Astronomy

SKY WATCHING -- Saturday, 8:15-11 p.m. Einstein Planetarium astronomer Sean O'Brien hosts a telescopic observing away from city lights. Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Delaplane. Free, $4 parking for cars. 540-592-3556.

Books and Authors

DAVID SEDARIS -- Monday at 7 p.m. The humorist who brought us "Santaland Diaries" and "Me Talk Pretty One Day" reads from his new book, "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim." Olsson's, 2111

Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. 703-525-4227.

VEDA BLOUNT -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The local author reads from her debut, "The Wedding." Lamond-Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Ave. NW. Free. 202-541-5255.

TIMOTHY TYSON -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. The University of Wisconsin Afro-American studies professor discusses his new book, "Blood Done Signed My Name," about a racially charged small-town murder in the 1970s. Olsson's, 418 Seventh St. NW. Free. 202-638-7610.

Comedy

STEVEN WRIGHT -- Friday at 8 p.m. The Academy Award-winning actor and comedian presents more observations on life. Warner Theatre, 13th and E streets NW. $30.50. 202-783-4000 or 202-397-7328.

Festivals

CAPITAL PRIDE -- Today at 11 a.m. The 29th annual celebration of the District's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community features a street festival on Pennsylvania Avenue. Free. 202-797-3510.

CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL -- Saturday at 2 p.m. The annual celebration of Caribbean culture kicks off with Pan Jam 2004, featuring the Pan Masters Steel Orchestra and the D.C. Pan Jammers. Crossroads, 4103 Baltimore Rd., Bladensburg. $10. 202-726-2244.

Food and Drink

G'DAY IN A GLASS -- Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. Taste more than 100 Australian wines. Embassy of Australia, 1601 Massachusetts Ave. NW. $65. 202-244-3700.

Gardening

HORTICULTURE HOW TO -- Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-noon. Floral arranger Patty Stimmel explains

how to make ornate flower arrangements. Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW. $30-$35. For reservations, call 202-686-8500.

Illustration

THE ART OF THE BEATLES -- Friday, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, 2-6 p.m. Ron Campbell, illustrator of "Yellow Submarine" and the Beatles' cartoon series, will demonstrate his technique for animating the Fab Four. With an exhibition of Campbell's illustrations. ArtInsights, 11921 Freedom Dr., Reston. Free. For reservations, call 703-478-0778.

Movies

BUENOS AIRES, MY HISTORY/IMAGES OF THE ABSENCE -- Monday at 6:30 p.m. Director German Kral uses photos to tell the story of his family and his father's disappearance. Part of "Hybrid Forms: New Trends in Documentary Filmmaking," a series of movies that blend historical fact with narrative. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. $5, seniors and students $3. 202-289-1200.

AFI SILVERDOCS FESTIVAL -- Tuesday-June 20. A showcase of documentaries. Upcoming highlights include "Let's Rock Again," about former Clash frontman Joe Strummer; "Seeds," which follows Israeli and Palestinian teenagers through a peace workshop; "Control Room" (see Movies, Page 4); "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster," a glimpse at the heavy-metal band's group therapy sessions; and "Dirty Work," a look at the world's most unpleasant jobs. Visit www.silverdocs.com for complete schedule. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. Individual films $8.50, seniors and students $7.50. 301-495-6720.

GOVERNMENT GIRLS OF WORLD WAR II -- Tuesday at 7 p.m. A new documentary about the young women who migrated to Washington, D.C., looking for jobs in the wartime economy. City Museum of Washington, 801 K St. NW. $5-$10. 202-383-1809.

GEOGRAPHY OF FEAR -- Wednesday at 7 p.m. A thriller set in Helsinki based on the controversial novel by Anja Kauranen. First in the series "Nordic Cinema: The Women Filmmakers." National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $5-$6. 202-783-5000.

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE -- Friday at 2:30 p.m. and June 20 at 2 p.m. Blending food, eroticism, history and mysticism, this film -- about a woman who, forbidden to marry, redirects her passion into cooking -- sparked a renaissance in Mexican cinema. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

THE LAUGHING BUDDHA: FOUR BUDDHIST COMEDIES -- Friday at 7 p.m. Four films about the lighter side of Buddhism. Friday: "Enlightenment Guaranteed," the story of two brothers traveling to a monastery in Japan who end up broke and confused, which prepares them for immersion in Buddhist spirituality. June 24: "The Cup," about soccer-obsessed monks determined to smuggle a TV into their monastary to watch the World Cup. June 25: "Shower," in which a wealthy businessman returns to his childhood home in Beijing. June 27: "Hi! Dharma," about gangsters who hide out at a monastary. Freer Gallery of Art, Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

THE DARK CRYSTAL -- Friday and Saturday at midnight. Jim Henson and Frank Oz's story of two Gelflings who must end the rule of the evil Skekses to restore order to their world. Bethesda Row Cinema, 7235 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. $6. 301-652-7273.

Music

2,500TH FREE CONCERT --

Today at 7 p.m. A celebration of 62 seasons of free Sunday performances at the National

Gallery. Jorge Mester conducts a program of Stravinsky, Ravel and more. National Gallery of Art, East Building, Atrium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-737-4215.

Nature

ALL HALLOWS GUILD: TREE IDENTIFICATION -- Thursday

at 10 a.m. Learn how to

identify the many trees found

in the District. Meet at the

George Washington Statue on Pilgrim Road. Washington National Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin avenues NW. Free. 202-537-6200.

Parties

PRINCE PARTY -- Today, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. LoveSexyDC presents a birthday bash to commemorate the Purple One's 46th birthday, with DJ Dredd on the turntables. Sign a giant birthday card and party like it's you-know-when. Modern, 3287 M St. NW. $7. 202-338-7027.

Photography

LILY PONDS AQUATIC GARDENS -- Today, 2-5 p.m. Capture the aquatic lilies and wildlife at the aquatic garden one hour from the District. Meet at the Park and Ride off Exit 26, I-270. $65. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.

PANDAMANIA ON PENNSYLVANIA -- Saturday, 2-4:30 p.m. A tour of the panda sculptures on Pennsylvania Avenue, with architectural photographer E. David Luria. Meet outside the Hotel Washington, 15th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. $39. For reservations, call 202-537-0937.

Poetry

WORD OF MOUTH -- Monday at 8 p.m. Spoken word and poetry open mic. Bossa, 2463 18th St. NW. Free. 202-667-0088.

MOTHERTONGUE SPOKEN WORD SHOW -- Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

A women's open-mic celebration

of Capital Pride 2004. Black

Cat, 1811 14th St. NW. $5-$7. 202-667-7960.

Sports

ORIOLES PHOTO DAY -- Today, 11 a.m.-noon, before the 1:35 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants. The first 5,000 fans with a camera and a game ticket will be admitted to the Camden Yards warning track to take photos of the team. Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore. $9-$55. 410-685-9800 or 888-848-2473.

Storytelling

STORY SLAM 'O4: NEAR MISSES -- Tuesday at 8 p.m. A free-for-all sponsored by Washington Storytellers Theater. Share a story about a near miss that runs five minutes or less. HR-57, 1610 14th St. NW. $5. 301-891-1129.

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