SPOTLIGHT ON DESIGN: LINDY ROY -- Monday at 8 p.m. The South Africa-born architect discusses her New York studio's work, which includes a resort in Africa and the Vitra showroom in New York. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17, students $10. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.
Books and Authors
MARILYN YALOM -- Today at 3 p.m. The senior scholar at the Institute for Women and Gender at Stanford University discusses her book "The Birth of the Chess Queen," in conjunction with a viewing of the museum's medieval chess queen. Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. Free. 410-547-9000.
CHARLES OSGOOD -- Monday at 12:30 p.m. The host of "CBS News Sunday Morning" discusses his book "Defending Baltimore Against Enemy Attack: A Boyhood During World War II," about a child's perspective on the fighting. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.
ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. The lawyer and bestselling author discusses his book "America on Trial," about his picks for the most notable cases in U.S. history, including the Boston Massacre, the Dred Scott decision, the Chicago Seven, the O.J. Simpson trial and more. Barnes & Noble, 3040 M St. NW. Free. 202-965-9880.
BILL RAUCH -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The mayor of Beaufort, S.C., discusses his book, "Politicking: How to Get Elected, Take Action and Make an Impact in Your Community." Sen. John McCain introduces the author. Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.
JANET LANGHART COHEN -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The journalist and wife of former secretary of defense William Cohen discusses her memoir, "From Rage to Reason: My Life in Two Americas." Barnes & Noble, 555 12th St. NW. Free. 202-347-0176.
EVAN BACHNER -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The historian spent six years collecting 150 R-and-R-time photos for the collection "At Ease: Navy Men of World War II." He'll discuss how these kinds of images largely disappeared from the public record after the war. Lambda Rising,
1625 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-462-6969.
GEORGIA SCOTT -- May 23 at 3 p.m. The New York Times art director signs her coffee-table book, "Headwraps: A Global Journey," about the significance, artistry and variety of headwraps. Candida's World of Books, 1541 14th St. NW. Free. 202-667-4811.
Food and Drink
GLORIOUS GREENS -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Produce expert Ricardo Sanchez walks you through mustard greens, collard greens, dandelions, leeks, chards, parsley and more. Whole Foods Market, 4530 40th St. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-237-5800.
THE WINES OF ITALY: A REVIEW AND TASTING -- Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Learn about the major wine-growing areas in central and northern Italy. Includes a tasting of five reds and a dessert wine. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $45. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY -- Today at 2 p.m. The Smithsonian Associates and Nintendo USA bring together authorities Shigeru Miyamoto, Doug Church, Richard Garfield and Bernard Yee to discuss the art and science of modern video game design and developments in the industry. Includes a preview of a game in progress. National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $40. 202-357-3030.
KNOWING AND GROWING BOXWOOD -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Lynn R. Batdorf, curator of the National Boxwood Collection at the U.S. National Arboretum, discusses site selection, mulching, pruning, propagation, pests and diseases. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st St. NW. $15. For reservations, call 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.
ORGANIC ROSE GARDENING -- Friday at 1:30 p.m. Horticulturist Brenda Skarphol discusses pruning, companion plants and how to avoid chemicals. Green Spring Gardens Park, 4603 Green Spring Rd., Alexandria. $9. For reservations, call 703-642-5173.
SPY HUNTERS: INSIDE THE MIND OF A TERRORIST -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. Jerrold M. Post, the director of the Political Psychology Program at George Washington University, the founding director of the CIA Center for the Analysis of Personality and Political Behavior and co-author of "Political Paranoia: The Psycho-Politics of Hatred," discusses what motivates terrorists. International Spy Museum, 800 F St. NW. $20. For reservations, call 202-397-7328.
RESTORATION SPOTLIGHT: LOUISE BROOKS IN EUROPE -- Today and May 23 at 4:30 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. A three-part homage to the American actress includes the silent films "Pandora's Box" (today), "Diary of a Lost Girl" (Saturday) and "Miss Europe" (May 23). National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-842-6799.
ALL ROADS FILM PROJECT: NEW ZEALAND -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. See a screening of the short film "Two Cars, One Night," by Taika Waititi, and hear Maori director Merata Mita and actor-producer Cliff Curtis ("Whale Rider") discuss and show clips of their work. National Geographic Society, 17th and M streets NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-857-7700.
ADVENTURES IN WILDLIFE FILMMAKING -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Through video clips and personal stories, Chris Palmer, president and CEO of National Wildlife Productions, explains the risks and dangers of capturing animals in their natural habitat. National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. $15, children $7. 202-357-3030.
FANG FILM FEST -- Thursday at 8 and 10 p.m., Friday at 6:30, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., May 24 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. More than 80 years of vampire film history, including Roman Polanski's "The Fearless Vampire Killers," Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu the Vampyre," Francis Ford Coppola's "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and F.W. Murnau's "Nosferatu." Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5-$25, seniors and students $3-$15. 202-289-1200.
SECOND ANNUAL D.C. UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL -- Friday-Saturday. More than 55 films (eight by locals) covering subjects as diverse as the history of the legendary NYC art/punk space ABC No Rio ("156 Rivington" by Andrea Meller), female drug smugglers living in Tajik ("Live Containers" by Orzu Sharipov) and the history of a giant wiener statue in Durham, N.C. ("Hot Dog Man: A Case Study" by Jim Haverkamp). For complete information, visit www.dcuff.org. Carnegie Institute Theatre, 1530 P St. NW. $6. 202-387-6400.
URBAN FOREST CONSERVATION WITH THE PARKS & PEOPLE FOUNDATION -- Saturday at 3 p.m. Guy Hager of the Baltimore-based Parks & People Foundation gives tips on how to conserve and protect trees in an urban community -- including making the wood from dead trees available to artists and furniture makers. Renwick Gallery, Pennsylvania Avenue and 17th Street NW. Free. 202-633-1000.
PORTFOLIO CRITIQUE -- Today, 10 a.m.- noon. Professional photographers at Photoworks review digital and print work in color or black-and-white by amateurs and professionals. Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. Free. 301-229-7930.
BREAST-A-PALOOZA -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. Mothertongue's monthly spoken-word
show. Benefits the Mautner
Project, a national organization dedicated to lesbians with cancer. Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $3-$5. 202-667-7960.
THIRD ANNUAL WOMEN'S WORDS SLAM -- Friday at 7 p.m. A slew of poets compete for the $150 prize. Hosted by Michelle Sewell. Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW. $5. 202-332-3433.
INNER BALANCE, OUTER CALM: KABBALAH, MEDITATION AND WISDOM -- Monday at 7:30 p.m. The Australian author, lawyer, psychologist and rabbi Laibl Wolf discusses how the mind and emotions are linked to personal success and stability. Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd., Rockville. $25. 301-230-3775.
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