LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Leonard Hopper, the former president of the American Society for Landscape Architects and the chief architect for the New York City Housing Authority, discusses how landscape architects work. National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. $17, students $12. For reservations, call 202-272-2448.

Art and Crafts

OPERATION HOMEFRONT QUILTS -- Today, noon-5 p.m. Make quilts for families of service members who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Beginners welcome. Historic Savage Mill, And Sew It Goes, 8600 Foundry St., Savage. Free. 301-725-5548.

FROM THE HEAVENLY REALM TO THE HUMAN WORLD: CHANGING PATTERNS OF INTENTION IN SIXTH-CENTURY BUDDHIST IMAGE MAKING -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Katherine Tsiang Mino of the University of Chicago discusses Chinese Buddhist sculptures and how changing trends in popular religious beliefs influenced them at different points during the sixth century. Freer Gallery of Art, Meyer Auditorium, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

Books and Authors

BOB EDWARDS -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The host of NPR's "Morning Edition" signs his book, "Edward R. Murrow and the Birth of Broadcast Journalism." American News Women's Club, 1607 22nd St. NW. Free. For reservations, call 202-332-6770.

MARK HADDON -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. The author reads and signs "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time," the best-selling murder mystery narrated by an autistic teenage boy. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

TOM CLANCY -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The novelist and retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni talk with radio host Jim Bohannon about Clancy's book, "Battle Ready," about war and peace through the eyes of America's military commanders. Navy Memorial, Seventh St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $20. 202-357-3030.

PETER MAYLE -- Thursday at 7 p.m. The author reads from "A Good Year: A Novel," which is set in Provence and is about the boutique-wine trade. National Press Club Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW. $5. 202-638-7610.

CHRIS COLIN -- Friday at 7 p.m. The alum from Thomas Jefferson High School in Northern Virginia discusses his book, "What Really Happened to the Class of '93," about his classmates, what they've been doing and how the world has changed over the past decade. Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. 202-364-1919.


THE TOM CUNNINGHAM ORCHESTRA -- Monday, 9-11 p.m. Swing along with the 16-piece orchestra. With film clips from the 1940s featuring Jean Veloz and Irene Thomas, who will be in attendance. Chevy Chase Ballroom, 5207 Wisconsin Ave. NW. $10. 703-359-9882.


DRESS FOR SUCCESS NIGHT -- Wednesday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Bring gently used professional women's clothing to donate to Dress for Success and get deals from stores. Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Food Court, S. Hayes and S. 15th streets, Arlington. Free. 703-415-2400.

DANGEROUS CURVES . . . THE TOUR! -- Saturday at 6 p.m. A fashion show and designer sample sale for plus-size women. Capitol Skyline Hotel, 10 I St. SW. $30-$40. 212-561-0078, Ext. 1.

Food and Drink

SLOW FOOD DC -- Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A three-course fundraiser to support the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. Arboretum. With music by Transat Trio. 15 Ria, 1515 Rhode Island Ave. NW. $65. For reservations, call 202-426-0176.

COOKING FROM THE GARDEN -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Learn how to enhance meals with vegetables and herbs. Includes instruction, tasting, recipes, wine pairing tips and garden tour. Lansdowne Resort, 44050 Woodridge Pkwy., Lansdowne. $65. For reservations, call 703-858-2107.


TANTALIZING TROPICALS -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. Reception at 6:30 p.m. Horticulturist Dan Benarcik discusses integrating tropicals into your garden, the newest varieties available, choosing a location, soil preparation and care. Brookside Gardens, Visitors Center Auditorium, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton. $18. For reservations, call 301-962-1451.

Health and Fitness

INTRODUCTION TO PILATES -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Learn the fundamentals. Body Dynamics, 5130 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $10. 703-527-9557.

SKATE THE PARK -- Saturday at 10 a.m. Women Who Skate on Inline Skate Wheels (WOW) lead this aerobic workout with a focus on technique, endurance and pack-style skating. Intermediate and advanced levels welcome. Must wear helmet. Rock Creek Park, Picnic Grove 6, Beach Drive, north of Military Road NW. Free. 571-278-2797.


MASQUERADE TRADITIONS ON FILM -- Thursday at 7 p.m. "Art and Death in Africa: Yaaba Soore" documents the use of masks in dance, music and performance at seasonal festivals, and "Masked Spirits of Nyor Diaple" shows masquerade performers in northeastern Liberia. National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave. SW. Free. 202-633-4600.

REEL AFFIRMATIONS PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL -- Thursday-Friday at 7 and 9 p.m. Includes Margaret Cho's "Revolution" (Thursday at 7 p.m.); "Eating Out," about a woman who likes gay men and the straight guy who pretends to be gay to woo her (Thursday at 9 p.m.); a documentary about same-sex marriage, "Saints and Sinners" (Friday at 7 p.m.); and "April's Shower," a romantic comedy about a maid of honor who's in love with the bride. Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW. $9-$25. 202-986-1119.


WORLD GUITAR CONGRESS -- Opens Wednesday. Through June 9. Program includes concerts, symposiums, master classes and lectures. Towson University, 8000 York Rd., Towson. $10-$40. 410-704-2787.


MOONRISE AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL AND THE WAR MEMORIALS -- Wednesday at 8 p.m. Bring a tripod and tungsten filters to learn about nighttime photography. Meet at the Lincoln Memorial Visitor Center, the National Mall. $39. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.


ROYAL WORDS POETRY LOUNGE: A TRIBUTE TO FATHERS -- Thursday at 7 p.m. Afrika Midnight Asha Abney hosts a reading featuring Joseph S. Briggs, Baba-C and Mike Maggio. DC Sanctuary, 1355 H St. NE. $4. 202-399-4033.


HOW TO HAVE A DATE SIX NIGHTS A WEEK -- Friday at 6:30 p.m. Learn about body language, the three "nevers" in dating , how to get a second date and how to write an Internet profile. First Class, 1726 20th St. NW. $39. For reservations, call 202-797-5102.


CAL RIPKIN JR. & BILL RIPKEN -- Saturday at 1 p.m. The co-owners of Ripken Baseball sign their book, "Play Baseball the Ripken Way: The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Fundamentals." Olsson's, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.


SPOTLIGHT ON THEATER: STARRING KEN LUDWIG -- Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The playwright ("Crazy for You" and "Lend Me a Tenor") has a new adaptation of "Twentieth Century" on Broadway and his latest, "Shakespeare in Hollywood," won the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards earlier this month. Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.


GARDEN TOUR: BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE -- Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Six unique properties open to the public through the National Capital Area Federation of Garden Clubs. For complete details, see Bethesda, Great Falls, Potomac and Reston. $12-$15. 703-938-2826.

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