DCSTANDUP.COM SHOWCASE -- Today at 8 p.m. Young local comics perform. Featuring Chris White and Larry Poon. Staccato Lounge, 2006 18th St. NW. Free. 202-232-2228.


QUINTANGO -- Today at 4 p.m.

World jazz. Includes a pre-concert talk and tea with the ensemble. Embassy of Argentina, 1600

New Hampshire Ave. NW. $25. 703-548-9148.

STRIKE ANYWHERE -- Today at 8:30 p.m. Rock. With From Ashes Rise and Challenger. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $10. 202-667-7960.

THE FESSENDEN ENSEMBLE -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. Chamber. Presenting the "All Mozart Season Finale." St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $20. 202-362-2390.

PASH -- Tuesday at 9 p.m. Pop. With Tatanka. Black Cat,

Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

SCISSOR SISTERS -- Friday at 6:30 p.m. Electronic. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $10; free with HFStival ticket. 202-265-0930.

KARTIK SESHADRI AND SUBHANKAR BANERJEE -- Friday at 7:30 p.m. Indian classical music

on the sitar and tabla. Freer Gallery

of Art, Meyer Auditorium, 12th Street and Jefferson Drive SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

SOULIVE -- Friday at 10 p.m. Jazz, funk. 9:30 club, 815 V St. NW. $15. 202-265-0930.


DEEPTI MUKUND -- Monday at 11 a.m. The master Indian dancer demonstrates classical and folk styles, then performs with the Natyabhoomi School of Dance. Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-6735.

ARTE FLAMENCO -- Friday at 6 p.m. Flamenco performed to live musical accompaniment. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

D.C. CONTEMPORARY BALLET FESTIVAL THEATRE -- Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Ballet. Takoma Theatre, 6833 Fourth St. NW.

$15, seniors and students $10. 800-494-8497.

GUILTY PLEASURES -- Friday at 9:30 p.m. Synth-pop dance with DJ Swank. Black Cat, Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $5. 202-667-7960.

KNOCK ON WOOD TAP STUDIO AND TAPPERS WITH ATTITUDE INC. -- Saturday at 6 p.m. Presenting "TapRoots: Tapping Into the Rhythms of Generations," in celebration of National Tap Dance Day 2004. Kennedy Center, Grand Foyer, 2700 F St. NW. Free. 202-467-4600.

LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE -- Saturday at 8 p.m., May 23 at 2 p.m. Modern performance of "Scores in Salt and Snow: Dances Since 2002." Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $20; seniors, students and ages 16 and younger $10. 301-270-6700.


BEST IN SHOW: DOGS AND THEIR PEOPLE -- Opens Wednesday. Through June 13. Paintings, monotypes, lino-prints and sculpture by Andrea Rowe Kraus. Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW. Free. 202-232-8734.

3RD 3RSDAY -- Thursday at 6 p.m. Artists lead tours of several galleries. Depart from the Goethe-Institut at 6:30 p.m., 812 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-312-1305.

MOMENTS OF ART -- Reception Thursday at 6 p.m. Through May

29. Watercolors by Robert F.

Murray. Apex Gallery, Second

Floor, 406 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7001.

THE MOVING CITY -- Through May 30. Photographs by Renato Zacchia. Poutrou Frau, Suite 220, 1010 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-333-1166.

BEHIND THE SHINE: JASON FALCHOOK -- Through June 26. Suburban color photography by the artist. Fusebox, 1412 14th St. NW. Free. 202-299-9220.

LEO VILLAREAL -- Through June 26. Light sculpture. Conner Contemporary Art, Second Floor, 1730 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-588-8750.


DESTINY (AL-MASIR) -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Director Youssef Chahine's 1998 feature, set in a 12th-century Arab-ruled Spanish province. In Arabic with English subtitles. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 703-288-4500.

CHICKEN RUN -- Saturday and May 23 at 10:30 a.m. Nick Park's 2000 claymation about farm chickens dreaming of escape. Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. $5, ages 2 and younger free. 202-966-6000.

For Children

AZTEC FANS -- Today at 10 a.m. Create an Aztec fan and find out what the Aztecs used for decoration. Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third St. NE. $7, seniors $5, ages 2 and younger free. 202-675-4120.

TEEN ART EXPRESSION GROUP -- Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Through May 25. Young adults. Paint, draw or sculpt unique pieces of art and discuss art styles and artists. Southeast Neighborhood Library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

HUNGRY HUMMINGBIRDS -- Thursday at 4 p.m. Ages 3 and

older. Learn more about the little avians. Rock Creek Park, Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-426-6829.

CUT-OUT ANIMATION -- Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Ages 5 and older. Learn how to create animation with paper cutouts. Capital Children's Museum, 800 Third St. NE. $7, seniors $5, ages 2 and younger free. 202-675-4120.

THE ANIMAL VOCALIZATION GAME -- Saturday at 2 p.m. Ages 5 and older. Learn about the different sounds animals make and how to identify and imitate them. Rock Creek Park, Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-426-6829.

Lectures and Literature

DUKE ELLINGTON SCHOOL OF THE ARTS STUDENT READING -- Monday at 7 p.m. First- and second-year Literary Media students read excerpts from their fiction. Borders, 18th and L streets NW. Free. 202-466-4999.

GERMAN AMERICAN HERITAGE -- Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. A guide leads a walking tour that traces the steps of German immigrants living in the inner city and ends with a visit to the National Archives; includes a talk about immigration records on file there. Meet at the Goethe-Institute, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5. For reservations, call 202-289-1200, Ext. 510.

ALEXANDRA FULLER -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The author discusses and signs "Scribbling the Cat: Travels With an African Soldier." Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.

DENNIS MCFARLAND -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The author reads

from his novel "Prince Edward." Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

SHERYLL CASHIN -- Friday at noon. The Georgetown Law Center professor discusses her book, "The Failures of Integration: How Race and Class Are Undermining the American Dream." Library of Congress, Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion, 10 First St. SE. Free. 202-707-9203.

JOHNNIE LOCKETT THOMAS -- Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The storyteller discusses the history of the Buffalo Soldiers, the 180,000 black soldiers who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and on the Western frontier after the war ended. Light refreshments served. Proceeds benefit the League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia. Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. $25. 202-347-3020.


LOOKING AMERICAN: DISPOSABLE FASHION -- 1960S PAPER DRESSES -- Thursday at noon. Museum costume specialist Priscilla Wood presents paper dresses, accessories and textiles that were fashionable in the 1960s. National Museum of American History, First Floor, Reception Suite, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Sports and Recreation

21ST ANNUAL SALLIE MAE 10K -- Today at 8 a.m. With pre-race aerobics at 7:20 a.m. and a wheelchair race at 7:50 a.m. Fun Run begins at 8:05 a.m. Proceeds benefit the D.C. College Access Program, which encourages and enables local high school students to enter and graduate from college. West Potomac Park, starting at Ohio Drive, near the FDR Memorial. $30, ages 18 and younger and college

students with ID $12, Fun Run $10. 703-533-4849.

SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT -- Today at 2 p.m. All ages. Search for signs of spring on the Woodland Trail and learn how park plants and animals wake up to the new

season. Rock Creek Park, Nature Center, 5200 Glover Rd. NW. Free. 202-426-6829.


HAMLET: WHAT DREAMS MAY COME -- Today at noon and 4 p.m. Presented by Lumina Studio Theatre. A staging that explores in-depth the many facets of the title character. Takoma Theatre, 6833 Fourth St. NW. $5-$10. 301-589-1941.

THE ALTRUISTS -- Through June 19. The Catalyst Theater Company's local premiere of playwright Nicky Silver's dark comedy about do-gooders who bring about unexpected results. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 Seventh St. SE. $20-$25. 202-547-6839.

GET LISTED. Events listed as space permits. E-mail or fax notices -- with dates, time, address, cost and phone number -- to or 202-496-3537. Deadline is two weeks before publication date.