps; Washington Ringing Society members ring bells; climbers must be at least four feet tall and have no fear of heights; no infants, large bags or backpacks permitted. 9:30, 10:15, 11 and 11:30 a.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $18, reservations required. 202-537-3119, www.nationalcathedral.org or apersaud@cathedral.org.

"Shimmer Swimmers," Lynn Ruehlmann presents undersea fish tales in stories, songs and shadow puppetry; the audience may sing along. 9:30 and 11 a.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free ticket, one per person, distributed 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

"By the Dawn's Early Light," for age 8 and older, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk through historic Georgetown to the Francis Scott Key Memorial and discusses the burning of Washington in 1814, which led to the writing of the "Star-Spangled Banner." 10 a.m., Old Stone House, 3051 M St. NW. Free. 202-426-6851.

"All About Orchids," repotting workshops and orchid curator David Lafond will discuss care, cultivation and classification. Workshops, 10:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-3 p.m.; lecture, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $15; age 65 and older, $10; ages 6-18, $5; 5 and younger, free. 202-686-5807.

Botanic Garden production facility tours, tours of the large greenhouse facility and the orchids, medicinal plants and rare and endangered species not currently on display. 10:30, 11 and 11:30 a.m., 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m., U.S. Botanic Garden, address and directions given upon registration. $5, registration required. 202-225-1116.

Art talk with Margarete Bagshaw, the painter of oils and member of the Santa Clara Pueblo discusses and shows her work and that of her mother, Helen Hardin, and grandmother, Pablita Velarde, representing three generations of painters from New Mexico. 2 p.m., National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Rolling Meahows Bridge hike, for age 7 and older, a National Park Service ranger leads a two-hour scenic walk, boots recommended. 2 p.m., Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-895-6070.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop reception, for an all-media collection of works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday; show continues through April 1; gallery open, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-547-6839 or www.chaw.org.

"Images of Truth," puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee and his troupe explore the philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Coyaba Dance Theater recital, West African dance and drumming. 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St. NE. $22; seniors and students, $17; 17 and younger, $8. 202-269-1600.

DJ Rekha's "Bhangra Dance Party," 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.

Sunday, March 13

Meridian Hill walk, a National Park Service ranger leads a walk in the park and discusses its statues and fountains. 10 a.m., meet at the Joan of Arc statue above the cascading waterfall, between 15th and 16 streets NW, north of W Street. Free. 202-619-7222.

"Rhythm Cafe: Women In Jazz," Karine Chapdelaine discusses Brazilian singer Simone Bittencourt and performs jazz pieces. 2 p.m., Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4844.

Learn Banghra music and dance, DJ Rekha teaches a beginner class. 3 p.m., Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Classical pianist Robert Jordan, works by J.S. Bach, Scarlatti, Chopin, Debussy and Liszt. 3 p.m., Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Eighth and F streets NW. Free tickets distributed in the G Street lobby at 2 p.m. 202-633-1000.

Beethoven's "Missa Solumnis" and "Choral Fantasy," performed by Cathedral Choral Society, soloists Edward Newman, Lisa Saffer, Mary Phillips, Thomas Cooley and Douglas Williams and a symphony orchestra. 4 p.m., Washington National Cathedral, Wisconsin and Massachusetts avenues NW. $25-$80; free parking. 202-537-2228 or www.cathedralchoralsociety.org.

Indian cities discussion, the history and future of Indian cities. 4 p.m., Kennedy Center, Family Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Indian vocalists Rajan and Sajan Misra, a performance of the 400-year-old khyal style of Indian classical music. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

National Gallery classical music concert, the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble and Chatham Baroque perform works by Vivaldi and others; latecomers not admitted. 6:30 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

Utsav Lal "The Raga Pianist," the 17-year-old musician performs original interpretations of Indian ragas. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

Monday, March 14

"Exploring American Opera," James Wintle discusses Carlisle Floyd's "Susannah," the story of an innocent 18-year-old woman who is targeted as a sinner in a small Tennessee town. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5502.

Zemer Chai choral performance, Renaissance compositions, European liturgical classics, Jewish folk songs and more. 6 and 7:30 p.m., National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free tickets distributed, one per person, 30 minutes before each show. 202-783-3372.

"Under the Sun," screening of Baran bo Odar's 2006 coming-of-age film about a boy who is sent to visit his aunt for a weekend when something goes very wrong, in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $7; seniors and students, $4. 202-289-1200.

"Re-Creating Our Past: The Art of Human Origins," "paleo-artists" John Gurche and Karen Carr, creators of the museum's models of landscapes for hominids, discuss the science and techniques of their work with exhibit curator Rick Potts. 6:45 p.m., National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $25; full-time students with ID, $12. 202-633-3030.

Tuesday, March 15

Historic Lakeland, community historian Violetta Sharps-Jones discusses the historic African American community in the College Park area and how it was established in a segregated society and developed its traditions. 10:30 a.m., Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4844.

"For Wisdom Is Better Than Pearls: Educating Jewish Girls in Tsarist, Russia," a lecture by Eliyana Adler of the University of Maryland. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-3780.

Poetry readings, Janee Baugher, Sarah Crossland and Elisavietta Ritchie read their works about reversals of fortune, good and bad. Noon, Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5394.

Music that celebrates Ireland, the wind ensemble of the Greenbelt Concert Band performs. 2 p.m., Friendship Terrace Retirement Community, 4201 Butterworth Pl. NW. Free. 202-244-7400 or www.friendshipterrace.com.

"The Pipe," 2010 film about a community in western Ireland that is divided over the construction of an oil pipeline that could bring economic prosperity or destruction to residents' way of life; followed by a discussion with filmmaker Risteard O Domhnaill. 7 p.m., Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1530 P St. NW. Free. 202-342-2564 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

Community development and the arts for wards 7 and 8, representatives from community organizations and arts activists discuss ideas for an arts plan for the development of Barry Farm and Poplar Point; audience questions welcome. 7 p.m., Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Pl. SE. Free, reservations required. 202-633-4844.

Ysaye Barnwell in a community sing, the composer, songwriter and vocalist invites singers of all experience levels to join in uplifting song. 7 p.m., THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE. $5. 202-686-8000, Ext. 0.

"Portrayal of Indian Women In Film," panel discussion. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $10. 202-467-4600.

Concert of Spanish and Latin American music, performances by sopranos Rosemarie Ruiz Houghton and Jessica Bachicha, mezzo-soprano Anamer Castrello, tenor Eric Gramatges, guitar and music theory instructor Richard Miller and piano instructor Jose Ramos Santana. 7:30 p.m., Catholic University, Ward Recital Hall, 620 Michigan Ave. NE. Free. 202-319-5414.

Wednesday, March 16

Civil War and genealogy research, archivist Michael Hussey discusses how to research patents developed during the Civil War. 11 a.m., National Archives, 700 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Free. 202-357-5000.

Renwick Gallery art talk, gallery chief Robyn Kennedy discusses Mineo Mizuno's "Teardrop, Multi-Color on White 2." Noon, Renwick Gallery, 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

National Gallery of Art New Music Ensemble, a performance of works by Antosca, Shatin and others in honor of the museum's 70th anniversary. 12:10 p.m., National Gallery of Art, West Building Garden Court, 600 Constitution Ave. NW. Free. 202-842-6941.

"The Toxins Return: How Industrial Poisons Travel the Globe," Inge Altemeier's 2009 documentary about shipping containers containing pesticide-contaminated goods that arrive daily in the port of Hamburg, Germany, in German with English subtitles. 5:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-342-2564 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

"Does Gandhi Matter?" and "Ismat & Annie," a screening of two documentaries about Gandhi, and two writers, Ismat Chugtai and Qurrat-ul-Ain Haider. 6 p.m., Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

Humphrey Bogart biography talk, Stefan Kanfer discusses his book "Tough Without a Gun: The Life and Extraordinary Afterlife of Humphrey Bogart." 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"Masters and Masterpieces of Netherlandish and Dutch Art," art historian Karin Alexis leads a tour of the early-20th century residence's art collection and provides an overview of the country's art, emphasizing great masters from the Northern Renaissance and the Golden Age of the 17th and 18th centuries; followed by a reception; sponsored by Smithsonian Associates. 6 p.m., Residence of the Ambassador of Netherlands, 2347 S St. NW. $70. 202-633-3030.

"Lira: An Enclave of Life on the Coast of Death" (2010), documentary about the spill from the oil tanker Prestige off the coast in Spain and how the area coped with the problems that resulted from it, in Galego and Spanish with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., GALA Theatre-Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW. Free. 202-342-2564 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

"The 4th Revolution Energy Autonomy," Carl-A. Fechner's 2010 documentary about exemplary energy projects in 10 countries and the pioneers behind them, in German with English subtitles. 6:30 p.m., Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-342-2 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

Russian art talk, "Beyond Faberge: Russian Art, Fashion and Interior Design in the Age of Nicholas II," retired Russian language professor Jim Curtis discusses the interrelation of art, fashion and interior design in Russia between 1897 and 1917 and shows photos depicting the styles of the period. 6:30 p.m., Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $20; college students, $15. 202-686-5807.

"On the Waterfront," Elia Kazan's 1954 film, about an ex-fighter who becomes a longshoreman and chooses to stand up to his corrupt union bosses, starring Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Malden and Lee J. Cobb. 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free, reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

"The National Parks: This Is America," a film about the National Park Service and its 150-year evolution; followed by a discussion with filmmaker Julie Dunfey. 7 p.m., U.S. Department of Interior, 1849 C St. NW. Free. 202-342-2564 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

"Four Women," Adoor Gopalakrishnan's 2007 film drama about four women who live in the south Indian state of Kerala, in Malayalam with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.

"Moolaade," 2004 film about an African village where girls 4 to 9 are circumcised, a torturous and sometimes lethal operation, and about the woman, or "moolaade," who refuses to allow her daughter to be circumcised and tries to keep others from being mutilated, in Bambara and French with English subtitles. 8 p.m., Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $11; seniors, $8.25. 202-966-6000.

Thursday, March 17

"The Many Colors of the Sun," NASA scientist Dean Pesnell discusses the explosions, changing magnetic fields and other phenomena on the sun. 11:30 a.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-5664.

U.S. foreign policy 1890-1914, Binghamton University political science professor Benjamin Fordham discusses "Protectionist Empire: Trade, Tariffs and U.S. Foreign Policy, 1890-1914." 4 p.m., Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-5027.

"On Coal River," a documentary about West Virginia's Coal River Valley, where residents fight the practice of mountaintop removal and confront Massey Energy. 7 p.m., American University, Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center, third floor, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. Free. 202-885-3408, 202-342-2564 or www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.

Full moon hike, for age 16 and older, a guided four-mile mildly strenuous hike over hilly and uneven terrain through moonlit gardens, meadows and woods, wear walking shoes. 8-10 p.m., U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $22, registration required. 202-245-4521.

- Compiled by Gerri Marmer

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