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D.C. community calendar, March 17 to 24, 2011

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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, 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.

John F. Kennedy portrait talk, visitors will view a portrait of Kennedy as historian Sid Hart discusses his life. 6 p.m., National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

"Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio," screening of Sam Wainwright Douglas's 2010 documentary about architect Mockbee's educational design program known as the Rural Studio, in which students were encouraged to create architecture for impoverished communities in rural Alabama; followed by a discussion with the filmmaker. Part of the D.C. Environmental Film Festival. 6:30 p.m., National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $10. 202-272-2448, 202-342-2564 or

"Mandi," a satirical film about politics and prostitution, in Hindi with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Theater, 2700 F St. NW. $12. 202-467-4600.

Traditional Irish music, De Danann performs in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. 7:30 p.m., National Geographic, 17th and M streets NW. $30. 202-857-7700.

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. 8-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday, U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. NE. $22, registration required. 202-245-4521.

Friday, March 18

"Science You Can Sing To," for ages 2-7, Ryan Buckle and his friend Zelda perform music and lead science activities. 10:15 and 11:30 a.m., Discovery Theater at S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $6; ages 2-16, $5; 1 and younger, $3. 202-633-8700 or

Friday Morning Music Club recital, works by Hahn, Chausson, Duke, Laitman, Quilter and Cipollo. Noon, Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW. Free. 202-333-2075.

Bach classical pipe organ recital, Charles Miller performs. 12:15 p.m., National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Cir. NW. Free, donations welcome. 202-232-0323.

Classical pianist Thomas Pandolfi, works by Frederic Chopin. 1:15 p.m., Georgetown University, McNeir Hall, 37th and O streets NW. Free. 202-687-3838.

"Man of La Mancha," students from the university's school of music perform. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Catholic University, Hartke Theatre, 3801 Harewood Rd. NE. $15; students and seniors, $10. 202-319-5416.

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